Event Listings

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Town Hall Seattle and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
Sang-Hee Lee
Investigating Our Evolving Species
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:30PM
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St
Seattle, WA 98103
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

What do we truly have in common with the Neanderthals? What can fossilized teeth tell us about the life expectancy of our ancient ancestors? How can simple geometric comparisons of fossils suggest a possible origin to our social nature? Korea’s first paleoanthropologist Sang-Hee Lee explores some of our greatest evolutionary questions from new and unexpected …

The Black Student Union of Seattle Central College and Town Hall Seattle present
Kimberly Foster
Don't Wait to Create Change
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00PM
Erickson Theatre
1524 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98102
Free

FREE. No registration required. When is too early to start creating change? Kimberly Foster, named a 2016 Forbes' "30 Under 30”, began For Harriet while still an undergraduate studying African American Studies at Harvard. Today, this groundbreaking digital community for Black women reaches over 2 million visitors a month and is a leading voice for Black …

Town Hall Seattle and Fred Wildlife Refuge present
Dapper AF
Queers in Conversation about Style and Identity
Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:30PM
Fred Wildlife Refuge
128 Belmont Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

This event is sold out. There will be a standby line at the door and the event will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. Tickets are still available for the HER Seattle after party. Read more about the event here. If the future is fluid, do lesbians still need to get coming out haircuts? Does the color of …

Shaun Scott with Minh Nguyen
Millennials and the Moments that Made Us
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:30PM
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

A generation on the move, a country on the brink, and a young author's search to find out how we got here. Shaun Scott presents a cultural history of the United States in his book Millennials and the Moments That Made Us: A Cultural History of the U.S. from 1982-Present, lending us insight into the …

Real Change and Town Hall Seattle Present
12th Annual Urban Poverty Forum
A Panel on Police Interactions in Communities of Color
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 1:00PM
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
Doors at 12:30PM
Free

The Urban Poverty Forum is an annual educational event that brings speakers together around a common theme: to open a dialogue about the systemic issues surrounding urban poverty. Unite with a diverse and caring community including faith-based organizations, non-profits, and concerned citizens in addressing problems faced by the poorest among us. Join community leaders in …

Town Hall Seattle and Westside School present
Jonathan Kauffman
How Hippie Foods Changed the Way We Eat
Neighborhood:Downtown & Around
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7:30PM
Westside School
10404 34th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Many consider sprouts, tofu, yogurt, brown rice, and whole-grain bread to be health-food standbys, but how did these foods gain their reputation as such ubiquitous healthy choices? In his book Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat, food writer Jonathan Kauffman traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods—and the …

Town Hall Seattle and Gage Academy of Art present
John Grade
Remaking Nature Through Sculpture
Neighborhood:Downtown & Around
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:30PM
Impact Hub
220 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Visitors to the Seattle Art Museum can’t miss John Grade’s largest sculpture to date: an enormous wooden structure in the shape of a tree, over a hundred feet long and hanging from the lobby ceiling. Grade has made his mark on the Pacific Northwest with art that recreates—and coexists with—the natural world. He has assembled …

Ignite Seattle
Enlighten us, but make it quick!
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8:00PM
SIFF Cinema - Egyptian Theatre
805 E Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 7:30PM
($5 – $10)

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 if …

Town Hall, Cornish College, and Earshot Jazz present
Global Rhythms: Summit in Seattle
With Vijay Iyer, Howard Wiley, Ambrose Akinmusire and Tyshawn Sorey
Neighborhood:Downtown
Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:30PM
Cornish Playhouse
201 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
Doors at 6:30PM
($15 – $20)

Town Hall Seattle, Cornish College of the Arts, and Earshot Jazz are delighted to present a unique night of jazz as four powerhouses meet onstage and explore each other’s distinct styles in a bespoke collaboration. Vijay Iyer (piano)—the MacArthur Fellow and Grammy nominee known for his clever reworkings of iconic compositions and unexpected meter—is currently …

Talk of the Town 2018
Celebrate Town Hall with fine food and conversation
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 6:00PM
Various Locations
Dinners take place in homes across the city.
$350

Join us for a citywide night of conversation and fine dining at Town Hall's 14th Annual Benefit: Talk of the Town. We've curated dream dinner parties in signature spaces across Seattle with  our city's foremost chefs, thought and cultural leaders—and you. Come together with your fellow diners for an unforgettable night as you support Town …

