The Big Fix: Solving Seattle's Most Vexing Issues

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January 30, 2020
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Free / Suggested Donation: $10

We’ll sit down with Mayor Durkan and other city leaders to discuss the myriad of challenges facing our rapidly changing city. A new year brings fresh faces in city leadership and an opportunity to take a more open-minded look at ambitious ideas to tackle our biggest problems. Homelessness, housing and affordability top the list, but we’re facing budget challenges, transportation woes and a climate crisis too. It can all be very daunting and can leave the average citizen feeling hopeless. But there are people working on creative solutions and, at least for this night, we will focus on those.

High Stakes: Why the Washington State Democratic Primary Is More Important Than Ever

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February 27, 2020
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There is a lot at stake in the 2020 presidential election, and this year Washington state moved its primaries up to give its voters more voice in the nominating process. With the critical vote just days away, we take a look at the issues and debate the merits of the candidates. Who has got the right vision for our future? Who has the best chance to beat Trump? It’s time to make our choice.

A Conversation with Rahm Emanuel

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March 4, 2020
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$35 - $45

Crosscut and Elliott Bay Books welcome Rahm Emanual to Temple de Hirsch Sinai for a conversation surrounding his new book The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running The World. Emanuel, the former two-term mayor of Chicago and White House Chief of Staff for President Obama will discuss how cities, rather than the federal government, stand at the center of innovation and effective governance.

Tickets include a copy of The Nation City.

Starving for Artists: Can Seattle Sustain a Creative Culture?

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March 26, 2020
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Artists thrive in affordable cities, creating the culture that attracts new residents and businesses. But what does it say about a place when those artists begin to flee for more affordable options and the businesses and institutions that support those artists and serve up the arts struggle to survive? We take a look behind the curtain at the state of Seattle's creative ecosystem with voices from the music, performing and visual arts communities and insights from city leaders.

Crosscut Festival 2020

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April 30 - May 2, 2020

Join us April 30 - May 2, 2020 for another weekend packed with unique programming and diverse panelists at the Crosscut Festival. 

Crosscut presents two days of thought-provoking conversations and innovative thinking, tackling the most important issues of our times. Journalists, politicians, authors, and newsmakers from our community and around the nation come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.