Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weekly What To Do: Memorial Day Weekend What Not

Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars: Star Wars Mixtape
May 25, 27-28
The Cinefamily

Cinefamily Mixtapes are our signature, original, long-form video montages of found footage madness. They’ll blow your mind, bring a smile to your face, renew or destroy your faith in humanity, may or may not be hazardous to your health – and just might change your life.
Our crack team of programmers have searched through every corner of the galaxy and the darkest parts of the internet, to find the most brain frying tributes, rip offs, cross promotions gone wrong, and more from the last 40 years of Star Wars.

The Found Footage Festival
May 25 & 26, 8pm
The Downtown Independent
251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Found Footage Festival is back in LA, this time The Downtown Independent, with an all-new lineup of found VHS tapes found at thrift stores and garage sales.

Hello Kitty Night
Thursday, May 25 at 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90012
This special event ticket package includes your ticket to the game and a Hello Kitty x Dodgers T-shirt*! 

L.A. Meekly LIVE at the Adobe
Thursday, May 25, 7:00 pm
10940 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345

Join us on Thursday, May 25th 2017 at 7:00 p.m. as Greg Gonzalez and Daniel Zafran present: "Bizarre San Fernando Valley, Oddities, Folklore and More." L.A Meekly is a free monthly podcast that explores Los Angeles' lesser known history and legends. Greg and Daniel are Los Angeles natives who visit local museums, landmarks and historic sites throughout Los Angeles County to research the city's often forgotten and lesser known history.

5-25-77 Screening
Thursday, May 25, 7:30pm
Ahrya Fine Arts

5-25-77 writer-director Patrick Read Johnson and actor Colleen Camp will participate in a Q&A after the May 25 screening at the Fine Arts.

5-25-77 is produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, American Graffiti) and Fred Roos (Lost in Translation) and tells the true story of a sci-fi obsessed filmmaker living in a small town who grows up making 8mm knockoffs of his favorite films, until one day, his mom, desperate to help him escape the fate of small town life, makes a phone call to the editor of American Cinematographer Magazine that results in a Wizard of Oz-like transport of our hero to Hollywood… where he becomes the first person that didn’t work on Star Wars, to see Star Wars.

The film then details his return to his tiny home town… and an American Graffiti-esque night there, as he struggles to choose between taking off on the road to his dreams, or remaining trapped in the familiar world of his childhood.

Gamex 2017
May 26-29
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
5711 W Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90045

A week-end of boarg games, they'll probably have everything you've ever wanted to try with classics.

Santa Anita Carnival
May 27-29
Santa Anita Park
Free Admission & Parking through Gate 6 off of Colorado Place.

Unlimited Rides Wristband $10 (ONLINE ONLY)*
Walk up Unlimited Rides Wristband $15. 

The Santa Anita Park Infield transforms into the Santa Anita Carnival on Memorial Day weekend! Bring the family out to enjoy thrilling rides, delicious carnival snacks, challenging carnival games and more!

Annual 3 Day Geeky Fandom Craft Faire
May 27May 29 
Whimsic Alley
5464 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036

Join us for our last craft fair. May 27, 2017 through Monday May 29th 2017. Craft fair is free and great for all ages. 3 days of fun from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Raffles and prizes every hour.

L.A. Zine Fest 2017 

Sunday, May 28 at 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Celebrating self-publishing and DIY culture in the community, this year's Fest will feature OVER 200 ZINESTERS; writers, illustrators, comix creators, photographers, and more, selling, trading & sharing their work, all in one place, for one amazing day
Charles Phoenix: Long Beachland
May 28, 2017 11:00 AM
Art Theater Long Beach
2025 E 4th St Long Beach, CA 90814
Long Beach, CA 90814

Be prepared for your local pride to SWELLL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel slide show "field trip" adventure extravaganza exploring Long Beach's classic and kitschy landmarks and lore  then and now.

4th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
Sunday, May 28
3-8 p.m.
8 p.m. - Afterparty at Pink Elephant
2820 Main Street Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of for GA, and $40 in advance and $50 day of for VIP.

Summer kicks off on Main Street with the 4th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street. This event will take place on Sunday, May 28th from 3-8 p.m. at the street's best food and beverage establishments to raise funds for Summer SOULstice and Heal the Bay. MAINopoly is a fun, interactive community event that mirrors the classic board game, and gives participants a culinary walking tour of Main Street's finest restaurants, juiceries, ice cream stores, coffee shops and more. 

