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Monday, August 21, 2017

Nisei Week 2017 Grand Parade Photos

Nebuta Float
Little Tokyo's Grand Parade took place over the weekend as part of their annual Nisei Week celebration. Below is our gallery of photos. Remember Nisei Week continues this weekend Aug 26-27 with festival activities and with the:

-Nisei Week Car Show –  More information at showoffcafe.com. Aiso Parking Garage, 101 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles; 11am-7pm* 
- Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship – JACCC Plaza, 2:00 pm


Don't forget to visit the paper lanterns or Tanabata Festival in front of the MOCA when in the area too.










LA Anime Film Festival Booth



There's A Monster in Santa Monica, A Book Monster

Just opening three months ago in Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is Book Monster. Book Monster is a used book store, but probably one of the nicest we've ever seen. It offers a wide selection of well-stocked classics and modern books. It even has a small section of used DVD's and CD's, but they're second class citizens compared to the rest of the selection.


 Book Monster
 212 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, 7 days a week

When we went for the first time last weekend we had great and fast customer service and even picked up a hard to find Harry Potter special edition.

If you have books, CD's or DVD's you want to part with and don't want to schlep to Amoeba you have a different store to get a few bucks for that old Korn CD.






Sunday, August 20, 2017

Laemmle's Monica Film Center, Do You Even Want To Be A Theater?

At first I thought I would title this, "ArcLight Santa Monica, Why Haven't You Crushed All The Other Theaters Around You?," but, then I thought, because they must be slightly cheaper. You see the Third Street Promenade has four theaters to choose from, all owned by different operators. That's a lot of choice. The newest and must up-to-date is ArcLight Santa Monica, so I wonder why it hasn't done something to make the competition fall apart nearby.

Then you have Laemmle's Monica Film Center, whose been there for more than 44 years, which from the outside doesn't even look like a theater. The actual comment I overheard while walking up to it to see a movie this weekend was, "Oh, this is a theater, this is the Laemmle's here, I've driven past it so many times and didn't know it was here."

Yeah, for some strange reason Laemmle's Monica Film Center in almost unidentifiable as a theater from the outside. It says Laemmle's on it, but the letters are almost hidden inside the structure. Posters for movies are barely seen unless you walk up close to the windows.

It seems ridiculous that Laemmle's would to take so little effort to say it's a movie theater with three competing theaters nearby and when it's one block off from that competition.

The outright design of it makes it seem boring. And there is no attempt to draw anyone in. It's just downright fascinating that it either thinks enough people know about it or just doesn't care. And if just doesn't care, why should we?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Patchwork Review: Let's Get Some Girls Together

*I know we've been doing a lot of horror posts lately, it's just a coincidence. The review of Bad Exorcists reminded us of how much we loved Patchwork another indie horror that came out recently online after hitting the film festival circuit in 2015. This one's way more horror comedy.

You know that feeling you get when you wake up after a night of hard drinking and partying or in some other cases a late night movie or video game binge. You know you feel bad, you might throw up and then you start hearing a ringing in your ear. Then you hear the voices of two strangers. Wait, why are those voices in your head.

Patchwork packs the punch of an old-school horror comedy from the 80's or early 90's when three girls come together to form one. Not as a Japanese super heroes piloting a giant robot. They come together because they've been cut up and sewed/stapled back-together as a Frankenstein. This horror comedy has great laughs at the dispense of other getting dispensed and three girls working together in one body.



The movie sets it start with the lead Jennifer played by Tory Stolper as basically, a not very much liked business woman at a bar on her birthday whose having an affair with her boss. Shortly, after a terrible evening out she wakes up to find herself part of a trio stuck inside a body made of three different women. Now, she has to work with the party girl Ellie played by Tracey Fairaway and the doesn't-get-out-much Madeleine played by Maria Blasucci to find out who exactly made them into a Frankenstein.

