11 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

Make your own zine (or ransom note) at the Ama-ZINE Workshop on Sunday.
Make your own zine (or ransom note) at the Ama-ZINE Workshop on Sunday.
Photo by Meredith Wallace

A zine workshop, an exhibit of Morrissey tattoos, a vegan chili cook-off and more fun stuff to do this week for 11 bucks or less.

If its list of plot contrivances is any indication, I Love a Mystery lives up to its title. Henry Levin's adaptation of the radio show of the same name involves a prophecy of doom, a flaming dessert that nearly fulfills said prophecy, a man with a peg leg, a shadowy religious order and, of course, an inheritance worth millions. UCLA screens the pulpy thriller alongside the Southern Gothic–inspired The Unknown — another midcentury mystery concerning a contested will — as part of its Out of the Ether: Radio Mysteries and Thrillers on Screen series. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Fri., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu—Michael Nordine

L.A. may have the monopoly on Morrissey fandom, but the limited-edition photography book To Me You Are a Work of Art shows the singer has devotees all over the country, and they have tattoos of his face, autograph, lyrics and album covers to prove it. Edited by Anthony Amor and Julian Chavez, and photographed by Patrick Moore, Nicole Kuntz and Jared Polin, this visual representation captures diehard fans in 10 cities, from Oakland to New York, who've marked themselves as tribute to Moz, who in the book's foreword lovingly writes: "Ink has brought me into being as a part of so many lives, and only death can seal it up or cut it down or scorch it off." This book launch and exhibit includes an appearance by guitarist Jesse Tobias of Morrissey's band. Lethal Amounts, 1226 W. Seventh St., downtown; Sat., Feb. 27, 8-10 p.m.; free, book is $55. (213) 265-7452, lethalamounts.com. —Siran Babayan

Two love stories at the Aero, one romantic and one platonic: Twentieth Century and The Odd Couple. A screwball benchmark, the former stars John Barrymore and Carole Lombard as a Broadway producer and an up-and-coming starlet whose working relationship turns into a romantic entanglement; Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are the opposites who attract in Gene Saks' adaptation of the Neil Simon play. The Odd Couple is one of those classics so well known and well regarded that many are exceedingly familiar with its legacy without having actually seen it; if that applies to you, consider finally seeing what all the fuss is about. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Sat., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com—Michael Nordine

Don't just let the people at Cometbus, Motorbooty and Spaghetti Cinema steal all the glory. In observance of Zine Week L.A. and the 2016 L.A. Zine Fest (coming March 6), today's Ama-ZINE Workshop offers the chance for attendees to make eight-page zines they can fill with anything from poetry to comics to insults that really hit home. Also on hand: the fest's traveling zine library and a button-making station. It's a perfect opportunity to finally realize those teenage punk-rock dreams of zine publishing stardom. Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Sun., Feb. 28, 1 p.m.; $5 members, $10 general. (323) 937-4230, cafam.org/programs. —David Cotner

Who says vegans can't enjoy a good old-fashioned chili cook-off? For the fourth year in a row, Golden Road Brewing founder Tony Yanow is hosting the Vegan Chili Cook-Off, a celebration of meatless chili, at his Burbank craft-beer pub. Five high-profile vegan chefs from across L.A. will do battle, including Roy Elam of Plant Food and Wine and Mollie Engelhart of Sage Organic Vegan Bistro. For $10, spectators can taste 3-ounce samples of each entry — and vote for the people's choice winner. Tony's Darts Away, 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; Sun., Feb. 28, noon-4 p.m.; $10. (818) 253-1710, tonysda.com/happening-at-tonys. —Garrett Snyder

The book is 55 bucks, but taking in the exhibition is free at the To Me You Are a Work of Art launch party.
The book is 55 bucks, but taking in the exhibition is free at the To Me You Are a Work of Art launch party.
Courtesy Julian Chavez

Temper the disappointment and rage that comes with the Academy Awards by enduring the overlong telecast at Cinefamily. Doug Benson Watches the Oscars will be preceded by a taping of the latest Dining With Doug and Karen podcast, making this a full afternoon and evening of commentary and snark. The potluck event (actual dishes are encouraged) is free, but online pre-registration is required. Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Sun., Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m.; free. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org—Michael Nordine

Are you frightened of the emptiness farewells leave yet know that truly facing your fears will make you a better adult human being? Then come see the Last Terrified, a live taping of the final episode of Terrified, one of Nerdist's most celebrated podcasts, an exploration of how fucked up people are based on their various fears and anxieties. Comedians/therapists/empaths (circle one or more) Dave Ross and Anna Seregina plumbed the depths of the human condition over the course of two years — this final show includes surprise guests joining them to perform the rawest unveiling of fears in public that you could possibly imagine. NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Hills West; Mon., Feb. 29, 9-10:30 p.m.; $8. (323) 851-7223, nerdmeltla.com. —David Cotner

Is America feeling the Bern? Will Trump triumph? Are we ready for another Clinton in office? When master of horror Stephen King deemed Ted Cruz the "scariest candidate," was that an endorsement or a warning? Find out how the electorate answers these questions and more at the Hammer Museum's Super Tuesday Bash, co-presented by the UCLA Bruin Democrats and the UCLA Bruin Republicans. The university's politically minded students invite you to follow the polls on the Hammer's big screens for a night of toasting the political process, endless commentary and boozy ideological debates fueled by a cash bar. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tue., March 1, 5:30 p.m.; free. (310) 825-4321, hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/03/super-tuesday-bash. —Neha Talreja

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Comedian Nikki Glaser, host of Comedy Central's Not Safe With Nikki Glaser, interviews Bonnie McFarlane about her new book, You're Better Than Me. In her memoir, McFarlane writes about her life and comedic career, from her childhood on a Canadian farm to her appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Show With David Letterman and Last Comic Standing. McFarlane also directed the 2014 documentary Women Aren't Funny, which looked at the age-old debate about sexism in comedy and featured Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Rosie O'Donnell, Wanda Sykes and Adam Carolla. But fans know McFarlane best as co-host of the podcast My Wife Hates Me, in which she and comedian husband Rich Vos mostly bicker about their marriage and the industry. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Tue., March 1, 7:30 p.m.; free, book is $15.99. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com. —Siran Babayan

Narrowing down the list of Howard Hawks' greatest films is no easy task, but few would begrudge Only Angels Have Wings a place near the top. Its recent Hitchcock program now concluded, LACMA screens the 1939 drama about a fleet of mail-delivering pilots in South America as this week's Tuesday Matinee. The film made a star of Rita Hayworth and managed to distinguish itself in a year that also brought us Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of OzLACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., March 1, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org—Michael Nordine

No one made heady science fiction like Andrei Tarkovsky, whose vast body of work is being celebrated all semester long at CSUN. The latest in the school's free screening series is Stalker, whose title refers to a dystopian shepherd leading two men on an expedition to the Zone, a mysterious place where travelers are said to find that which they most desire. This makes the film kin to Solaris, which likewise explores the perils of being confronted by the possibility that finally getting what you want — or think you want — is worse than being denied it. CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Thu., March 3, 7 p.m.; free. (818) 677-1200, csun.edu—Michael Nordine

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