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Friday, May 26, 2023

Summer Game Fest In Person? Can You Walk On Stage Too?

Summer Game Fest, named with such little care you might think a local school is doing it, is back in LA June 8th. From Geoff Keighley, the most boring host, but he owns it, also runs the Game Awards. And if you're like many other gamers, you saw what happened last year, when a rando snuck on stage and talked nonsense. Will something similar happen in person as even more trailers are shown? You can find out in person. As, Summer Game Fest is at the YouTube Theater this June. Or just stream it. Grab a ticket below.

Thu, Jun 8,12:00 PM
YouTube Theater
$35 + hidden fees and up

A two-hour live festival showcasing the future of video games, including new game announcements and world premieres.

Anime Expo 2023 Afoot

Anime Expo 23 is on the way for July. America's largest anime convention is already a bit different sharing news well before it usually does. As previously posted the Exhibit Hall and Artist Alley list are already up. Let's hope the crank the AC for once, this year, for Artist Alley.

Below we've posted a few panels or tweets that grabbed our attention, but be sure to buy your pass, which can get sold out and plan ahead for parking -which can get way pricey-and everything else so you have a smooth time there.

Anime Expo 2023

July 1-4
LA Convention Center 
$ee how much passes are and go up at their site.

Below we've posted a few panels or tweets that grabbed our attention, but be sure to buy your pass, which can get sold out and plan ahead for parking -which can get way pricey-and everything else so you have a smooth time there.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Local Hype: GR2: Multimatter 2023, Regional Connector, Greater LA Venn Diagram @ More

Alyssa Mees - "Fish Costume"
GR2: Multimatter 2023 - An Art Show of Prints and Multiples,  a group exhibition at GR2 Gallery.
From Octavia’s Bookshelf in Pasadena to Zibby’s in Santa Monica, a quartet of recently opened indie bookshops are focused on nurturing community: "People can come and sit and hang out with no pressure."
The three new subway stops will completely transform the entire Metro map when they open in June.


-WGA Strike: Michael Schur On “Manufactured” Narratives, Inter-Guild Solidarity, Solo Showrunners’ Willingness To Expand Their Rooms & Why A Concession On AI Alone “Would Not” End The Walkout

WGA Strike Breakdown on what's up

Eater LA is covering a storm

-Downtown LA’s Iconic Nickel Diner to Close Permanently After 15 Years 

 Final day of service is May 28th

-Long Beach’s Historic Queen Mary Ship Reopens Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge

-Three Years and $11 Million Later, the Huntington Tea Room Is Finally Reopening

-Echo Park’s Newest Opening Is an Izakaya Straight From Osaka

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Weekly What To Do: Memorial Day Weekend Coming

Sunday, May 27th 1pm - 5pm 
Main Street (10 blocks between Navy St. & Bay St.)
The Victorian | 2640 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405 
Tickets are $30 in advance for GA, and $55 in advance for VIP.

MAINopoly is a fun, interactive community event that mirrors the classic board game, and gives participants a culinary walking tour of Main Street's finest restaurants, bars, and eateries.

Artist Alley
May 27th, Saturday, 2023, at 12 PM to 6 PM
Game Realms
137 N Victory Blvd Burbank, CA
Check out a lot of local artists and get some nice fan art of your favorite game character.


May 27 - 28
Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, CA
$tarts at $30 per day

This anime convention in Riverside County features a jam-packed two days of cosplayers and anime merch vendors. There's plenty of panels, voice actor signings and more to let you enjoy everything that's anime. They have something called Anime Wrestling, which has cosplayers looking like they're going to beat each other up, but really makes for good photos. This is only its second year and the convention looks like it's going strong. More info on everything here.

-Weird, Okamoto Kitchen OVA first look is happening at it. That's...that's just a food truck that's anime themed, but based here in SoCal, huh.
May 27 - May 29, 2023
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA 90403

