Wednesday, October 15

Pass the soy chicken wings! It’s your final election-season chance to gather with friends over beers and Super Bowl appetizers to watch the two men who would be president of the United States battle it out, and watch John McCain—as well as the moderator, and everyone in the audience—try yet again to keep a straight face when asked if Sarah Palin is qualified to be vice president at any point, never mind during a financial crisis. (Tune in to Saturday Night Live for a more realistic portrayal.) Say, how much are tickets to Toronto these days? Do they have pappardelle there?

[Presidential debate, 9 p.m., www.youdecide2008.com]

mbryan@observer.com Wednesday, October 15