9 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week
No all superheroes wear capes, but at Corgi Beach Day they just might.
A podcast's live tour, a July 4 barn dance, a GD corgi beach day and more to do this week for 11 bucks or less.
Spawned from her UCB storytelling show, L.A. comedian-actress Erin McGathy's podcast, This Feels Terrible features interviews with comedy-type folks, namely Marc Maron, Colin Hanks, Pete Holmes, Wayne Federman, Gillian Jacobs and Casey Wilson, discussing dating and relationships. It airs on the podcast network Feral Audio, home of Community creator Dan Harmon's Harmontown. For the past four years, McGathy has been frank about her own personal ups and downs, including her marriage to and divorce from Harmon, even broadcasting their wedding reception from the Natural History Museum. Now living in Dublin, McGathy joins fellow comedian, actor and podcaster Mike Mitchell to talk further about love and heartache on the first stop of her podcast's first live tour, which also includes surprise guests and audience participation. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Fri., July 1, 7 p.m.; $8. (323) 851-7223, nerdmeltla.com. —Siran Babayan
The concluding entry in Sergio Leone's Man With No Name trilogy is also the most memorable. A landmark Western celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly finds Clint Eastwood at his poncho-wearing best as he, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef vie for buried Confederate gold that none and all have a claim to. Loyalties stay in place as long as the average tumbleweed here, and the cemetery-set Mexican standoff that closes the film is an all-timer — even if you've never seen it, you've undoubtedly heard Ennio Morricone's score. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Fri., July 1, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine
There was a time in all our lives when Saturday mornings were made for little more than marathon cartoon-viewing sessions in front of the TV — not work or brunch lines or, God forbid, kids' sporting events. Saturday Morning Cartoons at Cinefamily harkens back to that simpler time. Sailing directly into summertime, the theme is "The Great Outdoors," so they'll be screening animations that feature nature, including Disney's 1932 "Flowers and Trees." To further the experience, there's a complimentary cereal bar boasting some of the best frosted sugar bombs available today, along with more adult fare like mimosas — which actually pairs quite nicely with a bowl of Froot Loops or King Vitaman. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Beverly Grove; Sat., July 2, 11 a.m.; $10, free for members and kids 13 and younger. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org. —David Cotner
The planet Earth is a terrible place. There's war, famine, murder, sexual violence, pollution, the human-driven extinction of species — and just when it seems the only solution is a giant meteor's wholesale destruction of this godforsaken rock and its inhabitants, someone goes and organizes the Summer 2016 "Corg of July" SoCal Corgi Beach Day. With their stumpy legs, big heads and foxy ears, corgis are like a little furry Frankenstein monster created from the parts of dogs of different breeds, and, damn, is it working for them. Hundreds of the funny little Welshmen — many wearing swimsuits and tiny Hawaiian shirts (swoon) — gather at Rosie's Dog Beach to frolic in the surf and remind us that life's worth living after all. Rosie's Dog Beach, 5000 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; Sat., July 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. socalcorgination.com. —Gwynedd Stuart
Today's second annual Barn Dance is as much a celebration of artistic independence as it is patriotic independence, with live, down-home folk and country music, tons of barbecue, a pie-eating contest, a watermelon seed–spitting contest, a cakewalk, horseshoe competition, the terrors of the dunk bucket and a lot more. Also, Uncle Sam will be there, wanting you ... to have fun! Just before you head off elsewhere to fireworks and festivities, you can sit in the beautiful amphitheater where Will Geer weathered the McCarthy blacklist in the 1950s, perfected his craft and grew every plant mentioned in the plays of Shakespeare. Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga; Mon., July 4, 11 a.m.; $20 ($22 at gate), kids 5-12) $8 ($10 at gate). (310) 455-3723, theatricum.com/4th-of-july-barn-dance. —David Cotner
Docunight — the international initiative to publicly unveil documentaries that are about Iran and/or made by Iranians — presents tonight's screening of Malachi Leopold's Alex & Ali. The 2014 doc tells the story of a gay Iranian couple who fell in love in the '70s but were separated by the strictures of the 1979 Islamic Revolution; it reveals how they kept their love alive despite distance and adversity. In May 2012, Leopold chronicled the continuation of that relationship: Alex's reunion with Ali in Istanbul 35 years later, a relationship now transformed into something neither man ever expected. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; Tue., July 5, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 458-8600, facebook.com/events/1102147843161483. —David Cotner
Time famously opened its review of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by calling the musical "a picture for the ages — the ages between 5 and 12." Still, this tale of a magical car has its defenders, many of whom considered Ken Hughes' adaptation of the Ian Fleming novel a lighthearted corrective to the darker strains of New Hollywood that were by then all the rage: Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, Rosemary's Baby. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is many things, but a descent into paranoia involving the literal seed of Satan it is not. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., July 5, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine
Spectrum Reverse Spectrum and Color Correction probably are unlike anything you've seen before: cameraless films. Margaret Honda's two experimental works — one made by exposing 70mm film to colored light in a film printer, the other by using the color-correction timing tapes for an unknown Hollywood movie without the actual negative to go with it — screen for free as part of the Hammer Museum's Made in L.A. 2016. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Wed., July 6, 7:30 p.m. (also Sun., Aug. 7, 2 p.m.); free. (323) 466-3456, lafilmforum.org. —Michael Nordine
Akira Kurosawa was hugely prolific but he was also remarkably consistent. Ran, a late classic from the Japanese master, transposes King Lear to feudal Japan. where a warlord attempts to retire in peace and divvy up his kingdom among his three sons. You can surely guess how well that goes, but no description could truly do justice to the film's awe-inspiring visuals and scope — made in 1985, Ran was at that time the most expensive Japanese film ever. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.; Thu., July 7, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine
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