7 Great Things to Do in L.A. This Week for $11 or Less

Repulsion, screening at LACMAEXPAND
Repulsion, screening at LACMA

Known simply as Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel was neither a doctor nor a conventional writer-illustrator. He had an inimitable style that extended beyond his oeuvre of more than 45 children's books and into his wardrobe, namely his impressive hat collection. In honor of the 75th anniversary of his sophomore publication, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!" features jaunty and dramatic selections from Dr. Seuss' never-before-seen hat collection. Also on display are items from his "secret art" collection, a series of works adapted from Geisel's prized original drawings, paintings and sculptures. EC Gallery, 229 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; Fri., April 24, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; free, online RSVP encouraged. Exhibition continues Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; through Sun., May 10. (310) 278-7117, chaseart.com/hatsoff, ecgallery.com. —Tanja M. Laden

In space no one can hear you scream. In the Egyptian everyone will be screaming with you. The Space Invaders: Sci-Fi in the Arcade Age series begins in Hollywood with back-to-back screenings of Alien and Aliens, as well as behind-the-scenes materials between the two movies and guests TBA. Among the best and most influential films of their kind, Ridley Scott and James Cameron's entries in the xenomorph saga provided a blueprint for countless sci-fi works to follow. Ellen Ripley's working-class heroism, the claustrophobic locales and H.R. Giger's singular creature design remain genre benchmarks all these decades later. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Fri., April 24, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 461-2020, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine

Watch LACMA's collection grow with "50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA's Anniversary." In celebration of Los Angeles County Museum of Art's golden jubilee, trustees Jane Nathanson and Lynda Resnick led a gift-giving effort that will bring in works from Lichtenstein, Warhol and more. These promised pieces, along with selections from the bequest of entertainment tycoon A. Jerrold Perenchio, including works by Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, will be on exhibit through September. Members can check out the art as early as April 20, but the public opening is Sunday, April 26, which is also the Community Free Day at the museum. Tickets are free, but exhibition visits are limited to 30 minutes. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; Sun., April 26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; free. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Liz Ohanesian

Guillermo del Toro has always had an affinity for the bizarre and macabre; blockbuster budget notwithstanding, Pacific Rim was far from the Pan's Labyrinth director's first foray into genre territory. Any fans of the singular Mexican auteur who've yet to acquaint themselves with his early work would do well to visit the New Beverly for a double feature of Cronos and Mimic. The two films showcase del Toro's early days in Mexico and his Hollywood breakthrough, respectively, and show signs of the greatness to follow. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax; Tue., April 28, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 938-4038, thenewbev.com. —Michael Nordine

The Craft & Folk Art Museum's annual Vintage Marketplace is a sort of best-kept secret among aficionados of handmade arts, design objects and fashions with a global-village flair. Proceeds support CAFAM's expansive and engaging exhibitions and public programs, and local, fair-trade, bicycle-powered ice cream by Peddler's Creamery feeds your sugar and shopping habits. Plus the exhibitions "Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video" and the critically and popularly acclaimed "Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters" are both on view inside (through May 3) and well worth the visit in their own right. Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; Sun., April 26, noon-5 p.m.; free. (323) 937-4230, cafam.org. —Shana Nys Dambrot

Gone are the days of airy French trifles at LACMA, dear readers. This week the coveted Tuesday Matinee slot goes to Repulsion, an early exercise in psychological thrills from Roman Polanski. Frequent collaborator Catherine Deneuve stars as a traumatized manicurist living in London with her sister; things quickly spiral downward as she relives past torments. Preceding both Rosemary's Baby and The Tenant, this is the first entry in Polanski's Apartment Trilogy, all of which are musts for fans of cerebral horror. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., April 28, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine

Art Share L.A.'s recurring word night, The Best Poetry Hour, gets a little red carpet this month, welcoming featured poets Amber Tamblyn and Derrick Brown. Tamblyn is best known as a brilliant comedic actress from Joan of Arcadia, but before that — aka for her entire life — she's been a damn serious poet. The author of several acclaimed books and a hypnotic spoken-word artist, Tamblyn is on a mini book tour in support of Dark Sparkler, her most personal and unsettling work to date. It's about dead actresses, and David Lynch and Marilyn Manson made art for it. Brown is not only Tamblyn's frequent stage partner (as is Beau Sia, who is part of tonight's opening set) but also a prolific publisher, world-class poetry slammer and engaged social critic who isn't afraid to get real, fast. Art Share L.A., 804 E. Fourth Place, downtown; Thu., April 30, 8 p.m.; $8. (213) 687-4278, artsharela.org. —Shana Nys Dambrot


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