CHEAPSKATIN' LA ~ hip handouts ~ free

Wednesday, August 31

"Sin City" with the Lord ~ Free

Sin City screening at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church
12000 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049
One of the more interesting offerings around. Celebrate the Lord and watch some sin....

Tuesday, August 30

"Just play it cool, boy" ~ Free

West Side Story screening at the
Santa Monica Drive-in
See the 1961 Best Picture of the Year
How often can you shout out these lyrics on a beach surrounded by hundreds?

The Jets are in gear,
Our cylinders are clickin'!
The Sharks'll steer clear
'Cause ev'ry Puerto Rican's a lousy chicken!

Free Yoga

MON, TUES, WED, THURS and weekends
10:30 - 11:30am
Runyon Canyon — Free Class!! See Map

Saturday, August 27

Bret Easton Ellis writes about Bret Easton Ellis ~ Free

Skylight Bookstore
1818 N Vermont Ave.
Author of "American Psycho"& "Less Than Zero", Bret Easton Ellis goes over to tha Eastside to sign & read from his new book "Lunar Park"

Sergio Leone under the stars... ~ Free

A Fistful of Dollars (1964).
More picnics!
The museum’s south lawn turns into an outdoor movie theater!
, Griffith Park
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

Friday, August 26

Urban Nyorasian Trip Hop Spoken Word Buto Dance, yo ~ Free

California Plaza
300-350 S. Grand Ave, Downtown LA

Superchinky seriocomic Kate Rigg and electric violin diva Lyris Hung twist their classical Juilliard training into a trip hop/ spoken word. Also featuring cyber-buto dance by Sato and National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway veteran and featured artist on HBO’s Def Poetry, Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Shakespeare in the Park ~ Free

Independent Shakespeare Co
Barnsdall Park Great Lawn (great panoramic view of LA)
4800 Hollywood Blvd. (btwn Edgemont & Vermont)

Another cheap date... Bring your picnic, blanket and booze.
FRI - The Two Gentleman of Verona
SAT - Richard III
SUN - Hamlet

Give a pint of blood, get a free pint of beer!

11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Give blood to Cole's regularLaura Esquerra, who is anemic, undergoing chemotherapy, and in need of the red stuff.

Blood won't be drawn at the bar; the Kaiser Permanente needle brigade will be across the street in Martin's loft. I See Hawks In LA will perform, and blood drive participants earn a free pint of Spaten (though we can't condone drinking and donating in a short time period).
533 S. Los Angeles St., seventh floor, (714) 715-1685 for appointments.
Cole's party at 9 p.m., 118 E. Sixth St.

Thursday, August 25

Old Folks Strut Their Stuff!! ~ Free

2-4 pm
This is the Holy Grail of free events...

The popular 7th Annual SENIOR TALENT SHOW
Watch as gramps & granny compete for 1000's of dollars in cash prizes in
areas of dance, vocal, instrumental, comedy, magic and much more...

Angelus Plaza
255 S. Hill St., 4th Fl Auditorium
Downtown LA

Grease Sing-a-long ~ Free

Universal Citywalk
Gotta sing Thursdays...
The courtyard in front of its megatheater turns into a giant screening
BYOC (Bring your own chair)

Killing Yourself To Live ~ Free

CHUCK KLOSTERMAN discusses and signs Killing Yourself To Live: 85 Percent of a True Story.
Borders Westwood, 1360 Westwood Blvd.
(310) 475-3444.

Wednesday, August 24

Free puppies!!

These puppies need a place by Friday (per the landlord).
They are 7 weeks old. Mother found crossing in and out of traffic on Sepulveda. She went into labor within 20 minutes of getting her home. She had 8 healthy pups. There are 5 females and 3 males of different varietes. Bella (the mom) is extremely sweet, gentle, well-mannered, house-trained, about 2 years old and medium sized. She will need a home, too. email:

Tuesday, August 23

Butterscotch Stallion on the beach ~ Free

ZOOLANDER - Outdoor screening

See Ben Stiller & Owen Wilsonat their apex

The Santa Monica Pier.
Corner of Ocean Ave. and Colorado Blvd. The parking lot on the far south side of the pier, west of the carousel
No booze allowed - bummer...

DIG! Screening & Q&A ~ Free

DIG! - Documentary
The irreconcilable odds of The Dandy Warhols & The Brian Jonestown Masscre bands
Combustible rock n' roll at its best...
RSVP to after party (click on headline title for URL)

611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sunday, August 21

Draw-Off! ~ Free

Get out your pens - it's a draw-off, and may the best man win.

