9 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

See three times the Indy at the Egyptian on Saturday.EXPAND
See three times the Indy at the Egyptian on Saturday.
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A '40s-style Memorial Day party, a screening of Idiocracy and more to do and see this week for 11 bucks or less.

One of Terry Gilliam's many films to be well-received by critics but not make much money, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is this week's midnight offering at the Nuart. John Neville plays the adventurer of the title, who was already the subject of many a tall tale before the director of Brazil12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas brought his exploits to the silver screen. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.; Fri., May 27, 11:59 p.m.; $11. (310) 473-8530, landmarktheatres.com—Michael Nordine

With a loudmouth like Donald Trump shouting about building a wall between the United States and Mexico, it's easy to forget that discrimination lurks everywhere — even in Mexico, among Mexicans. UCLA's Oaxacan student group (aka Grupo Estudiantil Oaxaqueno) hosts the fifth annual Guelaguetza to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by indigenous populations at the hands of fellow Mexicans. With a day of food, music and dance, Guelaguetza celebrates the 16 indigenous communities that call Oaxaca home and the eight distinct regions that make up the southern Mexican state. Cultural ambassadors like Nueva Antequera, Grupo Folklorico Huaxyacac and Maqueos Banda Filarmonica celebrate their roots while attendees feed their faces. Bruin Plaza, UCLA, College Quad, Bruin Walk, Westwood; Sat., May 28, noon-4 p.m.; free. (323) 896-8139, happenings.ucla.edu/all/event/196676. —David Cotner

Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the young Han Solo, which should come as welcome news to anyone who saw his hilarious turn in the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar! Before Harrison Ford's other iconic character gets rebooted, relive the original Indiana Jones trilogy at the Egyptian with a Raiders of the Lost ArkTemple of Doom and The Last Crusade (on 70mm) triple feature. (Sorry, Shia fans: no Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.) The screening closes out the American Cinematheque's tribute to cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, who died in February after a 40-year career and is said to have used the shadow of his thumb as a makeshift light meter while working on the Indy movies. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.; Sat., May 28, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com—Michael Nordine

Chip in some of your hard-earned entertainment dough for a worthy cause and get a lotta bang for your buck at Share the Journey: A Benefit for Refugees. This charity show supports IRIS (Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service), an organization providing resettlement services in L.A. to refugees displaced from their homes around the world, including Central America and Syria. IRIS' programs include refugee resettlement, immigration legal services, an employment program, cultural orientation and ESL/civics courses. The big bonus tonight is that four great musical acts provide the eclectic sounds: singer-songwriter Simone White, composer-performance artist Dorian Wood, indie-rock aces Derde Verde and new-jazz artscapists the Alexander Noice Sextet. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake; Sun., May 29, 7 p.m.; $10-$15. bootlegtheater.org. —John Payne

Besides being an excuse for Americans to drink canned beer and eat charcoal-grilled meats, Memorial Day is our annual reminder to say thanks to our grandpas and grandmas, moms, dads, brothers and sisters who've sacrificed their lives — for a while or permanently — to serve in the military. For the occasion, Clifton's Cafeteria is flashing back to the USO shows of the 1940s to host the Clifton's Canteen. CAC Studios, the creative force behind the patriotic shindig, promises drinks, a hot jazz band and swing dancing. WWII-era garb encouraged — military uniforms too, no doubt. Clifton's Cafeteria, 648 S. Broadway, downtown; Sun., May 29, 7-10 p.m.; $10, free for active military and veterans. cacstudios.com/uso. —Gwynedd Stuart

I can tell you almost nothing about either Tropical Heat Wave or Panama Sal, which is what makes the New Beverly's double feature so intriguing. Here's what's known: RG Springsteen's 1952 musical comedy and William Witney's 1957 drama both clock in under 75 minutes and neither has ever been made available on DVD. Panama Sal will be projected on 16mm. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax; Mon., May 30, 7:30 p.m.; $8. (323) 938-4038, thenewbev.com—Michael Nordine

San Francisco–based author Michael Helquist discusses the biography of the "lesbian, anarchist doctor you've never heard of" in his new book, Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions. Born in 1872, Equi was a doctor — one of the first practicing female physicians in the Pacific Northwest — who provided poor and working-class patients with birth control and abortions, which were illegal. She lived most of her life in Portland, Oregon, as an openly gay woman, and even legally adopted a child with one of her partners. She also championed labor rights and took part in relief efforts after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. After opposing America's entry into WWI, Equi was convicted of sedition and served a year at San Quentin State Prison, the only known lesbian to be incarcerated at the time. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Tue., May 31, 7 p.m.; free, book is $24.95. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —Siran Babayan

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Edward Dmytryk's Raintree Country likely isn't the first to come to mind when you think of Civil War epics about doomed romances based on novels, but what Raintree Country lacks in not being Gone With the Wind it makes up for in not being Gone With the Wind. Montgomery Clift, Oscar nominee Elizabeth Taylor and Eva Marie Saint star in the melodrama. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., May 31, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine

The Hammer Museum screens Idiocracy, the first film in its election-themed series of events, Election Fever. The 2006 Mike Judge–directed social and sci-fi parody stars Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph as two "average Americans" who take part in a secret military experiment and wake up 500 years later in a futuristic society that's run by idiots and has been dumbed down by corporate commercialism. The movie has proved so prophetic that co-writer Etan Cohen, poking fun at the current presidential election, recently tweeted: "I never expected #idiocracy to become a documentary." Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Wed., June 1, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu/election-fever-2016/. —Siran Babayan

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