8 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week
See the cast of the new comedy Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ is at UCB Sunset on Tuesday.
Courtesy Robyn Von Swank
Movie screenings, comedy shows and St. Patrick's Day celebrations, all for 11 bucks or less.
For its third event, Acropolis Cinema presents the first Los Angeles screening of Isiah Medina's 88:88. The experimental filmmaker's debut feature has traveled quite a way to get here, having premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland last summer before making stops at Toronto, New York and other fests. Regardless of location, Medina's personal montage film has won praise and started debates in the process. If you can't make it to the first showing, fret not: Acropolis is replaying 88:88 at 9. (Whichever one you come to, be sure to partake in the free refreshments.) Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park; Fri., March 11, 7:30 & 9 p.m.; $10. (213) 484-8846, acropoliscinema.com. —Michael Nordine
UCLA's Out of the Ether: Radio Mysteries and Thrillers on Screen continues with another tense double bill. In Sorry, Wrong Number, a bedridden Barbara Stanwyck overhears a would-be murderer played by Burt Lancaster plot the demise of — gasp — none other than herself. The Phantom of Crestwood, the conclusion to a six-episode serial, concerns a gold digger who parts former lovers from their riches and just happens to meet an untimely end. Moral of the stories: Don't plot against innocent people and you'll probably be OK, uncaring universe notwithstanding. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Fri., March 11, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu. —Michael Nordine
Los Angeles Filmforum presents the L.A. premiere of Hope Tucker's The Obituary Project, 10 short ethnographic films (all less than 10 minutes) about such far-flung topics as ideal flying conditions for pilots and the last remaining phone booths in Finland. Tucker, who in the past has documented abandoned bread factories and fallen witness trees, will appear in person to discuss her work. Note: This is an off-site event. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St., Echo Park; Sun., March 13, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (213) 484-8846, lafilmforum.org. —Michael Nordine
The Aero plays tribute to screenwriter Horton Foote (who would have turned 100 last week) with Tomorrow and Tender Mercies, both on 35mm. Robert Duvall stars in both, playing a Mississippi farmer who falls in love with a pregnant woman in the former and a down-and-out country singer in the latter, for which he won an Oscar. Tender Mercies in particular is quietly moving, an understated look at hitting rock bottom and slowly building your life back up — it's a clear influence on Crazy Heart, for which Jeff Bridges likewise won an Oscar for playing a similar character. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Mon., March 14, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine
Reality TV makes everything look cutthroat — dating, dieting, dancing, cupcakes. Among the first series on Seeso, NBC's new streaming comedy channel (where it premieres March 17), is Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, a parody of TV shows such as Bravo's Million Dollar Listing. Produced by Kulap Vilaysack, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Scott Aukerman and David Jargowsky, the spoof is set at a high-end, dog-eat-dog real estate firm, and will feature guest spots by Patton Oswalt, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Nick Kroll, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs and Jason Mantzoukas. Before its March 17 premiere, UCB introduces cast members Paul F. Tompkins, Drew Tarver, Ryan Gaul, Tim Baltz, Dan Ahdoot, Mandell Maughan and Tawny Newsome, who'll perform in this improv show alongside actual broker Jamie Blake Sher for some real-estate realness. UCB Sunset, 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Tue., March 15, 8:30 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Siran Babayan
Movies about performers aren't known for depicting the business of show in a favorable light — doubly so in early Hollywood. Charles Vidor's Cover Girl, starring Rita Hayworth as an upstart It girl and Gene Kelly as her mentor/increasingly jealous inamorata, isn't much of an exception. Still, the popular Technicolor musical from 1944 is far from doom and gloom, and Kelly's creative control led to several of its best-known dance sequences. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., March 15, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine
Gabe Greenspan and Ryan Bowers of Idiot Chimney invite you to celebrate the one holiday that encourages alcoholism at A Very Idiot Chimney St. Patrick's Day Show. The two sketch players, who perform monthly at iO West, join fellow sketch group Sasquatch Comedy and guitar-playing comedian Pat Regan for a night of sketches and original songs that may or may not have anything to do with Irish culture. Whether you get drunk before or after, they are not responsible for your hangover. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Thu., March 17, 7-8:30 p.m.; $8 in advance, $10 at the door. (323) 851-7223, nerdmeltla.com. —Siran Babayan
Need an excuse to leave work in the middle of the day to go drink beer? We didn't think so, but anyway, downtown's midday St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Pershing Square serves to legitimize the decision. The annual celebration of our drunkest holiday starts with a parade that travels south on Hill Street, west on Seventh and then north on Olive to Pershing Square, where Irish cover bands, food trucks and a beer garden await revelers in "Kiss Me I'm Irish" T-shirts. Or, you know, you could just finish out the day at work. Whatever. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., downtown; Thu., March 17, 11 a.m.; free. laparks.org/pershingsquare. —Gwynedd Stuart
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