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Sacred Music, Sacred Dance Witness both at an Everett Community College event featuring a choir of multiphonic singers from Tibet's Drepung Loseling monastery. This is the choral ensemble whose vocals lent a touch of authenticity to the Brad Pitt vehicle Seven Years in Tibet. Everett Civic Auditorium, 2418 Colby Ave., 425-388-9505 ext. 505. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 5.

The Seattle CHECC Movement: Could It Happen Again? A two-panel discussion contemplates a renewal of Choose an Effective City Council, a program that began in 1967 and functioned for 13 years as a combination think tank and launch pad for aspiring progressive politicos and innovative ideas for social reform. A variety of CHECC alums will appear as panelists and will discuss the probability of a CHECC Part Two. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-7066. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 5.

Amy Goodman The much-lauded radio newsperson is in town to help Seattle public station KBCS-FM (91.3) celebrate its 30th year on the air. Goodman will discuss her two decades of experience as an investigate reporter and will answer audience questions after the talk. Husky Union Building (UW campus), 206-634-3400. Free admission. Noon. Thurs., May 6. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 425-564-2418. $25. 7 p.m. Fri., May 7.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber The renowned cancer expert discusses environmental toxins that might increase your chances of acquiring the disease, at a Town Hall lecture sponsored in part by the League of Women Voters. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-329-4848. $15. 7 p.m. Thurs., May 6.

Robert McChesney The founder of Free Press (www.freepress.net) talks about "lapdog journalism" and other lapses in media integrity. His nonprofit Press advocates informed political debate and skewers instances of bias (or flat-out laziness) in mainstream media outlets, so he might have some illuminating things to say about the coverage of the War on Terror. Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-543-2985. $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., May 6.

Financial Literacy Conference "Las mujeres y el dinero" (women and money) is the straightforward subject of this one-day event for Latinas. The conference includes workshops on budgeting, saving for higher education, buying a house, and starting a business. Seattle Center House, 305 Harrison St., 425-450-4943. Free admission. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri., May 7.

Jesus Seminar on the Road Relax—University Congregational United Church "teaches a progressive view of religion (and nonliteral interpretations of biblical materials)," so this two-day event is educational, not evangelical. Theology scholars Bernard Brandon Scott and Arthur J. Dewey will address the topic, "Jesus, from Peasant to Emperor." 4515 16th Ave. N.E., 206-524-2322. $10 for Friday lecture; $25 each for Saturday workshops. 7:30-9 p.m. Fri., May 7. 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Sat., May 8.

Landmark Nomination Workshop Learn how to get your favorite building, bridge, or bench designated an historic landmark at this free seminar organized by Historic Seattle. Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., 206-622-6952. Free admission (donations accepted). 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., May 8.

Finding Your Way: Human Navigation A new exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry explores the various and sundry ways we humans negotiate our environment, from using the stars to relying on intuition. Mapmaking and, presumably, divining rods are included as well. 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and youth. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit opens Sat., May 8.

Use It Again, Seattle! Essentially a potluck rummage sale, this Queen Anne–Magnolia event encourages neighbors to drop off their own gently used goods and choose from a wide variety of other people's wares. Mattresses, TVs, and computer components are off-limits, but pretty much everything else is a go. Northwest Center, 1600 W. Armory Way, 206-615-0701. Free admission. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., May 8.

Varpu Lindström The Nordic Heritage Museum hosts York University history prof Lindström, who will discuss her scholarly work on Finnish immigrants as well as her new film on American spies in Karelia. (Karelia, for those unaware, is a small, unrecognized country between Finland and Russia, not unlike the disputed land of Kashmir.) 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children. 3 p.m. Sat., May 8.

Spike Lee Foolproof's "American Voices" series brings Lee to the Paramount Theatre for an evening of political punditry. The director of Do the Right Thing, one of the best films on race relations ever made, Lee also helmed Malcolm X (which millions skipped work to see the day it opened) and is certain, by virtue of his vast intelligence and boundless energy, to have something provocative to say about the many jams our country is in these days. 911 Pine St., 206-467-5510. $25-$75. 8 p.m. Sat., May 8.

Information and the Quality of Life Ex–New Yorker scribe Bill McKibben leads a panel of information-industry experts and spiritual leaders in a warts-and-all discussion of the Info Age. Sponsored in part by the University of Washington's Information School and the MacArthur Foundation. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-616-7213. Free admission. 7 p.m. Mon., May 10.

Werner Sobek The German structural engineer discusses his accomplishments, which blanket the globe. Sobek has assisted architects in Peru, Thailand, and China, not to mention Chicago, and he's worked with materials ranging from titanium to concrete. His lecture is sponsored by Space.City, a local arts organization. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-443-9833. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 6:30 p.m. Tues., May 11.

Science Forum Lecture Series The University of Washington series concludes with a lecture by oceanographer Jamie Morison, who will examine "The Changing Arctic." Kane Hall, Room 130 (UW campus); visit www.UWalum.com to register. Free admission. 7-8:15 p.m. Tues., May 11.

Bob Edwards The titan of NPR news, who stepped down from hosting Morning Edition last week, ponders a somewhat demoralizing topic: "the decline of reportorial standards since the 1980s." During the talk, Edwards is likely to refer early and often to his new biography of legendary TV newsman Edward R. Murrow, a book praised extensively by the likes of Bill Moyers and fellow NPR commentator Daniel Schorr. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-624-6600. $5. 7:30 p.m. Tues., May 11.

Robert Reich Clinton's original Secretary of Labor, Reich is now an econ prof at Brandeis University. He visits Seattle as part of Foolproof's "American Voices" series to plug his new book, I'll Be Short: Essentials for a Decent Working Society, and hopefully to tell us when the downsizing will cease. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-3554. $15. 7:30 p.m. Tues., May 11.

Spring Open House Shepherd's Counseling Services, a nonprofit that provides counseling to survivors of childhood sexual abuse, invites the public to learn more about its services and resources. 2601 Broadway Ave. E., 206-323-7131. Free admission. 5:30-8 p.m. Wed., May 12.

Volunteer Action Night Learn what you and your family can do to better Seattle at a community get-together hosted by the Fremont Public Association. 1501 N. 45th St., 206-694-6825. Free admission. 6-8 p.m. Wed., May 12.

Parenting Lecture "Babies, Brains, and How We Help Them Learn" is the title of this lecture by Andrew Meltzhoff and Patricia Kuhl, part of ParentMap's spring series of talks on the subject of raising kids. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-369-7190. $15. 7-9 p.m. Wed., May 12.

Bruce Lincoln The University of Chicago divinity prof considers the use of "religious speech" as a rationale for violence, from ancient Persia to the 21st century. Kane Hall (UW campus), 206-543-4835. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 12.

Living Fully in Fearful Times Easier said than done. Seattle University hosts a forum led by Lisa Firestone and Joyce Catlett, authors of a recent book on death anxiety. Schafer Auditorium (SU campus), 206-296-6000. $5 suggested donation. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 12.

Walter Russell Mead The foreign-policy giant dissects Dubya's tactical maneuvers against the terrorist threat, emphasizing how the best-laid strategies can break down on their way to becoming policy. Mead's recent book Power, Terror, Peace, and War addresses these issues head on, so he can be expected to draw upon it in depth. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-624-6600. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 12.

Rudolf Steiner Lecture Joan Almon of the Seattle Anthroposophical Society recaps the life and work of Steiner (1861–1925), who established the Waldorf educational philosophy and was a prominent thinker in medicine, arts, and religion. Seattle Waldorf School, 2728 N.E. 100th St., 206-366-8356. Free admission ($10 donation suggested). 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 12.

 
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