Director of the Nuclear Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and former Senior Policy Advisor to President Clinton, Robert Alvarez, hosts the forum: Nuclear Power in the Age of Global Warming, New Solution or Same Old Threat? Alvarez addresses the future of nuclear power. Sponsored by Government Accountability Project and Heart of America Northwest. 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. Free. Info: 206-292-2850.
Seattle NOW, US Women and Cuba Collaboration, and GIRE will be sponsoring Rosita, a film that achieved international media attention. The documentary follows the plight of a nine-year old Nicaraguan girl, who becomes pregnant after being raped. She and her parents struggle against the governments of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the medical establishment and the Catholic Church to seek a legal abortion and save her life. 7 p.m. T Church, 5019 Keystone Place N.. Free. Info: www.nowseattle.org.
Playing at the Seattle Film Festival is a true life story about an affluent Johannesburg family who use their life savings to build an orphanage in a village where half of the population is HIV-positive. Angels in the Dust demonstrates the tremendous influence the altruism of this family has in alleviating the illness and hardships of the village children. 1:30 p.m. Harvard Exit, 807 East Roy. Tickets: $10. Info: www.seattlefilm.org.
Elliott Bay Book Company hosts John Perkins’ book reading of The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption. Perkins’ book is an unsettling report of the American government “wreaking havoc around the world to support American business.” 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., downstairs. Tickets: $5. Info: www.elliottbaybook.com or 206-624-6600.
Unlike the bright and breezy rhythms that make Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars a radiant reggae group, the band’s beginnings stem from the dark disruption of civil war. The band coalesced in a Canadian refugee camp after fleeing the conflict raging in their Sierra Leone homes. Presented by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, SLRAS will play in honor of World Refugee Day, showcasing their rich lyrical content about being dispossessed of their homes. Tues., June 19, 7 p.m. (all ages); 9:30 p.m. (21 and over). Triple Door, 216 Union St. Tickets: $20 (in advance), $22 (day of show). Info: www.tripledoor.com or 206-838-4333
Love art and food? The Seattle Art Museum proposes an alluring fusion of both with Sippin’ 4 SAM, a benefit to support SAM. Join the festivities at the new Taste restaurant, featuring the $5 Hammering Man. A portion of the proceeds benefit SAM’s Capital Campaign. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 1300 First Avenue. Info: www.seattleartmuseum.org or 206-654-3100.
Washington Conservation Voters Activist Summit: featuring guest speaker former Governor Mike Lowry. Dialogue about the upcoming environmental issues in the state and IslandWood’s environmental learning program; meet with activists and environmental leaders; learn new skills for effective activism. 9 a.m., IslandWood, Bainbridge Island. Free. Info: www.wcvoters.org or 206- 374-0760 ext. 108.
Saturday 6/23 – Sunday 6/24
This weekend initiates a series of gay pride celebrations. To kick off the party, Seattle’s LGBT Center hosts the Gay Pride March on Saturday June 23, which travels through Broadway, Capitol Hill and Seattle. Join the ensuing festival in Volunteer Park. 11 a.m. Info: www.seattlelgbt.org.
Next up is Seattle Out and Proud’s Gay Pride Parade, a procession that encourages marchers to find solidarity in the theme: “Come Together.” Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m., Union St. and Fourth Ave. Info: www.seattlepride.org.
The gay pride extravaganza comes to a close with the Seattle Pride Festival. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride celebration is not to be missed. Sunday, June 24, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seattle Center. Info: www.seattlepride.org.Calendar
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