An industry worth over $80 billion, coffee is the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. The documentary Black Gold peers into a world of expensive lattes and underpaid farmers, and introduces Tadesse Meskela, a man who travels the world in search of buyers willing to pay a fair price. 4 p.m., Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.
Who Killed the Electric Car? exposes the motives behind the auto and oil industry’s work to remove battery powered cars from consumers’ choices. Biodiesel guru Aaron Campbell will lead a discussion following the film screening. 7 p.m., Bethany Presbyterian Church, Social Hall, 1818 Queen Anne Ave. N.
In honor of International Women's Month, two South Asian groups, Chaya and Tasveer, have teamed up to produce the second annual Aaina Film Festival. Highlights include the premiere of South Asia's version of The Vagina Monologues. Yoni ki Baat, visiting filmmaker and activist Shonali Bose, and Nepalese dancer and filmmaker Sangita Shresthova. Through Sun., March 18, 2007. Tickets $5 and up. Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave. Info: www.chayaseattle.org
The fourth anniversary of the U.S. “Shock and Awe” invasion of Iraq is a time to demand an exit strategy as well as bring awareness to the illegal and unjust war being waged. Join veterans, military families, Arab and Muslim communities, and concerned citizens in a rally and march. Noon - 1:30 p.m.,
Westlake Park, 1518 Fourth Ave.
The Mystical Music of the Middle East features the Oscar-winning Yuval Ron Ensemble. Proceeds from the concert benefit Find Common Ground, a group dedicated to bringing Israelis and Palestinians together to listen and educate. Tickets $20 and up. 4 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1245 10th Ave. E Info: www.findcommonground.org
Community activist Judith Shattuck presents an overview of the proposed Department of Peace, an institution would augment the country’s problem-solving solutions to both domestic and international conflict. The movement is growing, and there is currently a bill before the House of Representatives. 9:30 a.m., University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. NE.
Journalist, lesbian mother, and former “Left Coast” atheist, Sara Miles converted to Christianity when she impulsively entered a church and received communion for the first time. She will share from her memoir, Take This Bread, which chronicles her response to Jesus’ call to feed the poor. Despite protests from parishioners, she built a food pantry at St. Gregory’s to provide fruit and cereal to San Francisco’s homeless. 7:30 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St.
Well known for portraying B.J. Hunnicutt on the TV series M.A.S.H., Mike Farrell has spent years supporting human rights. Just Call Me Mike, a book praised by Sen. George McGovern and Bill O’Reilly, chronicles his thoughts as he reached out to suffering people in Cambodia and Central America, witnessed gay people subjected to homophobic prejudice, and actively condemned the death penalty. He will read from his writings, which teach selflessness. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.
The lecture series Our Health, Our Environment explores the link between human and ecological well-being, and focuses this week on the science of biofuels. Tickets $10 and up. 6:30 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.
Rebecca Walker’s latest book, Baby Love, is written in journal format, beginning with the day her pregnancy is confirmed and ending with bringing her son home. During those nine months, she confronts her generation’s belief of motherhood and partnership as the least empowering choice for women. 7 p.m., Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way.
Calendar compiled by Dena Burke. Have a suggestion for an event? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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