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Monday, May 17, 2021

Hype: Adventure Time Together Again, Hanging with Mr.Cooper, Pepsi Blue & More

The super long titled  Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Together Again is out this Thursday, May 20th on HBO MAX.

Alamo Drafthouse LA is finally reopening next week.

The Owl House isn't back till June, because Disney can only have one new cartoon operating at a time for some reason.

The creepy and cute work of Vera Brosgol is shown off in a new kid's book coming out May 25th.


Burbank Fry's will be missed.

‘Didn’t Realize They Were Hanging with Mr. Cooper’: Reporter Doesn’t Recognize Actor Mark Curry While Interviewing Him, Social Media Reacts

-Another great long headline. How could you not hang with Mr. Cooper? 

It looks like that hidden village in Little Tokyo just relocated a little further away.

Pepsi Blue is back in stores...and is rather quite tasty. It has a berry taste. We found ours in Walmart. It's probably just around for the Summer, so snag some.
-And of course, this isn't good.
Earlier, an image of a man was displayed on Citizen, an app that describes itself as a personal safety network, above an advertisement for a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of what the ad called "the arson suspect."
Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Jim Braden told a Spectrum News reporter that deputies did not have evidence to charge the man, and he said what appeared on the app was potentially "disastrous" because it could lead to someone's getting hurt.

-Neil Gaiman, Chuck Wendig, and More Are Uniting to Make Disney Pay Royalties

-We have this fresh mess

 The issue with Foster’s work was that, as the author claimed, Disney was no longer honoring royalties contracts the writer had received for decades from his work on Star Wars and Alien novelizations when the megacorporation acquired Lucasfilm and then 20th Century Fox in 2012 and 2019, respectively—despite the fact that his work was still being reprinted and sold in various forms.

 Dave Pollot "Passengers 2 - Wish You Were Here" Gallery Online and sold out.

Show Me Your Tikis - Vacation Shirt (Unisex)



-We don't think it's safe to take back to the office.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

World 8-2 Let's Hope It Doesn't Rain Soy Sauce There


So, it looks like our old friends at World 8 bought out the old Retro Game Camp location in Little Tokyo. Now we have World 8-2, which is kind of weird,cuz they had another store for a while.

Anyway, World 8-2 replaces Retro Game Camp and dang it, we really liked that store, here's our article on it from 2019 .

What's It Like To Work at Retro Game Camp? 

It was a sister store to a Japanese game store and could import some old school Japanese game and consoles. Let's hope World 8-2 doesn't deal with another raining soy sauce event. One did befall the previous game store, read the link above to find out more. Good luck to the former crew.
World 8 is one of our fav game stores in LA, so it's nice to see them have another location in Little Tokyo. But they should beware as not many game stores have survived in the location. See, previous game store. The only thing that has really stuck around is Q Pop and Anime Jungle's  slow expansion. Though they did lose Fickle Wish.

Check out World 8-2 next time you're grabbing some cool Japanese super market snacks.

World 8 What A Video Game Store Should Be


Weekly What To Do: Bugs, Summer UnFun & Lots Of Lavender


Maria Bamford Live
Wed, May 12, 2021
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth
2511 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057 
18+ General Admission
The very funny Maria Bamford is in person.

The Landmark Westwood returns after a big ol' facelift and the week after we get the Nuarte open on the 21st. 

Steven Luros Holliday
Dave Pollot's Passengers: Wish You Were Here
Goes up at noon online 

Dave Pollot returns to G1988 with his remixed original paintings, and this exhibit includes a collection of incredible touched up postcards that only Dave can turn into brand new creations. In addition to Dave Pollot's Passengers 2, we'll be releasing new work from Steve Luros Holliday.

If you wanna drive far and near to Palm Springs there's 

May 14-Aug 1
10am-6pm select days
123 Farm and Highland Springs Ranch & Inn. 
10600 Highland Springs Ave., Cherry Valley, CA 92223  
Free, $12-$15
Parking $10

Basically, it's a quaint little festival at a farm, not a huge event, but it's open an outside.

Sat, May 15, 2021, 6:00 PM
$10 Donation suggestion
 A marathon fundraiser where comics will reminisce about their worst summers as we embark into possibly the biggest summer of our lives!. Ticket sales will go to the Asian Prisoner Suppor.

Street Food Cinema Launches Season 10 on May 15th
Street Food Cinema is back with outdoor movies...which, I guess is different because we can now go back to theaters. Still, the events are a bit different with outside special eats and live music before each show.

Saturday, May 15, 2021
9 am–5 pm
Free with RSVP

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM), is celebrating 35 years of Bug Fair. Join us for Bug Fair Connected, the virtual edition of NHM's popular festival. We’ll share local stories from our own L.A. backyard, show off the most unique specimens in our collection, highlight entomologists from all over the globe and more. All aboard for a bugtastic weekend you won’t want to miss!

11AM | Eating Bugs 101
Enter the alternative world of critter cuisine with your hosts Aly Moore (of Bugible) and Dustin Growick (of Dino 101) in a bugtastic livestream experience. This educational and interactive show explores entomophagy (the practice of eating bugs), how culture and critters intersect, and concludes with a live taste test.

It's the last week of Desert X, the outdoor art exhibits in Coachella Valley, a weekend visit to Palm Springs.

