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Monday, July 16, 2018

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema & Once Upon a Canyon Night

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema  
Now through Saturday,

"Old Pasadena Summer Cinema returns for another year as a month-long, FREE movie series featuring 17 screenings in unique urban settings. Running from July 5 – July 28, this annual summer film program celebrates motion picture in all forms, offering a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles and genres in diverse locales throughout the historic district of Old Pasadena. All screenings are free and open to the public.

SATURDAY JULY 28: The Muppet Movie (1979) G. Celebrate the art and fun of puppeteering! Enjoy a craft with the Armory Center for the Arts, roving puppeteers, photo ops, face-painting, DJ sets from Glenn Red, and free treats from Paradis while supplies last."

Once Upon a Canyon Night 16th Season
Starts Sunday, Jul 22, 7:30 pm
Tree People
12601 Mulholland Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
$30.00 - $100.00

Enjoy an eclectic mix of comedy, theater and music in what LA Weekly describes as the “cutest little outdoor venue in town!,” all while supporting TreePeople.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Coldwater Canyon Park, this summertime series showcases acts for the whole family to enjoy and takes place within the intimate S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre, a venue described by patrons as a "stunning setting among the trees."

This year's lineup features Maz Jobrani, Louden Swain, annual favorite "Airplane! The Reading!!” and other special guests – including an opening night with comedian Paula Poundstone.

Shark Week @ Paley Jumps The Shark

"Is this is it?" a small child asked his Dad when he walked through the Shark Week Exhibit at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, last Sunday. And we must apologize to anyone who read our Weekly What To Do Section last week and went. We were as bummed out by the kid we overheard. He was as sad as us to find really nothing at the Shark Week exhibit.

The exhibit strikes you as fun with a large shark head and bench to take photos on as you enter The Paley. At that point you should just stop and leave, because there's really nothing else up the stairs in the exhibit. It's just void of knowledge or really anything past a few selfies.

We truly don't understand why there couldn't be very simple booths teaching us about sharks. Or just really anything other than some props from past Shark Weeks.

There were two interactive kiosks that we saw that asked shark questions and that was it for any sort of learning. It's such a waste. We really think this will hurt the credibility of Discovery Channel and sort of consider it ill will towards anyone trying to learn.

*Highly not recommended
July 14 to 29, 2018 Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
465 N. Beverly Drive, at S. Santa Monica Blvd.

Adventure Time Time: A New Minecraft Episode

Well, we're getting a new episode of Adventure Time, "Diamonds & Lemons." It takes place in Minecraft or really the art style will look like Minecraft and the shows going with it. It"ll air Friday, July 20th.

And will be getting some Adventure Time news from Comic-Con, happening this weekend. The art in this post is official art for the final episodes, which we'll probably gets dates on from Comic-Con. It's been a great ride, let's see how it ends.

Anime Expo 2018: VIZ Media Industry Panel

By Andrew R. Gallardo @ARGTASTIC

The VIZ Media panel had a something to offer for everyone! With Anime, Manga and Games!

All the anime fans that grew up on Sailor Moon have something to look forward to. Sailor Moon the movie will be in theaters on July 28th & 30th and also, August 4th & 6th. Special limited edition posters will be handed out as well! (First come first serve) and as Urian Brown from VIZ stated, "Sailor Moon fans are VERY punctual, so get there early." Be sure not to miss out on this blast from the past!


Have you ever wondered what happens to heroes in the My Hero Academia universe when they don't go into the Academia?
Well if you have these brand new manga series from VIZ explains what happens!
They become VIGILANTES! 

This new manga brings the anti heroes to light. This series takes place 4 years before the main story in the anime. It offers a bigger look at that universe from a different perspective. You can find FREE chapters in the link below.

Special Guest!

A special guest we were delighted by was none other than the creators of RWBY! Animation Director Kerry Shawcross and also Gray Haddock from Rooster Teeth and the voice of Tochwhick.

The creators were asked a few questions- 

Which brought up the age old question;

Q- Is an anime created in America still an anime? 
A- (by Kerry Shawcross) mentioned he doesn't really care what you call it as long as you like it. 

Q- So many people dream of making an anime. What practical advice do you give does dreamers?
A- (by Gray Haddock)  Get Started , Wake up. Get it out of your head! Get all your mistakes out of the way early, so you can learn from it. A rough version out in the world will be more useful to you than just the idea rattling in your head until it's perfect.

Q- What new stuff are you working on? 
A-(by Gray Haddock) New things on what's going on with the world of RWBY , New games.
Also a new anime called gen:LOCK which Michael B. Jordan will be providing the voice.

