Democracy Meets Theology

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Trash Fashion Bash The outfits will be made of recyclables at this celebrity-studded gala, a fund-raiser for the environmental resource center International Sustainable Solutions. If you’ve always dreamed of seeing Peter Steinbrueck do his best Austin Powers impression while wearing compost bags, this is the event for you. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, $85 ($65 advance). 6-9 p.m. Wed., Feb. 22.

Jeffrey Albert The head of the Aquaya Institute, a nonprofit that problem-solves water-resource troubles in developing countries, talks about his attempts to apply his work to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. UW Hillel, 4745 17th Ave. N.E., 206-527-1997, Free. 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 22.

Roger Moris A National Security Council adviser under Johnson and Nixon, the visiting University of Washington professor speaks on “The Politics of Misrule: Washington’s Bipartisan Culture of Complicity” as part of Epiphany Parish’s nonpartisan “Democracy in Crisis” lecture series. 1805 38th Ave., 206-324-2573, Free. 7-9 p.m. Wed., Feb. 22.

Seattle Weekly PickZoned Out Seattle Alliance for Good Jobs and Housing for Everyone and other local nonprofits host a community forum about the recently approved plan to increase downtown density and its likely impact on low-income folks. Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 911 Stewart St., 206-441-0499 ext. 23, Free. 6-8 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 23.

Film Screening The documentary The Future of Food takes a hard look at “Frankenfoods” (genetically modified foods) and the economic forces behind their continued production. Sponsored by the Northwest Environmental Education Council. Camp Long (Environmental Learning Center), 5200 35th Ave. S.W., 206-762-1976, Donations appreciated. 7 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 23.

Theology Panel Islamic Center of Washington president Hirsham Farajallah and Washington National Cathedral’s Rev. Michael Wyatt compare and contrast how Christianity and Islam use their core texts at a lecture and a workshop collectively titled “The Muslim Jesus.” St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St., 206-522-7144, Lecture: $5. 7-9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 24. Workshop: $30 ($25 advance). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25.

Film Screening Socialist Alternative screens Finally Got the News, a documentary about the 1968 Chrysler strike, led by a group of African-American Marxists (aka the League of Revolutionary Black Workers). UW Savery Hall (Room 239), 206-293-8389, $5-$10 (suggested). 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 24.

Health Care Dialogue As part of a national information drive, the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group hosts a community discussion about the state of the U.S. health-care system. Seattle Center (Northwest Rooms), 305 Harrison St., 206-349-6718, Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25.

African-American Aviators Panel The Museum of Flight welcomes WWII vet (and Seattle native) Lt. Col. Leroy Roberts, longtime Alaska Airlines pilot Capt. Mike Swanigan, and other accomplished black flyers. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720, $414 ($13 seniors, $7.50 5 to 17). 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25.

Book Discussion At the Central Library, Fantagraphics Books’ Kim Thompson and Eric Reynolds join Iranian-born Cascadia Community College teacher Nader Nazemi and UW professors Caroline Simpson and Gray Kochhar-Lindgren for a chat about Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, a graphic-novel account of her childhood in Iran. 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636, Free. 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 26.

Civil Rights in Seattle Today Town Hall presents a program featuring King County Council member Larry Gossett, El Centro de la Raza founder Roberto Maestas, and other local leaders in civil-rights activism. 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, Free. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 27.

Rabbi Michael Lerner Joined by Bothell pastor Dr. Joe Fuiten (at the Harbor Club only), the activist and editor of Tikkun talks about the religious right’s political hold on the U.S., the subject of his book The Left Hand of God. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333, Free. 5 p.m. Sun., Feb. 26. The Harbor Club, 801 Second Ave., 206-682-7395, $40 ($30 CityClub members). Noon-1:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 28.

Laura Kastner The author and clinical psychologist addresses the vast gray area between abstinence and promiscuity in a talk titled “Teens and Sex: What Parents Should Know.” Sponsored by ParentMap magazine. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E. (Bellevue), 800-838-3006, $18 ($15 advance). 7-9 p.m. Tues., Feb. 28.

Daniel Dennett The head of Tufts University’s Center for Cognitive Studies ambitiously proposes a science-based look at spiritual faith in his new book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-624-6600, $5. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 28.

Seattle Weekly PickJehane Noujaim The director of 2004’s Control Room, a documentary about the Arabic-language news network Al-Jazeera, speaks on the theme “Different Channels, Different Truths.” Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-546-4717, $12 ($10 seniors, $6 SCC students). 7:30 p.m. Wed., March 1.

Pamela Peeke The University of Maryland medicine professor (and former alternative-medicine scholar at the National Institutes of Health) explains the role of gender in men’s and women’s health. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., March 1.

Seattle Weekly PickScott Ritter The erstwhile United Nations weapons inspector dishes the dirt on how the CIA interfered with UN work in the Middle East to protect U.S. foreign policy. Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, $5. 7:30 p.m. Wed., March 1.