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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Animation Is Film Festival Coming This October

Pretty much shaming the recent Anime Film Festival is the Animation Is Film Festival heading for LA next month. It's featuring way more premieres of anime movies and extensive catalog of animation not scene yet in the states.

Animation Is Film Festival
Oct 20-22
Chinese Theater Multiplex

For anime fans, there's a wide selection of films from heart-warming Fireworks to down right Ghibli-like with Mary and the Witch’s Flower & Lu Over the Wall. Then you have the outlandish and crazy looking anime films of Masaaki Yuasa, Night Is Short, Walk on Girl & Mind Game.

Looking incredibly stupid and dumb, but o' so damn delectable is Mutafukaz. Yes, it is trying to be that insult. It has two of the greatest words in the human language going for it: ultra violent! Check out the trailer above, it's bloody insane and poorly edited by someone adding English buzz words to it.

Beyond Japan we have films from all over the world. Some adult in nature and some definitely for kids.

Check the full schedule here.

Weekly What To Do: Catalina Wine Mixer Weekend

Game On RACER Tournament
Thursday, September 21, 6pm-10pm

Angel City Brewery
216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
A Hybrid Mario Kart 8 and Gran Turismo 4 Tournament!
Enjoy a night of Video Games and Drinks!
At our amazing venue Angel City Brewery
$100 Cash Prize!!! Be there! Unless you get BLUE SHELLED.... then we Understand
Shoutout to our amazing Sponsors World 8 and Japangeles be sure to show them some Love
Think Tank Gallery 939 Maple Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90015
To Live and Di(n)e in LA is an intimate, 45-person supper club, where guests will sit down for dinner with the ghosts of the most infamous figures in Los Angeles’ true crime history, as they navigate the city’s sordid past through cuisine, cocktails, and cabaret-type performances. This special event will be part of Think Tank Gallery’s latest art show, Drinkin’, Smokin’, and West Coastin’ – billed as a "group love/hate letter to the city," with a creative take by local event producers each 

Machine Project presents:
Sep 21 – Nov 19
Thursdays through Sundays, 8:30pm  

*weird art $h*t
"Over a year in the making, experimental cultural space Machine Project will unveil an installation that radically transforms its storefront into a mind-bending physical and architectural feat. In this top-secret project, Machine draws on its 15 years of programming in a not-to-be-missed extreme alteration of the space's footprint. As a bonus, Machine Project has commissioned its latest collaboration with visionary playwright Asher Hartman to take place within the installation."

Friday, September 22nd after 7:30 PM show
Saturday, September 23rd after 7:30 PM show
ArcLight Hollywood

ArcLight Cinemas is excited to announce two Q&As for the Venice Film Festival-premiered Woodshock. Hollywood will host both Q&As with Writers/Directors Kate and Laura Mulleavy on Friday 9/22, and Saturday 9/23 after the 7:30 PM show. A woman falls deeper into paranoia after taking a deadly drug. Reserve now! 

not real photo from event
Sept 23-24
1 St. Catherine Way
Avalon, CA 90704

 If you haven’t been to the Catalina Wine Mixer® in Avalon, we have only one question for you: What are you waiting for? Inspired by the hilarious “Catalina Wine Mixer” scene from Will Ferrell’s comedy classic Step Brothers, this annual extravaganza at beautiful Descanso Beach Club takes on a life of its own, as thousands descend on SoCal’s favorite island entertainment destination for one last summer beach party.

Saturday, Sept 23, at 9 PM - 2 AM
Globe Theatre
740 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90014
LA Fashion & Fetish Ball goes Mad Max for 2017!
Join us for an evening bringing together the dystopian world of Mad Max and the sexy underworld of LA Fashion & Fetish Ball. for an explosive night of extreme dystopian high fashion, amazing performances, and music.
sponsored by Hasbro
September 23 and 24, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Natural History Museum 

"Join us for a two-day festival celebrating dinosaurs, their prehistoric past, and the science that brings their world back to life. Meet world-renowned paleontologists from the Museum's Dinosaur Institute and beyond as they discuss historic and ongoing fossil discoveries from around the world. Visit exhibitors, catch a glimpse of rare specimens from the Museum’s collections, dig into hands-on activities, explore our world renowned Dino Hall with the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series, and so much more!"
Saturday, Sept 23
Multiple Locations 
Batman Day is Saturday, or is it? This year, in celebration of Harley Quinn’s 25th anniversary, the Clown Princess of Crime is taking over! Check out the link above to find your nearest participating comic shop, bookstore or library.

Happy Never Ending
Opening Reception Saturday, September 23 from 7-11pm
(On View September 23 Through October 21, 2017)

CHG 571 S. Anderson St

"On Saturday, September 23, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will premiere the long awaited new solo exhibition from world-renowned UK-based multimedia street artist D*Face, entitled “Happy Never Ending, in Gallery 1.
As one of the most prolific contemporary urban artists of his generation, D*Face (a.k.a. Dean Stockton) has been at the forefront of his practice since his initial breakthrough in 2005. Working with a variety of mediums and techniques, he uses a family of dysfunctional characters to satirize and hold to ransom all that falls into their grasp – a welcome jolt of subversion in today’s media-saturated environment."

Sun, September 24, 2017
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
"On September 24, your picks will compete bun-to-bun during a tasting event at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Eat your way through standout patties and cast your vote to crown the champ at Time Out Los Angeles’s Battle of the Burger presented by Guinness Blonde."

