Free weekend? 8 cheap events to check out in LA

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Catch a glimpse of a theatrical tea party; partake in free ice skating; or root for the Angel City Derby Girls as they close their roller derby season. It's all happening this weekend in Los Angeles. 

Here's everything you need to know: 


1. A play about Skid Row enacted by the people of Skid Row

Meet Skid Row’s intricate and vibrant community in "Love on San Pedro," a production from Cornerstone Theater Company. Of the 25 actors performing, three are Cornerstone ensemble members while the other 22 actually come from Skid Row, according to Downtown News. The play is a part of The Hunger Cycle, the theater's ongoing effort to highlight topics like food equity, farming and community gardens. 

Welcome to "Love on San Pedro"

 

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; runs through November 24 

Where: Los Angeles Mission, 303 E. Fifth St. | MAP

Parking: Downtown Women’s Center with a shuttle | MAP

Price: A suggested $20 donation | Reserve tickets


2. Tea for two, and two for tea

Watch a lively, family-friendly musical performance of "Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party" at the Santa Monica Playhouse this weekend. Catch a glimpse of Alice as she returns to Wonderland and confronts dozens of playing cards and, of course, the malicious Queen of Hearts. 

When: 2 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 p.m. Sunday; runs through Dec. 15

Where: Santa Monica Playhouse | MAP

Price: $12.50 for adults; $10.50 for children 12 and under 


3. Documentary looks at the evolution of Hollywood casting 

"Casting By" tells the story of Hollywood casting director Marion Dougherty, best known for her work on films such as Batman, The Mist and Full Metal Jacket. With an audience approval of 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the film's interviewees include Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close and countless other Hollywood A-listers. Friday's 7:45 showing will include an in-person chat with casting directors Deborah Aquila, Cathy Sandrich, Wally Nicita and Robin Lippin

"Casting By" trailer

When: Various times through the weekend | See a schedule here  

Where: Arena Cinema | MAP

Price: $13.29 | Purchase tickets here 


4. Free ice skating at the Santa Anita Mall 

While East Coasters are tweeting and Instagramming photos of the first snowfall of 2013, we in SoCal are still sporting T-shirts and sandals. But that doesn't mean that we can't find a reason to bust out the scarves and boots this weekend. Santa Anita Mall is offering free admission to its skating rink until Nov. 24 — this includes free ice skate rentals, too! Stop by for the mall's holiday party from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday (details below) . 

 
 
 
 

Where: Promenade at the Santa Anita Mall | MAP

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 24 

Price: Free 


5. Laugh it off with the best of the West 

Catch a few drinks at the Santa Monica promenade before heading over to a live comedy show with friends. Comedian Brandon Vestal from NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (recently named the "Best of the West" by Detroit Comedy Festival) and ESPN radio host Mark Franco will headline Westside Comedy Theatre's Grand Comedy Showcase. 

Brandon Vestal live comedy

When: 8 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Westside Comedy Theatre | MAP

Price: $10


6. Root for roller Derby in Culver City

Our Twitter friend @thefluffa is heading over to Culver City to watch the Angel City Derby Girls compete in their last game of the season Saturday. The Road Ragers will welcome neighbors from San Fernando Valley for the first time. Pick a side and get ready for some rowdy roller derby. 

Angel City Derby Girls

When: 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Angel City Derby Girls | MAP

Price: $8 for children; $13 for general admission; $25 for VIP | Purchase tickets here 


7. Women make the world go 'round

Broadway Art Space presents the second edition of Women Make The World Go Round - L.A., a mixed art exhibition featuring, you guessed it, women. “Our first event last spring was a big hit,” said Tatiana Botton, artist and founder of WMTWGR. “We are planning an exciting evening once again and we hope to provide a surprising and new experience for art lovers and collectors of all levels in L.A.” 

(Photo: Courtesy of Broadway Art Space)

When: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday 

Where: Broadway Art Space | MAP

Price: Free 


8. Enjoy a free day of Latin music and culture 

Salsa. Mambo. Rumba. Cha-cha-chá. The traveling exhibition "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music" illustrates the impact these genres have had on American popular music. With bilingual text panels, striking graphics and films, listening stations and musical instruments, the show celebrates the true flavor, or “sabor,” of Latin music. Stop by Cal State University Saturday for a free open house.  

"American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music"

When: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Cal State's Fine Arts Gallery | MAP

Price: Free 


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