Washington is broken. Or maybe it isn't. Either way, we want to tell you about it.

On May 1, Wonkblog will hold its very first -- but hopefully not its very last -- live Wonkblog Debate. But being Wonkblog, we're going to it a bit differently. It'll be at the Hamilton bar. There'll be whiskey. And there'll be lots and lots of charts.

We want to wrestle with some big ideas, but also put on a show that is — believe it or not — fun. And you, of course, are invited.

The topic: Washington is broken vs. Washington is resilient. Ezra will offer his chart-heavy take on the deep-seated structural forces that have rendered the U.S. government dysfunctional. Then, Slate's Matt Yglesias, George Washington University's Sarah Binder, and conservative tech wonk Derek Khanna will rip it to shreds. Perhaps with more charts.

And, of course, all your favorite Wonkbloggers will be there (What color bow tie will Dylan wear? You’ll only find out if you show up!). Afterward, enjoy a cocktail or two with the Wonkblog team, get your copy of "The Alchemists" signed (or buy one! They'll be on sale), and go home with penetrating new insights into the nature of our democracy.*

So you want to come? Click here to register; the event is free but space is limited. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, and the debate is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come on by, and get your wonk on.

* Penetrating insights into the nature of democracy not guaranteed.

Update: We're full! At least for now. If you register, you'll be added to the wait list. And if you got a spot but decide you can't make it after all, be sure to cancel so that someone from the wait list can have your seat.