The Clifton’s Canteen
Memorial Day Weekend
Two Days Only
Sun. May 28th – Mon. May 29th, 2017
7:00 – 10:00pm
Clifton’s Downtown
648 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
*General Admission: $15.00 per person
**VIP Tickets: $45.00 – Reserved Seating
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend by honoring the men and women of service as CAC Studios joins Clifton’s for a full scale U.S.O. star studded bash! Punch up your dance card while dancing with the stars and fill up on food and drinks with your ration card while you enjoy the show! Flash back to an era gone by when the Andrew Sisters and the stars of the ’40s entertain the troops with standards that you know and love, all played by a jazz hot band! This one time event, with all new stars, is one that you won’t want to miss! So brush off your ’40s fashion and come celebrate in style!
Monday, May 29, 2017
Opening Ceremony – 10:00amParade – 11:00 am
On Sherman Way, starting at Owensmouth through Mason
One of the valley's memorial day parades with floats, music and food honoring those who fought for this country.

Monday, May 22, 2017

LA Film Fest 2017 Guide

Here's our top picks for this year's LA Film Festival, June 14-22. You know to get tickets May 23, if you're the general public.

Damn, Aubrey Plaza is just blazing it lately with her role on Legion, the leaked Terror Team the upcoming The Little Hours and this films festival closer from NEON, Ingrid Goes West.

Izzy Gets The F@ck Across Town
Jun 17 2017 8:40 PM

Riot grrrl rocker Izzy wakes up hungover AF to find out that her ex-boyfriend is celebrating his engagement to her ex-best friend at a bougie party across town. Not having a car in Los Angeles is not going to stop her from stopping them.

Writer-Director Christian Papierniak’s ensemble cast showcases the city’s finest and weirdest inhabitants in this riotous love letter to Los Angeles, set to a blazing punk rock soundtrack. Producer and firecracker lead Mackenzie Davis shines as the shameless hot mess that is Izzy, reminding us that adulting – and walking from the westside to Los Feliz – is hard.

– Ana Souza

Jun 18 2017 9:20 PM

 Political revolutionary Niki and her son Lefteris live in a world bound by memory, sexual nightmares, and the political chaos of Greece in the 1970s. Their existence is a claustrophobic fever dream in which one face merges into the next, meshing fantasy and horror. The result is a head trip that manages to defy the conventions of genre by crafting a savage meditation, oscillating among political aggression, motherhood and violence as protest.

Writer/director Alexandros Voulgaris and lead Sofia Kokkali create an experience unlike any other, challenging the values of contemporary society with a unique cinematic articulation. Both vibrant and horrifying, Thread is Greek cinema at its most brutal and experimental; a burning hallucination that brands your brain and won't let you wake up.

Note: Film contains graphic depiction of sexual assault.
– Adam Piron

Jun 18 2017 9:15 PM

During the last weeks of his life, Oli must contend with Ana, the disagreeable caretaker hired by his wife. As they spend more time together, it becomes evident that Ana’s placement is no accident.

Masterfully balancing unexpected humor with mounting suspense and tension, writer-director Luis Ayhllón carves out a delicately nightmarish world that manages to surprise and unsettle at every turn. Gorgeously shot in black and white, with a playful mix of styles, Nocturne signals the rise of a Mexican auteur who has tapped into deep-seated oppressions and transformed them into a rewarding, singular tale of dysfunction.
— Ana Souza

Jun 19 2017 9:25 PM
In 1977, Jeff is a teenaged loner who is targeted by bullies, disconnected from his battling parents and spending his free time dissolving roadkill in jars of acid. When he starts faking "spaz" attacks at school, he attracts the attention of a group of guys who think these episodes are hilarious and invite him into their fold. Bolstered by his new position in a pack, Jeff leans into these performative stunts but continues to struggle to keep his compulsions at bay.

Based on the true-life graphic novel by Dahmer's high school friend John Backderf, My Friend Dahmer is a thoughtful exploration of a formative time in a notorious serial killer's life. Skillfully directed by LA Film Festival alum Marc Meyers, who captures the tone of an era and the complexity of a boy becoming a monster.
– Drea Clark

Jun 19 2017 8:50 PM
Alan has a special vacation planned for him and his wife, but when she bails on their plans, his overly eager brother-in-law swoops in to join him. Together they go to Nicaragua’s Mercado Village, a hipster resort for American tourists looking for an “authentic experience,” where they meet the free-spirited Barbara. The three quickly discover they are in for much more than they bargained for.

