Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weekly What To Do: The Lobster Comes For Thee, Eiga and Kickstarter Film Fests

Your Weekly What To Do is served. Look elsewhere on the site for anything horror related. We have Halloween taking up too much space, so it's banished to its own section.

TTDILA's favorite Japanese film festival opens this weekend, Eiga Fest! It ends too short, but we have Beyond Fest happening later this month.

Being able to look around the Magic Castle for a mere $8 bucks is worth it. You have to know someone to get in and are still charged for what I've heard as a merely okay steak.

The Blue Moon Diamond sounds like villain bait, now if we only had some villains and I don't mean the DWP.

Film, TV & Music

Sept 12-14
The Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Tickers starts as low as $5
Parties and Premieres raise the price 

EigaFest, a Japanese film festival like no other, returns to us earlier than expected starting this September. For just three days we're getting live-action Japanese action and drama movies we may never see in the US on any screen for years, licensing and distributing people. The festival kicks off with the live action, just released in Japan, "Lupin the Third". The festival closes with a sequel to one of the films screened at the fest in 2012, "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno". Both are based on popular manga and anime series in Japan. Fans in the US might know the two series from their popularity on Toonami.

Kickstarter Film Fest
September 12
The Autry in Griffith Park

This free, one-day film fest will showcase films funded from Kickstarter creators and some LA based Kickstarters, not including LA Game Space, which was funded in 2012 and has had no progress since.

You'll be seeing some of the much anticipated "Kung Fury", an ode to everything fun from the 80's with Nazi-fighting time travel with Norse gods. "Night of the Living Deb" let's you enjoy a zombedy from an LA based team.

Awareness Film Festival
September 11-21
James Bridges Theater, Aero Theatre,
Santa Monica Bay Historic Woman's Club and the Promenade Playhouse;
Festival prices range from free panels and select free screenings, $12 for individual presale tickets, $15 at the door, an all-access pass of $89, to $195 for VIP festival passes.

A festival to make aware a broad spectrum of problems. If you have the bug to help out, but don't have a cause, you have a long selection.

The Simpsons Take The Bowl
September 12-14
Hollywood Bowl

 The Simpsons will take over the Hollywood Bowl for a few nights this September. Scenes from The Simpsons will be accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and end with a stunning fireworks display. Special guests to be part of the show include Weird Al, Jon Lovitz and Simpsons' cast voice actors. Hank Azaria will be your host. More special guests are planned and rumors of Conan O'Brien singing the Monorail song have come up.

PaleyFest: Fall TV Previews
September 6-15
The Paley Center for Media
465 N. Beverly Drive,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Paley Supporting and Patron Members: On Sale Now
Paley General Members: On Sale Wednesday, August 6 at 9 am PT
General Public: On Sale Friday, August 8 at 9 am PT

Can anyone not wait to see Selfie? Seriously though, they're showing Gotham and The Flash, but all TTDILA really cares about is The Flash. Peter Griffin's head just exploded with the The Facts of Life 35th Anniversary Reunion announcement. Girls, girls! 2014 Paleyfest Fall TV Previews returns this September with the top networks and MTV showing of their new shows

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Central Plazas
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will have music, food and of course that monkey everyone instagrams.

Friday, September 19 - Wednesday, September 24
Taking place at these USC School of Cinematic Arts Venues:
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

"The inaugural EUphoria Film Festival provides an opportunity for enthusiasts of international cinema in Los Angeles to celebrate and discover contemporary films from across the European Union, featuring award-winning films and domestic box office hits from 13 participating countries of the EU."

Food & Drink

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival
Sept 12-14
San Pedro
Admission $10
Lobster meals start at $20

Lobsters, music and pirate camp for the kids.

Sept 12-14
4pm-1am on Friday & Saturday, and 4pm-10pm on Sunday.
Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007
$3 and parking is free.

Final 626 Night Market of the summer at Santa Anita Park.

"The event will feature over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions. 626 Night Market will continue to be a platform for showcasing local food entrepreneurs, businesses, artists, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers."

Special Event: Cosplay Contest hosted by Rakken on Sunday, Sept 14, 8-9PM. Attendees dressed in cosplay will receive select vendor discounts over the entire weekend."

We've covered so many Pokemon events this Summer.

Art & Culture

Gob Squad: Super Night Shot
Thursday, September 11-14
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

A bunch of artists go around LA wearing weird costumes, but these guys filmed it and are showing it at Redcat. If you forget that Redcat part it's like everyday in LA.

Blue Moon Diamond
September 13, 2014 through January 6, 2015
Gem Vault
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007
Museum Admission

Way too much like a comic book plot, yet real. The extremely rare Blue Moon Diamond will be shown of at the Natural History Museum starting Friday.

Banana Flats
September 13 - October 1, 2014
Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 6:30-10:00 PM
Exhibition duration: September 13th – October 1st, 2014
Giant Robot 2 (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025

The exhibition "Banana Flats" is the first recorded gathering of these bodies, brought into our dimension by the sculptural exertions of artist Ako Castuera. To the average eye, they will look like colorful anthropomorphic sculptures made from a range of clays from locally dug earth to the finest porcelain. Over a time of 9 months, Ms. Castuera has provided ceramic bodies to scores of distinct entities from Banana Flats. 

*Ako worked on Adventure Time

Sept. 13, 4-10 p.m.
Elysian Valley (near downtown Los Angeles/Dodger Stadium)
 along Blake Avenue, CA 90039

"The Ninth Annual Frogtown Art Walk celebrates its eclectic neighborhood that’s now home to a flourishing art scene. Stroll the streets to discover “pop-up” galleries hosted by local businesses and manufacturers along with artist studios and impromptu art venues created by local artists."

Saturday, Sept. 13th, 7pm
7571 Melrose Ave. Hollywood CA 90046
"Toy Art Gallery is proud to present our 2014 Anniversary Show! For our fifth year in existence we’re celebrating with over 40 of our favorite artists creating amazing custom figures from Paul Kaiju and Blobpus’ Vertebrata!"

The TAG Anniversary Show features the following artists:

Anthony Ausgang, Blobpus, Bob Conge/Plaseebo, Brent Nolasco, Brian Flynn, Cop-A-Squat Toys, Deeten, Devils Headquarters, D-lux, Eckotyper, Ferg, Grizlli Atom, Hellopike, Jeremi Rimel, Johan Ulrich, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Josh Herbolsheimer, Justin Bua, Kenth Toy Works, Kris Kuksi, L'amour Supreme, Martin Ontiveros, MM Toys, Monstrehero, Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, Paul Kaiju, Rampage Toys, RISK,  Ron English, Scarecrowoven, SexualYoukai, Shirahama, Skull Toys, Splurrt, T9G, TKOM, Toshikazu Nozaka, Touma, Usugrow, Velocitron, and Yamomark

The Magic Castle Swap Meet!
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 - 9:00AM to 3:00PM
The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Non-Magic Castle members $8.00

"The Magic Castle will be transformed into the greatest one-day convention this year on Saturday, September 13th. You'll find new, used magic, books, illusions, antiques, collectibles, and scores of surprises throughout at this gathering. Vendor's tables are set up from the Terrace to the Peller Theatre. It's a fun-filled day for everyone. Whether you're a novice to magic or an expert, this is the place to be on Saturday."