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Political Art Exhibit "Paper Politics: An Exhibition of Politically and Socially Engaged Printmaking" is a survey of social-justice themes. Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Through Fri., April 29.
Craig Van Hoy Speaking as part of an American Lung Association–sponsored series of talks, the climber recounts his accomplishments, which include scaling some of the world's loftiest peaks. REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., 800-732-9339. Free. 6:30 p.m. Wed., April 6.
Hot Spots in Our World The University of Washington–sponsored lecture series begins with "Iraq: What's Next?" presented by Middle East Studies Program head Ellis Goldberg. UW campus (call 206-897-8939 for exact location and to register). $15. 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., April 6.
Iraq Forum Chat with fellow doves, and perhaps the occasional hawk, at this forum on Iraqi resistance to U.S. occupation. Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization. Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway Ave. E. (Room 3203), 206-931-2922. Free. 7-9 p.m. Wed., April 6.
Meet the Mammals The biweekly lecture series at the Burke Museum kicks off with "Remarkable Mammals: Diversity for All Environments," an overview of mammals' evolution since Triassic times. 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, 206-543-9681. Free (preregistration required). 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., April 6.
Environmental Forum Poet and essayist Terry Tempest Williams leads a pack of earth-friendly thinkers in a panel discussion at Town Hall titled: "Where in the World Are We Going? How Nature, Cities, and Cultures Can Flourish in the 21st Century." Sponsored by People for Puget Sound and the Society for Ecological Restoration. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-382-7007. $15. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wed., April 6.
Political Art Exhibit "Cartoonists Take Up Smoking" is a sampling of op-ed cartoons about the nicotine habit, curated by University of Alabama medicine professor Alan Blum. Artworks Gallery, 1914 Fourth Ave., 206-292-4142. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Thurs., April 7-Sat., April 30.
Jean-Michel Cousteau The son of Jacques Cousteau is a filmmaker and environmentalist in his own right; he keynotes Greenworld, a sustainable-design forum sponsored by the International Interior Design Association. Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way (Pier 66), 206-441-6666. $55 ($40 IIDA members, $35 students). Forum: 5-10:30 p.m. (keynote address: 7 p.m.). Thurs., April 7.
Gay Robins Emory University's premier Egyptologist talks about depictions of gender and sexuality in Egyptian art during the New Kingdom era (1550–1295 B.C.). Burke Museum, 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, 206-543-5590. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thurs., April 7.
James Luna The Native American/Latino performance artist discusses the links between his heritage and work. UW Kane Hall (Room 220), 206-616-7116. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., April 7.
Thane Rosenbaum In a talk at the Henry Art Gallery, the writer and law professor examines depictions of the legal profession in literature, from Shakespeare ("The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers") to the works of filmmaker Sidney Lumet and novelist E.L. Doctorow. 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 888-621-2230. Free (tickets required). 7 p.m. Thurs., April 7.
Radical Women Meeting Chat about the issues of the day. New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-6057. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 7.
Richard Weikart The California State University history professor (and author of From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany)explicates the link between Darwinism and the Third Reich. Seattle Pacific University (Demaray Hall), 3307 Third Ave. W., 206-281-2000. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 7.
SPU Film Festival Seattle Pacific University hosts a three-night fest devoted to food in film, co-sponsored by the literary journal Image. Movies scheduled for screening include the genre classics Babette's Feast, Big Night, and Eat Drink Man Woman. Upper Gwinn Commons (SPU campus), 3307 Third Ave. W., 206-281-2988. Free. For screening dates and times, visit www.imagejournal.org/news/local.asp. Fri., April 8-Sun., April 10.
Science Seminar Highline Community College continues its spring seminar series with a talk titled "The Great Seattle Earthquake of 20—," presented by Highline professor Eric Baer. 2400 S. 240th St., 206-878-3710, ext. 3513. Free. 2:10-3 p.m. Fri., April 8.
Art Lecture In a talk co-sponsored by Microsoft and the Seattle Public Library, cultural historian Bram Dijkstra discusses the post–World War II birth of corporate collecting and its impact on American artists. Central Library (Microsoft Auditorium), 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., April 8.
Film Screening The Green Party of Seattle and the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality present the documentary Every Mother's Son, which profiles Amadou Diallo and other innocents killed by NYPD police officers. Discussion to follow. University Heights Center (Room 106), 5031 University Way N.E., 206-264-5527. Free (donations requested). 7-9:30 p.m. Fri., April 8.
