6 Great Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week
Adult Swim, home to Rick and Morty, above, has a free drive-in event for its fans.
Y'know those evangelical groups that put on "hell houses" to scare sinners away from fornicating, lying and other things God hates? KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House is a queer, sex-positive take on that concept, providing a view of a nonpatriarchal reality that may frighten the mainstream. Originally a Toronto installation by artist Allyson Mitchell, the Kastle comes to WeHo through the support of the City of West Hollywood, the Andy Warhol Foundation and ONE Archives. The Kastle officially opened Oct. 16 and runs through Oct. 30, so go now. Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; Thu.-Sun., Oct. 22-25, & Wed.-Fri., Oct. 28-30, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; free. otherwild.com/collections/events. —Sascha Bos
Whether you're an industry pro, a future developer or just curious about the latest in independently made video games, IndieCade has something for you. If you're interested in checking out games nominated for the convention's 2015 awards — such as biofeedback horror game Nevermind and USC Game Innovation Lab's Walden, based on Henry David Thoreau's world — you can do that for free. Other events vary in price. GameU badge holders can check out workshops focusing on various aspects of game making. Get a conference badge if you want to check out the think:indie talks or a festival badge if you want to have a bigger selection. Try to get into Saturday's Night Games, where you can try games that are conducive to outdoor, evening play. IndieCade Village, 9300 Culver Blvd., Culver City; Thu., Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free-$525, central@indie0x200Bcade.com, indiecade.com. —Liz Ohanesian
Last year, Chicago institutions Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago joined forces to stage The Art of Falling, a full-length production that marries sketch comedy and dance. Created by five choreographers and four writers, and starring more than 30 dancers and actors, the collaboration revolves around three story lines and short vignettes. In anticipation of the performance's West Coast debut next month at the Music Center, Second City Hollywood hosts The Art of Falling pop-up improv show, featuring some of the club's L.A.-via-Chicago comedians, plus a chance to win tickets to opening night at the Ahmanson. Upstairs at the Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; Mon., Oct. 26, 7-8 p.m.; free with RSVP. acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/second-city-hollywood-art-falling. —Siran Babayan
Adult Swim fans are nothing if not devoted, and as the network enters its 15th year, it gives back to those fans with Adult Swim Drive-In. Park to watch special sneak previews of what's coming next for the programming block that brought you Robot Chicken, The Boondocks and Rick and Morty. You'll also experience unaired specials and pilots, food trucks galore, trivia contests and the chance to meet others as stoked about your favorite cartoons as you are. The Rose Bowl, Lot F, 837 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena; Wed., Oct. 28, 6 p.m.; free with RSVP. (626) 577-3100, adultswim.com/presents. —David Cotner
Though most people don't know it, the world's biggest skin rag is as much associated with jazz as it is with naked centerfolds. Patty Farmer discusses the history of this connection in Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music. After the first concert in Chicago in 1959, the Playboy Jazz Festival has been an L.A. staple since the late 1970s. But Farmer's book traces Hefner's love affair with jazz back to high school. Later, his organization would not only champion jazz entertainers but also help break down the color barrier through various outlets, including the Playboy clubs, Playboy-produced recordings, TV shows, Playboy Jazz Poll, the magazine's first feature on the Dorsey brothers and the first Playboy interview with Miles Davis. Farmer includes approximately 60 black-and-white photos, as well as hundreds of interviews with musicians, Playboy personnel, former Bunnies and Hefner himself. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Wed., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.; free, book is $24.95. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —Siran Babayan
Who Owns Water?, part of Hammer Lectures: The Next Wave, focuses on the legal ramifications of the ongoing drought, which has transformed water into California's most potent potable. Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability, moderates a panel discussion featuring Eric L. Garner, the first American to chair the International Bar Association's Water Law Committee; Earth Law Center executive director Linda Sheehan; and Buzz Thompson, founding director of Stanford Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Program. State laws regarding groundwater ownership originated in English common law — but who ultimately possesses the water that flows beneath us? Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Thu., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu. —David Cotner
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