Monday, April 30, 2012

2012 UCLA Game Art Festival

more info
A two- day Festival of Experimental Games, Game Art, Tournaments, Performances, Music, and Presentations
Wednesday, May 9th at the Hammer Museum
Thursday, May 10th at the EDA Auditorium and Gallery, Broad Art Center UCLA
It looksl ike a lot of fun and a great way to see what might be coming out in the future. Plus some odd stuff will be playable on par and beyond IndieCade, these are college students

Indie Game: The Movie @ NoHo 7 May 18-24

Yes, the indie darling Indie Game: The Movie finally hist Los Angeles May 18 through the 24th. The movie captures recent hit Fez's development as well as talks to the creator of Braid. If your into games or just making them or just a hipster with some free time go see this film. It's been sold out a few times already. The tickets page isn't up yet for the film, but it'll be here. I'll get back to you if there will be any special events or premiere stuff.

May 18-24
Laemmle's Noho 75240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, 91601

Also here's a nice feature from the movis site faq page
Who is in Indie Game: The Movie?
The feature film focuses on the stories of Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes (Super Meat Boy), Phil Fish and Renaud B├ędard (Fez) and Jonathan Blow (Braid/The Witness). The film also includes appearances by Ron Carmel (World of Goo), Brandon Boyer (The Independent Games Festival), Anthony Carboni (Bytejacker), Gus Mastrapa (Contributor Wired, EGM, Edge), Jamin Warren (Kill Screen/Former Reporter, The Wall Street Journal), Chris Dahlen (Kill Screen/Pitchfork/Onion AV Club), and Ken Schachter (Trapdoor/Warp).
We've also filmed with the following people for the Special Edition: Alec Holowka (Aquaria/Marian), Derek Yu (Aquaria/Spelunky), Steph Thirion (Eliss/Faraway), David Hellman (Braid), Adam Saltzman (Canabalt/Gravity Hook), Jason Rohrer (Passage/Sleep is Death), Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen (Flower/Journey), Matthew Wegner (Flashbang/Blurst), Chevy Ray (Beacon/Flashpunk), Mark Johns (Hot Throttle/Space Barnacle), Mark Essen (NIDHOGG/Flywrench), Erin Robinson (Puzzle Bots), Jeff Lindsay (Hacker Dojo), Steve Swink and Scott Anderson (Shadow Physics), Kyle Pulver (Snapshot), and Simon Carless (UBM TechWeb Game Network).

Toy Hype: Awful Marvel Movie Tie In Toys

 Amazing Spider Man Dive pool toys? The movie hasn't even come out yet

 The Amazing Spider-Man Pooloza Play Pool?
Side note: Rita is in Power Rangers Samurai? Also her boobs could blind a kid.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Celebrate A Queen? Oh, Being One: Proud Mary - Pride Weekend

Proud Mary - Pride Weekend

Feeling curious this May or just want to party, the Queen Mary can hook you up.

"Taking place in a three-story event hall that formerly housed one of the Queen Mary’s enormous boilers, Poseidon promises to be the hottest dance event of the weekend. Along with aerial performers, go-go dancers and a few other surprises, party-goers will be treated to music by DJs Manny Lehman and Scotty K spinning the top dance beats. Poseidon will also feature a live performance by international pop sensation, Amannda, whose recently-debuted single, ‘The Only One,’ is climbing the Billboard Dance chart (currently at #23). The all-night party rolls from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tickets are $50.

DJ Kimberly S to Spin at Pride Sunday Brunch
Following Poseidon, weary revelers can soak in some sun and scenery from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Queen Mary’s first-ever Pride Sunday Brunch on the ship’s Verandah Deck. Cost is $24.95 per person and includes a light brunch buffet, a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary, panoramic views of Long Beach harbor and the soulful house and trance sounds of guest DJ Kimberly S."

The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach. To purchase tickets to Proud Mary Weekend or for more information, visit or call (800) 437-2934.

