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Pencil This In: 'Battlestar Galactica' Screening, Hollywood Fringe Fest, 'Dazed and Confused' and The Dandy Warhols

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There are two really big festivals happening right now—the Hollywood Fringe theater festival and the Los Angeles Film Fest—so get out there tonight and see something other than Man of Steel. Also, we found a free jazz show with Billy Childs, The Dandy Warhols at the Wiltern, a Battlestar Galactica screening and event and more. Read on for all the details.

There are so many Hollywood Fringe Festival events happening, it makes our head spin. Here’s one that piques our interest: The Visceral Company presents the bizarre ’70s cult film classic The Baby live on stage tonight at 10:30 pm at the Lex Theatre. The play follows a social worker with an unusual case: a family’s youngest member, Baby, is an adult man who sleeps in a crib and acts like an infant. Is she to rescue him from his abusive mother and sisters...or is there something else going on? Tickets: $15. Due to some of the graphic scenes in the play, no one under 18 years is allowed.

The Egyptian has a special treat for Battlestar Galactica fans. Not only is there a screening of the 1978 film, starring Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict, at 7:30 pm in Sensurround, but there’s a discussion preceding the film with Battlestar Galactica creator and writer Glen A. Larson, writer Terry McDonnell, and visual effects artist Pat McClung. Tickets: $11.

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Tonight at 6 pm, the Jazz at LACMA series continues with a concert by the Billy Childs Quartet.The pianist/composer began his career with Freddie Hubbard and J.J. Johnson, and has worked with such classical/jazz greats as Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, the Kronos Quartet, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, and the Ying String Quartet. Free.

The comedy, music and variety stylings of Lost Moon Radio returns to the Fringe festival with six performances of Roger Wodehouse’s Androgymnasium, including a show tonight at 9:30 pm. The show is a “glitter-laden adventure into the world of ‘70’s glam rock icon Roger Wodehouse.” When an aging rocker is asked to do a BBC children’s TV show in 1975, with no restrictions, Lost Moon imagines that episode. At the Open Fist Theatre. $15.

The Dandy Warhols celebrate the 13th anniversary of the album 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia—by touring and playing the album in its entirety, along with other hits. The band plays The Wiltern tonight with The Shivas. Doors at 8 pm, The Shivas at 9 and The Dandy Warhols around 10:15. Tickets: $27-$42

Cinefamily celebrates the arrival of its brand-new DCP video projector with a free screening of the 1952 classic MGM musical Singin' in the Rain at 7:30 pm with Gene Kelly, Donald O’ Connor and Debbie Reynolds. RSVPs are essential, and current Cinefamily members and 2012 Kickstarter donors for the projector project will receive priority admission.

The LA Film Fest presents a free screening of Richard Linklater’s 1993 film Dazed and Confused. (Can you believe it’s been 20 years??). The day-in-the-life stoner flick features a cast that went on to bigger (but not necessarily better things): Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams and Milla Jovovich. This outdoor screening is hosted by (and takes place at) FIGat7th at 8:30 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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