Portland-area events: Rob Shetterly, The End of Suburbia, Bill McKibben

News from Slow Food Portland:

February 18: Rob Shetterly, Maine artist of the famous “Americans Who Tell the Truth” series, will speak about what it means to stand up and take action at important moments in history, like today.  After a reception of local food, he will lead a community discussion about what needs to happen in our communities, and how we can stand up to take action.  (Freeport Community Center, February 18, 6:30 pm)

February 23: Suburbia and all it promises has become the American Dream.  But in the 21st century, serious questions have emerged about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, the film The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. (Frontier Café, February  23, 7 pm; $5 admission)

March 6: Celebrated economist and environmentalist Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, will talk about his upcoming book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, and his work with 350.org. (Freeport Performing Arts Center, March 6, 7 pm; suggested donation $5)