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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Film, Bollywood and Bhangra and a Staged Reading

The Devil's Double director Lee Tamahori, far right, poses with cast and crew from the short film Blind Date at the Los Angeles Film Festival. (Photo: Christine N. Ziemba)
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The festivals continue in LA today, with screenings at the LA Film Fest and live productions at the Hollywood Fringe theater festival. We also found a free play reading of a rock musical in Long Beach, Bollywood lessons at the Ford Amphitheatre and music for a school night at Bardot. Read on for what's going on tonight.

The Los Angeles Film Festival hosts a gala screening for The Devil's Double by filmmaker Lee Tamahori. The film sounds incredibly sick, twisted and sadistic—and it’s based on a true story. In Baghdad 1987, an Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is summoned to Saddam Hussein’s palace to become a body double for Saddam’s son, the notorious Uday Hussein (also played by Cooper). The film documents the lieutenant’s struggle for sanity and freedom. 8 pm at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 1. Tickets: $13.

The Ford Amphitheatre’s free summer J.A.M. sessions continue tonight with the program Bollywood into the Night. The blue13 dance company members teach Bollywood and Bhangra styles to the music of DJ Sandeep Kumar. No experience necessary. The session is free, and reservations can be made online (for a small handling fee) or call the Ford Box Office at 323.461.3673 to avoid handling fees. 7 pm.

The International City Theatre at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center presents a free staged reading of The Fix tonight at 7 pm. It’s a rock musical with biting political satire. It follows the rise of a young politician and a mother and brother-in-law that scheme to have him elected POTUS. Book and lyrics by John Dempsey, music by Dana P. Rowe and directed by Randy Brenner. Free, but reservations necessary. Call 562-495-4595 or

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It's a School Night at Bardot features DJs Chris Douridas, Matt Goldman and DJ Cam. Live performances by Ximena Sariñana at 9:30 pm, NewVillager at 10:30 pm and Lesands at midnight. As always, the evening's free with RSVP.

*Pencil pick of the day

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