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Monday, November 20, 2017

Adventure Time Time: Wrap Party, New Episodes in Dec & Adventure Time X MineCraft

First off, we're getting four new episodes in Dec. Dec 17 to be exact, so, set your DVR's or a reminder. All the new episodes come out the same day.

Adventure Time production may have ended weeks or months ago, but a final wrap party on the show took place last week with the cast and crew. Taking place Nov 16 at the Boulevard3 Night Club on Sunset Boulevard the makers of the show celebrated with a special Finn and Jake’s treehouse featuring a DJ stage. There was live music and tons of candy and treats Even specialty drinks and eats from the show.

Though it is a wrap party, we're still getting new episodes into 2018.

Once again, if we haven't stated it clearly before, hats off and thanks to all of the people involved and their amazing work on the show.

Finally, Adventure Time X MineCraft is happening somewhere in 2018. It's a special episode combined with Minecraft and looks utterly weird. The character will be drawn in the format of Minecraft. The special is titled Diamonds & Lemons.


It's Gonna Be Hot This Thanksgiving LA

Thursday, Turkey Day or what the Pilgrims and Indians flat-out call Thanksgiving will be really hot in the LA area as temperatures across the board look to be in the 90's. So maybe get your cooking down as early as possible to avoid mid-day top heat.

Crazy 4 Cult 11 Online

Geoff Pascual "Akira"

Gallery 1988's yearly show of all things pop culture has some splendid work again. Check it all here.

We saw the piece at DCon, but it's also part of the show, Geoff Pascual's "Akira" is really colorful piece based on one of the best known anime film that should never be turned into a live action film.

Oliver Akuin's "Gogo" is pretty cute too.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Outdoor Ice Skating Back In LA

Here's a nice list of all the places that opened or will open up in LA for outdoor ice skating over at Discover LA.

Brad McGinty's 2017 Holiday Cards In Stock

We can't send them to our close Jewish relatives as they would take them as an insult, but to our friends, these cards always brighten up their holiday. Brad McGinty's 2017 holiday cards are here and ready to get looks over any-ones mantle as the distinguish themselves with more questions then answers.

Have a Scary Xmas Holiday cards!
Hail Santa Holiday cards!

This year we have a scary Santa and McGinty musing of the closeness of the words Satan to Santa. All hail Santa! Another delightful year of sending cards that stand out to our friends who get boring old pictures of cats or dogs in Santa hats.

The Contenders 2017 Tickets On Sale

The Hammer hosts its annual showing of films destined for the awards season or at least cult status. The series already has some big names and films coming, like Get Out with director Jordan Peele in attendance, Downsizing; Q&A with Alexander Payne and The Big Sick;Q&A with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

Check the full list and get tickets now as these shows will no doubt sell out.

The Contenders 2017
Dec 5-Dec 19, Select dates
$20 per film  
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Parking $6

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gremlins & Murder Thanksgiving Weekend

With a pie-eating contest and a slasher cult classic we start our Thanksgiving weekend in LA. We know it's a week away, but tickets might sell out so we're telling y'know.

Before the film, The Mutilator even starts you'll have an honest to goodness pie eating contest. Brought to us from the people behind Cinematic Void. After seeing how much people can eat up, you'll see how much you can hold in when watching the Thanksgiving themes horror film.

From the description the film sounds like a great desert for your Thanksgiving meal, if you like, so bad it's good B-Movie horror.

Looking to cut loose for Thanksgiving break, Ed takes a group of college friends down to his childhood beachside home. But Ed failed to mention that as a child he accidentally killed his mom, causing his father to turn into a mentally deranged lunatic. Now mad dad is looking to cast some revenge via a tackle box of deadly fishing gear in this ultra-gory slasher film.

The Mutilator & Pie Eating Contest
Fri, Nov 24, 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

On Saturday and a little early for Christmas is Gremlins, but it's a special showing with the director, Joe Dante in person. Making it even sweeter is that there will be a pre-party with free cocktails served in Mondo’s Gremlins Tiki mug, which attendees get to keep.

Gremlins Holiday Tiki Party
Saturday Nov 25, 2017
Doors: 12:00 PM
Show: 1:00 PM
The Regent Theater
448 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 

Electro-Mechanical Atari PONG & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles Arcade

Check out these new arcade games. PONG is back an now uses elector-mechanical power. It's just so nice to look at.
Then we have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade from Raw Thrills based on the now dead CGI version from Nick that came out in 2012. It's suppose to play just like the old Konami arcade games. Four levels of fun and Turtle Power. Literally, you press a button for a special attack called Turtle Power. It's still in development and hopefully will see this four player game in arcades in the near future.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UCLA Game Art Festival 2017: Confusing & Fun

In the end, I was standing surrounded by others listening to the Smash Bros opening melody on stage being sung and with live orchestra accompaniment whilst being served cake by a transgender wrestler. It was a wonderful night about gaming.

