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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Weekly What To Do: It's Christmas Over Here



Woah, did we forget SantaCon...eh, you get drunk enough LA. And check out our Creepy Christmas guide for one of many showings of Gremlins.

Retro Release Video Pop-Up
Dec 13-15
ST. JOSEPH Shop and Coffee
4850 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Shogun Santa Returns
Saturday, Dec. 14 -Sunday, Dec. 15
Saturday, Dec. 21-Sunday, Dec. 22
11 am-3 pm
Japanese Village Plaza

335 E. 2nd Street, Little Tokyo
Free


Come to Little Tokyo and take a picture* with our delightful emissary of Christmas cheer, Shogun Santa. *There is no charge for pictures with Shogun Santa when you use your own cell phone or camera. ADDED THIS YEAR: Free gift wrapping courtesy of the Roitary Club of Little Tokyo.


SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
Saturday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m
Santa Monica
$10-$25

Attendees dress in their finest holiday garb and receive discounted food and drink specials at popular bars such as Big Dean's Oceanfront Cafe, Sonny McClean's, The Victorian, Circle Bar and Ye Old King's Head. Over the last ten years, the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl has raised more than $130,000, enough money for a half a million meals.







Golden Apple 40th Anniversary Extravaganza
Saturday, December 14, 11am-7pm
7018 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Free

 As a huge thank you to their amazing customers, festivities will include a special throwback sale with 1979 prices, a raffle giveaway and a gala party! All are invited to celebrate four decades of awesome with the Liebowitz family, fellow customers, comic industry pro's, current and former employees.

Hauser & Wirth  Holiday Market
Dec 14-15
Hauser & Wirth
901-909 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Free

Join us for our third annual Holiday Market – a diverse gathering of over 40 LA-based makers, artists, performers and nonprofits, alongside ‘Other Flowers’ a special retail pop-up by singer-songwriter and visual artist Devendra Banhart.

The two-day market will offer hand-crafted products and locally-made wares, as well as family workshops led by educators. Enjoy specialty foods and confections by the onsite restaurant, Manuela, in addition to a robust program of performances.

Heroine Junkie by Dan Litzinger
Opening Reception: Sat, December 14, 7pm-10pm
The Dark Art Emporium
256 Elm Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Free

 Celebrating inspirational female-identifying and non-binary people in the community.  50% of sales will go to charities chosen by the subjects of the paintings so it's a good place to shop for the art lover in your life this holiday season while supporting some good causes. 

Art Collector Starter Kit 6
OPENING RECEPTION
December 14, 2019 | 7pm - 11pm
December 14 – January 18, 2019
COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Free

What started only six years ago, instantly became a success and thus, an annual tradition. CHG’s aim was to have the top artists in the New Contemporary art scene create all new 12" x 12" works that would be more affordable for beginning collectors. This way, new collectors could own works from their favorite artists rather than settling for whatever was in their price range.

 

The exhibition was met with huge crowds and marvelous enthusiasm and this year CHG introduces ACSK VI, featuring world-renowned artists such as HUSH, Ben Frost, Soey Milk, Josh Agle (SHAG), Okuda San Miguel, Hikari Shimoda, Mayuka Yamamoto and many more.

Gallery Nucleus 15 Year Anniversary Gala & Art Auction
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Dec 15, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
$40

Gala details:
Dinner will be curated by chef Jonathan Arocha (NOLA project, Mon-Li Malibu) in three courses, including a vegan option. Come help yourself to dazzling food, complementary drinks, and join us for a night of celebration!
  • Admission will be limited to 100 guests
  • Over 80 pieces from over 30 artists will be up for auction
  • The auction will be a silent auction, by phone or in person
  • Semiformal dress is encouraged
  • Admission includes dinner, drinks, and an exclusive goodie bag!
  • Entertainment for the night will include a live drawing demonstration by Peter Han!
  • Live music by RedWeb

UCLA Student Films: 1980s
Series: 40 Years of UCLA Student Filmmaking
Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 07:00 PM
 Billy Wlder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

 $10.00
 
Q&A with filmmakers Catherine Hardwicke, Nina Menkes, Nancy Richardson, Todd Holland, Randy Haberkamp.