Steve Kaire Nicknamed "The King of High Concept," Hollywood screenwriter Kaire is known for selling scripts off a single pitch. Also an instructor at the American Film Institute, he'll come clean about his life in the movie industry in a talk sponsored by the Northwest Screenwriters Guild. Victory Studios, 2247 15th Ave. W., www.nwsg.org. $10 (free for film students and members of local film organizations). 7 p.m. Fri., April 8.
Nature Class Mysterious spiders roaming a group of volcanic isles? The stuff of fantasy novels, perhaps, but also a reality, as arachnologist Rod Crawford explains at a Northwest Stream Center class. 600 128th St. S.E., 425-316-8592. $6. 7 p.m. Fri., April 8.
Audiology Conference A one-day symposium on the science of hearing, hosted by the University of Washington. HUB Auditorium (UW campus), 206-685-2962. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (visit http://depts.washington.edu/hearing/ehb.html for a complete schedule). Sat., April 9.
Work Party Help plant trees, flowers, and shrubs at a new "pocket park" in Greenwood. Bring a shovel and work gloves! Sixth Avenue Northwest and Northwest 76th Street, 206-781-7840. Free. Drop-in hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., April 9.
Audubon Plant Sale A good place to get organic vegetable starts and Northwest-native plants. Seattle Audubon Center, 8050 35th Ave. N.E., 206-634-1370. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., April 9.
Dive Into Spring Break Ever wonder how divers document marine life? Kids and adults can watch them do their thing in the Seattle Aquarium's Pacific Coral Reef exhibit, then learn about their equipment and find out what's swimming in the waters of Elliott Bay. 1483 Alaskan Way, 206-386-4320. $12 ($8 youth 6 to 12, $5 kids 3 to 5). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Sat., April 9-Sun., April 17.
Fashion Portfolio Review Aspiring designers can bring their portfolios to the Convention Center for a free assessment by faculty from San Francisco's Academy of Art University, with a fashion show to follow. Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Pl., 800-544-2787. Free. Portfolio evaluations: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fashion show: 5 p.m. Sat., April 9.
History Exhibit As part of a touring exhibit called "Friends of Willie and Joe" (after the Bill Mauldin comic strip), historians and veterans in World War II garb answer questions about the logistics of battle—field equipment, vehicle specs, weaponry—at Auburn's SuperMall. 1101 SuperMall Way (Auburn), 253-833-9500. Free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., April 9. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., April 10.
Multicultural Fair Perfect for kids, this Bellevue Community College festival features everything under the sun. Likely highlights include an 8-foot giraffe puppet, fire-engine tours, international foods, a mini film festival, and bean-toss games. 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., 425-564-6150. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., April 9.
Norwegian Heritage Day Uff da! Though nothing says native pride like pickled herring and lutefisk, this event at Ballard's Leif Erikson Hall offers plenty more: shipbuilding, the screening of a documentary on Norway during World War II, and a performance by the Norwegian Ladies Chorus. 2245 N.W. 57th St., 206-783-1274. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., April 9.
Trade Justice Workshop Learn about CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, at a workshop sponsored in part by the Seattle Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. Seattle University (Campion Hall), 901 12th Ave., 206-325-5494. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., April 9.
War Exhibit "Eyes Wide Open" continues its nationwide tour at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion. The exhibit includes 1,400 pairs of boots memorializing U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, 1,000 pairs of shoes in memory of civilian casualties, and a multimedia installation on the financial and human cost of the war. Seattle Center (Fisher Pavilion), 206-684-7200. Free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., April 9. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., April 10.
Work Party Help tidy up Pritchard Wetland, have lunch with your fellow work-partiers (bring a dish—it's a potluck), and learn about water-saving gardening techniques from certified Master Gardener Judy Griesel. Pritchard Beach Park, 8400 55th Ave. S., 206-684-4075. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Sat., April 9.
Gardening Workshop In Bloom hosts a session devoted to edible container gardens, in which urbanites lacking proper backyards can grow luscious, healthy vegetables. 4437 California Ave. S.W., 206-932-2588. Free. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sat., April 9.
Gardening LectureSeattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Mary Wingate signs her latest opus, The Big Book of Northwest Perennials, and explains her fascination with the hardiest of all plants. Swanson's Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., 206-782-2543. Free. 11 a.m. Sat., April 9.
Family Fun Workshop First examine the Museum of Flight's new exhibit on the history of kites, then make one of your own. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700. $14 ($13 seniors, $7.50 youth). 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sat., April 9-Sun., April 10.
