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Discovery Institute Conference Author George Gilder (Wealth and Poverty) does the keynote honors at a half-day event that examines how the telecommunications industry is regulated. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-292-0401 ext. 150. $95. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wed., May 26.
Central Library Tour Take a stroll through the genealogy and history collections at the new Central branch of the Seattle Public Library system, guided by author Cyndi Howell and Seattle Post-Intelligencer literary critic John Marshall, who will also discuss his book Place of Learning, Place of Dreams: A History of the Seattle Public Library. 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4092. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., May 26.
Isabel Allende The acclaimed author visits Town Hall for a chat with Seattle superlibrarian Nancy Pearl, organized by the Seattle Public Library's Washington Center for the Book program. They'll likely discuss Allende's recent nonfiction writings, including the autobiographical My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile, as well as older works like The House of the Spirits. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-386-4650. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., May 26.
Alexandra Fuller According to SW books editor Brian Miller, Fuller's new nonfiction character study, Scribbling the Cat, captures the "ugly tales" of a soldier who fought against Rhodesian independence "with more than journalistic curiosity." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7 p.m. Wed., May 26.
LGBT Community Center Discussion "Hanging Out, Hooking Up, and Holding On" is the topic of the Center's inaugural forum—the first in a series—on queer and/or transgender identity. How varied LGBT communities intersect is the primary subject up for discussion. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway Ave. E., 206-587-3800. Free. 7-9 p.m. Wed., May 26.
Exercise for Older Adults Senior-citizen status doesn't have to mean a yoga-free lifestyle, thanks to this YMCA hatha yoga class for the Social Security set, presented "in honor of Senior Appreciation Day." 909 Fourth Ave., 206-233-1621. Free. 11-11:45 a.m. Thurs., May 27.
Tim Weber The clinical psychologist leads a brown-bag lunch chat on the benefits and challenges of family therapy. Bastyr University Auditorium, 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E. (Kenmore), 425-602-3028. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Thurs., May 27.
Central Library Design and Construction Panel A welcome part of the hoopla surrounding the new downtown library (profiled last week in SW), this panel discussion includes Alex Harris of the Seattle Public Library, novelist Matthew Stadler, and various architects involved in the development and building of the book-filled behemoth at 1000 Fourth Avenue. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs., May 27.
FAA Flight Safety Seminar Learn to be a better, safer pilot at this workshop sponsored by the Seattle Flight Standards District Office. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., May 27.
National Ultimate Frisbee Championships Ultimate is a great sport for several reasons. One is that it allows schools like Carleton to feel like Big Ten superpowers; another is that it combines the earnestness of football with the silliness of Frisbee. The disc action begins on Friday at Skagit River Park in Burlington; the finals take place on Sunday at the Marysville-Pilchuck Stadium (5611 108th St. N.E. in Marysville). 206-650-1115. Free. 8:30 a.m. Fri., May 28-Sat., May 29. 10 a.m. Sun., May 30.
Northwest Folklife Festival Still one of the largest free outdoor festivals in North America, Folklife turns 33 this year. More than 1,500 performances will take place at Seattle Center over Memorial Day weekend, including music from East Africa, Korea, Scandinavia, Polynesia, Italy, Israel, and the Philippines. Modern folk legend and master storyteller Utah Phillips, who has collaborated with Ani DiFranco, performs in a festival benefit at 8 p.m. on Saturday at McCaw Hall; tickets are $10 through May 27/ $15 afterward. Seattle Center, 206-684-7300. Free (suggested donation is $5). Visit www.nwfolklife.org for event times. Fri., May 28-Mon., May 31. See "SW This Week," p. XX.
Northwest UFO/Paranormal Event SEE "SPACE WALKS," PAGE TK.
Silversong The "internationally known artist" and "co-founder of the Indigenous Studies Foundation" speaks at a meeting of the Progressive Party of Washington. YWCA Boardroom, Fifth Avenue and Seneca Street, 206-467-1370. Free. 7-9 p.m. Fri., May 28.
Panel Discussion with D-Day Flyers The Museum of Flight hosts WWII veterans for two discussions of the 1944 Normandy invasion. The event, sponsored by the city of Tukwila, is a prelude to the unveiling of the museum's "Personal Courage Wing," a new exhibit (set to open June 6) featuring planes from both world wars. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $6.50 for youth (5-17). 2 p.m. Sat., May 29-Sun., May 30. See "SW This Week," p. XX.
Reuel Satyavrata The artisan from Mumbai discusses Indian handicrafts, emphasizing the role of "the traditional kalamkari process." Ten Thousand Villages, 6417 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-524-9223. Free. 2 p.m. Sat., May 29.
Memorial Day Service for Japanese-American Veterans The bittersweet story of Japanese-American troops in World War II—some of whom served in the Pacific Theater "while their families were locked behind barbed wire in American concentration camps"—is remembered at an event coordinated by the Nisei Veterans Committee and Japanese-American Oral History Project director Tom Ikeda. Nisei War Memorial Monument (Lakeview Cemetery), 1554 15th Ave. E., 206-322-1582. Free. 10-11 a.m. Mon., May 31.
Blood Drive Donate to the Puget Sound Blood Center at a daylong drive in front of the new William H. Gates Law School on the University of Washington campus. (Visit www.psbc.org for additional donation times and locations.) 206-292-6500. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues., June 1.
Public Hearing The first of two meetings to discuss "the transfer of Old Man House State Park to the Suquamish Tribe," this hearing will be held at North Seattle Community College and is open to all. (The park was claimed by the U.S. military in 1904 after centuries of Suquamish presence there.) 9600 College Way N., 206-622-5822. Free. 7 p.m. Tues., June 1.
The Whiffenpoofs Yale University's storied a cappella singers bring their polished vocal cords to a benefit concert for Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. The admission fee covers one child's book-buying needs for a year. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-461-0123 ext. 10. $25. 7 p.m. Tues., June 1.
Joseph Wilson It would be a gross understatement to suggest that Wilson, a former ambassador to Iraq, will have something interesting to say at this juncture in American history. He'll draw on three decades of diplomatic experience for a Town Hall talk sponsored by Foolproof. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-3554. $25. 7:30 p.m. Tues., June 1.
Eastside Mayors, Burning Issues This forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and reunites the mayors of Bellevue, Kirkland, and Issaquah—all female, by the way—to discuss such urgent matters as water quality, transportation, and support for small businesses. St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave., 425-883-9143. Free. 6:30-9 p.m. Wed., June 2.