The few hours the UCLA Game Art Festival 2017 was open flew by in a tailspin of 'What's this?,'  and 'What's that?' The not quite annual video game festival of arts and games returned to the Hammer Museum, Tuesday night, from a hiatus of being off the 2016 calendar. Its return was signaled with many strange and fun games to play with an audience enthralled to try them all out. It wasn't only games, but showmanship and art pieces throughout the night that makes me always say at the end of these, why not every week? Why don't we have gaming and board game nights outside or in museums all the time?

Those questions were not answered at all, but are enjoyed the few times a year they do happen, UCLA Game Art Festival being one of them. It comes to us from the UCLA Game Lab and the many students at UCLA who want to make games, not just video games, but all kinds of games.

After being welcomed in by the Hammer Museum staff, I found myself looking at a Steam game I've been wanting on my wishlist, Ape Out. Ape Out has you playing as an escaping gorilla from a top down perspective. The crowd and me took turns smashing are captors into colorful paste. While avoiding shotgun blasts from your captors you'll have to break through walls and toss captors into each other to ensure your escape. Why it's still not out with a promise of Summer 2017 release remains a mystery I want solved.

The night wouldn't have been the same without the MC work of Lucas Near-Verbrugghe who motivated the crowd and left the head of UCLA Game LAB, Eddo Stern, questioning why he even went up on stage. Lucas, you had the audience captivated the whole night.
Lucas Near-Verbrugghe

Time to look at Machinima! Curated from our friend over at Gamescenes, Matteo Bittanti, was RE/Play: Re-enactment Practices In Video Games. Now, unless your an art student or someone who just knows art history, I'm not sure if you would spot where the art draws its inspiration from. Recreated for you in video games, mostly from GTA, were famous pieces from different artists. Now a colleague and myself spotted some of the work such as Chris Burden firing at airplanes and Ai Weiwei flipping off different places redone within the game engines. I didn't get Ed Rushca's Twenty Six Gas Stations, but my colleague in fact saw it in person and pointed it out. I remembered driving past those gas stations in GTA. Most of the exhibit was a guessing game on whose work was being re-shown through gaming.

After that we viewed the on stage performance of Hot Air by Kristin McWharter. A man was randomly selected from the audience to debate here, but it turned out the debate was really a two-sided balloon blowing contest with one balloon. And in awe did we watch, the people next to me actually hiding behind other people in fear of the balloon going off. I shouted, "Blow damn you, blow!" Then the balloon started too, started too...deflate. It sprung a leak, but the challenger, graciously held they leak closed as they blew into it even more, an the audience stuck wondering when it would pop. And then it did to cheers! Kristin declared herself the winner, which I have no idea by any means how she was, but she's the artist and complimented her opponent and said, he blew cute.

Off to the adult games and the dick-gun-licking-avoid-the-cops game and more oddities. First and probably the most viewed in the room beyond whatever the creepy game The Viral was, was The Tearoom by Robert Yang. I had heard about it before as it oddly has a connection to Pen Ward, creator of Adventure Time, for designing a gun in the game,which I'm not even sure was for the game. It made headlines for trying to get around Twitch's rules so it could be seen streamed online. So what's it do to get around being streams online? Simple. It changes all the dicks into guns.

Yes, in this simulator your trying to not get caught giving blowjobs to other dudes who have guns for penises. They gun dicks look exactly like there out of a Cronenberg commercial, if he was somehow allowed to do commercials with body horror. The game has you trying to first make flirtatious eye contact with other men peeing at urinals then get them off making their gun dicks grown until the blow a load. Not much else to write about that.

Nearby was Shake Yer Dix by Nicole Voec that featured the same named song by Peaches. Simply swirling a mouse around in the circle generated different body types of boobs or dicks or both with the lyrics of the song.

Down below the stage was set for F.L.O.W. or Future Ladies of Wrestling directed by Jennifer Srtatford. This was sheer craziness and a lot of memories of Japanese television seen on YouTube and WWF intros. We witnessed the openings and full song numbers for Candy Pain and Lisa 5000. The crowd shouted them on in their huge opening acts. The show was about trans-people and possibly it being set years into the future. In any case they motivated the crowd.