To take full advantage of the fun, guests to Proud Mary Weekend can book a variety of hotel packages. The Proud Mary package includes deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Poseidon and Pride Sunday Brunch for two. This package requires a minimum two-night stay (Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday) and double occupancy. Rates start at $329 plus tax per room. The Queens Pride Package includes a one-night stay in a deluxe stateroom, two tickets to Poseidon and Pride Sunday Brunch. Rates start at $229 plus tax per room. Guests who wish to stay and play longer may add Sunday or Monday night accommodations for just $79 plus tax.

In its heyday, the Queen Mary carried a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era including Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and playwrights Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee – all regarded today as notable gay, lesbian or bisexual people in history.

All Natural Flower Arrangements @ World 8

Available in green mushroom, red mushroom, fire flower. Blue mushroom available upon request. 

Sorry, but I think it might be an annual thing around Valentine's Day. Yes, video game flower arrangements! Great idea, which I forgot to ask about in my interview in March with World 8, the local independent game store. It's rather a sweet idea to send one of these to the gamer in your life, maybe they"ll think about doing it for Mother's Day, if they get some pre-orders. Reminds me of my own project Mega Man Flower Vases.

Other Dimension and Japanese Garden Average LA Stuff

Another post on time travel or other dimensions and Japanese gardens, maybe I should switch my site name to Time Travel and Japanese Stuff In LA.

Anyway LA Bloom Fest is going on in Little Tokyo with some activities to enjoy the garden at the JACCC, which is a terrrible too long name. There's a huge Zen Garden to look at or you know you could go to the beach.

IAM8BIT is looking for guinea pigs, not real guinea pigs, but humans. This is for Quantum Conudrum, a new puzzle game, you'll be in some other dimension for two days, you'll have to be LA adjacent, sign up here

Kickstarter LA : Miracle Mile Doc on Tiny Kitten Zombies

The Miracle Mile Paradox ARG
Well this already got funded, but it's happening this Summer. Yeah a really fun sounding ARG this Summer not based on any video game or movie. The money is going to be used for a reall office space on the Miracle Mile? I wonder how it will all go? BTW it'll be free now that it's funded, so anyone can join it. I'll be sure to remind you about it later.

Out of Print - A Documentary about the New Beverly Cinema

With some big name interview planned and one of the only independents left, there's nothing that should be stopping you from funing a doc about the New Beverly Cinema. I'd love to see it on Netflix one day.

Tiny Kitten Teeth Deluxe Hardcover Book
They've been in a bunch of art shows in and around LA, now they're making a book.

Eaten By Zombies! In Cahoots Deckbuilding To Die For Game

I'm cheating on this one, they aren't based on LA, but their Zombie deck building game looks like so much fun. They're well beyond their goal, but you can still grab the game with some perks.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Thunder Thunder ThunderCats for DS

ThunderCats for DS

Namco Bandai will be releasing it for DS. I look forward to it!

Game Hype: Rythm Game Looks Like New Taiko Drum Master

Checking out George Michael Brower's Rythm Game part of UCLA's Game Lab which is having two game night's soon. It looks like, well a new version of Taiko  Dum Master and with Harmonix coming out with Rock Band Blitz it's almost like being in Rythm Heaven. Though Rythm Heaven is an awful game, which is sad, because the people behind Warioware made it.

Here's Taiko Drum Master's newest game will probably never get her in the states (Japanese words)

Anime Hype: Panty & Stocking, Why Aren't You On Adult Swim?

Panty and Stocking finally has a release date and full english dub cast.


Fastener- Christopher Bevins,Corset – Chris Ayres
Scanty- Colleen Clinkenbeard,Kneesocks- Cherami Leigh
Brief – Joel McDonald,Chuck – Ian Sinclair
Garterbelt – Christopher R. Sabat ,Stocking– Monica Rial, Panty – Jamie Marchi

I'll have more on it as it comes out, but honestly I thought Funimation was saving the info for Anime Expo. I also thought they might have gotten a deal with Adult Swim. I can't think of an anime that better fits Adult Swim than this sick, dirty and twisted abomination of slutty angel animation. The damn thing mocks Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Lab. I don't know if Adult Swim is just too far into funding titmouse animation or that Funimation can't cut a deal. It's a shame. I already though Sgt Frog should get picked up, but that's another dream.

