Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New Yorker editor David Remnick has written a new book about the President:  The Bridge:  The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, a work of "biographical journalism" that investigates Obama's "political, racial, and sentimental education."  (PubliCola writer Heidi Broadhead interviews him here.)

And UW Professor of Communication and media specialist David Domke (author of The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America) will interview Remnick tonight at Town Hall as a part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures series.

7:30-9pm, in the Great Hall of Town Hall (1119 8th Ave).  Tickets $15 general/$30 patron.  Patron tickets include a private reception at the Sorrento Hotel from 6-7pm.


There are many ways to celebrate 4/20.  You could get high and watch Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. I'm all for traditions, but try shaking it up this year:  The 43rd District democrats are hosting a panel on marijuana, exploring decriminalization vs. legalization.

In light of the new medical marijuana law signed by Governor Gregoire this year, as well as increasing discussion of legalizing the stuff to help kick-start the economy, it's a hot topic with a hot panel to match:  WA Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders, WA Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (sponsor of the aforementioned bill), Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, and Seattle attorney/reform activist Jeffrey Steinborn. The talk will be moderated by former pro pot activist, The Stranger's Dominic Holden.

Tomorrow, 7:30-8:30pm, University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way NE).  Free and open to the public, but guests are asked to RSVP.

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:

Tapologo documents sub-Saharan Africa's fight against AIDS, with an upbeat narrative about community cooperation and the importance of questioning the Church's anti-condom doctrine.  Part of the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival.  

5pm at Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave).  Tickets $8.

If you've been following the nation's growing "real food" movement, you may know of Joel Salatin, who features in megahit The Omnivore's Dilemma and upcoming food documentary FRESH.  The farmer/lecturer/author will give an enticingly titled lecture—"The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer"—at the University of Washington tomorrow.

6-7:30pm, University of Washington, Kane Hall, Room 120 (NE 41st St. & 15th Ave NE).  Tickets $25.

Artists or organizations interested in submitting proposals for the Summer Art in the Park program should consider attending tomorrow evening's workshop detailing the program and offering guidance for applications for the $8,400 grant. 

6:30-8pm, Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave S).  Free and open to the public.
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