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Pencil This In: Summer Jazz at Descanso, Congolese Trance Dance-Tronica, Downtown Art Walk, Annie Hall in Old Pas

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Summer Jazz @Descanso Gardens
“The Evolution of American Jazz” concert series on Thursday evenings at Descanso Gardens features SoCal jazz artists performing on the new earthen stage on Descanso’s Main Lawn. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic supper (normally not allowed inside the Gardens), and settle back to savor music as twilight falls. Concerts run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and are free with admission to the Gardens. Up tonight: Mitchell Long and Café Atlantico perform Latin and Brazilian jazz.

Congolese Trance Dance-Tronica @Twilight Dance at the Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Dance Series is on tonight with the electronica vibe and dance beats of Konono No. 1, "a band founded over 25 years ago by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembé, a crude 'thumb piano' central to Bazombo trance music from the region near the border of Congo and Angola." Add some electric instruments, a rhythm section, singers, dancers, and a sound system and you're ready to dance the night away. 7pm. Free.

Downtown Art Walk (+ Conversations and Creations & Cupcake Showdown
Art Walk in Downtown is on as usual tonight, but there are a couple of cool extra things going on as part of the monthly event that are worth checking out. There's Conversations and Creations featuring Artists from CAAM's 7+FIG Showcase and California Artist Coalition of Los Angeles Artist Members, Artis Lane, John Outterbridge and Richard Mayhew. During Art Walk there's a reception from 5-9 p.m., and artist conversations from 7-8 p.m. plus live music and refreshments. Also going on is the Cupcake Showdown, where 7 cupcake bakers are giving out 300 FREE mini cupcake samples to the public. You can get 2 free mini cupcakes by sending in your RSVP by email. The event is free, plus there are pop up shops by Hello Drama Jewelry and Tokyo Lux by Audrey Kitching and a live DJ. 6-9 p.m. at 620 S Main Street.

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Annie Hall @Old Pasadena Film Festival
See Woody Allen's 1977 comedy classic Annie Hall in the One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley for free tonight at 8:30 p.m. as the Old Pasadena Film Festival gets underway for the summer. About the movie: "Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Diane Keaton), and Best Director, as well as another 24 film awards worldwide, Annie Hall is considered one of Woody Allen’s finest films. Annie Hall is on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Greatest Love Stories, 100 Greatest Comedies, 10 Best Romantic Comedies, and 100 Best Movies of All Time." Well, la di da, la di da, la la.