Transformers The Ride May 25 Official Opening

Early buzz from friends and online from "technical runs" are saying the ride is a must the next time you're in the park. "Rehearsals" are going on now so you might be able to check out the ride before the grand opening check here.

For more info about the ride head here

With the ride being so close to Hollywood I wonder if any of the stars of the series will be in attendance for the grand opening scheduled May 25th.

You seems to start off at a Nest base, don 3D glasses and head into battle alongside Optimus. It seems to be a bit more enhanced from the Simpson ride.

The Three Stooges Review

This is how I'll sum it up. No pie fight at the rich people's party!?!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Angry Video Game Nerd @ Next Gen Video Games May 12

The Angry Video Game Nerd will be at

Next Gen Video Games

5001 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 938-3400

for a signing event on Saturday, May 12th

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2012

I'm truly excited by some titles for this year's Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, May 10-May 20 unfortunately no Warped Forest, like I was hoping, but check out some of these films handpicked for your pleasure or check the full ist at the link above.

Tormented aka Rabbit Horror 3D

I've been waiting for this one, here's a early article about it from last year. Once again you can't seen a striking resemblance between Amy Sol's art and the movie. I can't wait for the trippy murderous bunny filled visuals. Can't say I like the name "Tormented", I guess makreting wise they're goin to try and lose that connection, which is a bit odd. Horror's kind of a niche market and selling it as some deep thriller might backfire.
9:45 PMSaturday, May 12Director's Guild of America 2

"TORMENTED centers on a young boy whose family is unraveling. His sister is grappling with the reality of life and death, while his father walks a line with insanity. The situation intensifies when the boy manifests a dangerous friendship with a stuffed toy rabbit that comes to life."


"A return to the crime genre for Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang (6IXTYNIN9, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE), HEADSHOT is a noir-laced thriller about a hitman who is shot in the head and wakes up to find that he sees everything upside down"
Why is it the same night as Rabbit Horror 3D, dammit, I so want to see this premise played out, upside down everything!

9:30 PM Saturday, May 12 CGV Cinemas 3

Blood Letter

The latest feature by longtime Festival artist Victor Vu is a rollicking action epic featuring fight choreography by Johnny Tri Nguyen (THE REBEL). In this revenge drama, Nguyen Vu is the sole survivor of his family who was executed by the empress of Vietnam. Upon discovering that his family may have been framed for crimes they did not commit, he sets out on a path for revenge.

7:30 PM Saturday, May 12 Director's Guild of America 2 Plays with: BLOOD LETTER UNTIL THE SUN SETS 9:30 PM Tuesday, May 15 CGV Cinemas 3 Plays with: UNTIL THE SUN SETS


Martial arts movie, nuff said. Okay, how about Donnie Yen!
9:30 PMMonday, May 14CGV Cinemas 1


To silly not to see, more about characters, but someone is renting cats.
12:00 PMSunday, May 13CGV Cinemas 2
Unplugged: A14-Day Challenge

UNPLUGGED documents an entertaining two weeks in the lives of two young friends as they brave a challenge to refrain from using electronics for a full 14 days. Amidst youthful America’s fast paced, technology-reliant society, the eager boys comically discover the gravity of their agreement.

12:30 PMSaturday, May 12CGV Cinemas 3

I Am A Ghost

Emily wakes up find out she is a ghost, then things get strange.
8:00 PMSunday, May 13CGV Cinemas 3
9:30 PMWednesday, May 16CGV Cinemas 3

Sony Reveals PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale with Bad Camera Work and Monotone Speaking

Kotaku just plain hated the name " Sony Confirms New PS3 Fighting Game, Complete With Stupid Name " I just hate the camera work and monotone speaking from the speaker. Could Sony not tell us the news of this game in such a piss poor manner? But, yeah, the name is kind of dumb.

