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Michio Kaku The well-known physicist and author explores parallel worlds—the far reaches of scientific speculation that another universe may be floating in hyperspace just a millimeter away on a membrane beyond our four dimensions. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., March 8.
Can I Be a Feminist and Shave, Eat Meat, and Be Religious? Authors Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards lecture on feminist activism. Shoreline Community College gym, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-546-4606, www.shoreline.edu. $12. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., March 9.
Beyond Oil Gary Schaertl of Time Oil moderates a discussion of the book Beyond Oil: The View From Hubbert's Peak by Kenneth Deffeyes, who predicted the world's oil supply would peak by 2005 and drop steadily after. Sponsored by CFA Society of Seattle (for investment professionals). Financial Center 3/F conference room, 1215 Fourth Ave., 206-367-8704, www.cfaseattle.org. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thurs., March 9.
Dr. Jonathan Patz The associate professor of environment studies and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin in Madison discusses the relationship between climate change, land use, and infectious disease. Reception follows. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 360-331-7904, www.iceh.org. $15. 7 p.m. Thurs., March 9.
Jonathan Scharf The Israeli author of South of Jericho will give a lecture about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the war on terrorism and the involvement of America in the Middle East. Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, 425-890-9039. Free. 7:30 p.m., Thurs., March 9.
Tibetan Uprising Day Bring noisemakers, flags, and signs to protest the 47th anniversary of this day, when Tibetans took to the streets to protest China's invasion and occupation of their country in 1959. Front of the Westlake Mall, Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, www.geocities.com/seattletyc/march10demo.html. 3:30-6 p.m. Fri., March 10.
Northwest Sustainability Conference Citizens interested in creating an ecologically sustainable world can pick from more than 30 workshops, speeches, and films led by Northwest professionals and leaders. Mountaineers Conference Center, 300 Third Ave. W., 206-923-1976, www.nweec.org. $30/day, $50/conference. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., March 10-11.
Dr. Marshall Rosenberg The founder of Nonviolent Communication will show how to transform personal challenges into global change. Rainier Beach High School auditorium, 8815 Seward Park S., 206-382-8576, www.psncc.org. Free introduction 7-10 p.m. Fri., March 10. $80-$100 (no one turned away for lack of funds), one day workshops 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., March 11, and Sun., March 12.
Democracy in Crisis Presenters David Domke and Crispin Thurlow, professors in the University of Washington Communication Department, speak on "the power of articulation: language, identity, and political strategy." Epiphany Church, 38th and E. Denny Way, 206-324-2573. $45 with lunch. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., March 11.
March for Equality Marriage Equality Now has organized a rally to fight injustices against same-sex couples who are being denied rights to inheritance, hospital visitation, health insurance, and more. Speakers include state Rep. Ed Murray, Lambda Legal's Jamie Pederson, and Marsha Botzer, founding member of Equal Rights Washington. March from Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway , to Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., www.marriageequalitynow.org. Noon march, rally at 1 p.m. Sat., March 11.
Rhinestone Rosie The Seattle expert on vintage and costume jewelry and frequent contributor to PBS's Antiques Roadshow presents a slide show of jewelry through the years, shows some of her restored pieces, and offers evaluations of attendee's jewelry (for a suggested $2 donation, to benefit Goodwill's job training and education programs). Goodwill's Vintage Fashion Boutique will be open for shoppers beforehand. Seattle Goodwill, 1400 S. Lane St., 206-329-1000, www.seattlegoodwill.org. 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11.
Seattle 9/11 Visibility Project Film This ongoing series features Loose Change II with testimony from eyewitnesses at Ground Zero, as well as a presentation by Dr. David Ray Griffin: "Truth and Politics, Unanswered Questions about 9/11." Seattle Public Library Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., seekinglight.net/911vis. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sat., March 11.
Resisting Occupation: Nonviolence in Palestine The parents of Rachel Corrie—the Olympia woman killed in the Gaza Strip in 2003 while trying to stop demolition of the home of a Palestinian—report on their recent trip to Israel and Palestine, where they met with political and social leaders about achieving peace and justice. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave. N., www.conworks.org. Free. 3 p.m. Sat., March 11. Also, Bread and Puppet Theater's "Daughter of Courage" performs at 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., March 8-11.
A Tribute to Sister Resisters Activist group Radical Women presents an evening of spoken word and performance to celebrate International Women's Day. Dinner with vegetarian options included New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-6057. $9 donation. 6:30 p.m. Sat., March 11.
William T. Vollmann The author—whose Europe Central won this year's National Book Award for fiction—talks about how repercussions from Copernicus' revelations continue to resound as cosmologists explore the universe's vastness and the nearly insignificant role humans play in it. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. $5. 7:30 p.m. Mon., March 13.
Ronald Radosh The journalist and author—who has been involved in many key events and with many major figures over the past 50 years—speaks about his book Commies, which looks at growing up in the culture of radicalism. Tacoma Public Library, Olympic Room in the main library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., 253-591-5666, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org. Free. 7 p.m., Tues. March 14.
Rick Steves The popular public television travel guide joins marijuana experts to offer perspective on America's war on drugs. Steves will contrast Europe's tolerance with America's punitive approach. Kane Hall, University of Washington campus, www.norml.org. $10. 7-9:30 p.m. Tues., March 14.
U.N. Reform United Nations Undersecretary General Shashi Tharoor discusses how the organization should reform to better reflect current geopolitical realities. Discussion follows. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 401 17th Ave. S., 206-441-5910, www.world-affairs.org. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., March 15.
Seattle Astronomical Society Victor Debattista, the Brooks Fellow at the University of Washington astronomy department, talks about barred spiral galaxies at the club's monthly meeting. Physics-Astronomy Building room A102, University of Washington campus, 206-523-2787, www.seattleastro.org. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed., March 15.