Super-tenor Jose Carreras returns to the Greek Theatre, with an accompanying orchestra conducted by Enrique Ricci.
The Jazz Explosion Superband seems as good a name as any to give to a gathering of such contemporary all-stars as guitarist Larry Carlton, bassist Stanley Clarke, saxophonist Najee and drummer Billy Cobham. We bet sparks will fly. Coach House, San Juan Capistrano.
Friday, July 2
John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra celebrate Independence Day with a program of American music and fireworks at the Bowl. Also July 3-4.
Saturday, July 3
Surf guitar, anyone? Dick Dale and the Deltones play the Coach House, San Juan Capistrano.
Guitarist Larry Carlton, bassist Stanley Clarke, saxophonist Najee, drummer Billy Cobham, a.k.a. the Jazz Explosion Superband, bring their musical pyrotechnics to the Greek Theater.
Sunday, July 4
Fireworks are virtually everywhere. Check out the listing on Page S9 for the boom nearest you.
Monday, July 5
The super-tenor goes south. Jose Carreras appears at the Civic Theater in San Diego.
The 25th annual "Open House at the Hollywood Bowl," a festival of arts for children on weekday mornings, offers performances and arts workshops for ages 3-12. Ends Aug. 13.
Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic launch the Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival with a program including Dvorak's Bass Quintet. The free festival concerts will take place every Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m. Through Aug. 5, at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall.
Leonard Cohen along with the Future will be at the Wiltern Theatre.
Tuesday, July 6
David Zinman and the Los Angeles Philharmonic open the official season at Hollywood Bowl with a Tchaikovsky program featuring Symphony No. 6 and Piano Concerto No. 1, with young Argentinian soloist Nelson Goerner.
Examples of fine and decorative art including a rare, early 20th-Century Torah case from a Sephardic community in India and a silver ceremonial Passover piece created by Israeli artist Moshe Zabari are featured in "New Acquisitions," at the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum. Through Aug. 27.
Poison, featuring the shenanigans of frontman Bret Michaels, headlines a mainstream rock show, including Damn Yankees and Firehouse, that inaugurates the new Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion in the Inland Empire.
Wednesday, July 7
Richard Chamberlain stars in Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Ends July 18.
"Burning Hope," a new drama by Douglas Michilinda, premieres at the Old Globe Theatre's Cassius Carter Centre Stage in San Diego. Ends Aug. 15
About 25 galleries in locations, including La Brea Avenue, Beverly Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard, will participate in "Summerfest," a twice-yearly event featuring opening receptions, poetry readings, wine tastings and other special events. Los Angeles Art Galleries, Los Angeles. Also July 8.
Rockin 'n' rollin: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company and Drivin-N-Cryin, Blockbuster Pavilion, Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore, San Bernardino. And at Irvine Meadows in Laguna Hills, it's Poison and Firehouse.
Thursday, July 8
Steven Craig, Jeffrey Moore and Shel Wagner present a program titled "Beggarman, Thief: Fairy Tales" on the "Dance Traffic" series at Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica. Also July 9-11.
San Diego Civic Light Opera's production of "My Fair Lady" opens at the Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park, San Diego. Ends July 18.
Friday, July 9
"Roy Dowell: Collages" surveys a series of 36 small-scale collages composed of scraps of found material including used handbills, remnants of tattered billboards and scraps of found advertisements. Also: "Patrick Tosani: Photographer." Santa Monica Museum of Art. Through Sept. 5.
In "Tommy Tune Tonight!" the lanky Tony Award winner taps his way through songs from Cole Porter to Irving Berlin, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Ends July 11. Also at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, July 13-14.
Shakespeare Orange County's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" opens at Chapman University's Waltmar Theatre. Ends Aug. 7.
It's all rock: Chicago, Greek Theatre, Griffith Park; Def Leppard, Ugly Kid Joe, Blockbuster Pavilion, Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore, San Bernardino. Except for: Ronnie Milsap, Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa.
Saturday, July 10
"Terry Allen: Youth in Asia," organized by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., explores the impact of the Vietnam War on American culture through paintings, drawings, construction and large-scale mixed-media installations. Also: a suite of 11 paintings by acclaimed New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Newport Harbor Art Museum in Newport Beach. Through Sept. 10.
Once the hosts of their own irreverent '60s comedy-variety show on CBS, the Smothers Brothers return for a performance at the Universal Amphitheatre with co-headliner Glen Campbell. Comedian-KNBC Channel 4 weatherman Fritz Coleman opens.