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“Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure.” So begins Albert Camus’ The Stranger, one of the core texts of existential literature. The novel’s exploration of absurdity and ambiguity is perfect fodder for a remix artist to interpret. In tonight’s program “Library Late,” Orchid Bite—the duo of Finland’s Sabrina Harri and Belgium’s Alexia de Ville de Goyet—will use a 1954 recording of Camus reading The Stranger as its base, then mix in electronic sounds and video images to create an audio-visual interpretation of the book in celebration of the author’s centennial. At nearly two and a half minutes, The Cure’s “Killing an Arab” is essentially a CliffsNotes version of The Stranger, but Orchid Bite will have an opportunity to expand and really mess with the narrative—a feat of which Camus would likely approve. The performance begins at 9 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Free. (202) 399-7993. atlasarts.org.