Along the way on the trail of what happened the night before they got put together they go after all the men that wronged them or seemed suspicious. They make an ally with Jerry, I meant Garret played by James Phelps who becomes a love interest, I guess technically for all three women, leading to some strange foreplay. I mention him to because Garret is a gamer and was playing Castelvania on NES. This trio also takes revenge in a very bloody matter for those who wronged them including a frat house which will need new members after they're done finding out the truth. All the while a mysterious white van is following them and may lead them to whose behind it all or possibly get them.

One of the best concepts out of the film is that the three women cobbled together are all still there. It's a novel concept of having them have to get a long and share their highs and lows and even deciding what to wear or when to have sex. Seeing them eat is profoundly fun and a mess. Yeah, I got the spaghetti, steak, candy and cool whip all on one plate! We can see all three of them as the audience, but not others around them. All three girls can see each other in their shared mind/s, but on the outside they look like a skitzo talking to them-self, themselves?

And on the outside their looking quite grim, though played by Tory Stolper mainly when walking around or beating people in the movie there are signs of ...problems. You can sort of tell in the face with two different eyes and hair styles, not to mention the giant scars. It give the character a strange, bold look. Later, this Franken-girl tones it down, which we could have done without, switching to a purple hair color that slowly turns red with blood. We're guessing for just budgetary reasons they couldn't keep her as creepy at the start.

The feel of the movie is very much an 80's or 90's horror comedy with an insane plot and just dumb background and stereotypical characters. The surrounding cast are great fodder as actual fodder for kills be them victim or out to get the girls. Their idiotic idiosyncrasies like talking about food or self-loathing make for some silly moments.

Hats off to or kooky scientist played by Corey Sorenson who seems to invent and mash together the girls with green goo very similar to the stuff from Re-Animator. He's a classic weirdo of the mad scientist variety you'll want to see make more mixed up people. Oh and animals.

Patchwork should be on your list for Halloween or of if in the mood for a some comedy horror in a second. Frankenstein is sexier than ever and is out for revenge for treating her like crap. Get Patchwork as soon as you're in the mood to have three girls dying to see you.

Get Patchwork on Amazon and iTunes

No Delusion This Halloween

Just revealed in a newsletter to the fans, now apparently called Delusionals-that is not a thing and will not become a thing-is that there will be no Delusion event this Christmas Halloween. Yes, one of LA's favorite haunts will have no show or haunted experience this Halloween season. A favorite of fans, whatever version of the Delusion that has come out in recent years has sold out, well in advance.

Delusion rose above regular haunts with better special effects and and being interactive unlike the simple walk-through haunts.

Why no Delusion? Sadly, no venue has been found to house them this year. It's been a problem over the years with neighbors and different laws in place for what you can do on a property in LA. The only upside founder Jon Braver disclosed was that a venue has been found for 2018.

Even though a major deal with Skybound, a major entertainment company trying to do find new attraction events, was reached,  Delusion still seems no closer to the promised year round venue.

It's sad that LA's haunts will be missing one of their best this October. Creep LA, you better go all out this year.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

ECLIPSECORE Tonight August 17

Looks like we're celebrating the eclipse early with the dubbed ECLIPSECORE featuring live panels on the subject mixed with music.

ECLIPSECORE
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, 7:00 PM
NAVEL
1611 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Free

Featuring new videos and animations by 27 artists, ECLIPSECORE premieres in LA for one-night only TONIGHT before transiting to be along the path of totality in Salem, Oregon.
SCHEDULE - THURSDAY AUG 17
7:30PM Eclipse Panel with Sasha Samochina, Immersive Visualization Producer at Ops Lab NASA JPL, Marijke Jorritsma, UX/UI Designer at NASA JPL and next-level creators Andrew Benson and Rick Silva. Moderated by Sharsten Plenge, WOAH IRL.
360 panel powered by Experience360VR— tune-in via GhostingTV's livestream.
8:15PM ECLIPESECORE - Screening - Part I
9PM Music Performance by P.H.O.R.K.
9:45PM ECLIPSECORE - Screening - Part II
10:15PM DJ set by P.H.O.R.K.

