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Icy Hell and the Pacific Northwest Nobody shot Northwest newsreels quite like Will E. Hudson, the focus of the Whatcom Museum's new installation, which documents his work on whaling expeditions and other cultural hallmarks of the region. 121 Prospect St. (Bellingham), 360-676-6981. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Through Sun., Sept. 5.
Federal Lands Forum The subjects of this unofficial public "hearing"—sponsored by the offices of Gov. Gary Locke, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island—are repeal of the federal roadless forest rule and the decline of national parks. (Of the three, only Inslee will actually be there; Locke and Cantwell will be represented by aides.) They call it a hearing "because none has been scheduled by either the U.S. Forest Service or the National Park Service on either issue." Co-sponsored by a long list of environmental organizations. Shoreline Conference Center (Shoreline), 18560 First Avenue N.E., www.wawild.org/campaigns/hearing.html. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Wed., Sept. 1.
Femme Talk "Feminine-identified queers" are invited to participate in this weekly forum; tonight's discussion, the last in the series, centers on positive experiences of femininity (and how to avoid negative ones). Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E., 206-322-2437. Free. 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 1.
Archeology Lecture Local writer Brian Hunt speaks on pioneering 19th-century archeologist Lucie Duff Gordon, who forsook her Victorian society life for a seven-year odyssey in North Africa and about whom Hunt has a screenplay in the works. Burke Museum, 17th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 45th St., 206-543-3606. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 2.
FTM 2004: A Gender Odyssey This national conference, co-hosted by Capitol Hill Arts Center and Richard Hugo House, includes panels, workshops, discussions, and presentations on transgender topics ranging from hormone therapy and surgery to coming-out tips and legal identity conversion. CHAC, 1621 12th Ave., 206-388-0500;Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030. $65/two days, $125/four days. Visit www.transconference.org for complete schedule. Fri., Sept. 3-Mon., Sept. 6.
Ugandan Convention President Yoweri Museveni is the guest of honor at this annual gathering organized by the Ugandan North American Association. Scheduled discussion topics include the AIDS epidemic and global trade partnerships; a musical gala and several business forums are also planned. Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., 206-621-9000. $55/day or $150 for the weekend. Fri., Sept. 3-Sun., Sept. 5.
Beyond the Paper Plane The new Seattle Asian Art Museum exhibit emphasizes both technique and creative vision in its survey of Japanese printmaking from the '50s through the '70s. 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100. $3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Exhibit opens Sat., Sept. 4.
Kung Fu Championship Martial artists square off at the SeaTac Hilton all weekend long. 17620 Pacific Hwy. S. (SeaTac), 206-244-4800. $25/adults, $10/children (for all events). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 4. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 5.
Naked Beach Rally This clothing-optional gathering is a rally and networking opportunity for proponents of nude beaches in Seattle. Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, 206-361-9428. Free. 10 a.m. Sat., Sept. 4.
Rotorcraft Day Two dozen helicopters and gyroplanes, their pilots and crew members, and the flight instructors who can teach you how to use 'em are all part of this educational event at the Museum of Flight. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. Free admission to outdoor display; $12/adults, $11 seniors, $7.50/youth for indoor exhibit. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 4.
In the Shadow of the Blade In other rotorcraft news: This new documentary, scheduled for TV and DVD release in autumn, tells the story of a Huey helicopter that "served" in Vietnam, then toured America in 2002 to reunite vets and get them talking about their experiences. Six screenings this week! Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. $12/adults, $11 seniors, $7.50/youth. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 4. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 5. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 6.
MOHAI Walking Tour Explore the history of King County International Airport, aka Boeing Field. 7277 Perimeter Rd., 206-324-1126. $25 ($20 in advance). 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 4.
Boomerang Workshop Make your own logic-defying toy and learn about the principles of flight at this hands-on Museum of Flight class. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. Free with museum admission: $12/adults, $11 seniors, $7.50/youth. 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sat., Sept. 4-Sun., Sept. 5.
Capoeira Performance An Afro-Brazilian fusion of martial arts and dance, capoeira is said to have been invented by slaves, who used its theatrical nature to disguise its potential as a means of rebellion. This performance, by Seattle's own Grupo Axé Capoeira, is the keynote event of a weekend-spanning capoeira conference. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave. E., 206-325-3113. $12. 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 5.
WindSong Trio The local ensemble performs an eclectic repertoire of classical, folk, and pop music at the SSCC Arboretum. South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5300. Free. 3-4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 5.
Condoleezza Rice Whatever your opinion of Dubya's national security adviser, her visit to Meany Hall this week, sponsored by the World Affairs Council, is one of the most anticipated local political events of the season. University of Washington president Mark Emmert will emcee during her appearance, scheduled to begin with a prepared statement and continue as Q&A, based on written questions submitted by audience members. 15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 40th St., 206-441-5910. $35 (preregistration required). 7-8 p.m. Tues., Sept. 7.
Live Your Road Trip Dream Oregon natives Phil and Carol White will teach you how, with the help of slides. Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., 206-634-3453. Free. 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 7.
Russell Train After chairing the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality under Nixon and heading up the World Wildlife Federation for 25 years, Train collects his experience in the field of eco-consciousness in the memoir Politics, Pollution, and Pandas, which he'll read from and discuss tonight. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 8.