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Clothing Drive Donate coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and/or pants to Operational Emergency Center's winter drive to benefit disadvantaged King County citizens. 11410 Renton Ave. S., 206-772-9232. Free. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through Fri., Jan. 14.
Association for Corporate Growth Meeting Don Bielen of the Rainier Group is the guest speaker at tonight's gathering; he'll explain how businesses can weather the economic storm by identifying and retaining crucial staffers. Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Ave., 206-362-6975. $40 ($25 ACG members). 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 12.
Kathryn Gustafson The renowned landscape artist talks about her work in Seattle (which includes Kreielsheimer Promenade) and other cities around the world. Sponsored by the Seattle Art Museum. 100 University St., 206-654-3121. $8 ($5 students). 6:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 12.
ISO Forum Jesse Hagopian of the Washington Teachers Union addresses the topic "Is Revolution Possible in the United States?" at an event sponsored by the International Socialist Organization. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway Ave. E., 206-931-2922. Free. 7-9 p.m. Wed., Jan. 12.
Tsunami Relief Benefit Town Hall presents pianist Craig Sheppard, a master of the Beethoven sonata, plus Indian classical dancer Joyce Paul, Indonesian musician I Wayan Sinti, and Thai dance ensemble Chao Praya in a fund-raiser for victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami in South Asia. Also scheduled to appear: actor Tom Skerritt and politicos Jim McDermott and Ron Sims. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $25-$75. 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 12.
Peter Whybrow The director of UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute deals with U.S. consumerism run amuck in his new book American Mania: When More Is Not Enough, which he'll discuss tonight at a talk hosted by Seattle University. Wyckoff Auditorium, 901 12th Ave., 206-296-6000. Free. 7-9 p.m. Wed., Jan. 12.
Great Film Directors Seattle Arts & Lectures taps University of Washington professor Albert Sbragia, the director of UW's Cinema Studies program, to teach a biweekly course on 20th-century auteurs, from Francois Truffaut to Quentin Tarantino. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-621-2230. $75. 7:30-9 p.m. Every other Wednesday from Jan. 12 through Mar. 9.
Morris Dees The domestic-terrorist tracker, whose experience in that field includes suing branches of the KKK and keeping tabs on radical militias, chats about his chosen profession at Shoreline Community College. 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-546-4606. $14. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 12.
Jazz Lecture The Experience Music Project presents a talk on Miles Davis by EMP staffer Bob Santelli and University of Washington music professor Marc Seales. Jazz demonstration and discussion to follow. 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-367-5483. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 12.
Cycling Lectures At the University District's R+E Cycles, KUOW-FM personality and cyclist Willie Weir explains how he traversed India—all 5,000 miles of it—by bike. 5627 University Way N.E., 206-527-4822. $7 ($5 advance). 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 13-Sat., Jan. 15.
Travel Lecture The author of Crossing Sunday Furlong: Lessons of a European Journey, Tom Lincoln, talks about the everyday Europe not every tourist sees. Wide World Books & Maps, 4411A Wallingford Ave. N., 206-634-3453. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 13.
Zoning Discussion The Department of Planning and Development hosts an open house at City Hall regarding a proposal to rezone the downtown area. 600 Fourth Ave. (Bertha Landes Room), 206-615-1486. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 13.
Steve Coll The former Washington Post managing editor provides the backstory to 9/11 in Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, which he'll read from and talk about tonight at Town Hall. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-624-6600. $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 13.
Seattle Boat Show It's anchors aweigh for 10 days as Qwest Field and Lake Union host approximately 1,000 seagoing vessels, including an attempt to create the largest ship ever made with Lego building blocks. Landlubbers can enjoy seminars while mariners test their sea legs, and anglers can get their bait on at the 30,000-square-foot fishing center. Visit www.boatsafloatshow.com for hours and other details. Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S. and Chandler's Cove (on Lake Union), 809 Fairview Pl. N. Fri., Jan. 14-Sun., Jan. 23.