Where: Giant Robot Silver Lake, 4017 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. most Sundays. Artist this week: David Choe
Info: Weekends, (323) 662-GRLA

Saturday, August 20

More MOCA, Basquiat ~ Free w/ museum ticket

I keep listing these things because they're unbelievably fun with a great crowd. Event free w/ museum ticket.
Screening: Manuel Ocampo: God is my CoPilot
This film profiles the young West Coast artist trying to negotiate multiculturalism in the contemporary art world. Starring Dennis Hopper, Julian Schnabel, Paul Schimmel, Fred Hoffman, Annina Nosei and Mary Boone; Music videos provided by FIND screen before and after the film.
Music: DJ Nobody
L.A. vinyl junkie DJ Nobody, of the KXLU 88.9FM weekly session She Comes in Colors spins tracks from his debut album Soulmates and recent release Pacific Drift.

Excavated Unicorn Skeleton ~ Free

Machine Project
Believer by Karen Lofgren
1200 D North Alvarado Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Viewable through a stabilized rift in the time/space continuum (said rift located within Machine Project), the secret gallery is a trans dimensional exhibition space exhibiting special projects.

AB Market: Downtown LA's Outdoor Art Exhibit~ Free

330 Santa Fe. Ave (between E. 3rd St. & E. 4th bridge)
Downtown LA, CA 90012

Over 50 Independent Artists & Designers selling original works of art & fashion. Selah Artistic Giving Center supports the Los Angeles art community by empowering independent artists and inspiring, through charitable fundraising, their global vision.

Friday, August 19

"The Iron Giant" at LACMA ~ Free

8:30 pm
Outdoor Amphitheater, in Hancock Park just south of 6th Street behind LACMA East.

Bring a picnic, lawn chair and blanket.

Mexican Polish & Northern Italy Traditional Electronica Music ~ Free

California Plaza - 300-350 S. Grand Ave.
Warsaw Village Band& Fiamma Fumana

Not your average polka... The sheep-herding mountaineers of Poland used a style of singing called “bialy glos” or “white voice;” a type of powerful, melodic screaming used to communicate across long distances. It conserves traditional music and experiments with modern instrumentation and subject matter.
With Fiamma Fumana - an intriguing blend of old Italian dance tunes played to new Italian dance grooves, traditional ballads and state-of-the art electronica

Thursday, August 18

More Bollywood!! ~ Free

THURS - Aug. 18th
Levitt Pavilion - 85 E. Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
BYOB!! and a picnic
outdoor concert venue...

A JOURNEY TO INDIA by blue13 dance company - inspired by India's "Bollywood" films into a bold, brilliant stage performance. From the fantastic rhythms of classical Indian dance to the proud, lively folk Bhangra style and more contemporary forms.

Tuesday, August 16

THE DANDY WARHOLS @ Big Foot Lodge!! ~ Free

9:00 pm
Big Foot Lodge -= 3172 Los Feliz Blvd.

The Dandy Warhols will host a listening party for their fifth album, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, at L.A.'s Big Foot Lodge on Tuesday, August 16th.

The free event will serve as an afterparty for the Los Angeles stop on the band's "Suitcase Tour," in which they play electric sets at local radio stations using only the instruments that fit into a single suitcase (besides their guitars)

"The Sting" screening on the beach ~ Free

Doors open at 7pm, film starts at sunset @ 8pm
The Santa Monica Pier - two blocks south of Santa Monica Blvd. at the corner of Ocean Ave. & Colorado Blvd.-

The Sundance Kid?
BYOB on the beach?
Easy answer. Run don't walk.

Monday, August 15

Inara George at the Echo... ~ Free

Free show @ The Echo

Saw this girl at the Getty. She's sweet and melodic - an amazing singer. Just check out these lyrics:

Keep yourself within yourself
For all that you say it never gets better
In yourself within yourself
If I was you I wouldn’t talk, I’d just keep dancing

Don't Look Back ~ Free

MON - Aug. 15th
Art Share LA - 801 E 4th Pl, 213.687.4278

Free screening of this awesome documentary, "Dont' Look Back."
Not only in the midst of his most prolific period — Dylan released Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, and Bringing It All Back Home between 1965 and 1966 — the film also catches Bob Dylan at a turning point

Sunday, August 14

BBQ & Music at the Echo

The Echo in Silverlake

Free Country music & BBQ with

Saturday, August 13

Summer O' Basquiat...