VIZ is also bringing us a video game. The game is called "The World Next Door" which is said to be manga/anime inspired game. A narrative driven action adventure puzzle game that follows June a rebellious teen trapped in a world inhabited by magical creatures. Coming to PC and Mac.

Coming soon!

As the VIZ panel progressed we were surprised by a very special guest.

None other the Joey the anime man , Popular Youtube content creator. He shared his own view on anime and mangas.

Dead Dead Demon's De De De De Destruction -

In the words of Joey the anime man a synopsis of the anime is, "It's about Aliens that come to Tokyo and these bunch of girls want to go to war with them, but Japan doesn't want to go to war. What happens next? Read the manga to find out!"

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle-

Imagine a damsel in distress story, now if that damsel was causing distress to the demons, because part of her journey to go to sleep is harvesting demons parts to make a cozy blanket or a pillow.

In one case she she's a demon ghost and thinks to herself that would be a really good blanket, but she she doesn't need the head or arms of it, so, she viciously rips them off and goes to sleep. A cute manga about brutally murdering demons and going to sleep. Also, the art is really great. I definitely suggest checking this out.
Check out the free preview - Found on

Junji Ito is back!

The king of horror manga is going to release a collection of horror comics. Smashed is said to contain a few inspired H.P. Lovecraft stories. Be sure to pick this up if you want to have n͚͚͇̦̯̫i͖g̗̥̗ͅh͚t͍̣̯̲̬̰m̭ạ̤̜͓r̖͎̞̥̫͇e͎̗͉̳ͅs̥͙̤͍̹!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Why Don't We Have Jaws on the Water?

Alamo Drafthouse has a moving picture show in the summer that has you watching Jaws on the Water at lakes and water parks...just not here. Our Alamo Drafthouse is yet to open up, but I think it's something the people of LA would love.

Check out the old and new inner tubes you get as part of the deal of seeing Jaws on the water.

If you're heading to Texas you can still catch the movie and chill. Here's hoping we one day get it at Raging Waters.

Game Reviews: Awkward, Muddledash & Nippon Marathon

Released for PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch $11.99

"At the end of the 1800s, the government declared a global ban on the legendary card game Awkward, due to an increase in bar fights, divorces, and family feuds. It was political correctness gone mad." Or at least that's how the game sells itself. I would call it perfect at breaking up friendships as fights started almost immediately when I played this one with my group of friend on July 4th, in fact all the games in this review que were played then.

How did my friends and I get at each others throat? It wasn't the questions, which can be very naughty or morally confounding, but more of how we thought each other would answer. You get asked a question, however strange it may be you have to answer yes or no. Then your next friend or... former friend is asked how the previous player would answer. And, did this start up fights in my group.

I was playing with about three other players and we got into some "arguments" over what each other would say yeah or nay to. The game also shows much larger results on what others chose. Then you see your compatibility in the form of ancient paintings. I was amazed we didn't get a depiction of Hell.

It's a quirky party game for up to 6 players that might make or break some friendships, perfect for streaming and perfect to start up some intense rivalry in a game night. We'll have to play it more once everyone calms down or with a new group of friends.

Released for PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch $5.99

What's happening!!!? I've got to get that present to the party. That's what my friends and I learned fast as we raced to be the first with present in tentacle. Four squids race on slippery and sticky terrains to be the first to deliver a gift between all of them. You"ll race and steal the present from each other as you can knock it out of each others tentacles.

It was such a spectacle of the night as we just put the game in without knowing anything about it and soon enough we were zipping through beautiful colorful mazes, wearing silly hats, which you get to pick at the start of your races and trying to just hold on to one precious present per person.
You don't have to worry about playing the same level twice as this game has got random generating levels per round. Each with their own traps and faults that can slow a squid down.

We had the most zany fun with this one. It's pure and simple play mechanic of just racing with one present is a party-pleaser.

Nippon Marathon
Released for PC (Steam Early Access), coming later to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

I don't know what's happening! Japan, Japan, Japan. What the Hell? Nippon Marathon might have gotten the most laughs of the night as we had little to know understanding of this utterly strange race challenge game. It's like some sort of Japanese game show where you and up to three friends can race through strange environments akin to Japan and then get hit by a fish or fall off a cliff. 

The first time a news reporter asked us to finish a joke it was strange, but when we suddenly had to play slot machines it was still brain melting-ly strange. Yes, those things can happen when racing. Just the random nature of the game of what could be next as you race to a finish line through a sake factory or a supermarket or Japanese town had us laughing are heads off as random people would hit us with poles or Shiba Inu doggos would chase after us. Or if we would just fall off the level.

