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They Ruled the Skies The B-17, born in Seattle, came to be known as the "Aluminum Overcast" for all its flights in World War II. The Cascade Warbirds and Experimental Aircraft Association's bomber has been through a major restoration recently and will be available for your inspection. Museum of Flight, Boeing Field, www.cascadewarbirds.org, www.museumofflight.org. B-17 tours and flight experiences at various prices; Wed., May 24–Mon., May 29.
Global War You know how you feel about the U.S. War on Terror. Hear Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the deputy director of plans and policy for U.S. Central Command, give his views on the long-term planning and implications of the global War on Terror. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 206-441-5910. email@example.com. $15/$10 World Affairs Council members and students. 7–9 p.m. Wed., May 24.
Open Runway Auditions for amateur and professional models, male and female, will fill the roster to work the runway at "Out of the Closet," a Pride weekend fashion show that will raise funds for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an AIDS outreach group. The fashion show will be Saturday, June 24 at Hotel Monaco. Hotel Monaco, 1101 Fourth Ave., 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thurs., May 25.
bring down the wall? UW students, other members of UW, and residents of the U District and other neighborhoods in Seattle will participate in a community forum to discuss what to do about the campus' large concrete wall along 15th Avenue Northeast. Students from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Business School have been working with conceptual designs for the 6-foot-high, 1-foot-thick concrete wall. Their work, for the last year and a half, is dubbed Project 15/41. Gould Hall, UW, 7–9 p.m. Thurs., May 25.
In Their Own Words Four participants in the Jack Straw Writers Program will read from their works to complete the May Reading Series, which also launches the 10th volume of the Jack Straw Writers Anthology ($5 suggested donation). There will be a personal essay by Jennifer Culkin, poetry by John Burgess and Susan Casey, and fiction by Allison Green. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919, www.jackstraw.org. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs., May 25.
Thunder Boats "Hydro Fever" celebrates the third anniversary of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in its present building. View such famous vintage unlimited hydroplanes as the Miss Bardahl and Miss Burien. Also: a live auction of hydro memorabilia and model hydro races. Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, 5917 S. 196th St., Kent, 206-764-9453, www.thunderboats.org. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., May 27.
Flying Saucers On Aug. 1, 1947, a modified B-25 bomber left McChord AFB with a cargo of evidence believed to have come from a UFO sighted over Maury Island on June 21, 1947. That plane crashed near Kelso, and no one survived. Charlette LeFevre, director of the Seattle Museum of Mysteries and the Seattle UFO/Paranormal Group, will present the results of her research into the days surrounding these events, including what is believed to be the only photo of the crash site and the first interview with the local person who was first on the scene. Seattle Museum of the Mysteries, 623 Broadway E., 206-328-6499, www.seattlechatclub.org. 7–9 p.m. Sat., May 27.
Let's Make a Movie! The Scarlet F will present a fund-raiser for Ladyking Productions' documentary film project, The F Word: Femmes, Femininity, and a New Feminism. Among the performers scheduled are the Queen Bees, Tara Hardy, Mercedes Nicole, Amy Mahoney, and Katinka Kraft. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. $12. 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors) Sat., May 27.
Memorial Day Concert Here's just one way to mark the date: attend the Boeing Employees Concert Band's program of patriotic favorites in honor of America's military personnel. Admission is free for veterans and current U.S. military personnel on May 29. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S. 206-764-5700, www.museumofflight.org. Free with admission. Noon Mon., May 29.
Physics and the Cosmos Lisa Randall, a professor of theoretical physics at Harvard, has worked on a variety of ideas for what might lie beyond the established particle physics and cosmological theories. Most recently: extra dimensions in space. The author of Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions will address the idea of extra dimensions. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. $5. 7:30 p.m. Tues., May 30.
All Aboard for Niger Global Citizen Journey, a Seattle-based nonprofit, sent a group of Puget Sound residents and Nigerians to live in a small village and complete the region's first library. Hear the story of the Niger Delta Friendship Library, learn what the group found in the volatile region, and even consider participation in the next journey—to Ghana. Safeco Jackson Center, 306 23rd Ave. S., 206-789-8697, www.globalcitizenjourney.org. Free. 7–8:30 p.m. Wed., May 31.
Warriors for Peace Yazir Henry, an anti-apartheid combatant turned peace activist and scholar, will address the questions: How does one make the decision to take up arms in a political struggle? Once the armed struggle has ended, how does one build peace in post-war contexts? Henry has been a member of the military wing of the African National Congress, imprisoned for terrorism and treason, and is a co-founder of the Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory in Cape Town, South Africa. Kane Hall, Room 210, UW, depts.washington.edu/chid/clowescenter.htm. Free. 7 p.m. Wed., May 31.