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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Strange Car Chase & Corpse Flower Opening

Check out one of the most craziest car chases LA has had in recent memory. A yet to be identified women stole an RV, smashed into cars, a tree and lost a one of two dogs through a hole she made in the front of the car. Crazy!

-Fox 11 says a Corpse Flower is suppose to open at Cal State Long Beach Thursday or Friday. The smell is suppose to be overpoweringly disgusting.

Weekly What To Do: Memorial Day Weekend

Autry After Hours: We Love L.A.
Wed, May 22, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pacific Visions Preview: We Need To Get Rid Of The Smaller Theater In It

pic Tom Bonner
Opening this Friday is the Pacific Visions Pavilion at the Aquarium of the Pacific. We got to preview it and though a lot of it is grand, it's mostly a reminder of how we need to fix the environment.

Pacific Visions
Opens May 24
Aquarium of the Pacific
$ Admission 
I heard kids shouting, "Oh my Goood! Look at those penguins!" They were excited and happy, this was out in the open near the penguin exhibit and that was the same at the other exhibits featuring the creatures from our oceans. Forget that at the new Pacific Visions. Visions is sort of a beautiful mess of reminding the world and specifically kids that things are bad. All of it is mostly in the dark, which doesn't invoke much happiness to small children.

*Though shots of it make it looks like it's a separate building, it is conencted to the aquarium near the front.

It starts of with an art gallery that will change exhibitions over time. When we went, they had some fun work called Reefs & Drifters that showcased plankton and coral. We're not sure about the benefits educationally with this or how a little kid won't like how dark it is inside. For older attendees, it's a nice start and hopefully has some more fun pieces over the years and maybe lighting.

Next area was a mistake, it's a pre-show area that happens before sitting down for another video to play, except that video is in the 8k Honda Pacific Visions Theater. I don't know who planned it, but getting up to go into a bigger theater from seating in a smaller theater, well, it's just kind of dumb. And the videos tell the same story with the 8k theater just being better at it.

So, instead of interacting with people or having any sort of connection to living creatures you'll sit on your butt twice to watch a reminder on how we need to fix the oceans

 I'm not sure why the 8k theater with a giant screen that curves in a 180-degree arc and never before seen by us 36-foot-wide floor projection disc doesn't show the only video for the exhibit. This theater also has the ability to create fog, wind, scent, strobe lights, and seat vibration, which the other can't. Some of these extra  were featured in the 8k theater and were a nice little bonus to the screening. The video quality was quite amazing though the subject matter and way it was presented was kind of boring. I could see a tired Dad falling a sleep to it.
We're not sure when new videos or screenings will showcase all of its features, but hopefully down the line will see other films play, specially made for the theater. Because, if it's only that one short video, it's a waste.

After the second theater, can't believe I have to write that, you'll enter a rehash of the more boring stuff you'd see at the California Science Center. The culmination gallery is darkly lit, because someone thinks that's cool, has tables you can touch to answer questions about conservation and some machines you can pull and rotate to tell you facts about consumption and pollution.

Overall, it's kind of a let down after hearing about it all these years. The regular aquarium maybe should have invested in a face lift instead of this new pavilion. A pavilion that, though brand new and beautiful, does little to give hope for the future, even when it showcases what the world might look like if we make it better.

Jerry Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president & CEO, seems like his heart is in the right place, his words of making it easier to explore new technology and being allowed to do so without being hindered spoke to us. Hopefully, whatever lobby is trying to stop work for a better tomorrow is thrown to the curb, but he didn't really explain who was stopping it. He was deeply enamored that this new pavilion will out live those who made it and remind future generations to care about the oceans. Which we should do anyway.
Jerry Schubel

Hype: Earthworm Jim 1+2 Remade, Dead Cells DLC, The Bell: Taco Bell Hotel, BFFS Mini Series 5 & More

-Earthworm Jim 1+2 (25th Anniversary Edition) from iam8bit. Oh, cool from artist friend
  • Custom Package Design & Restoration by Jango Snow Art & Design 
-Dead Cells Rise Of The Giant DLC is out Thursday, May 23. The long suffering of everybody else getting the update, but Switch owners, is over.

-The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort is coming to Palm Springs this August. Reservations open this June, so sign up to find out the exact date to plan your taco-filled vacation. The hotel will be 18+, so no kids.  What sets the place apart is having taco sauce packet floaties and room service will have the whole menu with some exclusive items. And, who doesn't want to get something at the Taco Bell gift shop?

-BFFS Mini Series 5 by Travis Cain x Kidrobot look pretty cool

-Dr. Pepper Dark Berry is a limited time flavor? No, idea how long it"ll be in super markets, but it's tied to Spider-Man Far From Home, so, probably the summer.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Horror This June

Rated R Speakeasy
Sat Jun 1, 2019 7:00 pm
Secret Location, Glendale CA, 91203
$10-Will sell out

It's back from the darkeness from one night only, it's the Rated R Speakeasy. Supposedly, bigger than last time you'll be able to get a drink with live entertainment, a special sneak preview screening from Shudder and more.

Friday Night Frights Presents SHAKMA
Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 11:00 PM
Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth
2511 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Camp Void 6-Film Marathon
Sat, Jun 15, 12:00pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Cinematic Void returns with Camp Void this Summer starting June 15th with a six-film marathon filled with horrors taking place on vacation.
The films:

The Shining 4k Father's Day
Sun, Jun 16, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

How better to celebrate Father's Day by seeing the great father-son relantionship in The Shining...if you're messed up it probably is. This is the new 4K restoration and Stanley Kubrick's Director’s assistant Leon Vitali will be in person.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Godzilla Pop-Up Little Tokyo

Now take this with a grain of atomic salt, we're suppose to have special Godzilla Pop-Up in our local Kinokuniya book store in Little Tokyo. We haven't gone ourselves, but in the past with these "pop-ups" at Kinokuniya it really means a table of merch from the movie or anime. And judging from the image used to promote it's the Japanese Godzilla's merch, not the new movie version. But, if a Godzilla fan you might want to check out what special items they have.

Godzilla Store Invasion
May 18 through June 30
Kinokuniya Books

Little Tokyo

123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Items available in the stores will include “an abundance of unique visual books, a whopping 12 of the Godzilla “B Side Label” stickers, various Godzilla T-shirts including the coveted Tomodachi shirt featuring Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, a Second-Form Shin Godzilla Cable Bite, several Godzilla straps, and so much more,” according to organizers."

via THR

It might be better to check out the GIANT Godzilla head coming out of the dome!

Amphibia Out June 17th

Just in time for Summer is a new cartoon from someone who worked on Gravity Falls. Amphibia gives off a total Gummi Bears feel, if you ever watched the Disney Afternoon you know what I'm talking about. The show's about a lost little girl befriended by frogs in some sort of frog land. Check it out streaming and Disney Channel on June 17th. \