Robert Reich
The Common Good
Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:30PM
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98102
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

This event has sold out. There will be a standby line at the door. Read more about standby here. Travel, parking, and ADA info. Societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce and build the common good, as well as vicious cycles that undermine it. In his new book The Common Good, acclaimed author Robert Reich contends …

Town Hall Seattle and Institute for Systems Biology
ISB Panel: The Future of Health
Neighborhood:Downtown & Around
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:30PM
Institute for Systems Biology
401 Terry Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Seattle’s Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is revolutionizing science with a powerful approach to predict and prevent disease, and enable a sustainable environment. Join a panel of experts as they explore the cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach of systems biology and how it is applied in the exploration of new frontiers in biology and medicine. This …

Amy Chua with Bill Radke
Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Humans are tribal; we need to belong to groups. But according to international law professor Amy Chua in her book Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, Americans are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics—and that blind spot has continually undermined American foreign policy. Chua takes our stage to outline …

Town Music: Roomful of Teeth
Friday, March 9, 2018, 7:30PM
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98102
Doors at 7PM
($15 – $20)

Combine yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Georgian, Persian, Hindustani music, Korean P’ansori and Death Metal, and you’ve approached describing the human vocal project known as Roomful of Teeth. Ever since their first album earned accolades from NPR, Pitchfork and others—not to mention a Grammy—this charming, idiosyncratic ensemble has been challenging our conventionally held ideas …

Saturday Family Concerts: La Famille Léger
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11:00AM
Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
Doors at 10:30AM
(Free – $5)

The family that plays together stays together! We’re excited to welcome returning friends La Famille Léger back to Saturday Family Concerts. The Légers play the dancing music of French Canada—the music of back porches and kitchen parties, handed down through generations in the New World. In addition to presenting lively tunes on the fiddle and …

Town Hall Seattle and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
Scott L. Montgomery
The Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:30PM
Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
In the Brick Building (Community Hall)
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Global threats of climate change and rising air pollution have led many experts to believe that we must transition away from carbon energy and pursue alternative energy sources. Sustainability author Scott L. Montgomery argues that nuclear power is not an option for the future but an absolute necessity, and he joins us with realities and …

Classrooms in Color: An #EducationSoWhite Workshop
with TED-Ed Innovators Kristin Leong and Marcos Silva
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00PM
Antioch University, Classroom 226
2400 3rd Ave
Seattle 98101
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

For educators everywhere; middle school, high school, and college students; and anyone who believes that LGBTQ teachers and students deserve inclusion not just tolerance—Town Hall and ROLL CALL present a workshop on connecting across cultures in classrooms, in preparation for our #EducationSoWhite event. Join TED-Ed Innovative Educators and #EducationSoWhite panelists Kristin Leong and Marcos Silva …

Town Hall Seattle, Seattle University, and The Seattle Times present
#EducationSoWhite 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:30PM
Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University
SU Campus Walk (at Marion)
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

#EducationSoWhite 2018 will be an exciting encore to last year's popular and provocative program! This year’s panel of dynamic education leaders will examine the impact of the culture gaps in our schools separating students and teachers. Topics that will be fueling this event include: the fact that 90% of teachers in Washington State are white …

Town Hall Seattle and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
The Bittersweet Life Podcast Live!
Midnight in the Piazza
Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30PM
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St
Seattle, WA 98103
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Former Town Hall Programing Director Katy Sewall and children’s author and travel writer Tiffany Parks invite you to a special live installment of The Bittersweet Life podcast. The episode centers on Tiffany Parks' new book for young readers Midnight in the Piazza, an all-ages adventure following a young girl in Rome racing to solve a …

Town Hall Seattle and 206 Zulu present
Lamont 'U-God' Hawkins with Dr. Daudi Abe
Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:30PM
Washington Hall
153 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Many music fans consider the Wu-Tang Clan to be hip-hop royalty. But remarkably, none of the founding members have told their story. Town Hall is excited to partner with 206 Zulu to present Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang, a history of this seminal hip-hop group by Lamont "U-God" Hawkins, one of the group’s founding …

Town Hall Seattle, Plymouth Church United Church of Christ, and Southwest Youth and Family Services present
It Takes a Village
Lessons from Teen Parents on Resilience and Community
Neighborhood:Downtown & Around
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 6:00PM
Plymouth Church Seattle
1217 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Doors open at 5:30PM
$5