Before they went up, there was a cage match. Gecko Redemption: The Tournament takes place in a literal caged arcade booth. Attendees were given fake colorful Gecko cash to place bets. It might have been more fun if they actually made the bets pay out, but we all just sort of just put or cash into the arcade cage.

Upstairs there was a board game lounge with live music to play to. Nothing really grabbed my attention up there, but there were many different games to be swept up in.

Below you could try Harold Halibut, which looks like a lovely Wes Anderson movie you can play. You're trying to help repair a ship as Harold in this wonderful looking stop motion adventure.

It was one of the many games that was projected this time. Not screens, but projectors showcased the games around the Hammer. Blank walls were soon used as a canvas for players to look around strange new worlds. Or there were other ways.

Phantasm Atlas had you wearing a weird device on your arm that was supposedly mapping your body. Then there was the Face Exercise Machine which had you making funny looks. So you weren't always using a  keyboard, you might be the controller like in Escape From the Glass Factory, where you had to make you character jump, by jumping in real life.

Melee Medly by the Game Music Ensemble ended the night with it's performance. It ended with me wanting more of course, for there to be more game nights. But it doesn't end much better than a transsexual wrestler serving you cake while hearing the Smash Bros theme.

The Cinefamily Is Dead

The beloved theater can not bounce back from the sexual allegations scandal and the apparent "crippling debt" it's now in.

A letter was posted on Nov 14, 2017 on the Cinefamily site telling the bad news. In the letter, we learn that the exhaustive investigation in sexual assault allegations that was started months ago has ended, but at this point and time didn't find anything that would stand up in court. We also learn that the board of directors for the Cinefamily is dissolving as is anything related to the Cinefamily. The once crazy-about-film organization dies in a very sad way. No final special screening, just it fading away.

The Silent Movie Theater that housed The Cinefamily will be renovated and possibly used for other cinema screenings, but it's far too early to know many details about that.

This is sad news for cinema fans around LA. Though The Cinefamily had some very terrible times, it's awful no other management could take over the organization or run the theater.

The Cinefamily was still an institution of some amazing events over the last ten years that we've both reported on and covered in person. From special horror screenings to directors showing off their films to a small audience, The Cinefamily did it all. I remember a few times being turned away from the theater because it was filled to the brim with people, standing room only. Free screenings of upcoming films, special guests from around the world. So many memories of sitting on the couches up front.

I guess, the last time I was there, I was seeing Snowy Bing Bongs and seeing a live dance performance. A totally weird nonsensical spectacle of three women dressed in silly costumes pulling of some moves.

The Cinefamily was an irreverent place and the cinema history it had will always be remembered.

Weekly What To Do: Let There Be Christmas Lights

LA CoMotion
Nov. 15-19, 2017
1200 E 5th St on the corner of 5th Street & Colyton Street in the Los Angeles Arts District

The LA CoMotion Mobility Festival is your chance to watch, touch and try out some of the most exciting inventions in the field of urban mobility. Take a ride in an autonomous shuttle, try out electric scooters and avant-garde bicycles and discover all the latest innovations that will be hitting our streets in the near future!

Cinema Italian Style
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 - Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Egyptian and Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica 
"Join us at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for our annual celebration of Italian cinema! The 13th edition of Cinema Italian Style kicks into gear with Italy’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign-Language Film, A CIAMBRA. Writer-director Jonas Carpignano’s propulsive drama, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, digs a little deeper into one of the characters from Carpignano’s earlier MEDITERRANEA, a street-smart Romani 14-year-old named Pio."
Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm 
The Americana at Brand
The Americana at Brand Christmas presented by BMW with Emmy-Award Winning Host Derek Hough. Join us for our Annual Tree Lighting celebration on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm as we kick off the holiday season.
November 17 – January 7, 6-10 p.m.
Closed Nov 23, Dec 24, and Dec 25
$10.00 - $19.95
"Los Angeles' holiday "must" destination under the stars sets the Zoo aglow with LED lights by the thousands, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnel, stunning 3-D animated projections and much more. A burst of breathtaking new features raises the bar for awe-inspiring nighttime holiday delight, among them a dynamic, musical holiday tree experience, a reimagined water show, a glittering "North Pole" setting for Santa photos, glowing "Northern Lights" featuring animal constellations that come to life, and an all-new "Wild Wonderland" finale spotlighting endangered and vulnerable species."
Fri. Nov 17, 7 PM - 10 PM
Gallery 1988: LA
7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046
CRAZY 4 CULT IS BACK! Opening reception on November 17th at Gallery1988, it’s the 11th annual Crazy 4 Cult Show, with pieces based on your favorite films!

