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Pencil This In: Art Shows, a 'Carnevil' and Men of Broadway

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It's Friday night. Just got paid. Here's what to do with your hard-earned cash tonight to stimulate the economy. Options include Carnevil: A Gothic Horror Rock Musical; the TarFest's art show; the Leading Men of Broadway in concert; Chase's solo show and old school Joy Division. Read on for all the details.

Carnevil: A Gothic Horror Rock Musical opens tonight and runs through Oct. 22 at Sacred Fools Theater. The story follows a troubled young man who returns home to his family's carnival after a lengthy absence, and finds himself caught in the darkness that he tried to escape. The world premiere features book and lyrics by Joe Fria and Michael Teoli, music by Michael Teoli and directed & choreographed by Janet Roston. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. $25.

TarFest, an arts and culture event on the Miracle Mile, opens itsjuried art exhibition tonight with an opening reception from 6-9 pm at the Korean Cultural Center. Juried by Nancy Meyer, Curatorial Assistant of Contemporary Art, LACMA, the show features works by Michael Giliberti, Winter Jenssen, John Rabe and Malaika Zweig, among others. TarFest runs on weekends through Sept. 29.

Tonight at 8:30 pm, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre presents New York’s Finest: The Leading Men of Broadway, featuring the talents of David Burnham, Brandon Victor Dixon, Chad Kimball, Levi Kreis and Ace Young.  Sam Harris directs, Brent Crayon serves as musical director and Frenchie Davis Hosts. Tickets: $40.

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R&R Gallery in DTLA holds an opening reception for a solo show by artist and designer Chase and a listening party for IamOMNI's new album produced by Tricky. Fatlip (Pharcyde) + CeeBrown + Bei Ru are DJ'ing. Bring an item for Chase to customize for free between 6 and 7 pm. Party runs until midnight. Open bar.

Peter Hook & the Light perform Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures tonight at the El Rey. Bass guitarist Hook has spent three decades in the music biz with bands like Joy Division, New Order, Revenge, Monaco and Freebass. $22.

*Pencil pick of the day

Weekend Tip: Head over to the third annual East Hollywood ArtCycle this weekend—think of it as the unSunset Junction. The street festival happens tomorrow from 2-10 pm on Santa Monica Boulevard between Vermont and Virgil avenues. Also, artists are invited to compete for a $200 grand prize in the East Hollywood Outdoor Painting Award. More details about the art contest and events on the ArtCycle site.

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).