-Camera work

What the Hell is going on? You couldn't set up a tripod? Why are you at an angle and zooming in and out and slightly moving. Did you just get out of art school?

Also saw his shadow minus points

-Monotone Speaker

You are boring. I know you're in charge of the game, but where the Hell are the spokesmen for this or Kevin VP of Sony?

-Gaming Journalist only

It couldn't be more of a sausage party if you tried. I think I saw clones. Was there not one white male, wait spotted one chick... before slow motion of someone using ps3 controller... because that's cool... I guess?

Sorry, just hate that's the reveal, they couldn't do something cool at E3? Like have people in costumes at E3 battle on stage or outside.

Oh Sony, sometimes I don't get you.

Game wise it looks fun. A complete rip-off of Smash, but who cares. Just hope there's a bigger roster of fighters down the line.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

DNA US Conference Moved To Oct 2-3

May will be a little more lonely, the DNA US Conference has been moved to October 2-3. Check their web-site for details.

West Coast BBQ Classic May 12

I'm on a boat!
I'm on a boat!

"Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. when the Queen Mary in Long Beach presents the first-ever West Coast BBQ Classic – a full day of finger lickin’ good competition with pitmasters from around the country battling for the title of Ultimate Pitmaster.

Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the inaugural event which will be held at the Queen Mary Event Park and feature over 30 barbecue experts from Memphis, Kansas City, the Carolinas, the Lone Star State and elsewhere. Fun seekers should come hungry and early to taste as many dishes as their appetite can handle before casting their vote for the People’s Choice award.

The Ultimate Pitmaster will walk away with $9,000 in prizes awarded by a panel of judges sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
In addition to the cook-off, the all-American food fest will feature live music performances and BBQ eating competitions as well as a kids’ zone and Jack Daniels lounge for guests 21+. For those in need of more to eat, a variety of vendors will be on hand with non-barbecue foods and sweet treats"

General admission to the West Coast Classic is $10 and includes one tasting ticket. Attendees may purchase one additional taste for $2; six tastes for $10; or 13 for $20. Children 12 and under are free; admission to the kids’ zone is $5. Parking is $12.

Lord Nut Levington's Nuts Review

We all love nuts, let's just admit it. I know some of you say you're allergic, but I call it being lethargic. Nuts are to be consumed by the populace and enjoyed. So when I spied some brand new nuts in far from normal flavors I asked to sample some. Lord Nut Levington's Nuts are what I'm writing about it. This great man of nuts has given us so much to munch on during a sports game or party for someone who can walk again. Let's be serious that person who can walk again has changed and just isn't the person you knew anymore. Who cares your eating nuts, with them and can learn to be friends with this new former friend. That's the power of Lord Nut Levington's Nuts.

Here's how I score the nuts I sampled, in which I mean I ate too many at once.

-For the child in us all, it's kind of like a trail mix on it's own. Apples, cinnamon and some vanilla to get you hungry for a desert. It's like a preparatory desert. You'll want a cupcake or a pudding later

Thai Dyed
-To me it tasted like spicy lemons, wasn't my cup of nuts. However, my more healthy eating friends gobbles them up and said it reminded them of coconut soup?

Sweet Miss Keet
- Smokey pineapple BBQ flavor. Perfect for a BBQ or that thing Hawaiians have with the pig, a Louey I believe it's called or is that the man you invite over to enjoy these with you.

Rebel Mary
-Like a Bloody Mart, except no real blood, forget it vampires. It tasted like cocktail sauce to me. Nuts that taste like cocktail sauce, there's a joke there. If you like tomato, you'll enjoy it.

Mamma Mia
- My favorite and don't call me a Mamma's boy, there's a whole Chromeo song for it, so just play it. Tomato, cheese and garlic, like eating small yummy sandwiches.

