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Pencil This In: It's all about Politics at the Hammer, the Crawford Family Forum and AFI Fest

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If you're not into politics, then you're SOL tonight. It's all about the election, and there's really not too much else happening. But if you're a political junkie, then read on because we found a couple of nonpartisan viewing events/parties at the Hammer Museum, the Crawford Family Forum and a special political panel discussion at AFI Fest.

The documentary We Came Home has its U.S. premiere tonight as part of AFI Fest tonight at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre. The documentary follows the LA-born Ariana Delawari on a personal journey to Afghanistan, where she recorded her debut musical album Lions of Panjshir, which was mixed by David Lynch and released on his MC label. She also tells the love story of her parents and their love story with Afghanistan, who moved back to Kabul after 9/11 to begin rebuilding the country (he is now the Governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan). Following the film is a panel on "Politics and the Power of Music and Film," which includes the filmmaker Delawari. She will also give a live musical performance at Audi Sky Lounge and Garden Terrace, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Film is free, but RSVP required.

The Hammer Museum holds an Election Night viewing party (nonpartisan) tonight from 6-10:30 pm. Watch live coverage on the large screen in the Billy Wilder Theater and on the three monitors at Ammo, the museum’s cafe. Jonathan Horowitz’s installationYour Land / My Land: Election ’12, featuring monitors on both MSNBC and Fox News, will be on view for those who wish to mix their art and politics. A cash bar and a highlight reel of TV’s best political skits will be on view in the courtyard. Free admission.

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KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum holds anelection night viewing party tonight from 7-9 pm. Patt Morrison holds a special edition of Comedy Congress; political reporters, Frank Stoltze and Kitty Felde share campaign war stories; and Raphe Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute, joins them for analysis of early results and trends. Off-Ramp host John Rabe emcees. Snacks and adult beverages will be served. Doors at 6:30. The free event is now at capacity, but RSVP for the waitlist.

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Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).

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