On Monday, author Matt Zoller Seitz discusses The Grand Budapest HotelEXPAND
On Monday, author Matt Zoller Seitz discusses The Grand Budapest Hotel

7 Great Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Learn about local TV
With a foreword by Tom Brokaw, and more than 200 images from the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Joel Tator's Los Angeles Television chronicles the evolution of local TV broadcasting dating back to 1931 and L.A.'s original seven TV stations. Tator, a 25-time Emmy-winning TV producer, will appear to discuss his book, which also uncovers several technological advances — such as the first TV helicopter — and discusses numerous TV personalities (including Johnny Carson, Betty White, Steve Allen, Liberace, Lawrence Welk, Regis Philbin, Bryant Gumbel and others) who began their broadcasting careers here. The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., dwntwn.; Fri., Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.; free. (213) 488-0599, lastbookstorela.com. —Siran Babayan

Play some games
At GR2's Game Night, you won't be playing Monopoly. In Two Fighters, One Tablet, players go at it on an arcade-style device that's strapped to another's back. Paparazzi is a two-person, TMZ-fueled fantasy, where one takes on the role of a celebrity, the other a paparazzo. Paperbound is a video game for library nerds. Players travel, and fight, through the pages of The Book of Five Rings, Dante's Inferno, Journey to the Center of the Earth and more. There will be a panel discussion with the game makers at 8 p.m. GR2, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., W.L.A.; Sat., Feb. 7, 6-10 p.m.; free. (310) 445-9276, giantrobot.com. —Liz Ohanesian

Watch Paul Thomas Anderson's best film
In Boogie Nights — which, for anyone keeping score at home, remains Paul Thomas Anderson's best film — Mark Wahlberg went a long way toward being taken seriously as an actor by playing porn sensation Dirk Diggler. This landmark of the late 1990s also features standout work from Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham and Oscar nominee Burt Reynolds. Anderson evokes smut's heyday with both fondness and longing, as Nights is set during the transition from film to video. The screening is preceded by a panel discussion on the overlap between art and pornography featuring curators and writers, in conjunction with LACMA's exhibit on L.A. photographer Larry Sultan. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; Sat., Feb. 7, free panel at 4 p.m.; screening at 7:30 p.m.; $5-$10. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org/event/full-exposure. —Michael Nordine 

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Meet a Wes Anderson expert
If the storytelling of The Grand Budapest Hotel wasn't kaleidoscopic enough for you, listen to the stories behind the stories as best-selling author Matt Zoller Seitz discusses his new book, The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Abrams). Anderson's eighth feature film offers intrigue and absurdity in 1930s Europe, and the book includes in-depth interviews with Anderson, costume designer Milena Canonero, lead actor Ralph Fiennes and others. You'll come away with some smart things to say during your Oscar party, as Grand Budapest has nine nominations. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Mon., Feb. 9, 7 p.m.; free, book is $35. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —David Cotner

Hear a comic book historian
Cartoonist Scott McCloud has always made original comics, but it's as a historian and commentator on the scene that he's made his biggest mark. His books Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics and Making Comics all helped to give credibility and community to those who use dialogue bubbles to convey their ideas. His newest project is a return to fiction with the lengthy The Sculptor: A Graphic Novel, about an artist who makes a deal with Death that he'll die in 200 days in exchange for the ability to sculpt anything he wants. KCRW's Elvis Mitchell will moderate the conversation, with McCloud likely tackling superheroes, Ben-Day dots and hand cramps. Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; Tue., Feb. 10, 7:15 p.m.; free. (213) 228-7000, lfla.org. —Sean J. O'Connell

Experience the horrors of dating
War is hell but dating might be comparable, as Mark Miller discusses in his new book, 500 Dates: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars. In his essays, the stand-up comic/TV writer/dating columnist writes about the good, the bad and the ugly of trying to find love in the digital age. Miller shares his battle scars with fellow writer Beulah Sanchez and veteran comic Yakov Smirnoff, with singer Kevin Schwartz performing. Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Beverly Grove; Wed., Feb. 11, 7-8 p.m.; free, book is $16.95. (323) 525-0270, store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2089. —Siran Babayan

See John Malkovich…a lot
Sandro Miller's photography project "Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters" broke the Internet when selected images from the series debuted late last year. The premise is simple: to re-create a suite of the best-known photographs in history, particularly those with personal resonance for the artist, starring the eccentric actor John Malkovich as their protagonists. The cognitive dissonance is enhanced by the work's impressive production value and attention to detail. But as magical and creepy and witty as the results are, nothing prepares you for the experience of being surrounded by them — especially if the man himself makes his rumored appearance. Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park; Thu., Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through March 21. (323) 934-2250, faheykleingallery.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot

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