9 Great Things to Do in L.A. This Week for $10 or Less
An Autumn Afternoon
"Manifest: Justice" is a pop-up art exhibition supporting people disenfranchised because of race, gender or sexual orientation. It includes a host of big names in the art world, among them Andrea Bowers, Eric Fischl, Shepard Fairey and Swoon. The goal is to use art and music to teach people about inequality and health issues, and the event's workshops will include theatrical performances, legal clinics, a civil rights forum and a health fair. Baldwin Hills Theatre Building, 3741 S. La Brea Ave., Baldwin Hills; Fri.-Sun., May 1-10, Mon.-Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.; free. manifestjustice.org. —John Payne
Contrary to popular belief, L.A. is full of pedestrians — especially during this weekend's Big Parade Day. The two-day, 35-mile walk of the city is split into smaller neighborhood loops, and it aims to bring people together by having them reclaim L.A. streets and traverse 80 of its public staircases. Participants will be tweeting as they walk, so you can keep up with the foot traffic even if you have to bow out once your "dogs" start barking. Unlike many charity runs and walks, the community walk is not a race or competition but an opportunity for meaningful communion in a public space, with no sponsors or fees. On Sat., May 2, 8:30 a.m., starts at Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown; on Sun., May 3, 8:30 a.m., starts at the Music Box Stairs, Vendome at Del Monte, Silver Lake; free. bigparadela.tumblr.com. —Lucy Tiven
If you'd prefer not to start your weekend by bumming out over the lost opportunity to see a potentially great Nic Cage performance, get thee to El Segundo for Old Town Music Hall's 8:15 screening of Castle in the Desert. A Charlie Chan romp from 1942, it features Sidney Toler's 11th turn as the detective as he investigates a string of poisonings in the Mojave. Whatever one's thoughts on the controversial character, who has inspired no shortage of important debates, there's no denying his enduring popularity. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., May 1, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., May 2, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; $10. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org.
L.A. still gets evoked as a poster child for the deluded ambitions of midcentury urban planners, little more than the sum of its mistakes. LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas, the new social geography just published by Heyday Books, is more sympathetic, mapping our expansive spirit and inadvertent glories, making pit stops for catacombs, enduring Native American communities and heavenly tacos. At Uncovering L.A.: An Evening With LAtitudes, sit down with contributors Lynell George, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Josh Kun and L.A. Weekly contributor Wendy Gilmartin for an evening of brief presentations delivered in a speed-dating format. George and Kun then will play DJ, pulling together on the fly a playlist designed as an aural tour through L.A.'s many moods, eras and hidden pockets. While you're mingling, those tacos, provided by María Amezquita (Jaime-Becerra's essay subject), are free, but the drinks will cost you. Clockshop, 2806 Clearwater St., Frogtown; Sat. May 2, 6 p.m.; $10 suggested donation. (323) 522-6014, clockshop.org. —Mindy Farabee
Bookworms of L.A. will close their Kindles and flock to brick-and-mortar bookstores for the second annual California Bookstore Day. The lesser-known cousin of Record Store Day began in San Francisco and went nationwide this year. Activities will feature independent booksellers, readings and literary broadside prints at outposts in L.A.'s best loved bookstores. Statewide, 400 bookstores will participate, with 16 exclusive books and art pieces, such as a spray-painted DeLillo quote. Book Soup will be selling literary tea towels and signed prints by Chris Ware, Allie Brosh and Captain Underpants. Various locations, including Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.; Sun., May 3; free. cabookstoreday.com. —Lucy Tiven
If you missed Winter Sleep's weeklong run at the Aero a few months back, fret not: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Palme d'Or winner screens at LACMA, with the writer-director in person. Ceylan's in-depth study of an aging innkeeper and his many failings is as melancholy as it is beautiful to behold; every scene is filled with gorgeous images. Snowy landscapes abound in the three-hour film, as do philosophical musings, all of it subtly captivating as Ceylan takes us deeper into his protagonist's psyche. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., May 5, 7:30 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org.
What could cats from earlier eras be like? Mean? Wild? Sweet? You can think about it all you want — because cats are pretty good to think about — but you really need some proof. Lost & Found Film Club presents Intercat '69: The First International Cat Film Festival, which first graced the world in Mew York City in December 1969. More than five hours of films were curated by singing filmmaker Pola Chapelle, although tonight's program represents just the best of them, including small moments of vernacular, personal cinema by artists such as Roberto Rossellini, Maya Deren and Saul Bass. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Wed., May 6, 10 p.m.; $10. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org. —David Cotner
All good things must come to an end, and so it is with Cal State Northridge's semester-long Yasujirô Ozu retrospective. Capping things off tonight at 7 is An Autumn Afternoon, a characteristically bittersweet examination of the family unit, and the Japanese master's swan song. A man attempts to arrange his daughter's marriage as he nears the end of his own life in postwar Japan, with complications naturally arising between the two generations. Ozu was always kind to his characters, and this film is no exception. As with all Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque events, this screening is free and open to the public. CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Thu., May 7, 7 p.m.; free. (818) 677-1200, csun.edu. —Michael Nordine
The Skirball Cultural Center's "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" chronicles the life and career of one of the greatest figures in music promotion. A German Jewish refugee who fled the Nazis, Graham became a concert promoter who launched then-budding artists such as The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Santana. Graham, who died in a helicopter crash in 1991, also was the owner of several concert venues, namely the famed Fillmore West and East, and helped organize Live Aid, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. Among the 400-plus items on display are family photographs, costumes, instruments belonging to Joplin, Santana and Pete Townshend, classic posters from the Fillmore and other artifacts. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.; Thu., May 7, noon-5 p.m.; $10, $7 seniors & students, $5 children, free under 12. Exhibition runs through Oct. 11. (310) 440-4500, skirball.org. —Siran Babayan
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