Today's PubliCalendar Picks for political and civic nerds.

For Friday:

The House I Live In 

Join advocates for Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization proposal, for a screening of The House I Live In, a documentary on the political, moral, and economic failures of the war on drugs, followed by a Q&A with I-502 campaign director Alison Holcomb. Part of the Meaningful Movies series.

The House I Live In, Fri, Oct 26, 7pm–9:30pm, Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N, Free

Check out SPD's drones

The Seattle Police Department has proposed deploying drones, or "unmanned aerial vehicles," for search and rescue operations, accidents, and some crime scenes. But opponents have objected to the prospect of police surveillance vehicles monitoring citizens from the sky. Find out how the drones would work, and get your questions answered, at this SPD question-and-answer and demonstration session. 

Q&A on SPD's drone proposal, Thurs, Oct 25, 6pm, Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St, Free

Sustainable Ballard Community Potluck

Sustainable Ballard, a group aimed at helping Ballard residents live more sustainably, is holding its first quarterly community potluck, featuring music, Ballard-made beers, and food made by Ballard residents. Bring a potluck item to share.

Sustainable Ballard Community Potluck, Thurs, Oct 25, Hilliard’s Taproom, 1550 NW 49th St, Free

Dow Constantine for Bob Ferguson

Join King County Executive Dow Constantine in one of the final big events for Democratic attorney general candidate Bob Ferguson at Elysian Fields in SoDo. Ferguson, a King County Council member, is running against his fellow council member, Republican Reagan Dunn, for the open seat being vacated by Rob McKenna. 

Bob Ferguson fundraiser, Thurs, Oct 25, 6pm–7pm, Elysian Fields, 542 1st Avenue S, Donation Requested

Global Warming Gridlock with David Victor
Learn why the world hasn't made much diplomatic progress on global warming, and how international law can be more effective to deal with global warming in the future.
The World Affairs Council hosts and David Victor, an international law professor at UCSD and author of Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet, speaks.
Book sales and signing after event. 

Global Warming GridlockThurs, Oct 25, 5:30–7:30 pm, Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, $10-$15.

The Hard-Times Paradox
Thomas Frank, author of Pity the Billionaire, discusses his strange discovery of the American Right's tendency to become invigorated in hard economic times and the bizarre manifestations the uprisings take on.