The Weekly Wire: The Week's Recommended Events

WEDNESDAY 10/28Cycling/Civics: Slow-Rolling ChangeCopenhagen! It's the Valhalla of bicycle advocates. Some 36 percent of commuters there ride bikes to work! (It's less than two percent here.) But how many of us have actually visited the city, taken notes, and tried to apply its lessons to our own tangled bike paths and sharrows? Here's your chance to ask Mikael Colville-Andersen, an activist and consultant whose Web site,, relates the success stories, and failures, of other cities seeking to emulate the Danish example. True, Copenhagen is relatively small, flat, and dense (with a metro population of about 1.5 million). But it took a concerted effort 40 years ago to steer people away from cars. (Also: high gas taxes.) And four decades ago, we were still flinging beer cans and cigarette butts out our car windows. Social norms do change. Naturally the Cascade Bicycle Club is a sponsor for the talk—so maybe Mike McGinn will show up? Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 789-5707, Free. 7 p.m. BRIAN MILLERFRIDAY 10/30Halloween /Performance: Dancer From the Dance?What's most stunning about the Young Composers Collective's metamorphosis into the Degenerate Art Ensemble, since Joshua Kohl, Haruko Nishimura, and a bunch of Cornish College compatriots launched the new-music group 15 years ago, is not just that they've expanded into new realms of art, but how they've blended them. When the DAE creates a work, it seems, it's not a matter of discrete processes: writing a score for a show, choreographing to it, designing costumes to dance in. Instead, these elements evolve together. You can't pick them apart, since no element is a mere accompaniment, or by-product, of any other. Everything you hear in their performances is the music. Everything you see is visual art. Every motion is dance. Even Nishimura's whimsical, doll-like charm onstage and her taste for the macabre seem to be not two opposed flavors bounced off each other, but some nameless new aesthetic all her own. This weekend's Sonic Tales (tonight and Sat.) is billed as their "most ambitious work to date." Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 877-STG-4TIX, $20. 8 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERTAviation History: Close to the StarsNo, Amelia Earhart hasn't been found wandering the streets along with Jim Morrison and Marilyn Monroe—instead, her legacy is being showcased in an exhibit filled with personal memorabilia from the late "Lady Lindy" (1897–1937). Through next April, "In Search of Amelia Earhart" also includes a scrap from her doomed Lockheed Electra, newsreels, and archival material from the life of the pioneering aviator, best-selling author, clothing designer, and media darling. (A corona on the planet Venus was even named in her honor.) The exhibit coincides with this past Friday's release of the biopic Amelia, with the ill-fated flyer played by Hilary Swank, who previously got Oscars for dying in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby. Anyone else sense a pattern here? Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 764-5700, $14. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. LAUREN LYNCHSATURDAY 10/31Halloween/Variety: Sequins and ScreamsDonning a slutty nurse getup and drunkenly staggering down UW's Greek Row isn't everyone's bag on Halloween night. For those with, er, more refined tastes, consider Teatro ZinZanni's annual Macabre Ball. The Spiegeltent will extend its pre- and post-show hours for guests to dance, throw back caramel-apple cocktails, and enter a costume contest (prizes include tickets to the next production). Take note, the current performance, Beaumount & Caswell—Together Forever...Again!, is crammed with wardrobe changes and gender-bending. So if you want to stand out in this crowd, or take home a prize, you'll have to be far more creative than at Kappa Sig. Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., 802-0011, $125. 5 p.m. ERIKA HOBARTHalloween/Politics: Blood and CaucusesThe election is only three days away. R-71 might be rejected. Tim Eyman's I-1033 might be approved. Susan Hutchison might defeat Dow Constantine. Are you going to let that happen? Not if the folks from Washington Bus have anything to say about it. Formed in 2006 and burgeoning during the Obama campaign, the youth-oriented canvassing organization supports progressive candidates and causes. It's holding a second "Trick or Vote" party tonight for costumed and concerned citizens, and you can bet there won't be many Joe Mallahan supporters among them. The event is one of a dozen-plus such gatherings being held nationwide tonight. Unlike most other Halloween parties in Seattle, here's one where zombies will discuss zoning and vampires converse about health-care reform. Georgetown location TBA for those registering at or Free. 1–9 p.m. BRIAN MILLERHalloween/Nightlife: Mix and Monster MashBlame it on Twilight's anemic dreamboat Edward. This year's most popular Halloween costume is the vampire, according to the National Retail Federation. Translation: Under no circumstances should you rock fangs and a cape at Space City Mixer's eighth annual Ultimate Halloween Bash. The city's largest organized costume party offers a whopping $1,000 cash prize for best costume, along with prizes in sub-categories like most elaborate, sexiest, and scariest. People take this competition seriously. Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cartman from South Park, and Bender of Futurama have made appearances in recent years. Generic costumes are frowned upon, so also avoid witches' brooms and pirates' eyepatches. And for the love of God, don't come as Twilight's Bella. Local dance band Cool-Ade performs. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, $29 (21 & over). 8 p.m. ERIKA HOBARTTUESDAY 11/3Books: The 2042 ParadoxNew York Times columnist David Brooks once wrote a very funny appraisal of Seattle's smug conformity in Bobos in Paradise. Now, like a younger, blacker Brooks, think-tank scholar Rich Benjamin ventures among the insular Caucasian tribe in Searching for Whitopia (Hyperion, $24.99). He begins his three-month residencies in Idaho, Georgia, and Utah with a demographic hook: exurban and rural communities that are 90 percent or more white, and where rapid population growth is coming mainly from non-Hispanic whites. Also: By 2042, according to the U.S. Census, non-Hispanic whites will be a minority in this country. So what does it mean that these ethnic redoubts cling to their notions of "majority" tradition and values? Benjamin proves a surprisingly affable tour guide. He's equally nice to evangelicals and Republicans, even while tut-tutting their looming obsolescence. In rural Whitopias, like the Idaho panhandle, locals can hardly afford to live in what's becoming an Aspenized resort economy. In exurban Whitopias, the cost of commuting and housing—hello, subprime mortgage crisis—may also prove unsupportable. Yet Benjamin, who enjoys golf and poker parties, isn't one to gloat. His tone seems almost pitying in regard to these holdouts. And his index lists our state's whitest region (at 91 percent): Jefferson County, in case you're thinking of relocating to Port Townsend. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, $5. 7:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

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