Arts & Entertainment

Free weekend? Ice skating, free coffee and movie sequels that never were

Workers disinfect skates during Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square on Christmas Eve.
Workers disinfect skates during Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square on Christmas Eve.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Good news: We’re just hours away from the weekend. Even better news: We know how you can have a great time without breaking the bank. How about free gourmet coffee alongside fun art and cheap comedy? 

Here's everything you need to know: 


1. "Point and Shoot" screening

Video: Watch the trailer

Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, "Point and Shoot" follows Matt VanDyke, a 26-year-old who leaves his home in Baltimore and sets off on a self-described “crash course in manhood.” His journey leads him to the revolution in Libya, where he fights with rebels and eventually spends over five months in two different prisons. Two-time Academy Award-nominated director Marshall Curry will be at the screening Saturday. 

When: Various times Friday through Thursday | Find times here

Where: Nuart Theater | MAP

Price: $11 | Purchase tix here


2. Coffee tastings Sunday at noon

Watch what Bar Nine is all about

Love coffee? Love free stuff? Then this one is for you. Check out L.A.'s new high-end coffee roaster Bar Nine in Culver City. At noon every Sunday, you can stop by for a free coffee tasting (also known as "cuppings"), where one of Bar Nine’s "stylish personnel" will lead you through a sampling of the shop’s three current brews, according to Time Out. Both CBS and Thrillist named this place one of the best coffee shops in L.A. Pro tip: It also serves breakfast. Menu here.

When: Noon Sundays

Where: Bar Nine | MAP

Price: Free


3. Ice skating 

(Photo: Maya Sugarman/KPCC)

Believe it or not, it's already ice skating season, and both Eastsiders and Westsiders have options here in L.A. Head to ICE at Santa Monica at the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue for a 8,000-square-foot rink by the beach. Or visit Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles for a skate among the cityscape at Holiday Ice Rink Downtown Los Angeles. Want more? Check out LAist's list of other spots in the L.A.-area.

When: Both open through Jan. 19

Where: ICE at Santa Monica | MAP 

Holiday Ice Rink Downtown Los Angeles | MAP

Price: $12 to $15 with skate rental 


4. California Dreamin'

Hit this exhibit at the Grammy Museum before it's too late. "California Dreamin': The Sounds of Laurel Canyon" explores the L.A. rock scene of the '60s and '70s. You'll see gems like Jim Morrison’s writing chair and Richie Furay’s '70s “Nudie” suit. But hurry — it only runs through Nov. 30. 

When: Runs through Nov. 30 | Hours here

Where: The Grammy Museum | MAP

Price: $12.95 general admission; $8 after 6 p.m. | Purchase tix here


5. Movie sequels that were never made

If you could choose any film to get a movie sequel, what would it be? In iam8bit's new exhibit, local artists create artwork for sequels that were never made. From "Beetlejuice" to "Blade Runner" to "Up," the art is creative, fun and totally worth a glimpse. Pro tip: Bring some dough if you're in the market for new art. You can also peruse and purchase them online here.

(Photo: Imagining the sequel to "Up" by artists Arno Kiss)

When: Runs through Nov. 23 | See hours here

Where: iam8bit | MAP

Price: Free


6. Turkey-themed comedy at iO West

(Photo: The Mutiny)

Want to see two of the most fast-paced sketch comedy teams in Los Angeles? Come out to Brute Squad & The Mutiny's Thanksturkey Show for a visual spectacle Sunday night. The groups will mix live stunts with funny comedy sketches for an evening of quality improv. The best part? It's only five bucks. 

When: 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: iO West | MAP

Price: $5


7. Friday/Saturday Splurge: L.A. Contemporary Dance Company

Watch them dance

Beautiful and sometimes creepy, the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company began as a business plan in an arts management class at the University of Southern California. Its fall concert will feature an evening-length work created by choreographers and fellow company members Kevin Williamson, Erik Speth, Genevieve Carson and Kate Hutter. This show, "Into The Fray," will be accompanied by live music under the direction of resident composer Eric Mason. Meet the dancers here. 

Oh, and they know how to have fun, too:

Watch them rock leggings

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: L.A. Theatre Center in downtown L.A. | MAP

Price: $26 general admission | Purchase tix here


8. Sunday Splurge: Jeff Garlin talks with Jon Favreau

If you missed Jeff Garlin at our birthday party for "Take Two," no worries. The funny guy (who you probably know best from "Curb Your Enthusiasm") will chat with "Chef" producer Jon Favreau on Sunday night at Largo at the Coronet. Come by for a live version of Garlin's podcast "By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin." Pro tip: The earlier you arrive, the closer you'll get to sit. 

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Largo at the Coronet | MAP

Price: $30 | Purchase tickets here


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