The 33rd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
Sun, September 24, 10 AM - 6 PM
Abbot Kinney Blvd
1645 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, California 90291

-300+ Quality Vendors
-Dozens of Top Food Trucks and Booths
-4 Music Stages
-KidsQuad with Games and Rides
*So niche
Sunday, Sept 24 at 2 PM - 4 PM
Creature Features
2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91505
Now to celebrate Intrada Records definitive CD of Talgorn’s excitingly lush score, Creature Features brings together Gordon, Talgorn and visual FX artist Paul Gentry to talk about this hugely entertaining movie in a panel moderated by Daniel Schweiger.

Join the Q&A and CD signing on Sunday, September 24th at 2PM. CD Purchase is necessary to attend, with autographed copies also available through the store’s website.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Opinion: Why Did IndieWire Try Poorly To Go After Male Fans of Fantastic Fest?

I enjoy reading IndieWire as it goes over an array of topics in the film industry. However, the latest article from Eric Kohn on Fantastic Fest Under Fire: Why America’s Preeminent Genre Festival Needs Its Fans More Than Hollywood is a bit of a hype piece to get angry at men. In the only section that briefly attacks men at some fun activities at the festival, Eric shapes his story about Time League hiring back Devin Faraci in secret as the fault of boxing and slap fights. Devin Fraci was first let go for sexual assault charges then rehired in secret. Not a great movie, but bringing up the below slap fights and boxing has nothing to do with Tim League's management of his company.

"Clearly, the festival’s hard-partying culture fostered a major systematic problem. It emboldened a male-dominated fraternity in which misogynistic behavior went unpunished. The anarchistic streak of its annual traditions — like debating movie topics in a boxing ring or slapping games — created a sense of unregulated fun that unleashed base, primal antics and allowed them to assert their dominance. League was unquestionably complicit in this process, and Fantastic Fest co-founder Harry Knowles created the precedent for empowering unruly fanboys with Ain’t Cool News."

What's real correlation here? There is none. Because, when two events where adults choose to fight and play movie trivia happen once a year at a film festival they don't magically make Tim League change his views or make him sexist. It doesn't empower him.

This is the same company the gave us an all women screening of Wonder Woman.

I'm not gonna defend Tim as I don't know his relationship with Faraci, but blaming some dumb games at Fantastic Fest for his actions is such bad writing. That's why it only lasted a paragraph and had nothing to back it up.

The rest of the article is pretty much flattery for how much fans like the festival. The part in question that randomly tells us that basically, men are bad, should just be omitted unless it has a point or has some proof.

Spider Pavilion: Do You Lack Spiders In Your Life?

What's that crawling close to you? Could it be a spider? No, it's just some string pushed by the wind. Darn, you wanted it to be a good ol' arachnid, right? Well, have no worries! If you head down to the Natural History Museum they have spiders, spiders, spiders!

Spider Pavilion
event sponsored by Western Exterminator
September 15 – November 26, 2017
Natural History Museum
General Admission + The Spider Pavilion is how it goes
 $17 for adults, children 3-12, $10

Just come to the recently opened to the public, Spider Pavilion! Now open until November and just in time to for Halloween festivities is the annual Spider Pavilion, showcasing many spiders above head and all around. TTDILA headed there on the public opening last weekend to see what has eight legs and has been scaring little sisters for years. Though, we saw a bunch of little girls with their parents enjoying the spiders too.

*Literal heads up. Don't put your child on your shoulders inside the pavilion. That's where the webs are... and big spiders.

After a short walk through of trying to spot all the spiders-and some aren't hard to miss-we started chatting with one of the Gallery Interpreters, Amanda K., about the pavilion. "The green lynx, that's a local, have you be able to spot it?," she asked. Well, reader can you?

Here it is up close from the same photo.
It took me a while to even spot this local spider. Amanda, explained why it's her favorite of the spiders there.
"So the rest of the spiders you see in hear are orb weaving spiders. So there like couch potatoes. They build these big circular webs and usually sit in the middle of the webs. Then they just wait for there food to come by. The green lynx is an active hunter, it blends in and waits for innocent insects and it'll just grab'em."

For the most part you'll be seeing some fairly large spiders, the golden silk spider and the common garden spider all around up in their webs or just hidden out of view.

The only pink toe tarantula we saw and jumping spiders are in a smaller area in cute little see-through boxes with tiny furniture. If you can't find the pink toe tarantula just look behind the tiny staircase, it likes to hide out behind there.

*Now remember the Spider Pavilion is part of the Natural History Museum, right next to the coliseum. Check ahead if there's going to be a football game the day you're planning on going, usually the museum web-site will give a heads up, but check yourself. Because, it really adds to traffic and makes it much harder to find parking.

"If you look at the cephalothorax, which is kind of like their head, its got that sort of creepy skull/mask pattern on it," that's what Amanda told us as we looked at the golden silk spiders up close. When you go see if you can see it on them.

Though they might look scary, the spiders there are fascinating to learn about up close. The staff is ready to answer your questions on all topics about spiders. And I don't think you can tell me about any other places filled with spiders you can study up close? Can you?

To see the exhibit you'll just venture outside of the museum to the pavilion area and go in groups allotted 30 minutes inside, which actually went by quite fast.

So if your lacking spiders in your life, head to the pavilion before it switches back to butterflies this Spring.