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Talks/Lectures, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop
(Live Stream) Lunch Time Meditation
Change your mind, change your day. Take an hour in the middle of the day to connect to your heart, cultivate inner peace and happiness and clarify your intention for the day. Everyone is welcome to attend these guided meditations. No previous experience is necessary. $8 ~ Free for Supporters
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Sketch Comedy, Stand Up Comedy
(Online) Short Bits
This is Short Bits! Grit City’s new performance party. This all-inclusive evening will feature a variety of performances including a DJ and live music. Each evening is specifically curated and can include local, national and international superstars from every genre of performance. The one thing you can count on is a good time. All-inclusive beverages and popcorn. Must RSVP at http://circleup.fun
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A cappella, Acoustic, Bluegrass, Folk, Americana/Roots, Family/Child, Special Event, Open Mic/Music
(Virtual) Arbutus Open Mic
The Arbutus Acoustic Open Mic is the 2nd Monday of every month from 7-9 pm. Arrive between 6-6:45 to sign up to perform. Our Open Mic Night is a chance for acoustic music lovers and practitioners to share with the community and gain valuable experience and support. This event is all ages, open genre and all acoustic. Starting Monday Jan 13, 2020 the Arbutus Open Mic will be located at Percival Place (formerly Ben Moore’s Cafe).
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Talks/Lectures
(Virtual) Grit City Think & Drink - From Black Lives Matter to Black Wives Matter: Exploring How Pornography Has Sexualized Social Justice Movements
FROM BLACK LIVES MATTER TO BLACK WIVES MATTER: EXPLORING HOW PORNOGRAPHY HAS SEXUALIZED SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS with Dr. Carolyn West, UW Tacoma. In the summer of 2013, after George Zimmerman's acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the movement began with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter (BLM). Porno producers quickly created the video “Black Wives Matter” and declared that “Civil rights have never been this dirty.” In solidarity with the BLM movement, pornography companies called for “an end to racist marketing practices and films that rely on stereotypes and ignorance.” Using a content analysis of more than 6,000 front and back covers of adult DVDs featuring Black performers, in this Think&Drink Dr. West will explore the racist tropes that have been depicted in pornography during the past 20 years. Grab your favorite beverage while we have a PG-13 rated discussion of the implications of turning contemporary social justice movements into X-rated material. Dr. Carolyn West is Professor of Clinical Psychology at UWT where she teaches courses on the Psychology of Black Women and Sex Crimes and Sexual Violence. Dr. West also has written extensively on racism in sexualized media. In 2018 she produced the documentary “Let Me Tell Ya’ll ‘Bout Black Chicks: Images of Black Women in Pornography,” which has been screened at international conferences. She also has worked as an expert witness in domestic violence/sexual assault cases, delivered keynote addresses, conducted workshops, and created innovative training materials to educate and equip professionals with the skills to provide culturally sensitive services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors of color. She can be reached at www.DrCarolynWest.com.
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Talks/Lectures
(Virtual) Grit City Think&Drink | All Districts Are Gerrymandered, But How Matters!
ALL DISTRICTS ARE GERRYMANDERED, BUT HOW MATTERS! with Dr. Jim Thatcher, UW Tacoma. Lines on a map have surprising power. They grant rights, marking inclusion and exclusion from groups. As such, every line will exclude some and favor others; in terms of electoral districts, this means that every district is gerrymandered. There are no neutral or perfect districts. But, if we begin from this perspective, then we are better able to see who is favored and how that matters. In this talk, Dr. Thatcher will briefly explore the history of gerrymandering in the US before turning towards discussions of alternative approaches to drawing districts. We'll focus on Ohio, but there will be plenty of anecdotes, stories, and absurd moments in electoral politicking from across the nation. Jim Thatcher is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma and an affiliate with the graduate school of Geography at the University of Washington. Often referred to as Critical Data Studies or Digital Political ecologies, his work examines the recursive relations among extremely large geospatial data sets, the creation and analysis of those datasets, and society, with a focus on how data has come to create, shape, and sustain modern urban environments. He is the lead editor of a 2018 University of Nebraska Press book on the roles ‘big data’ has come to play within and across academic Geography and his second book, on resistance to the power of data in our daily lives, will be published in 2021 with Pluto Press.
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Talks/Lectures
(Virtual) Grit City Think&Drink | Enhancing Inclusivity and Access Using Evidence-Based STEM Teaching Practices
ENHANCING INCLUSIVITY AND ACCESS USING EVIDENCE-BASED STEM TEACHING PRACTICES with Dr. Shannon Seidel, Pacific Lutheran University. If you have ever taken a STEM course, what was the experience like? Who talked during class? Who didn't? Who volunteered answers? Whose ideas were valued? In this interactive talk, you will have the chance to experience and explore evidence-based strategies that have been shown to increase equity in STEM learning environments. Many of these tools may be useful beyond the classroom context so you will also be encouraged to consider how equity strategies might be useful in your own personal or professional life. Shannon Seidel is an assistant professor of Biology at Pacific Lutheran University who earned her Ph.D. studying HIV host/pathogen interactions before transitioning to science education research during her postdoctoral fellowship. Her research focuses on the non-content language known as Instructor Talk that is broadly used by instructors and may be important for engaging students, evading stereotype threat, and generating student buy-in for active learning. Currently she teaches courses like introductory biology, virology, and the science education partnership which provides science students with an opportunity to teach in K-12 classrooms.
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Talks/Lectures
(Virtual) Grit City Think&Drink | The Politics of Matching, Messaging, and Making the First Move in Digital Dating Spaces
THE POLITICS OF MATCHING, MESSAGING, AND MAKING THE FIRST MOVE IN DIGITAL DATING SPACES with Dr. Riki Thompson, UW Tacoma. Join us for a presentation about digital dating and the quest for connection. In the world of online dating, Bumble has made a name for itself as the app that empowers women and promises to change the rules of the dating game by only allowing women to send the opening message after matching with a man, leaving men to wait for women to reach out and make the first move. In this talk UWT Associate Professor Riki Thompson presents her original research about online communication, gender, sexuality, and the politics of matching, messaging, and making the first move in digital dating spaces. Riki Thompson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Writing Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her current research explores how people search for connection through digitally-mediated spaces by focusing on storytelling, sexuality, technology, and identity.
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Benefit/Fundraiser
14th Annual Tears Foundation Gala Dinner & Auction
We cordially invite you to join us in raising funds for our national organization at the 14th Annual ‘Twinkle like the Stars’ Gala Dinner & Auction on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at The Museum of Glass. We begin the evening with a silent auction of baskets and items generously donated by local businesses and community members. Attendees will enjoy a delicious plated dinner from The Pacific Grill, Tacoma’s most award-winning restaurant, while they bid in a live auction for big ticket items ranging from get-away trips to some locally sourced gifts and activities. The event is creatively themed after Masquerade Ball. The TEARS Foundation seeks to compassionately lift a financial burden from families who have lost a child by providing funds to assist with the cost of burial or cremation services. We also offer parents comprehensive bereavement care in the form of grief support groups and peer companions.
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Politics
2020 Election Event Series: Protests, race, and politics
What will be the political consequences of the massive street protests over the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd? Christopher Parker is a professor of political science at the University of Washington. In addition to many published books and articles, he is currently coauthoring a book entitled The Great White Hope: Donald Trump, Race, and the crisis of American Democracy. Please watch our events on our YouTube livestream!
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Seniors, Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, seminar
2020 Pierce County Alzheimer's Conference ONLINE
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