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Killing on the big screen at the New Beverly tonight, courtesy of Eli Roth. / Photo by hemmob via flickr.

Author Katha Pollitt discusses her new book On Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories with UC Irvine Professor Jon Wiener as part of the ALOUD at the Central Library series. Pollitt is a poet and columnist for The Nation who’ll discuss her latest essays that deal with sex, death, ex-lovers, politics, motherhood, aging and – as the title says – learning to drive. **This lecture is standby only.**

7 pm // ALOUD at the Central Library // 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles // Free, but standby only.

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You read about it here yesterday, but we think its cool enough to repeat. The Long Beach Opera transforms a swimming pool into a set for the earth, the underworld and the river Styx in a multimedia version of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice. The production stars Metropolitan Opera star Elizabeth Futral, Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer, the Denali String Quartet and pianist Michelle Schumann. There are performance lectures one hour before curtain.

8 pm // Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool // 4000 Olympic Plaza, Long Beach // $45-$95.

Writer/director Eli Roth (Hostel) has been given the keys to the New Beverly, where he’s programming the films for two weeks. In a series called “The Greats of Roth,” he’s selecting his favs, some classics, some rarities. Tonight he’s selected the double-feature of Torso (1973) – an Italian slasher film – and Pieces (1982) – a chainsaw film that doesn’t take place in Texas.

7:30 (Torso) and 9:20 pm (Pieces) // New Beverly Cinema // 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles // $7.

Mistress of Ceremonies Veronique Chevalier hosts an evening of Vaudeville-style eclectic acts including Promis, members of FreakShow Deluxe and the Cat Hair Ensemble the Bordello Bar tonight.

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9 pm // Bordello Bar // 901 E. First St., Los Angeles // $10 cover.

Walton Ford discusses his watercolor work and images from his new book Pancha Tantra at the Art Center College of Design. According to organizers: “Ford's life-sized watercolors are complex narratives that critique the history of colonialism, nineteenth-century industrialism, or contemporary political oppression and often address modern social or environmental concerns as well.”

7:30 pm // Ahmanson Auditorium @ the Art Center College of Design // 1700 Lida St., Pasadena // Free.

We’re slowly building up our excitement for the Oscars on Sunday and tonight’s screening should help. The Academy is hosting the 2007 Animated and Live Action Short Film nominees. **Please note: The event is already sold out, but there maybe a standby forming at the corner of Wilshire and Almont.**

7 pm // Samuel Goldwyn Theater // 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // $5, $3 for Academy members.
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