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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Small Dog Escalator Safety Signs Are Common Here

Do we wish we did this post on April Fool's Day? Yes, but truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Here in LA we have small signs warning people to just not even attempt bringing their tiny dogs onto escalators. It's something so LA, that yes, it should be on a shirt. It's also stupid. So, stupid that we really wonder why they need the signs, but it's LA.

At the same time, whose the artist and where are these signs bought? And a number of questions.

One being, how often do tiny dogs get stuck in escalators? The last incident in LA; we found on a simple search was February 2018 at LAX.

Are people dumb who let their dogs ride on escalators, yes. That's why we have signs for it here.

And than the those writing this sighed. 

As of writing this we've seen these on escalators at the Century City Mall and at The Grove. But they're in general, spotted at many malls in the LA area.

Adventure Time Completed: Finn, Jake & Marceline Say Goodbye

By Jonathan Bilski
John DiMaggio, Olivia Olson and Jeremy Shada
"Ohhhh, Simon!," Olivia Olson aka the voice of Marceline swooned as a cosplayer dressed as Simon aka the Ice King went up to her for the signing. Olivia was joined by Finn and Jake voiced by Jeremy Shada and John DiMaggio as Adventure Time fans spent the night at gallery Nucleus in Alhambra. The event was for the upcoming release of the Adventure Time: The Complete Series DVD box set and soundtrack box set. Fans spent there time with the cast getting Adventure time merch signed and getting a special Q & A session with the trio.

During the signing session, John DiMaggio burst out to praise everyone's art work that they brought in to be signed. He was impressed by how many fans had made something for him to see. He gave hugs to fans who asked for them and was impressed by a man's Jake tattoo that wrapped around his arm.

Many fans came out not only to get the new Adventure Time: The Complete Series DVD box set and soundtrack box set due out in the next few weeks, but to see the the cast one more time. And they were insanely happy, with many moments of sheer joy as they asked question after question of the cast. And of course, the cast had to sing songs.

Making bacon pancakes was sung with the crowd and Jake/John was so happy to see someone take out a frying pan with bacon prop, swinging along with the song. Finn/Jeremy sang the Buff Baby song and Marceline/Olivia sang Everything Stays twice. Once alone and once with a fan, a young girl who cried tears of joy after getting to sing along.

On sale were special prints by Matthew Houston, you can snag them on the Nucleus site

And projected on a wall was a special feature both in the box set and online now, a Come Along With Me music video made with the The Art of Elysium organization. Each frame was colored by kid and teen fans, making a very weird video to look at.

All of it was in the background as fans got to ask the cast questions. "You know, I haven't watched the last episode yet, "John told the crowd when asked about his most sincere emotional moment on the show. He could only say how much he cried when he went in for his last recording session for the show and how much Jake the Dog meant to him.

Jeremy Shada said he's working on his own animated projected with his brother and something else, but couldn't give and details. He told the audience his favorite episode was Trouble in Lumpy Space because John and he just got to talk like Lumpy Space Princess as they did again in front of the crowd. And he shared his least favorite moment from the show, which was when the evil deer stood on it's hind legs like a man and revealed he had tiny hands instead of hooves in the episode No One Can Hear You.

When asked what was Jake's favorite child of his litter, John Di Maggio chose Kim Kil Whan. He also shared that the Banana Guards, who he voices, are just a take on creator of Adventure Time Pen Ward voice and style of talking.

The night ended with free Adventure Time goodies being thrownout to the crowd and the trio thanking everyone for coming out.

Weekly What To Do: Let's Plan For Saturday

MLB Foodfest

April 26-28
Magic Box at THE REEF
1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
$45 and up 

MLB FoodFest is a one-of-its-kind event that gives fans the opportunity to taste special menu items from ALL 30 ballparks. We're talking the D-backs' Churro Dog, the Mariners' toasted grasshoppers, the Dodgers' Sisig Fries, and so much more, all in one indoor space. In addition to the ballpark bites, the indoor d├ęcor will include interactive exhibits perfect for your Instagram feed.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, April 27-28
Barnes Park
350 S. McPherrin Ave.,
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Take the time to see, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture through a first-hand experience of watching traditional Japanese dancing, hearing the resounding beats of the taiko drums, observing the mastery and various skills of martial arts, participating in the ancient art of the tea ceremony, or buying hand-made crafts or food with an Asian flair. Other highlights of the festival include games and crafts for children, and numerous cultural displays

90s Nightmares: A 16mm Horror Marathon
Saturday, April 27, 2pm-2am
Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth Theater
2511 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90057

