Panels from Growing Up in Public by Ezequiel García.

The Top 20 Things to Do This Week

See Marc Maron in the flesh, Smash Putt! for the last time, and much more.

March 22, Wednesday

A Constitution for Economic Equality Reading Law professor Ganesh Sitaraman has long advised Senator Elizabeth Warren on economic matters, making him a leading voice in the battle against economic inequality. Tonight, I’ll be in conversation with Sitaraman about his book, which could very well contain the key for Democratic victory in 2018 and 2020. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Safer Is Better: Reducing Harm, Saving Lives, and Building Bridges People use illicit drugs. Sometimes they overdose and/or litter. Learn how safe drug sites could solve both problems. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Free. All ages. 6:45–8:30 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

Creative Protest Live Tired of marching in the streets, but still horrified by the national news? Need a fresh jolt from fellow resisters and creative types? Join artists, musicians, and social-justice organizations for a night of art-making, brainstorming, song, and solidarity in a post-Trump world. Attendees include the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, and Amnesty International. LoveCityLove, 1406 E. Pike St., Free. All ages. 7 p.m. SARA BERNARD

Beyond the Wall Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are released from prisons and jails, but transitioning back into the world beyond bars is rarely smooth: Two-thirds are re-arrested within three years of their release. Beyond the Wall is a 2010 documentary that follows five formerly incarcerated men as they navigate re-entry. After the screening, a panel of local advocates and service providers will explore the options and the obstacles for the formerly incarcerated in Seattle. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 386-4636, Free. All ages. 6:30 p.m. SB

Dry Powder If we’ve learned anything from the fallout of the financial crisis of 2008, it is that high finance can make for some pretty compelling high drama. Playwright Sarah Burgess is just the latest example; her Dry Powder turned heads in New York last year despite a plot involving private equity and a preponderance of acronyms. Seattle standout Marya Sea Kaminski makes her directorial debut for Seattle Rep in this staging. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., 443-2222. $16–$42. 7:30 p.m. Ends April 15. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Charms Been too long since your last face-blasting? Tonight’s (free!) show, the latest in Crybaby Studio’s series, features lots of local face-melting goodness from necromantic noise-punk trio Charms and the one-man drone menace of HINTS (Myke Pelly, formerly of Haunted Horses). Rounding things out is the industrial throb of scene newcomers Webdriver Torso. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave., Free. 21 and over. 9 p.m. KELTON SEARS

March 23, Thursday

The Poetry Brothel This touring cabaret features musical acts combined with so-called “poetry whores” who will present work onstage and, for a price, join you in a one-on-one private poetry session. Tonight’s guests include burlesque performer Jesse Belle-Jones, magician Josh Lamb, aerialist Holly Bordeaux, and house band Good Company. Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, $25. 21 and over. 8:30 p.m. PC

Goodship Night at Smash Putt! Putt-putt golf is already kind of weird—lots of tiny windmills and loop-de-loops—but Seattle’s Smash Putt! has built a small empire out of ratcheting that weirdness up a few hundred notches—like lasers-and-air-cannons weird. The long-running series is ending soon, but before it’s gone forever, local cannabis company Goodship is sponsoring a special Smash Putt! night, so indulge in a little green before you hit the green. Smash Putt Fairway, 1122 Post Ave., $10. 21 and over. Times vary. KS

March 24, Friday

The Idiot Reading New Yorker writer Elif Batuman has only one other book to her name: a nonfiction account of people obsessed with Russian novelists. But her debut novel, The Idiot—about a Harvard freshman in the mid-1990s who falls in with some questionable Eastern European types—is earning praise from all quarters. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Misty Copeland Misty Copeland is not the first African-American woman to excel at ballet, but she’s certainly the best known—her compelling personal story (from near-homeless as a young girl to being named a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater last year) and groundbreaking performances have put her right in the public eye and kept her there. The Time cover and Under Armour ad campaign didn’t hurt, either. Copeland will be speaking as part of the UW Alumni series rather than performing, but she’ll still be a dynamic force. Kane Hall, UW campus, $5. 7:30 p.m. SANDRA KURTZ

