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

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"Through Communication and Sharing, We Become One" is the tagline for the four-day-long 42nd Los Angeles Korean Festival, which officially kicked off yesterday. The slogan represents both the tech obsession rampant from Seoul to L.A., and the festival's long-standing mission to bring Korean history and tradition to the United States. Expect a celebration of Los Angeles' Korean community ranging from K-pop to traditional drumming and folk songs, and dozens of Korean street food vendors. There's no better way to experience the fusion of American and Korean culture than with a plate of bulgogi fries. Seoul International Park, 3250 San Marino St., Koreatown; Thu., Oct. 1, 3-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 2-3, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; free. (213) 487-9696, lakoreanfestival.org. —Sascha Bos

Once a year, comic artists from around the world attempt to create a 24-page story in one 24-hour period. In Manhattan Beach, the Comic Bug has been opening its door for 24-Hour Comics Day since 2004. Over the years, pros including Spider-Gwen co-creator Robbi Rodriguez and 24-Hour Comics Day founder Nat Gertler have stopped by to work on their projects at the store. Some of the stories that come out of this event, such as Tanya Bjork's Havenhurst, go on to be published. The store welcomes participants of all ages and skill levels. While you spend 24 hours working, the store staff will provide coffee and head out on a few food runs. They're also hosting a "Pick Me Up" sale, with deep discounts offered between 2 and 4 a.m. The event is free, but call to reserve a spot, as space is limited. The Comic Bug, 1807½ Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach; Sat., Oct. 3, noon-Sun., Oct. 4, noon; free. (310) 372-6704, thecomicbug.com. —Liz Ohanesian

Geometry, light and art history inform the work of Venezuelan artist Magdalena Fernández. L.A. audiences may have caught her installation 2iPM009 when it appeared at the Museum of Latin American Art in 2012. This time she'll bring a full exhibition — six videos and one installation — to MOCA's Pacific Design Center. It's the first show of its kind in the United States for Fernández and will certainly be of interest to those looking for an immersive art experience. The show will feature 2i015 (Luciérnaga), an LED installation that rises up along a museum staircase. The public opening is Oct. 3, but check back the following day for a talk with Fernández and curator Alma Ruiz. MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; Sat., Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. Exhibit runs through Sun., Jan. 3. (310) 289-5223, moca.org. —Liz Ohanesian

First came the books, then 2014's Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour. Now comes the graphic novel about Edward Snowden, the infamous former computer programmer and government whistleblower. Ted Rall, a political cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Village Voice, signs his new book, Snowden. The title character made headlines in 2013, when, after working for the National Security Agency, he leaked top-secret documents to the press, detailing the NSA's spying activities on Americans. The U.S. Department of Justice charged him with stealing government property and espionage. Rall's cartoons render the pivotal moments of Snowden's life, from his upbringing in Maryland to working at the CIA and NSA to fleeing to Hong Kong and Russia, where he currently lives. Diesel, 225 26th St., Brentwood; Sun., Oct. 4, 3 p.m.; free, book is $16.95. (310) 576-9960, dieselbookstore.com. —Siran Babayan

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The Hammer Museum hosts a conversation with Steve Martin and The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik in conjunction with its latest exhibit, "The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris" (Oct. 11-Jan. 24). The actor curates this first major U.S. retrospective of the Canadian modernist artist (1885-1970) featuring more than 30 of his landscapes. The exhibit is co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, where Martin and the Canadian-American Gopnik took part in a discussion earlier this year. Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Mon., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.; free, tickets required. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu. —Siran Babayan

At Skylight Books, L.A. Times book critic David L. Ulin explains his new book, Sidewalking: Coming to Terms With Los Angeles. Ulin tells of striding through the urban landscape on foot with many questions at hand, grappling with preconceptions about L.A. and contemplating his relationship with the city. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Tue., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.; free, book is $16.95. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com. —David Cotner

Elsewhere in free sneak previews, USC presents Dukhtar with debuting writer-director Afia Serena Nathaniel appearing via Skype for a post-screening Q&A. Pakistan's official submission for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar tells of a woman and her 10-year-old daughter attempting to escape from their remote, mountainous village after the girl is promised in marriage to a tribal leader. USC, 900 W. 34th St., University Park; Wed., Oct. 7, 7 p.m.; free, RSVP required. (213) 740-2804, cinema.usc.edu—Michael Nordine

As part of the L.A. Central Library's ALOUD lecture series, Egyptian-American writer and activist Mona Eltahawy discusses her new book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, with NPR correspondent Kelly Mc­Evers. Eltahawy, who has contributed to The Washington Post and The New York Times, has drawn criticism for her outspokenness on sex and sexism in the Middle East and North Africa, namely her 2012 article for Foreign Policy, "Why Do They Hate Us?" Eltahawy's book chronicles her upbringing in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and London, which led to her feminist awakening. Her book is also a "condemnation" of religious and political oppression of Muslim women, drawing on many cases of abuse at the hands of men from Lebanon to Yemen. L.A. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown; Thu., Oct. 8, 7:15 p.m.; free, resv. required. (213) 228-7500, lfla.org. —Siran Babayan

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