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The LA River in all its glory.

DEBATE WATCHING
Now with John Edwards out of the picture, Hillary and Barack only have eyes and one-liners for each other. Watch them duke it out during the Democratic candidates debate tonight with friends and bloggers in the comfort of CineSpace (because really, you don’t want to be anywhere near Hollywood and Highland). RSVP at RSVP@gatherinc.com.

Doors open at 4:30 pm // CineSpace // 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.

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TRAFFIC TALK
Metro’s holding public meetings to discuss the feedback received for traffic alternatives in a 38-square-mile study area that stretches from K-town to Santa Monica. Learn how they plan to better deal with, for example, getting from WeHo to Westwood on a Friday. Or not. Validated parking available in the lot on the southeast corner of Wilshire and Spaulding or take Metro on lines 20, 720, 920, 217 and 780.

6 pm // Terrace Room @ Los Angeles County Museum of Art-West (formerly the May Company Store // 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.

COMEDY
Catwoman does comedy as Julie Newmar special guests on Aliza Murrieta’s monthly “chickfest of comedy.” Other performers on the Maiden America slate include Gaye Coffman, Sabrina Hill, Paula Killen, Vanda Mikoloski, Shelagh Ratner and Jennifer Tracy. Stay for the “Gangbang” improv afterwards.

8 pm // Bang Studio // 457 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles // $10.

FILM
This is the LA River is a short film created by students of the Echo Park Film Center, ages 14-19. The film examines the past, present and future of the great waterway of Los Angeles -- in all its gritty, graffiti-ed and concrete glory.

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8 pm // Echo Park Film Center // 1200 Alvarado St., Los Angeles // $5 donation.

ART
There's an opening reception tonight at the Edgar Varela Fine Arts gallery for the Austrian Art & Fashion Exhibition, featuring four of Austria’s up and coming artists -- Sigmar Berg, Adam Bota, Bianca Regl and Clemens Wolf. Fashion designs provided by Beryll.

6 pm // Edgar Varela Fine Arts @ California Market Center // 110 E. Ninth St., Penthouse, Los Angeles // Free.

SUPER TUESDAY DRINKS WITH LAist: FEB. 5
Mark your calendars now for the biggest political party on Super Tuesday: LAist is hosting a Super Tuesday (Feb. 5) at Seven Grand and you -- our favorite readers -- are all invited. And if watching returns isn't enough to entice you, maybe the fact that it's Mardi Gras will. To RSVP or if you gots the questions: events@laist.com (Note: Seven Grand is a 21+ bar. We apologize for any inconveniences).

7-9 pm // Seven Grand // 515 W 7th St., Los Angeles // Depends on how much you drink.

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Photo by kpeII via LAist Featured Photos Pool.