In the mood for some animated animals? We give you internet cat sensations to behold. If you'd rather watch something else other than cats, check out the remastered documentary Red Hollywood.
And if you're not a fan of felines or films, you're no doubt still a fan of free things - and Free Museum Day offers more than 20 facilities to fulfill your cultured needs. If you've got $15 to spare, here are some events for you to spend it on!
1. Take advantage of Free Museum Day
Life in Los Angeles can be challenging. It's easy to get lost in our kaleidoscopic blur of gas stations, fast food joints, liquor stores - an aesthetic purgatory that sprawls from ocean to mountains. Even worse than the endless miles of strip malls is the fact that some of what passes for "art" in these parts is a materialistic masquerade, a commercial con game that suckers our souls and spirits. Fortunately, the upcoming countywide Free Museum Day offers a social, historical and artistic balm at absolutely no cost. With 20 facilities participating - including the California Science Center, MOCA, Hammer, Fowler, Autry, LACMA, Skirball and USC Pacific Asian Museum - it's a most welcome opportunity to feed your psyche at a lavish cultural buffet. Already done LACMA a dozen times? Why not check out a lesser-known gem, like Long Beach's Museum of Latin American Art? Warning: While admission is free, parking fees still apply (we're talking about you, Getty Center) and special ticketed exhibits may still be extra. Sat., Jan. 25, hours vary; socalmuseums.org
. - Jonny Whiteside
2. Experience the Spirit of Uganda
If you're convinced that Uganda is mostly Idi Amin and Joseph Kony, go annihilate your useless cynicism with tonight's performance by Spirit of Uganda. An initiative of Empower African Children, it's a veritable cornucopia of potential unveiled unto you on behalf of Uganda's 2.7 million (!) orphans. What you get for your willing suspension of disbelief: thunderous drums, ecstatic dancing and the primal call-and-response vocals of 21 young performers. Guided by artistic director Peter Kasule and the Afrigo Band's Rachel Magoola, these kids will knock your metaphorical socks off with the sheer joy they take in expressing themselves, voyaging across oceans and continents and making you feel faintly ashamed for being such an uninspired clod. Relatively speaking, of course! Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu; Wed., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.; $35/$30/$15. (310) 506-4522, pepperdine.edu
. - David Cotner