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Aside from the Vice Presidential debates, there are some events going on around town. If you decide to go out rather than remain home, glued to the TV as Cheney and Edwards duke it out, you can always catch the highlights on the radio while on your way to one of these fine events.

At UCLA, "Where's My Democracy?" comes to Royce Hall. Downtown For Democracy has brought together a group of writers who will give readings in support of regime change. Jonathan Safran Foer will host the evening and introduce other acclaimed authors including Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Alice Sebold and David Foster Wallace. Tickets go on sale at the Royce Hall Box Office at 7:00 PM (for $25.00, $100 and $500) and the event begins at 8:00 PM. For more information, call (866) 312-1538.

Also at UCLA, the HAMMER Museum is hosting a conversation between comedian/writer/actor/musician Sandra Tsing Loh and Harry Shearer, co-creator of This is Spinal Tap who is best known for his work as the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers and Ned Flanders on "The Simpsons." At 7:00 PM, the two will come face-to-face for a discussion that is pretty much guaranteed to be entertaining.

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At Largo, see tonight's Concert for Change featuring David Cross, Greg Behrendt, Aisha Tyler, and the first LA screening of director David O. Russell's anti-war documentary, Soldiers Pay. Tickets are $20.00 pre-sale (available until 4:00 PM) and $25.00 at the door. Dinner begins at 8:00 PM , followed by the show at 9:00 PM.

In the Knitting Factory Main Room, see the Helio Sequence, Future Pigeon and Mia Doi Todd at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $8.00.

At Avalon, see Snow Patrol at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $17.50.

At LACMA, see a special 1:00 PM screening of the Blake Edwards film Days of Wine and Roses starring Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick and Jack Klugman.