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Get up close to fossils, rocks and minerals at the Burke’s Earth NiteLife event on Friday, Jan. 24. (Photo by Chris Cunningham/Burke Museum)

— The newly re-opened Burke Museum is putting together a full slate of activities for people of all ages to come and check out. One of these is Burke NiteLife, a series of events designed to get adults to experience the museum in a kid-free, party-like atmosphere. The first of the series is called Burke NiteLife: Earth and focuses on the museum’s collections of fossils, rocks and minerals, providing guests hands-on activities while enjoying drinks and music. NiteLife: Earth takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 24.

— “The middle class is dying.” “Technology is replacing manufacturing jobs.” “It’s impossible to break into a career with little more than a high school diploma.” We’ve heard these sentiments floating around for some time. These messages can lead us to believe things look pretty bleak for most working Americans, but Adam Davidson thinks the opposite is true. In his new book, The Passion Economy, Davidson lays out the case for hope in the 21st Century economy by telling the stories of some unexpectedly successful people. Davidson, a staff writer for The New Yorker and a Peabody winner for his coverage of the financial crisis, will be speaking about his book as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures series on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall.

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