Pasadena Pops Orchestra (Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, [626] 792-7677). Pops director Rachael Worby and guest conductor Larry Elgart lead "Hooked on Swing." 7:30 p.m. Also, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, [800] 233-3123). Conducting "Simply Sondheim": Songs by Stephen Sondheim, longtime GMCLA leader Jon Bailey makes his final appearances with the ensemble. Guest soloist is vocalist Joanna Gleason. 8 p.m. Also, Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

John Williams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, [323] 850-2000). Composer-conductor Williams leads a program titled "John Williams Movie Memories." 8:30 p.m. Also, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.


"As You Like It" (California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, [805] 493-3455). Fifth annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival presents the classic romantic comedy. 8 p.m. Also Saturday-Sunday and July 27-29, Aug. 3-5, 8 p.m. Grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and pre-show entertainment. Ends Aug. 5. Festival seating free; bring low-profile lawn chairs or blankets. Limited reserved seating for a small fee.

"The Hostage" (Pasadena Shakespeare Company at Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, [626] 564-8564). Brendan Behan's comedy about a British soldier's boarding-house incarceration following his kidnapping by Irish rebels. 8 p.m. Regular schedule: Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Ends Aug. 12.

"The Lady's Not for Burning" (Malibu Stage Company, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, [310] 289-2999). Charles Marowitz directs a new version of Christopher Fry's blank-verse play about an ex-soldier who wants to be hanged and a woman, accused of witchcraft, who wants to live. 8 p.m. Regular schedule: Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. Ends Aug. 26.

"Pete's Garage" (Theatre/Theater, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., 4th floor, Theater B, Hollywood, [323] 871-9433). Joe Keyes' tragicomedy about an alcoholic repairman, his codependent wife and the man who comes between them in a small Minnesota town. 8 p.m. Regular schedule: Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Ends Aug. 18.

"Swingtime Canteen" (Fullerton Civic Light Opera at Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, [714] 879-1732). Teri Ralston heads the cast in the World War II-era musical about a glamorous movie legend and other female performers in London to entertain troops. Book by Linda Thorsen Bond, William Repicci and Charles Busch. 8 p.m. Regular schedule: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Also July 22, 7 p.m. and July 28, 2 p.m. Ends July 29.


Al Green (Greek Theatre, 2700 Vermont Canyon Road, [323] 665-1927). Al Green brings his unique mix of gospel and R&B; hits to the Greek for an evening under the stars. 8 p.m.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 (House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, [323] 848-5100). Hailed as the first "Organic Techno" band to come out of Athens, these Georgians are hitting the stage promising all an organic experience.


John Pisano Trio with Jeanne Pisano (UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., [310] 824-6365). Guitarist Pisano, most noted for his work with jazz great Joe Pass, leads a trio with his wife, singer Jeanne Pisano, in a free concert, 6:30 p.m.

Eyedentity with Flora Purim & Airto Moreira (La Ve Lee, 12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, [818] 980-8158). The Brazilian husband-and-wife team, who have been a presence in jazz for more than three decades, 9 and 11 p.m.; also Sat.


Carlos Estevez: Theater of Life (Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., [213] 933-5557). Drawings and sculptures. Ends Aug. 18.


Teatro alla Scala Ballet (Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, [714] 740-7838). 8 p.m. Also Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. The company dances "Giselle" (Guillem/Adam).

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