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Pencil This In: Patrick Swayze's 'Road House,' The Be Good Tanyas, Japanese Dance and a Summerfest

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TGIF! We found a number of eclectic events happening around LA tonight, for early birds and night owls: The Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre cruises through American history through music; a mobile art festival opens; a midnight movie screening of Road House; The Be Good Tanyas headline the Bootleg; free jazz and movies at LACMA; free Japanese folk dance lessons; and a Summerfest to benefit LAPD families and community kids. Read on for all the details.

Amoeba Music presents a great night of music at the Bootleg tonight with headliners The Be Good Tanyas with Leftover Cuties and Willie Watson Old Crow Medicine Show. If old-timey music and harmonies are your thing, then get down to the Bootleg. Doors at 8 and the show's at 9 pm. This is a 21+ show. Tickets: $20.

Tonight Cinefamily screens an 80's cult classic: Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse. From Cinefamily: "Swayze’s 'Dalton' is the world’s greatest bouncer, tai chi master, sensitive tough guy, all-around mulleted dreamboat and quite possibly the greatest hero of American Cinema (with a capital C)." He's been tasked with cleaning up the Double Deuce honky-tonk, which leads to an ultimate fight between good and evil. The show starts at 11:59 pm. Tickets: $12, free for Cinefamily members.

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The Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre presents Dance in the USAat the The Ford Amphitheatre tonight at 8:30 pm. It's an evening of dance, music and visuals that pays tribute to American musical styles from 1800s to today, including country, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock ’n roll and pop. Featured dancers include Chris Trousdale, Alexander Fost, Allan McCormick and Carrie Lee Riggins. Tickets: $15-$35.

The Eagle and Badge Foundation’s 2012 Summerfest is a fundraiser tonight from 6-11 pm to benefit the families of LAPD families and the children in the communities they serve. It's an evening of wine, spirits, beer, casino games and food trucks at the Elysian Park Academy. Non-LAPD tickets: $100/$150 a couple (which includes everything but the food truck cuisine).

LACMA’s Friday family outdoor film series—Animation August—continues tonight with the screening of How to Train Your Dragon in the adjacent park behind the museum at 8-8:30 pm (whenever the sun goes down). Come early for jazz at 6 pm with Grant Geissman & the Cool Man Cool Band. And finally the Music Center’s Dance Downtown presents an evening ofondo/bon dance (Japanese folk dance) at Grand Park from 6:30-10 pm.

The LA Mobile Arts Festival runs from Aug.18-25 at Santa Monica Studios. The festival is a showcase of new iPhonic art (photo, film, sculpture) from nearly 200 photographers from around the world. Workshops will be held throughout the week to help photographers make the most out of their mobile photography.

*Pencil pick of the day

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