The 1980s. The retrospective closes on the 1980s, a decade in which students moved between video and film learning their craft within an ever-expanding technological landscape. The work produced during these years was as playful, as it was introspective, and students took advantage of the risks and experimentation afforded to first-time filmmakers and entertained—while challenging—their audiences with engaging visual storytelling.
 Christmasland
Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 2:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
The Fig House
6433 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90042
Tickets are $55 for GA and $100 for VIP

Attendees can step into their favorite holiday movie at the first-ever Christmasland, an immersive holiday movie experience coming to Los Angeles on Sunday, December 15 from 2-6:30 p.m. Christmas movies have become a tradition during the holiday season, evoking a feeling of family, love, community and the good ol’ magic of the holiday season. This December, an interactive holiday experience that captures the love of these cheesy network classics come to life at The Fig House in Los Angeles, CA. 

Activities include a gingerbread decorating competition, a wreath-making workshop, Christmas tree scavenger hunt, interactive photo booth, holiday mixology, hot cocoa and espresso bar, a wishing tree and of course, carolers serenading. In addition, movie fans will enjoy hosted hors d’oeuvres and holiday cocktails as well as programming such as a live podcast from Deck the Hallmark, a playful panel with Hallmark actress Nikki DeLoach and holiday movie author Tracy Andreen, as well as Dr. Christmas, tree stylist to the stars offering decorating tips for the season.

Also at Christmasland will be the “Dan” Cave hosted by Dan from Deck the Hallmark which he has specially designed for men and husbands being dragged to the event, which will include Sunday NFL Football, and other manly-inspired fun. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Game Hype: Snack World, Plan 8 & Persona 5 Royal

We have a lot of gaming goodness coming to us next year. Why not in time for the holidays? Is it because we're all still playing Pokemon?

We've been waiting for Snack World for ever and ever, mostly because it would work with real world objects, keychains and charms would give you items in the game. No word on any of those will be released with the game.

SNACK WORLD: THE DUNGEON CRAWL – GOLD is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 14th!

No word on a release date, but this looks like some more slightly in the future shooter. We like the tech in it.

The unclear on how different Persona 5 Royal is out March 2020.

Hype: S.H.O.O.K., AF Wrapping Papper & Dan Hipp Slipmat

Look at some cool stuff we found online for you.

LAist has a nice write-up on seemed more like a fun artsy indie party than an actual way to prep for the big one.
Later, when I looked at the website for the event, I noticed the meaning of S/H/O/O/K. It stands for "Surviving Humans Of Other Kinds." Making it through a mass disaster isn't just about surviving the initial impact, it's about what we decide to do in the aftermath.


I Attended A Natural Disaster Dinner Party And It Made Me Feel Better About The Big One


Some funny wrapping papers left out of the DCon coverage, you can still get them at HOMO AF online.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Creepy Christmas Continues: Holiday Horror Movies 2019



We have another "fine" selection of horror films this holiday season. Let's be honest, none of these films will be good, but a great chuckle to watch with friends at their ugly sweater party. We're gonna give praise to the graphic designers though, because all of these do stand out. Everything you see is already streaming, in theaters or is hitting one of those two this December.

And below we have the many silly posters for the first full length Hanukkah horror movie simply titled Hanukkah.







Congrats Nucleus You're 15

We're here to pay tribute to one of out favorite art galleries that we cover all the time and have been covering over the years. Gallery Nucleus, the Alhambra native. Though, not really in LA, it's so easy to get to, it's never been a problem to get to an opening reception. This December, it's turning 15 and they're even celebrating with a special gala and having a silent auction on pieces from past shows. We wanted to Congratulate Nucleus on 15 years of showing off some astounding work. We're gonna look back at some of our coverage over the years and delight in all that Nucleus has done.