 
With an AR installation by The Great Nordic Sword Fights & Cabbibo.

Bad Exorcists Review: Some Dumb Friends Have To Fight A Demon

Bad Exorcists, a very funny indie horror comedy about three stupid teenage friends trying to exorcise a demon they accidentally summoned. This low-budget comedy is more about teen angst and a dumb trio then trying to fight a demon from Hell. And it works.

The scares take the back-seat to the great script given life by our comedic trio of bad exorcists: Dana, Charlie and Matt played by Julian Master, Sean Roney and Alex Knapp. These three high school friends are idiots, but they're our idiots. Coming up with the stupidest plans and saying the dumbest things to each other.

Their main goal is to film an exorcists movie to win a horror film festival. Matt's idiotic plans of using a real exorcising book leads them to summoning a real demon and infecting a cute girl from school, Lisa played by Claire Berger. Of course, one of the trio, Charlie, has a crush on Lisa.

As Lisa shows more signs of possession and the boys learn of what they've done they realize they have to save Lisa. Or really Charlie does. Matt just wants to have a movie in time for the film festival and Dana doesn't want to fight demons. They're- as the title says- bad exorcists.

Not only are they doing it for selfish reasons or at least Matt is, they plan suck at it. And the highlight of the movie isn't even the main fight with possessed Lisa. It's the stumbling around and insults and strange thoughts of Dana. 

Dana became my favorite character. From his awkwardness, stupidity and bizarre questions. His sheer staring  at girls badly like a pervert and they way he just looks when he's thinking. It's all comedy gold.

Now, I've been waiting for this one since it came out at the Dances With Film Festival here in Hollywood back in 2015. It's been a long time coming, but it finally just got released online through a number of different sources below. Even before that post-production asked for 20k from Kickstarter and it got it. So this has been one long in the works with a long time waiting to be finished and released.
Matt (L), Dana (R)

I'm not sure what the cast has been doing since it filmed, because I would love it if they tackled a different horror genre or another type of comedy. Bad Exorcists is a film that made me actually laugh out loud, which I haven't done to a indie comedy in a long time. It's a horror film, but on only such a level, the rest is just pure teenage romp. You'll come for the exorcism, but stay for the friendship, the stupid, stupid friendship. Dana, you're the best.

Get Bad Exorcists at the following:
Amazon
iTunes
Google Play
YouTube
Vimeo
 
Film link provided by publisher for review purposes

Free Scares In Hollywood The IT Experience: Neibolt House Visit

On Hollywood there sits a house that looks unkempt and dilapidated. In front of it strange people wearing yellow raincoats, some holding a red balloon moving about back and forth. It came about for the horror film "IT," which will soon be back in theaters this September. Just a month off from the theme parks starting their Halloween haunts we have one in the middle of Hollywood. We would have rather liked a "You'll float too," Pool Party at The Standard or at any of the many LA hotels with a pool on the roof instead; missed opportunity.

The IT Experience: Neibolt House
August 14 – September 10 1PM – 11PM Daily
Hollywood Blvd and Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90028

*Now reservations are sold out online, but you can do walk-up, but when I went, it looked to be a 45 minute wait, so heads up when planning to go.

So let's go through the overall experience, without spoilers it's at best 10 minutes long. Remember to sign the liability waiver online or you'll have to do it there and bring any form of ID to prove your age. If you don't bring an ID that can prove your old enough, you don't go in. You'll be put into a group of 9 and then enter the Neibolt House. You'll then explore two floors of scenes you've seen from the trailer. They've got some jump scares here and there. It's a normal haunted house experience, though you are led by someone in a yellow rain-jacket. It's all for free, so you can't really complain.

We can't go into much further details without ruining the experience, but I'll commend the makers of the haunted house from making it spooky enough on the inside. You do feel like you're going through an old house that has seen a living soul for some time.

 I would love "IT" if they gave out some free swag like mini-posters when your done with the experince.








Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pick Up Pony Island For Cheap

During the current microJUMBO Bundle sale at Humbe Bundle you can get a Steam code for Pony Island at $1. We loved the game, it's so much darker than it sounds.

Snowy Bing Bongs Premiere: What Did I Just Watch?

Cocoon Central Dance Team
To a sold out show three strange women danced around in blue unitards on the stage of The Cinefamily and the crowd applauded in the delight of their performance. I did too, their bizarre movements, the whole strange prancing and the slapping of butts. What weird, but funny show am I about to see. It was the special Snowy Bing Bongs Premiere with the cast, the Cocoon Central Dance Team made up of Tallie Medel, Sunita Mani & Eleanore Pienta. It would be a weird movie, one that only lasted 40 minutes. In that time nothing made much sense and this dance and comedian tro didn't want it that way.

The premiere itself was a great example of what LA gets compared to other cities and that's special strange events. The before mentioned live dance number was a highlight of the night. Reggie Watts followed and hosted the premiere. He gave a fun and off-the-wall live performance himself before the movie itself played.

Sadly, Snowy Bing Bongs is not what I like, it's on par with Tim and Eric's strange is funny. I'll state, right off that the comedians are a delight though and there's nothing about them that made the movie off, except one does noticeably have arm hair; unsure if that's suppose to be a joke. Because, I swear, I think only one arm has it. They are funny and I want them to be in something else, but their own creation is a really weird film with only hints of humor I found funny. And frankly, I wanted more dancing. For a movie selling itself coming from a comedic dance team, it needs more dance.

As best explained by someone in the audience during the Q&A. The girls are on a snowy planet fighting beach balls. Yeah, it starts off weird and never stops. When they fight the beach balls the balls hypnotize them sending them to different dimension/ realities for different segments. Each segment first centers on one of the trio, each with a strange meta look of trying to make it into the entertainment industry. It's a common thread of all the segments, cept' for one about a three headed- mustached monstrosity that came about initially from one of the actresses breaking here leg and still wanting to do a dance.
Reggie Watts with Cocoon Central Dance Team

We start with fart jokes and end with the worst live performance of what looks like 90's girl group TLC. In between the girls got a few good laughs out of me like the surreal Q&A that took place within the movie that made fun of itself.

Snowy Bing Bongs shows that there are talented female comedians that need to get more exposure past Garfunkel and Oates, they just need to sit down a do a movie with a plot, that's not completely insane.

The Q&A after the show- the real one-was great. Cocoon Central Dance Team was more a pleasure to see in person then in the film. There chemistry and they're live action responses to Reggie's questions made me wonder why I just couldn't get into the film. You'll be able to judge it in about a year as its director's basically said it'll be going to film festivals and then some way of getting in online.


Weekly What To Do: Nisei Week Needs Some Flamethrowers To Be Cooler

Dave Made A Maze: All Events

We've been looking forward to this one for a while and our damn friend who agreed to see it with us now says he's made plans to see The Dark Tower, currently 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, with his brother instead, WTF.

Wednesday, August 16 7:00pm
UCB Sunset 5419 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
 $5.00
Cast members of Dave Made A Maze reunite to celebrate the film's theatrical release with an improv show as offbeat and unpredictable as the movie itself! 

Aug 18-Aug 24

Multiple Q & A cast and crew screenings
Dave Made a Maze
Aug 22, 7:00 PM
Downtown Independent
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States
$13.41
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with

Bill Watterson (Director)
James Urbaniak (Actor)
Timothy Nordwind (Actor)
Scott Narver (Cameraman)
 

Brewyard Brawls 1 Year Anniversary -Mario Kart Racing Tournament
Aug 17th Thursday , 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Brewyard Beer Company LLC
906 Western Ave
Glendale, CA 91201 

$10

 It's Brewyard Brawls 1 year anniversary, and we want to celebrate with y'all!!!DJ Skreech will be spinning that funky groove, $10 all you can eat tacos and a Mario Kart 64 tournament.

