Event Listings

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Annelise Orleck with Heidi Groover
The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages
Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:30PM
The Summit on Pike
420 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98102
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

In May of 2014, thousands of fast food workers in 230 cities across the globe went on strike, protesting for a living wage, workplace protections, and the right to unionize. Today that fight persists in the form of the #FightFor15 movement, whose efforts have resulted in cities around the nation (including Seattle, New York City, …

Richard Powers
The Overstory: A Novel
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These characters and their struggles …

Town Hall and Museum of Flight presents
Christian Davenport with Alan Boyle
The Space Barons and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos
Neighborhood:Downtown & Around
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:30PM
Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of billionaire entrepreneurs, jocularly referred to as the “Space Barons,” are pouring their fortunes into the resurrection of the American space program. Washington Post staff writer Christian Davenport brings to our stage the remarkable accounts of risk and high adventure by these four …

UW Science Engage, Ada's Technical Books, and Town Hall Seattle present
UW Science Now
Rachel Creighton, Maria Viitaniemi, & Brita Horlings
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30PM
Ada's Technical Books
425 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

UW Science Now is an annual tradition where Town Hall teams with UW Science Engage to bring local graduate students to the stage to present their latest cutting-edge research. This year we’re thrilled to partner with Ada’s Technical Books to feature these illuminating talks in a casual setting where audiences can enjoy a drink and …

Town Hall Seattle, BirdNote, Sasquatch Publishing, Seward Park Audubon Center, with media sponsor KNKX 88.5FM, present
BirdNote Live! Podcast
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30PM
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM. Enter on Seneca St.
$5.00

Birds are with us everywhere. They animate our stories, inform our art and music, and reveal startling truths about the world we share. Join BirdNote’s Michael Stein and Mary McCann with special guests Barbara Earl Thomas and Dr. J. Drew Lanham for BirdNote Live!, an evening of conversation by, for and about birds. BirdNote celebrates …

Town Hall Seattle and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
Town Green Day of Service: Preschool Spring Clean
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:30AM
Whittier Elementary
1320 NW 75th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
Free

Join us to help our friends at Phinney Neighborhood Association for a Preschool Spring Cleaning at Whittier Elementary School in Ballard:  Tasks include weeding & pruning outside; scrubbing chairs & tables inside, and more! Volunteers will meet in the courtyard (when facing the school from 75th, down & to the right). All ages welcome, those under 12 should …

Saturday Family Concerts
The Pop Ups
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:00AM
Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Doors at 10:30AM
(Free – $5)
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1:00PM
Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Doors at 12:30PM
(Free – $5)

This rock and roll puppet musical duo’s catchy light-hearted style is sure to get kids up and dancing, and their classic 80’s radio influences will have parents grooving along to familiar sounds. The Brooklyn-based children’s rock show has toured with Yo Gabba Gabba Live, and continues to perform to sold out audiences across the U.S. …

In Residence—How Our Bodies Become Imprinted With Life Experiences
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 7:30PM
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118
Doors at 6:30PM
Free

 Real-Time Captioning (via CART) will be available at this event. Artists Imani Sims, Tani Ikeda, and Jordan Alam share a passion in creating work relating to the ways personal experiences are held in the body. We’re thrilled to welcome them to present their narratives through film, prose, and poetry explorations of the events of their lives …

Sally Kohn and Jessyn Farrell
The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

The escalation of incivility and hate takes many forms today—from divisive political speech to hate crimes to online trolling. With insight from her book The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, Kohn takes our stage with an investigation of the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate, and how simple incivility can …

Barbara Ehrenreich
Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7:30PM
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

  How to live well, even joyously, while accepting our mortality is a vitally important philosophical challenge. Author and cellular immunologist Barbara Ehrenreich shares insight from her latest book Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer, and tackles the seemingly unsolvable problem of how we might better …

Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University present
Edward Tenner with Wier Harman
The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't Do
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:30PM
Student Center 160 at Seattle University
701 SU Campus Walk
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

One of the great promises of the Internet and big data revolutions is the idea that we can improve the processes and routines of our work and personal lives to get more done in less time than we ever have before. Technology has enabled a widespread increase of efficiency-enhancing  algorithms, multitasking, a sharing economy, and …

