10 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

Breck and Tim's Excellent '80s Adventure Show comes to Acme Comedy Theatre on Wednesday.
Breck and Tim's Excellent '80s Adventure Show comes to Acme Comedy Theatre on Wednesday.
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A screening of Sunset Boulevard, a celebration of James Joyce, an '80s-centric comedy show and more to do this week, all for 10 bucks or less.


"Quoth the Craft" is a group art show featuring works by more than 30 local artists; each of their pieces is inspired by magnificently iconoclastic literary luminaries Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. These authors excelled at deliciously rendered flights of suspense, shock and dread, and their works provide, of course, a rich and wildly variegated garden of ghastly subjects from which to (no pun intended) draw upon. Occurring in the altogether ooky setting of the Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum, the recently opened supernatural Ouija board–and-ectoplasm-centric gothic playground, this opening reception should be a pleasantly weird affair. 3204 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; Fri., June 10, 8 p.m.; $5. (818) 433-7530, facebook.com/events/571124703063282. —Jonny Whiteside

"We didn't need dialogue. We had faces" has always been Sunset Boulevard's most famous invocation of the silent era, but another line is even more poignant: "I am big. It's the pictures that got small." It's likewise spoken by Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a fading star of yesteryear whose glorious disenchantment is one of many sad, beautiful elements in Billy Wilder's Hollywood noir. Old Town Music Hall plays the 1950 benchmark all weekend long, with each screening preceded by a sing-along on the famous Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., June 10, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., June 11, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 2:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org
—Michael Nordine

Labyrinth informed many a childhood in ways both fun and troubling. As part of David Bowie's selective but enduring onscreen career, it's sure to continue doing so — especially since UCLA is screening it for free as part of the Family Flicks series. The dearly departed musician/actor/space oddity stars as Jareth the Goblin King, into whose realm a little boy is taken; Jennifer Connelly, as the child's older sister, has no choice but to rescue him from the otherworldly maze. Bowie and Connelly are among the few humans in Jim Henson's puppet-heavy curio, which UCLA is screening on 35mm — a potential first for many in attendance. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Sun., June 12, 11 a.m.; free. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu—Michael Nordine

Upcoming Events

Based mostly on Jerrod Carmichael's stand-up, The Carmichael Show centers on the comedian dealing with his liberal-leaning fiancé and his loud, opinionated North Carolina family. Recently renewed for a third season, the NBC sitcom this year tackled touchy issues including the presidential race, Bill Cosby, Islamophobia and gentrification. You can hear the cast, including Carmichael, David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish, as well as executive producers Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, Nicholas Stoller and Ravi Nandan, discuss those subjects and more at FYC @ UCB: The Carmichael Show. UCB's series of TV comedy panels this month also will include the stars from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project and Superstore. Proceeds benefit NBCU's community-outreach charity, NBC0x200BUniversal Foundation. UCB Sunset, 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Mon., June 13, 7 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Siran Babayan

Tonight's screening of Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made — 35 years and a few days after the theatrical release of Raiders of the Lost Ark — assembles cast members Chris "Indiana Jones" Strompolos and Eric "Belloq" Zala to explain why three 11-year-olds spent seven years re-creating Raiders in its entirety. Twenty-plus years later, they reunited with the original players to help film their missing scene: the battle on the deadly, taxiing Nazi airplane. Featuring interviews with a bemused John "Sallah" Rhys-Davies, an awed Eli Roth and others, this is singular devotion to art in all its monomaniacal splendor. Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, George Lucas Bldg., USC, 900 W. 34th St., University Park; Mon., June 13, 7:30 p.m.; free with RSVP. (213) 740-8358, cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=16149. —David Cotner

Though Diane Arbus is closely associated with photographing the freaks and eccentrics of her native New York — twins, dwarfs, giants, nudists, transvestites, circus performers — the Getty's Diane Arbus in L.A. looks at how our city was the "only place the famed photographer returned to as an inspiration for her work," namely Disneyland, the Universal Studios lot, Mae West's Santa Monica Beach home and other locations. Author Arthur Lubow discusses his new book, Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer. Considered the definitive biography of Arbus, it features interviews and previously unpublished letters, and follows Arbus' life and career, including her childhood, marriage, exhibits, depression and suicide at age 48. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood; Tue., June 14, 7 p.m.; free with resv. (310) 440-7300, getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_1135.html. —Siran Babayan

Classically Queer: LGBTQ Directors in Hollywood's Golden Age
 continues at LACMA with Craig's Wife, Dorothy Arzner's 1936 adaptation of George Kelly's Pulitzer Prize–winning play. Taking place over 24 hours in the life of a domineering wife (Rosalind Russell), it follows along as her love of material possessions proves her undoing. A co-presentation of Outfest, the 35mm series turns its spotlight on Arzner, the only female filmmaking working in Hollywood throughout the ’30s — an even more impressive feat, considering her sexual orientation could have alienated her from the industry had it been more well known. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., June 14, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org—Michael Nordine

For people who relish the thought of Molly Ringwald applying lipstick in The Breakfast Club or Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey practicing lifts in Dirty Dancing, comedians Breck Denny and Tim Stanton will perform sketches in Breck and Tim's Excellent '80s Show, which reimagine scenes from nearly a dozen of the decade's biggest films: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Die Hard, Top Gun, The Karate Kid, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Heathers, Commando, Big, Cocktail and Labyrinth. Groundlings main company member Matt Cook directs the cast, featuring Chris Kleckner, Alexis Bloom, Andrew Barbot, Johnny Menke and Jen Bashian. For added ’80s realness, Denny and Stanton also will spoof the video for Mick Jagger and David Bowie's 1985 cover of "Dancing in the Street" — think parachute pants and lots of crazy, swinging arms. Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax; Wed., June 15, 8 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 at the door. acmetheatres.org. —Siran Babayan

Long a holiday primarily for the Irish and hard-core literary nerds, in recent years Bloomsday observances have become more visible annual occurrences in the United States. For the seventh consecutive year, the Hammer hosts its very own Bloomsday, a celebration of the life of James Joyce, which takes place on the date that Leopold Bloom's adventures transpired in the author's labyrinthine masterpiece, Ulysses. This year, the celebration features dramatic readings from Ulysses by actors James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Rafter Lee and Johnny O'Callaghan. Pianist Patrick Gutman performs a commissioned work that includes part of a tune that was composed by Joyce himself; traditional Irish quartet Rattle the Knee also perform. Naturally, Guinness will be flowing as well. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Thu., June 16, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/06/bloomsday-at-the-hammer-2016. —David Cotner

If you're on the wrong side of the gender wage gap or having other professional struggles, Lady Boss might be able to help. Founded in 2014 by Tracy Candido, the New York–based initiative and network of businesswomen and artists offers resources, tools and networking for midcareer gals also working in the creative industry, who are looking to advance. For its first social event in L.A., Lady Boss gathers some of our city's finest — including comedian-writer Sara Benincasa; West Coast editor of BUST magazine Lisa Butterworth; Melanie Freeland, senior designer at architecture firm Gensler L.A.; and Freya Estreller, founder of Ludlows Cocktail Co. and co-founder of Coolhaus — to lead "lightning talks" and mentoring. Ace Hotel, Segovia Hall, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; Thu., June 16, 7 p.m., $10. (213) 623-3233, acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/lady-boss-june. —Siran Babayan


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