Paul Simon The iconic folk singer-songwriter celebrates the release of his 12th solo album — and his first recording in five years — with a rare Southland appearance. Expect to hear material from the new album, "So Beautiful or So What," plus many hits from his five-decade career that haven't been performed live in years. The Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. $55. Sold out. (323) 464-0808. http://www.themusicbox.la
Downtown 81 In conjunction with MOCA's exhibition "Art in the Streets" (on view through Aug. 8 at the Geffen Contemporary), the Cinefamily screens Edo Bertoglio's 1981 portrait of the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and New York's downtown art scene. The evening begins with a presentation of the rare short film "Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Fun Gallery." Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $10. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org
Diane Arbus Arbus captured our attention with her sensitive eye for subjects who were considered on the outside of mainstream society, whether circus performers or the transgendered in her beloved New York. This exhibition will survey her work from 1956 to 1971, and it will be the most extensive collection of her photography in Los Angeles since "Diane Arbus: Revelations" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2004. "Diane Arbus: People and Other Singularities" will also contain several photographs that have never before been exhibited. Gagosian Gallery, 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills. 6-8 p.m. (310)271-9400.
Tina Fey and Steve Martin Fey discusses her new book "Bossypants," a kind of cracked memoir of comedy writing for "SNL" and her show "30 Rock" alongside new motherhood, with Martin, one of the original "SNL" godfathers. Expect laughs, but also some poignancy about the places of frustration and darkness that humor comes from. Nokia Theatre, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. $29-$119. http://www.nokiatheatre.com