Friday 4/20 – Sunday 4/22
The Seattle Poetry Festival is three full days of readings, performances, and workshops with Mary Jo Bang, Joshua Beckman, Heather McHugh, and more. Tickets $12 advance, $15 door. 11 a.m., Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.
Saturday 4/21 - Sunday 4/29
The Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival is a nine-day cinematic adventure focusing on a breadth of issues: homosexuality, poverty, gang violence, military recruitment in schools, disability rights, and more. The screenings include Uncle Tom’s Apartment, No! The Rape Documentary, and Sarang Song. Tickets $5 and up. Sat., April 21 - Sun., April 29. Check web site for times and locations: www.langstonblackfilmfest.org.
Feed Your Mind hosts a reading and discussion of Odin’s Horse, by Robert Koon. Nordic mythology’s story of Odin, who was suspended between heaven and hell, are used as a background for the story of Arman, a struggling writer. When Arman meets a tree-sitter in the forest with an unwavering commitment, his views of trade-offs and good fortune alter. Suggested donation $5. 2 p.m., Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Ave.
University of Washington Professor John Flicker heeds the effects of climate change on birds and other wildlife in his lecture Unleashing the Power of Audubon: Fighting Global Warming. 6:30 p.m., REI, 222 Yale Ave. N. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the crisis in Darfur enters its fifth year, the Sudanese government continues to depend on foreign investment to fund its genocidal campaign. Ruth Messinger, leader of American Jewish World Service, will share her struggles and successes promoting her grassroots campaign that encourages divestment as well as alerting elected officials that the violence and displacement must stop. 7 p.m., Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E Pike.
Ellen Bravo shares inspiring stories from her new book, Taking on the Big Boys. She has fought on the front lines for women’s rights in the work place, testified before Congress, debated CEOs, and stood with clerical workers during union drives. She believes feminism is good for everyone: men, women, families, and the nation. 5:30 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St.
Two Seattle-based fiction authors, Bharti Kirchner and Indu Sundaresan, have chosen distinct avenues in writing about their home country. Kirchner’s novels include Shiva Dancing and Pastries. Concentrating on historical Mughal India, Sundaresan penned The Feast of Roses and The Splendor of Silence. Hosted by University of Washington Professor Kellie Holzer, who will interview these women in a program entitled “Writing India in the Pacific Northwest.” 7 p.m., Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave.
An African-American businessman and a young Indian immigrant fall in love, only to encounter shock and outrage from their families in the film Mississippi Massala. After the showing, a representative from Tasveer, a nonprofit group that promotes South Asian cinema, will lead a discussion on racism and dating today. 7 p.m., Seattle Public Library, Capitol Hill Brach, 425 Harvard Ave. E.
In July 2003, Christopher Swain became the first person to swim the entire length of the Columbia River. In the course of his journey, he became a witness to the polluted and disrupted ecosystems along the river’s course. Source to Sea is a modern history of the rivers of the West with footage of Swain’s great swim, along with interviews of tribal members, fishers, and agency representatives. 7 p.m., Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl. Info: www.swimforcleanwater.org.
Friday 4/27 - Sunday 4/29
The second annual Effecting Change Conference unites activists from across the country to strive towards a sustainable world by participating in skill-building workshops, a film festival, concert, and art show. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Seattle University, Pigott Building, 901 12th Ave. Info: www.conference.actionnw.net.
Calendar compiled by Dena Burke. Have a suggestion for an event? Email it to email@example.com.