Saturday, February 18, 2017

So It Begins Oscar Street Closures

With the Oscars coming at the end of the month we have Hollywood feeling the impact starting this week.

For full details on how this might affect your schedule look here.

"To accommodate the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive beginning at  10 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, and remain closed until 6 a.m. on Wednesday March 1.

MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, February 25, until 6 a.m. Monday, February 27.  Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m.

Between Sunday, February 19, and Oscar Sunday, February 26, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods."

Toy Fair: Simon Optix

Toy Fair shows me this, but all I see is this
more info here

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Lure & The Void Coming Monthly


Two films we were luckily enough to see at film festivals in 2016 are headed to theaters near you. First out, bubbling up this March, The Lure! We thought Drafhouse was going to snag this Polish mermaid man-eater musical, but it went old-school and Janus, the same Janus that snagged Japanese horror House, has it.

And they re-did the poster for the American market as seen above.

You can read our full review and video of a Polish rendition of The Little Mermaid's iconic Part of Your World in Polish. Sufficed to say, we fell in love with the horrible violence and musical numbers.

It'll be opening March 3rd at the following Laemmle's
NoHo 7 
Playhouse 7 
Ahrya Fine Arts 

Coming the month after in April, The Void. Don't avoid The Void. This messed-up masterpiece of practical effects magic is a must see as their is a genuine plot put in with gore blowing out the windows. A hospital may serves as a portal to another place...a bad place.
Read our review here.


The Void is set for an April 7th release.

World 8 Pop Up



 Looks like our good friends at World 8 our temporarily expanding and have a second video game store for you to peruse.

Video Games
526 S Occidental Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Sunday-Thursday 12pm-8pm
Friday-Saturday 12pm-10pm
*this place doesn't have good parking

For right now the store just has "Video Games" marking it at the top, but look at those beautiful blue walls and a some of open space.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ghost in the Shell: An IMAX First Look Fan Event Feb 28

Oh, wow, were getting some free goodies this year for films. Sorry, we were too late for the Hidden Figures free screenings, they sold out fast. What we do have open is the special

Ghost in the Shell: An IMAX First Look Fan Even
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00PM
Los Angeles – AMC City Walk       
Free, Must RSVP
First Come, First Served

Attendees will receive a limited edition poster and have the opportunity to capture their experience in a film-centric experiential photo booth “Becoming the Major.” IMAX theatres in Los Angeles and New York will also feature a special behind-the-scenes look at the costumes and props from the film.

 “GHOST IN THE SHELL” opens in IMAX® 3D and theatres nationwide on March 31, 2017.

Jack's Back March 9

Jack's Back
Thursday, March 9, 2017 
Doors at 7P | Show at 8P
The Theatre At Ace Hotel 
933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Event is 18+
Free with RSVP
First-Come, First-Served

RSVPS WILL OPEN AT NOON ON 2.17

"On March 9th, be the first of your friends to witness the beginning of Samurai Jack’s fifth season and enjoy an exclusive Q&A with series creator Genndy Tartakovsky. This free event will include exclusive giveaways and a surprise guest or two."
 
Yup, you'll be able to see Samurai Jack in a theater experience. Usually some Adult Swim shows might get screenings at the downtown independent every few years or so, but they've up their game here in LA. 

Royce's Arcade Looks Fun

Royce's Arcade

Fridays 4pm - 7pm
Saturdays 10am - 3pm
21817-A Plummer St. Chatsworth, CA 91311 
$3
We hadn't been back to Royce's Arcade in a while and they've really changed the place to look like an old style arcade with some great murals and sculptures. If you want to play some old arcade titles and game over the weekend they have you covered.

Beyond all games being open after paying the $3 you have the style of have a cheap snack bar with sodas and candies for about a dollar each.

The only complaint might be on times and not every machine is in top form. We played some Time Crisis 3 with some massive burn-in on screen, but it was unlimited plays.

They're trying for some game competitions in the coming weeks to go up on Twitch, but it seems they'll need to start recruiting players.







Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stylish Analog On

Check out the proof of concept from Jeremy Polgar.

Singin' In The Rain For $5 Sunday

We have what the ancients called "rain" coming back to SoCal this weekend. Because when you have the freedom from your job to enjoy the wonderful weather of LA, forces conspire to ruin you weekend.