The controls are a bit to get use to as it seems to be part of the game play not to be that well-coordinated to make it through each level. There are also some power-ups that have to be used sparingly as some can actually hurt you like a watermelon parachute  that got caught on monuments and actually hurt my racer.

The games not done and I just saw the release of  a new mode of bowling with shopping carts and human-sized pins. Oh, and you're character is in the shopping cart?

Another game to play with friends and we can't wait to see finished for full release.

Reviews provided by various publishers for review purposes

8th Annual Cinespia Slumber Party Aug 8

Thought we'd put this one up now as it will now doubt sell-out way ahead of time.

8th Annual Movies All Night feat. The Craft
Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
$12 – $29

It's all about the witches and it's nowhere near Halloween. Movies All Night with The Craft, Practical Magic and The Witches of Eastwick.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fortnite In Our Reality: Durr Burger In The Desert

The Durr Burger statue from the game Fortnite somehow ended up in our reality, not that far from LA in Antelope Valley. NBC 4 took some photos for what seems to be Seasons 5 launch where the game crosses over into our reality and vice versa.

Check out the trailer below which seems to have us swapping people and stuff into each other's reality. Trippy.

Anime Expo 2018: Fav Photos

All Might Mom & Deku Son
Here our the favorite pics I snagged at AX this year. I love all those cosplayers went the extra mile, the random loneliness of others, but not the lack of chairs.
Pokemon Family: Nurse Joy Mom, Squirle Older Sister, Squirlte Baby Brother, Dad?-Just like Pokemon

 My "ALONE" Series

 End of loneliness

This is where you sit, inside the tape

A regular line at AX

Summer Screenings & Other Summer Events

Poolside Cinema @ Mr. C Beverly Hills
Every Tuesday evening, from now till August 28
Mr. C Beverly Hills 
1224 Beverwil Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90035 United

$35 or $45

Cinema by the pool every Tuesday for the Summer.

Movie Nights @ Blossom Plaza
June 30, July 28 & August 25
Blossom Plaza
900 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Jurassic Park trilogy during the Chinatown Summer Nights
Going Metro means you’ll also have the chance to receive a free one-of-a-kind tote bag made from recycled Hollywood Bowl street-pole banners. To get a tote bag, present your TAP card and concert ticket during select shows at the Hollywood Bowl information booth. Supplies are limited, so early arrival is recommended. Participating concerts include:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hurricane Harbor Needs Help

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a fun place to cool off in the long as you aren't in line for food. Back in June, some of the TTDILA crew and myself ventured into the park for fun. We did, up until we tried getting food. I kid you not that it took 2 hours to get some of the worst fries and burgers we've ever tasted.

As friends waited in line stuck, hungry and miserable, I saw no sort of action from the Hurricane Harbor staff to fix the problem of the insane wait times. This was on a weekend day, a Saturday, their busiest day and they didn't open another stand or try help patrons by handing out at least free water. It was a total mess from the management of the park.

There were no other locations to get food without leaving the park and you're not allowed to bring outside food or drink.

From my experience I highly recommend spending your hard-earned cash outside of the park on huge breakfast or brunch, because the only thing you"ll be able to get is overpriced snacks at the gift shop if you want food.

It's not worth it to go there if you have kids , it's just really not worth it. And I say forget Hurricane Harbor if it treats people so badly due to idiotic management and not understanding people will be hungry in a theme park.

Game Hype: Donut County Got Cloned Already

Looks like a game I've been waiting on for a long time has been ripped-off, even before it's been released. I think, I first got to play it at UCLA'S Game Night at the Hammer a few years back or IndieCades ago. It's called Donut County. News of it being cloned a having the original creator lose out on income pissed me off. It snagged my attention, because I've seen this thing grow up over the years from early build to having a story. And it's from someone in the LA game making community.

Ben Esposito, who has some good games his worked on underneath his belt like The Unfinished Swan and What Remains of Edith Finch is the creator of Donut County. He's been working on Donut County for a very long time and it's finally due out this year. In the game you control holes and grow them bigger and bigger, like Katamari Damacy. Now, there's a story in the game about a delivery service and a mischievous racoon and I honestly can't wait to play through the finished game.

Ben wasn't happy when he found a clone of his game called had already come out from publisher Voodoo as a game app on your phone.

You can read more about it here over at Engadget, though there doesn't seem to be any talk of legal ways of stopping from existing as it's really just one man trying to finish his game. But you can tell Voodoo that you're not happy with them publishing a game that someone else is still making.