Don't forget how the official Desert X shirt leads you to the Pacific Ocean.
March 12–May 16, 2021 at sites across the Coachella Valley.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Local Hype: Bring Back Iron Man Billboard, Happy Ice, Drafhouse Back Late May & More

I'm glad people have time to complain about this and we have no other problems around LA...nope, nothing else needs a billboard, sigh.

-Alamo Drafthouse LA is opening back up on the 28th of May.
Nestle seems to just be taking water, packaging it and selling it back to us even though they have no real claim to it. 
-Not really addressed is why no one stops them, it's very strange.

These are mostly pretentious hoity-toity ones.

There's still DD's but they just ain't from Farmer John.

Apparently, people are loving this "not" ice cream based cold dessert.
"Happy Ice is an ultra-premium Water Ice product, made from a secret recipe from Philadelphia with an artistic LA twist. It has the smooth, rich, creamy texture of an ice cream and the light, fruity refreshment of a sorbet, without egg or dairy products of any kind."

Not to beat a dead horse, but jeez.  
That's a weird one

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!

 Perfect for Mother's Day

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders is streaming on Netflix

Friday, May 7, 2021

Friday Posters: Init!ation, The Columnist, Dementia Part II & Doctor X

We've been waiting on Init!ation, coming out in theaters and online May 7th, since possibly 2018. This classic slasher tale takes place on a college campus where a certain mark on social media get you killed. The slasher's strange headpiece and drill make it stand out among the other generic slashers. The original bloody cell phone poster might have worked more with a drill going through it.


This Dutch horror film, The Columnist, also out May 7, but just in virtual cinemas  is the story about a writer getting back at her online critics, by murdering them. It looks like a little tongue-and-cheek horror, more than a straight up murder spree. Though it is definitely looking like a murder spree. The first poster for it also plays with putting a smart phone center stage, The posters below go more generic. I guess the Fresh sticker makes the film attractive, but it's an eyesore on an poster. Looks like a kid put a sticker on it.



Dementia Part II stands out with it's bright yellow and black blood pouring over it. This comes out May 27 digitally and on DVD. This total over-the-top horror film was made in only a month and promises to be perfect viewing for any late night showing.

And just another look at the fun Doctor X poster from it's recent showing as part of the TCM Classic film festival.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Weekly What To Do: Happy Cinco De Mayo, Let's Hope We Don't Have A Surge

- Don't forget! It's Mother's Day this Sunday!
Get your Mother something dammit! 

Thursday, May 6 through Sunday, May 9 at two virtual venues: the TCM network and the Classics Curated by TCM Hub on HBO Max.
View Turner Classic Movies Schedule
View HBO Max Lineup

"Mark your calendars, grab your popcorn and get ready to join us for four fantastic Festival-filled days, presented as unique experiences on TCM and HBO Max. This year's Festival will feature more than 100 films, brand new conversations with over 30 special guests, rarely seen gems from the TCM archives and special presentations."

One of our favorite film festivals had to go online and on cable this year, but there's still some amazing content for the movie buff. So many great classics to watch. Grab some popcorn and check out the full schedules above. Sigh, we hope one day there can be another Smell-O-Vision showing.

Thursday, May 6 , 1:30 AM ET
TCM Channel

TCM premiere of recently restored version. The new two-color Technicolor master was restored by UCLA Film and Television Archive and The Film Foundation in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment.

New York City reporter Lee Taylor (Lee Tracy) is doing a piece on a series of grisly, cannibalistic murders that have all been committed under a full moon. Police soon begin to suspect that the murderer works at the lab of Dr. Jerry Xavier (Lionel Atwill), a mysterious Long Island researcher who is doing an investigation of his own. Antsy for an inside story, Taylor breaks into the lab, where he meets and falls in love with Dr. Xavier's daughter Joan (Fay Wray).


Friday, May 7, 2021 at 6pm 
Free online, Must RSVP

Exploring L.A. Culture through its food.  Featuring celebrated chef, Los Angeles street food advocate, and co-founder of Kogi BBQ, Roy Choi and author of Food, Health, and Culture in Latino Los Angeles, Sarah Portnoy.
Monday, May 10, 2021 6:00 PM
Free online, Must RSVP
During a university’s pledge week, the carefree partying turns deadly serious when a star athlete is found impaled in his dorm. The murder ignites a spree of sinister social-media messages, sweeping the students and police into a race against time to uncover the truth behind the school’s dark secrets…and the horrifying meaning of a recurring symbol: a single exclamation mark.

Followed by a Q&A with John Berardo (Co-Writer, Director, Producer, SCA Alum), Brian Frager (Co-Writer, Producer, SCA Alum), Lindsay LaVanchy (Co-Writer, Actor), Jonathan Pope (Director of Photography, SCA Alum) and Kristina Lyons (Editor, SCA Alumna).

As LA isn't exactly still normal, we're suggest visiting Palm Springs nearby for the weekend or when you have some free time. We've been covering Desert X, the outdoor art exhibits that are only up until May, for a while now. We're showing a few more off. It's fun to get away from it all and find these different art exhibits scattered around Coachella.
Don't forget how the official Desert X shirt leads you to the Pacific Ocean.
March 12–May 16, 2021 at sites across the Coachella Valley.
Drive-In Theaters 




Electric Dusk Drive-In 

Hollywood Legion Theater Drive-in  Hollywood Legion Theater is reopening indoor screenings just in time for spring with a “Back to the Movies” series, beginning with a 35mm screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless masterpiece North by Northwest on Saturday, May 1st at 7:30 PM PST with $14 tickets for children, $20 tickets for adults.