President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010.

For Today

Breaking Bad Health Care

When I hear "," I immediately think about the silly BuzzFeed promo pitch President Obama made a few months ago. But for most of the folks it pertains to, tools like the Health Insurance Marketplace are a key resource in finding coverage. 

Breaking Bad Healthcare will give you an opportunity to meet the brains behind it all, Madrona Venture Group's Kurt DelBene. He'll talk about his experience overseeing's implementation, and why the average citizen should push for this governmental effort. Preregister for this networking opportunity, which is complete with a Q&A session and refreshments.

Breaking Bad Healthcare: The Story of with Kurt DelBene, Tue, Apr 7, 6pm, UW Dempsey Hall, $15

For Wednesday

Black Lives Matter: Humanity Not Negotiable 

Black Lives Matter: Humanity Not Negotiable is a space for visual artists to comment on how state violence impacts Black lives. The Columbia City Gallery's latest installment showcases art by activists like Afam Ayika (who spoke out against the youth jail decision in February), and is curated by one of my favorite journalists, Naomi Ishisaka. Among other things, the artists look at the Trayvon Martin killing, the nonindictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings. Powerful stuff. 

The gallery will open on April 8 and continue through May 17.

Editor's note and full, excited, disclosure: One of Atoosa's photographs is part of the exhibition.

The Black Lives Matter: Humanity Not Negotiable Exhibit Opening, Wed, Apr 8, 5pm, Columbia City Gallery, 4864 Rainier Ave S, Free

Advance Notice for April 15

John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away

The Lincoln Assassination is one of those moments in American history that has been picked over by historians for decades. Join author Michael Schein on the 150th Anniversary of the murder, as he discusses another historical perspective centered around John Surratt—who fled justice as a suspected assassination plotter. He will explore Suratt's affiliations with the Confederate government, as well as his two-year-long run from the law, which spanned the entire globe. Schein's nuanced take on this prolific moment is one that history buffs won't want to pass up. 

'John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away,' Book Reading Wed, Apr 15, 7pm, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Free

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