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Thursday, July 31, 2014

In Focus: Tokyo @ The Getty

For those into Japanese culture, Getty has a new exhibit for you from four photographers on Japan's most well known city, Tokyo.

In Focus: Tokyo
Date: Daily, August 5 - December 14, 2014,
Location: West Pavilion, Lower Level, Getty Center
Admission: Free

Although a kaleidoscopic vision would seem to be required to represent the hyperreal megalopolis of Tokyo, the four Japanese photographers in this exhibition have found a way to portray their city at a human scale. Mikiko Hara adopts a quiet, daylit, snapshot style for spontaneous portraits of her young contemporaries; Daido Moriyama haunts the burgeoning neighborhood of Shinjuku for fragments of nightlife; Shigeichi Nagano observes the interactions of community within a perpetually rebuilt environment; and Masato Seto focuses on the hard-won leisure of local couples escaping the cramped quarters of high-rise living.

Ghostbusters in Anime

Maybe animators in Japan have finally cracked, maybe they just like the movies and know it's the 30th Anniversary of the ghost-busting team. Two animes that came out last week featured cameos from the Ghostbusters and Slimer.

Tokyo ESP episode 3 featured the Ghostbusters hunting and capturing a cute defenseless flying esper penguin, Peggy. Luckily the epser heroine of the series,  Rinka Urushiba rescues him.

Dr. Venkman arrives

 There's nothing cuter than this scene in the episode
Then over in Space Dandy episode 17 we have Slimer making a shot cameo that made fun of many more movies than just Ghostbusters, nobody puts Dandy in the corner!
Slimer wearing a captain's hat means it's parody?

It's a perfect Adult Swim show in that it makes no sense

Hikari Shimoda's "Fantastic Planet, Goodbye Man" Exhibit Online

Look at the creepy cute details of Hikari Shimoda's exhibit at the Circa gallery. The above piece "Apocalypse" sold for $9,500 and captures the magical girl theme.

Mega64's Dragonball Z Live Action Trailer

A reminder to go see the film in theaters Aug 5-7,9. Super Saiyan 20 is amazing!

Mangabomb The Strange New Free Manga Magazine

Mangabomb was picked up over the weekend in Little Tokyo; it has free distribution in LA, Vegas and Frisco. It's an odd one to say the least. The free manga magazine seemingly has no ties to any of the anime or manga companies that are well known and its stories are decidedly different.

Issue 0 starts off with Salaryman Kintaro : Money Wars about a Japanese businessman starting work at a new company. Not the most exciting adventure to get young readers to keep reading.The other two tales: Sugar Sugar Rune; two magical girls vying to be queen, GGG; an old thief still has style, are more broad to get a wider audience.

Odd that this mag had no seen presence at Anime Expo. The magazine did capture photos from the recent LA Cosplay Con and revealed it wishes to cover more cosplay events to chronicle.

The magazine editor, Kenichi Nakamura, believes he'll boost distribution of the magazine to 33 cities by 2017.

Issue 1 comes out Aug 5, look for it in Little Tokyo and Japanese community areas.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekly What To Do: Ramen Bacon Neon


Ramen Burger Soft Opening
Soft Opening Starts  Aug. 1 5pm-midnight
239 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Grand Opening Sept 1

Get a taste of what has only been at a few events and long wait in LA.

Big Bite Bacon Fest
Saturday, Aug 2
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach,CA, 90802

"For the first time, the Big Bite Bacon Fest is bringing UNLIMITED samples of more than 40 bacon and pork infused dishes, from bacon-wrapped shrimp to ribs to hog pockets at The Queen Mary for yet another celebration of the World’s most beloved protein!

Sample over 40 of SoCal’s favorite craft brews to wash down all the bacon and pork goodness. "


Joey Spiotto’s “Storytime: a little gallery show"
August 1 - August 16, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, Aug 1
7-10 PM 
G1988 (East)
7021 Melrose Avenue 
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Your favorite shows and movies changed into children's books no matter how gruesom the orginal content is. Here's hopping for a My First Chinatown

José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros “Profanity Pop” 
+ The Laluzapalooza Jury Winners
August 1 – 31, 2014
Artist reception: Friday, August 1st; 8-11PM
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90027

Disney is going to be made fun of once again with José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros' “Profanity Pop” over at the  La Luz De Jesus Gallery starting tonight.

Tiny Little Objects
August 2 - August 20, 2014
Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, August 2, 2014, 6:30-10:00 PM
Giant Robot 2 (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025

"Japanese artist Dehara Yukinori’s latest work strays from his past of creating boxed original sculptures. His latest entry into the figure world is minuscule versions of his art pieces. In what we’d call a smart move to do something completely different from the years of sculpting paper clay and then packaged to appear like a toy figure, these pieces will have its freedom and at the same time be intimate. You’ll have to move in closer to see his objects."

Opening Reception: Saturday August 2, 2014 8-11pm
170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

These girls bring art to another level.

Fan Culture
Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Saturday August 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Barnes & Noble – Glendale Americana
The Americana at Brand, 210 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Nathan Edmonson is back in town for Punisher Black Widow.

