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Friday, January 17, 2020

Valentine's Day Massacre Part 2: Luchadores, Sandler & Lover's Rock

We've got more events for Valentine's Day. Yes. we already gave you Valentine's Day Massacre Part 1: Guns & Piranhas.

Now, we've got some more events you should be planning on going to.

Pin Ups ‘N Pin Downs
February 12 & 13
The Mayan Theater, 1038 S Hill ST, Downtown Los Angeles,
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8.15pm
Tickets are on sale now for $40.00 for general admission tickets (includes mezzanine and balcony seating and standing unreserved) and $55.00 for ringside tickets

Featuring incredible musical guests
& LVV debut of MISS TOSH!!
Tiny minis MICRO MAN vs CHAMUEL! Fist time in USA and it’s a grudge match after Micro Man took Chamuels mask!!
Special guest comics!!

All the following take  place Feb 14th

The Wedding Singer Valentine's Day Party
7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Cinespia at the Los Angeles Theatre
615 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
$35 – $80
Our Valentine's Party. Live music, DJ dance party, 5 floors of bars, free photobooth and The Wedding Singer in a beautiful movie palace!
My Vintage Valentine Dinner Show
6:00pm & 9:00pm Dinner Seatings
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach CA., 90802
First Seating at 6:00pm
  • 275.00 per couple
Second Seating at 9:00pm
  • 295.00 per couple


Celebrate love aboard the Queen Mary this Valentine’s Day for an unforgettable evening of romance and old-world glamour. Selling out each year, My Vintage Valentine Dinner Show dazzles the crowd with vintage burlesque beauties, French cancan dancers, and acrobats that will take guests on a visual journey as they dine on a delectable four-course meal in one of the Queen Mary’s historic salons. Attendees will be delighted by this “four-course love story,” where a tantalizing new act appears on stage with each course of the meal — beginning with a couple’s heart-pounding first encounter…all the way through a Parisian honeymoon.
Grand Park Lovers Rock – Valentine’s Day
7 PM – 11 PM
Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, California 90012
Rooted in the reggae sounds of the 1970s and in Caribbean nightclubs in London, Lovers Rock is more than a music genre—it serves as a space of love, identity and resistance, fostering a nuanced intersection of gender and expression. Grand Park celebrates Lovers Rock and transforms the 12-acre urban oasis with mood lighting and curated music into the premier date spot for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget. Angelenos can bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a romantic evening at tables for two around Grand Park’s iconic Arthur J. Will Memorial fountain followed by a moonlit walk throughout the park’s Olive Court amidst the historic views of Los Angeles City Hall. Guests will experience special music curated to enhance the park’s beautiful surroundings

Australia Fire Relief Humble Bundle

For $25 you get quite a lot of good games on Steam. Some, we're kind of pissed we got during the Winter sale. At least they're not calling it a fire sale.

Australia Fire Relief Humble Bundle

And all the proceeds go to help the animals affected by the fires in Australia.

Anyway, here's all the games you get and you can always give the codes to friends if you've already got them in your collection.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Weekly What To Do: We Have Pun-Offs Now

ArcLight Cinemas & Collider Present the For Your Consideration Series
Q&A to follow with Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Wednesday, January 15
after 7:00PM show
in the Dome
Q&A to follow with Writer/Director Taika Waititi 
Friday, January 17
after 6:15PM show
in the Dome

HIDA | A Woodwork Tradition in the Making

Jan 16- Apr 12
Japan House

The exhibition highlights the Hida region’s enduring craft connections to wood and the forest. The featured objects and processes engage the five senses and touch upon all aspects of contemporary lifestyle. From the raw materials of the forest, the origins of Hida’s craft traditions, to the furniture designs developed by Hida Sangyo in collaboration with some of the world’s top contemporary designers, such as Enzo Mari and Sori Yanagi, the exhibition spans the evolution of Hida’s relationships with the Forest, Human needs, Time, and Craft.

Miwa Matreyek: Infinitely Yours
Thursday, January 16- January 18
631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This kaleidoscopic, dreamlike merger of the fanciful and the scientific takes you to a world rich  in surrealism and metaphor. With Infinitely Yours, Los Angeles multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek further pushes her signature technique of layered projections, intricate animation, and live performance

Freaked 35mm Screening
Fri, Jan 17, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

*This is pretty messed up
Mondo Music is proud to announce for the first time ever on vinyl the score & soundtrack to FREAKED. Available for purchase in the lobby, the new double vinyl edition features Kevin Kiner’s full score to the movie as well as songs from Butthole Surfers, Blind Idiot God, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins and more!
Discussion following with directors Alex Winter and Tom Stern; co-writer Tim Burns, composer Kevin Kiner; production designer Catherine Hardwicke; special effects artists Steve Johnson, Tony Gardner and Bill Corso; actors John Hawkes and Lee Arenberg; Henry Rollins and Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers. Hosted by Drew McWeeney.
@ Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

Ilya Kuvshinov Workshop
Thu, January 16, 2020
Jan 16, 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Gallery Nucleus is excited to welcome Ilya Kuvshinov to the main gallery to demonstrate his skills in person! Ilya will show a limited number of attendees his entire process from beginning to finish in a live illustration demo.

The Art of The Wonderland / Ilya Kuvshinov Screening / Panel
Jan 17, 6:00PM - 10:00PM

 Join us as we take a behind the scenes look and celebrate the us release of the new film THE WONDERLAND. As the lead concept artist, renowned illustrator, Ilya Kuvshinov will be flying in from Japan for a special screening of the film, follwed by a Q&A and book signing.