Weekly What To Do: Union Station Is Trying Hard & Octopath Traveler Times 2

7-Eleven Day
Wed, July 11, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time,
Participating 7/11's

7‑Eleven Day, better known as July 11 (7/11) on the calendar. Instead of cake and candles, the world’s largest convenience retailer celebrates with FREE Slurpee® drinks, inviting millions to the party.

John Gerrard: Solar Reserve
July 12, 2018–September 3, 2018
Resnick Lawn

This monumental digital simulation recreates a solar thermal power plant in Nevada and the surrounding desert on a frameless LED wall. At the center of this virtual world is a tower encircled by 10,000 mirrors that adjust their positions in real time according to the location of the sun, and reflect light on the tower to generate electricity.

Skyline Sound + Cinema: I, TONYA with TONYA HARDING in person
Thursday, July 12, 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
The Bloc
750 W. 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Train-to-Table Farmers Market
Every Thursday from noon – 6 p.m.
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012

Beginning Thursday, July 12, Union Station’s South Patio will be transformed into a bustling marketplace showcasing a diverse selection of SoCal’s farmers, artisans, crafters and culinary creations. The new Train-to-Table Farmers Market will serve as an idyllic location for lunchtime small bites and drop-in shopping in the heart of the iconic downtown landmark. The expansive South Patio, featuring towering palm trees and an iconic 100-foot-tall clock tower, has evolved into a vibrant meeting place for Angelenos.

Alex Film Society Presents: Superman: The Movie
Thursday, Jul 12, 7:30 pm
Alex Theatre
216 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
$12.00 - $16.50

Thu, July 12, 2018
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
2147 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Free, Register
18+ event

One night only! Exclusive art, gameplay, listening stations, photo ops, and more!

Friday, July 13, midnight
Nuart Theatre

Writer/Director Tom McLoughlin Midnight show w/Intro

Metro Art Presents: Filmmm at Union Station | City of Gold
Friday, July 13,8:30 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors at 7:30 pm)
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Special guest Jenn Harris, Deputy Editor of the LA Times Food section to introduce the film. “Film…mmm” continues Friday, July 13 with "City of Gold," a portrait of Los Angeles’s wide ranging culinary culture as it is of the LA Times food critic, Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold. We'll have food trucks on site starting at 5:30pm: Comet BBQ, Boba Ni Taco and LA Donut!

Universal CityWalk Hosts a Free Concert Featuring Rising Stars
Friday, July 13, 7:00pm
5 Towers” concert stage at Universal CityWalk100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Universal CityWalk’s prolific Street Performers program will feature today’s brightest up-and-coming stars in a free concert performance at the “5 Towers” outdoor concert venue. Hailing from across the globe, an array of eclectic artists will take to the stage to perform original and cover songs as well as collaborated sets in front of an enthusiastic, standing-room-only CityWalk audience.

Japan Night
Friday, July 13 - 7:10pm
Dodger Stadium
$ Admission to Stadium
* Must special order to receive t-shirt

Join the Dodgers on Friday, July 13, as we host Japan Night. This special event ticket package includes your ticket to the game and an exclusive Japan Night t-shirt* that spells out Dodgers (front) and Maeda (back) in Japanese shodo calligraphy. Stay after the game to enjoy Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's.

Friday, July 13, 8:30 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Skirball Cultural Center
$12 General

An outdoor movie sing-along! In this cult classic, teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) has thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother from the Goblin King (David Bowie).

The Night Eats the World Screenings
Starts Fri, Jul 13th
Music Hall Laemmle

Synopsis: After waking up in an apartment the night after a raging party, Sam comes face to face with his new reality: an army of zombies has invaded the streets of Paris and he is the lone survivor. Petrified with fear, he barricades himself inside the building to survive. He wonders how long can he last in silence and solitude, and the answer comes when he learns that he’s not all alone after all.

Tiki Night 2018 - Bosko and Rolly
Sat, Jul 14, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
$15 general admission

Our 14th annual Tiki Night includes live music, dancers, vendors and cocktails, followed by a screening of two new short documentaries profiling pioneering Tiki sculptor Bosko Hrnjak and Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump, one of the creators of Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room.
A Tiki Marketplace will open at 4:00 PM in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard, selling new and vintage Tiki-related art, memorabilia, clothing, accessories and more.

Union Station’s Summer Train Fest
Sat, July 14, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Free, Register

This summer, Union Station will set “Dreams in Motion” with an up-close look at the magic of train travel at the 2nd Annual Union Station’s Summer Train Fest. The free family event will feature a rare collection of beautifully restored vintage train engines and cars from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
The festival will also showcase the future of train travel with exclusive and rarely seen train cars from Metrolink and Amtrak.

