July 15. 7-9:30 p.m. Keyes Lexus of Valencia has free Jazz and Blues concert series every Friday night thru Aug. 27. This week: Jim Gibson. Food & Beverages for sale (No outside food or beverages; no pets allowed.) Activities for the kids. Downtown Valencia in the street on Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway in Santa Clarita. www.valenciajazzandblues.com (Thanks, Kristi!)
July 15. 6 p.m. Free weekly jazz concerts at LACMA. This week:Luther Hughes & Cannonball/Coltrane Project. BP Grand Entrance. No reservations needed.
July 16. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Latin Sounds in Hancock Park. (Free event every Saturday 5 pm–7 pm, May through September). This week:Katia Moraes at LACMA, in Hancock Park north of the museum.
July 17. 4 p.m. Free event at Levitt Pavilion. Teacher Davis of the FUNdamentals Music and Movement. Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, W. 6th St. and S. Park View St., L.A. www.levittla.org
July 17. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. (Los Angles County Museum of Art). This week:iPalpiti Artists. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater. If you don’t make it there, you can also listen online for free at: http://www.lacma.org/programs/SundaysLive.aspx#audio
July 19. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall.
July 19. 1:30-3 p.m. Afternoon science club on Tuesdays at Stough Canyon Nature Center in Burbank. $2/child, ages 8-12. (They let me bring my 5 year old, I just stayed with him). 2300 Walnut Avenue, Burbank. (Mapquest: Use 1500 Walnut Ave., 91501).
July 19. The Regency Valley Plaza 6 in North Hollywood offers movies for $1.50 all day on Tuesdays! $3 any other day. 6355 Bellingham Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91606. (818) 760-8400. Cash only, no outside food or drinks (they actually searched my purse!) http://www.regencymovies.com/main.php?theaterId=30
July 19. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Summer Family Series at Descanso Gardens. For six Tuesday evenings, enjoy family-friendly music, theater and fairies. Bring a picnic (normally not allowed in the Gardens) and get ready for fun. Concert included with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions. Free parking. This week:.Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum makes its second Descanso appearance of the summer when it performs "The Merry Wives of Windsor Wives,” Shakespeare's comedy about love and deception, and features the Bard’s beloved chunky schemer Sir John Falstaff. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. (818) 949-4200.
July 19-20. 10 a.m. $1 summer movies at select Regal Theatres. Selected G or PG movies start at 10 am every Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served and are limited to theatre capacity. CHARLOTTE'S WEB & MONSTERS VS. ALIENS are playing at the Civic Center Stadium 16 in Simi Valley at 2751 Tapo Cyn Road. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON & NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS are playing at the Canyon Country Stadium 10 at 18800 Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. CATS AND DOGS: REVENGE & SHREK FOREVER AFTER are playing at the Grand Palace Stadium 6 at 4767 Commons Way in Calabasas. Here’s the link for the full summer schedule: http://www.regmovies.com/summermovieexpress/default.aspx
July 20. 7 p.m. at Levitt Pavilion. Putumayo Kids Presents: Kids World Party with Asheba! 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. www.levittpavilionpasadena.org
July 21. 5:30 p.m. Music on the Main jazz series at Descanso Gardens.This week: Mitchell Long and Café Atlantico will perform a concert of Brazilian jazz. Bring a picnic (usually not allowed in the Gardens.) Concert included with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions. Free parking. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. (818) 949-4200.
July 21. 6-9 p.m. Thursday night summer concerts at the Autry Museum (across from L.A. Zoo). See top Latin bands in a fun, casual, energetic setting on the Autry plaza. The taco bar opens at 6:00 p.m., and the museum and museum store close at 8:00 p.m. Complimentary dance lessons and a separate dance floor for kids guarantee fun for all! Adults: $10 / Students and Seniors: $6 / Children (3–12): $4 / Children under 3: Free. Purchase membership on-site and enjoy all nine Sizzling Summer Nights for free. This week: Orquesta Son Mayor