9 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

Comic book artist Philip Tan presents his Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 on Wednesday.
Comic book artist Philip Tan presents his Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 on Wednesday.
Philip Tan


"Celebrities" respond to stories about them (sort of), a famous comic artist presents his new Suicide Squad book, Jayne Eyre fuels nightmares and more to do and see this week for $8 or less.

Celebrate the higher consciousness of funk purveyor George Clinton and his merry band of movers and booty shakers at The Mothership Returns: Parliament-Funkadelic Tribute Art Show. Artist-writer Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca curated this cosmic cavalcade of art, created by everyone from Dr. Funkenstein (aka George Clinton himself) to record-cover artists Overton Loyd and R. Stozo, and Titmouse animation director/megafan Chris Prynoski. You'll also be able to pick up your very own funka-relic in the shop, with the vintage P-Funk memorabilia sold by Nubian Video Archives & Collectibles. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Fri., July 29, 7-10 p.m. (show runs through Aug. 7); free. (323) 851-7223, holdmyticket.com/event/251609. —David Cotner

The road to becoming a true Angeleno is paved with more celebrity run-ins than there are celebrity names on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Celebrity Rebuttal dramatizes those star encounters for the stage, but with a twist. Co-hosted by Jim Bruce and Paul Goebel, two stand-up comics recount crossing paths with famous people; then two improv students from the Westside Comedy Theater's school take the stage to impersonate the famous people in question and tell their versions of the events. Past true stories have involved Steve Martin, Martin Short, Bob Saget, Tobey Maguire, Alyssa Milano, Leslie Mann and Ron Jeremy. Tonight's lineup features Dave Amiott and Rivers Langley, who will recall meeting Harrison Ford and Mr. T, respectively, plus comedian Brandie Posey. M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; Fri., July 29, 11:30 p.m.; free. (310) 451-0850, westsidecomedy.com. —Siran Babayan

Following tributes to Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick, LACMA's latest exhibit gives the creator of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and Crimson Peak his "first museum retrospective" in "Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters" (Aug. 1-Nov. 27). The display draws on both the museum's archive and the director's personal collection, including items taken from his home in L.A.'s Westlake Village, known as Bleak House. Among the approximately 500 objects are sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, costumes, ancient artifacts, notebooks, maquettes and films, which are organized into eight themed sections: Childhood and Innocence; Victoriana; Rain Room; Magic, Alchemy and the Occult; Movies, Comics, Pop Culture; Frankenstein and Horror; Freaks and Monsters; and Death and the Afterlife. On Friday, prior to the exhibit's opening, del Toro signs the exhibit catalog for fans. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Fri., July 29, 5-6:30 p.m.; free, catalog is $29.99. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Siran Babayan

Love musicals, particularly musical comedies? Los Feliz's free comedy theater the Clubhouse hosts its first L.A. Musical Comedy Fest, featuring performers who are adept at doing both and go by names like The Sound of Musical; Fruit $alad; The Four Horsemen of the Funkpocalypse; Pony Death Ride; 99 Problems, But a Pitch Ain't One; Pitch, Please; and Musical, The Musical. The daylong schedule includes musical groups, bands and, most important, tunefully inclined improvisers who endeavor to create a musical on the spot based on audience suggestions. If you want to be the next Donald Glover or Andy Samberg, the festival also offers a class on comedy and rap for $15. The Clubhouse, 1607 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Sat., July 30, 10 a.m.-midnight; free (donations welcome). lamcf.clubhouseimprov.com. —Siran Babayan

In 1976, Legs McNeil co-founded the magazine Punk. Twenty years later, he and Gillian McCain co-authored Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, a literary "chorus of voices" that included some 300 interviews with members of every important band — not to mention managers, photographers, artists, wives, groupies and models — who witnessed the New York punk scene from its beginnings in the late 1960s to its artistic peak in the '70s to its decline in the '80s and early '90s. Whether or not you buy into all that who-invented-what mythology, the tome stands for many as the definitive chronicle of NYC as the leader in the hierarchy of the genre's music and subculture. Another 20 years on, and McNeil and McCain are celebrating the anniversary of their 1996 publication with a reading, Q&A and DJ music. Upstairs at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; Mon., Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.; free. acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/please-kill-me-20th-anniversary-book-tour-dtla. —Siran Babayan

Picture your favorite Game of Thrones character. Now picture that character gallivanting through Westeros in jeans and a T-shirt — it's just not the same. That's why today's opening of "The Art of Television Costume Design," which showcases outstanding TV costuming from 2015 and 2016, including Primetime Emmy nominees in costume design, is so very revealing. You realize that the empty threads propped up before you — the chainmail and leather of Game of Thrones or the velvet and lace of Downton Abbey — are as much a part of the shows you love as the acting, writing and special effects. FIDM Museum, 919 S. Grand Ave., Ste. #250, downtown; Tue., Aug. 2, 10 a.m. (runs through Oct. 15); free. (213) 623-5821, fidmmuseum.org/exhibitions/upcoming. —David Cotner

1944's Jane Eyre so scared and inspired a young Guillermo del Toro that the filmmaker has chosen it as the first selection in his Fuel for Nightmares series at LACMA, which runs alongside the museum's "At Home With Monsters" exhibit. Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine star in Robert Stevenson's take on Charlotte Brontë's still-disturbing novel, which was adapted for the screen by Aldous Huxley. Jane Eyre has been brought to screen countless times, but few iterations have endured like this one. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Aug. 2, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org—Michael Nordine

Upcoming Events

In anticipation of the premiere of the film Suicide Squad — and to see which characters die stupidly and horribly this time — comic artist Philip Tan makes an appearance to celebrate the release of Suicide Squad Rebirth #1, the latest issue of a comic book that's a clearinghouse for the worst of DC's villains, both in terms of presentation and elimination of said villains. The book brings Tan's fluid, nimble visions to greater attention; as in the film, the Squad's roster will be made up of Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Katana and Killer Croc, among others. Collector's Paradise, 319 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Ste. #4, Pasadena; Wed., Aug. 3, 6-8 p.m.; free. (626) 577-6694, comicsandcards.net/event/suicide-squad-rebirth. —David Cotner

Besides having work hanging in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, artist and animator Glugio Nicandro — aka Gronk — is a hero of East L.A.'s art scene in the early '80s and the first Chicano artist ever to have a solo show at LACMA. In association with his current show at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Gronk is leading Craft Night: Disguise & Performance, A Mask-Making Workshop With Gronk. The artist leads attendees through a mask-making tutorial sharing the techniques and materials he uses in set design. It's a rare, cool chance to learn from a legend. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Thu., Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m.; $8, free for members; RSVP requested to cafamaugust2016.eventbrite.com. (323) 937-4230, cafam.org/programs. —Gwynedd Stuart


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