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Ukulele fans will take over First and Central tonight. The Bilgewater Brothers played at last year's uke showcase. / Photo by Christine N. Ziemba.

UKULELE:*: The second annual Southern California Ukulele Showcase comes back to the Japanese American National Museum’s First and Central summer concert series. The event is a fun one—and best of all it’s free. This time the evening will feature “up-and-comers,” including Paula Fuga, Brittni Paiva, Abe Lagrimas, Moana, The Monnlighters and King Kukulele. The event is co-curated by Ali Lexa, host of "Ukulele Spotlight" on KPFK 90.7 FM.

MIXER: LA Mixers is back for another evening of cocktails, conversation and connections. This time, they'll mix it up at 86 in Hollywood--the supper club that once served as Rudolph Valentino's infamous speakeasy. Hanging tonight will be a focused community from technology and entertainment including Web 2.0 startups, entrepreneurs, ad agencies, SEO/SEMs, VCs, Internet and media. The mixing begins at 6 pm with a $10 donation going to MEND.

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SHOP: Hong Kong's Indigo Farms denim has teamed up with Fred Segal to open up a pop-up shop at Fred Segal Man in Santa Monica, kicking off at 6-9 pm tonight. The collection is limited to just 20 pieces with a quantity of 60 each. "The collection will feature items ranging from oxfords, button ups and corduroys that were indigo rope dyed, so they will age just like jeans." Indigo Farms is designed by Adrian Nyman, the designer and creative director of The Levi's x Warhol Factory x Damien Hirst line.

TALK: Tonight at 6 pm. Guitar Center Hollywood is hosting an evening of dialogue and insight with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. During the free event, he'll talk about his role as a guitarist, songwriter and singer and how the band helped "pioneer the thrash and speed metal movements and has influenced and inspired a generation."

THEATRE: Broadway Bound, Neil Simon's final segment of his "Eugene Trilogy," which included Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, plays at the Skirball tonight at 8 pm. After World War II, Eugene Morris Jerome and his brother Stanley enter the world of comedy writing -- with their family as inspiration. All performances are recorded to air on LATW's nationally-syndicated radio theater series, "The Play's The Thing," which broadcasts weekly on public and satellite radio. The cast includes Scott Wolf, Jonathan Silverman, Dan Castellaneta, JoBeth Williams, Caroline Aaron, Kyle Colerider-Krugh and Alan Mandell. Tickets run between $20 and $47, and the play runs through Sunday.

ART: The Phantom Galleries LA at the PE Lofts is hosting the LA Art Girls Art Fair Biennial in Los Angeles 2008 with the opening reception being held tonight beginning at 6 pm (in conjection with the LA Art Walk -- see below). On display are a number of up-and-coming women artists.

ART WALK: It's the second Thursday of the month, and that means it's time for Downtown's Art Walk, a monthly, self-guided tour of the art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles, which includes commercial art galleries, public museums, and nonprofit arts venues. Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Ave (MOCA), LA Artcore Center, Gallery at REDCAT and the Museum of Neon Art, are just some of the places on the Walk. And there's a free shuttle, so technically those averse to hoofing it don't have to "walk" that much.

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