Voter registration's only the top of the iceberg – here's the rest of your civic agenda for the week, Oct. 2-9
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CONVERSATION CAFE Learn to improve your dialoguing skills at this meeting of minds and words. 6:15-9pm. Renaissance Hotel, 9721 Arboretum. Free. www.conversationcafe.org.
GANDHI'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 6pm. Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon, Davage-Durden Building. www.austinpeacecenter.org.
MEET LARRY JOE DOHERTY Find out more about the District 10 candidate (see "The Man in the White Hat"), joined tonight by special guest U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. 5:30-7:30pm. Headliners Club, 221 W. Sixth. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. www.larryjoe.com.
POLITICAL ACTION BOOK CLUB discusses Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. 6:30pm. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr., 989-3188. Free.
VEEP DEBATE WATCH PARTY Biden vs. Palin – don't miss it. 6-9:30pm. Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto, 474-1958. www.scholzgarten.net.
BILL OF RIGHTS DINNER honors Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ben Sargent with the Molly Ivins Give 'Em Hell Award. 6:30pm. UT Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto. $125. www.texascivilrightsproject.org.
BURLESQUE THE VOTE Bet you never thought registering to vote could be sexy. (See "Tickling Voters' Fancies," for more.) 9pm. Antone's, 213 W. Fifth, 320-8424. $15, standing; $30, seated.
GETTING TAKS ON TRACK explores alternatives to the TAKS test. 1-4pm. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca, 478-5684.
HURRICANE IKE FUNDRAISER A DJ and food await those who bring items for Capital Area Food Bank. 6-9pm. Molotov Lounge, 719 W. Sixth. Free.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIALOGUE & DELIBERATION Learn to build community, foster collaborative action, and make the world a better place through communication skills at this three-day event. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 3-5. www.ncdd.org/ncdd2008.
FRANK B. WILDERSON III discusses his Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid. 3pm. Follett's Intellectual Property, 2402 Guadalupe.
PROJECT BEAT All are welcome at this monthly community roundtable on race. 9:30am-noon. St. James' Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville.
TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK GALA 7:30pm. La Zona Rosa, 612 W. Fourth, 322-0545. $50. www.tfn.org/votetfn.
CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK/RED CROSS BENEFIT DJs, B-boy battles, and more – all proceeds help those who are helping Hurricane Ike evacuees, so be generous with your food and cash donations. 8pm-12mid. Gallery Lombardi, 602 W. Seventh. Free. www.gallerylombardi.com.
HOT TALK: 2008 ELECTION EDITION Part moderated forum, part opportunity for constituents to meet with local candidates Larry Joe Doherty, Mark Strama, Donna Howard, and others. 5-8pm. Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart, 735-8012 x19. Free. www.jcaaonline.org.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE! See "So You Think You're Registered?" for details on registering and verifying your status.
VOTER REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Shifts are available throughout the day and night; help the Travis. Co. Democratic Party make a final push to get voters on board. 7am-12mid. Travis Co. Dem. Party HQ, 1107 N. I-35. www.turntexasblue.com.
ANN WRIGHT The retired Army colonel is in town to discuss her book, Dissent: Voices of Conscience. 7pm. BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Ste. A-105.
RICK NORIEGA talks about his life and current bid for the U.S. Senate. 2pm. UT campus, Dorothy L. Gebauer Building. Free.
DEBATE WATCH PARTY McCain vs. Obama, round No. 2. 7:30pm. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside. $5 suggested donation. www.turntexasblue.com.
FAREWELL PARTY Join the Travis Co. Dems in wishing a fond farewell to retiring district judges Jeanne Meurer and Margaret Cooper (see "Say Goodbye, and Watch the Debate," for more). Long Center, 701 W. Riverside. www.traviscountydemocrats.org.
SEN. KIRK WATSON joins St. David's Community Health Foundation CEO Earl Maxwell to discuss the country's changing power structure. 7:30-9am. Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones, 454-2666. $25 ($20, members). www.leadershipaustin.org.
BOARDWALK TRAIL AT LADY BIRD LAKE How do you envision the new proposed hike-and-bike trail? Share your thoughts at tonight's public meeting, or fill out the survey at www.ci.austin.tx.us/boardwalk. See "Naked City," for more. 6-7:30pm. Parks & Rec. Board Room, 200 S. Lamar.
METROPOLITAN BREAKFAST CLUB: LARRY JOE DOHERTY The District 10 candidate talks about the future of water in Texas. 7am. Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, UT Club, sixth floor. $15. www.mbcaustin.org.
BILL BISHOP discusses his book The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart. 7pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe, 974-7400.
CLEAN CARBON SUMMIT features keynotes from Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. John Cornyn. What? Thu.-Fri., Oct. 9-10. Omni Hotel Downtown, 700 San Jacinto. $850 ($425, student), in advance, $700 ($350, student). www.cleancarbonsummit.com.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS hosts a panel discussion this evening on public financing of the judiciary, preserving impartiality in the election of judges, and keeping the public informed about the role of judges. 7pm. LCRA Red Bud Center, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd. www.lwvaustin.org.
NAOMI KLEIN The author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine is in town next week to speak at a fundraiser for the Workers Defense Project/Proyecto Defensa Laboral. Tickets are available at MonkeyWrench Books (110 E. North Loop), or call 407-6925. Sun., Oct. 12, 6pm. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr. $21.50.
HOME ENERGY SURVEY aims to get a handle on Austinites' energy consumption and thoughts on energy policy and vehicle technology in the future. See www.surveygizmo.com/s/68524/energysurvey.