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It goes without saying that authors are abundant in Washington. Tonight at the D.C. JCC, more than a dozen of them will be promoting their books and themselves at the center’s first Local Author Fair. The authors, including Ariel Sabar (shown) and Alicia Oltuski, will have only three minutes to speak about their work, but guests will have a chance to network with their favorite writers over wine and cheese. An added bonus: literary give-aways. 6 p.m. at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. (202) 777-3200. washingtondcjcc.org. Free.
Oyamel is celebrating Day of the Dead with Two Weeks of the Dead. From now until Nov. 2, the José Andrés restaurant will feature special food and drink specials to honor the festival. Among the menu highlights: a Mayan-style tamale of rabbit, duck, achiote, and habanero with a pico de gallo of red grapes, Serrano cheese, onion, and epazote as well as a grouper dish with Mexican oregano and vinegar cooked a la plancha with fried plantains and a salsa of tomatoes, pineapple, habanero, and onion. Look for specialty cocktails ranging from $8 to $14 too. Oyamel, 401 7th St. NW; (202) 628-1005; oyamel.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Kennedy Center bestows the Mark Twain Prize, its annual award for funny people, on Ellen DeGeneres tonight. Surprisingly, there are still a few tickets left. 8:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $75-$200.
Hooray! The final presidential debate is tonight. Celebrate (or mourn) with fellow viewers at any number of screenings around town. For those wanting a post-debate moping session, check out The Dunes’ event on Facebook. 8 p.m. at The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place NW. Free.
Indie-folk singer Sea Wolf takes the stage tonight at DC9 in support of his newest album. 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. $14.