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Pencil This In: Election Day Edition

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PARTY TIME*: Causecast.org, the leading cause-related website and one-stop shop for philanthropy (and LAist’s Sloane’s baby) is hosting various voting parties around LA today. During the day, there will be specials at Pitfire Pizza Company locations in North Hollywood, Westwood and Downtown. After work though, head over to The Edison for the results-watching party. Toast your victory or drown your sorrows. Either way, it’s sure to be a good party.

MORE PARTY: CineSpace is holding an Election Day mixer from 5-9 pm tonight. Hobnob with other politically minded drinkers and watch the returns come in.

ART PARTY: There’s an election reception and the opening of a group show “Tiny Vices” at Hope Galleryin Echo Park tonight from 6-9 pm. The show features photographs from Tim Barber's tinyvices website, including Aurel Schmidt, Brad Phillips, Julia Burlingham, Jason Nocito, Kim Krans, Patrick Griffin and more.

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RADIO PARTY: Beginning at 5 pm, Sarah Kanouse will broadcast "Voices of America" recordings and remixes from the participatory Internet radio project reflecting on the media spectacle of the 2008 US Presidential Election. Bring a battery-powered radio from
your emergency preparedness kit or a portable boom box to the "Audacity of Desperation" exhibit at the Sea and Space Gallery. Election returns will also be projected in the gallery. Bring food and drink to share.

FILM: If you have no interest in politics, and shooting pool's more your thing, then head over to the ArcLight Sherman Oaks for a tribute to Paul Newman. They'll be screening The Hustler tonight at 7:30 pm.

FARMERS MARKET: The Woodman Avenue Market is today (and every Tuesday) from 3-8 pm in the parking lot of the Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks (Woodman off the 101). "The Market is the creation of Phillip Dane (The Fairfax High School Flea Market, South Park Artisans Market, Peddler on the Roof)." There will be live music playing while you shop.

FILM: The AFI Fest continues today, and one of the more interesting films screened is Two-Legged Horse from Iran. Here's the synopsis: "Set in Afghanistan, the film introduces us to a subculture of impoverished children who find shelter in a maze of abandoned sewer pipes. A father sets out to hire someone to attend to his severely disabled son, a young boy who is unable to walk. Mirvais, one of the inhabitants of the sewers, successfully competes for the job, which includes carrying the boy around on his back. It is not long, however, before Mirvais's simple duties are extended by his new young master, in ways that border on the sadomasochistic." The film screens tonight at the ArcLight Hollywood.

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Photo by jstrathdee via LAist's flickr pool.