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

Judah Friedlander
Judah Friedlander
Photo by Yoko Haraoka

Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours commingles the curious in a night of DJs, music performances, synesthetic sights and scents spread out over four floors, including a sonic-architecture performance by singer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lanois. William Basinski, Pink­courtesy­phone, Dntel, Matthewdavid, Anenon and many more provide provocative new sound-makers. The event also includes design exhibits, video and lighting installations, live edge-jazz radio broadcasts hosted by Jeff Parker (Tortoise) and others, a music/scent experience curated by the Institute of Art and Olfaction and a sound bath featuring multiple reel-to-reel tape machines self-generating music compositions. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri., Nov. 6, 11:30 p.m.-Sat., Nov. 7, 3 a.m.; free with RSVP; skip the line with a $20 donation; skip the line plus drink voucher with a $30 donation. (213) 972-7211, musiccenter.org/sleepless. —John Payne

Long Beach's sleek, renovated airport boasts an open design that is the perfect place to showcase special aircraft, including an F/A-18 supersonic combat jet, a vintage Stearman biplane, a Catalina Flying Boat DC-3 and more than 30 others. The LGB Fly-in is a rare opportunity to get a close-up look at aircraft we typically only glimpse as they soar by. The event also will include educational displays, food trucks and a beer garden. Appreciate the beauty of planes from somewhere other than a cramped coach seat. Long Beach Airport, 4100 Donald Douglas Drive, Long Beach; Sat., Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. (562) 570-2678, lgb.org. —Sascha Bos

Remember a few years back when the Navajo Nation sued Urban Outfitters over its culturally appropriative panties? The message from Native Americans was: If you like our designs, buy directly from us — not corporations stealing our art. The Autry has made it possible to connect directly with Native creators for the past 25 years through its American Indian Arts Marketplace. Artists from more than 40 tribes will showcase their textiles, paintings, pottery, beadwork and more. While you're shopping, try fry bread, learn how to hoop dance and stick around for "We Are Family," a series of short plays by Native Voices. The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 7-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; free with museum admission ($12 general, $8 students and seniors, $4 children). (323) 667-2000, theautry.org. —Sascha Bos

He's done acting and playwriting and been published in The New Yorker, so it's no surprise that Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) will read from his debut collection of short stories, Bream Gives Me Hiccups. Illustrated by award-winning French cartoonist Jean Jullien, these 44 meditations include subjects such as Alexander Graham Bell's telephone, posh mother-son bonding and the Bosnian genocide. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Tue., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; free, book is $26 (ticket to signing line with purchase of book). (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com. —David Cotner

Comedians Demetri Martin and Bo Burnham published books in recent years featuring visual humor, and 30 Rock cast member Judah Friedlander now joins their ranks with a pair of local events celebrating Hachette release If the Raindrops United: Drawings and Cartoons. Furthering the absurdist visuals of 2010 instructional spoof How to Beat Up Anybody, Raindrops includes the debut of Friedlander's mini-comic Gentrification Man. Stand-up show at Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; Wed., Nov. 11, 8 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.); $20 includes book. (323) 655-9050, hollywood.improv.com. Q&A/signing at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Fri., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.; free, book is $16.99. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com. —Julie Seabaugh

'Tis the season to overeat. Inspired by the impending holidays and the Getty's current exhibits "The Edible Monument" and "Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages" — which explore how people ate and the art of food in Medieval and Renaissance Europe — Zocalo Public Square hosts Can Gluttony Be a Virtue?, on the pros and cons of gluttony, especially during celebratory times. KCRW's Evan Kleiman moderates the panel discussion, featuring Francine Prose, author of the 2003 book Gluttony, plus UCLA medieval history professor Teo Ruiz and L.A. chef and restaurateur Eric Greenspan. Redondo Beach Historic Library, 309 Esplanade, Redondo Beach; Wed., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.; free, reservation required. zocalopublicsquare.org. —Siran Babayan


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