The Katydids perform at UCB Sunset on Friday.
The Katydids perform at UCB Sunset on Friday.
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11 Cheap and Free Things to Do This Week

Short animations, improv with the Katydids, Will Forte talks Last Man on Earth, Tangerine screens and more stuff to do this week — all for 11 bucks or less.

In the time it takes you to read this sentence about the Titmouse 5-Second Animation Night, you could have already watched one of their cartoons. The annual event offers a glimpse into the roiling creative id of the award-winning Titmouse animation studio, and this year's lineup features the usual fleeting moving images along with animations from the Titmouse vaults, which span everything from tonight's offerings to Metalocalypse and The Venture Bros. Titmouse founder Chris Prynoski will introduce the evening, which is perfect for staunch Titmouseketeers and fans of general brevity alike. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Fri., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456,—David Cotner

The Katydids are further proof that the Internet leads to good TV comedy. The troupe of six women, all of whose names derive from Katherine, have been performing stand-up and improv in L.A. for years, as well as producing online videos that have drawn fans on MTV, the Huffington Post, Funny or Die and the Onion. Based on their web series, Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O'Brien and Kathryn Renee Thomas write and star in new TV Land sitcom Teachers, about a group of woefully unqualified elementary school teachers who display all sorts of bad behavior on the job, including falling asleep, drinking and fornicating. With Cook County Social Club. UCB Sunset, 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood; Fri., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 908-8702, —Siran Babayan

If you take the prospect of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot as a personal affront, allay your misplaced anxiety with the Nuart's midnight screening of the original. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis and Slimer remain a formidable ensemble in everyone's favorite paranormal comedy; dress up, bring your own ectoplasm, but be sure to never cross the streams. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.; Fri., Feb. 19, 11:59 p.m.; $11. (310) 473-8530,—Michael Nordine

Alexandra Grant and Keanu Reeves' first collaboration was 2011's Ode to Happiness, a picture book of the L.A. artist's drawings paired with the actor's writings. Grant and Reeves reunite to discuss their latest collaboration, Shadows, at Art Catalogues at LACMA. In the book, Grant's photographs of Reeves' shadows and silhouettes have an X-ray effect, and are accompanied by more of Reeves' text. Images from the book are on display at the ACME gallery through March 12. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Sun., Feb. 21, 4 p.m.; free. (323) 857-6000, —Siran Babayan

Not every movie's reputation is fixed. Three decades after sinking a studio and ending the director-driven New Hollywood era, for instance, Heaven's Gate is now hailed by forgiving proponents of the auteur theory as a misunderstood masterpiece. Michael Cimino's follow-up to The Deer Hunter concerns a dispute among ranchers in 1890s Wyoming, which is to say that the period piece is now oddly timely after that business up in Oregon. Screening as a tribute to its late director of photography, Vilmos Zsigmond, the event is co-presented by American Cinematographer magazine and the American Society of Cinematographers. ASC's M. David Mullen will introduce the 219-minute opus. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.; Sun., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456,—Michael Nordine

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (right) and director Sean S. Baker talk Tangerine at the library on Wednesday.
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (right) and director Sean S. Baker talk Tangerine at the library on Wednesday.
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With a flesh-and-blood turn in The Hateful Eight and affecting voice-over work in Anomalisa, Jennifer Jason Leigh just had a banner year. Less than a week before the Oscars — where, if there's any justice in the world (spoiler: There isn't), she'll be honored for her performance in Quentin Tarantino's latest provocation — the Aero puts on a JJL double feature: Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Single White Female. As a high school student who's gotta be somebody's baby in one and the roommate from hell in the other, Leigh displays in these films the impressive range that has made her a vital presence on the silver screen for more than 30 years. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Mon., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456,—Michael Nordine

On March 6, after a winter hiatus, Fox begins airing the remaining episodes of season two of the very funny sitcom The Last Man on Earth, which revolves around the shenanigans of a group of plague survivors, led by star/writer/executive producer Will Forte. As part of podcast The Writers Panel, host Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast) moderates a discussion on the Emmy-nominated series with Forte and co-executive producer Andy Bobrow, and screens a sneak preview of an upcoming episode. Proceeds from live tapings of the podcast benefit 826LA, a nonprofit children's writing and tutorial program co-founded by Dave Eggers. Nerdmelt Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Tue., Feb. 23, 7 p.m.; $10. (323) 851-7223, —Siran Babayan

Despite working with the likes of James Stewart, Kim Novak, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren and many others, Alfred Hitchcock directed only one of his performers to an Oscar win: Joan Fontaine in Suspicion. (Maybe it had something to do with him thinking they should all be treated like cattle.) Fontaine plays an heiress who, upon tying the knot with a charismatic fellow played by Grant, begins to suspect that her new beau wants to off her and pocket said inheritance for himself. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Feb. 23, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000,—Michael Nordine

The Hammer Museum screens City of Gold, Laura Gabbert's 2015 documentary on Pulitzer Prize–winning L.A. Times (and former L.A. Weekly) food writer Jonathan Gold. Gabbert chronicles the life and career of Gold as a restaurant critic as well as cultural commentator who has championed every type of distinctly L.A. cuisine, from Korean food trucks to street tacos. Due in theaters March 11, the film follows Gold as he visits his favorite eateries from Boyle Heights to Alhambra, and includes testimonials from family, co-workers, fellow food critics and restaurateurs who attest to the power of his recommendations. Gold takes part in a Q&A following the screening. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Wed., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, —Siran Babayan

Sean S. Baker's 2015 feature Tangerine is probably best known as "that movie that was filmed entirely on an iPhone," which is unfortunate if only because it reduces a fresh, funny and deeply human story to a gimmick. The slice-of-life picture follows a handful of L.A. denizens — a pair of transgender prostitutes, a taxi-driver john, a drug dealer and an unfortunate hostage who gets caught in the middle — as they spend a day traversing the familiar streets of Hollywood. Much of the time, the city feels like the movie's true star. Director Baker and star Kitana Kiki Rodriguez appear for a screening of the film and a discussion afterward. Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library, 7140 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Wed., Feb. 24, 3 p.m.; free. (323) 876-2741, —Gwynedd Stuart

Stand-up comic and actor Kirk Zipfel plays satirical acoustic songs on his guitar about Canadian women, herpes and the beachy earnestness of Jack Johnson, demonstrating that the tried-and-true formula of comedy plus music equals double the funny. For his show Melodion at the Westside Comedy Theater, Zipfel again combines laughs and tunes with fellow comedians and actors who also have taken up singing or playing instruments, including Barry Rothbart, Bill Chott, David Fickas, Brice Beckham (whom you may remember as Wesley from Mr. Belvedere) and Drennon Davis, who, with partner Karen Kilgariff, was selected by the L.A. Weekly as 2015's Best Comedy Duo. M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica; Thu., Feb. 25, 8 p.m.; $10. (310) 451-0850, —Siran Babayan


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