Award-winning short film and television director Paul Briganti’s feature film debut transcends bromantic comedy tropes with thoroughly enjoyable breakout performances by a trio of rising actors, featuring laugh out loud tropical hijinks intercut with tender, surprising revelations that are the stuff of major life transformations.
– Mark Maynard

 Jun 21 2017 9:10 PM
Traveling across a barren landscape, Lernert digs through piles of rubbish in an attempt to build a body for his companion, Susan, the unresponsive robot head who hangs from the back of his pack. The pair come across Rola, a spirited young woman who lacks survival skills but makes up for the deficiency with sheer determination. This unlikely trio navigates the harsh desert in search of a mythical water basin that could replenish their depleted resources and renew their will to carry on.

Bolstered by an enchanting score from Neon Indian, Everything Beautiful Is Far Away is a refreshing, fable-like debut from directors Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs. Physical and symbolic isolation perfectly encapsulate modern concerns in this feature that is both thoughtfully sparse and rich with details.
– Drea Clark

Ingrid Goes West 
Jun 22 2017 7:30 PM

Ingrid Thorburn is totally #obsessed with Taylor Sloane, a “lifestyle guru” who is intent on turning her thousands of Instagram followers into millions. Ingrid cashes out her inheritance, moves to Taylor’s neighborhood in Venice, California, and painstakingly recreates every experience in Taylor’s social feeds – from the avocado toast to the Claire V. bags. Relentless, Ingrid schemes her way into Taylor’s picture perfect life and becomes her best friend, until someone threatens to expose Ingrid’s obsession.

Alongside a strong supporting cast, Aubrey Plaza holds nothing back in her delightfully inhabited performance that taps into the stalker vibes that social media has made of all of us. With alternately creepy and tender moments, writer/director Matt Spicer’s directorial debut is a sharp and witty portrait of how thoroughly the façade of one’s online presence can pierce her sense of self-worth and reality. Likes and follows cannot replace human connections IRL.
– Roya Rastegar

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pockets Filled With Sprinkles: Our Visit To The Museum of Ice Cream

How did I get here? I wake up in a pool of tiny rainbows. I feel like I've been turned to ice cream soup. Was it something I ate. Was it all the pictures I took.
Nah, it was just that I went to The Museum of Ice Cream.

The Museum of Ice Cream
2018 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Sold Out for May
*I heard from staff that they're adding three months of being open, because the place was so popular, so if you missed out, wait for an update, because tickets will go fast.
Valet $6 for two hours
Pay lots, be sure to check how much they charge for more than two hours

Check out all the photos of the place going up on Instagram.

Going through The Museum of Ice Cream is sort of making yourself into the beloved frozen dessert. You're gonna get all the extras put on you, you might consider another frozen goodie and along they way you might sample something else.

The pink painted building has a waiting area outside to play some simple outdoor games if you arrive early. Then it's into a line and groups of 15 or less can come in, they want to time entry so there's no build-up. You go from room-to-room and when you're done, you can't come back.

First up, some free chocolate from Dove than a strange telephone call about ice cream. After that you get some free samples from the well-known ice cream maker McConnell's; the flavor should switch every two weeks. It's a tasty tidbit that starts your hungry for more ice cream.

The first tasting room itself looks like a set from a music video, as does every room at The Museum of Ice Cream. The background, the stars on the ground with ice cream changed names. It's what an ice cream shop should dream to be.

Next on the path is the banana swings and banana room. You'll go bananas and quickly tire of the puns, but will want to take shot after shot of the hanging fruit.

After is the mint room, which smells nice and fresh. Here you'll get some chocolate chip mint mochi.
Next is the rainbow room, which as a straight guy didn't appeal to me as much as the ladies who were on a non-stop shot for shot of everything in that room.

Beyond that was one of my favorites, the popsicle room or popsicle paradise. You'll just have to stop and take as many fun photos with these treats in the walls and on the floor. They're really everywhere.
On your next space go get some gummy bears and take pictures with them. They creeped us out though.

After is another nice treat in a room that mixes classic art with a food fight.

