The Port of Seattle has been riddled with scandal this past year under the oversight of Seattle Port Commissioner Bob Edwards. In response, Ballard local Gael Edwards is challenging his office. Edwards is holding a reception where voters can learn about her campaign for the Port of Seattle and why she is recommended by the Alki Foundation, Sierra Club and the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington. 5:30 p.m., Rainier Club, 820 Fourth Ave. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206/720-9922.
Running through July 19 is the acclaimed French comedy L’Iceberg, which Northwest Film Forum describes as “a poetic, melancholy and also optimistic comedy in the style of Buster Keaton.” Substituting engaging slapstick and pantomime for dialogue, L’Iceberg creatively portrays the frozen fancies and hallucinations of a fast-food restaurant manager who traps herself in a walk-in freezer. 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. 1515 12th Ave. Tickets: $8.50. Info: 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
The Good/Bad Archive Project and 90.3 KEXP presents Rock Lottery 3. A very exciting event for music lovers that challenges a talented group of artists (among them: members of Tall Birds, Aqueduct, Raz Rez, ) to be randomly divided by a lottery into five bands, create a band name, write and practice at least three songs in 12 hours and, then, return to Neumos for a live performance. Benefiting the Vera Project, this unique forum enables varying musical styles to coalesce and produce dynamic, innovative sounds. 10 p.m., Neumos, 925 E. Pike St. Info: www.kexp.org.
Chinatown-International District Summer Festival: the largest Pan-Asian street fair in the Pacific Northwest filled with cultural music, dance and entertainment on the Dragon Main Stage, children’s activities, unique arts and crafts and authentic Pan-Asian cuisine provided by local merchants. Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave S. Info: www.seattlechinatown.org or (206) 684-4075.
In today’s America, the intensity of authoritarian control over the average citizen has increased. Editor and journalist for The Progressive, Matthew Rothschild visits Seattle to expound on this subject with his book You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression. Rothschild will discuss stories, which eerily echo the days of McCarthyism. 7:30 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main Street. Info: www.elliottbaybook.com.
Seattle Police Department and LGBTQ Advisory Council Meeting: established by SPD to increase relationships and communications between the sexual minority community and the department. Meetings recur subsequent third Tuesdays. 6 p.m., Seattle LGBT Community Center, 1115 E. Pike St. Info: email@example.com or 206-684-8760.
Envision plants and trees consuming cities as well as dams and bridges disintegrating. What you are visualizing is a world that is void of human life. Originating from a Discover magazine piece chosen for The Best American Science Writing 2006, Alan Weisman pursues the premise of a seemingly post-apocalyptic planet in his book The World Without Us. Weisman queries how the Earth would react if it were no longer burdened by the devastating impact of human existence, and his findings are fascinating. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store. July 18, 7:30 p.m., 1119 Eighth Ave. Tickets: $5. Info: www.townhallseattle.org.
The Goliath Expedition: the aptly dubbed Herculean effort to make the world’s first continuous journey of unbroken footsteps from the southernmost tip of South America to England. The lone man undertaking this adventure is Karl Bushby, a 37-year old ex-paratrooper with the British Army. Bushby will be stopping by the Seattle REI to tell listeners of his exploits that began in 1998 (he has trekked over 17,000 miles) and will continue until 2012. 7 p.m., REI Seattle, 222 Yale Ave N. Info: goliath.mail2web.com or 206-223-1944.
Roger Shimomura is a highly regarded contemporary artist whose work incorporates elements of American pop art and traditional Japanese iconography. Shimomura and art historian Emily Stamey will discuss his artwork with the duo’s recently published The Prints of Roger Shimomura. 7:30 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main Street. Info: www.elliottbaybook.com.
4th Annual Renewable Living and Sustainable Living Fair: supporting the Shoreline Solar Project and presenting opening keynote speaker Alan Durning from the Sightline Institute. Featuring a silent auction, the Haute Trash Fashion Show, Hors d’œuvres and a no-host bar. 7 p.m., Shoreline Conference Center, Shoreline Room, 18560 First Ave. N. Info: www.shorelinesolar.org or 206-306-9233.
Calendar compiled by Ariel Snyder & Dena Burke
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