Join us at the AC this Memorial Day weekend with a slate full of classic heartfelt dramas and war epics from THE CONVERSATION to Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.
Sunday, May 28 · 10:30am - 4:30pm
Santa Anita Park 285 Huntington Drive Arcadia, CA 91007
$12 – $50
Join the cutest Corgis in Southern California as they take the field at Santa Anita Park, Sunday MAY 28th, 2023. It’s the triumphant return of Corgi Nationals, and you won’t want to miss these speed demons put their paws to work at this fun family event!
Black — Still opens at the M&A x Craft Contemporary Courtyard
Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28
5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Join us for the opening of Black — Still, this summer's M&A x Craft Contemporary courtyard installation. Designed by the interdisciplinary practice enFOLD Collective, the multi-sensory project and a schedule of complementing workshops and events explore narratives of wellness, access, and cultural expression with specific attention to marginalized communities.
Tuesday, May 30 · 7:30pm
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth 2511 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057
Hollywood Handbook is an insider’s guide to achieving your showbiz dreams from two A-List it-boys who are living theirs. Hayes and Sean provide an exclusive VIP backstage pass into Tinseltown politics, answer questions from unsuccessful listeners, and bring in famous guests to discuss their craft and how they became what they are (famous).

The reopened themed area comes alive both day and night to celebrate the Hispanic influences in Southern California. In Fiesta Village, guests can enjoy the sounds of Mariachi music, encounter a storyteller spinning whimsical tales of the alebrijes, experience performances of the traditional dance Folklorico and be entertained by the interactive puppets with their playful antics.

Those who venture through the newly landscaped alebrije gardens can meet Fiesta Village’s very own spirit animal friends. Stroll down Fiesta Mercado, inspired by Los Angeles’ Olvera Street, and find a variety of merchants with unique and authentic items

Knott’s Soak City
Make your own waves with a visit to Knott's Soak City Waterpark starting select dates May 20 through September 10. Guests can catch a ride down 23 different speed, tube, and body slides or take a relaxing trip down one of the longest lazy rivers in the country. The 15-acre water park has something for each member of the family, an interactive kid's area, and for those more adventurous, The Wedge, a rip-roaring raft ride.
MAY 25-27
In this chapter of a larger speculative mythology, a precolonial African village is at the cusp of a major upheaval.

UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.

Cinespia -Just came back this week for a new season.
This hosts screenings outside at iconic venues including The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, The Greek Theatre, and Los Angeles Historic Park.
Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level.

American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.
Secret Movie Club-Special edition posters and a large swatch of films to see.

Street Food Cinema-Outdoor cult or recent hits you'll love 
Ghost World May 27, 2023
SFC x D23 Present: Mulan 25th Anniversary
May 28, 2023 8:00 PM
 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge-Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
Brain Dead Studios-Newcomer that manages to fill its schedule almost every night

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Sonic Symphony Rolls Into LA In Late September

September 30th, 2023
Show Time: 8pm
Door Time: 7pm
Los Angeles, CA
Presale starts May 25th at 10am PT for Sonic Symphony newsletter subscribers
General on sale starts May 26th at 10am PT

Sonic Symphony is an immersive live experience that celebrates more than three decades of music from SEGA’s iconic mascot. From the classic 8-bit and 16-bit tunes to rock and EDM songs, this concert will take you on a musical journey through the colorful world of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Relive your favorite Sonic moments, brought to life by a full symphony orchestra. Sonic Symphony will be an electrifying tribute to the music that has defined generations of gamers, old and new.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the sounds of Sonic like never before!

Monday, May 22, 2023

Shin Kamen Rider May 31st

Don't forget, next Wednesday, you can see Shin Kamen Rider!

A lot of hype in Japanese fandom circles for this one. Shin Kamen Rider from Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) will have a a one night showing this May. Kamen Rider, is like the first Japanese super hero, and had new versions appear year after year. Sort of like our version of Power Rangers and sort of like Doctor Who, as new people and stories come out every year. This is a reboot of the original Kamen Rider and it's supposed to be bloody. Here's the Fathom event page for Wednesday, May 31st.

Though, I'm sure they'll be plenty of venues in LA to see it. It will be one night only, so you might want to grab tickets as soon as possible.

Shin Kamen Rider-Synopsis

Hongo Takeshi awakens to discover he has been transformed into a grasshopper-hybrid cyborg. Becoming the Masked Rider, he must fight the mysterious evil organization SHOCKER to protect all of mankind. "SHIN KAMEN RIDER" is Anno Hideaki’s ode to the legendary Tokusatsu franchise, Japan’s biggest hero, and his dearest childhood icon. Go! Go! Let’s go!

Mob of Bicyclists In Downtown Los Angeles

KTLA has some disturbing video of some young cyclists beating up a man on the ground. The story so far isn't straight on what happened, but what is seen is a mob beating someone who isn't fighting back. 

Video shows man brutally beaten by a mob of bicyclists in downtown Los Angeles