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Scoops on Heliotrope is mixing ice cream and politics tonight. / Photo by jslander via LAist's flickr pool.

DOCUMENTARY FILM: The Egyptian Theatre hosts ITVS Community Cinema’s Independent Lens Documentary Series tonight at 7:30. On the big screen is Lioness, a film about women in combat. “They went to Iraq as cooks, clerks and mechanics and returned a year later as part of America's first generation of female combat veterans. Despite an official government policy that states that women are not supposed to partake in direct ground combat, the five women featured here most certainly did.” Admission is free and there will be a panel discussion following the film.

TEEVEE: As you read earlier on LAist, the Paley Center hosts “An Evening with Everyday Italian’s Giada De Laurentiis” tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $60. (There's a tasting reception afterward.)

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ICE CREAM*: Scoops on Heliotrope is mixing politics and ice cream tonight from 7-10 pm. It’s an Obama-inspired ice cream social/get out the vote/fundraiser. Scoops's flavor master Tai Kim took suggestions for ice cream flavors inspired by Obama, the election and customer’s hopes for the future of the country. “From Oct 27-31, selections from the flavor pool will be served at Scoops and 20 percent of the proceeds from that week will go toward the Obama Victory fund.”

TEEVEE 2: HBO is screening its new comedy series Summer Heights High tonight at 7 pm. The evening will feature DJ mike ill plus Australian food and beverages. There's complimentary valet parking. The event takes place at Marvimon @ 1411 N Broadway (corner of Solano Avenue in Chinatown). The evening's 21+ and admission is based on capacity. RSVP here.

JAZZ: Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core perform their style of "modern jazz improvisation, full of musical dialogue and melodic, polyrhythmic exchanges, including the cinematically-inspired opus dedicated to Akira Kurosawa." The show starts at 7 pm at UCLA's Hammer Museum.

TALK: Zócalo presents Edward Miguel, U.C. Berkeley economist and co-author of Economic Gangster: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations, tonight at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles at 7:30 pm. He'll explain how violence and corruption keep nations in poverty. He posits that before we can help poor nations, "we must first understand the violent, lawless thugs who have wrought havoc throughout the developing world. And to understand these gangsters, he says, we must first get inside their heads."

*Pencil pick of the day