We know you want a powerhouse 12-hour session of '90s horror gems, projected from nothing but rare film prints -- because we do too! Plus, the show starts w/ a community potluck. Please bring a dish or other fun, picnic-worthy item! (Potluck covers the show’s 1st half; snacks + other food available at concessions for 2nd half.)
 #6: Strange Brew
Sat, Apr 27, 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the 
Egyptian 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
This monthly screening series showcases the best new underground, surreal, crazy, experimental, absurd, rule-breaking and outlaw films from around the world. The theme for April is “Strange Brew” – a frothy mix of paranormal anomalies and science gone very, very wrong.
Saturday, April 27-28 11am-5pm
Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, California 90012
During both days of the festival, visit Jardin del Arte, the public marketplace at Our LA Voices. The marketplace will feature a range of art works for sale including paintings, photographs, collages, postcards, jewelry, and plants.
Latent Content
Saturday, April 27, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thinkspace Projects 
6009 Washington Blvd. 
Culver City, CA 90232
Thinkspace Gallery is pleased to present new works by Southern Californian-born artist Casey Weldon in Latent Content. Known for surreal imagery that combines darkness with humor, Weldon creates visual puns and narratively suggestive contexts to stir associations or deliver smart, if at times irreverent, punch lines. His works have often sought to critique and consider the role of popular culture and digital media in the creation of hyperbole and representational extremes.
Sun, Apr 28
Taiko: 12:30pm & 1:30pm
Manga: 11am to 3pm
The Japanese Garden - Suiho-En
6100 Woodley Ave, Los Angeles, California 91406
General Admission to the Garden is $5 for adults, 
$3 for seniors 62+ and children 12 & under.
"Join us for Taiko and Anime-Manga. Guests will spend the day enjoying local artist Nori Shirasu as he demonstrates the art of anime-manga, and the celebratory beats of San Fernando Valley Taiko."

Skirball Puppet Festival
Sunday, April 28, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
$15 General
$12 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children under 12
$10 Children 2-12

*Because every child deserves some childhood drama. No, we're just kidding around, it's just such a horror movie or childhood trope. Some times little kids don't like puppets.

Celebrate the art of puppetry and the magic of storytelling at the Skirball’s eighth annual Puppet Festival! This campus-wide, daylong festival features new and classic tales told with a variety of puppets, live music, and art making. It brings together talented puppeteers and artists from across the country, working in a range of cultural and artistic styles.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Kickstarter LA: The Time Scouts Handbook

Support our Time Scouts and our local Time Travel Marts with this novel concept, The Time Scouts Handbook. It's a future book to be published and sent out this September showcasing how to survive when traveling through time. It's hard not to love this concept.
  • Over 80 pages of time travel tips
  • Fashion advice for all eras
  • Advance across 3 unique Time Scout Ranks
  • 100% genuine earthen paper
"Camp with Cleopatra, hang with Hamilton, or simply travel across the cosmos in style. With all time and space to explore, there’s never been a better era to join Time Scouts."

It's also really just giving money to 826 LA, a program that teaches children to write and have fun with it. Because, our time travel marts are in actuality fronts for those programs. Time travel store up front, teaching kids in the back.

Alien Resurrection May 6

Alien Resurrection: Alien Retrospective
Monday, May 6th, 7pm
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Followed by a Q&A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Composer/USC Alumnus John Frizzell, and Creature Effects Supervisor Alec Gillis.

Sadly, this movie gets little love in the fan poster department, when it's so much better than Alien 3, Covenant and Prometheus. Really, we looked for fan posters online and couldn't find anything. We hope Mondo or another gallery covers it some day.

Only the French could come up with something that is in no way subtle and messed-up sexually as this fourth entry in the series. And it probably has one of the coolest gross death scenes for an xenomorph ever.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Final Fantasy VII – A Symphonic Reunion Concert June 9

Tickets go on sale today, 4/20/19 at noon for the Final Fantasy VII – A Symphonic Reunion taking place here in LA at the Dolby Theatre on June 9th. Tickets start at $77.

FINAL FANTASY VII – A Symphonic Reunion, is a brand-new concert dedicated exclusively to the mythical video game, the most beloved Japanese RPG of all time, and will feature a symphonic orchestra and choir of more than 100 musicians on stage with giant screen HD video projection.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Slow Your Roll: Griffith Observatory Closed Apr 22- May 6

This is the last weekend you'll be able to get to go up to the Griffith Observatory. Don't worry, we didn't sell it off to a foreign investors, it's just getting renovated. And it's due, I saw some windows that just had wood over them when I visited it last month.

The free Observatory that has great views of the city will be closed for two weeks and the roads leading up to it.

For more info

For two weeks (April 22 to May 6), there will be NO vehicle access (including bicycles) to the following roads (see map below):
  • Griffith Observatory parking lot
  • East Observatory Road and West Observatory Road
  • Vermont Canyon Road north of the Greek Theatre.
  • Western Canyon Road north of Fern Dell