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The American Food & Wine Festival kicks off tonight. / Photo by pink_fish13 via LAist's flickr pool.

FILM: Battle in Seattle is a film by Stuart Townsend. Who’s Stuart Townsend? Well, he’s an actor and Charlize Theron’s boyfriend. The film’s backdrop is 1999’s WTO meeting in Seattle, which drew tens of thousands of demonstrators. The story follows protestors, cops and even the mayor during those five days. The cast includes Theron, Martin Henderson, Michelle Rodriguez, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin, Ray Liotta, Connie Nielsen, Channing Tatum, and Joshua Jackson. Tonight the film screens at the Landmark at 7:30 pm. Theron, Henderson and director Townsend make an appearance at the screening for a Q&A.

ART*: Munky King on Melrose presents U.B. Funkeys Custom Art Show & Charity Event tonight from 7-11 pm. See designer toys featuring the works of Jim Mahfood, Angry Woebots, Yoskay Yamamoto, Peekaboo Monster, among many others. Each artist will display their own customized U.B. Funkeys designs (an “emerging collectible toy that combines vinyl art with the world of computer gaming”) and creations at the event. Many of the toys will be included as part of a silent auction benefiting the Mattel Children's Foundation and Art of Elysium.

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THEATRE: The Ruskin Group Theatre presents a play by Chazz Palminteri at 8 pm tonight. Unfaithful is about a rejected wife and a hit man, hired by her husband, who are drawn to the darker side of love and life. “This strange and spirited, yet oddly familiar, exchange between the characters reveals a compelling tale of attraction, infidelity, betrayal, and deceit that might just have a chance for redemption…during an unexpected stirring of conscience.” Tickets are $20.

ALT-CAR AltCar Expo 2008, takes place today and tomorrow (10 am-5 pm) at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, showcasing more than 100 alt-fuel and ultra-efficient vehicles to show consumers how they can cut their carbon footprint now. Highlights include public ride-and-drives and panels featuring automotive, environmental and public policy experts. The free event typically draws 10,000 attendees.

FOOD&WINE: Our two favorite words are paired in the 26th Annual Food and Wine Festival. Tonight, the festival will be at the Pacific Design Center for Red Hot Friday at Wolfgang Puck’s RED SEVEN. If you have the $150 for dinner, then you'll get lots of drinks and meat and other food from: Red Seven, Craft LA, Cut and sidebar Beverly Hills, Cut and sidebar Las Vegas, Lawry's The Prime Rib, La Brea Bakery and Montage Beverly Hills. Tomorrow's tickets are sold out, btw.