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It's summer in Los Angeles: The Bowl's open and Suen Kuti debuts at the Music Center. Life is good. / Photo by mike_s_etc via LAist's flickr pool.

It’s a Savage Steve Holland double feature at the Aero Theatre tonight. Who’s Steve Holland? Well, he’s the guy who directed two of John Cusack’s good early films. In 1985’s Better Off Dead, Cusack plays a guy dumped by his girlfriend for a jock and wants to off himself by “suicidal ski run” – but meets a girl who gives him reason to live again. The film’s followed by One Crazy Summer that had Cusack playing against Demi Moore. There’s a discussion tonight with Savage Steve Holland and cast members.

7:30 pm // Aero Theatre // 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica // $10.

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Fela Kuti's youngest son Seun takes to the stage tonight with his band Egypt 80 at the Music Center. It marks the LA debut for Seu, whose Nigerian Afrobeat is a surefire way to get people dancing to celebrate the first day of summer. Get there early because this is going to be packed -- and it's also a free show. It's part of the Grand Performances series.

8 pm // Grand Performances // 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles // Free.

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a little picnic at the Hollywood Bowl. Then your summer can really, truly begin. It's opening night tonight and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra takes the stage tonight with guests that include Liza Minelli and B.B. King. Remember to shuttle it in -- the shuttles and Park and Ride lots are awesome.

8:30 pm // Hollywood Bowl // 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles // Ticket prices vary.

The Nothing Boys is based on a true story. A guy goes to his 10-year high school reunion on Long Island and no one else shows up. Written by Greg Siff.

8 pm // Asylum Theatre // 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood // $20.

The Upright Citizens Brigade takes on Joe Eszterhas. Here's how its being billed: "Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever. Jackie Clarke and John Flynn take you inside Showgirls, a work heralded for its feminist ideals and its responsible portrayal of minorities and sex workers."

8 pm // Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre // 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood // $8.

The title of this play caught our eye: One Night Stands - The Sex Comedies. The skits will make you squirm, so it's probably not for the prudish.

8 pm // Avery Schreiber Theatre // 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood // $15.

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