El Cheddarales
- Hey Gringo! Why not try some cheddar cheese and Jalapeno, well you're probably not a gringo if you've had nachos before. Kind of like nachos.

Just from a design standpoint the cans of nuts are eye-catching and each as it's own story to tell you about that certain peanut.

Order them here

Free Comic Book Day May 5th 2012


more info and locations to grab free comics

Golden Apple Comics

7018 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038


10:00AM - The festivities begin!

11:00 a.m. Signings:
Dark Horse Creators:
*Felicia Day & The Guild Cast Members

1:00 p.m. Signings:
Bluewater Creators:
*Burt "Robin" Ward
*Scott Davis

Collector's Paradise Canoga Park

7131 Winnetka Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91306

Ed Brubaker - Creator of Fatale, Incognito, Criminal and writer on Winter Soldier, Captain America and Daredevil.
Rodin Esquejo - Artist on Mind the Gap, cover artist on Morning Glories and Avengers Academy.
Joshua Fialkov - Writer of DC New 52’s I, Vampire, Image Comics’ Last of the Greats & Echoes, plus Tumor from Archaia.

Kyle Higgins - Writer of Nightwing, Deathstroke and Batman: Gates of Gotham.
Jim McCann - Creator and writer of Mind the Gap (releasing week of FCBD) and Return of the Dapper Men. He is also a writer on many Marvel series including Hawkeye & Mockingbird.
Sonia Oback - Colorist on Mind the Gap and many other books, from Marvel & Top Cow (with Mike Choi and others).
Signing time is 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
SALE: Buy 3 Get 1 FREE on ANYTHING in the store!

Collector's Paradise Pasadena
Corinna Bechko - Writer on Boom’s Planet of the Apes series, and Heathentown, a graphic novel from Image Comics.

Gabriel Hardman - Artist on Marvel’s Secret Avengers, Hulk, Agents of Atlas, writer/artist on Boom Studios! Planet of the Apes series and artist on Heathentown.

Kassandra Heller - Animator who’s worked on MTV's Good Vibes, Disney's Club Penguin, MAD TV, Adventure Time comics and more!
Shane Houghton - Writer and co-creator of Reed Gunther. Also writer on Peanuts and Casper’s Scare School.
Chris Houghton - Artist and co-creator Reed Gunther. He has contributed work to Heeby Jeeby Comix, MAD Magazine and Kung Fu Panda comics.
Matt Whitlock - Artist on the new Peanuts series from BOOM! Studios and works in the Los Angeles animation industry. His TV and film credits include Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, The Fairly OddParents, and Family Guy.

Steve Niles - Creator of 30 Days of Night; writer of upcoming Frankenstein with Bernie Wrightson.
Signing time is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
SALE: Buy 3 Get 1 FREE on ANYTHING in the store!
Also, beginning of FREE COMIC BOOK MAY, we give away free comics & GNs every Saturday in May (details on the site soon)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sound of My Voice Hits LA

This film about a secret cult happening in the valley, yes our "the valley" with time travel and a journalist endevaor gone wrong seems like an instant classic about LA. You'll able to check out the first 12 mintues of the film above, gotta say the like the style the marketing has taken. Sort of a classic text book look.

You can see the film in theaters this Friday

Scarlett Johansson Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony May 2

With the Avengers due out the day or so after it seems like the perfect time to give Scarlett Johansson her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

"The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor actress Scarlett Johansson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood, 6931 Hollywood Boulevard.

Maybe the other Avengers will come out to show their support.

