Every few months, the city displays the art they buy for their employee offices at a gallery in the Seattle Municipal Tower. The money the city uses to buy the art comes from the 1 Percent For Art Fund, which dedicates one percent of the budget for construction projects to art. The gallery features 20 local artists who are in the middle of their careers.

Some of the art is what you’d expect to see at a city office, like a watercolor of Mt. Rainier, or a melancholy Ballard Bridge. But a lot of it is adventurous—tentacled statues, quilts made of discarded license plates, and a tattered-looking statue of Billy the Kid’s head are among the more far-out pieces.

There’s a reception tonight at Muni Tower for this round’s featured artists.

Tonight from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at Seattle Municipal Tower Level Three Concourse (700 5th Avenue).


The Anti-3 Strikes campaign Justice Works! presents an evening with legal scholar Michelle Alexander (pictured below), whose new book The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness explores the rebirth of a racial caste system through mass incarceration.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Justice Works! campaign, which points out on its website that a disproportionate 40 percent of prisoners held under Washington's 3 Strikes law are African American, in a state with an African American population under 4 percent.  Tomorrow, 6:30-9pm, at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S Alaska St).  Tickets $6.

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:

The Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle presents A Conversation with WA State Labor Council President Rick Bender and WA State Democratic Party Chair Dwight Pelz concerning the question, "What are the factors that have led to the strain in the relationship between Labor and the Democrats, and how might the relationship be mended?"

Tomorrow, 12-1:30pm, Seattle Labor Temple (2800 1st Ave, Hall 1).  Free and open to the public.

The World Affairs Council invites environmental executive and filmmaker Diana MacCaulay for the Seattle premiere of her documentary "Jamaica For Sale," followed by a conversation with the audience.  

Tomorrow night at 6pm at the University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall, Room 138 (15th Ave E and NE 43rd St).  Tickets $10 for members/students, $15 for nonmembers.

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done collects some of my all-time favorite names in film—Werner Herzog, David Lynch, Chloe Sevigny, Willem Dafoe—and puts them up on the screen together.

Tomorrow at the Northwest Film Forum, 7 & 9pm.  Tickets $9 general, $6 members, $6:50 students and seniors.