Or maybe just set the mood. Because the TCL Chinese Theatre is turning 90 this May, there's going to be some special showings and this Sunday we get the pre-La-La-Land, we get Singin' In The Rain.


“Singin’ in the Rain”
10am
 TCL Chinese Theatre
 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
 $5
*In the big theater, not 1-6
A special commemorative postcard features Debbie Reynolds and accompanies each ticket redeemed.

 Other upcoming titles include that feature the iconic theatre are “The Majestic” (Jim Carrey) March 12th at 9am, “Cat’s Don’t Dance” (animated) in April, “The Aviator” (Leonardo DiCarprio) in May, “A Star is Born” (1937 version) in June, “Escape from L.A.” (Kurt Russell) in July, “Rush Hour” (Jackie Chan) in August, Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” (Gene Wilder) in September, “Hollywood Homicide” (Harrison Ford) in October, “The Italian Job” (Mark Wahlberg) in November and “Day of the Locust” (Donald Sutherland, Karen Black) in December.  (Check the theatre website for specific dates and ticket availability).

Things We Don't Recommend: Silencio Blanco: Chiflón, el Silencio del Carbón March 3-4

Sometimes reality can be a bad place and we create films and media to shift away from that reality. Take the film "Being John Malkovich", in it John Malkovich creates a life-sized puppet show on Broadway. It was making fun of what we as a society find as acceptable art and the only reason it was accepted was because it had a celebrity name behind it.

It was also making fun of general art culture and sadly for us all that art  is real. But in no way as entertaining as what happened in Being John Malkovich.

If you enjoy sad events, specifically the Chile mine collapse, why not spend and evening exploring it through marionettes made from newspapers and chopsticks in silence. Yes, there's not even a musical accompaniment.

Fri, Mar 3 at 8PM
Sat, Mar 4 at 2PM & 8PM
Freud Playhouse
$49

If you truly hate someone, but can't outright and say it, get them tickets for this with a good reason you can't make it.

Weekly What To Do: Live For Saturday


Long Beach Comic Expo 2017
Sat, Feb 18, 2017, 10:00 AM –
Sun, Feb 19, 2017, 5:00 PM Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
$tarts at $25

Check the full schedule for and particular interests you have. And be ready to cosplay.

It's a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture.

ScotsFestival
Feb. 18-19, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway
Tickets: $10 online for ages 4-11 and $19 online for guests 12 and over. VIP tickets, two-day festival passes and hotel packages available. 


"Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy. ScotsFestival honors nearly fifty Scottish clans & vendors throughout the weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and Highland athletics. The Scottish Highland Games, a precursor to today’s Olympic Games, were designed to test the strength, skill, and technique of ancient warriors by face offs."

LA Cookie Con
Feb 18th & 19th 2017
L.A. Convention Center
$tarts at $20
* last year sold out

Meet thousands of Californians who share you love for all things sweet, salty and savory in the world of baking and sweets. *That Nerdy Nummies host will be there.

PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend
February 18 (Saturday) – February 19 (Sunday)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LA Zoo
Free with Admission

For the families
PBS KIDS superstar critters Curious George and Daniel Tiger from from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will make a special appearance at the Zoo for meet and greets with young fans. Families can also enjoy live book readings, themed crafts and activities, and a kids’ dance party in our Eucalyptus Grove. Don’t miss the fun!

Cuyler Smith's Trading Cards 2
Fri, 7-9pm 
G1988 East
7021 Melrose Ave

Cuyler has created 40 new actual trading cards to debut (and a brand new limited wax pack)

Dead of Winter Horror Marathon
Sat, Feb 18,7:30pm
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
$25

35mm (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, RE-ANIMATOR, EVIL DEAD II), blu-ray (CEMETERY MAN), DCP (NIGHT OF THE CREEPS)

Opening Reception - 02/18 7pm-10pm
Q Pop 
319 E 2nd St Unit 121
Little Tokyo
Free

Q Pop teams up with Messy Pink to host one of our most Kawaii pink shows to date! The Sweet Pink show is family friendly, so all ages are welcome!


Sat, Feb 18 at 8PM
Royce Hall
$29-$59

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. Comprised of 26 singers (7 sopranos, 6 altos, 6 tenors, 7 basses), the repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant and baroque to the music of the 21th century, with special focus on the work of Estonian composers (Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigoryeva, Toivo Tulev, Tõnu Kõrvits, Helena Tulve) and introducing it to the world.

