L.A. does Shakespeare: If it’s summer, someone must be doing a Shakespeare festival. Shakespeare Festival/L.A. will be performing the screwball comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” from June 29 through July 30. Performances are in three locations: Marina del Rey, Palos Verdes Peninsula and downtown Los Angeles. For information: (213) 489-1121.
African chanteuse: Cesaria Evora from Cape Verde will kick off her shoes and sing lilting songs in Portuguese at the Greek Theatre on June 30. Also appearing is Barbarito Torres from Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club. For information: (213) 480-3232.
Brazilian hip: The beat goes on. Milton Nascimento performs jazz and pop-influenced songs at the Hollywood Bowl on July 1. The opening act is Cuban guitarist Juan-Carlos Fornell. For information: (323) 850-2000 or www.hollywoodbowl.org.
Westwood jazz: The UCLA Hammer Museum starts its Friday evening summer jazz festival on July 7 with modern jazz pianist Alan Pasqua, drummer Peter Erskine and bassist Dave Carpenter. For information: (310) 443-7000.