Saving your pennies for a jaunt to Paris or Peru?

No need to feel deprived while being thrifty.

Check out these three FREE events for a weekend that’s L.A.-fab and frugal to boot!

 

 

FISHEYES  — We’re big fans of DTLA’s FREE Grand Performances AND Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre‘s site-specific performances.  Tonight, Duckler and her troupe of performers will dance under the stars  with a giant fish: a 15 foot stainless steel structure designed by architect Alex Ward. The performance, inspired by themes of water, drought and (of course) fish, will take place, appropriately, in the fountain area of California Plaza. FishEyes is the first segment in an L.A. series (and a larger tour) that includes A Fish Out of Water and Fancy Fish and features a score by Andrew McIntosh, projections by Josephine Wang and costumes designed by Valerj Pobega.  Why: Imagining what it would be like to be Jonah (or Giuseppe and Pinocchio) in the whale.

 

Mary Austin-Klein

See this painting by Mary-Austin Klein at the Frogtown Art Walk on August 13, 2016

 

FROGTOWN ART WALK 2016 — The official name of this Los Angeles river-adjacent area is Elysian Valley but it got its “Frogtown” nickname from the (sadly long-ago) days when the river was full enough to deposit croaking critters on either side.   These days, instead of amphibians, the river banks are home to artists who will open their studios this Saturday for the 10th annual FREE art celebration in Northeast Los Angeles. Visit 30 artists studios and listen to music and more at seven stages (one curated by Spaceland of Echo Park).  Art walk guests can also get a sneak preview of the new Los Angeles River VR Experience: a virtual reality documentary produced by Friends of the L.A. River (FoLAR) that “takes viewers on a journey from the mountains to the sea, from the past, through the present, and into the future of the Los Angeles River.” Parking is limited: RIDESHARE HIGHLY ADVISED!  Why: Checking out art installations on the river path via foot or pedi-cab.

 

 

 

CicLAvia – ICONIC WILSHIRE — This Sunday, one of the city’s most historical connectors is once again being opened up for a FREE, all-day, car-free experience as cyclists, walkers, sprinters, peddlers, skaters and scooters travel the boulevard en masse. Explore the neighborhoods of Koreatown, Westlake and Downtown Los Angeles with PokeStops, coffee and water refueling opportunities and public art participation spots at three hubs: One Wilshire, MacArthur Park and the Wiltern in Koreatown.  All three hubs have great giveaways (while supplies last).  Check out the link above for information on a pre-CicLAvia 5K run as well as walks and feeder rides to the main event.  Why:  A chance for open air exploration including pedi-cabs for the less ambulatory.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

Laundromatinee at Spin Cycle Coin Laundry in Filipinotown (Photo courtesy of Dance Collage Theatre)

 

Usually, the biggest excitement at the laundromat is wondering where your polka dot socks waltzed off to.  If Spin Cycle Coin Laundry in Filipinotown is your neighborhood suds palace however, you’ll have a lot more to look at this weekend than your footie pjs tumbling in the dryer.  

All the washing machines will be out of order on Friday and Saturday evenings when Collage Dance Theater takes over Spin Cycle for a rare four performances of  Laundromatinee, Artistic Director/Choreographer Heidi Duckler’s signature piece,  which premiered at the Thriftiwash Laundromat in Santa Monica in 1988.  Expect careening laundry carts, fancy footwork on the folding tables,  and a tiny dancer in a dryer.  

Duckler, dubbed  “reigning queen of site-specific performance” by the Los Angeles Times, has created and staged dance performances at the Lincoln Heights Jail (Most  Wanted), the Subway Terminal Building (SubVersions), the training gym and firing range of the Los Angeles Police Academy (C’opera), and the Los Angeles River (Mother Ditch), in which dancers used flotsam from the river in their performance.  

Hey, maybe your lost socks will turn up in a pas de deux….  

Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….  

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