Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weekly What To Do: Labor Day Weekend Music and Anime


Made in America Festival
August 30-31
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Starts at $185

The city of LA is getting $850,000 for letting the Grand Park host huge talent over the course of two days this weekend. Those not attending, be reminded traffic and parking will be a nightmare nearby. There's an estimated 50,000 to be in attendance.

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1
The Queen Mary
Starts at $15
Parking $15
The Queen Mary

For the first time ever, Shoreline Jam will extend into a two-day concert event and the Long Beach Funk Fest will traverse from the streets of Downtown Long Beach to the Queen Mary Waterfront Event Park for its sixth year to make for an unforgettable Labor Day Weekend of live music.


LA County Fair
Aug 29-Sept 28
1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768
Starts at $12 for adults; $8 for kids
Prices higher for Labor Day Weekend

The LA County Fair returns to a place not that easy to get to for most people in LA, Pomona. The fair has something to offer everyone with carnival rides and games, food vendors from all over and  of course, barnyard pig races. This might be one of the few times you or your children see animals in person. That's right, real life cows!

Don't forget about the concert series and horse racing. They are tied together, but man I'd love to see that music video.


Food & Drink

Aug 29-31
Paramount Pictures Lot
Starts at $25 

The Taste, its annual celebration of Southern California’s vibrant, influential culinary scene, returning to Paramount Pictures Studios’ iconic backlot over Labor Day weekend. Reflecting The Times’ distinctive coverage of all things edible, each of the five events will showcase the chefs, restaurants and bartenders at the heart of L.A.’s food, dining and cocktail culture and include unlimited tastings from the city’s best eateries, specialty drinks, wine seminars and live demos.  

Monday, September 1
1-8 p.m.
Whiskey Red's
13813 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $45 for the buffet

Whiskey Red's will savor the season at the first annual Labor Day California Clambake and Cookout fundraiser on the largest outdoor patio in Marina del Rey. Angelenos will enjoy a taste of the Midwest and New England with a traditional clambake and cookout/BBQ, complete with an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, whiskey tastings, s'mores, food and drink specials, including $3 PBR, live music DJ, cornhole games and more to celebrate the long weekend and raise money for Heal the Bay.


Opening Reception:
Saturday, August 30th, from 7-10PM 
CHG Circa

The Art Collector Starter Kit features all new 12" x 12" works from an impressive line up of new and established artists working in the New Contemporary scene.

Featured artists include: SHAG (Josh Agle), Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Michael Hussar, Miss Van, Natalia Fabia, Brandi Milne, LOLA, Tokidoki, Paul Frank Sunich, Sylvia Ji, Hikari Shimoda, Jennybird Alcantara, Melissa Forman, Nicomi Nix Turner, Victor Castillo, Nathan Ota, Yosuke Ueno, Bumblebeelovesyou, Hueman, Bob Dob, So Youn Lee, Will Barras, Redd Walitzki, Tom Bagshaw, Yukino Fukumoto, Alexandra Manukyan, Beau Stanton, Camilla d’Errico, Carlos Ramos, David Stoupakis, Joey Remmers, Nouar, Richard J. Oliver, and RISK.


August 27, 2014, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Followed by a Q&A with Simon Barrett
"A mysterious soldier befriends the family of a fallen comrade and quickly makes himself an indispensible part of their lives, but the secrets he’s hiding put them all in danger in The Guest, a nail-biting, retro-stylish thriller from director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die)."

Everything Is Terrible Festival 5
Aug 28-Sept 1
The Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Avenue

In the year's past we've seen a women on stage eat a burger from McDonald's and spit it out, then it was passed around to the audience. That was Thu Tran of Food Party, and the eccentric and strange moments should continue on this year. Semi-celebrity types and comedians behind the scenes from big name comedy projects have special events. They'll be showing some of the worst films ever made to your delight to laugh at all over memorial weekend.

Starts Fri, Aug 29th
Limited Release
Downtown Independent
Laemelle Royal 
Cost varies

Anime in theaters continues with Naruto heading to the big screen, believe it!

"ROAD TO NINJA - NARUTO THE MOVIE dives into the past and takes viewers on a fateful adventure depicting how Naruto and Sakura prevent one of their mortal enemies from stealing the Nine-tailed Fox Demon sealed inside the young ninja and fans will not want to miss this special opportunity to catch all the action in this special multi-city theatrical premiere," says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media Senior Marketing Manager, Animation.

Starts Friday August 29, one week run 
English-Dubbed & English-Subtitled Versions
Nuart Theatre

The second film by Hiroyuki Okiura (director of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and animator on Ghost in the Shell and Akira) is a wonderfully expressive, beautifully hand-drawn tale that combines whimsy and kinetic humor with deeply felt emotion and drama. The last time teenager Momo saw her father before his sudden death they had a fight—and now all she has left to remember him by is an unfinished letter with only the words "Dear Momo."

in Japanese with English subtitles
Nuart Theatre

One of the most iconic anime films ever.

Starts Friday August 29-Sept 4

Arena Cinema Hollywood 
1625 N Las Palmas Ave  
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Old-school messed-up Italian horror mad new.

From directing duo Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani (AMER), comes this homage to the masters of classic Italian Giallo horror. Dan returns home to find his wife is missing. With no signs of struggle or break-in and with no help from the police, Dan’s search for answers leads him down a psychosexual rabbit hole. THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS is a bloody and taut fantasia of suspense that leaves the viewer entranced in this highly original erotic thriller. Official Selection: Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, AFI Fest.

Saturday, August 30, 
New Beverly Cinema
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

New Beverly Midnights & @moviedude18 present the 25th anniversary screening. Co-star Luke Edwards is scheduled to appear IN PERSON for a Q&A! One of the most well rembere gamer movies ever. It's so bad!

The Big Picture: Hitchcock!

Sunday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave
Starts at $12

Suspense! Sinister plots! Mistaken identities! This year's Big Picture is a thrilling tribute to the classic films of Alfred Hitchcock. Mesmerizing, haunting and psychologically gripping scores by Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo, North by Northwest), Dimitri Tiomkin (Strangers on a TrainDial M for Murder) and more will be played live while spellbinding scenes are projected on the Bowl’s big screen.


Gateway 2014
August 29-Sept 1
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
5711 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles
Starts at $15

Why not play board games all weekend?Meet up and play any old titles or new ones over the course of four days of cards, dice and sometimes mouse traps.
The Great Summer Pokémon Festival
Saturday, Aug. 30, 1-9 p.m.
Chin's Push
4917 York Blvd
Highland Park
$4 admission, free if in costume, $6 tournament fee

The guy behind KChung is at it again with another Pokemon event. Play the games;old-school and new. Check out a tiny art show too.

Comic Sale