12 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

Millennial lobsters take over UCB Sunset on Wednesday.
Millennial lobsters take over UCB Sunset on Wednesday.

Comedy, movie screenings and music appreciation — all for 10 bucks or less.


Tonight Friday Flights takes over the Getty, launching its third year of interdisciplinary greatness. The evening features more than 20 performances from a variety of artists, musical and otherwise: Chris Cohen (Curtains, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti); a sprawling, multisite appearance by violinist and free improviser Andrew Tholl of wild Up; "Song of Eurydice," the dulcet marriage of choral music and dance by mecca vazie andrews and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs; poetry readings organized by artist Keith J. Varadi; and psychotronic cinema curated by Highland Park's very own Veggie Cloud, whose previous screenings have included everything from Elaine May to pornochanchada mastermind Sady Baby. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood; Fri., July 15, 6 p.m.; free, $10 to park. (310) 440-7300, getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/friday_flights.html. —David Cotner

Chris Morris signs his new book, Together Through Life: A Personal Journey With the Music of Bob Dylan. A former music editor at The Hollywood Reporter, Morris began writing about his latest subject while dealing with a bout of writers block when putting together last year's excellent biography Los Lobos: Dream in Blue. After buying Bob Dylan's The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1, Morris started posting personal pieces called "A Dylan a Day" on his Tumblr. Those led to this "memoir through music," in which Morris recalls how all 37 of Dylan's records affected his past, from the singer's eponymous 1962 folk debut to this year's covers album, Fallen Angels. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Fri., July 15, 7 p.m.; free, book is $12.95. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —Siran Babayan

As The Third Man famously reminded us, trying times tend to bring about great art. The Spanish Civil War began 80 years ago this month and UCLA, not one to let such a milestone pass by uncommemorated, launches a series exploring the conflict's effects on the country's cinema with A Life in Shadows. Llorenç Llobet Gràcia's 1949 drama is a rare survivor of its era, an independent production that did little to endear itself to censors or other governmental bodies; it was largely unknown before its recent rediscovery and restoration. The feature will be preceded by a newsreel and a 10-minute documentary about Catalan cork makers, both from the late 1930s. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Fri., July 15, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu—Michael Nordine

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Dreams and reality collide in a morbidly unsettling yet playfully enchanting manner in the work of Camille Rose Garcia. The L.A. native's surreal imagery adorned an album cover by Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre, and she offered a dark glimpse through the looking glass with the luridly fantastic illustrations in her 2010 best-selling version of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In "Phantasmacabre," the Pacific Northwest resident's first local exhibition since 2011, Garcia's paintings are bigger than ever, populated by explosions of pink spiders and cat-headed nymphs set against bruise-colored backdrops. In the large-scale piece Someone's in the Wolf, a cloaklike mountain opens to reveal a cartoonish purple wolf surrounded by umbrella-toting buzzards and coiled cobra snakes. Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson St., downtown; Sat., July 16, 7-11 p.m.; runs through Sat., Aug. 20; free. (310) 287-2340, coreyhelfordgallery.com. —Falling James

Tarantino himself would surely be disappointed that those in attendance for Kill Bill can't head over to his own New Beverly for a midnight screening of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Russ Meyer's landmark exploitation flick tells of three go-go dancers whose yen for kidnapping and murder takes them to (where else?) the California desert. Tarantino, who's expressed interest in remaking the cult classic, thanks Meyer by name in the credits of Death Proof; John Waters considers it not only the best film ever made but "possibly better than any film that will be made in the future." New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax; Sat., July 16, 11:59 p.m. (also July 23 & 30, 11:59 p.m.); $8. (323) 938-4038, thenewbev.com—Michael Nordine

The underground-music scene mourned last month when it was announced that decade-old DIY venue Pehrspace had been evicted and would be moving out of its Westlake digs by the end of July. In an effort to relocate and reopen, it's hosting Pehr Auctions, selling off things like records, photographs, art, musical instruments and 10 years' worth of miscellany to the highest bidder. Other things are for sale for set prices, and there will be snacks and baked goods available for purchase, too. Pick up a piece of history and say goodbye — at least for now. Pehrspace, 325 Glendale Blvd., Westlake; Mon., July 18, 7 p.m.-mid.; free, donations encouraged. pehrspace.org. —Gwynedd Stuart