Adam Villacin
Friday, August 1, 7pm
The Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026


Alice in Wonderland
The Magical Tale Re-imagined Through Theatrical World Fusion Dance
Friday, August 1, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East

Hollywood, CA 90068
$43 Tier 1, $33 Tier 2, $23 Tier 3

"Bellydance Evolution presents “Alice in Wonderland,” the magical tale reimagined through theatrical world fusion dance, uniting Eastern and Western culture with Middle Eastern, hip hop, contemporary, tribal and acrobatic dance."

Saturday, August 2, 2014 | 8 pm
 $25 LACMA Muse members | $35 LACMA members | $45 general admission

"Join hundreds of art lovers this summer for the ultimate late-night party at LACMA. The evening begins at Chris Burden’s Urban Light, where design collective ISO50 brings the dance party with a DJ set by Tycho plus guest opener Willits DJ set until 10 pm. Then surround yourself with the gorgeous sounds of The Silver Lake Chorus, an indie-rock choir performing live inside Van Gogh to Kandinsky, John Altoon, and Marsden Hartley (not yet open to the public)! Cash bar and small bites available all night."

August 2, 2014 at 8:00pm
Pomona Fairplex
1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

Run in the night with neon all around you. Music and strange costumes will be along for the run.


Sleep Dealer
Aug 1-7
Downtown Independent
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Sundance award-winning film takes place in a future Mexico where a migrant worker escapes to America through a robot.

Jeff and Beau: A Tale of Two Bridges
Beau and Jeff Bridges in person
Monday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. 
Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Did you know these two were related? See them together going over each others work for one night.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 7pm
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play themseleves... more or less and their the best jerk friends you could love see eating their way through Italy.


SPiN Galactic Pop Up Ping Pong and Video Games
Tuesday, August 5 & Wednesday, August 6
4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Standard DTLA
550 S. Flower

A pop-up arcade over two days at The Standard downtown. 20 arcade machines, DJ's and ping pong.

Water Main Breaks At UCLA Makes Huge Joke of Drought In California

Some would call it an assault on how UCLA sees the drought in California. Other would call it a huge waste of water in a time where lawns are becoming deserts. In either case UCLA and Sunset Blvd took on a surreal look with water pouring into campus. Creating an almost idyllic are to cool off in on campus.

Damn, who wouldn't want to go there and see it for themselves.

LA Times breaks down the story

I'm sure some movie makers might think about using the campus as a set after how breathtaking some of the imagery of the event looked.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Renegade Craft Fair July 2014 What Happened

Check out my article on the The Renegade Craft Fair over at LA, I'm Yours
It was no Comic-Con, it was still nice though.

Photo Gallery of the event

Renegade Craft Fair 2014 July Photos

 The Renegade Craft Fair took over a part of the Grand Park over July 26-27, 2014. All sorts of indie artist and business were selling out their goods in the heat of the Summer.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mike Tyson Mysteries Comic-Con Trailer

Mike Tyson Mysteries looks like a Venture Bros Clone that uses the stalward idea of making a talking animal drink, nice check you must be getting Norm McDonald. Mike Tyson really voices himself in a modern jab at Mr. T's cartoon and other crappy animations that should have never existed.

Keep Running From The LAPD If You're Naked

"Two LAPD officers were searching for a reported naked man running through the streets Sunday night, but only found him when they accidentally ran over him."

Police Accidentally Run Over And Kill The Naked Man They Were Looking For

Adventure Time Time: Season 7, More 204 Comic-Con News, New Game

Aaron Ebersole

-In Comic-Con news Adventure Time Season 7 was officially announced.

-If you collected all three of the medallions from Adventure Time's ConQuest at Comic-Con you were rewarded with a Lumpy Space Princess Inflatable ball after showing them at the Children's Museum.

the new medal

-You can see a giant Finn head near the Children's Museum and a giant Jake face in the photos below from the streets outside of Comic-Con and the show floor.

-Adventure Time: The Original Cartoon Title Cards is coming out from Cartoon Network and Titan Books. It's one of two volumes, the first comes out September. Titan Books had an “Ultra Limited” edition that was hand-signed by Pen Ward and limited to 100 copies at the con.


-Little Orbit is making the next Adventure Time game that looks remarkably like a Zelda clone. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom. Coming to PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Nintendo 3DS this November.

Adventure Time: Princess Day comes out this Tuesday. It's another mix tape of episodes. You might want to get it just for your collection of DVD's and Blu-rays that have close-up of characters.

-Cute Adventure Time Alphabet Book

The One Up Doesn't Know What Dates Are

The One Up, the brand new arcade/bar/diner is opening up September 14 with a grand opening on the 19th. Someone didn't tell the graphics department on their Facebook page.

The One Up
13625 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California

Of note, the bar isn't part of the 1 up brand from Colorado which uses the number 1 instead of the word one. We have not heard of any pending lawsuits over the use of the name.


The Facebook page updated with a Sept 19 Grand opening banner and a reminder not to post anything at 2 in the morning. Even though the time of the  incorrect banner post is around midnight.