Then and only then will you enter the Sprinkle Pool. A glorious feeling of your ice cream about to enter your hands when they put the sprinkles on top. Now that feeling can overwhelm you as you enter the pool of rainbow treats. Inedible I might add, so you won't have any problems in worry about that at least.

The Sprinkle Pool was our favorite attraction. The feeling of them on you, the sight of them, it's like an adult ball pit. And the photos you can take can never be without a slight smile on someones face.

After you have the other feeling and sight of seeing sprinkles shake off you and even later you might discover sprinkles still left in your pockets or some that have sneaked into your car.

That's the end of ice cream museum, almost as you're given one more treat, small pink pancakes smooshing together vanilla ice cream.

We would have loved some better products at the gift shop. They're kind of nothing special. We would have liked a little bit more ice cream on the tour. Or having at a disadvantage at least had some more ice cream to buy .

The Museum of Ice Cream is a photo-takers promised land. Filled with different rooms of such nice sights we assume a music video will be filmed there eventually. It reminded us of some of the fun MOCA's had with big ensemble shows in the past with a different room for a different artist, in this case, it was a different topping. It's a must-do for anyone in the LA area, just for bragging rights.

Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin At D23 Expo 2017

"The one-and-only Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin, located on the show floor, will provide the priceless opportunity for fans to dive into more than 30,000 plastic gold coins and “swim” away with a professional 180-degree video capture to share with friends. The new DuckTales series premieres this summer on Disney XD, in the 30th anniversary year of the Emmy® Award-winning original series treasured by a generation."

 D23 Expo is taking place in Anaheim this July 14-16

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Watch Out for Snakes! Tour In LA July 23

We get two different movies to be made fun of by the current Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew in LA this July. It's part of the US Tour, the "Watch Out for Snakes!" Tour.

Whose showing up? "Appearing with Joel and Jonah live on stage will be robot companions Crow, Tom Servo and Gypsy, along with Synthia (Rebecca Hanson) and her Bonehead henchmen. Of course, it wouldn’t be MST3K without the ever-present surveillance of the Mads, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt) checking up on their unwilling test subjects via remote video."

For the films  "Show # 1 is the MST3K favorite “Eegah” featuring all new riffs and sketches.  Show # 2 is a “Secret Surprise Film!” It’s a fun, sci-fi thriller never-before featured on MST3K and will appear only in select cities."

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 19, 2017 at noon.

July 23, 5pm and 8pm at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel
Get'em here and here

IndieCade 2017 In Little Tokyo?

This October, Friday, October 6, 2017 through Sunday, October 8, , 2017 to be exact IndieCade returns to us. Last year it was at USC, now it's at Little Tokyo? Specifically, for those who know the area, IndieCade will take place throughout parts of the Japanese American National Museum, the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

Now I'm happy there using JANM, but oh man, I hope there just using the JACCC plaza  front area, Japanese garden and Artani Theatre, because the building itself is a wreck. Please don't stuff anyone in that g-d forsaken building, it's terrible.

Other than that, what a great move for IndieCade, that's a super accessible area for everyone and easy to get to through the metro with plenty of places to eat and drink.

Danger Zone Looks Familiar

Danger Zone is rated E10+  and will be available for PC on Steam and for PlayStation®4 on May 30, 2017 for $12.99/£9.99/€12.99.

Two More: Blacklight Show & Drifter

Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight Show
Friday, May 19, 7 PM - 12 AM
2020 Robertson Blvd D, Los Angeles, CA 90034

A group show featuring Blacklight reactive inks at the Hero Complex Gallery.

Giant Robot Presents: Drifter featuring Sean Chao
Saturday, May 20, 6:30 PM - 10 PM
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90025
Giant Robot 2 Gallery is proud to host Drifter, a solo exhibition by Sean Chao.

75-Foot Sarcophagus @ Hollywood & Highland

We were seeing a special screening of Alien Covenant thanks to the LA Drafthouse and noticed this was outside at Hollywood and Highland Center after. The 75-Foot Sarcophagus is already up for The Mummy Day event taking place this Saturday, May 20th.

It really fits the rest of the open mall's motif. Maybe, if it just had a less scary face it could be permanent. It would also need to be made of something other than styrofoam.

If it falls on Tom Cruise and the crowd that gathers in front of it the headlines would be great. "Tom Cruise's Ego Crushes Him and Fans.

The Mummy(2017) comes out June 9th...with Russel Crowe as Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, showing how bad the movie is at casting.
it's styrofoam and particle board in the back