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Political treats

Never has there been a better week to be terrified out of your wits. That's owing, naturally enough, to the fact that today is Halloween, but also because the political fate of our country (not to mention our state and region) will be decided in Tuesday's long-awaited election. And for all the neurotic folks who feel a sadistic desire to revel in both suspense-filled, terror-inducing events at once, Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center (712 Main St.) has just the solution.

It's called the "Halloween/Election 2008 Spectacular," a screening that combines elements of horror and politics -- oxymoronic as that might sound. Films will include "Drill, Baby, Drill" (described in a Squeaky Wheel release as "a horrific meditation on the RNC's chanting crowds") and "Monsters," a film that looks at the horror films "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Shining" from the perspectives of the female protagonists. Ruminations on Sarah Palin, as might be expected, are involved.

The show gets under way at 8 tonight. Tickets to the screening are $4 for Squeaky Wheel members and $6 for the general public, with a 50 percent discount for anyone who shows up in costume. For more information, call 884-7172 or visit www.squeaky.org.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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