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If you want to do something else tonight besides the mind-numbing seventh season opener of American Idol, here are a few options:

Nobel Prizewinner Mohammad Yunus has a conversation with Rick Wartzman, director of the Drucker Institute, Claremont Graduate University (and former editor of the Los Angeles Times' West) on "Creating a World without Poverty." The evening will focus on questions like: "What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger and inequality?" And if anyone has the cred to answer, it's Yunus, who's developed a model for "nothing less than a new, more humane form of capitalism." (Would that then be called "socialism lite?")

7 pm // ALOUD at Central Library: Mark Taper Auditorium // 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles // Free (standby tickets only).

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New paintings, drawings and mixed media work by Venice-based artist Ron Griffin are currently on exhibit at the Tarryn Teresa Gallery in Santa Monica. Griffin's work uses objects scavenged from the Los Angeles Desert to recreate the object with layers of paint. The show runs through Feb. 8.

Until 5 pm // Bergamot Station: Building G, Space G-8A // 2525 Michigan Ave., G8A, Santa Monica // Free.

Paella, the Spanish dish with rice, saffron, sausage, seafood and a whole lotta goodness tastes like heaven when made right and like Rice-A-Roni when not. We think Ciudad's is closer to the former than the latter. It's Tuesday, so that means "Paella on the Patio" – the staff cooks the dish right on the patio – and the dinner price includes an appetizer, salad and your choice of paella.

5-9 pm // Ciudad // 445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles // $29 per person.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the AIGA hosts EMERGE – an exhibition of graphic design of 90 student designers attending the LA's top programs. The exhibit runs through Feb. 6. Park in Lot C for $5 an hour.

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Until 5 pm // Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State LA // 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles // Free.

Before the likes of professional partiers like Britney, Paris, Lindsay, the good old bad boys of Hollywood pretty cornered the market. A recent book Hollywood's Hellfire Club took a look at the wild world of John Barrymore (Drew's grandpa), W.C. Fields, and Errol Flynn, and the Silent Movie Theatre celebrates their films, screening Barrymore's Svengali (1931), Fields' short The Dentist (1932) and select clips from the group's home movies.

There's a social event tonight that caught our eye: "LA Geek Dinner: Blind Date w/ dorkbot." Now if that means anything to you, then you should definitely check it out. Dinner costs about $15. And bring a geeky white elephant gift since it's a blind date, plus stuff to show off. You know, geek stuff. ***Please contact organizer before attending. This event has reached capacity.

8 pm // LA Geek Dinner with Dorkbot @ Machine Project // 1200 D North Alvarado St., Los Angeles // $15ish.

Photo of paella by avlxyz via flickr.