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Friday, August 17, 2018

I'm Guessing Coke Still Isn't In The Game: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Cinema Experience

On September 12th you'll be able to see a special The Making of a Tomb Raider film in select theaters. You can get tickets now. It's a special promotion with Coke...? They"ll be specially marked bottles of Coke for the next Tomb Raider game. 

That's a very thin connection, frankly it could have been a little more fun marketing like rock wall pop-ups in major cities. Really, it's not that hard, bow and arrow contest with balloons. Tomb Raider concert, obstacle course, VR balance experience. Just showing off the game itself at pop-ups.

Honestly, this is a strange choice, hope they at least give you free schwag for paying for the movie.

From press release:
This special promotion will include a unique in-cinema experience at select theaters in the United States, Germany and Poland. On September 12, for one day only, fans will be able to experience “The Making of a Tomb Raider®”. This feature length film follows renowned BASE jumper, climber and mountain biker Clair Marie as she attempts real-world Lara Croft® challenges that show what it takes to become a Tomb Raider. The feature will also include a special narrative showcase highlighting the journey of Lara Croft as told through in-game cinematics from the trilogy. For the first time ever, fans can experience the story of Lara Croft’s origin on the big screen. Following this, fans will get to see never-before-seen footage from the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider game. Fans will be able to get tickets here, for this one day-only engagement.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

IndieCade 2018 Is At Santa Monica College

Announced yesterday, IndieCade 2018 will be at Santa Monica College this year. Last time they had a successful run in Little Tokyo and before that they were in USC. So, it looks like they haven't exactly found a home yet. IndieCade is an independent games festival showcasing the work of game makers and lets gamers check out some really strange and fun games, some that come to the market years later or are just made for the sake of art.

We'll have updates on the event as it draws closer to the ever crowded month of October. So it's Halloween and gaming in SoCal in October.

Adventure Time Time: Adventure Time Series Finale Screening

Celebrate Adventure Time with Cartoon Network. Join us for a series finale screening event followed by a special Q&A with cast and crew.

Pacific Theatres at The Grove in Los Angeles
Monday, August 27th at 7:00pm

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

De Soto Pharmacy Saying Good-Bye

If you want to grab an ol' fashion milk shake or hot fudge sundae you may want to head to the De Soto Pharmacy before, Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7pm, when they'll cease operation.

De Soto Pharmacy
20914 Roscoe Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91304
Sat 9AM-5PM
Sun Closed 

Housed in De Soto Pharmacy is Jerry's Soda Shoppe which has a delectable selection of ice cold drinks and treats. You can grab a nice sandwich or soup too. When we go, it's gonna be for something sweet though.

Leading up to the closing everything in the store will be marked down in price for the pharmacy section.

So, check it out before it's gone and relive the 1950's with none of the racism.

Body Scan Technology on the Metro

Metro LA says they're getting into body scanners. It looks cool, but it may slow down the speed of getting on the Metro for the average patron. The Metro says they might use it with a way that tracks people who are seen as potential risks once the scanner identifies a threat. It's still in the early stages with scant on details on where and how the body scanners will be specifically used.

Gizmodo has some more on it.

Weekly What To Do: Go Go Taco Rangers

ArcLight Presents… Summer of Adventure
August - September
Multiple ArcLights

Join us throughout the summer for a unique film series curated by ArcLight Cinemas.

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie - Knockin' on Heaven's Door
08/15/18 - subtitled version
08/16/18 - dubbed version
Multiple Laemmle Theaters

Hey there, Space Cowboy! Explore the far reaches of the galaxy in this undeniably hip series that inspired a generation – and redefined anime as an indisputable art form.

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018
6:30pm - 9:30pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 
FREE with RSVP; priority entry for MOCA members

MOCA Music is an ongoing music series in collaboration with Spaceland Presents that features new and emerging music at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo.

Game On
Thursday, Aug 16th
Doors at 7PM.
Downtown Independent 
$10 Tournament entry fee, free admission + casual set ups

Not your average game tournament: Game On features competitive gaming on a Movie screen with commentary by a panel of comedians, all at the Downtown Independent movie theater in the heart of DTLA! This month we're playing Smash Bros!

Echo Park Rising
August 16-19
Echo Park

Echo Park Rising is a neighborhood event in it’s 8th year that focuses on the music, creativity, diversity and small businesses of Echo Park. There are multiple stages and activities throughout the weekend located on the main routes of Sunset Blvd, Glendale Blvd, Alvarado Avenue, Echo Park Avenue and beyond.

The First Beat Saber Arcade Tournament
Friday, August 17, 5pm-11pm
Los Angeles IMAX VR Flagship Centre

Come on down for a chance to win some really cool prizes*!

Barris Kustom Garage Sale
August 17, 18, and 19th,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barris Kustom Shop, 10811 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Buy awesome goodies and memorabilia from the man who made the 1966 Batmobile.

Power Morphicon 
August 17th-19th, 2018
Anaheim Convention Center 
$tarts at $20

This year's Morphicon will once again be all things Power Rangers with huge range of former ranger guests and panels about your favorite teens with attitude.
Madeline's Madeline
Actor Miranda July
Friday, August 17
7:00pm show w/Q&A
Saturday, August 18
7:00pm show w/Q&A

Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) is a teenage girl who joins an experimental improv theater group, where she soon begins to shine. Evangeline, the workshop’s ambitious and manipulative artistic director (Molly Parker, American Pastoral, “Lost in Space”) takes an interest in Madeline’s raw talent, pushing the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her insecure mother (Miranda July, Me and You and Everyone We Know) into their collective art. However, both Madeline and Evangeline get carried away, and the lines between performance and reality begin to blur, approaching madness.

