6 Cheap (or Free) Things to Do This Week
Work off those Thanksgiving calories and see your city.
From Small Business Saturday shopping events to a screening of High Society, here are some things to do this week that will only set you back five buck or less.
See 30 miles of L.A. when you sally forth and join America's Largest Community Bicycle Ride, an initiative of L.A. Critical Mass. Thousands of cyclists will converge to join this journey through the city — cruising at 10 to 12 miles per hour, with no hills to kill the vibe — to raise awareness and celebrate the simple joys of bicycling through the city at night. By the time it wraps up, before midnight at Sunset and Western, riders will have seen the city from a fresh angle — and had a pretty good workout, too. Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue (street level at Purple Line Metro Station), Koreatown; Fri., Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.; free/donation. lacriticalmass.org/ride-calendar. —David Cotner
The shops surrounding Colorado and Eagle Rock boulevards go all out for Small Business Saturday with the We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party. Now in its fifth year, the neighborhood get-together and shopping extravaganza is expanding beyond retailers to include a handful of restaurants, such as Patio Burgers and Beer and Eagle Rock Brewery Public House. Besides the usual in-store events and promotions, this year there's a health and fitness zone and PetPalooza, featuring pet adoption services from Pardon the Pups. Other Small Business Saturday events are taking place across the county, from a photo scavenger hunt at Tuttle Cameras in Long Beach to a local-vendor spotlight at Book Show in Highland Park and a pop-up shop and cocktail hour at Caffeine 2306 in Burbank. At Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, guests can learn how to make candles or catch a performance from San Pedro City Ballet while they shop. Meanwhile, blog Disneyland Vegan is hosting Green Saturday: A Veg Holiday Marketplace at Alpine Village in Torrance. Shop cruelty-free and help raise funds for the Whiskers and Tails Foundation. We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party, Eagle Rock and Colorado boulevards, Eagle Rock; Sat., Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; leannalinswonderland.com/pages/we-heart-eagle-rock. Tuttle Cameras, 4019 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach; Sat., Nov. 28, 11 a.m.; (562) 424-8633, tuttlecameras.com/files/flyer3.jpg. Book Show, 5503 N. Figueroa, Highland Park; Sat., Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; (213) 438-955, bookshowla.com. Caffeine 2306, 2306 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank; Sat., Nov. 28, 3-7 p.m. (cocktail hour at 6 p.m.); (323) 770-3796, caffeine2306.com. Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E. 22nd St., Warehouse 10, San Pedro; Sat., Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; (310) 732-1270, craftedportla.com. Green Saturday: A Veg Holiday Marketplace, 833 Torrance Blvd., Torrance; Sat., Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $5 or free with donation of dog or cat food, pet toys or blankets for the Whiskers and Tails Foundation (kids free); (323) 321-5660, facebook.com/events/507613102749947/. —Liz Ohanesian
To the delight of insomniacs, the unemployed and people who just really like watching reruns on TV Land and Lifetime into the wee hours, local comic Peter Murphy's sketch show It's 3 AM! plunges into the world of late-night TV, especially those infomercials advertising male sex enhancements and Time-Life music collections. Murphy, who's made the rounds at UCB, iO West and the Groundlings, joins a cast of comedians and actors who spoof QVC, compilation CDs, morning exercise shows and other programs that make you wish you had a prescription for Ambien. Hudson Theatres, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Mon., Nov. 30, 8 p.m.; free. (323) 960-5519. —Siran Babayan
Shortly before she was crowned Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly starred in one last movie: High Society, an MGM musical based on The Philadelphia Story. Bing Crosby plays Kelly's ex-husband, a jazz musician who longs to win her back — an aspiration complicated by her impending marriage to another man and the affections of a reporter played by Frank Sinatra. High Society was shot in VistaVision, one of the most gloriously colorful film stocks ever created. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Dec. 1, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine
Lauren Frost, Angela Rysk and Erin Miller Williams of local sketch group Cake Batter welcome you to the bosom of their second annual all-female, all-comedy Funny Women Festival, where 300-plus comedians from across the country take part in sketch, improv, stand-up and storytelling. The festival also hosts competitions, panel discussions and workshops led by instructors whose credits include Saturday Night Live, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Emmys (Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $25). Last year's inaugural event featured The Office's Kate Flannery and Angela Kinsey and Grey's Anatomy's Kate Walsh. This year all three return to join Mo Collins, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Betty Cahill, Laura Krafft, Shulie Cowen and Frangela. A portion of the proceeds benefit Downtown Women's Center, which aids homeless women. iO West, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Wed., Dec. 2-Sat., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.; $5 & $10. ioimprov.com. —Siran Babayan
As part of Hammer Museum's Hammer Conversations, SoCal artist Sandow Birk discusses and signs his new book, American Qur'an ($60, Liveright). Birk spent nine years studying the Koran in order to complete this artistic interpretation of the Islamic holy book. Using graffiti-style lettering, Birk illustrated and translated into English the Koran's 114 chapters, setting them against a backdrop of scenes depicting ordinary American life: the mall, grocery store, office cubicles. The book includes essays by Iftikhar Dadi and Zareena Grewal, as well as a preface by Reza Aslan, a UC Riverside professor and author of the best-seller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. More than 300 paintings from the project are on display at the Orange County Museum of Art through February. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A.; Thu., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; free, but tickets are required. hammer.ucla.edu. —Siran Babayan
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