Expo Line Free Rides April 28 and 29th

more info

Weekly What To Do Grilled Cheese Nerd Makes A Copy

Keith Apicary's Keith of Rage Show 4/28/2012 Date: Saturday - April 28, 2012 - 08:00 PM
Location: Nerdist Theater (10) - Los Angeles - General Admission
Doors Open 07:45 PM

 "(GCI) is the largest, craziest, and most exciting Grilled Cheese cooking contest in the country!
The GCI promotes an inappropriate pursuit of perfection and allows for amateur and professional chefs to compete in the hopes of becoming a true Grilled Cheese Champion.
Add to all this some cheese-themed poetry, stand-up comics, cheesy bands and exhibition cheese grilling demonstrations by professional chefs and you have one of the more unique, entertaining and delicious events you could ever be a part of.
The event is also a grilled cheese-centric food festival with vendors selling samples of the best in gourmet grilled cheese and other cheesy type food to over 10,000 attendees."
Saturday, April 28, 2012

Minimum Age for event: All Ages
Ticket Price: $15.00
The Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive Lot K

Pasadena, CA 91103
Google Maps

Film Independent at LACMA: South Park Bigger, Longer and Uncut
When: 4/26/12
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA
Who: Open to the Public
"COPY is a darkly absurd office comedy (with music!) that explores memory, loss, obsession, daguerreotypes, deceitful lemurs and the undissectable sound of love. When mild-mannered Theo loses his beloved cat, he wanders in to an office where the employees have forgotten what exactly their company does. Theo begins a laughing club in the office bathroom as therapy. Soon a rival crying club is formed in the opposite bathroom, and a deadly power struggle ensues as everyone in the office tries to find their way in life and love. "     
Opens May 4, 2012 runs through June 2, 2012

Fri, Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 7 pm Tickets $25
Seniors/students $20

20th Anniversary Sale @ Melrose Music and Comics

Hero Complex 2012 May 18-21

Hero Complex is back! One of the fine events that leads into E3 and AX and the LA Film Festival. Magical fan nights await you, just check whose coming this year! Robo Cop! I know Detroit's getting the stature, but honestly can't we have one too? Stan Lee, wow he already has his own convention here in LA, for a guy in his 80's he lives life to the fullest.

Honestly, the best part is the interviews that Geoff has with these nerd kings. He talks like an old friend and you get real answers, not something from a publicist. Get you tickets starting tomorrow.

The lineup includes:
“Dawn of the Dead”Fri. May 18– director Zack Snyder will discuss reimagining the terrifying classic for a 21st century audience withRobert Kirkman, the creator and writer of Skybound/Image Comics’ “The Walking Dead” and many other titles
“Shaun of the Dead”Fri. May 18– co-writer and director Edgar Wright will talk about creating the acclaimed British horror-comedy
“RoboCop” Sat. May 19– star Peter Weller will chat about mixing science fiction, action and satire to create an enduring (and very durable) icon; the Festival will screen a new, digitally-remastered version of the film
“A Clockwork Orange” Sat. May 19- Malcolm McDowell, Alex from Stanley Kubrick’s ultraviolent portrait of a dystopian future, will reminisce about the making of a cultural touchstone
“SUPER” Sat. May 19- the subversive dark comedy will bring star Rainn Wilson away from his “Office” job to chat about infusing comic book antics with hipster irony
“WALL-E”Sun. May 20- children of all ages will again be enthralled during a matinee screening and discussion with writer/director and two-time Oscar®-winnerAndrew Stanton; footage from Pixar’s upcoming “Brave” will also be shown
“Serenity” Sun. May 20– Nathan Fillion, Mal Reynolds himself, will talk about the conclusion (or not) of the “Firefly” saga and being an indelible part of the Whedon-verse
“An Evening with Stan Lee”Mon. May 21– Stan Lee, comic book legend and Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, will discuss the inception and future of the superhero era in film; movie screening to be announced

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Metal Is Back

 Metalocaly​pse Season 4 Premieres April 29th. I've been privy to the first two new episodes and it goes well into what Adult Swim is none for, compelte and utter stupidity. It'll be a Hell of fun to watch. So join Nathan on his new romantic episode and Toki have his insanely sick visions. Oh yes, a lot of people will die painfully. See you Sunday.