In a celebration of family, resourcefulness, and the resilience of the human spirit, Town Hall is thrilled to partner with Southwest Youth and Family Service and Plymouth Church United Church of Christ for a panel of success stories of teen parents. We’ll hear from a panel with one SWYFS social worker and two young women …

Morgan Simon
Making Good Money by Investing in Social Change
Neighborhood:Downtown & Around
Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:30PM
Impact Hub
220 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

Impact investment—the support of social and environmental projects with a financial return—has become a hot topic on the global stage. So much so, says investment professional Morgan Simon, that it has become poised to eclipse traditional aid by ten times in the next decade. But the field is at a tipping point, and Simon joins …

Leonard Mlodinow
Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM
$5

With rapid technological innovation leading the charge, today’s world is transforming itself at an extraordinary and unprecedented pace. We are confronted every day with new challenges as jobs become more multifaceted, information streams multiply, and myriad devices place increasing demands on our attention. Theoretical physicist Leonard Mlodinow joins us with insight from his book Elastic: …

MIT Enterprise Institute, Town Hall Seattle, and Seattle University present
A.I. and Automation in the Workforce of Tomorrow
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 5:30PM
Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University
SU Campus Walk (at Marion)
Seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 5:30pm
$10

Machines and equipment are already making inroads into the labor market. These changes have been brought on by the drive for companies to be more efficient. Undoubtedly, these forces will continue and will reshape the frontier to determine what is possible for automated machines to manage in the workforce of the 21st century. Join this …

Town Hall, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
In Residence — Sacred in the Everyday
with Peter Levitt with Shin Yu Pai
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:30PM
Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Free

Known for the warmth, humor, clarity, and depth of his teachings, Zen teacher Peter Levitt is also the author of fourteen books of poetry and prose. Legendary poet Robert Creeley wrote that Peter Levitt’s poetry “sounds the honor of our common dance.” Town Hall is thrilled to welcome Peter to the stage for an evening …

Town Hall Seattle and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods present
In Residence—Evolving Masculinity: A #MeToo Era Conversation and Workshop
with Galen Erickson and Jordan Giarratano
Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:00PM
The Summit on Pike
420 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98102
Doors at 6:00PM
Free

The #MeToo movement is illuminating many ways in which men cause harm, consciously or otherwise, by not having a clear understanding and respect of boundaries and consent. Since the rise of #MeToo, many have grown to connect the phrase “be a man” with emotional repression and disconnection—and view the traditional culture and expressions of masculinity …

Town Hall Seattle, BECU, and Seattle University present
King-Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:00PM
Campion Ballroom at Seattle University
914 E. Jefferson St
seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 12:15PM

FREE. No registration required. Want to watch 90 middle-schoolers knock out words like zwieback, alluvium, thalweg, and peccadillo? So do we! The regional spelling bee brings together students from schools across King and Snohomish Counties who have already proven themselves to be fantastic spellers. This year’s bee will be moderated by Seattle Radio Theatre founder and …

Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University present
Kory Stamper
The Secret Life of Dictionaries
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 6:00PM
Campion Ballroom at Seattle University
914 E. Jefferson St
seattle, WA 98122
Doors at 5:30pm
$5

Do you have strong feelings about the word “irregardless”? Have you ever tried to define the word “is”? Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is, in fact, as lively and dynamic as language itself. Kory Stamper takes our stage to crack open the complex, …

POSTPONED: Equal Treatment: Medical Professionals Confronting Their Own Bias
Neighborhood:University/Ravenna
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:30PM
University Lutheran Church
1604 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Doors at 6:30PM

This event has been postponed. If you have purchased tickets, we will contact you soon to arrange an exchange or refund. How are diversity, inclusion, and bias addressed in the medical profession? What actions are being taken to ensure that all patients get the quality of care that they need regardless of their race, gender, age, …

Town Hall Seattle and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
There Are No Dead Here: Murder and Denial in Colombia
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:30PM
Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Room 7, in the Blue Building. Doors at 6:30PM.
$5

Starting in the late 1990s, paramilitary groups with close ties to drug cartels carried out a bloody expansion campaign throughout much of Colombia. Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno joins us with insight from her book There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia, sharing her account of massacres committed by paramilitary groups …

 

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