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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Weekly What To Do: AFI Fest, DesignerCon, and 75 cent hot dogs

Wtih AFI Fest in Hollywood there's no reason not to check out  new and exotic films, free films that only require you to RSVP online and then wait in line. For those needing more cosplay you have PMX returning.  DesignerCon comes back just in time to get good presents for the holidays for yourself and others.


4th Annual Los Angeles Music Video Festival
Nov 5-8
Multiple locations
Starts at $40

Music videos from around the world are showcased.

SpectreFest 2014: The Creeping Garden
Thursday, November 6th - Sunday, November 9th 
The Cinefamily
Not really a horror movie, you got that from the title, it's about all the gross stuff the grows all around us. It's really gross.

AFI Fest 2014

Nov 6-13
Hollywood theater locations
Free, Passes $$$

Free movies throughout the week and weekend around Hollywood. If you're out of work or just cheap, this week is for you to check out films. 8 days of movies from sci-fi to gushing dramas.

Zed Fest Film Festival

Nov 7-9
Theatre Banshee
3435 W. Magnolia Blvd.

A little film festival that just misses Halloween, but is creepy enough to keep it going with horror shorts and awards for best screenplays given out.

Fan Festivals

Pacific Media Expo 2014 
Nov 7-9
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Starts at $30

Pacific Media Expo continues to be a fan-oriented Asian culture event. This isn't a major outing like Comikaze Expo with some big names and big reunions. And it's nowhere near Wonder-Con or Comic-Con. It's like a big clubhouse meeting with fans of anime. Perfect for the cosplayer showing off their new stuff or meeting like-minded fans of anime and Japanese culture. TTDILA hasn't headed over in a few years as management of events is a little drawn out; there wasn't always something to do.

Nov 7-9
Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Starts at $30

Two days to get into the LGBT side of nerdiness. This also has a pajama party...Andrew, how many of these events this weekend have pajama parties?

The panel on HIV prevention sounds like a lot of ... a weird thing to have, they're still nerds. LA Condom will sponsor two of Bent-Con’s live-drawing events: Sketch and Photo with the Models from LA Condom and The BIG ONE Photo Shoot.

DesignerCon 2014

November 8-9, 2014
Pasadena Convention Center – Exhibit Hall
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
Only $5 per day!
* $7 per day at the door

Bringing back all those little toys on your desks and art to hang up at the office, making everyone shameful they aren't as cool as you is DesignerCon.
They have a slumber party this time!

Food Festivals

Pink's Chili Dogs For 75 Cents On 75th Anniversary
November 7-13, 7 p.m. (and for following 75 minutes)
709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
75 cents a chilli dog

75 cents for chili dogs for a limited time over Nov 7-13.

Sat, November 8 11:00am - 11:00pm
The Arts District
Los Angeles, California 90013
from site:
We've got a big day planned to celebrate the best of the AD -- including guided local studio, gallery and mural tours by Cartwheel Art Tours, delicious eats, a beer garden by Angel City Brewery (featuring KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe, Mario Cotto and Marion Hodges), a Pinball Competition at EightyTwo, street art, music and MORE! Join us in remembering one of the Arts District's most beloved advocates, the late Joel Bloom, and enjoy all that we have become.

EastSide Food Festival
Sun Nov 9, 4pm-8pm
Mack Sennett Studios
1215 Bates Avenue
Starts at $45

from site:
Celebrating the foodie culture that Los Angeles has become known for, iHeartSilverlake's EastSide Food Festival is a gathering of the brightest culinary minds from LA's gastronomic scene. This inaugural EastSide Food Festival focuses on sustainability, supporting the locally owned and operated businesses within the community that make LA thrive. The EastSide Food Festival will give attendees the rare chance to meet the purveyors and experience cuisine from 25 hand-selected vendors including restaurants, celebrity chefs, food trucks, and more - all local to the EastSide communities of LA. 

Fall Harvest Festival

Sunday, November 9, from 10:00am until 2:00pm
Holly Street, Pasadena

from press release:

In addition to the weekly certified farmers market on Holly Street, this free family-friendly festival includes a seven-piece bluegrass band, a pie baking contest with cash prizes, square dancing lessons, country style food, and much more! Our very own “Mr. Pasadena” Michael Calderon will MC the event!

Gaming & Comics

Sat, November 8 6:30pm - 10:00pm

2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90025
 Game Night: USC - Play Aegis Defenders (GUTS Department, Anamnesis (Somek Friends), Walden (Game Innovation Lab) + Panel Discussion with Richard Lemarchand, Associate Professor USC Cinematic Arts and Guests discussing the USC Games Program and the LA Game Scene.

We will rotate games throughout the night. There are TEN scheduled games!

The Comic Bug Grand Opening

Sat, November 8, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Comic Bug
4267 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230

Cosplayers and comic deals with special guest writers in attendance for the new comic store opening.


Opening:Friday, Nov. 7, 7-10 PM
G1988 (West)
 from press release:
"Exit Home" will feature new paintings and prints from a familiar name at G1988, as Bob Dob participated in the third show ever at our space, over 10 years ago. So excited to have him back on the walls, this show will not disappoint and remind our buyers that Bob is one of most impressive illustrators working today.

Sunday, November 9, 8pm
Machine Project
1200 D N Alvarado St Los Angeles, CA 90026

from site:
Know Thy Enemy! is a workshop devoted to finding out what’s in our FBI files and a performance that makes that information public. Curious what the FBI has on file about you? Maybe there’s nothing. Maybe there’s a whole lot.  Let’s find out, and explore the psychic dimensions of the surveillance state together.


-LAMVF- Horror Show Fri, Nov 7 Downtown Independent
-Shaun Burke  Opening  Fri, Nov 7 La Lu De Jezus Gallery
-Mr. No Legs Sat, Nov 8th 9pm NerdMelt Showroom 7522 Sunset Blvd.

- Green Zone 11 Nov 8-9,15-16 14600 Baron Drive CoronaCA 9288
- Ghosting Volume 13 Sat, November 8 1205 N Main St, Los Angeles
-TPA’s Post-Halloween Bash Sun, Nov 9 Don the Beachcomber 16278 Pacific Coast Highway
-Talkin’ Toons w/ Korra Tuesday Nov 11, 8pm Hollywood Improv