It's Back From The Dead Re-Animator The Musical Returns

Wow, talk about second chances, just after hearing about the Zelda Concert back in June, you hear about the return of Re-Animator The Musical. The perfect blend of play, horror movie and musical. The songs are funny, the actors perfect for their roles. Please don't pass up your chance of going to bloodiest plays I've been too again.

Here's some deals for tickets online

more info

Performances begin April 26 – Must close July 8, 2012!
Opening Night – Thursday, May 3
Thursday Evenings @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday Evenings @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday Evenings @ 7:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Sunday Evenings @ 8:00 p.m.
The Hayworth Theatre
2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Bad Jew BBQ Sauce Review

So bad it's good and kosher. Bad Jew BBQ Sauce is a hilariously labeled condiment ready for your consumption. I recently had a big ol' BBQ and dosed my burgers with the tangy and zesty flavor agent. It added a level to the burgers. So good you'll say, maybe a little more maybe.

Just the label is eye-catching, everyone at a party wants to try something that has a Hasidic Jew with sunglasses on it. Friends commentary and jokes that arise let this be a great conversation piece, usually going into what ZZ Top is doing now.

Now here's what great about it, it really is kosher and doesn't have corn syrup it's pure sugar giving it a richer flavor compared to simple ketchup.

You can buy it here, pick up one of there t-shirts too for some looks.

World 8 What A Video Game Store Should Be

World 8
1057 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
 (213) 389-5212

World 8 is an independent video game store located in Koreatown. You may have passed it while driving though the city. As soon as you see its sign, with its big eyes looking at you, it makes you feel like the gaming world can delve a little bit into LA's reality. Sure, you have GameStops and Game Dude, but do you have a hybrid store where you can play any current system? World 8 is also a modern arcade.

A few weeks ago in March, I headed to Koreatown before going to Cai Guo-Qiang's Sky Ladder at MOCA, it was literally a blast as over 40,000 rockets lit up the night sky. It wasn't the only blast I had that day, earlier I was on the hardest level of an old-school Mario game and a video game store with a piranha plant coming down from its ceiling, green pipe included. I was at World 8, which is run by Israel Garcia Roldan and his family, they've been up and running for nine months.  They're local and have lived nearby all their lives, so they know the area.

As you can see in the above interview with Israel, co-owner with his brother Edgar, he is a gamer and a nice guy who runs an awfully nice video game store. Some of it's features include: some very old games you might not find at other stores, video game merch, Duff Beer (non-alcoholic) in the soda machine and oh yeah, five separate TV's devoted to video games. You can pay and play any one of them you want at a fair rate. Even play on the NES, get your Duck Hunt on-as Israel told me it only works on older TV's-be prepared to not be on the big screen if playing it. This five faced threat means trying out any used game or even new ones.

As I was taking pictures and going over the place I saw Israel and his family help customers and fiddle with systems, taking the time to talk of old school titles. A few signs had pointed to a Call of Duty: Zombie Tournament I had just missed, they throw tournaments quite often, check here. If nothing is scheduled, why not get loose at the weekly Friday Night Fight? They do have a tournament winner page, that's just too awesome for a gamer, immortalized with a picture on a page with other devoted players.

You get a sense of community and regulars, a few regulars were in playing some shooter in the background almost the whole time I was there. Next to them, was someone kicking butt in Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, sadly the Wii was left alone. Israel likes being part of the community, he even has a deal with parents of the local school, if kids bring in a final report card for the semester and if they had straight A’s  they'll take 10% off something in the store or 2 hours of free play.

World 8 feels like stepping into a shop in a video game, it looks like the world has somehow folded and a portal in subspace has let you enter a store you'd only find in a game, with much better customer service.

They do have their own parking lot and I hope one day they do use it for a RC Mario Kart event that Israel mentioned, there's also plenty of street parking and your near so many places to grab good food from Koreatown.

So head to World 8 it's much easier to get to then the one in Super Mario.

Piranha plant!