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FETISH FILM: The Fetish Film series continues tonight at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian with Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1975). “[It] depicts with cold precision the sexual and psychological atrocities visited on sixteen young men and women, held hostage by a group of depraved nobles at the end of WWII.” The film’s not for the faint of heart and due to the graphic sexual nature of this film, no one under 18 will be admitted to the screenings. There will be discussion with series curator Rick Castro following the screening.

PERFORMANCE: Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui presents the new work, “Myth,” tonight at 8 pm at Royce Hall @ UCLA. The work is a blend of dance, theater, music and art in a mix of Pina Bausch and Hieronymus Bosch. “In a waiting room filled with shelves of old books and skulls, the characters of ‘Myth’ move across the stage in a purgatory of uncertainty, stalked by dancers in black, representing their shadows. Perched above the action, singer Patrizia Bovi and the Micrologus ensemble perform an ethereal blend of medieval polyphony, serving as a striking counterpoint to the earthly struggles below. A set of large double doors hints at what lies beyond.”

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HARPS*: Oh those crazy programmers at REDCAT are at it again, this time bringing “Ann Magnuson and Adam Dugas: Dueling Harps” to the stage. It’s a East Coast-West Coast battle of harpists and voices: “Ann Magnuson and Adam Dugas face off on vocals as Alexander Rannie and Mia Theodoratus strum their harps in this twisted match of musical one-upmanship. The quartet thrusts and parries with an arsenal of tunes ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime: psychedelic calls to prayer, Henry Purcell's Baroque art songs, Kraftwerk, Buffy St. Marie, Lee Hazlewood and Pink Floyd, as well as original songs by Magnuson and Dugas.” The battle begins at 8:30 pm at REDCAT.

THEATRE: Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, Lily Rabe, James Gleason all take to the stage at the Skirball tonight at 8 pm for "The Rivalry" - about "two Senatorial candidates - one a forthright Illinois legislator, the other a bombastic U.S. Senator." Not Obama-McCain, but Lincoln and Douglas who debate about the Civil War-era's most controversial issue: slavery.

MORE FILM: Women in film showcase their stuff at La Femme Film Festival through Sunday. Women (and single gentleman if you're smart) can catch flicks written and produced by the leading mistresses in cinema at one of two different venues in the mid-Wilshire area. You can view the films by day and by night, head over to the after parties for some cocktails and networking at choice Hollywood hotspots.

Check out other upcoming events on our LAist Agenda: October.

*Pencil pick of the day