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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...