TODAY

Seattle Public Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson hosts a Community Coffee Chat. Ask her if we got our school levy endorsement right. (West Seattle Elementary, 6760 34th Ave. S.W., 6 to 7 p.m., free)

TUESDAY

City Council's Budget Committee is holding a public hearing on the 2011 budget. You can submit ideas and comment on those already posted online. If this hearing is as half as much fun as watching council meetings online, you're in for a barrel of motherfucking monkeys, guys! (Council Chambers, 5 p.m., free)

It doesn't have quite the pizazz of "rum, sodomy, and the lash," but the Booze, Taxes, and Democracy event being put on by the Associated Students of UW is going to be fun. Representatives from both sides of initiatives 1098, 1100, and 1105 will be participating and taking open questions from the crowd. Worth attending just to see if the two blond anti-liquor initiative hecklers from our debate show up. (UW Campus, Odegaard 220, 7 to 8:30 p.m., free)

WEDNESDAY

The Maple Leaf Community Council hosts a candidate forum. The headliners are Congressman Jim McDermott and the increasingly colorful Justice Richard Sanders. Representatives from the initiative campaigns are also expected. (Olympic View Elementary, 504 NE 95th St., 7 to 9 p.m., free)