Let's Duet: An Evening of Burlesque Duets
Tuesday February 21, 2017
8 pm showtime, 6:30 doors
Rockwell Table & Stage
1714 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90027
$12-17

"The Hollywood Jane Revue is back with an evening of burlesque duets! The ladies and gentlemen of the Hollywood Jane Revue are teaming up, so every act has 2 people in it. Twice as much sex appeal for only 1 ticket price!"

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Giffany Lives

A nice day to put up one of my fav prints from Jisoo Kim of Giffany from Gravity Falls, she's from the fictional game Romance Academy 7.

Here's another piece of Giffany from Paul Roberston who either designed or helped bringer her to life on the show. Compliment me!

UCB's Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Bonanza

We just had to post it on the name alone, have a happy Valentine's day y'all!

UCB's Planned Parenthood Valentine's Day Bonanza
Tuesday, February 14
8:30pm, UCB Sunset
$25.00
only a few tickets left

 It's time for a night of L-O-V-E!! Real-life couples, duos and beloved teammates take to the stage on Valentine's Day for a night of comedy benefitting Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. It's an organization that helps so many men, women and children and they need our support more than ever right now, which is why all proceeds will be going right back to them. Come celebrate the love! <3

Featuring:
Jessica Jardine & Tim Kalpakis
Holly Prazoff & Joe Wengert
Mary Holland & Matt Newell
Alex Fernie & Deb Tarica
Search History
Betsy Sodaro & Mano Agapion 
Druhv Uday Singh & Gilli Nissim

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Giant NES Controllers On Broadway and Slauson

There's a pair of Giant NES Controllers on Broadway and Slauson. If you want an address, plug this in 5800 S Broadway Los Angeles, California.

It seems it's just an art piece left out in the open. Also nearby, a big ol' Rubik's Cube.

No details as to who or why it's there, but it ain't officially from Nintendo.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Go Shoot Something It's Valentine's Day Soon

What's the most popular day at the Los Angeles Gun Club? Valentine's Day. They have to close at Christmas. Yes, if you want the perfect date, we suggest what many young Asian couples seem to love, firing guns.

The LA Gun Club
1375 East 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00pm – 11:00pm and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00am – 11:00pm.
213-612-0931
$$ 

Read about our experience about going to the club for the first time last year. 

They're adjacent to some very nice restaurants to have a nice romantic dinner after. But there's nothing more romantic than bracing your date, holding them in your arms and firing a gun together. Bam. You got me in the heart. Hopefully not with a bullet.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Chris McKay Dresses Like A Homeless Man

Chris McKay, the LEGO Batman movie director was answering questions for the LA press day of his new film recently. If you met him on the street you would think he was homeless. I'm not sure what weather he was prepared for, but I would consider giving him an old jacket from the Goodwill if I saw him at the Annie Awards (animation awards).
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The Running Man 30th Anniversary Screening Feb 28

Arnold may be busy in our own Orwellian society with a low-rating version of The Apprentice, but you can see him fight the man in what 2017 could have been in the 30th Anniversary screening of The Running Man. Another gem of a dystopian future LA cinema from the 80's. Watch Arnold go on a horrible parody of Japanese game show in a kill or be killed romp with RoboCop level jokes on society.

Hear from its writer Steven de Souz, who will be there in person and more than likely have strange stories to tell from any set Arnold was on.

The Running Man 30th Anniversary
Tuesday Feb 28, 2017
7:30 PM
The Regent Theater
448 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA
18 and over
$8 - $12

Star Wars Land 2019 & E3 Open To The Public This Year

Two big news bites. First, simply that Disney has announced we'll have Star Wars Land in 2019 here in SoCal. From what's been revealed so far Disney claims you can get on the Millennium Falcon and tour the worlds from the Star Wars Universe. There's still scant details about what'll actually be there and the Disney Parks blog is really terrible at explaining it. "At each location, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life"

What? So the planets we're going have never been in Star Wars? Wild space?
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Secondly, E3 is going on sale to the public this year. One Feb 13, you can buy a pass to E3, first at $149, but that's only for the first 1,000 pass buyers. After that the price jumps to $250. Both prices will get you a three day pass. Here's the other thing, the passes only number 15,000. Tickets go on sale here. E3 will take place here in LA, Jun 13-15.
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Weekly What To Do: Love Is In The Air Or Some Weird Smell

Lucha VaVOOM Twisted Valentine
Feb 8-9
Mayan Theater
1038 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
$40.00



"fun! comedy! mexican masked wrestling! romance!
mayhem! aerial daredevils!"







