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Vroman's Bookstore hosts author Sarah Vowell at All Saints Church in Pasadena. / Photo by Christine N. Ziemba.

FILM: We, the People: A Documentary Film Festival begins tonight and runs through Saturday. The festival showcases 13 documentary films that offer portraits of social outcasts and misfits; broader social issues today and community activism from multiple perspectives. A $5 donation is suggested, with proceeds going to support Trade&Row programs and events. Tonight's screening will be held at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock.

READING: Vroman’s Bookstore brings journalist, historian Sarah Vowell to All Saints Church in Pasadena to talk about her new book, The Wordy Shipmates. She examines the influence of John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay settlement, whose Puritan lifestyle shaped life in the new world. The event starts at 7 pm and tickets are $5.

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THEATRE: ACToberFest’s “Ten-Minute Play Competition” begins tonight at 8 pm at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. For the next two weeks, 16 plays will be presented over a two-week period with one play winning for excellence in playwriting. Tickets cost $20.

TALK: A HAMMER Forum takes on the topic “A Third War: The Threat of War with Iran” tonight at 7 pm. Former CIA officer Robert Baer (author of The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower) believes that the U.S. has unwittingly made Iran an emerging superpower. Dr. Trita Parsi, author of Treacherous Alliance-The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States and president of the National Iranian American Council, argues that “allowing Iran to use enriched uranium for fuel under the strict guidelines of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty puts the US in a strong position against nuclear weaponization and avoids engaging in a third war in the Middle East.”

TEEVEE: The Paley Center’s “Inside the Writers Room” introduces us to the creative minds behind The Family Guy tonight at 7 pm. Seth McFarlane and other members of the writing team talk about their methods and processes. Tickets are $25.

TALK*: Artist, author and MacArthur genius winner David Macaulay comes to the Los Angeles Public Library tonight at 7 pm as part of the ALOUD series. With a humorous approach, he’ll discuss “Body Building: An Illustrated Lecture” that begins with the cell and journeys through the major systems of the body. The event is full, so standby only.

Check out other upcoming events on our LAist Agenda: October.

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