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Pencil This In: David Arquette's Dinner Theater, Cinecon 48 Festival, a Stoli Party and a Circle Jerks Documentary

Gallery1988 Melrose opens a solo Nathan Stapley show tonight. (Image: Prince, courtesy of G1988 and the artist)
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Here’s what’s happening tonight in LA: David Arquette throws a dinner theater variety show; Son Mayor plays salsa under the stars; the Skirball Center closes out its Sunset Concert series with Americana roots music; a Stoli Salted Karamel tasting party; Cinecon 48 screens rarely shown old films; La Luz de Jesus holds a performance salon; and G1988 opens a solo show. Read on for all the details.

David Arquette and Rob Zabrecky (Magic Castle) host a dinner theater extravaganza with seven short variety acts and a surprise grand finale, accompanied by a three-course dinner at Bootsy Bellows tonight at 8:30 pm. Performers include marionette manipulator Scott Land (Team America) and dancers, singers, comedians and magicians. Tickets: $60. Reservations required at or by calling 310.274.7500.

LA’s own Son Mayor plays the Autry’s Sizzling Summer Nights from 6-9 pm. They’ve performed with Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Los Van Van and Ozomatli, among others. The evening also has hot-off-the-grill food, ice-cold drinks and spirits, open museum galleries, dance lessons and more. $10 for adults (museum admission).

Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry and Community Social #7—a free monthly performance salon—takes over Wacko / La Luz de Jesus tonight at 8 pm. Hosted by comedian Blaine Kapatch, the evening features music by The Purple Gang, Buddy Zapata (with Greg Boaz), a rare acoustic set by Prima Donna and others. There’s also comedy by Matt Knudson and Andy Peters, live painting by Van Saro.

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The Skirball Center wraps up its Sunset Concert Series tonight at 8 pm with Eric Bibb’s String Band, fronted by folk blues singer/songwriter and guitarist Eric Bibb who’s joined by Appalachian fiddler/banjoist Dirk Powell, Cajun fiddler/accordionist Cedric Watson and harmonica player Grant Dermody. Listen to American roots music under the stars or view exhibits that are open late. Free, no reservations required. Hint: Carpool or take Metro Rapid 761 because parking is $10 per car (cash only).

Cinefamily presents the documentary Circle Jerks: My Career as a Jerk tonight at 7:30 and 10:30 pm. The film traces the homegrown LA punk band, which formed from the ashes of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in 1979. Director Dave Markey does a Q&A after the film with band members Greg Hetson and Lucky Lehre in attendance for the early show. Tickets: $12/free for members

LA Canvas partners with Silo Vodka Bar and for a tasting party celebrating Stoli’s Salted Karamel flavor. Fee shots from 9-10 pm and DJs J-Logic and Double Down Drew spin until 2 am. 21+.

Now in its 48th year, Cinecon takes over the Egyptian Theater for the next five days. Through the Labor Day weekend, the film festival screens nearly 30 rare silent and early sound feature films along with a number of short films. The curators have searched film archives and studio vaults to unearth films that are rarely screened in public. Individual tickets to films are not sold, but day passes are available for $25-$30. The passes also include entrance to the dealers/memorabilia room. Movies start tonight at 7 pm.

Our friends at Gallery1988 (Melrose) holds an opening reception tonight from from 7-10 PM to open Kings, Queens & Prince, a solo exhibit from Nathan Stapley. His new work of 20 pieces references the royal titles of "king," "queen" and "prince" in sometimes unexpected ways. Stapley is in attendance tonight. The show remains up through Sept. 15.

*Pencil pick of the day

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