Baby and Family Event Speakers include University of Washington professor Dr. JoAnne Solchany ("Your Child's Development"), Children's Hospital physician Dr. Kelly Evans ("Childhood Injury Prevention: It's No Accident!"), and pediatric nutritionist Beverly Pressey, who'll lead a Q&A. Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way (Mercer Island), 206-232-7115 ext. 304. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun., April 10.
Chenrezi Meditation Class A session devoted to one of Buddhism's most accessible meditation techniques. Sakya Monastery, 108 N.W. 83rd St., 206-789-2573. Free. 9 a.m. Sun., April 10.
Prayers for World Peace Ballard's Kadampa Temple hosts a peace-oriented meditation class, open to all faiths. 6556 24th Ave. N.W., 206-526-9565. $5. 10-11:30 a.m. Sun., April 10.
Magic Lantern The Frye Art Museum continues its discussion series on cinema and visual art. This month, host Robert Horton compares Franz von Lenbach's portraiture to the films of Max Ophuls and Rainier Werner Fassbinder. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. Free. 2 p.m. Sun., April 10.
Information Session Learn about Global Citizen Journey, a service organization that deploys volunteers to developing nations for humanitarian projects. Community Living Room, 3400 Phinney Ave. N., 206-789-8697. Free. 3-4:30 p.m. Sun., April 10.
Matthijs Bouw The Dutch architect appears with the one-man band Mt. Eerie (aka the Microphones) in a multimedia event designed to "split the difference between the practice of architecture and other arts." Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-329-2629. $5. 5 p.m. Sun., April 10.
Health Lecture Naturopath Dr. Lynn Von Schneidau discusses the potential benefits of liver detoxification, a process said to decrease anxiety, depression, headaches, allergies, and other chronic conditions. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 4130 E. Madison St., 206-324-0701. Free. 5:45-6:45 p.m. Mon., April 11.
Cancer Care Panel Karen Syrjala, Janet Abrams, and Bonnie McGregor of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center join Seattle Cancer Care Alliance psychologist Sylvie Aubin for a discussion of the challenges facing cancer caregivers. Meydenbauer Center (Room 402), 11100 N.E. Sixth St. (Bellevue), 206-667-5521. Free. 12:30-2 p.m. Tues., April 12.
"Green Building" Lecture Series Sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, the series continues with a talk titled "Creating a Dry Garden: Plants That Thrive on Benign Neglect." Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. Tues., April 12.
SeaDoc Society Lecture Seabirds are the subject of this month's lecture, presented by David Nysewander of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Camp Orkila Marine-Salmon Center, 484 Camp Orkila Rd. (East Sound), 360-376-3910. Free. 7 p.m. Tues., April 12.
Dharma Social Club Sakya Monastery hosts this philosophical discussion group, which addresses love, anger, compassion, and other key issues from a Buddhist perspective (though all faiths are welcome). 108 N.W. 83rd St., 206-789-2573. Free. 7:30 p.m. Tues., April 12.
Garden Walk Stroll through Bellevue Botanical Garden with an Audubon guide. Bring binocs! 12001 Main St. (Bellevue), 425-576-8805. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. Wed., April 13.
Business Lecture Larry's Markets head Barry MacKechnie talks about the pros and cons of corporate expansion, and how best to handle it, at a talk sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth. Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Ave., 206-362-6975. $40 ($25 ACG members). Reception: 5:30 p.m. Presentation: 6:30 p.m. Wed., April 13.
Fair Trade Forum In a panel discussion at Town Hall, producers and retailers discuss the facts and figures of the global fair-trade movement. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., April 13.
Hot Spots in Our World The University of Washington–sponsored lecture series continues with "Kosovo Final Status: Independence or Something Less?" presented by European Studies professor Frederick Lorenz. UW campus (call 206-897-8939 for exact location and to register). $15. 7-8:30 p.m. Wed., April 13.
Nature Class Learn all about our productive, flat-tailed friend the beaver at a Northwest Stream Center class taught by Jake Jacobson of Snohomish County Surface Water Management. 600 128th St. S.E., 425-316-8592. $6. 7 p.m. Wed., April 13.
Tony Kushner As part of the Nextbook series on Jewish culture, the outspoken, Pulitzer-winning playwright (Angels in America) talks about his latest work, Caroline, or Change, as well as the political issues of the day. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 888-621-2230. Free (tickets required). 7:30 p.m. Wed., April 13.