TONIGHT

State senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles is hosting her 17th annual post-election analysis fundraiser. Anti-liquor people take note: Dominic is one of the analysts on her panel, so here's your chance to razz him in person. There is also a silent auction to benefit the 36th District Democrats. Razzing is free! (Hale's Ales, 4301 Leary Way NW, 5 to 8 p.m., free)

FRIDAY

The best event of the night is the Lake Union Civic Orchestra's performance of Beethoven's 8th Symphony and (more awesomely!) Shostakovich's 12th Symphony at Town Hall. But I'm supposed to plug political events here, so share a painfully slow non-express bus ride downtown with homeless people and a picnic basket brimming with Four Loko and go debate a LaRouchie. (If you prefer classical to booze, Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, 7:30 to 9 p.m., tickets $15 regular/$10 student and senior/free under 12 at the door)

SATURDAY

The man with the best eyebrows in city hall, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, will hold an open conversation with citizens. His staffer told me the most popular topics at his conversation events last month were the city budget and community centers. For an early Christmas gift, I'd like see Will show up and troll the event with questions about the Billionaire's Tunnel just as aggressively as he does Slog. (Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, 10 a.m. to noon, he should pay you to attend)

SUNDAY

Important reminder: Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday. Roll your clocks back and stay in bed an hour later, wheeeee!

The Thornton Creek Alliance is hosting a work party to get shit done at Thornton Creek Park. Bonus: you'll get done in plenty of time to see the Seahawks lose to the Giants! (Meet on the south side of NE 105th, between 5th Ave. NE and 8th Ave. NE, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., free plus snacks, beverages, and work tools!)

It's the second leg of the playoffs and true backs-to-the-wall time for Sounders FC versus the Galaxy. The game is in L.A., but Emerald City Supporters are hosting a viewing party at Beveridge Place Pub. This is a classic opportunity for fans to take a trip back to a simpler time when we used to expect Landon Donovan to choke under pressure. (6413 California Ave SW, kickoff is at 6 p.m.)