 

Aug 17-20
Echo Park Area
Free, but VIP Passes are available 

Echo Park Rising is a neighborhood event in it’s 7th year that focuses on the music, creativity, diversity and small businesses of Echo Park. There are multiple stages and activities throughout the weekend located on the main routes of Sunset Blvd, Glendale Blvd, Alvarado Avenue, Echo Park Avenue and beyond.

Fri, August 18, 2017
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT
iam8bit
2147 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Free

Iam8bit celebrates the launch of Rez Infinite on PC, as part of Echo Park Rising 2017.

Friday, Aug 18 at 6 PM - 3 AM
The Halal Guys (Los Angeles)
8919 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, California 90069
Damn, we love the food at these places!
"The FIRST 100 PEOPLE in line at our Grand Opening Event will receive buy one get one free Halal Guys! The FIRST 200 fans will receive free exclusive swag and the FIRST 100 fans at all other Southern California locations will receive giveaways as well!

Also we're giving away limited edition pins. Fans that receive these pins will be able to show them and redeem swag and food in the future promotions."
Laemmle's Anniversary Classics
2nd Annual WESTERN WEEKEND
August 18-20 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills
$
A Six-Shooter Collection of Iconic and Iconoclastic Westerns. Special guests: Director Philip Kaufman, Actress Mariette Hartley, Actress Barbara Rush, Karen Sharpe-Kramer.
Thursday, Aug 17, 8:00 pm 
Hollywood Bowl
$$
"The ever-charming Tovey leads an all-American program focused on the extraordinary music of George Gershwin. We're delighted to have 29-year-old jazz virtuoso Aaron Diehl as soloist for Gershwin's tricky Variations."
Battleship IOWA
Friday, Aug 18, 7:30 pm
250 S Harbor Blvd
San Pedro, CA 90731 
Free 

Under the stars or under the guns, which one will you choose?

Battleship IOWA invites you to a FREE SCREENING of Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie will be shown on board the fantail of Battleship IOWA, as you sit under the stars, overlooking the beautiful LA Waterfront.
August 18-20
Staples Center & LA Convention Center
$15 one day, three day $25 

All your favorite K-Pop bands heads to LA to fulfill your dream of meeting them. *Check availability if dream will be fulfilled by those attending. Tons of concerts to check out and scream out to.
August 18-20, 2017
Friday 5-10PM | Sat./Sun. 12-10PM
$5-$12

It's a three-day BBQ extravaganza featuring live entertainment from local bands, a smokin’ food court (including non-BBQ related items), cantinas, arts and crafts, a children's area, games and a dance floor.

August 18August 20

Sanrio Japanese Village
115 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, California 90012
Free

We're celebrating for two weekends in a row. Stop by from August 18 - 20th and again on August 25 - 27th for the debut of the Sanrio Kawaii Mart, special meet & greets with Hello Kitty and Aggretsuko, fun games and face paintings from 11 am - 4 pm, and enter the supercute raffle (one winner per day)!
Aug 18-27 
Grand Parade, Sunday, Aug 19 Streets of Little Tokyo - 4:00pm
Little Tokyo
Free

Starting this week we have two weekends full of Japanese cultural fun as we celebrate Little Tokyo. Each weekend will bring a festival to Little Tokyo with food, music and special activities. Check out the colorful paper lanterns hanging and blowing as part of the Tanabata festival or watch as people try and stuff gyoza into their mouths with the annual contest. The biggest event is Sundays Grand Parade, a big event the closes down Little Tokyo's streets for watching local politicians and businesses stride around dancing with the local community.