Free Screening: Downtown 81 - Basquiat film
6pm - 12pm
Music: Hip-hop Karaoke
UponShop Records provides the instrumentals; the audience drops the rhymes (all lyrics provided). DJs Azul 213, B Pope, Rab Jab, and Phoreyz from UponShop-a soul, funk, and hip-hop record shop spin.

Breaker, Breaker. Come on back...

SAT - Aug. 13th
Good Buddy Collective: 13 Wheeler Art Gallery -
4210 Santa Monica blvd., Silverlake
7pm - Midnight

A trucker art gallery
A collaborative mural
Free silkscreen posters of all artist's work to first 100 guests
How can you go wrong? 10-4 Good buddy

Friday, August 12

Mad Hot Ballroom Outdoor Screening

LACMA East Amphitheater - 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Outdoor Amphitheater, in Hancock Park just south of 6th Street behind LACMA East.
Free screening
Bring your lawn chairs, picnic, blankets for "Mad Hot Ballroom"
(Free parking after 7pm in the Ogden Drive and Spaulding Avenue lots.)

Arthur Mag's Anti-War Culture Series...

@ Beta-Level in Chinatown
go here for directions:

How do you build, sustain, or incubate a culture? Jay Babcock, the editor/co-owner of the FREE national counterculture bimonthly Arthur magazine, will address these topics- sideways- as best he can.

Thursday, August 11

Cerveza & Latin Alternative Rock on the Beach...

Santa Monica Pier West Parking Deck

Resist the temptation to connect these words with "Mexican Indie Rock" or "Latin Alternative Boom," for these catch phrases serve no justice to this dynamic musical duo, who just happen to come from Monterrey, Mexico. Sleazydiscofunkpunknewwavehiphop.

Learn to DJ / Break & Emcee

Every Thursday
4PM - 9PM |
All Ages!
Located at 2936 W 8th St (On W 8th St between Vermont & Westmoreland)
Learn to DJ w/ Kenzo (4:30-6pm) | Open Turntables (6-9pm) | Breaking w/ Marcus, Eddie & Ervin
Graffiti & Mural Art w/ CR8, Tazroc and Jose (6:30pm) | Emcee cipher & workshop (7-9pm) Music Recording Class with Syndakit (5:30-7pm)

Sunday, August 7

Lecture on Degas

SUN - Aug. 7th
The Getty Center - 1200 Getty Center Dr, 310.440.7300

In this lecture David Bomford, senior restorer of paintings at the National Gallery, London, looks at Degas's working practices and techniques in the context of his life and artistic milieu, examining in detail his extraordinary achievements in drawing, painting, pastel, printmaking, and sculpture.

Vaya con Dios! Mariachis everywhere!

SUN - Aug. 7th
El Pueblo Historical Monument Plaza
Olvera St. - Downtown LA

Mariachis & Folklorico dancing
Eat tamales, drink cerveza, practice your Spanish

Saturday, August 6

Basquiat, Style Wars!

SAT - Aug. 6th
MOCA - Downtown

Screening: Style Wars and Style Wars: ReVisited
The award-winning feature Style Wars captures the golden age of hip-hop and the 1980s graffiti artist culture that transformed the New York subway system. Style Wars: ReVisited portrays the lives of the original participants 20 years later with revealing interviews, outtakes, and more.
Music: Los Angeles-based trip-hop trio Sahaja Uprockers fuse hip-hop, soul, jazz, and international riddims into a uniquely organic sound.

Friday, August 5

Free Tai Chi!

FRI - Aug. 5th - Every Friday
Ernest E. Debs Park - 4700 N Griffin Ave, 323.221.2255

Hosted by the Audubon Society
Free Tai Chi in the park...

George Sarah

FRI - Aug. 5th
California Plaza - 300-350 S Grand Ave

A staple in the LA electronic community, Sarah incorporates live keys and a string trio.

Thursday, August 4

Fiamma Fumana at Skirball

THURS - Aug. 4th
Skirball Cultural Center - 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd

Even if you're skeptical, these guys are supposed to be great. From Italy, Fiamma Fumana is one of the latest entries in the growing list of European neo-traditional groups, and one of the most fascinating.

Pure cheese - Neil Diamond covers on the beach

THURS - Aug. 4th
Santa Monica Pier West Parking Deck

Dance into the twilight with Super Diamond

Game till you drop!

THURS - Aug. 4th
The Arena Lounge - 11512 Santa Monica Blvd

Free Gaming, Free Food, Free Stuff
State of the art gaming lounge features 15 gaming stations based around custom-made sofas and 50-inch HDTV's and more than 100 console games.
Upcoming Halo tournament