Are you cheap? Do you pinch pennies so hard that you now piss copper? Well, now there's a book for you, you cheap bastard! Author Ashley Wren Collins presents and signs The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Los Angeles: Secrets of Living the Good Life — For Less! Collins, an actress and co-author of Produce Your Own Damn Movie!, knows from cheap, so rest assured she's well versed in tasting the bitter fruit of poverty. This healthy 336-page volume lists things to do and places to go in L.A. for nothing or next to nothing, including concerts, museums, yoga, massages, even haircuts, although you have to join the Marines for that one. In these times of consumer-goods riots, general overall depredation and the skyrocketing price of gold, you need this book more than ever. Just don’t steal it. That'll really cost you.

Mon., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., 2011

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