11 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week
That tortoise is too old for this shit — aw, but not really.
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A big foodie market, a look at buried Hollywood treasure, classically queer film and more to do and see in L.A. this week for 12 bucks or less.
Movies have been threatening to jump off the screen since at least 1903's The Great Train Robbery. That conceit is at the center of Demons and Anguish, two films with no official connections but a number of coincidental links: Made in 1985 and 1987, respectively, both horror flicks center around moviegoers who get more than they bargained for with the price of admission. The zombie-like action spills into the theater in Demons (produced and co-written by giallo master Dario Argento), while in Bigas Luna's Anguish, a transfixed viewer responds to a murderous character's commands as though they were being spoken to her. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Fri., June 24, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu. —Michael Nordine
Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu recently appeared together in Valley of Love, a cerebral take on mourning, set in Death Valley; the two icons of Gallic cinema first appeared onscreen together more than 40 years earlier in Bertrand Blier's Going Places, an explicit comedy whose original title is a slang term for testicles. Cinefamily screens the anti-establishment provocation on 35mm as part of La Collectionneuse, its monthly soiree devoted to Francophilia. Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Fri., June 24, 7:30 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org. —Michael Nordine
Acropolis Cinema, which has been bridging the divide between New York's and Los Angeles' art-house scenes with one-off screenings of cinephile favorites since January, co-presents the L.A. premiere of Right Now, Wrong Then. If it's anything like his best-known work, the latest film by Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo is likely to be rich in soju drinking, meta commentary on film itself and characters flailing their way through romantic entanglements. Stay after the screening of Hong's Golden Leopard winner for a soju reception on the patio. Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Sat., June 25, 4 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.
Following up her stunning solo Mother.F*cker and ensemble piece Mother.Redux, choreographer Christine Suarez and her SuarezDance unleash the fifth in her "family" series. In Mother.Father, the subject is family-making and the starting point was interviews with lesbian moms, gay dads and LGBTQ parents. The choreographer and dancers Bernard Brown, Ilaan Egeland-Mazzini, Kai Hazelwood and Nguyen Nguyen take it from there in a church, somehow a most apt and welcoming venue. All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena; Sun., June 26, 6:30 p.m.; $10 suggested donation. suarezdance.org. —Ann Haskins
You don't have to rough it to experience nature. Take a walk on the wild side and celebrate our city's ecology at the Natural History Museum's second annual L.A. Urban Nature Fest. Scientists lead tours of the museum's bird collection, and local nature organizations will be on hand. Additional weekend activities include storytelling, interactive music, snake-feeding demonstrations and other live animals, as well as workshops on taxidermy, photography and silk screening. And say "evolution" during photo ops with "Charles Darwin." Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park; Sat.-Sun., June 25-26, 9 a.m.; $12, $9 seniors and students, $5 children, free for 2 and younger. (213) 763-3499, nhm.org. —Siran Babayan
Despite our friendly rivalry with the Big Apple, far be it from Angelenos to turn our noses up at something cool just because it originated on the East Coast. The huge weekly market Smorgasburg, a spinoff of Brooklyn Flea, has been wowing New Yorkers since 2011 (Mario Batali called it "the single greatest thing I've ever seen gastronomically in New York City"). Located on the site of the Alameda Produce Market, Smorgasburg brings together a massive number of food vendors — from Raindrop Cake to Donut Friend to Ramen Burger — plus furniture, clothing and housewares vendors too. Smorgasburg kicked off on June 19 and continues every Sunday. ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., downtown; Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. la.smorgasburg.com. —Gwynedd Stuart
After being closed for technical renovations for most of the month, the Egyptian Theatre opens its doors for a weekend series devoted to a master's final four films. Another Take on Kubrick closes with Barry Lyndon, the meticulous filmmaker's period piece adapted from William Makepeace Thackeray's novel. About an Irish rogue climbing the rungs of British society throughout the mid–18th century, the film is noted for eschewing traditional lighting in favor of candlelight for its many interior scenes — an arduous process resulting in arresting images and an Oscar for cinematographer John Alcott. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.; Sun., June 26, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine
Just as mainstream intellectual curiosity withered in the throes of the Reagan years, a weekend variety program called Night Flight took off on the fledgling USA Network. A cornucopia of film, videos and animation, it was essential viewing for late-night weirdos who thrived on the grotesque and the profane. Tonight's screening of Night Flight: Born Again, with Night Flight founder Stuart Shapiro and actor Larry Hankin, is a celebration of the launch of subscription channel Night Flight Plus, featuring clips of Wendy O. Williams, Bambi Meets Godzilla, Divine, a tribute to Prince and other treasures from the basements of interesting culture. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Beverly Grove; Tue., June 28, 7:30 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org. —David Cotner
Bette Davis turns in one of her many classic performances in Now, Voyager, screening on 35mm as part of LACMA and Outfest's Classically Queer: LGBTQ Directors in Hollywood's Golden Age. The helmer in question is Irving Rapper, who directed Davis in four other movies and, to the shock of few who knew the supremely talented thesp, later admitted that she wasn't always the easiest collaborator. Here she plays an unhappy spinster whose experiences with therapy and a married man she meets on a cruise give her a new lease on life, not always for the better. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., June 28, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine
Does the constant pursuit of material wealth — or at least stability and comfort — ever make your soul feel dirty? Come to terms with money and being a member of modern society when the Women's Center for Creative Work hosts a Spirituality and Money group discussion. Together with discussion leaders Liz Armstrong, Eliza Swann and Grace Kredell, attendees work toward answering the following question: "What do we think we truly need on the material plane and how can we better conceptualize our desires in accordance with a larger vision of collective financial health and well-being?" Does striving for wealth mean abandoning a greater good? The event is free but attendees are asked to bring a dollar for an energy ritual. Women's Center for Creative Work, 2425 Glover Place, Elysian Valley; Wed., June 29, 7-9 p.m.; free. facebook.com/events/582818621879693. —Gwynedd Stuart
Did people curse on the set of The Ten Commandments? Such questions may never be answered (at least not honestly), but archaeology is a more concrete concern — a concern addressed at tonight's program Excavating The Ten Commandments, a voyage into the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes where Cecil B. DeMille filmed The Ten Commandments in 1923. In 2012, after years of legends that the massive sphinxes and statues remained beneath the sands, those "antiquities" were finally discovered. Explorer Daniel R. Small and the Corning Museum of Glass' Jack Green will bring you up to date on where those artifacts stand — or lie buried, as the case may be. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Thu., June 30, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu. —David Cotner
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