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Inter Alia in Seattle - March 2010

Welcome to the March 2010 issue of Inter Alia, my monthly Seattle guide for University of Washington and Seattle University law students.


Jared Diamond, author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, speaks at Benaroya Hall on Mar 1 and 2 @ 7:30pm.

Ignite Seattle will be held Mar 4 @ 8:30pm at King Cat Theatre: this event is a bit like TEDTalks except with strict five minute time limits and fewer big-name speakers.

University of Washington professor David Shields speaks about his new book Reality Hunger: A Manifesto at Elliott Bay Book Company on Mar 5 @ 7pm. This talk would probably be of interest to anyone who either dreams of writing a novel, or who has nostalgic memories of Elliott Bay Book Company itself (which moves at the end of the month).

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) speaks at Benaroya Hall on Mar 9 @ 7:30pm.

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and author Tom Daschle (Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis) speaks about the current status of health care reform at The Seattle Sheraton Hotel on Mar 10 @ 7:30am. Sponsored by the King County Bar Foundation.


Brides of March is scheduled for Mar 13 @ 7:30pm, starting at Garage Billiards: this is a relatively new Seattle tradition in which you put on a tuxedo, bridal dress, or bridesmaid's dress and participate in a mass pub crawl with everyone else so attired.


"The Uptight Seattleite" reads from his new book A Sensitive Liberal's Guide to Life at University Bookstore on Mar 4 @ 7pm: see here for samples of his Seattle Weekly columns.

The next Salon of Shame will be held Apr 6 @ 8pm at Theatre Off Jackson, and tickets go on sale online Mar 14 @ 1pm.


A new documentary about Daniel Ellsberg (the US military analyst whose 1971 release of the Pentagon Papers led to the famous New York Times Co. v. United States case) will be presented at the Varsity Theatre over Mar 12-18. The filmmaker will be present on opening night.

During the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission last May, the shuttle astronauts took extensive IMAX footage: an IMAX 3D movie made out of this footage appears in select theaters Mar 19.

I can't imagine anyone with experience as a government intern not getting a kick out of the (admittedly vulgar) comedy In the Loop, now available for rental on both DVD and Blu-Ray. Scarecrow Video is also carrying two equally hilarious new DVD's of the RiffTrax team making fun of old educational films from the 1950's.


This is a stellar month for the unaccompanied voice: standouts include the Seattle Pro Musica "French Masters" performance on Mar 5 and 6 @ 8pm at St. James Cathedral, Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Mar 8 @ 8pm at Benaroya Hall, and an Esoterics performance (celebrating Samuel Barber's centennial) on Mar 11 @ 7:30pm at Plymouth Congregational Church.

Staying Active

The Seattle Bike Expo (the largest bicycle-only consumer show in the United States) will be held on Mar 13 from 9am-6pm, and on Mar 14 from 10am-4pm, at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91.

This year's Big Climb will be held Mar 21: it's a health charity fundraiser in which you walk the stairwell all the way to the top of Seattle's Columbia Center (the tallest skyscraper in the Pacific Northwest). Plenty of law firms are housed in this skyscraper, so while participating you could imagine you're climbing the proverbial "corporate ladder." If you want to participate you should register soon: the registration fee goes up Mar 15, and it's expected to sell out.

This year's last Granite Curling Club open house will be held Mar 27 from 10am-2pm.

This Month's Word 2007 Tip

If you use the styles "Heading 1", "Heading 2", "Heading 3", etc., for your section and subsection names, each of which states in a full sentence the claim the following text hopes to establish, then you can turn on "Document Map" in the "View" tab to activate an always-visible table of contents which will let you see your whole argument, skip around your document, and expand/collapse portions of it.
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