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Wargames celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Kick it old school at screenings all over LA tonight. / Photo by blakespot via flickr.

There are so many events going on tonight, it must be Thursday – the unofficial start of the weekend.

JAZZ:The 1st & Central Summer Concert Series continues tonight Downtown with a preview of the weekend’s Central Avenue Jazz Festival. The evening includes Dave Iwataki, LA Jazz Collective, Gary Fukushima Ensemble and Dwight Trible. The music starts at 6:30 pm with food and beverages available on the plaza of the Japanese American National Museum. Oh yeah, and did we forget to mention that the concert’s free?

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CIRCUS CIRCUS: The circus is coming! The circus is coming! For reals. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to the Honda Center in Anaheim at 7:30 pm and through Sun., Aug. 3. Tickets will cost you $16.50-$91.50.

CIRCUS BERZERKUS: So high-wire acts and tiger tricks bore you? Then head to the Cirque Berzerk that opens today under a big top in Downtown LA (Los Angeles State Historic Park). “‘Beneath’ is a loose new twist on the ageless story of Orpheus, featuring breathtaking fire stunts, aerial acrobatics, stunning contortionists, extra tall ladies, live vocals, and more set to an original score from the cast of Cirque Berzerk.” There’s a beer and wine garden that opens at 6 pm and the shows start at 8:30 pm. People are welcome to picnic before the show. Tickets are $35-$65.

FILM*: Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times will be screened at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood. As far as we know, there’s no house music playing as a soundtrack, but the “Techno Chaplin” program refers to a discussion about Chaplin’s technical effects as well as a multimedia tour of 1930s Los Angeles. Tickets will set you back $5, unless you’re an Academy member. Then it’s $3. What a steal...

MORE FILM: LAist's Andy tipped us off to the fact that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Wargames. There's a bunch of screenings scheduled throughout LA. Celebrate the glory of geekdom on the big screen. "Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I've come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks."

OUTDOOR FILM: Universal CityWalk continues its Thursday night "Big FREE Outdoor Movie" with The Simpsons Movie. Now while we love the fact that the movie is free, remember that parking at Universal isn't.

FILM: The American Cinematheque is holding a three-day retrospective "Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone." On the big screen at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica are Leone's classic spaghetti westerns with Clint Eastwood and his crime epics. Up first tonight at 7:30 is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly -- where Leone follows three gunslingers post-Civil War who try to get their hands on stolen Confederate gold.

NETWORKING: L.A.'s Largest Mixer X takes place at the Shrine Auditorium from 5-9 pm tonight. Los Angeles County chambers and business organizations - along with hundreds of exhibitors - will be on hand to talk shop. Learn what the orgs and chambers can do for you and your business (or the lack thereof). All the mixing's going to cost you $20 at the door.

*Pencil pick of the day