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Nearby History Presents Meet some rising local historians and hear excerpts of their recent works at the Museum of History and Industry. 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126, www.seattlehistory.org. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 5.
Death Penalty/Immigration Forum Local attorneys Todd Maybrown and Lourdes Fuentes speak on these two controversial issues. 1111 Harvard Ave., 206-329-4848, www.seattle.wa.lwv.org. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 5.
Blood Drive Start the new year on a charitable note by making a donation at the Washington Mutual Tower on Friday, or visit www.psbc.org for a long list of other times and places to give. 1201 Third Ave., 800 398-7888, www.psbc.org. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri., Jan. 6.
Effective Communication with Legislators Learn how to express your views to local lawmakers at this workshop hosted by the Evergreen State College. 210 11th Ave. S.W. (Olympia), 360-867-6554, www.evergreen.edu. $85 (proceeds benefit Evergreen's Master of Public Administration Alumni Scholarship Fund). 9 a.m.-noon. Fri., Jan. 6.
CityClub Forum State Sens. Lisa Brown and Mike Hewitt and Reps. Richard Debolt and Lynn Kessler try to predict next year's big legislative issues. Crowne Plaza, 1113 Sixth Ave., 206-682-7395, www.seattlecityclub.org. $40 ($30 CityClub members). Noon-1:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 6.
Film Screening Set in post–civil war Bosnia, Pjer Zalica's 2003 dark comedy Fuse chronicles a village's efforts to prepare for a visit from President Bill Clinton. Activist Peter Lippman, who has spent over two decades in the former Yugoslavia, will speak, and a discussion will follow the screening. Sponsored by Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice. Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl., 206-632-6021. Free. 7-9:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 6.
Film Screening Northwest Film Forum screens Negroes With Guns, an hour-long PBS documentary about Black Power leader Robert Williams, who went up against the Klan and Jim Crow laws during an activist career that took him around the world. 1515 12th Ave., 206-329-2629, www.communitycinemaseattle.org. Free (RSVP online). 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 7.
David Gilmore The Tacoma Community College philosophy professor discusses art as a form of political resistance. The talk and subsequent discussion are held at a private home; the proceeds benefit United for Peace of Pierce County. 816 South L Street (Tacoma), 253-573-1504, www.ufppc.org. $15 (includes wine and hors d'oeuvres). 1-4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 8.
Sustainability Lecture The City of Seattle and People for Puget Sound co-sponsor a talk on Vancouver, B.C.'s efforts to make its waterfront, including the Convention Center expansion, environmentally sustainable. Key Tower, 700 Fifth Ave., 206-382-7007, www.pugetsound.org. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 11.
Wednesday University A five-part, biweekly course on American theater as a political forum, taught by University of Washington drama professor Barry Witham, begins this week. Sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-621-2230, www.lectures.org. $75 (includes entire course). 7:30-9 p.m. Wed., Jan. 11.
Jared Diamond In his new book, Collapse,the author of Guns, Germs, and Steel explores the factors that cause an outwardly successful civilization—the Vikings, for example—to fall apart. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. $5. 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 12.
Film Screening Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies, a series sponsored by Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice, continues with Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, about the adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. and organizer of 1963's March on Washington, who also happened to be gay. Discussion to follow. Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl., www.seattleactivism.org. Free. 7 p.m. Fri., Jan. 13.
Film Screening The documentary Žižek! examines the accomplishments and personality of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, whose work deals with pop culture, psychoanalysis, religion, politics, and other contemporary themes. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring University of Washington professors Jennifer Bean, Marek Wieczorek, and Henry Staten. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-329-2629, www.nwfilmforum.org. $8 ($6 seniors/children; $5 NWFF members). 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 13. 7:15 p.m. Sat., Jan. 14-Thurs., Jan. 19.