Anna Connor and szalt Anna Connor’s newest work, We Are Mountains, has a very dark genesis, based on memories of assault and rape, but her fundamental skills as a dancemaker transform the experience from re-enactment to reflection. Connor is sharing the evening with szalt, a Los Angeles-based modern company, in a program of “fierce women dancing in vigorous, cerebral ,and technically impressive” works. Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., 325-8773, velocitydance $20. 8 p.m. Fri., March 24–Sat., March 25. SK

STRFKR This Portland trio, whose profane name comes into focus when you add a few vowels, is best known for a peppy tune that Target used to sell Advil (“Rawnald Gregor Erickson the Second”). But their five-album catalog offers plenty of other highlights. Their latest LP, Being No One, Going Nowhere, is full of bright synth-pop that Of Montreal could have made if Of Montreal still cared about its listeners’ ears. With Psychic Twin. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $25. All ages. DAN PERSON

FILTH If you stood at the edge of the apocalypse, what do you think you would hear? A lineup like this may well be the soundtrack. Of particular interest this night are the howling fields of psychosis generated by Terror Apart from PDX and the wet-gristle impact of Interracial Sex from Tacoma. With Tetrad Veil, Cost, Primordial Wound. Timbre Room, 1809 Minor Ave. $8. 21 and over. 8 p.m. MEAGAN ANGUS

Town Hall With Rob Johnson The rather obliquely named Trump Proof Seattle campaign is trying to bring a graduated income tax to Seattle, which could potentially fix the entire Washington state tax system—which, mind you, is the most regressive in the nation. University Heights Center, 5031 University Way N.E., Free. All ages. 8–9:45 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

March 25, Saturday

Growing Up in Public Reading Georgetown’s Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery continues its trend of bringing international comics greats to Seattle with a rare appearance from Argentinian cartoonist Ezequiel García. His memoir, Growing Up in Public, is about life as a cartoonist in a society that continually devalues the importance of the arts. (Take notes, American cartoonists.) Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 925 E. Pike St., 658-0110, Free. All ages. 1 p.m. PC

Marc Maron Before he started his wildly popular podcast WTF—which has had as guests everyone from President Obama on down—Marc Maron was a host on the now-defunct liberal AM station Air America. Depending on how you’re dealing with this whole Trump thing, Maron’s caustic, at-times-political standup comedy may be the last thing you need right now. Then again, it might be just what’s needed. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 467-5510. $27–$32.50. 8 p.m. DP

Murder for Two Think of this as one of those dueling piano bars with no drinks (sorry), but way more interesting company. This one-act two-hander, produced by ACT and the 5th Avenue, features Chris DiStefano as a detective investigating a murder case and Richard Gray as all the suspects, which should make for some delightful fun as the two take turns on the piano keys. ACT, 700 Union St., 292-7676. $20–$59. 8 p.m. Ends June 11. MB

March 26, Sunday

Fire Girl and When Songbirds Returned to Paris Reading Sayantani DasGupta’s debut essay collection, Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, and the In-Between, is from Port Townsend publisher Two Sylvias Press. E.M. Sloan’s When Songbirds Returned to Paris is a novelistic account of what happened when Sloan, spurred by an old photograph, investigates a real-life slice of World War II history. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, Free. All ages. 3 p.m. PC

March 27, Monday

Man Overboard Reading

Seattle author J.A. Jance is a total workhorse, putting out one or two mysteries every year. Her fan base is rabid—many are completists who have read all her dozens of books. Jance’s latest pits two tech geniuses against each other after a cruise-ship mishap starts to look like murder. University Book Store Mill Creek, 15311 Main St., 425-385-3530, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

March 28, Tuesday

Who Built Seattle? Reading

Seattle civil engineer Bob Ortblad will discuss Seattle history between 1853 and 1953, when our water, sewer, power, and transit systems all began and grew to the shapes we see today. Ortblad will discuss the decisions we didn’t make as a city and the repercussions of the choices we did make. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., $5. 7:30 p.m. PC

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