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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Godzilla Pop-Up Little Tokyo

Now take this with a grain of atomic salt, we're suppose to have special Godzilla Pop-Up in our local Kinokuniya book store in Little Tokyo. We haven't gone ourselves, but in the past with these "pop-ups" at Kinokuniya it really means a table of merch from the movie or anime. And judging from the image used to promote it's the Japanese Godzilla's merch, not the new movie version. But, if a Godzilla fan you might want to check out what special items they have.

Godzilla Store Invasion
May 18 through June 30
Kinokuniya Books

Little Tokyo

123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Items available in the stores will include “an abundance of unique visual books, a whopping 12 of the Godzilla “B Side Label” stickers, various Godzilla T-shirts including the coveted Tomodachi shirt featuring Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, a Second-Form Shin Godzilla Cable Bite, several Godzilla straps, and so much more,” according to organizers."

via THR

It might be better to check out the GIANT Godzilla head coming out of the dome!

Amphibia Out June 17th

Just in time for Summer is a new cartoon from someone who worked on Gravity Falls. Amphibia gives off a total Gummi Bears feel, if you ever watched the Disney Afternoon you know what I'm talking about. The show's about a lost little girl befriended by frogs in some sort of frog land. Check it out streaming and Disney Channel on June 17th. \

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Weekly What To Do: I Don't Think They Understand If These Things Are For Kids

Museum of Dream Space
Opening Wed, May 15
Beverly Center
Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

*New pop-up. Museum of Dream Space (MODS) is the first museum mainly exhibiting digital art in the United States.The design concept of MODS is illuminated by art design from Yayoi Kusama (famous of infinite rooms) and the development of digital art. The aim of MODS is to provide an immersive, magical and unique art appreciative experiences to the visitors.

Saga of Tanya the Evil - the Movie -
Thurs, May 16
Select Theaters

An anime film about someone reborn in another world with knowledge of the real world. Tanya the Evil takes place in world at war with, except the war is kind of with flying steam punk machines.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch w/director Joe Dante in person
Thurs, May 16, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
"Everybody’s favorite tiny "Woolly Bullies" return in GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH to take a bite outta the Big Apple when a real estate mogul tries to level the restaurant that’s home to Gizmo and the first Mogwais. Director Joe Dante joins Matt Christman, Will Menaker and Amber A’Lee Frost from Chapo Traphouse in conversation following the feature."
Thurs, May 16, 8 PM – 11 PM
Schoenberg Hall - UCLA
445 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, California 90024
"Set your phasers to stun as we embark on a transgalactic journey across vast and varied musical landscapes. From the labyrinthine corridors of Halo... the interplanetary drama of Mass Effect... the thriving wastelands of Fallout..."

OC Night Market
May 17-19
Friday & Saturday 4PM - 12AM
Sunday 4PM - 11PM

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

OC Night Market heads into its 6th year at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The biggest and only large-scale night market festival in OC invites you to bring your friends and family to eat, drink, shop, and play this summer! Experience 180+ local food, merchandise, games, arts, and crafts vendors. OC Night Market has a diverse mix of activities such as an Art Walk, dance competitions, eating contests, live music performances, and more! Perfect for all ages. Bring on the memories!
Friday, May 17, 8 PM
Hollywood Bowl
2301 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90068
$42.50 - $199.50
Enjoy The Little Mermaid in a whole new way.  

Friday, May 17, 11:59 PM
Nuart Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Boulevard

A must for any cinephile! A totally bonkers, bat-sh*t Japanese horror movie about seven high school girls staying at a haunted house. It sets the bar for the age old saying, "WTF Japan!"

Tiny Beans Kitten Lounge
Opens Sat May 18th
Open daily from 11a-8p, except Tuesday
Open for 3 months
551 S. Spring St. 
$25 per hour.
*Minimum age for the Kitten Lounge is 7 years old.

From the fine folks over at the CatCafe Lounge, you remember them, here's our write-up, is having a pop-up for the influx of kittens in the LA area. Titled Tiny Beans Kitten Lounge, you"ll be able to play with tons of tiny kittens.

The Oddities Flea Market
May 18-19, 10am-6pm
Globe Theatre
740 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
$10 online $15 at the door

Feast your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art, and more. This absolutely awe-inspiring market of the most incredible, unique oddities is taking up residence at the historic Globe Theater on May 18th & 19th. Inside, you'll find three floors of unusual vendors from across the country, hand-picked by curator Ryan Matthew Cohn.

Sidewalk Sale
Sat, May 18, 12pm-4pm
Amoeba Hollywood
6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, May 18th! We will have crazy good deals on Blu-ray, DVDs, vinyl, CDs, posters, t-shirts, collectible figures & more 12pm-4pm. Everything is priced to move fast and conveniently located just outside the store.


LUCKY 13 Anniversary Group Show: Pop Surrealism & Figurative
Sat, May 18, 2019 | 7pm - 11pm

May 18 – June 22, 2019
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm - 6pm
We’re celebrating the Gallery’s 13th year this Saturday night with a big group show including many favorites from our roster and new artists we think you’ll love!
3-Artist Show feat. Erika Sanada, Happy D, & Young Chun
May 18, 2019 | 7pm - 11pm

May 18 – June 22, 2019

571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm - 6pm

"On Saturday, May 18, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery will proudly unveil a three-artist show by curator Caro Buermann featuring mini-solos with San Francisco-based sculptor Erika Sanada, Seattle-based painter and illustrator Happy D, and Orange County-based artist Young Chun in Gallery 2."