 
Espresso Cielo Grand Openings
Wednesday, February 8
Espresso Cielo is open daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at both the
Main Street & Second Street locations

 In celebration of the opening, both locations will be offering free coffee drinks to all patrons on that day (limit one per person).




New IKEA Opening
Feb. 8 at 9 a.m
I-5 Olive Ave/Vedugo Ave

The largest IKEA in North America opens up Feb 8 and though the overall company is tied to antisemitism with the founder more than likely a Nazi, that doesn't really stop people from wanting to buy cheap furniture and eating Swedish meatballs.


Thursday, Feb 9 at 7:30 PM - 10 PM

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
$12
Discussion following with actor Peter Weller and screenwriter Ed Neumeier. 4K Director’s Cut DCP
*Our highest recommendation! Peter Weller aka the original and only Robocop is insane, no, I mean insane. Be prepared for a long Q&A after and be in awe of the "Weller."

A Cure for Wellness Screening
February 9, 2017, 7:00 P.M
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Followed by a Q&A with Dir. Gore Verbinski









Saturday Feb 11, 11:55pm
The Vista Theatre
4473 S. Sunset Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
$12.89


An Unauthorized Parody
Previews Feb 10-12
Opening Feb 17
@ The Macha Theatre​
​1107 N Kings Rd, West(eros) Hollywood, CA 90069
$30


Game of Thrones in the way you've always wanted it, as a musical.

Dances of Death
Feb 10-11 8pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall
$$

For these evening, Adès as conductor has programmed two French classics that refer to death, one stately, the other comic, as well as his 2009 cello work Lieux retrouvés, with a new orchestral accompaniment.


Friday, Feb 10, 12 PM - 11 PM
El Segundo Brewing Co.
140 Main St, El Segundo, California 90245
  
"Level One is the first iteration of Super Beer Bros. All year long we will be brewing with brewers we respect, and make KILLER hoppy beers. Some you'll know... some maybe not. We are looking forward to a year of learning, brewing, and friendship."
Friday, February 10, 2017
Doors open at 6:00PM
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Griffith Park Old Zoo
4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
$18.56

Sat, Feb 11, 10 am - 5 pm
on Valley Blvd. in Alhambra from Almansor to Vega
Free 

"250 booths, some with featured activities, such as a dragon boat rowing station, an auto square, children's workshops, a health fair and cultural demonstrations, that provide festival-goers with a taste of the Asian culture. Giveaways, fun games, and ethnic foods attract long lines of attendees. Young and old alike enjoy the exposure to Asian culture and strengthening of community ties this event affords." 

LA Chinatown Firecracker Run
- BIKE RIDE (20/30Mi+): SATURDAY, February 11, 2017
- RUN/WALK (5/10K & Kiddie): SUNDAY, February 12, 2017
- Event Location (including bib pick-up):
Chinatown Central Plaza
943 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
$15.00 - $55.00

Run or ride a bike around Chinatown to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The big draw? The festive lighting of 100,000 sparkling red firecrackers on Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12 at 7:30 a.m. For the families, a free weekend daytime celebration, open to the public, beginning Saturday, February 11 from 10am – 4pm and continuing on Sunday, February 12 from 8am – 12 noon

For the first time
Firecracker Night Fest
Saturday, February 11 from 4-10pm
Chinatown
Free

"The inaugural event will feature a diverse fusion of food and beverage offerings, including The Grilled Cheese Truck, White Rabbit Truck, Seoul Sausage, Rice Balls of Fire, The Deli Doctor and beer garden, along with a stellar entertainment lineup showcasing up and coming YouTube artists: Jason Chu, Megan Lee, Leo Xia, Priska, Perry & Danielle, Andre Echave and more."

Sat, Feb 11, 6pm-9pm

The Perky Nerd
1606 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91506
For the month of love we will celebrate all those awesome relationships through art by some seriously talented people. Curated by Patrick Ballesteros who we all love! Artists from Gaming, animation, Comics, Film and Children’s Books.

Sat, Feb 11, 10 AM - 8 PM

Glendale Galleria
100 West Broadway, Glendale, California 91210
February 11 - 12
The REEF
1933 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007