Fri. Nov 17, 2017 at 8:00pm
Immanuel Presbyterian Church 3300 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
$tarts at $55

"Presenting a totally unique visual experience, the LIVE in CONCERT presentation of "Kojiki and The Universe" merges Kitaro's Grammy nominated music from the album "Kojiki" with space-age photographic scenes of the Universe. "Kojiki and The Universe LIVE" features time-lapse images, expertly intertwined with real-time films provided by and in cooperation with Kyoto University's Astronomy Professor Kazunari Shibata.  NASA, and The Hubble Space Telescope. Taiko drumming and Butoh dancing enriches this program."

*A so bad, it's good pick
Starts Fri, Nov 17 
Laemmle Royal
We've eaten them for years. Now it's their turn! A chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into bloodthirsty killers. Now it's up to Johnny, Michelle and Howard to save their sleepy town from... Killer Donuts.

CTN Animation Expo
Nov 17-19
Burbank Marriot
$tarts at $30
*Parking $ucks

A big expo for animators showcasing many talented artists and companies.

Patches and Pins Expo Los Angeles
Sat, November 18, 2017

4067 w.pico blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

 Over 50+ vendors and collectors all in one kick ass venue know as the 'Union Club LA" for your patches and pin needs.

Jackalope Pasadena: Fall 2017
November 18th-19th, 2017 / - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Central Park, Old Pasadena
275 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91105

A weekend shopping destination at Central Park in the heart of Old Pasadena, featuring over 200 local, hand-selected artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts.  Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, ceramics and paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art and photography, plus much more. 

Slashback Video Final Weekend Event
Saturday, November 18, at 8:30 PM - 11:59 PM
Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum
3204 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91505
$6.66 , it will sell out

Come join us for one last trip down the horror aisle! Slashback Video will be finishing its run at the Mystic Museum. What better way to say goodbye to the video store than gathering for a reception and busting out one of those VHS tapes — AND WATCHING IT! Slashback and Mystic are teaming up with Friday Night Frights to pick a film that’s been trapped on VHS (Blood Beach)! And, of course, we’ll all remember to be kind and rewind it when we’re done, right???
Justice League Day with The Justice League
Saturday, November 18, 2 PM - 5 PM
The Perky Nerd
1606 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91506
We are excited to announce our JUSTICE LEAGUE DAY will include the actual Justice League! Susan Eisenberg, the voice of Wonder Woman from the JL cartoon, is bringing some awesome members from the crime fighting crew with her this time for a fun Q&A and signing to follow.

These are the confirmed members that will be with us!
Susan Eisenberg - Wonder Woman
Phil Lamarr - Green Lantern
Maria Canals-Barrera - Hawkgirl
Andrea Romano - Voice Director/Casting/Voiceover
Saturday, November 18, 11 AM - 5 PM
Geeky Teas & Games
2120 w magnolia blvd, Burbank, California 91506
Join us for a celebration of the Star Wars Christmas Special featuring vendors with self-crafted wares.
Expect everything from the original trilogy to clone wars fan art, home goods, food, clothing and more.
Saturday, November 18, 7 AM - 11 PM
Carlo's Bakery (Santa Monica, CA)
1354 3rd St Promenade, Santa Monica, California 90401
"It's finally happening, California! Carlo's Bakery will officially celebrate the grand opening of our bakery in Santa Monica on November 18, 2017 at 7am. Join Buddy and the famiglia as they cut the red ribbon and open the doors to our first California location at the Third Street Promenade [1354 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401]. The store will open immediately upon the ceremony's closing and meet and greets will begin"
Sunday, Nov 19, 11:00 am-1:00 pm 
Colorado Boulevard (between Altadena Dr. and San Gabriel Blvd.) in East Pasadena (start location: 2627 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107)
"The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will celebrate 40 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The 2017 Parade takes place on Sunday, November 19th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard, the original Route 66."
November 19 – January 7
Descanso Gardens
"Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens."
One day only, Mon, Nov 20
Playhouse 7 on Nov 20th
Claremont 5 on Nov 20th
NoHo 7 on Nov 20th
Ahrya Fine Arts on Nov 20th
An anime feature film playing one night only in LA.