PubliCalendar picks for civic nerds.

First Presidential Debate 2012: Obama vs. Romney

There’s really nothing else you need to be doing with your Wednesday. Watch at a bar with your fellow citizens (fun drinking game! Take a shot every time Mitt "People are Not Entitled to Food" Romney makes an entitled smirk!) Here are some of your many, many options:

broVo and The 5 Spot Do the First Presidential Debate Live

Watch the debate on the big screen and order an artisan “red” or “blue” cocktail to vote for your favorite party.

Wed, Oct 3, 6pm, 5 Spot, 1502 Queen Anne Ave N, Free

Presidential Debate Watch Party at The Royal Room

Join Obama delegates Tandy Williams, Yalonda Gill Masundiré, and Al-bahadli Majid as they debrief about the 2012 Democratic Convention and host the debate viewing. Drinks and food available.

Wed, Oct 3, 5:30 pm–8:30 pm, The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Columbia City, Free

Town Hall's Presidential Debate Viewing Party

Come watch the Presidential debate and get free admission to the 7:30  event with activist and economist Gar Alperovitz, who will talk about the limits of capitalism and his ideas for a “new economy."

Wed, Oct 3, 6 pm–7:30 pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave N, Free

More viewing parties at: Arabica Lounge, Café Presse, The Noble Fir, Hula Hula/Tini Bigs, Osteria La Spiga, The Spectator, The BottleNeck Lounge, Moe Bar, Solo Bar, St. John’s Bar and Eatery, Tougo, Roanoke Park Place, Hattie’s Hat, Havana, Spitfire, Summit Public House, The Neighbor Lady, Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, and Island Soul Caribbean Restaurant.

There's also another televised debate. On KCTS tonight at 7:00 PM, gubernatorial candidates—Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna—will square live from Yakima.

Speaking of tonight, don’t forget our PubliCalender pick for today:

Seattle Speaks: Referendum 74, Marriage Equality

Town Hall hosts proponents (ex-Seattle Storm owner Anne Levinson and former King County Executive Ron Sims) and opponents (Preserve Marriage Washington director Joseph Backholm and state Sen. Dan Swecker, R-20) of Referendum 74, which would uphold the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry in Washington State.

Seattle Speaks: Referendum 74, Marriage Equality: Tues, Oct 2, 6:30 pm, Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave