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The Glendale Parks Recreation and Community Services Department will have a swing/big band concert by Verdugo Swing Society from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the north end of Verdugo Park, 1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale. Guests should bring a picnic dinner, folding chairs or blankets for seating. Admission and parking are free. Call (818) 548-4098.
La Crescenta Presbyterian Church will present a lecture titled “The Magic Behind Harry Potter” featuring author John Granger from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church, 2902 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Granger has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and A&E; networks and has written a few books. There will be a question-and-answer session, and admission is free. Child care will be provided for children 3 and older. For more information, call (818) 249-6137.
Downtown Burbank Free Summer Concert series continues every Thursday in July and August on the AMC Walkway at Palm Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard in Downtown Burbank. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with dance lessons by Francisco and Stacey of the Dance Family Studio, then a two-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. Tonight, Phat Cat Swinger performs music reminiscent of Bobby Darin, Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra mixed with new swing sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. For more information, visit www.downtown-burbank.org.
Theatre Banshee presents Brendan Behan's “The Hostage” in preview performances at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Banshee, 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Tickets are $7. The play opens Saturday. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 16. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors and $12 each for groups of six or more. For more information and tickets, call (818) 846-5323 or visit www.theatrebanshee.org.
Glendale Beautiful will have an Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. every Sunday in July and August at the Casa Adobe de San Rafael, 1330 Dorothy Drive, Glendale. Members will conduct free tours of the estate built in 1870 for the first sheriff of Los Angeles County, Thomas Sanchez. For more information, call (818) 502-9080.
? The Alex Theatre will screen “Sparrows” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mary Pickford's first year in film. This only Los Angeles showing of the film will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $15, $13.50 for seniors and $10 for children 12 and younger, groups and Natural History Museum members. For more information, visit alexfilmsociety.org.
The city of Glendale and Glendale Healthy Kids will present “A USO Show” at 5 p.m. at the Doctors' House Museum in Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.
There will be an outside concert filled with song and dance numbers from the 1930s to the '80s.
Seating will be on the lawn, so folding chairs and blankets are suggested. Admission is free, but a $5 donation to benefit Glendale Healthy Kids will be accepted. Call (626) 840-3551.
The Sunday Concert Series kicks off with the Sounds of the Supremes and Stone Soul beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Drive, Burbank. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are only available at www.starlightbowl.com or the Community Services Building, Park, Recreation and Community Services Building, third floor, 150 N. Third St., Burbank. A limited number of tickets might be available at the gate. Tickets are $8 and $5 children 3 to 12, seniors and disabled. Parking is $5 per car. Free shuttle service from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call (818) 525-3721.
The Scene Bar presents “Reggae, Soul Indy, Roots Night,” from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Scene Bar, 806 E. Colorado St., Glendale. Bands performing are Burnt, Trucha and Revol Concept. The 21 and over nightclub charges a $5 cover. Call (818) 241-7029 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Glendale Parks Recreation and Community Services Department will have a swing/big band concert by The Ravelers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the north end of Verdugo Park, 1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale. Guests should bring a picnic dinner, folding chairs or blankets for seating. Admission and parking are free. Call (818) 548-4098.?
Crescenta Valley Arts Council presents an evening of free Shakespeare in the Park, featuring the “Twelfth Night” performed by the Southern California Lyric Theater at 7 p.m. at Two Strike Park in La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-5572.