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Occasionally, inglorious bastards turn out to be little more than lying bastards. Such is the case in The Debt, a 2007 Israeli film directed by Assaf Bernstein that inspired the forthcoming remake with Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson. In Bernstein’s film, a trio of young Mossad agents is sent to assassinate an old Nazi war criminal, a twisted doctor known as the Surgeon of Birkenau. Told in flashbacks, the mission looks like a typically brutal espionage flick—until it turns out our heroes botched the mission, let their target slip away, and told their bosses the Nazi committed suicide. Rather than let the truth emerge, the commandos decide to finally make good on their original assignment. Now pushing 70 and out of the spy game, they don’t find hunting down evildoers as easy as it used to be. But watching elderly people take part in combat is bizarrely entertaining. (Benjamin R. Freed) 8 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre. $11.
The Chance has a record release show tonight, and City Paper contributor Benjamin R. Freed has kind words about the new EP’s “Into the Night”: “It’s …the most straightforwardly pop track on the release. Padgett and DeSilva build a tightly wound anthem that shifts from chants of the song’s title to a Spanish coda that loosely translates to ‘Follow your dreams after the bad nights.'” Janel & Anthony, another local group we like, opens. 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage. $10.
Participating in tonight’s very exciting UkeFest at Strathmore is The Sweater Set, whose Maureen Andary played a ukulele on the City Paper parking deck last winter for a short live set. Watch! Tonight’s show is outdoors at the Bethesda arts center at 7 p.m. Free.
Theater people: Julie Salamon is discussing her new biography of playwright Wendy Wasserstein, Wendy and the Lost Boys, at Politics & Prose at 7 p.m. Free.
You don’t even have to leave bed for this one. The Hirshhorn is hosting a Twitter Q&A with artist Tony Oursler at 3 p.m. Oursler was featured in the museum’s “The Cinema Effect, Part I: Dreams” in 2008—-a show that’s now on view at CaixaForum in Barcelona, Spain.