Bruce McCulloch telles tales of Bravery and Stupidity at UCB Franklin on Thursday.
Bruce McCulloch telles tales of Bravery and Stupidity at UCB Franklin on Thursday.
Nader Khouri

10 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

A night with a Kids in the Hall alum, a taping of Anna Faris' podcast, a Frida Kahlo art exhibit and more to do and see this week for 10 bucks or less.

It was an unusual era in rock music when Chris Amouroux began shooting photos for her fanzine Beyond the Blackout in 1984. The punk scene still overlapped with the goth and deathpunk subcultures, and the previously hidebound denizens of the hard-rock and metal worlds were starting to grudgingly acknowledge the influence of underground music. It was a nexus in time when Nick Cave was still opening for The Cramps, and a then-unknown Guns N' Roses were supporting their idol, Johnny Thunders. Most of the local photographer's images of such disparate figures as Lemmy Kilmister, John Waters, Specimen and Girlschool were seen only in the ephemeral black-and-white pages of her zine, but they reappear in their proper, fully garish color in her new exhibition, "Beyond the Blackout: The Color Photos of Chris Amouroux." Lethal Amounts, 1226 W. Seventh St., downtown; Fri., Sept. 9, 8-11 p.m.; free. (213) 265-7452, —Falling James

Frida Kahlo is, without question, one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century: a self-taught artist, a communist, a lover to both men and women and, yes, wife of muralist Diego Rivera, a relationship that (sadly) overshadowed her own contributions to Mexican art until many years after her death at age 47. In celebration of Kahlo's timeless self-portraits, Picture This in Long Beach hosts the 16th annual Frida Kahlo Artists Exhibit, a collection of artists' tributes to Kahlo in all media. The exhibit is up from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1, but on Saturday, the gallery hosts a reception for the participating artists, replete with a look-alike contest and traditional Spanish music from Casi Son. Unibrows are sure to abound. Picture This Gallery & Custom Framing, 4130 Norse Way, Long Beach; Sat., Sept. 10, 4-8 p.m., exhibit runs through Oct. 1; free. (562) 233-3726, —Gwynedd Stuart

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts' 2016-17 season of theater, classical music, jazz, dance and children's entertainment spans from the live soundtrack show For the Record: Scorsese in September to Hershey Felder's play with music Our Great Tchaikovsky in July. To preview its upcoming lineup, the Wallis hosts the Wallis WelcomeFest, an inaugural open house, which offers more than two dozen teaser shows staged throughout the venue. Saturday features Deaf West Theatre, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, the Foshay Jazz Band and Combo, Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum gospel choir and Michael Arden's Pop-Up Sondheim. Sunday's lineup includes Street Symphony Chamber Choir; Invertigo Dance Theatre; Phat Cat Swinger; choreographer Matthew Bourne, discussing his career with the Wallis' artistic director, Paul Crewes; and Self-Help Graphics & Arts' Barrio Mobile Art Studio. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; Sat., Sept. 10, 2-10 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; free. (310) 746-4000, —Siran Babayan

When it was released in 1991, Gus Van Sant's gritty, dreamy drama My Own Private Idaho drew comparisons to classic works of literature, even though the plot revolves around a pair of grunge-era male hustlers. Roger Ebert said in his review, "Here is a movie about lowlife sexual outlaws, and yet they remind us of works by Shakespeare or Dostoyevsky." Van Sant appears for a screening of the film, plus two restored shorts — Flea Sings and Four Boys on the Road in a Volvo — all on 35mm. The event is sold out, but there will be a stand-by line at the west doors; they'll start handing out numbers at 5:30 p.m. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Mon., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.; $5, $3 members/students. —Gwynedd Stuart

Last year's Straight Outta Compton pretty much reignited everyone's obsession with West Coast rap (not that it ever really waned in L.A.). With N.W.A and affiliated acts' legendary status further solidified, former L.A. Weekly music editor Ben Westhoff's new book, Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap, delves deeper into the cultural legacy of classic gangsta rap. The launch party will feature readings by Westhoff, a panel discussion moderated by editor-in-chief Justin Hunte featuring "Godfather of Hip-Hop Radio" Greg Mack and legendary producer Chris "The Glove" Taylor, and special guest DJ sets. Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; Tue., Sept. 13, 6 p.m.; free with RSVP. (213) 623-3233, —Neha Talreja

