And you need a drink tonight. So this should work out swimmingly.

At the Showbox (the one on 1st Ave and Pike St), there's a benefit for the Downtown Emergency Services Center. Without a shred of reservation, I must say, DESC is one of the most important organizations in Seattle. I write about their excellence in human-service work here. And I know the economy is hurting. Folk's bank accounts are hurting. But the poor, the mentally needy, the seriously ill, and the homeless are really hurting. So spend a few bucks tonight. Tickets are $18. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. There are a grazzlion bands, including the Dusty 45s. The lineup is here. I'll be speaking at the show, too, giving a shout out to DESC's great work.