For Today

Two Former Representatives' Plan to Fix Congress

Tom Davis, former Republican congressman from Virginia, and Martin Frost, former Democratic congressman from Texas, have put together a plan to fix the perpetual partisan deadlock in Congress.

After their combined 40 years of experience in politics, the pair have come up with a rather obvious solution: the two sides of the aisle must learn to cooperate. Creating a bipartisan environment is certainly more complicated than it sounds, but Davis and Frost are here to explain how to achieve it.

In terms of pop culture representation, Veep presents our bureaucrats as bumbling idiots while in House of Cards they are evil geniuses. But where do Tom Davis and Martin Frost fall on this spectrum?

"These gents have actual experience," says Stesha Brandon, program director at Town Hall. "They have an editorialized perspective, obviously—they are here promoting a book—but it's predicated on real life." So, in other words, there will be no tales of politicians pushing young journalists in front of subway trains (sorry, HOC spoiler).

Predicated on real life, sure, but here in the real world gridlock is simply the status quo. We watch The Daily Show and laugh about how nothing gets done. An entire generation has come into voting age perhaps assuming this is simply how the government functions.

"I might be a pollyanna," says Brandon. "But I hope we can maybe inspire some dialogue about what we really can do to shift that."

Tom Davis and Martin Frost, Wed, Feb 18, 7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $50

For Thursday

History Cafe: The Impact of HIV/AIDS in Seattle

Like every major city in the U.S., coastal cities in particular, our community has felt the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Museum of History and Industry dives into this chapter of Seattle's past in this month's History Cafe.

Sit down with a cup of coffee and listen to panelists including Phil Bereano (activist and cofounder of Act Up Seattle) and Dr. Robert Wood (former director of the HIV/AIDS program at Seattle and King County's public health department) as they dive into this chapter of Seattle's past.

History Cafe: The Impact of HIV/AIDS in Seattle, Thu, Feb 19, 6:30pm, MOHAI Compass Cafe, 860 Terry Ave N, Free

Advance Notice for February 23

Marching In, On, and From Selma, 1965: We Shall Overcome

In the final installment of the five-part lecture series, University of Washington professor David Domke unpacks the events of 1965, where the public was faced with horrific images of civil rights marchers beaten in Alabama, followed by President Lyndon Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act.

The lecture series, entitled "Marching to Selma: How MLK, LBJ and the Civil Rights Movement Changed the World," aims to examine Dr. Martin Luther King's historic march, and break down each of the important movements that convened therein.

Marching In, On, and From Selma, 1965: We Shall Overcome, Mon, Feb 23, 7pm, UW Kane Hall Rm 130, 4069 Spokane Ln, $40

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