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Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:00 – 7:15pm

**SOLD OUT**Jake Rosenfeld
‘What Unions No Longer Do’

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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Civics

Advance tickets for this event have been sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 pm. Today’s lack of unions has impacted equality, fair working conditions, and wages in the workplace. UW professor Rosenfeld’s new book is an insightful account of just how much their decline negatively impacts workers nationwide.

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Monday, April 21, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

**SOLD OUT**Hedrick Smith
Reclaiming the American Dream

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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Civics

Advance tickets for this event have been sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 pm. Pulitzer Prize-winner Smith looks at current political and economic trends unfolding across the country, defining when and how the “American Dream” fell apart. By learning from the past, Americans can create much-needed reforms for future success.

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Monday, April 21, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Barbara Ehrenreich with Marcie Sillman
The Meaning of Life

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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Arts & Culture

By portraying her personal “nonbeliever’s search” for knowledge, bestselling author Ehrenreich’s memoir focuses on philosophical journeys, the meaning of life, and the definition of spirituality.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now
Emily Davis: Can Wildfires Rejuvenate Streams?
Brooke Cassell: Fighting Fire with Fire

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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Science

These graduate students have fire on the brain. Davis, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, will change the way you think about wildfires. Cassell, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, shares how controlled fires create healthier forests.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Town Music
Joshua Roman & Andrius Zlabys

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. Single tickets are on sale now.

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Music, Town Music

Town Music Artistic Director Joshua Roman takes the stage with acclaimed Lithuanian pianist Andrius Zlabys in a program featuring Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne (from the Pulcinella ballet), Schnittke Sonata, and more.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Jacques White
Sustaining Salmon in an Urban Environment

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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Civics

In the spirit of Earth Day, this presentation will explore the constantly changing relationship between Pacific salmon, humans, and our shared ecosystems. Join White for an exploration of salmon stewardship and a discussion of the future for both the salmon and people of the Pacific Northwest amidst a rapidly urbanizing environment.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00 – 7:15pm

Katie Davis
‘The App Generation’

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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Civics

Today’s youth seem inseparable from the fast-changing technologies that define our times. UW professor Davis has investigated how this connectivity has, for better or worse, had a tangible impact on adolescents and created The App Generation.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30pm

826 Seattle presents: Dave Eggers and Maria Semple: One Night Only

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $20/$5 for students at the door.

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Community

Dave Eggers and Maria Semple love one another’s books — Eggers’ The Circle and Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Brought together by their love of literature — and 826 Seattle — they’ll appear in conversation for one night only as a benefit for the organization.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Nomi Prins
Wall Street in the White House

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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Civics

Prins offers an investigative look at the political and economic web spun between Wall Street and the White House. From the Federal Reserve to international policies, she reveals the devastating consequences of “keeping it in the family.”

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Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now
Shelley Chestler: Slow Earthquakes
Michelle Weirathmueller: Quakes and Whales

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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Science

Chestler’s research in UW’s Dept of Earth and Space Sciences applies the lessons of slow earthquakes to mitigation of the “big one.” Weirathmueller, School of Oceanography, studies fin whale calls in earthquake recordings and how they might save these endangered mammals.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Gavin Hayes
Mitigating Disasters
Earthquake Response in the 21st Century

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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Science

More than 1,000 earthquakes occur annually in Washington. Hayes, of the U.S. Geological Survey, will discuss different ways of earthquake response and how best to reduce their disastrous effects.

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Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 – 9:30pm

LUCO presents
Berlioz, Debussy, & Bartok

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. Free-$18.

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Community

The Seattle-based community orchestra’s third concert of the 2013-14 season features Berlioz’s Overture to Rob Roy; Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie, with Steven Noffsinger, clarinet; and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.

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Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Judith Orloff
Learning to Surrender

Downstairs at Town Hall; Enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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Science

In The Ecstasy of Surrender, UCLA psychiatrist Orloff offers a guide to help reduce stress, achieve goals, and “empower your life.” By learning when to let go and when to retain control, a happier, more fulfilled life can be achieved.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Sounds True presents
Jack Kornfield Intensive Day 1
The Psychology of Loving Awareness

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $199-$249.

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Community

Multimedia publisher Sounds True presents this two-day immersion in the tools, practices, and applications of Buddhist psychology, designed for students, professionals, and meditators.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 – 10:00pm

Seattle Baroque Orchestra presents
‘Delirio Amoroso’
Handel’s Italian Years with Alexander Weimann

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $20-$42.

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Community

Delirio Amoroso captures the glory and verve of Handel’s youth in Rome with sonatas; concerto grossos; opera excerpts from Antiochus, Rosaura, Rodrigo; and a harpsichord solo performed by guest director Weimann, of the ensemble Tragicomedia.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 – 10:00pm

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility presents
David Cay Johnston
The Impact of American Inequality

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

David Cay Johnston
Community

Pulitzer Prize-winner Johnston’s Divided takes a hard look at the level of inequality in the U.S. and no corner of society is left untouched. His book explores political repression, the shrinking middle class, education imbalance, and most importantly, what these dictate about the future.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Sounds True presents
Jack Kornfield Intensive Day 2
The Psychology of Loving Awareness

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $199-$249.

Jack Kornfield
Community

Multimedia publisher Sounds True presents this two-day immersion in the tools, practices, and applications of Buddhist psychology, designed for students, professionals, and meditators.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Short Stories Live
Coming of Age

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $10-$15.

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Arts & Culture, Short Stories Live

Town Hall favorite Short Stories Live returns for another afternoon of fantastic works. This time, the stories will be about youth and children, exploring the many firsts, twists, and turns young people encounter. Favorite Northwestern actors will make these stories come alive.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

David Goldblatt
Brazil, and the Power of Futebol

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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Arts & Culture

Known as one of the most futebol-crazed nations, Brazil’s soccer story is one of triumph, creativity, and determination. Futebol Nation also shows the game’s lesser-known side — one of poverty, political corruption, and violence. Ultimately, soccer will either unite or destroy Brazil.

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Monday, April 28, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Annette Lu
A Feminist’s Fight for Taiwan

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Annette Lu
Civics

Lu’s powerful memoir traces Taiwan’s political history, her imprisonment in the 1980s, and her eventual election as Vice President in 2000. Her fight for gender equality, human rights, and political reform were key factors in achieving Taiwanese independence.

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