Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Inter Alia - Remainder of 2011

Welcome to Inter Alia, my semiannual guide to noteworthy Seattle events for law students and law professionals. This issue covers the remainder of 2011.


The national Rainbow Gathering will be held in Washington State over Jul 1-7, though the exact location hasn't yet been announced. Studying law in the middle of the largest old-school hippie gathering on the planet, which will likely be attended by over 20,000 people, would be a once-in-a-lifetime irony. Extra irony points for wearing business attire.

All the reduced-cost tickets for this year's Burning Man festival have sold out, but internet sales of full-priced tickets will continue until midnight on Aug 26, or until they sell out as well. The festival will take place from Aug 29 to Sep 5, and will have the artistic theme "rites of passage." [Note: "Critical Massive," the smaller-scale local event inspired by this festival, takes place over Jul 18-24].

If you need to stay closer to Seattle but still want to do something memorable to celebrate finishing law school, then one good option might be a sky dive, which costs about as much as one casebook.


A large-scale naturalization ceremony will be held on Jul 4 @ noon at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. This is the largest daytime Independence Day event in the Pacific Northwest.

The last Space Shuttle launch, ever, is scheduled for Jul 8 @ 8:40am; you should be able to watch it via NASA TV's internet streaming. To accompany this, it looks like the Pacific Science Center will continue showing that remarkable IMAX 3D documentary about the space shuttle's 2009 Hubble Telescope repair mission through at least Jun 23.


The Seattle Architecture Foundation offers its South Union: Extreme Makeover tour on Jun 18, Aug 20, and Nov 19: each tour begins at 10am, lasts two hours, and costs $15 (assuming you purchase your ticket in advance).

Neuroscientist Tali Sharot, author of The Optimism Bias, speaks on the biological basis of optimism on Jun 28 @ 6pm at Town Hall Seattle.

The Seven Gables Theatre presents Page One, a documentary film about daily life working at the The New York Times, beginning Jul 1.

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker's new book, an optimistic work called The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined, will be released Oct 4.



The Fremont Fair will be held on Jun 18 (10am-8pm with the parade at noon) and Jun 19 (11am-6pm).

The Seattle International Film Festival continues through Jun 12: student discounts are available for both individual tickets and ticket packages.

The Couch Fest film festival will be held on Sep 24.

The Decibel Festival of electronic music will be held over Sep 28-Oct 2, and there will be a "Decibel Stage" over Sep 3-5 at the Bumbershoot arts festival.


The next Salon of Shame will be held on Jul 12 @ 8pm at the Theatre Off Jackson: tickets go on sale Jun 26 @ 8pm, and are expected to sell out within five minutes. The remaining Salon of Shame dates for 2011 are Sep 13 and Nov 15.

The themes for the upcoming Wing-It improvised theatre Thu-Fri @ 8pm performances are: Project: B-Movie ("a small town is attacked by monsters") over Jun 30 - Jul 22 and Aug 4-19, and Final Transmission ("the crew of a ship in deep space finds themselves in a precarious situation") over Sep 1-23 and Oct 6-21 and Nov 3-11. Student discounts are available for all performances.


Central Cinema presents The Room (one of those films that's "so bad it's good") on Jun 2, Jul 7, and Jul 28 @ 8pm.

Fremont Outdoor Movies presents Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy on Jul 9 @ 7pm. Audience participation will be invited.

The Lincoln Lawyer comes out on DVD/Blu-ray Jul 12.


The Dropkick Murphys perform at the Paramount Theatre on Jun 27 @ 7:30pm.


The NW Pinball and Gameroom Show will be held over Jun 3-5 at Seattle Center: you pay an admission fee, but over 400 classic arcade games and pinball games are set on free play. This show also features guest speakers, including experts in restoring old games and people who were in the documentary King of Kong. Note that the opening day of this show is also the opening day of the new superhero movie X-Men: First Class, as well as just a few days after the release of China Miéville's acclaimed new sci-fi novel Embassytown, so if you feel like you've lost any "geek cred" through joining a high-status mainstream profession such as law you could basically recover it all in one day.

The Seattle Pinball Museum now has a permanent home at 508 Maynard Ave S in the International District. Hours are Thu 6pm-9pm, Fri 2pm-10pm, Sat 1pm-10pm, and Sun 1pm-7pm. Admission is $7, after which play on any of the approximately 25 vintage pinball machines is free.


The Fisher Ensemble presents its opera Psyche on Jun 17 @ 8pm at Jack Straw.

Gerard Schwarz, who has served as the Seattle Symphony's conductor for the last 26 years, steps down this June. His final performance will be the Seattle Symphony's Jun 18 @ 8pm concert, which features a new composition by Philip Glass, Schubert's Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished"), and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection"). At the time this guide was written, only eleven seats were still available.

The Seattle Asian Art Museum will host the creation of a sand mandala over Jun 22-25, which will be ceremonially destroyed on Jun 25 @ 1pm.

Fathom Events will present simulcasts of several plays by William Shakespeare from London's reconstructed Globe Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor on Jun 27 @ 6:30pm, Henry IV Part 1 on Aug 1 @ 6:30pm, Henry IV Part 2 on Aug 18 @ 6:30pm, and Henry VIII (probably the most interesting of the four if you were addicted to the TV show The Tudors) on Sep 15 @ 6:30pm.

Smoke Farm's summer art festival will be held on Aug 13.

The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair will be held over Oct 8-9 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.


Here is a YouTube video of a country-western song I found about taking the bar exam. Enjoy :)
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