The Smartypants Guide to Civic Cocktail: Pot & Culture Edition

Two smart panels unpack both subjects next week. Be there!
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Politics, the media and community mix together for a Civic Cocktail. Join us Nov. 6th.

Two smart panels unpack both subjects next week. Be there!

Crosscut co-hosts Civic Cocktail, an hour dedicated to civic knowledge (and conviviality) on the first Wednesday of every month. This December we’ll be looking at both the state of Seattle culture — dance, art and anything else that inspires — and cannabis — medical, recreational, however you like it.

The panelists we've lined up for both are exciting. The ACLU's Alison Holcomb, author of the ground-breaking initiative that legalized marijuana in Washington, and City Attorney Pete Holmes will speak to us about legalized marijuana. Seattle Office of Arts and Culture director Randy Engstrom; James Keblas, director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music; and The Seattle Times' unique local resource, "Seattle Sketcher" Gabriel Campanario will bend your ear about culture. Joni Balter will moderate with input from journalists Joel Connelly of, Joe Copeland of Crosscut and Deborah Wang of KUOW.

So join us at Tom Douglas' The Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave. in Seattle, on Wedneday, Dec. 4. Doors open at 5:30, event begins at 6. Register here with co-host CityClub. Seattle Channel will broadcast it later; you can find all their past Civic Cocktail broadcasts here.

And since we all like to look more informed, and more interesting than everyone else at the watercooler, Crosscut has compiled a list of relevant articles. So, get reading.


State eyes a tax on marijuana brand names – John Stang, Crosscut

Washington marijuana license requests top 800 in first week – Jim Camden, Spokesman Review

Marijuana rules: Some heavy stuff put out for public comment – John Stang, Crosscut

The Fraught Business of Marijuana: Photography – Tom James, Crosscut

State digs into conflicts over marijuana rules – John Stang, Crosscut

Marijuana rules get OK from liquor board – Jim Camden, Spokesman Review

With Pot Legal, the Days of Washington's Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are Numbered – Jacob Sullam, Forbes

All the Liquor Board lists you could ever want, including marijuana license applications

Northwest culture

Screw entertainment. '25 Saints' does grim, brutal & essential. – Florangela Davila, Crosscut

Seattle's new DIY hardware labs – Tom Travin, Crosscut

Northwest glaciers: Wasting away – Bob Simmons, Crosscut

Prostitutes in Amsterdam, meth in Appalachia – Thomas May, Crosscut

Hive Mind: Crystal Pite's electric choreography is swarming Pacific Northwest Ballet – Florangela Davila, Crosscut

SIFF’s Italian Job – Ronald Holden, Crosscut

Styleless in Seattle? Not if you're an Isabel Marant fan– Claire Dederer, Crosscut

The Seattle Sketcher blog is here

We hope to see you there for an evening of booze and looking smarter than your friends civic knowledge.


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