Prototyping in Tokyo: A Visual Story of Design-Led Innovation
Aug 17-Oct 10
Japan House Los Angeles 2F

Vantage Room, Hollywood & Highland 5F

6801 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90028

“Prototyping in Tokyo” is an interactive exhibition highlighting the importance of prototypes as

objects that link new technologies and society, offering a glimpse into possible future user experiences.This evening will be a rare opportunity to interact with a variety of prototypes, recounting the stories of individual projects from their origin in messy prototypes, failures…and then finally, success!

Fri, Aug 17, 8 PM - 10 PM
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Metro Art Los Angeles is pleased to present "I Am Love" (2009, 120 min, Dir. Luca Guadagnino) as the final installment of our food film series, "Fil...mmm at Union Station."
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 9:00 PM
Pour Vous
5574 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Free, Must Register

Step beyond the velvet curtain into an evening of nouveau Franco delights and savoir faire decadence that can only be known as the iconic Pour Vous--voted most beautiful bar in Los Angeles.

Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch

Paramount Ranch - 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Enter a dark, empty town built for the movies. Stand on a dangerous abandoned racetrack. Gaze into the sky to see the stars that still shine here.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
Starts Fri, August 17
Monica Film Center

*This will be pure trash, funny, stupid, pure trash.
Hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets up for auction at a convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by a primal evil.

Monster Jam
Aug 17-19
Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

Big ol' monster truck show. See cars gets smashed, crashed and bashed.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival/JACCC Plaza Festival
Aug 18-19
Little Tokyo

Really, lasting more than seven days is the 78th Nisei Week, bringing a big summer celebration with a host of activities downtown. That means outdoor booths, food, music, games and more.
* Part of Nisei Week
12th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship
Saturday, August 18, 2018; The main event will commence at 3:00 PM following the Little Tokyo Eating Championship amateur contest at 2:00 PM, the Crazy Cuizine Ninin Baori contest at 2:15 PM, and the LAPD vs. LAFD Gyoza Showdown at 2:30 PM.
244 S. San Pedro Street, LA, CA 90012
On Saturday, August 18, 2018, the 12th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship—the West Coast’s premiere eating competition—will host Major League Eating's top competitive eaters including Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie, Geoffrey Esper, and Miki Sudo. They will devour as many Day-Lee Pride gyoza (Japanese potstickers) as possible in ten minutes. Chestnut holds the current world record in the discipline, which he set in 2014 when he ate 384 gyoza in competition.

Japan Film Festival

August 18th/19th 
Japanese American National Museum
111 N. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Newport Beach Higashi Honganji
254 Victoria St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
$15 per film, passes available
 The Japan Film Festival is back in town...and also in Orange County at the same time. They have a short, but sweet selection of Japanese films to see. The one were most interested in is One Cut of the Dead. It's an insta-meta-cult-classic horror movie where a film crew is faking a zombie movie, then gets stuck in a real zombie attack.

Los Angeles Taco Festival 2018 
August 18, 2018
12:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, California 90012
"Every year, the LA Taco Festival™ attracts thousands of Angelenos to taste the many different styles that taco vendors have to offer. This year will feature past favorites like Kogi BBQ and Epic Tacos, along with newcomers who may surprise even seasoned taco fans. Additionally, there will be live music and fun games in the beautiful setting of Grand Park."
Aug 18-19
5101 E Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90803 
"This is our last big event of the Summer, so we hope you'll join us for Tiki Beach Festival! Keep in mind, Tiki Beach Festival was the original event in our summer line up and the signature celebration in Fred's summer Calendar. We think you'll agree his vision, personality and perseverance have improved our community and coastline for the past 18 years!"
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 11:59 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
"Can a movie be deliciously fun, intelligently trashy, and pure cinema? The answer is absolutely yes. Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 sex-thriller BASIC INSTINCT is exhibit A."

Giant Robot Presents: Jelly Time with Peter Chan
Sat, Aug 18, 6:30 PM - 10 PM
Giant Robot 2 - GR2 Gallery
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90025
Peter Chan works in visual development, concept art and illustration within the Greater Los Angeles Area. He attended ArtCenter College of Design and currently works for Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Exhibition: August 19, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases the year’s finalists and category winners. The exhibition, now in its 53rd year, features stunning images from professionals and amateurs, adults and youths, from around the world. Be inspired by 99 acclaimed photographs that reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience, and vulnerability of nature.

LA: The 3rd Annual White Party
Sun, August 19, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Viceroy Cast Patio Santa Monica
1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
$25 – $120
21+ with valid I.D.

With over 300 guests last year, The Ivy Plus Society invites you to wear all white and celebrate the end of summer at a “romantic AF” outdoor patio (LA Mag)! Join us at The Viceroy’s Cast Patio which the LA Times calls “the best kept secret in LA.” Get your tickets now, this special day-time event will only bring out the finest and brightest in the city.

Silents Under the Stars

Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, USA

 All films will feature live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla and will be presented on authentic 16mm projectors. Guided walking tours of the ranch grounds will begin at 6:30pm.

Wonder Women Burlesque
Tues, August 21, 2018
Doors 6:30 pm, Show 8pm
Rockwell Table & Stage
1714 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90027

A Girl Power Cabaret of Kick Ass Heroines from Comics, TV, and Film. Enjoy an evening of super powered strip teases and badass burlesque babes with the Hollywood Jane Revue!

Aug 21-22
Select Theaters

From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Adventure Time's "Food Chain") comes The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto. As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as "The Girl with Black Hair” experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife… all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart.