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Rick Steves and Council members at sold out Civic Cocktail, Feb. 6

From the rise and fall of fascism in Europe to the changing local political landscape, the February Civic Cocktail is sure to cover a lot of ground. Nationally known travel show host and guidebook author Rick Steves and three Seattle City Council veterans who have announced they won’t seek re-election will join host Joni Balter, 6 p.m., Feb. 6, at Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave.

Advance tickets are sold out. Limited tickets will be available at the door, which opens at 5:30 p.m. You can also join the wait list.

Steves will discuss his new PBS documentary “The Story of Fascism in Europe,” explore travel as a political act, reflect on how globetrotting has helped shape his world view, and share travel tips for 2019.

With all seven of the City Council district seats up for grabs this year, three Council incumbents have announced they won’t seek re-election. Council President Bruce Harrell and Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Rob Johnson will reflect on their time in office, offer advice to the crowded field of Council hopefuls and look ahead to what’s next.

Featured journalists David Kroman, of  Crosscut, and Paige Browning, of KUOW, will join the conversation.

Civic Cocktail will premiere on Seattle Channel (cable 21), 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, and will also be available online.

Civic Cocktail — presented by Seattle Channel and Seattle CityClub— offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar. Thanks to media sponsors KUOW and The Evergrey.