10 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

Volunteer to help with Rose Parade floats because you've always wanted to glue seeds to things.
Volunteer to help with Rose Parade floats because you've always wanted to glue seeds to things.
Courtesy Tournament of Roses Parade

From Christmas through New Year's Eve, there's lots of stuff to do for five bucks or less.

Eli Broad's got nothin' on Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski. Their love of rabbits and each other led them to open the Bunny Museum in 1998, and this year you can celebrate their unique passion when you visit the Christmas Open House With Bunnies. At more than 30,000 items, theirs is the largest collection of rabbit-related ephemera the world has ever seen, and you can enjoy it all when you experience the museum's bunny-themed Christmas celebration, replete with bunny ornaments, carrot-colored lights and carrot-colored candy canes. If you want to feed actual bunnies, bring a festive platter of fruits and vegetables to share. The Bunny Museum, 1933 Jefferson Drive, Pasadena; Fri., Dec. 25, 1-6 p.m.; $5. (626) 798-8848, thebunnymuseum.com. —David Cotner

On this rare day when both misery and comedy love company, the 36th annual Free Christmas Day Feast represents that vital moment during which those picture-postcard notions about eating, drinking and being merry actually come true for once. Comics and celebrities man the dinner line, serving a full Christmas meal to those who might not have (or want) family with which to celebrate. After the banquet, the jokes come spilling out onstage, and your otherwise depressing day ends on a sparkling high note. Best of all, this traditional outpouring of loving kindness — the reason for this sometimes troubling season — is absolutely free. The Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Hills West; Fri., Dec. 25, 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. (arriving an hour early is recommended); free (first come, first served). (323) 656-1336, laughfactory.com/clubs/hollywood/date/2015-12-25. —David Cotner

If you're like most Americans who grew up in tropical or temperate climates, curling is not a sport you've attempted. You know what that means: You could be Olympic-level good and not even know it yet. Find out when Hollywood Curling Club hosts a pop-up curling lesson at the Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square. Hurl a 42-pound granite stone across the ice and finally learn what the hell those guys are doing with their brooms and brushes. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., downtown; Sat., Dec. 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; $5. (213) 624-4289, hollywoodcurling.org/learntocurl. —Gwynedd Stuart

The Last Bookstore celebrates the return of the typewriter, which, like vinyl, seems to be making a comeback. At its Type-In, the Melrose Poetry Bureau holds poetry readings, and author Richard Polt discusses his new book, The Typewriter Revolution: A Typist's Companion for the 21st Century. The bookstore also displays Santa Monica artist L.A. Marler's typewriter-inspired art, as well as typewriters belonging to Ray Bradbury and Orson Welles from Steve Soboroff's collection, which includes vintage machines once used by famous people. The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., downtown; Mon., Dec. 28, 5-6:30 p.m.; free. (213) 488-0599, lastbookstorela.com. —Siran Babayan

This year, skip Sandra Lee's infamous Kwanzaa cake and head to UCB Sunset for 808 Hip-Hop Improv Presents: A Kwanzaa Rap Battle. The seven days of Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) are dedicated to celebrating unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperation, purpose, creativity and faith. Though 808 Hip-Hop is known for long-form comedic stylings, this time, members will take a brief detour from the usual formula of fictive hip-hop album–themed performance as members go head to head in a series of seasonal lyrical faceoffs. Expect a dope show with splashes of Swahili and maybe just a touch of white guilt. UCB Sunset, 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Feliz; Mon., Dec. 28, 10:30 p.m.; $5. (323) 467-6600, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Lucy Tiven

Hold on to your chakras: The Sacred Tones Meditation Evening is your chance to reflect upon everything you've done this year and figure out if you want to keep doing what you've been doing. Whether it's your first time quieting your mind or if you're so good at meditating that people frequently mistake you for a corpse, the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens is a pleasant environment in which to simply exist as you dive deeper inward. If you're still dazzled by tonight's metaphysical brain-busters, just look around — you're in an actual labyrinth. What greater metaphor for your current condition could there be than that? Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens, 3500 W. Adams Blvd., Jefferson Park; Mon., Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.; free. (323) 737-4055, peacelabyrinth.org. —David Cotner

Watching the Rose Parade, it's tempting to think that the floats just sort of happen, like Athena springing fully formed from the head of Zeus. But those floats represent countless hours of tireless effort from hundreds of volunteers — one of whom could be you. This year's all-day Volunteer Float Decorating sees people getting together to add all those blossoms, seeds and bits of vegetation to the floats in anticipation of the big day. It's open to everyone, but dress casual (and warmly) because glue, dirt and crushed flowers are part and parcel of making masterpieces. Rose Palace, 835 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; and Rosemont Pavilion, 700 Seco St., Pasadena; Tue., Dec. 29, 9 a.m.; through Dec. 31; free. (626) 577-3100, tournamentofroses.com/events/float-decorating. —David Cotner

Breaking up is hard to do, even if you're Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. In Country Girl, Crosby plays an alcoholic stage actor whose career is in decline, with Kelly as the wife whose support of her husband is constantly being called into question. In one of the Academy Awards' most (in)famous upsets, Grace Kelly beat A Star Is Born's Judy Garland for Best Actress — another memorable turn that, like O'Toole's, went unrecognized by Oscar. Try not to hold it against Kelly, whose onscreen presence is no less gripping. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Dec. 29, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine

Go brush some ice with the best of 'em!
Go brush some ice with the best of 'em!
Courtesy Hollywood Curling Club

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Upright Citizens Brigade says good riddance to another year of the Kardashians, not to mention Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Fifty Shades of Grey and Tidal in its annual awards show honoring the year's worst pop culture moments. Comedian Kate Berlant hosts the 2015 It Sucked! Awards with help from the club's performers and sketch groups, including Colton Dunn, Betsy Sodero, Mark Rennie, Melissa Hunter, Joan Ford, Scott Gairdner, Big Grande, White Women and The Wheel Show. Fake Oscar statuettes will be handed out in categories such as Most Uncomfortable Racial Moment of the Year, Shittiest Thing From the Internet and Lifetime Achievement in Being an Asshole. It's the only awards show where everyone is a loser. UCB Franklin, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood; Wed., Dec. 30, 8 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702, franklin.ucbtheater.com. —Siran Babayan

As a planet, Pluto was the cosmological equivalent of the girl in the corner at a party whom no one would talk to. But now that people have seen her up close and rhapsodized about how "amazing" and "stunning" her features are, everyone wants to party with her. Pluto's First Party is the "hypnagogic New Year odyssey" hosted by actress and gadfly Mel Shimkovitz, and it boasts a plethora of psychonauts for your partying pleasure: DJ Devendra Banhart; Awesome Tapes From Africa blog selectors; glitch-worshiping tarot designer Amy von Harrington; interstellar light installations by animator Galen Pehrson; "alien sightseeing" led by Jasmine Albuquerque Croissant; and more. Be there or be oblong! Upstairs at Ace Hotel, 929 Broadway, downtown; Thu., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.; free. (213) 623-3233, acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/plutosfirst. —David Cotner

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