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Hot Tickets: Seattle

March 01, 2012 12:00 PM
Here are this week's hot tickets in the Seattle area. Check back every Thursday at noon, PST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT, March 1 | Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 - CD Forum is excited to present Pat Thomas and his highly anticipated book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975.

In 2004, Pat began working on a research project centered around the Black Panther Party with a focus on the protest recordings that the Black Power movement inspired during the 1960s and 1970s  this led to establishing strong working relationships with two key leaders of the Black Panther Party David Hilliard (Chief of Staff) and Party chairman Elaine Brown (including releasing her landmark 1969 album "Seize The Time" on CD). As well as meetings with Bobby Seale, Ericka Huggins, and other Panthers. Over a period of 5 years, Pat uncovered dozens of rare/out of print/forgotten Black Power recordings in all areas of jazz, soul, poetry, speeches, interviews, and rock/pop music  eventually amassing what might be considered the largest collection of its kind.

TONIGHT, March 1 | Grudge Rock Comedy Edition CLOWN TOWN vs LEVEL UP! - It's GRUDGE LAUGH- special Grudge Rock comedy episode! Join Professor Jake Stratton to see which comedians know comedy best and see which team of top comics goes home with ALL THE DOOR FUNNY! Or money. All the door money.

Friday, March 2 | Mariah from RuPaul's Drage Race Season 3 - Come see Mariah from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3! She'll be performing with some of Seattle's elite drag performers. A very limited number of VIP tickets available. VIP tickets includes side and the first four front rows of seating and cocktail service!

Saturday, March 3 | KUNG-FU MADNESS 35MM DOUBLE FEATURE - The Grand Illusion is proud to once again host their good friend Dan Halsted from the Portland Grindhouse Film Festival and Hollywood Theater as he brings a one-two punch of super rare Kung-Fu on glorious 35mm: FISTS OF THE WHITE LOTUS and THE BASTARD SWORDSMAN.

Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4 | A Landscape of Memories: The Films of Lee Anne Schmitt at Northwest Film Forum - Director in attendance! Lee Anne Schmitt's filmmaking falls into two categories, film essay and landscape cinema. Her work has been compared to that of James Benning and Thom Andersen (both of whose work has also screened at Northwest Film Forum). Schmitt's cinema is at once lyrical, historical and personal. Her features focus on the inevitable trace of man's history on a landscape, dissecting the strains created by the many inequities found within America's political and economic systems. Her shorts offer a more personal exploration of how landscape interacts with personal memory.

Wednesday, March 7 | Science: Brian Christian: Humans Vs. Computers - Through his participation in the 2009 Turing Test, Brian Christian examines how computers are reshaping our idea of what it means to be human. As a contestant in the annual artificial-intelligence-vs.-human battle, the poet, science writer, and former Seattleite, author of The Most Human Human, hoped to be deemed "more human" than a computer. In the end, he discovered philosophical, biological, and moral issues raised by the Turing Test, and wonders: If computers can reason, what does that mean for the special place we reserve for humanity? For more humans vs. computers goodness, see Kate Kuksenok's lecture (below) immediately following this one.

Wednesday, March 7 | UW Science Now: Katie Kuksenok: Helping Computers Find Meaning - As a companion talk to the Brian Christian event above, Katie Kuksenok explores how computers can ask people for help to better translate language. Even as advances in language-processing technologies enable us to effectively navigate the growing sea of online information, computers continue to struggle with accurate automatic translation as more people from around the world contribute online content in different languages. Kuksenok is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Engineering at the UW who is building novel systems to improve the quality and the user experienceof language-processing technologies.

Know of any other events happening in the Seattle area this week? Post them in the comments section.

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