May 18 - May 19,  11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
San Fernando Boulevard from Burbank Town Center to the Holiday Inn.
A world of creativity and imagination will be revealed at the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival featuring 200 world-famous animators, trendsetting indie creators, cosplayers recreating favorite animated characters, live entertainment, and much more.

Bug Fair
May 18 - May 19
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
regular Museum admission

Join us for our 33rd annual Bug Fair! Bug Fair is a two-day festival celebrating our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends. Visit a variety of exhibitors—and see everything from exotic insect collections to pet tarantulas, from millipedes to centipedes, from bug-related products, like honey and silk, to bug-inspired artwork and jewelry. Visit the main stage to watch Bug Chefs whip up protein-filled snacks and explore the Nature Gardens for the chance to go on bug hunts, get crafty, experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures, and more!

Beverly Hills artSHOW 
May 18 & 19, 2019 from 10-6pm
The artSHOW runs along Santa Monica Boulevard from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive

The free show features art by over 245 artists from around the nation who showcase their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawing and printmaking.

PinPalPalooza (Spring 2019)
May 18, 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

"Spring is in the air and Gallery Nucleus is holding our third Pin-Pal-Palooza, a convention for all things enamel/lapel pin-related designed by your favorite artists and more! Join us as we welcome new vendors and new exclusives!"

Retrolicious Warehouse Sale
Saturday, May 18, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Retrolicious HQ
112 W Elm Court
Burbank, CA 91502

Extra! Extra! Read All About it! Its time for our semi-annual warehouse sale. We have some amazing deals for you! Nothing is over $40!! Dresses, Tops, Skirts, Leggings, fabric, accessories + more... shop till you drop! Sizes XS-4X! One Day Only! ALL Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Symposium—Isaac Julien: Playtime
Sat, May 18, 9 am–5 pm         
Bing Theater  |  LACMA 

On the occasion of the exhibition, Isaac Julien: Playtime, and in collaboration with the University of California, Santa Cruz, LACMA presents a weekend symposium looking at Julien’s oeuvre. LACMA will host screenings, talks, and panel discussions with historians, scholars, and artists responding to four additional important films by Julien.

Sat, May 18, 11:00 AM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

"YES! THAT’S RIGHT! We can finally show our first official Godzilla movie! Because of a rights loophole, we can show this one Godzilla movie while we wait to get the all-clear to program our Godzilla series. And we can show it on 35mm! And thankfully it’s one of the fun ones!"

35mm Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES
Sat, May 18, 11:59 pm
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Monday, May 13, 2019

Barcade LA: No Kids Allowed, Sucks For Them

By Jonathan Bilski

Look it's a Mexican restaurant! Wait, no it's actually a barcade! Why didn't they change the sign? Stupid hipster logic. And though the place comes from (blech) New York beginnings, its got so many great games worth checking out.

Barcade LA
Daily 12pm to 2am
5684 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042  

Seriously, from the street you wouldn't know an arcade bar has opened up right next to Galco's Soda Pop Stop. You'll want to cruise by there before or after your time at the Barcade. And you'll want to eat anywhere else in the nearby area, because the food sucks. It's hard to mess up a burger, but some how they did at Barcade LA and that's pathetic. And really, the dumb sign and the awful menu are the only problems with the place. The rest of it is a gaming paradise where children are banned.

Those children should cry, as this arcade has titles you've loved playing as a kids and all the classics too. Turtles in Time, Street Fighter 2, X-Men: The Arcade Game (4-player version), The Simpsons are on tap alongside a big selection of beer. There's Mortal Kombat 2 and 4-player Pac-Man; so, a collection of classic arcade wonder.

*You are gonna be paying for the machines, you have to get tokens, 25 cents is equal to 1 token, the usual. Nothing we played cost more than 3 tokens per person and most machines were 1 to 2 tokens. Really, not that bad.

This place has strange titles ,maybe ones you've just never heard of or never played. Luck & Wild is up front next to Sega's Holographic Time Traveler, both are way different than your regular arcade games. You have some great hard to fine titles and some Japanese imports inside. You have a Speed Racer, two-player racer in the back and Michael Jackson's Moonwalker; a game where you rescue children as Micheal Jackson; let the jokes fly.

Dynamite Cop, an action adventure beat-em up only the Japanese could come up with has you starring in every action movie out of the 90's with a twist only the Japanese could think up.

There's pinball too. We were swept away in nostalgia by the utterly weird Demolition Cop machine, it has a different design for how you hit the ball, like your firing missiles.

Or you'll have some laughs with The Bishi Bashi Japanese game show machine. You"ll be fighting with your date or friends with all of its weird mini games.

You can always cool off with the much beloved, named after our city, L.A. Machineguns for some high-paced, shoot-em up action.

This probably has the best selection of arcade games in the whole LA arcade bar scene in LA, so we recommend spending one trip here. Try beating our score of JAB & COX if there still up on any machine and if you beat us, please just put SUX * COX for those two player co-op games.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Famicase 2019

Check out the new collection of art from different artists making fake games, some of which you wish were real. Famicase is an annual art show from Japan, where artists from all over the world get their work put on Famicom cartridges, they would be NES cartridges here in the US, for made-up games. I wonder when we get the coffee table book.