Jazz Workshop Musicians Jason Parker, Matt Perry, and Laura Etting give an overview of jazz history, then provide a hands-on demo for newbies. Experience Music Project, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-367-5483. $5. 10-11 a.m. Fri., Jan. 14.
Science Seminar Highline Community College continues its winter lecture series with a talk titled "MaTHEMEatics: Perspectives on the Nature of Time, Space, Humanity, and God," presented by Highline professor Eric Scott. 2400 S. 240th St., 206-878-3710 ext. 3283. Free. 2:10-3 p.m. Fri., Jan. 14.
Richard Rudis The Buddhist practitioner of "vibrational healing" demonstrates his methodology at East/West Bookstore. 6500 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-523-3726. $20. 7 p.m. Fri., Jan. 14.
Marriage Seminar Pastor Casey Treat, profiled in 2003 by SW reporter Nina Shapiro ("Blessed for Success"), joins his wife, Wendy, in a marriage-themed "teaching session," panel discussion, and Q&A, all designed for married or engaged couples. Christian Faith Center, 21024 24th Ave. S., 206-870-3531. $10. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 14.
Monster Truck Rally Watch them crush unlucky cars. 2727 East D Street (Tacoma), 253-572-3663. $5-$16. 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 14. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 15. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 16.
Fashion Show Local designers Diana Mucci and Marianne Goldin team up with Seattle's M.E. & Co. boutique to spotlight the new looks of 2005. 602 Second Ave., 206-464-4247. $5 (donation benefits Red Cross Relief Fund). 9 p.m. Fri., Jan. 14.
ND Open House Bastyr University encourages prospective students interested in earning the Doctor of Naturopathy degree to tour the campus, attend panel discussions, and speak with administrators and faculty about the demands of Bastyr's ND program. 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E. (Kenmore), 425-823-1300. Free. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (visit www.bastyr.edu for details). Sat., Jan. 15.
Civil Resistance Action Seattle's Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action leads a protest of the nuclear-weapons program at Trident Submarine Base. Meet at 16159 Clear Creek Rd. N.W. (Poulsbo), 206-528-0289. Free. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 15.
Family Fun Workshop Create painted portraits of flying machines based on actual models on display at the Museum of Flight. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. Free with museum admission ($12 adults, $11 seniors, $7.50 youth). 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sat., Jan. 15-Sun., Jan. 16.
Meredith Clausen The University of Washington architecture professor dissects the Central Library and places it in the context of global aesthetic trends. 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-543-1675. Free. 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 15.
Egyptology Lecture Penn State professor Donald B. Redford discusses the Mendes excavation site, one of Egypt's most significant archeological landmarks. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-654-3100. $5. 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 15.
Mustangs Over Europe A panel of P-51 Mustang pilots who saw action in World War II talk about their experiences, answer questions, and sign autographs. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. Free with museum admission ($12 adults, $11 seniors, $7.50 youth). 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 15.
Jazz Master Class Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell reveals the tricks of his trade. Experience Music Project, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-367-5483. $12. 3 p.m. Sat., Jan. 15.
Film Screening The documentary Fat of the Land chronicles the cross-country journey of five eco-conscious women who powered their van with biodiesel—in this case, discarded restaurant grease. HUB Auditorium (UW campus), http://students.washington.edu/fryfuel. $8 ($5 students). 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 15.
Michael Ruppert The author of Crossing the Rubicon, an exposé of the Bush administration's oil-hungry policy decisions in Iraq, talks about his book at an event sponsored by Seattle Rolling Thunder and other local nonprofits. UW Kane Hall, Room 130, 206-543-9901. $10. 7-10 p.m. Sat., Jan. 15.
Shrine Room Tour Explore Sakya Monastery's authentic Tibetan shrine room with a guide at your side. 108 N.W. 83rd St., 206-789-2573. Free. Noon. Sun., Jan. 16.
