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Pencil This In: PaleyFest Previews CBS Fall Lineup, Jail Guitar Doors Benefit and Trekking LA's Byzantine Latino Quarter

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening tonight in LA to help get your weekend started right. The PaleyFestPreviews with screenings and panel discussions begins tonight; Billy Bragg, Wayne Kramer, Tom Morello, Jackson Browne and others play a concert to benefit Jail Guitar Doors; LA Commons holds a trekking tour of the city’s Byzantine Latino Quarter; a new art gallery opening of up-and-coming illustrators in Highland Park; and an evening of somewhat true storytelling at NerdMelt. Read on for all the details.

The PaleyFestPreviews of the networks’ upcoming fall TV schedule begins today at The Paley Center for New Media in Beverly Hills. Up first is CBS with a 7 p.m. screening of We are Men, followed by a 7:30 p.m. panel discussion with the show's cast (Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn, Chris Smith, Rebecca Breeds) along with creator and executive producer Rob Greenberg. Post-panel screenings of other CBS shows include Mom, The Millers, The Crazy Ones and Hostages. Tickets: $15. The panel will also be livestreamed.

Highland Park’s Slow Culture Gallery opens a new group show—Illustrations No. 1—tonight featuring the work of six up-and-coming illustrators: Benjie Escobar, Brandon Spiegel, Eric Mchenry, Ken Garduno, Mike Jones and Suedehead. The show’s opening reception runs from 7-10 pm tonight, but if you can’t make the opening, the show runs through Sept. 27.

LA Commons' 2013 Trekking LA Tour Series provides a good overview of some of LA’s overlooked communities. The September series kicks off tonight at 6 pm with a tour of the Byzantine Latino Quarter with docent Norma Fernandez. Participants will sample tastes from local eateries in the nabe formerly known as Greek Town, which is now home to a dynamic Mexican and Central American population. The tour concludes with the 15th Annual Greek Fest at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (catered by Papa Cristo). The festival also includes live music, more food, drinks and a Zorba dance contest. Tickets: $10 pre-sale, $12 drop-in day of the tour.

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The6th Rock Out! benefit concert for Jail Guitar Doors is at the Ford Amphitheatre tonight at 8:30 pm. Actor, comedian Jay Mohr serves as the event’s host, and the evening features music from featuring Billy Bragg, Wayne Kramer, Jackson Browne, Jill Sobule, Tom Morello, Dave Alvin, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls and Franc Foster & His Melting Pot. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Bragg’s and Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors, a nonprofit organization that uses music and musical instrument to rehabilitate prisoners. Tickets: $30-$50, with a limited number of VIP packages available.

Tonight at 9 pm, NerdMelt presents the storytelling show 3 Truths 1 Lie. Four performers take to the stage to tell seemingly true tales, but one of them is lying to the audience. It’s up to the listeners to call the storyteller out in person and on Twitter. The evening’s hosted by Ed Salazar and Kristen Studard, and tonight’s story spinners are Mike Burns, Ron Funches, Joe Sib and Matt Kirshen. Music by Kali Kazoo. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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