8 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

James Bewley's talk-show-host alter ego Dale Seever sits down with Kate Berlant and other subjects on Tuesday.
James Bewley's talk-show-host alter ego Dale Seever sits down with Kate Berlant and other subjects on Tuesday.
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A Valentine's Day Tinder Ball, Jim Rash of Community improvises a one-man show, comedians steal each other's jokes (on purpose) and more stuff to do and see this week for 11 bucks or less.

Is Deckard a replicant? Ponder this and other unanswerable questions during the Egyptian's screening of Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's science fiction neo-noir. Harrison Ford is the hardboiled detective circa 2019, forced, as his sort so often are, to come out of retirement to find a gang of rogue robots indistinguishable from their human counterparts. Scott's vision of 21st-century Los Angeles is as striking now, as we approach the year in which it's actually set, as it was when Blade Runner premiered in 1982; ditto the famous "...like tears in rain" monologue. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.; Fri., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com—Michael Nordine

It's a brave new dating world, so this V-Day, DTLA's Beelman's Pub is hosting the Tinder Ball, a Tinder-themed party for singles looking to find love in a hopeless place and score a date by last call. Organizers suggest a casual meet-up and some convo (aka intellectual foreplay) at Spring St. Bar before heading over to Beelman's for a sweaty, sexy rager that will feature a Tinder-themed kissing booth, sex toy raffles and giveaways, a live date auction and drink specials such as a $6 D.T.F. punch and a $5 Hearts on Fire shot. You might as well call in sick on Monday in advance. Beelman's Pub, 600 Spring St., downtown; Sun., Feb. 14, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.; free. (213) 622-1022, facebook.com/events/912623765449722. —Garrett Snyder

If you're in the mood for something more upbeat, there's always Breakfast at Tiffany's. Based on the Truman Capote novella and starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, the romantic comedy is among the most chic and celebrated ever made. (Food for thought: It's not as heated as Blade Runner's replicant debate, but many have pondered the possibility that Hepburn's Holly is, in fact, a call girl.) Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Sun., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com—Michael Nordine

Scotland's Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts gathering in the world, and the critically acclaimed Joke Thieves is an annual must for comedians and comedy fans alike. Creator Will Mars has toured the hot-ticket show around the world, and tonight marks its L.A. debut. Hosted by Matt Kirshen, comics Baron Vaughn, Jamie Lee, Joe DeRosa and more will perform their own material, then each other's — and it's in these interpretations that individual artistry pervades. "There is no way of knowing what will happen next," Mars says. "Comedians don't know who they have to copy before the show starts, so they don't even know what will happen." Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Tue., Jan. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.; $8. nerdmeltla.com. —Julie Seabaugh

In his live shows and podcast Dale Radio, New York–based James Bewley performs as alter ego Dale Seever. Bewley, who's the senior program officer at the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, created the character of the bespectacled, suit-wearing talk show host with a comb-over in San Francisco in 2009 (he also trained here at UCB). Seever sits down with fellow comedians, artists, singers, musicians and other guests and interviews them about their areas of expertise. After a 2012 show, he returns to the Hammer Museum for Deep Night With Dale Seever, which features UCB co-founder Matt Besser, comedian Kate Berlant, TV composer Cyrus Ghahremani, USC medical librarian Megan Rosenbloom and DJ Nina Tarr. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tue., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu. —Siran Babayan

Patricia Highsmith is among the most frequently adapted novelists to ever put pen to paper. The first of these is still the most famous: Alfred Hitchcock's production of Strangers on a Train. The two strangers are a tennis player and a charismatic sweet-talker, both of whom have someone in their life they'd rather do without. The charmer comes up with a plan: Each will kill the other's problem and never be suspected of the crime. So famous is the film that it (and not the novel on which it's based) has in turn been adapted time and again. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Feb. 16, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org—Michael Nordine

Fans know actor Jim Rash best for playing a sexually ambiguous community college dean in NBC's much-missed Community. Rash is also the Oscar-winning co-screenwriter of Alexander Payne's The Descendants and an alumnus of the Groundlings, where he performs in the staple show Cookin' With Gas. Among the theater's other recurring comedies is One!, which has included fellow Groundlings alumni Mitch Silpa, Edi Patterson, Jeremy Rowley and Stephanie Courtney. Alone, and for a whole hour, Rash will completely improvise a one-man show based on audience suggestions, including the show's title, actor's name and other characters in the story. The Groundlings Theater, 7307 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; Thu., Feb. 18, 10 p.m.; $10. (323) 934-4747, groundlings.com. —Siran Babayan

CSUN's semester-long Andrei Tarkovsky retrospective continues with Solaris, the Russian auteur's "anti-2001." Tarkovsky is said to have abhorred Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterwork, crafting his adaptation of Stanis0x0142aw Lem's novel to be more human (and humane) than cold and clinical. Set on a space station above the eponymous planet — an oceanic, semi-sentient heavenly body that taps into visitors' psyches and projects physical manifestations of their deepest fears and regrets, in this case a cosmonaut's deceased wife — Solaris is the most cerebral, haunting film of its kind ever made. CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Thu., Feb. 18, 7 p.m.; free. (818) 677-1200, csun.edu. —Michael Nordine

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