7 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

Nicole Burch introduces us to the seven guys you date before you get married.
Nicole Burch introduces us to the seven guys you date before you get married.
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From dating comedy to a flea market for punks, here are seven things to do for 10 bucks or less.

If you're a devoted musicals fan who's somehow never been to Old Town Music Hall, you may want to make it your New Year's resolution to correct that grievous error with the Depression-era Footlight Parade. One of many song-and-dance classics co-directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley, it stars James Cagney as a Broadway director who transitions into producing live musical numbers intended to warm up the riffraff attending movies. (Sounds better than 20 minutes of trailers.) In keeping with that premise, the theater will maintain its tradition of beginning the proceedings with a sing-along on the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., Jan. 8, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., Jan 9, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; $10. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org. —Michael Nordine

L.A. may be a car-centric town, but Angelenos are famously health-conscious. Paul Haddad reads from his new walking guide, 10,000 Steps a Day in L.A.: 52 Walking Adventures, which encourages readers to get into shape and explore the city on foot. Whether it's Lake Hollywood, Forest Lawn Glendale or Hansen Dam, the book's 52 trails — 10,000 steps, or roughly 5 miles, each — are organized into five location sections, from Central L.A. and the Eastside to the San Fernando Valley and the South Bay. Haddad also includes maps, historical tidbits and a breakdown of terrain, pet-friendliness and parking information. Vroman's, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Sat., Jan. 9, 2 p.m.; free, book is $16.95. (626) 449-5320, vromansbookstore.com. —Siran Babayan

Buy, sell or slam at the Punk Rock Swap Meet, an all-ages indoor swap meet and concert extravaganza, featuring Pico Rivera's finest, Circle One; local '80s oi pioneers Killroy; '90s Posh Boy artists Glue Gun; Sorry State; and a few other bands. Expect a raffle, door prizes and the usual controlled chaos. There's also a book signing for punk writer and L.A. Beat columnist Michael Essington's Born Frustrated ($14.95, CreateSpace), the latest chapter in his gritty, polarizing trilogy of stories about people laboring against all odds at the margins of society. Knights of Columbus Council 3601, 21433 Strathern St., Canoga Park; Sat., Jan. 9, 4-10 p.m.; $7. (818) 347-9328, facebook.com/events/212742935728356. —David Cotner

UCLA screens The Argyle Secrets and Gentleman Joe Palooka as part of its Sound and Fury: The Films of Cy Endfield retrospective. The writer-director was one of many filmmakers to be blacklisted during the shameful House Un-American Activities Committee era, and this series will have a special focus on the movies Endfield made in Britain during his exile from Hollywood. These two are among his last as part of the studio system before retreating across the pond; they'll be preceded by Inflation, a 17-minute short warning of the dangers of consumerism — and featuring a satanic businessman who helps assure Hitler of America's impending economic downfall. You can probably guess how that went over with Joseph McCarthy. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Sun., Jan. 10, 7 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu. —Michael Nordine

Nikki Glaser tests out material for her new Comedy Central show on Thursday night.
Nikki Glaser tests out material for her new Comedy Central show on Thursday night.
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Everyone has to kiss a few frogs to find their prince. Having gone through an "entire koi pond," 30-something Nicole Burch wrote The 7 Guys You Date Before You Get Married, a comedy about the murky waters of dating. The Groundlings-trained comedian flashes back to several failed relationships, starting in high school. Burch narrates the show while other actresses play younger versions of her in scenes that take place in bedrooms, living rooms and restaurants. And she gives each of her suitors affectionate names, such as the Mooch, the Cheater and the Lost Puppy. Does one of them turn out to be Mr. Right — or are they all just toads? Groundlings Theater, 7307 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; Mon., Jan. 11, 8 p.m.; $10. (323) 934-4747, groundlings.com. —Siran Babayan

It may seem hard to believe now, but prior to The Philadelphia Story Katharine Hepburn starred in a string of failures that led to her being deemed box office poison. Luckily for her — as well as director George Cukor and co-stars Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart — the romantic comedy was a runaway success that's still considered a classic. Play hooky with someone you love and see it at LACMA in the middle of the day. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Jan. 12, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine

Another raunchy blonde armed with a lot of sex jokes is about to become a TV star. New York stand-up comic Nikki Glaser has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and in Trainwreck. You also may have seen her on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Conan, Last Comic Standing, @midnight and MTV's Nikki & Sara Live, as well as Jordan Brady's excellent 2014 documentary, I Am Road Comic. On Feb. 9, Comedy Central debuts Not Safe With Nikki Glaser, a comedy series about sex and relationships that mixes sketches, chat segments and viewer participation via social media. In anticipation of her show, Glaser will spend three nights at Nerdmelt testing out new material to see what sticks. Don't show up if you're easily offended. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Thu., Jan. 14, 7 p.m. (also Jan. 19 & 21, 7 p.m.); free. (323) 851-7223, nerdmeltla.com. —Siran Babayan


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