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Pencil This In: Tuxedo Tyrants Charity Pub Crawl, John Hughes Soundtracks and a Hollywood Fringe Pick

The Lost Moon crew takes on the Hollywood Fringe. (Image: Lost Moon Radio)
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If you have a tuxedo or formal wear at the ready, think about getting on board the Tuxedo Tyrants' adventure in bar hopping for charity tonight. In the mood for something more casual? Then Grand Performances kickoff at California Plaza might be more your style (plus, it's free). Read on for the deets and other ideas for your Friday night consideration.

Our fine team of LAist theater writers have been seeing as many shows as possible lately with RADAR LAand the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2011 happening this week. We'd like to add Lost Moon Radio's latest offering, The Lost Moon of Jupiter, to the mix for your consideration tonight. After catching the show in preview last weekend, we're convinced that this radio "broadcast" is a worthwhile alternative to some of the heavier, darker offerings at the Hollywood Fringe. The mix of comedy and music and the lively pacing make the 65-minute show fly by. Our favorite skits? The wine country gangsta rap performed by Lauren Flans and Martha Marion and Frank Smith playing Jim Morrison as a Washington, D.C., tour guide. Tonight at 10 pm at Fringe Central. Tickets: $12. Additional shows Saturday and Sunday and June 23-25.

The Tuxedo Tyrants, a drinking club or sorts, have dressed to the nines since 2008 for pub crawls and evenings of debauchery throughout LA neighborhoods. But now the Tyrants drink not just to get drunk, but drink for a purpose. In their pub crawls they team up with local charitable organizations to throw fancy fundraisers. There’s a pub crawl tonight in LA, and a $10 minimum registration/ticket gets you the starting location. 9 pm-2 am. All proceeds go to LA’s School on Wheels.

Grand Performances celebrates 25 years of free performing arts for the people of Los Angeles by kicking off its summer season tonight with works by Ian Ruskin and Sheetal Gandhi. Ruskin’s new one-man play, To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine explores the life of one of that nation’s most radical thinkers. Dancer-choreographer Sheetal Gandhi will then present a work-in-progress, Human Nature. The piece is a multimedia dance theater piece inspired by Shel Silverstein's children's book, The Giving Tree.

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Kollaboration is a nonprofit organization that promotes a strong Asian Pacific Islander American presence in entertainment. Tonight Kollaboration Acoustic 5 takes over the Ford Amphitheatre at 8:30 pm with a music competition between nine competitors. In the competition: Alexa Yoshimoto, Chrizle, Ensemble Memo, Jason Yano, The Mood Junkies, Nessa Rica, Teesa and Tranley. Tickets: $20, $30 VIP Admission (preferred seating) and a meet and greet opportunity with guest performer Priscilla Ahn at 6:30 pm.

Tonight at Show at Barre, performers Barrett Foa (NCIS LA), Tracie Thoms (Rent), Darren Ritchie (Wonderland) and Rogelio Douglas Jr. (In The Heights) sing music from the quintessential 80s auteur John Hughes. For the Record: John Hughes celebrates soundtracks from films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science and more. Tonight's show's sold out, but there's a show tomorrow and June 23-25 at 9 pm. Tickets: $20.

*Pencil pick of the day

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