5 Great Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Aasif Mandvi appears at the Skirball Center on Jan. 28EXPAND
Aasif Mandvi appears at the Skirball Center on Jan. 28

Learn about LGBTQIA representation in Hollywood
While representation of LGBTQIA characters is growing in the pop culture world, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Other than a few standouts — Golden Globe winner Transparent, Orange Is the New Black and MTV’s Faking It among them — media is centered around the L, G and B. Moreover, representation of people of color is still sorely lacking in the entertainment landscape. That’s where Missing in the Rainbow is trying to make an impact. This two-hour panel and workshop event organized by Q Youth Foundation aims to explore stereotypical media portrayals and more in a session that will include entertainment pros. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado Blvd., Echo Park; Sat., Jan. 24, 8-10 p.m.; free. (213) 484-8846; echoparkfilm?center.org, qyouthfoundation.org. —Liz Ohanesian

Watch performance art masters
Experimental performance-based public art boosters West of Rome can’t resist a good theatrical interdisciplinary political action — and they love a good unconventional venue, too. Their latest offering, CANDIDATE: Execution in Progress, does this inclusive aesthetic proud, as a collaboration between electronic musicians, visual and performance artists, actors and architects takes progressivism to new heights at the Church of the Epiphany. With sexual and political identity, and structures of religion, authority, diversity, protest and punishment at issue, CANDIDATE recasts thorny topics as up for offbeat debate. Though planned long before the recent events in Paris, CANDIDATE’s spirit of resistance and subversion is even more timely and salient. La Iglesia de la Epifania (Church of the Epiphany), 2808 Altura St., Lincoln Heights; Sun. Jan. 25-Mon., Jan. 26, 7 p.m.; free. west?ofrome.org. —Shana Nys Dambrot

Find out which languages could go extinct
With half of the planet’s 6,000 languages expected to become extinct in the next 50 years, PBS’ new documentary Language Matters With Bob Holman asks tough questions: What do we lose when a language dies, and what does it take to save a language? In Endangered Languages: The Mother Tongue Revival, Holman, who traveled to Australia, Wales and Hawaii to explore these issues, and director David Grubin screen excerpts from the doc and lead a discussion on “language preservation.” The evening includes live music, storytelling, poetry and other performances by Barry Martin, Halau O Lilinoe, Anita Martinez and Hawaii’s and L.A.’s poet laureates, Kealoha and Luis J. Rodriguez. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Tue., Jan. 27, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu. —Siran Babayan

A Daily Show correspondent talks about his memoir
You know him for his near-decade-long stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, but in his new book, No Man’s Land, Aasif Mandvi writes about his life and career before he became a TV fixture. The actor recounts growing up Indian and Muslim in America, and his family’s journey from India to England to Florida. Mandvi also opens up about identity in show business and chronicles the early years of his career on Broadway and his many TV and film roles. Mandvi discusses his memoir with Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American professor at the University of California, Riverside and an author, most notably of 2013’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood; Wed., Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —Siran Babayan

Bob Marley
Bob Marley
Photo by Kim Gottlieb-Walker

Celebrate Bob Marley
Only slightly harder to believe than that Bob Marley’s been gone for 34 years already is the fact that there’s such a beautiful, kaleidoscopic treasury of his life as Roger Steffens’ extravaganza Life of Marley, a multimedia show in honor of the musician’s 70th birthday. More than 42 years’ worth of Steffens’ exhaustive research into Marley’s world has been distilled into his forthcoming oral history, to be published by W.W. Norton this summer. The former KCRW Reggae Beat host holds forth tonight, explaining the spaces between the scores of unseen pictures and extortionately rare films of the man, his life and times. Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Bldg. at USC, 900 W. 34th St., University Park; Thu., Jan. 29, 7 p.m.; free, resv. required. (213) 740-2804, cinema.usc.edu/LifeOfMarley. —David Cotner


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