Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Weekly What To Do: Cons, Film Fests, Batman Villains in Catfights

This week is jam-packed with things to do and into the holiday season expect even more. I've already posted on them separately, but just reminding you AFI Fest, the free movie festival and D Con, the vinyl toy and art convention are happening this week too. You have PMX, a fan anime convention scheduled for the weekend as well. Oh, and Punk Arcade, can't wait to hear news about that.

We still have the LA Auto Show coming up later this month and rumor is Google might show off some self-driving cars at it.

I won't even get into December slate which includes the return of one of my new favorite film fests Eiga Fest. No details on line-up yet, but bet on a write-up as soon as it's out.

Holiday Craft Faire
Nov 9th-11th
 Whimsic Alley
5464 Wilshire Blvd

 "This is our Third Annual November Holiday Craft Faire! Admission is FREE! Witches, Wizards, Vampires, werewolves, muggles and more are all allowed to attend and join in the fun and amazing crafts from the best of the best crafters and artisans from the SoCal area."

November 8th – 10th
Burbank Marriott Convention Center and Hotel

An LGBT pop culture convention open to everyone. It's been steadily growing for some time. Bet the pool party wil lead to some great photos.

This year be on the look out for the Adventure Time Encyclopedia panel with Martin Olson (Voice of Lord of Evil/Hunson Abedeer), Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline), Tom Kenny (Ice King, SpongBob SquarePants)
Sunday at 1:00 PM, Room Name “Cybertron”

Part of a Complete Breakfast
Thursday, November 7
7 to 11pm

Ongoing until Nov. 17
2147 Sunset Blvd

Former Pixar artist Ben Butcher's tribute to Saturday morning cartoons.

Paper Noise
Reception: Saturday, November 9 th 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
November 9 th – December 4th, 2013

"Giant Robot is proud to present Paper Noise, an art show featuring new works by Rob Sato and Ryohei Tanaka."

College Night at the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:00–9:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Guests must arrive by 7:30 p.m. Students may be asked to show school i.d. 

"Come to the Getty Villa for an evening of art, music, food, and fun just for college students"


Zed Fest
Laemmle's NoHo 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd. 
North Hollywood, CA 

Only one night for the once very zombie-esque film festival.
West Coast Premiere of Caesar & Otto's Deadly Xmas, a review is pending, you know any new horror holiday classics will get reviewed for the holidays.

Nov. 8th-Nov. 14th
Fri, Nov. 8th: 9:30 PM* *Director Junya Sakino, writer Jeff Mizushima and other select cast will be present for a special Q&A*
Sat, Nov. 9th: 7:00 PM*
Eugene Kim and other select cast will be present for a special Q&A

I never though this film would get distribution, it's got so much Asian racism in the trailer alone, but now it comes back to LA full circle after being apart of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

"A ʻʻSake-Bombʼʼ is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It's also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin. Sebastian is a bitter, self-deprecating wannabe Internet star from Los Angeles. He has recently been dumped by his girlfriend and on the look-out for someone new. When his cousin Naoto, a naive sake maker from Japan, shows up to find his own ex-girlfriend, Sebastian takes him to north California to find her."

I Know That Voice World Premiere!

Wed, Nov 6, 2013
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

A documentary on the voice-actors from some of your favorite cartoons, produced be the voice of Jake the Dog from Adventure Time.

"Discussion following with executive producer John DiMaggio (“Futurama”), Billy West (“Futurama”), casting director Andrea Romano, Rob Paulsen (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Maurice LaMarche (“Futurama”), producer Tommy Reid and director/co-producer Lawrence Shapiro."

Horrible Movie Night
November 9, 2013 - 09:00 PM 
Nerdist Showroom
Meltdown Comics

 "Your hosts for the evening, John Mathot (Disney's Phineas & Ferb) and Susan Wright (The Because Show podcast), and special guest co-host BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT will present 1979's "C.H.O.M.P.S." Imagine Benji the dog, except as a robot -- add a lot of shtick, and comedy legends falling down, and you got yourself a great evening of horrible entertainment."

Film Series: Rear Windows and Revolving Doors: Three by Hitchcock
Nov 9-10
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive

Three Hitchcock films for free, must reserve seating.

The Act of Killing
Thu, November 07, 2013 7:30 PM
The Cinefamily

Co-director Joshua Oppenheimer in person.

A chilling look into the genocide of a people by the people who carried it out.


The Wind Rises

Starts Friday, November 8
For one week only
The Landmark
10850 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

The last work of Hayao Miyazaki, who isn't dead, he just retired. This film is also apart of AFI Fest, with two free showings. To qualify for the Academy Awards it has to be shown for a week in theaters.

Miyazaki goes out with a movie of an airplane designer to show off one of his favorite tropes of showing flight. Oddly, the main character is voiced by Hideaki Anno, creator of Evangelion.

If you're going to PMX this weekend you might want to consider going in a big group to one of the showings.

14th Japanese Food Festival
Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:00 am
Hilton Los Angeles
555 Universal Hollywood Dr
Universal City, CA 91608

"The ultimate gourmet experience of Japanese foods and cultures.The participants will discover new tastes of genuine Japanese foods. Attendees will see an endless array of Japanese foods and drinks including sushi, sashimi, ramen, soba, takoyaki, yakitori, tempura, curry, beer, sake, shochu, tea, and much more. Exhibitors will be demonstrating and presenting their finest foods/drinks and assisting you to enjoy Japanese tastes and cultures. The event will include a big tuna filleting show. Six-foot-long giant tuna will be cut into fillets in front of the audience which only highly trained sushi chefs can perform this task. Sushi eating contest and live Japanese music will be also presented."

Pokemon X and Y Tournament
Saturday, November 9 at 2:00pm
World 8
1057 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles

Gotham City Grudge Match

Friday, November 8
The DragonFly
6510 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA, 90038

What should have been the launch party for the new Batman video game or the celebration of Beware The Batman in its death throes is girls dressed as Batman villains fighting sexy.

Saturday, November 9th
& Sunday, November 10th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, 900 W. 34th Street
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway

Free comedy festival with huge amount of guest speakers and special events.