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Inter Alia in Seattle - April 2010

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


The University of Washington campus craze Humans vs. Zombies Tag starts again this Monday at 6am, and the last opportunities to sign up are April 1-2 from 1pm-4pm in Red Square. Realistically, any law student who did sign up would almost certainly make it to the final round without a shred of effort, since all of our classes are in the same building.


TEDxSeattle, a local event independently organized from (but similar in spirit to) the main TED conference, will be held on Apr 16 at the Pacific Science Center. Tickets will be allocated through a lottery process.

David Remnick, author of the new biography The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, speaks on Apr 19 @ 7:30pm at Town Hall Seattle.

Ben Huh, CEO of the Cheezburger Network (i.e. the network of popular humor blogs which includes Lolcats) speaks about his experience founding this company on Apr 23 @ 7pm at the downtown Central Library.


Elliott Bay Book Company (a mainstay of Seattle's literary community since 1973) closes its Pioneer Square doors at 6pm on Mar 31; in celebration of its move to 1521 Tenth Ave, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce will host a block party at its new location on Apr 15 from 4pm-7pm. Several local politicians (including the city mayor?) are expected to speak.


The Cascade Bicycle Club presents Bicycle Dreams at the Seattle REI store (222 Yale Street) on Apr 13 @ 7pm; this documentary is about the annual Race Across America (RAAM) ultramarathon, wherein cyclists ride all the way across the United States (over 3000 miles) in eight or nine days. RAAM is widely regarded as the most demanding sporting event in the world.

Dust and Illusions (about the history of the Burning Man festival) will be presented at the UW's Henry Art Gallery on Apr 23 @ 7pm; there is a strong possibility this event will sell out, and the discount for purchasing tickets in advance is substantial, so you may want to plan ahead if you'd like to attend.

Classical Music

Philip Glass performs (and discusses his works) at the Kirkland Performance Center on Apr 2 @ 7:30pm. If you're a fan of his music and have an Xbox 360, then you might also want to try the new $5 downloadable game Chime: it's an improved version of Tetris set to music, with the music tracks contributed by Philip Glass, Moby, and Orbital (proceeds from the game are donated to worthy charities).

The Seattle Choral Company performs Johannes Brahms' "German Requiem" (one of the great masterpieces for choir and orchestra) at Benaroya Hall on Apr 24 @ 2pm. [Reminder: The 2010 UW Law Spring Gala is later that evening at 7pm.]

Popular Music

Tiesto spins at WaMu Theater on Apr 10 @ 8pm.

Dark Star Orchestra recreates (song for song) a classic Grateful Dead show at the Market Showbox on Apr 17 @ 7pm.

Norah Jones (daughter of Ravi Shankar) sings at The Paramount Theatre on Apr 18 @ 8pm.


Pacific Northwest Ballet offers a program of four works, each choreographed by George Balanchine, over Apr 15-25. Half-price student rush tickets are available 90 minutes prior to curtain.


The Olympic Peninsula Wineries offer their annual Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour over Apr 17-18.

Law Apps for the iPhone

I mentioned LawStack a few months ago; two new apps are OpenRegs (for proposed federal regulations) and FastCase (for case law and statutes). All three of these applications are free.

Pleasure Reading

My pick this month is Voodoo Histories: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by political journalist David Aaronovitch, now available in both hardcover and Kindle/iPhone formats. It's well-researched and engaging.
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