In Residence—Telling the Stories of the Body Workshop
A Writing Workshop with Inside/Out Resident Jordan Alam
Friday, May 4, 2018, 7:00PM
Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
Doors at 6:30PM
Free

This workshop is for anyone who has ever felt a story in their bones or carried tension in their neck and wanted to finally find a way to translate it to the page. Join writer, doula, and Inside/Out Resident, Jordan Alam—along with poet Imani Sims and filmmaker Tani Ikeda—to learn more about how they build …

Ashley Dawson
The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 5:00PM
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118
doors open at 4:30PM
$5

How will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos? Professor of English and environmental organizer Ashley Dawson argues that highly developed urban cities are ground zero for climate change. In his book Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise …

Nomi Prins
'How Central Bankers Rigged the World'
Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:30PM
The Summit on Pike
420 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98102
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

The 2008 financial crisis unleashed a chain reaction that turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order. Economic writer and journalist Nomi Prins joins us to illuminates machinations at the core of this rising tide of financial instability, drawing on observations from her latest book Collusion: How Central …

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
How We Get Free: Black Politics and the White Power Presidency
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7:30PM
University Temple Church
1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

"If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free." —Combahee River Collective Statement Writer and activist Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor was one of our most-anticipated speakers of last season—unfortunately she had to cancel her event with Town Hall, along with others. We’re thrilled to bring her back to the stage this …

Town Hall Seattle and Maydenbauer Center present
Freeman Dyson with Neal Stephenson and Robbert Dijkgraaf
Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:30PM
Meydenbauer Center Theatre
11100 NE 6th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
Doors at 5:30PM
$5.00

While recognizing that quantum mechanics “demands serious attention,” Albert Einstein in 1926 admonished that the theory “does not bring us closer to the secrets of the Old One.” Aware that “there are deep mysteries that Nature intends to keep for herself,” 94-year-old theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson has chronicled the stories of those who were engaged …

Michael K. Honey with La TaSha Levy
To the Promised Land: Fulfilling MLK's Legacy
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Fifty years ago, a single bullet robbed us of one of the world’s most eloquent voices for human rights and justice—Martin Luther King Jr. Humanities professor Michael K. Honey convenes us for a modern application of King’s advocacy for racial harmony with insight from his book To the Promised Land. He’s joined in conversation with …

UW Science Engage, Ada's Technical Books, and Town Hall Seattle present
UW Science Now
Katie Reichard, Sam Entwistle, & Emilio Vilanova
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:30PM
Ada's Technical Books
425 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

UW Science Now is an annual tradition where Town Hall teams with UW Science Engage to bring local graduate students to the stage to present their latest cutting-edge research. This year we’re thrilled to partner with Ada’s Technical Books to feature these illuminating talks in a casual setting where audiences can enjoy a drink and …

Town Music: JACK Quartet with Joshua Roman
Neighborhood:Downtown
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:30PM
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 7PM
($15 – $20)

Our Town Music series has steadily grown and become a part of our community, and after a decade of successful seasons we’re thrilled to welcome back JACK Quartet, one of the flagship groups who helped define our stage during Town Music’s early seasons. They’ll be joined by Joshua Roman for a performance of “Tornado”―a piece …

James and Deborah Fallows with Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
Monday, May 14, 2018, 7:30PM
University Temple Church
1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane—visiting smaller and medium-sized cities and meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs. To share their hopeful view of the country between its coasts, the Fallows take our stage in conversation with Washington Post …

Yanis Varoufakis
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:30PM
University Temple Church
1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Exclusively on sale to Town Hall members from 4/2 until 4/9. Not a member, join today! How should parents talk to their children about the economy: how it operates, where it came from, how it benefits some while impoverishing others? Former Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis has appeared before heads of nations, assemblies of experts, and …

MIT Enterprise Forum, Town Hall Seattle, and Seattle University present
Human-Machine Interfaces & The Future of Interaction
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6:30PM
Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University
SU Campus Walk (at Marion)
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 5:30PM. Networking from 5:30PM - 6:30PM
$10