July 14 to 29, 2018 Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
465 N. Beverly Drive, at S. Santa Monica Blvd.

SHARK WEEK: 30 Years of Shark ‘N’ Awe! The Exhibit gives visitors a chance to dive in to three decades of jaw-dropping shark stories and groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Relive the annual ‘fin-tastic’ celebration’s greatest moments through compelling video, never-before-seen photography, props, and costumes, including NBA legend Shaquille O’Neil’s custom wetsuit from the 2018 promo campaign. Get an up-close look at Shark Week’s popular mascot, “Chompie, Jr.” and take your own Shark-themed photos to share on social. And see exclusive artifacts from the annual event that has taken viewers to unexplored locations and provided them with extensive insights into the mysterious world of sharks. And rounding out the experience will be an interactive display where visitors can test their knowledge of SHARK WEEK’s thirty year history through an exciting trivia challenge.

Octopath Traveler Launch Event with Laura Post at Game Realms
Sat, July 14, 1 PM - 5 PM
Game Realms
137 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, California 91502
Game Realms will be celebrating the release of Octopath Traveler, a new Nintendo Switch RPG game developed by the same team that produced the games Bravely Default and Bravely Second on Nintendo 3DS! We will have special guest Laura Post, the voice of Primrose Azelhart in Octopath Traveler, signing autographs for FREE during the event!

Saturday, July 14 at 7 PM - 9 PM
1206 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, California 90015
Let Me Eat Cake, which coincidentally falls on Bastille Day, is going to be one of sweet, decadence mixed with extravagant color, texture, smell and more. It is going to be a room filled with luscious desserts that come in the form of paintings, sculpture, photography, a real art cake and more!!
Jul 14-15
Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Celebrate the bloom of Echo Park Lake's beloved floating flowers with the annual Lotus Festival. Expect plenty of food, music, dragon boat races and, of course, the lotus flower beds in full bloom. The historic event celebrates the contributions of Asian-Americans to L.A., and this year, the 38th, will honor the Chinese community.

Sunday, July 15 is #NationalIceCreamDay!
Be sure to check out your favorite ice cream stores for any special treats they"ll make up

3D: Double Vision
Sun, July 15, 2018–March 31, 2019
Art of the Americas Building, Level 2
Admission to LACMA

Drawn from the realms of art, science, mass culture, and entertainment, the artworks in 3D: Double Vision will dazzle the eyes and provoke the imagination. Ultimately, to experience 3D is to engage with questions about the nature of perception, the allure of illusionism, and our relationship with the technologies that create such images.

National Ice Cream Day at Smorgasburg L.A.
Sun, July 15, 10 AM - 4 PM
Smorgasburg Los Angeles
777 Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90021

And what better way to celebrate than to gather all of LA's best ice cream and sweet treat purveyors in one place? Join us for the launch of our ICE CREAM ALLEY, an all new area of Smorgasburg LA that will be open every single Sunday, all through Labor Day!

Sun, July 15, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

A Q&A with director Ernest R. Dickerson, writers Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff, the Crypt Keeper, John Kassir and other cast tba moderated by Brian Collins of Birth.Movies.Death. follows the screening.
July 17 – August 4
The Queen Mary
Exhibition Hall (Ex-Hall)
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

Dark Harbor, SoCal's most terrifying haunt, is set to return for another frightening year, and you can audition to be a part of the bloodcurdling action! The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor is the only Halloween attraction in Southern California that's authentically haunted - if you aren't afraid of things that go bump in the night, The Queen Mary wants you! Dark Harbor needs hundreds of performers to help bring the ghoulish nightmares to life this October.

Eat/See/Hear's July Line Up
  • Saturday, July 14: The Warriors at LA State Historic Park
    • Musical performance by Girl Friday precedes the film screening
    • Food trucks include Steamy Bun, Tender Grill, Tomski, Tackle Box and Woody’s Grill
  • Saturday, July 21: Ocean’s Eleven at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
    • Musical performance by country-soul songwriter Priscilla Renea precedes the film screening
    • Food trucks include Cousins Maine, Deli Dr, Rice Balls, India Jones, VCHOS and Jogasaki
  • Saturday, July 28: Blazing Saddles at The Autry Museum
    • Musical performance by indie artist Sam Valdez precedes the film screening
    • Food trucks include Bison, Street Food Co, Piaggio on Wheels, Dogtown Dogs, Triple Threat, Tainamite and Phoking Awesome
    • All ticketholders have free access to the museum before the screening