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

Broken Fingaz Crew's "Journey Galactiko" show
Broken Fingaz Crew's "Journey Galactiko" show

Israel's oldest graffiti collective, the Broken Fingaz Crew, joins forces with one of downtown L.A.'s newest galleries, London-based Howard Griffin, to present "Journey Galactiko" — a multimedia escapade that is every bit as tripped-out as it sounds. For its first U.S. show, the crew is partnering with Ghostown and DJ The Gaslamp Killer to put its wildest foot forward. Formed in 2001 in Haifa, the Broken Fingaz Crew (Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga) has always been straight-up fearless in its willingness to confront authority and oppression. Often using explicit images of sex and violence, but rendered in a unique style merging Asian illustration and American comic books, they were not favorites of their homeland's conservative government — but the art world took notice. The crew is constructing a sculptural installation in the form of a temple inspired by their recent trip to India and the rough re-entry into the capitalistic West, as the centerpiece of a narration of their journey to L.A. Howard Griffin Gallery, 410 S. Spring St., downtown; Sat., June 20, 7-10:30 p.m.; free. Continues by appointment through July 25. (213) 478-1202, howardgriffingallery.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot

Looking for something to do this Sunday that you and dad will like? How about an evening enjoying locally made craft beer, food trucks (think hot dogs, tacos and BBQ), and live music at Angel City's sprawling Public House? The free Father's Day Food Truck & Music Fest features the Public House's usual lineup of craft beers for purchase, plus five food trucks and, starting at 2 p.m., four live bands. With its large parking lot and muraled brick walls in the middle of downtown, Angel City Brewery has the barbecue vibe that a mid-June Sunday calls for — but with much better beer than your backyard parties. Angel City Brewery & Public House, 216 S. Alameda St., downtown; Sun., June 21, noon-8 p.m.; free admission. (213) 622-1261, angelcitybrewery.com. —Sascha Bos

Hawaii's successful mural festival expands to California with POW! WOW! Long Beach, a weeklong celebration of street art. Watch Aaron De La Cruz, Cryptik, Fafi, Hueman, James Jean, Jeff McMillan, Jeff Soto, Low Bros, MADSTEEZ, PUSH, Tristan Eaton, Benjie Escobar and Bumblebee as they paint walls and create installations all over town. In addition to live painting all week, POW! POW! hosts a series of events, including Jeff Staple's talks with Fafi on Wednesday and Nychos on Thursday, a mixtape party with DJ Neil Armstrong Monday and the POW! WOW! School of Music student performance at downtown Long Beach's Summer & Music: 720° Pine festival on Saturday. Various Long Beach locations; Mon.-Sun., June 22-28; free. powwowlongbeach.com. —Sascha Bos

Quintan Ana Wikswo
Quintan Ana Wikswo

The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far is the acclaimed new book of words and images by Quintan Ana Wikswo, an artist and writer who has never limited herself to only one medium and certainly not to two dimensions. Although the foundation of the book is her sparkling prose, the accompanying visual art is just as integral to the story, itself a meditation on the discomfort of "painfully restrictive Newtonian physics" and the quest to escape the torments of human desire by finding solace in a parallel universe. In that spirit, her book tour is more than a series of readings and signings — though there will be that, too. Rather, she conceived a multimedia event that includes short video works, live performed narrations, original musical scores and an exhibition of photographs from the book — which is available for purchase through co-presenter Skylight Books. Monk Space, 4414 W. Second St., Koreatown; Tue., June 23, 8 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.); free, book is $19.95. (213) 925-8562, quintanwikswo.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot

Caltech graduate and self-described "science humorist" Dave Zobel signs his new book, The Science of TV's The Big Bang Theory: Explanations Even Penny Would Understand. Fans of the CBS sitcom about a group of Caltech physicists and engineers and their non-brainiac friend probably would fall on the Penny side, having never pondered the questions: What is Occam's razor? What is the difference between centrifugal and centripetal force? And why is 73 the perfect number? The author breaks down some of the series' scientific lingo and concepts, dedicating chapters to physics, math, gravity, light, computers and robotics. Maybe now you can find out why Mentos explode in Diet Coke. Vroman's, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Tue., June 23, 7 p.m.; free, book is $17.95. (626) 449-5320, vromansbookstore.com. —Siran Babayan

With the Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, the Los Angeles Nomadic Division has really been living up to the itinerant promise of its name. Beginning in October 2013, it produced an ambitious series of artist-designed billboards along Interstate 10 heading toward the Pacific from the East Coast, tracing the route of westward expansion and encompassing dreams of California and realities of America through the lens of urban cultural and socioeconomic history. This weekend, they finally make it home. To celebrate the project's culmination, four days of programming including performances, perfumery, video screenings, readings, receptions, artist-led walking and driving tours, a panel talk at the Santa Monica Pier carousel and, of course, the unveiling of the final billboards. Various locations; Wed.-Sun., June 24-28, various times; free. (646) 620-8289, nomadicdivision.org. —Shana Nys Dambrot

With California facing another drought year, and state officials handing down mandates to curb water use by roughly 25 percent, water conservation is once again a pressing issue. For homeowners feeling the squeeze, Writers Bloc hosts the free workshop Dripped Dry: Use Less Water and Still Be OK to discuss cost-effective tips to save water. Experts include Bill McDonnell, water efficiency manager at the Metropolitan Water District, former Beverly Hills mayor Charles Aronberg, landscaping consultant Pamela Berstler and a representative from Pioneer Hardware. Temple Emanuel School Auditorium, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills; Wed., June 24, 7:30 p.m.; free. drippeddryrsvp@gmail.com, writersblocpresents.com. —Siran Babayan

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