Kitsap Regional Library Humanities Forum The biweekly storytelling series begins with tales of 1850s Puget Sound, as told by "musician and historian" Karen Haas. Sylvan Way Library, 1301 Sylvan Way (Bremerton), 360-405-9100. Free. 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 16.
Film ScreeningArgentina: Hope in Hard Times, directed by local filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, chronicles the South American nation's recovery from economic implosion in 2001. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 800-838-3006. $12. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 16.
Martin Luther King Day Celebration Garfield High School hosts one of Seattle's biggest MLK memorials; the event includes workshops on fighting racism, a rally with speakers, poetry, and music, and a march. 400 23rd Ave., 206-812-4940. Free. Workshops at 9:30 a.m.; rally at 11 a.m.; march at noon. Mon., Jan. 17.
Martin Luther King Day Celebration The daylong program includes an audience recitation of King's "I Have a Dream" speech (led by the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas), performances by several gospel vocalists, and a "celebration of diversity" segment featuring West African dance, Japanese drumming, and Middle Eastern belly dancing. Seattle Center House, 206-684-7200. Free. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Jan. 17.
Community Worship Service Goodwill Baptist Church offers a service based on themes from the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. 126 15th Ave., 206-324-6688. Free (donations accepted). 6 p.m. Mon., Jan. 17.
Photography Exhibit "We the People?: A Glimpse of the African American Community" investigates the black experience in the Northwest through images religious and secular, political and personal. Seattle Central Community College (Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery), Broadway Avenue East and Pine Street, 206-344-4379. Free. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 5-7 p.m. Tues.-Wed. Tues., Jan. 18-Fri., Feb. 11.
Entrepreneurship Lecture Series Marketing Solutions president Andrew Ballard talks about effective marketing techniques. Seattle University, 901 12th Ave., 206-296-5730. $35. 3:45-5:45 p.m. Tues., Jan. 18.
"The Crusades" Lecture Series The five-week series, sponsored by the University of Washington, continues with a talk by UW history professor Robert Stacey on the growing pains, and ultimate fall, of the 100-year-long "crusader kingdom of Jerusalem." UW Kane Hall (Room 130), 800-289-2586. $15 ($5 students). 7 p.m. Tues., Jan 18.
Financial Planning Workshop Intended for female investors, this seminar, titled "Smart Women Finish Rich," is hosted by Edward Jones adviser George Andrade. 313 W. McGraw St., 206-285-3727. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 18-Wed., Jan. 19.
Bill Quigley The Loyola University law professor follows in Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed footsteps with Ending Poverty as We Know It: Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage, which he'll discuss (in "public salon" format) tonight at Seattle University. Tekakwitha Collegium (SU campus), 901 12th Ave., 206-296-6000. Free. 7-9 p.m. Tues., Jan. 18.
Interfaith Families Forum Local psychotherapist Mara Applebaum leads a discussion of interfaith marriage and the challenges and rewards of raising children in a household with more than one religious tradition. Stroum Jewish Community Center, 8606 35th Ave. N.E., 206-526-8073. $25 ($20 for JCC members). 6-8 p.m. Wed., Jan. 19.
Multifaith Town Meeting Faith Forward, a "progressive, interdenominational organization," is a joint project of Capitol Hill's St. Mark's Cathedral and Temple De Hirsch. This week's program is titled "Many Voices, One Vision: A Progressive Approach to Poverty, Peace, and Planet Earth." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 19.
Jazz Lecture Experience Music Project presents a talk on John Coltrane by EMP staffer Bob Santelli and University of Washington music professor Marc Seales. Jazz demonstration and discussion to follow. 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-367-5483. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 19.
Jim Nollman The longtime composer of "interactive music with toothed whales" is also a visual artist who has created numerous works with animal themes; he discusses his fauna-conscious aesthetic tonight at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (Room 6), 206-781-4860. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 19.
Panel Discussion Members of Seattle University's law faculty lead this timely forum on homosexuality and its stormy relationship with the American legal system. Presented in conjunction with the ArtsWest production The Judas Kiss. ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0963. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 19.