Gallery Nucleus 15 Year Anniversary Gala & Art Auction
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Dec 15, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
$40
Gala details:
Dinner will be curated by chef Jonathan Arocha (NOLA project, Mon-Li Malibu) in three courses, including a vegan option. Come help yourself to dazzling food, complementary drinks, and join us for a night of celebration!
  • Admission will be limited to 100 guests
  • Over 80 pieces from over 30 artists will be up for auction
  • The auction will be a silent auction, by phone or in person
  • Semiformal dress is encouraged
  • Admission includes dinner, drinks, and an exclusive goodie bag!
  • Entertainment for the night will include a live drawing demonstration by Peter Han!
  • Live music by RedWeb
I still have this postcard hidden somewhere in my stuff

Hey, it's Jonathan your editor and main guy behind TTDILA. Way back when, I found a small postcard flyer for a gallery I never heard with a piece from Josh Cochran. I instantly fell in love with it and had to go to the show. So, I traveled for the first time to Nucleus, not even knowing what it was and well before the site even existed. I don't think I even went to Alhambra before.

Cover To Cover
August 19, 2006

And I looked for the piece on the opening reception. I went all the way up the stairs to the second floor, before the walls were filled with postcard flyers of past shows. Brimmign with excitement and angst I looked through the different work, looking for the piece I came for.
The bastard didn't get it in on time, so, it wasn't even there.
 
Three years later

I'm visiting Nucleus and and have just formed my blog and I can't believe it, but they're doing a show for Street Fighter and this time I'm actually impressed and not devastatingly heartbroken. We get a cosplay contest and some truly stunning art for Street Fighter. Jeez, how many Street Fighter art shows have we covered since then or Capcom events??? They had some of the best cosplay with Cammy we've ever seen. But, that's nothing for Nucleus, which would have amazing opening receptions time and time again. Having cosplay contests, special signings, raffles and more to entice those in attendance.


Jab Strong Fierce (Street Fighter Tribute Show)
April 25, 2009

You have to love the original concept themed shows and nothing quite hits the spot like a Valentine inclined zombie love show.


Zombies in Love
February 6, 2010

Adventure Time: A Look Behind the Land of Ooo
April 16, 2011



Then there were the many instances of us covering Adventure Time themed shows over the years. Some of the most amazing shows and fandom we've ever seen has come from covering the shows held at Gallery Nucleus. Fans got to meet cast and crew and just share in the community of all things Algebraic thanks to them. 

And this would continue with other beloved animations getting tribute shows like Gravity Falls, Steven Universe and Star Vs. The Forces of Evil. How long before we see one for Owl House, Duck Tales and Amphibia?


Oootopia: An Artgebraic Tribute to Adventure Time
August 18, 2012



Adventure Time Complete Series Celebration Event
April 23, 2019



Did anyone snag a sucked-dry-by-Marceline "red" crayon we left hidden around the Oootopia show?




Featuring amazing artists has never been a problem for Nucleus. I think they get a visit from Junko Mizuno almost every year and had at least two shows from Jed Henry. We had a chance to talk with one of our favorites, Sam Bosma, when he had his own show at the gallery.



Sam Bosma Fantasy Sports Signing & Solo Exhibition
July 25, 2015


Then there's the countless gaming themed art shows from classics to the latest and greatest. All having their hook of a special guests, hard to find merch or just eye-popping art you couldn't get anywhere else.




Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Game Launch Exhibition / Signing
March 15, 2014






Ratchet and Clank 15th Anniversary Celebration
November 11, 2017



Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary A Legacy of Art Exhibition
December 2, 2017

Well, it's been a pleasure to have gone to so many amazing shows over the years. We've seen so many amazing artists and had so many fun times. Many memories and a lot of good things to write-about.

Congratulations, Nucleus! 

-From Your Friends at TTDILA!

P.S. Tell that bastard Josh Cochran to buy a watch.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Yakuza 7 Summons

Take my money. Game comes out next year in Japan, no date for US.

PlayStation Good, PlayStation Bad


The good, we got some cool, new and free PlayStation backgrounds from PlayStation from the talented Cory Schmitz celebrating 25 years of the brand. Get'em here.

And then we have the bad. Looks like someone is gonna be in some trouble as they stole animation from others for PlayStation's PS4 Lineup Music Video.