Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weekly What To Do: Escape with Super Heroes into Classic Films

Another wide variety of things to do this week including escaping a new room from Escape Room LA. You can drive out to Anaheim and meet some of your favorite super heroes. Why not head to Hollywood and watch some classic films at the TCM Film Festival? If you want to geek out this weekend you have multiple choices before WonderCon.


Escape Room LA: The Cavern
Wednesdays through Fridays at 5, 6:30 and 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30pm.
120 E. 8th Street, Suite 310 in Downtown Los Angeles
Tickets are $30 Wednesday through Friday and $35 Saturday and Sunday.

This time you enter The Cavern, a mysterious new escape room set under LA. You and nine others must figure your way out starting March 25.
The Anaheim Citrus Festival
Saturday, March 28, 12:00 pm
Anaheim Packing District
440 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805

We hope you don't get acid reflux at this event.

Citrus car parade, citrus cook off contest, citrus label coloring for kids, hayride, free lemonade, hard lemonade garden, live music, and kids games.

Tokyo City Cup & Ramen Festival
March 28 -29 ,
Tokyo City Cup Saturday ONLY

285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007
Ramen Festival is $5, tickets can only be bough there 

more on the Ramen Festival

Celebrating both East and West and a 20-year partnership between Santa Anita Park and TCK, experience Tokyo City Cup! Japanese cultural exhibitions, a two-day ramen festival in the Infield, and the best Thoroughbred racing anywhere, this is truly a one-of-a-kind race place tradition.

The Japan Family Day features Japanese cultural exhibitions booths such as Karate (Japanese martial arts), Sado (tea ceremony), Kado (flower arranging), Shodo (calligraphy), Kendo (Japanese swordsmanship), Origami (paper folding), Anime and stage shows like Shishimai (Japanese Lion Dance), Min-yo (Japanese folk song), Sumo (Japanese-style wrestling), Ryukyu Buyo (Okinawa traditional dance), Tsugaru Shamisen (Three-stringed Japanese guitar), and Taiko (a special Japanese drum performance).

Downtown Bookfest

Saturday, March 28, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Grand Park
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

"READ YOUR HEART OUT in Downtown LA! Grand Park is the place to see, hear and read from the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based authors and publishers in a day for book lovers both big and small. Downtown Bookfest will feature a family pavilion and top ideas from THE MUSIC CENTER’S ARTIZEN LAB, where ideas are shared and brought to life."


Marvel Universe LIVE!
March 27-29
Honda Center
2695 E Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
 $45.00 - $135.00

Who knows why Staples is afraid to have it in downtown LA? Perhaps it's too much power! The off the wall stage show featuring Marvel superheroes takes over Honda  center for the weekend. See Spider-Man, Wolverine and the Avengers all together, because they can't all come together into the movies...well Spider-Man now.

March 27-29
Marriot Burbank Hotel
2500 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, California 91505
$30 a day or $70 for all days

This annual making of the monster event tells you how to make your own horror movies, meet cast and crew from  horror movies and catch some collectibles or meet fellow fans

Geek Fashion Week End
Saturday, March 28, 6:00pm - 1:00am
Vanaheim Studios
1310 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, California 90065
$20 General Admission tickets (includes admission to all events) and $50 VIP

A “Style Faire” featuring local fashion vendors, a series of practical styling lectures, a Geek Fashion Show and an after-party full of your favorite geeky stylistas. A silent auction will be taking place too.

March 28-29
10:00am to 6:00pm each day
Whimsic Alley
5464 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036
"Our multi-fandom themed Craft Faire is back! Coming this March, we will be hosting 22 vendors who will be selling their handmade fandom wares in our Great Hall. This event spans 2 days- March 28th-29th- 10:AM- 6PM and is FREE to the public!"

LA Opera’s Costume Shop Sale
Saturday, March 28, 10:30am to 4pm
330 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles, 90013

 In the coming months, LA Opera’s Costume Shop will move from its longtime home at 330 South Alameda Street in downtown LA to a nearby location later this spring. To prepare for the big move, the Costume Shop is clearing house and, for only the third time in the company’s history, will have an open-air sale. Great deals on over the top outfits.

San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
Sunday, March 29, 10am start
Admission: $5.00 Children 12 and under free

This is a small simple comic book convention to hang out for a few hours for those who don't dare take the bus out of the valley.

Extreme Gaming Championship
Sunday, March 29
UCB Franklin
5919 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Enjoy an evening hosted by Thomas Middleditch and Mike Still all over gaming. Audiences members will come on stage to play classic games in a competition. The winner of the night will gain entry to become the Ultimate Extreme Champion and win an Xbox One.


TCM Film Festival 
March 26-29
Multiple locations around Hollywood and Highland
Tickets for showings $20, Passes start at $299

Showcasing classic films on the big screen. I don't even know where to start. There's just so many classic and cult favorites playing. The almost entirely silent crime movie of Rififi to the more light-hearted archeologist adventure of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark are just the tip of the iceberg, they ain't showing Titanic. Comedies like History of the World Part 1 from Mel Brooks to unheard of films like Nothing Lasts Forever filled with cameos from SNL are mixed in. You have a huge amount of choices with often the director, crew or actors in the film in attendance.

Asians On Film Festival 2015
March 26-29
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
Average screening cost $10, passes cost vary by day

Nothing really stands out in this film festival taking over the  Japanese American National Museum this week.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Starts Friday at Laemmle's

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated office lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. She becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Thinking this treasure is real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.


Zoe | Juniper: BeginAgain
March 26-29
Tickets start at $10
631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
"In a rich and immersive environment of striking projections and kaleidoscopic paper sculptures, this evocative duet is an intoxicating theatrical adventure juxtaposing Zoe Scofield’s supple-edged choreography with artist Juniper Shuey’s swirling and lush visuals."

G1988 & LRG presents...
paying homage to the Golden Era of Hip-Hop
Friday, March 27, 7-10 pm
show will run through April 18th
G1988 (East)
7021 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Come meet the artist and pick up a free shirt from LRG produced just for this exhibition (while supplies last). Relive the greatest time in Hip-Hop music through the eyes of one of G1988's most talented creators.

Artists Reception: Saturday, March 28th, 2015, 7pm - 11 p.m.
March 28  – April 18th, 2015
The Gabba Gallery
3126 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057