Move over, California Plaza. There's another (perhaps more exciting?) summer concert venue in L.A., and it's the historic Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The plaza has been scheduling its free summer concert series, BHCP Live!, for the last four years, and this Sunday, that means partnering with Playboy Jazz to help kick off its 35th annual festival season for a concert by jazz ensemble 1+ONE featuring storied composer and jazz vocalist Patrice Rushen and percussionist Ndugu Chancler, with special guests Paul Johnson Jr. & the Harmony Project. Stretch your legs after the concert or get in cardio beforehand by strolling the 850,000-square-foot shopping center, which completed its $35 million renovation in 2011. Make sure to stop at the third floor of Macy's, where the nonprofit Museum of African American Art, founded in 1975 by artist/art historian Dr. Samella Lewis, is located. The idea of an art museum inside of a shopping mall might jolt you enough to make you drop your corndog, but that's exactly what makes Baldwin Hills Crenshaw so unique. Each week there are yoga classes on the Macy's bridge and a farmers market. Hey, there's a reason why the Space Shuttle Endeavor made one of its few stops at this plaza en route to the California Science Center, and it wasn't to get a pair of runners at Lady Foot Locker. It's not just a mall, it's a community touchstone, and one that will be filled with sultry jazz come Sunday. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Baldwin Hills; Sun., June 2, 4 p.m.; free. (323) 290-6636,

Sun., June 2, 4 p.m., 2013

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