7/15 Smuggle a box of Godiva into an Imax showing of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at The Bridge: cinema de lux. If cinematic cocoa waterfalls don’t satiate your sweet tooth, bring your ticket stub to Boule and get a complementary gold-studded chocolate bar with any purchase until July 30.
More laughs at a Say the Word Comedy Festival at the Skirball Cultural Center that features Beth Lapides and Evan Handler.
7/16 The ubiquitous teenage wizard resurfaces today, but he isn’t the only orphan in town. Watch song transform troubled youth in “Les Choristes,” playing at California Plaza with an opening performance by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.
At the House of Blues on Sunset, John Hiatt with North Mississippi Allstars offers a more adult voice to audiences in support of Hiatt’s 21st album, “Master of Disaster.”
7/17 The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the Brooklyn Museum’s major Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective, a collection of more than 100 pieces. Also includes daily screenings of the doc “A Conversation With Jean-Michel Basquiat” and the feature “Downtown 81,” which stars the 19 y.o. Basquiat. Through the show’s Oct. 10 run, the Grand Ave. museum and Patinette Café will be open until midnight.
On sale today: Tim McGraw, Hollywood Bowl, Oct. 8.
7/18 Grab what you need from the closet and head to the last night of OutFest ’05. “The Dying Gaul,” a Faustian tale of love and Hollywood executives, stars Peter Sarsgaard, Campbell Scott and Patricia Clarkson and closes the festival at the Orpheum.
Or head to the Wiltern and hear Ray LaMontagne sing straight from his battered and blue heart.
On sale today: Faith Hill, Pantages, Aug. 15-16.
7/19 This title was a little too prescient: Today sees the release of Terry McMillan’s “The Interruption of Everything,” about a woman in mid-life crisis.
Also on the shelves: “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy, a double-disc compilation from Iggy Pop and two more discs (with bonus comic book!) for the DVD bow of “Constantine.”
7/20 Swing to two American mainstays, jazz and film, at Play it Again Sam: The Movie Music of Woody Allen at the Hollywood Bowl. The night features Ann Hampton Calloway, Nellie McKay, Sandra Bernhard singing the legendary music of Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter and Woody Herman, while clips from “Radio Days,” “Annie Hall,” “Zelig” and “Sweet and Lowdown” project from the video screens.
7/21 Music meets film under a celestial ceiling in the courtyard of the UCLA Hammer Museum with Also I Like To Rock. Tonight, indie rock bands Ebb & Flow and Bedroom Walls are accompanied by great moments in rock film history as projected by San Francisco media designer Ryan Junell. At Staples Center, go see the elephants at Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus.