6 Great Free Things to Do This Week to Learn About L.A.

The performance artist group the Guerrilla Girls will appear at Pomona
The performance artist group the Guerrilla Girls will appear at Pomona
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See L.A.'s best street photography
With all the people walking around looking down at their cellphones, you’d think that street photography would consist solely of asphalt and concrete. Tonight’s opening of the inaugural Street Shooting exhibition, however, shows you the depth and breadth of what’s going on out there in the lives of real people on the byways of L.A., featuring photos taken by 29 photographers, amateurs and professionals alike. There’s no better way to appreciate the spirit of our modern metropolis than in those evanescent moments. Los Angeles Center of Photography, 1515 Wilcox Ave., Hlywd.; Fri., Jan. 30, 7-10 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through March 6. (323) 464-0909, juliadean.com. —David Cotner

Wander inside the beautiful Broadway theaters
There was a time when it felt romantic to walk along decaying Broadway, imagining neon signs all lit up again, suited men and coiffed ladies of the past going downtown to forget all their troubles, forget all their cares. Nowadays that’s feeling less like a fantasy and more like reality as buildings are restored and new businesses make their home on the historic street. At Night on Broadway, the street will light up with concerts and art at some of downtown’s most beautiful movie palaces. Events include magic shows and accordionist Jessica Fichot at the Million Dollar, the circus troupe RockAngel Cabaret at the Globe, chessboxing at the Tower, Street Shakespeare and a neon sign tour. Various locations, South Broadway, dwntwn.; Sat. Jan. 31, 5-10 p.m.; free. nightonbroadway.la. —Sascha Bos

Experience an Olvera Street festival
For many years, Olvera Street merchants have celebrated La Fiesta de la Candelaria, in which kids dress up their baby Jesus dolls to have them blessed by trained professionals, followed by prizes, songs and celebration. Candelaria also involves a great big flock of candles throughout the Paseo, which looks intensely beautiful and makes the winter night that much warmer. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, dwntwn.; Mon., Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.; free. (213) 485-8372, calleolvera.com. —David Cotner

Saul Bass' opening sequence for The Seven Year ItchEXPAND
Saul Bass' opening sequence for The Seven Year Itch

Learn about the king of movie title sequences
Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, discusses his new book, Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design, on the New York–born graphic designer and filmmaker. Bass got his start in Hollywood in the 1940s creating print advertisements, and went on to design title sequences for Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and Billy Wilder for more than 40 years on such films as Psycho, The Seven Year Itch and The Man With the Golden Arm. Bass collaborated with Martin Scorsese on Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino. Horak also looks at the corporate logos Bass created, and his work as a director of mostly short films. Vroman’s, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Wed., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.; free, book is $40. (626) 449-5320, vromansbookstore.com. —Siran Babayan

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Experience historic performance art
When the Guerrilla Girls waged their anonymous, punk-inspired, art-historically incisive interventions in the New York City art world of the 1980s, they did so with a flair and wit that convincingly made the case that the under-representation of women artists in galleries and museums was no less than criminal. Decades later, their message is, bittersweetly, still salient. As part of their exhibition “Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action,” these badass ladies appear with a special after-hours performance and reception at the museum. History lessons are rarely this hard-core, or this hilarious. Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Ave., Claremont; Thu., Feb. 5, 5-11 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Tue.-Sun., 12-5 p.m., through May 17. (909) 621-8283, pomona.edu/museum. —Shana Nys Dambrot

Learn about homicide in L.A.
Jill Leovy discusses her new book, Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, with KCRW host Warren Olney. The Pulitzer Prize–winning L.A. Times reporter travels back to the 2007 slaying of Bryant Tennelle, an 18-year-old son of a homicide detective, who was mistaken for a gang member and gunned down. The book uncovers how John Scaggs, a white LAPD officer, and his partners solved the case, and explores the broader socioeconomic issues of race and violence in South Central. Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; Thu., Feb. 5, 7:15 p.m.; free, standby only. (213) 228-7500, lfla.org. —Siran Babayan


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