It's a simple concept: Play a beautiful copy of a seminal rock record on a turntable hooked up to a sensational sound system for a crowd of devoted fans and dazzle them all. The Beatles' Revolver is the record in question at the newest installment of The Record Theater, which was conceived by impresario and mandolinist Marvin Etzioni. To celebrate Revolver's 50th anniversary, he'll be playing a crisp U.K. pressing in mono. After the record ends, Recording The Beatles co-author Brian Kehew teams with Chris Carter, host of KLOS' Breakfast With The Beatles, for a discussion. Remember when getting mono was a bad thing? No longer! Clive Davis Theater, Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown; Mon., July 18, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (213) 765-6800, grammymuseum.org. —David Cotner

If you find Steven Spielberg's The BFG lacking as a Roald Dahl adaptation, reacquaint yourself with 1996's James and the Giant Peach. Though rarely mentioned in the same breath as Aladdin and The Lion King, Disney's hybrid take on the children's book is a winsome entry in the live-action/animation canon. It had the misfortune of coming out a year after Toy Story and didn't make any money, but 20 years seems like more than enough time for moviegoers to start reclaiming it as the classic it is. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., July 12, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org—Michael Nordine

What's funnier than celebrity autobiographies? Rock star autobiographies. In Rock Solid Presents: KISS & Tell, comedian and host of the podcast Rock Solid, Pat Francis, joins fellow comedians Wayne Federman, Dave Holmes and Jimmy Pardo, who, with the possible exception of Holmes, are all legit KISS fans. Each of them will read (and crack wise about) an excerpt from the band's founders' memoirs: Gene Simmons' Kiss and Make-Up; Paul Stanley's Face the Music: A Life Exposed; Ace Frehley's No Regrets; and Peter Criss' Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss. Hear the members recount the same story but from a different perspective, including the all-powerful, Chuck Norris–of-music Simmons, who in his 2001 book claimed to have had 4,600 sexual liaisons. You're not worthy. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Tue., July 19, 7-8:30 p.m.; $8. (323) 851-7223, nerdmeltla.com. —Siran Babayan

Garrett and Quinn are two bros who are into social media and gaming, wear Saint Laurent and Rick Owens, send dick pics to girls and go to Coachella. They're typical millennials except they're lobsters, and their world is inhabited by both people and other talking animals. Gentlemen Lobsters began as an animated series on GQ.com and now is on NBC's comedy streaming service, Seeso. Producer and writer Sean Conroy (who's also a UCB cast member) hosts Gentlemen Lobsters: Q&A and Screening, which includes two episodes from season two and a discussion with the co-creators/voices behind the crustaceans, Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider. UCB Sunset, 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Wed., July 20, 7 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Siran Babayan

Hammer Conversations hosts co-curator Hamza Walker, who discusses with Todd Gray his contribution to the museum's biennial exhibit, "Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only" (which runs through Aug. 28). Gray's "performative work" is staged for the duration of the exhibit and is inspired by his friendship with Ray Manzarek. After the death of the Doors keyboardist in 2013, Manzarek's widow gave Gray his clothes, which he wore every day for an entire year as part of his "social sculpture." (It's also the subject of Gray's current exhibit, "Time Machine/Hippie Dandy" at Meliksetian | Briggs gallery.) Gray is an L.A.-based artist who once worked as Michael Jackson's personal photographer. His 2009 photography book, Michael Jackson: Before He Was King, features images of both the singer and the Jackson 5 from 1978 to 1984. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Wed., July 20, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu/made-in-la-2016. —Siran Babayan

If the image of a soup kitchen comes off as sort of grim and Dickensian, the Burrito Project is the antidote. Since 2009, the Project has gathered like-minded people to hang out for dinner and work together on the assembly line to construct more than 850 burritos and quesadillas to be delivered with bottled water to the homeless in and around the Pasadena area. As always, donations of socks, T-shirts and feminine hygiene products are welcome — but general burrito-rolling skills are valuable, too. St. Joseph's Center Food Bank and Kitchen, 1524 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena; Thu., July 21, 7:30 p.m.; $10 donation, RSVP requested. (213) 841-9988, theburritoproject.org/locations/burrito-project-south-pasadena/events. —David Cotner      


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