This fall, the Hammer Museum launches Bureau of Feminism, a multifaceted initiative that aims to "bring a feminist perspective to a range of activities at the museum," including feminist-themed performances, talks and films. For its kickoff event, museum senior curator Connie Butler hosts "Bad" Feminism, a panel discussion that addresses the "political, social and cultural relevance of contemporary feminism" with Roxane Gay and Andi Zeisler. Gay is a writer and associate professor at Purdue University, who wrote the 2014 collection of essays Bad Feminist. Zeisler is a fellow author and co-founder of Bitch Media, a Portland, Oregon–based nonprofit feminist media organization. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tue., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, —Siran Babayan

Even sitcom actresses have caught the podcasting bug. Launched in November, Anna Faris Is Unqualified is a weekly podcast on which the funny lady and her co-host Sim Sarna interview comedians and big-name actors, and dole out practical advice to callers asking about online dating, sex and friendship. Guests have included Chris Pratt (aka Mr. Faris), Jennifer Lawrence, Shaquille O'Neal, Rosie O'Donnell, Chelsea Handler, Ellen Page, Courtney Love, Julia Stiles, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Evans, Jenny Slate and Faris' Mom co-star, Allison Janney. (The two demonstrated their orgasm voices and joked about camel toes, moose knuckles and testicles.) For the podcast's first live taping, Faris will be joined by fellow comedian and writer Whitney Cummings. The show is a precursor to EW PopFest in October, Entertainment Weekly's two-day, pop culture festival at the Reef downtown, featuring screenings, panels, performances and appearances by Jodie Foster, Ryan Murphy, James Corden, Nick Jonas and many others. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Tue., Sept. 13, 8-10 p.m.; $10. (323) 851-7223, —Siran Babayan

LACMA's Guillermo del Toro–curated Fuel for Nightmares series continues with The Spirit of the Beehive, and it's easy to see why: Víctor Erice's masterwork concerns a little girl who becomes obsessed with Frankenstein after a mobile cinema brings it to her small town in 1940. Set in the wake of the Spanish Civil War and Franco's rise to power, it makes her simple questions somehow haunting: "Why did he kill the girl," she asks, "and why did they kill him after?" LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Sept. 13, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, —Michael Nordine

For the past two years, CNN's documentary series This Is Life With Lisa Ling has followed the TV journalist as she investigates unconventional subcultures in America, from a gay rodeo in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Satanists in Detroit to the adult children of convicted polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs in Salt Lake City. Ling, who previously hosted Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN, is also the author of two books, including 2011's Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, which she co-wrote with her sister, Laura. As part of Live Talks Los Angeles, Ling discusses and screens clips of This Is Life's upcoming season with Michaela Pereira, host of HLN's new morning news program, Michaela. Ann & Jerry Moss Theater, New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica; Wed., Sept. 14, 8 p.m.; free with RSVP. (310) 828-5582, —Siran Babayan

Last year, actor, director and Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch appeared at UCB to read from his 2014 book, Let's Start a Riot: How a Young Drunk Punk Became a Hollywood Dad. The collection of essays covers growing up in Calgary, forming the famed Canadian comedy troupe and now living in the Hollywood Hills as a 50-something father. (Based on his semiautobiographical stage show, Young Drunk Punk is also the name of a short-lived Canadian sitcom McCulloch starred in and directed last year.) On a recent episode of fellow comedian Steve Agee's podcast, McCulloch discussed writing another book and directing TV (including Brooklyn Nine-Nine), as well as doing more stand-up. For tonight's Bruce McCulloch: Tales of Bravery and Stupidity, the funny man returns to the club to perform stand-up and selections from a new theatrical show, Tales of Bravery and Stupidity. UCB Franklin, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood; Thu., Sept. 15, 7-8 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702, —Siran Babayan


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