Foxy Fashions Signing w/ Yoshi Yoshitani
Jan 18, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Artist Yoshi Yoshitani will be signing copies of her newly released fashion and illustration book Foxy Fashions.

Anime related 
Jan 15-17
Select Theaters
GKIDS proudly presents the highly-anticipated new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed, global smash hit Your Name. The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…
Fri, January 17, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM PST
The Secret Movie Club
1917 Bay Street, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Made for the then emerging direct to video market, Vampire Hunter D had a smaller budget than its feature film peers. But in a strange way, this freed up director Toyoo Ashida to make a more exciting, violent, sensual animation.

Screening of Japanese anime classic GHOST IN THE SHELL
Sat, Jan 18, 2020, 11:59 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
$11 and up

Often considered one of the greatest Japanese anime movies of all time, Ghost in the Shell, again dives head first into the darker, deeper waters of more adult sci-fi.
Jan 18-19
*Part of larger Asian American Expo 
admission gets you into the expo too.
2118 N White Ave
Pomona, CA 91768
$12 and up
The event will highlight appearances from "celebrities", special guests, eSports, panels, cosplay, VIP parties, vendors, artist alleys, delicious food, treats, and the cutest (kawaii) fashion from our runway stage! The goal for this event is to provide casual fans and otakus to have a venue to gather and indulge in fandom. To meet like-minded people and motivate creativity within the community.
Saturday, January 18, 7:30 pm–11 pm
Resnick Pavilion  |  LACMA 
Swinging Soirée Plus ticket $25
DAPPER DAY + LACMA returns! Step out in style for a private after-hours party in the galleries. Bring your evening glamour as you mingle among LACMA's current exhibitions including the newly opened Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific, and more

Los Angeles Pun-Off!
Sat, January 18, 2020
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Silverlake JCC
1110 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 

The Pun-Off brings together a diverse community of wordplayers and countless unfortunate bystanders (and sitters). We are proud to invite you to celebrate the contagious power of the pun, the lowest form of comedy and the highest form of intellect; a prized tool of parents, kindergarten teachers, Facebook trolls, and Witzelsucht patients everywhere!

Mackey Apartments 1137 S Cochran Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Scoring, Building is a new project by Michelle Jaja Chang that investigates architecture as an allographic or notational art. The work is a temporary and durational intervention in the courtyard of the Mackey Apartments. The project proposes an architectural instantiation from the basis of a score, written by the architect, which is then translated into instructions for the construction of the installation itself.

2020 Lunar New Year Celebration
January 19, 2020 

Celebrate the Year of the Metal Rat with lively performances, gourmet food, and cultural activities on The Green.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Super Nintendo World

It's so beautiful.

 We get a look at Super Nintendo World opening in Japan's Universal Studios before the Summer. And hopefully we'll get word on our own Super Nintendo World here at Universal.

MOCA Free Now, Cereal Twister Glendale & Amazon Grocery Store Woodland Hills

We wish LACMA and MOCA did become one
MOCA is free now after a...really no announcement this weekend. Way to get the word out, MOCA. That's right, both MOCA's are free to go to now...apparently forever. It comes after a $10 million donation from Carolyn Clark Power, who is MOCA's Board of Trustees President. So, enjoy. There's some fine print as special exhibitions will charge you around $14 for entry. But for the most part it's now free to public just like The Hammer and The Broad.
via KCRW

Cereal Twister is set to open in Glendale Galleria mall. It still need to get a permit from the city, but if it does, it should open mid-February this year. The new cereal bar (Man, do we miss Milk Tavern in Koreatown) is Spain based and said it will be bringing some European cereal to try when and if it opens. via What Now LA

An Amazon Go store, not Amazon Grocery Store
Amazon’s first grocery store is suppose to be opening some time this year in Woodland Hills at 6245 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Taking over where the former Toy R Us once stood. Asking many, what does that mean? Amazon already owns Whole Foods and have tried staff-less stores where your phone and face identify you. You're charged by what you leave with. So, what's an Amazon grocery store like is really the question. via Daily News

Oscar Week Events 2020 Tickets On Sale Jan 16

Oscar Week events are special screenings and panels for those films nominated this year. This takes place in Feb with the Oscars. Tickets go on sale for the activities Jan 16, so you'll want to get tickets fast.

In the week leading up to the 92nd Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories.  All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

No Pants Metro Ride 2020 Sunday

Ooops, how could we forget the time-honored tradition of not wearing pants and taking the Metro once a year...not by mistake. That ain't happening in Japan or France. France for bad reasons. Oh, France. Time to get that wax.

12th Annual No Pants Metro Ride
Sunday, January 12th, 2020 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
LA Metro System
BRING: $7 for a Metro Day Pass on your TAP card ($9 if you need to purchase a TAP card and the Day Pass), pants you can easily remove, something in which to keep them.

-Willingness to take off pants to ride the Metro
-Able to keep a straight face about it (remain undercover)

You have six rendezvous points from which to choose to execute this mission:

-Del Mar station on the Gold Line in Pasadena
-Atlantic station on the Gold Line in East Los Angeles
-Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station on the A Line (Blue) in Willowbrook
-North Hollywood station on the Red Line in North Hollywood
-Wilshire/Western station on the Purple Line in Koreatown
-Culver City station on the E Line (Expo) in Culver City

Start at whichever station is most convenient to you (or have an adventure and choose a station to which you have never been).