As the Spring session of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest comes to a close, Town Hall invites you to join this panel and look forward into the future of human-machine interfaces. Consider the human and societal impacts of new machines and their interactions with humans. As our world becomes increasingly more technologically advanced …

Dambisa Moyo
Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth, and How to Fix It
Neighborhood:U-District/Ravenna
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Around the world, populations angry at stagnant wages and growing inequality have rebelled against established governments and turned to political extremes. Now, according to economist Dambisa Moyo, liberal democracy threatens to lose its vanguard place as a leading engine for growth and prosperity. With wisdom from her book Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing …

Town Hall Seattle and Ignite Seattle present
Ignite Seattle
Enlighten us, but make it quick!
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:30PM
SIFF Cinema - Egyptian Theatre
805 E Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM
($5.00 – $10.00)

Ignite Seattle is an evening of fast-paced talks on a wide range of interesting, inspiring, and challenging topics. After several wildly successful seasons at Town Hall, the popular series returns with its simple premise: Enlighten us, but make it quick. Presenters are asked: If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say? What …

Town Hall Seattle and The Museum of Flight present
Alan Stern and David Grinspoon
Inside The First Mission to Pluto
Neighborhood:Downtown/Around
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:30PM
Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Imagine a roughly minivan-sized space probe screaming through space at more than 32,000 miles per hour more than 3 billion miles from Earth, focusing its instruments on the long mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system. This is the life of the NASA spacecraft New Horizons. To lend us understanding into this once-in-a-generation mission, Town …

Distilled 2018
A fundraiser for Town Hall featuring Annie Leonard and Brady Piñero Walkinshaw
Friday, May 18, 2018, 7:00PM
Canvas Event Space
3412 4th Ave S #1905
Seattle, WA 98134
Doors and Check-In at 6:30PM.
$50.00

A dash of civics. A splash of art. A heap of fun. We’re concocting the essential night out for Town Hall! Come together for a night of cocktails, conversation, music, and the opportunity to raise-the-paddle in support of Town Hall. Distilled is Town Hall’s annual fundraiser where we boil down the essence of our organization--the empathy of …

Town Hall Seattle and University Prep present
In Residence—Reframe: Five Photographers on the Power of the Everyday
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:30PM
University Prep
8000 25th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Doors at 6:30PM
Free

 Real-Time Captioning (via CART) will be available at this event. The photographic Everyday Africa project has inspired photojournalists all over the world to follow the Everyday model to fuel conversation and connections between seemingly disparate groups of people. Now Peter DiCampo—co-founder of Everyday Africa and Town Hall’s Inside/Out Resident representing the University District and Ravenna neighborhoods—convenes …

In Residence—#EverydaySeattle Photowalk and Workshop
NeighborhoodUniversity/Ravenna
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00PM
University Temple Church
1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 2:30PM
Free

The movement of Everyday photography projects (@EverydayAfrica, @EverydayBronx, @EverydayAmericanMuslim, and others) has created a worldwide conversation surrounding the role of photography in activism and social conversation. Now Everyday Africa co-founder Peter DiCampo—Town Hall’s Inside/Out Neighborhood Resident for the University District and Ravenna—brings together four other founders of Everyday projects to bring Seattle into the fold …

Looking Back at Forward Thrust
A Community Conversation hosted by Shaun Scott
Monday, May 21, 2018, 7:30PM
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118
The Blue Building, Room 7. Doors at 6:30PM
Free

This event is part of a series of community conversations hosted by Shaun Scott centering on ideas and possibilities put forward by Forward Thrust in the late 1960's. Series Schedule: May 21: Rainier Arts Center June 10: Phinney Center June 15: University Lutheran Church June 20: Pigott Building (Seattle University) From 1968 to 1970, under the direction of civic visionary Jim …

Michael Pollan
The Science of Psychedelics
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:30PM
Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Seattle)
1441 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM
$5.00

Exclusively on sale to Town Hall members from 4/2 until 4/9. Not a member, join today! LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms) have shown significant promise as tools to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety. But, according to bestselling writer Michael Pollan, these remarkable substances are …

 

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