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Seattle Follies Hosted by Mike Egan of Microsoft, this "cabaret with a political twist" features relationship expert Pepper Schwartz, former City Attorney Mark Sidran, John Moe of KUOW-FM, and a passel of local actors and musicians. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 16.

Frank Drake The originator of the Drake Equation, a mathematical formula intended to estimate the number of intelligent beings in a galaxy, speaks on the current state of the search for extraterrestrial life. Kane Hall (Room 120), UW campus, 206-543-7773. Free. 8 p.m. Wed., June 16.

Nail Al-Jubeir Representing the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., Al-Jubeir speaks on U.S.–Saudi relations in light of the Iraq war. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., 206-621-1700. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m. Thurs., June 17.

Cascade Dialogues The rotating conservation forum resumes in Everett; on the protection agenda are King County ranches, farmlands, timberlands, and parks. Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave., 206-292-5907, www.cascadedialogues.com. Free. 6 p.m. Thurs., June 17.

Community Forum "Exit Strategy: Rethinking Iraq" is the subject of a discussion at St. Mark's Cathedral led by University of Washington profs Tim Amen, Daniel Chirot, and Christoph Giebel. 1245 10th Ave. E., 206-323-0300. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., June 17.

Community Panel Local activists discuss same-sex marriage as an act of civil disobedience. New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-6057. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 17.

Juggling Festival Seattle Center hosts three days of workshops and demos from "more than 100 of the top jugglers from the Western U.S. and Canada." Seattle Center House, 206-524-JUGL. Free. 4-10 p.m. Fri., June 18. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., June 19. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., June 20.

Producing Radio Features Workshop Jack Straw Productions presents a two-weekend course taught by NPR's Gordon Black, who will cover the basics of radio journalism, from brainstorming and writing to recording and editing. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. $360. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., June 19-Sun., June 20 and Sat., June 26-Sun., June 27.

Fremont Fair Parading cyclists in the buff are the most publicized attraction at this yearly Solstice event, but the fair offers so much more: art cars, activism, world music, diverse eats, and a pageant that includes "a visual retelling of the rebirth of the sun." The wearing of patchouli is optional but recommended. N. 34th St. and Fourth Ave. N., 206-694-6706. Free. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., June 19. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun., June 20.

Trackless Trolley Tour Visit Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, and Montlake as a passenger on a 1940s trolley restored by members of the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association. Trolleys depart from the corner of Second Ave. S. and S. Main St., 206-684-1816. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/children. 11 a.m. Sat., June 19.

Summer Beachcombing Low tide is the time to explore with Seattle Aquarium naturalists; they'll be leading beach tours at Golden Gardens, Carkeek Park, Lincoln Park, Richmond Beach, and other waterside locations on the dates listed below. For location info, visit www.seattleaquarium.org or call 206-386-4300. Free. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sat., June 19. Noon-3 p.m. Sun., June 20.

Sleep Apnea Lecture Dr. Edward Gottheil addresses the symptoms of sleep apnea, and the treatments available, at the JCC on Mercer Island. 3801 E. Mercer Way, 206-232-7115 ext. 269. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Sun., June 20.

Walking Tour Joan Burton and Duse McLean, authors of Urban Walks: 23 Walks Through Seattle's Parks and Neighborhoods, lead a West Seattle stroll that includes Schmitz Park. Walk begins at 5551 S.W. Admiral Way, 425-885-3173. Free. 10 a.m. Sun., June 20.

Art Car Procession You see them singly around town; now watch them caravan. A tradition associated with the Fremont Fair, the parade of decorated cars this year includes Erika Nelson's entry The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Replicas of the World's Largest Things. Procession begins at Golden Gardens (8498 Seaview Pl. N.W.) and travels via Market Street and Leary Way to the fair (N. 34th St. and Fourth Ave. N.), www.seattleartcars.org. Free. 11:15 a.m. Sun., June 20.

David Brooks If "bobos" (bourgeois bohemians) can't catch a break from The New York Times op-ed writer, then neither can middle-class suburbanites, whom he assesses in his new book, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. Women's University Club, 1105 Sixth Ave., 206-682-7395. $30-$40. Noon-1:30 p.m. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Mon., June 21.

Stimson Bullitt "Lawyer, teacher, author, human rights advocate, executive, urban visionary, mountaineer." Stimson Bullitt is a man of many titles and accomplishments, and former Seattle mayor Charles Royer is likely to pry some juicy anecdotes out of the 85-year-old arts patron when he chats up Bullitt at Town Hall tonight. During the Nixon administration, Bullitt won the distinction of being the only Seattleite on that president's so-called enemies list; find out how during this rare opportunity to see the local civic giant in person. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-3554. Free. 7:30 p.m. Mon., June 21.

Small Business Tax Workshop Courtesy of the IRS, learn about sole proprietorships and other aspects of business structure applicable to independent enterprises. Business Administration Office, 1200 Sixth Ave. (Suite 1700), 206-553-7310. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. Tues., June 22.

Cancer Prevention Tour "Check Your Insides Out" is the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation's drive to promote cancer education. As part of the interactive traveling exhibit, visitors may experience "a walk-through, 20-foot-long, 8-foot-high colon that shows healthy colon tissue and the various stages of colorectal cancer." South Lake Union Park, 1000 Terry Ave. N., www.checkyourinsidesout.org. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues., June 22-Thurs., June 24. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., June 25.

Art Lecture To get people stoked for SAM's fall exhibit on 15th- to 19th-century Spain, curator Chiyo Ishikawa speaks tonight on the Juan de Flandes masterwork Retablo de Isabel la Católica, a pastiche of 47 smaller paintings. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100. Free. 7:30 p.m. Tues., June 22.

Yoga on the Beach Learn "downward-facing dog" at a free YMCA class. Myrtle Edwards Park, 3130 Alaskan Way W., 206-382-5000. Free. 6-7 p.m. Wed., June 23.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. The Harvard prof talks about recording culture at a lecture sponsored by the World Affairs Council. His latest project is Encarta Africana, a multimedia reference work dealing with African history and art. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., 206-545-6988. $10 for WAC members, $15 for the general public. 7 p.m. Wed., June 23.

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