Aug 19-20 
The City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 East Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
$10 and up

Back and hot and ever it's the California Hot Sauce Expo, try out a hug assortment of sauces and even watch the ever entertaining hot sauce eating contests.
Opening August 19th. Runs until September 23rd
Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave
2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
 Some events are free with RSVP, and some are ticketed; prices range from $5 to $165
 Drinkin,' Smokin,' & West Coastin' – Opening Night Reception
Sat Aug 19, $0 – $150

"We are happy to return to our old venue in DTLA with a month of art and events about our hometown, and all the stereotypes that come from it – especially the true ones. It's a reflection on classic Best Coast culture from the '84 Olympics to the Kings/Lakers rivalry, the period when we grew up with our city, and all the great and terrible things that happened in between."
Club Comic Con - Glendale
Saturday, Aug 19 at 7 PM - 1 AM

Stars On Brand
417 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, California 91203
$25 

Emulating a Comic-Con party for those who missed out on the real thing.


Opening Reception Saturday, August 19 from 6-11pm
(On View August 19 Through September 16, 2017)Corey Helford Gallery
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
On Saturday, August 19, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will premiere the new body of work and fourth solo exhibition from Southern California-based artist Brandi Milne. Titled “Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom," the new collection will be on display in Gallery 1.
August 19 & 20, 11AM-6PM both days
Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
$15
Unique LA is returning to the west side! Come shop from over 150 local, independent designers and makers selling everything from home goods, clothing, leather goods, bath products, gourmet edibles, children's goods, and so much more!



Art Deco Festival
Saturday, August 19 - Sunday, August 20, 2017
 The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
$25 for day passes (pre-sale), $29 day of event
$229 for The Art Deco Grand Pass
$199 for The Grand Ball
$49 for Swingin’ Sunday Tea Dance
PARKING:
$18 per vehicle

Pack your vintage duds and dust off your dapper suits for the Queen Mary’s 13th annual Art Deco Festival returning to the majestic ship August 19 – 20, 2017. Produced in collaboration with the Los Angeles Art Deco Society, the Queen Mary invites attendees to come aboard and drink, dine, dance, and discover the opulence of this by-gone era immersed among the largest Art Deco collection in the World.  Daily festival activities include shopping for favorite vintage items, marveling at authentic collectables, and experiencing one-of-a-kind lectures by experts on the period.

Muse 'til Midnight
Sat, August 19, 8 pm–midnight
LACMA | BP Grand Entrance
$25 members; $35 general public
Note: This event is for LACMA fans 18 years of age and older.

"Celebrate Latin American and Latino art in Los Angeles with more than a dozen DJs both inside and outside the galleries from 8 pm ’til midnight, curated by ArtDontSleep and drawing inspiration from Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA."

Red Bull Soapbox Race Los Angeles
Sunday, Aug 20, 9 AM - 11:59 PM
Elysian Park, 929 Academy Rd,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Red Bull Soapbox Race is a global event for amateur drivers racing homemade soapbox crafts. Each hand-made machine is fueled by creativity and competitive fun - not to mention the need for speed. This unique non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.
Sun, August 20, 2017
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe
2106 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
$7

When Puppets Are Your Only Friends:More than just a state of being, much more than a reality for most folks... it is also the name of LA's premier monthly PUPPETRY COMEDY VARIETY SHOW at Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe!

Partial Solar Eclipse!Public Viewing Event
Monday, August 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon
ADMISSION IS FREE!

If you can't get to the path of totality for the solar eclipse, Griffith Observatory will host a public viewing event for the partial solar eclipse on our front lawn from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Monday, August 21. The Stellar Emporium gift shop will be open (and selling eclipse viewers), as will The Café at the End of the Universe and the historic level of the Observatory building (home of the Observatory's coelostat, or solar telescope).

Extraordinary: Stan Lee
August 22, 2017
Doors 5:00pm. Show 6:00pm.

Saban Theatre
8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult
$95 / $125 / $150 / $175 + applicable fees –

VIP Meet & Greet* – Limited Number Available — $350.00 + applicable fees 

Stan Lee is being celebrated once again this August with a special event hosted by Chris Hardwick with a bunch of well-known friends of the beloved creator of many Marvel heroes. Tom Bergeron, Lou Ferrigno, Todd McFarlane, Michael Rooker, Andy Signore, and more are gonna come out and praise him in a special celebration of Stan and you can too.