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Pencil This In: a Klezmer J.A.M., Free Film Screening at Paseo Colorado, Free Concerts by Malek Jandali and Matisyahu

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There are a ton of interesting music events happening in LA tonight: The Ford Amphitheatre holds a free klezmer J.A.M. session; Matisyahu plays two free gigs in Hollywood tonight; Syrian pianist Malek Jandali plays a free concert; and a free outdoor film screening in Pasadena. Read on for all the details.

The Ford Amphitheatre hosts a free J.A.M. Session on Klezmer Music for ages 14 and up tonight at 7 pm. Bring your clarinet, trombone, trumpet, guitar or accordion learn the folk rhythms of Eastern Europe led by four professional klezmer musicians. The second part of the evening everyone comes together and plays together. If you don’t play one of those instruments, then bring another type. All are welcome.

Paseo Colorado kicks off Moonlight Movie Mondays tonight with a screening of 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Free popcorn provided by ArcLight Pasadena, and Cold Stone Creamery sells $5 Root Beer Floats! Film begins at dusk around 8 pm. For early entry at 7 pm, guests can pre-order a gourmet picnic from a participating restaurant.

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The Hammer Museum presents award-winning Syrian composer and pianist Malek Jandali in concerttonight at 7:30 pm. Jandali is the first Arab musician to arrange the oldest music notation in the world, which was featured on his 2008 album Echoes from Ugarit. Compositions on his recent album Emessa were inspired by the 2011 Syrian revolution. Free admission.

Reggae, rapper, singer/songwriterMatisyahu does an in-store acoustic performance at Amoeba, signing and photo session to promote his newest album Spark Seeker. He’s also playing in a packed lineup at Bardot later tonight. (See next item). Free. But signing and photos only for those who buy the album.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Tonight’s lineup includes live performances by Matisyahu, Foxes, Leftover Cuties (love them!), The Royal You and DJ sets by George Ben Sun and Tomas Barfod. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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