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Pumpkin time! / Photo by Christine N. Ziemba

FILM: The LA Freewaves Festival starts today and runs through Oct. 13. This fest “fuses media arts with Hollywood Boulevard, turning it into a massive, multi-faceted screening room showcasing 160 works in film, video and other visual media.” More than 40 physical venues and locations along seven blocks of Hollywood Boulevard will participate in “Hollywould” from the Knitting Factory to Kung Pao Kitty.

THEATRE: Glendale’s A Noise Within theatre company presents a pay-what-you-can performance of The Rainmaker tonight at 8 pm. Set in the middle of a drought in the western plains, it’s a story of Lizzie Curry, “who has resigned herself to a life without love as she and the men of the family struggle to keep the farm from collapsing under the weight of devastating drought. Out of the arid ether of this parched land, a shadow larger than life fills the horizon, awakening the hopeful dreamer in all of us.” You might remember the 1954 film with Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn.

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HEALTH POLITICS: The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities presents Mark Halperin, from TIME and ABC News, Chris Lehane, Democratic strategist, and Adam Mendelsohn, political advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Congressman Jim Brulte in the public program “The Change We Need: Can Either Presidential Candidate Reform Health Care?” tonight at 5:30 pm. They’ll provide the inside scoop on how much health reform to expect in a new administration. There’s a coffee-networking reception immediately following the discussion. The event is free, but RSVPs recommended.

FILM: The Other Venice Film Festival starts tonight and runs through the weekend. There's film, music, parties etc. at the only "solar powered film festival on the planet" @ the Electric Lodge. Who needs the red carpet when you get the surf, sand and boardwalk?