10 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week
A comedian and a doctor talk about sex at DTF: Darryl & Timaree Fun Hour, Thursday at NerdMelt.
Courtesy Dustin Fenstermacher
Another week, another batch of majorly fun stuff to do, all for 11 bucks or less.
Alan Rickman was among the finest actors of his generation, imbuing supporting turns and lead performances alike with unmatched gravitas. The Aero pays tribute to the late thesp all weekend long, with a double feature of Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves being just one highlight. These are two of his most villainous turns, as well as some of his best — he's charismatic in a way that makes it difficult to root against him. Die Hard scribe Steven de Souza will appear for a discussion between films, presumably to make a case for Rickman as the best damn Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in Hogwarts history. RIP, Snape. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Fri., March 4, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine
A forerunner to countless creature features, 1925's The Lost World can lay claim to a first of its own: No feature-length film had ever made such heavy use of stop-motion animation. Harry Hoyt brought Arthur Conan Doyle's novel to the silver screen in 1925, and the story it tells — an adventure to a prehistoric land of dinosaurs and other fantastical beasts — wasn't quite so familiar in the silent era as it's become in the 90-plus years since. (Didn't you ever wonder where the second Jurassic Park movie got its subtitle from?) Bill Field offers live musical accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., March 4, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., March 5, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; $10. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org. —Michael Nordine
Even in a vast, user-generated resource such as Wikipedia, gender imbalances exist. Two years ago, Art + Feminism emerged to correct that problem. The now-annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon brings together volunteer editors at locations across the globe to build and update entries related to female artists. In Los Angeles, collaborators will meet up at LACMA, where arts publication East of Borneo is leading a workshop. No previous Wikipedia editor experience is needed to participate, as there will be training sessions at noon and 2 p.m. You will need to bring a laptop. Editors can bring sources with them or use the Balch Art Research Library catalog for reference. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; Sun., March 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free (online registration required). (323) 857-6000, lacma.org/event/art-and-feminism-0. —Liz Ohanesian
At the fifth annual L.A. Zine Fest, printed matter still matters, especially if it's self-printed. Here, you can shop, swap or flip through stories, art, comics and all manner of periodicals by more than 200 national zine makers and small-press publishers with names like #SNATCHPOWER, ASSWIPE and Suicidal Goldfish. Better yet, you can take part in workshops and learn how to be a DIY publisher yourself. The schedule also offers panels on various topics and readings at the Last Bookstore featuring returning guests V. Vale, writer, publisher and former member of psych-hard rock band Blue Cheer; and Alice Bag, punk-rock singer and feminist activist. The Majestic Halls, 650 S. Spring St., downtown; Sun., March 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. lazinefest.com. —Siran Babayan
Ireland's Troubles have inspired any number of difficult but essential films, from well-known classics (The Crying Game, In the Name of the Father) to lesser-seen curios (Elephant). As is its wont, Los Angeles Filmforum provides a showcase for even more obscure approaches with Jesse Jones and Seamus Harahan: Irish Artists on Northern Ireland. Mariah Garnett, who spent most of last year working in Belfast, will be at the screening to discuss the vastly different works on display and how they show the conflict's lingering effects on Northern Ireland. Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sun., March 6, 7 p.m.; $10. (323) 466-3456, lafilmforum.org. —Michael Nordine
Action, Anarchy and Audacity: A Seijun Suzuki Retrospective continues at UCLA with Kagero-za. Once referred to as his "finest achievement outside the constraints of genre filmmaking," the second entry in Suzuki's loose, surreal Taisho Roman Trilogy concerns a fateful train ride en route to an illicit tryst that may prove deadly. A unique stylist, the Japanese auteur here uses his eye-catching aesthetics to plump the inner workings of a lost soul's psyche rather than the criminal underworld. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Mon., March 7, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu. —Michael Nordine
Get your Rickman fix with a Die Hard/Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves double feature on Friday.
Fall in love all over again with the beautiful weirdness of the English language at Strange Sounds From the Bookshelf, a multimedia live-action event that will leave you at a loss for words. The evening pairs Nico Muhly and Maira Kalman's illustrated 2005 version of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style with a special Oxford English Dictionary–inspired piece, "A-Zythum" (zythum being an ancient wheat-based Egyptian beer) from L.A. composers Anne LeBaron and Scott Worthington, as interpreted by new-music collective wasteLAnd. Expect eggbeaters, typewriters and guests such as cinematic artist Tacita Dean, comedian Patton Oswalt and KCRW traffic reporter Kajon Cermak. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tue., March 8, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu. —David Cotner
Olivia de Havilland turns 100 in a few months. If you've yet to acquaint yourself with the oldest living Oscar winner's vast body of work — including a supporting performance in Gone With the Wind, for which she received her first Academy Award nomination — you could certainly do worse than to start with The Strawberry Blonde at LACMA. Raoul Walsh's musical romance also stars James Cagney, Jack Carson and Rita Hayworth as the other points in a love rectangle. This was the second adaptation of James Hagan's play One Sunday Afternoon; the third, released seven years later in 1948, was likewise directed by Walsh. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., March 8, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine
For one night only, iO West brings some of late night TV's best writers out of the writers room and into the spotlight for an evening of original stand-up at the Late-Night Writer Spectacular. The featured writers hail from talk shows past and present — Conan, Chelsea Lately, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Pete Holmes Show and Arsenio — with a reputation for no-holds-barred raunch and absurdity. With a lineup that includes Primetime Emmy and WGA nominee Andres du Bouchet (Conan) and Chelsea roundtable regular Annie Lederman (Chelsea Lately, We Have Issues), iO lets late night loose from its network restraints. iO West, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Wed., March 9, 9-10 p.m.; $10. (323) 962-7560, ioimprov.com/west. —Neha Talreja
Darryl Charles is a stand-up comedian. Dr. Timaree Schmit is a podcaster and columnist with a Ph.D. in human-sexuality education. Together, the two host DTF: Darryl & Timaree Fun Hour, a monthly comedy panel show in Philadelphia, where they invite guests to discuss dating, relationships and the latest in sex education, everything from oral sex to transgender issues. It's also interactive. So if you have a burning question about fisting, feel free to ask. They're not shy. For their first L.A. event, Charles and Schmit will join comedian Thomas Fowler and sex educator Sandra Daugherty, aka Sex Nerd Sandra. NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Thu., March 10, 7-8:30 p.m.; $8. nerdmeltla.com. —Siran Babayan
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