Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Weekly What To Do: I'll Kill You Valdez

Oh, Valdez. Run as fast as you can, but you'll never escape these events this weekend. For Japanese fans there's a big one on the outer layer of Little Tokyo. The start of the new year has you taking off your pants and eating cheeseburgers.

The Witches of Echo Park Signing
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505

The Witches of Echo Park will be signed by Amber Benson, she was a witch on Buffy.

Elvis Presley's 80th Birthday at Tiki No
Thursday, Jan. 8
4657 Lankershim Blvd

Enjoy Elvis' big day if he were still alive(?) and didn't die on a toilet with special drinks and hopefully some friend pb & j. 

The Friday Forty
Friday, January 9 at 9pm
Meltdown Comics
$8 in advance, $10 at the door

Scott Gimple and Dave Holmes host this current-affairs sketch-comedy quiz show where the performers get a little liquid courage to help them answer 40 questions about the events of the last 7 days!With SPECIAL GUEST ZACHARY KNIGHTON (Happy Endings)! 

Sunday, January 11, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
LA Metro System
$7 for a Metro Day Pass on your TAP card ($8 if you need to purchase a TAP card and the Day Pass), pants you can easily remove, something in which to keep them.
Don't wear pants and ride the metro around LA. It all ends with a lot of foot traffic and questions at Union Station. I hope that Metro Fairy isn't there, it horrifies us. 

Notes to the Future: Time Capsules A CraftLab Workshop
Sunday, January 11, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd.
$7 adults/$5 children/Members FREE

Boston has one, now you can have one.

Cheeseburger Week
Jan 11-16
Vary prices

So many special cheeseburgers and only a week to eat them all. Try a diet for a New Year's resolution, nice try.

An Evening with Judd Apatow & Friends
Mon, January 12, 2015 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm 
Largo at the Coronet
366 N La Cienega Blvd
$40 - $100

There's a fear of most of the event being devoted to bad music.


Hit The Gas! The Golden Age of Car Chases
Wed, Jan 7, 2015 - Sat, Jan 31, 2015
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Now this is a great idea for a series. Watch a cars cruise insane speeds, bullets fly and people die! Crazy action awaits you all month long with car chases from the 1970's. Films may have looked ugly and so did the actors, but man, they could drive cars.

*The French Connection chase was very illegal.

The Con Artists (Digital) - English Subtitles
Starts Jan 8
CGV Cinemas
621 S. Western Ave.
It's been a while since we've put something up from CGV Cinemas, where's the action and blood shed been? Still waiting on A Hard Day.

"The second movie of director Kim Hong-seon who took home the Rookie Director Award at the 33rd Blue Dragon Awards in 2012 with the movie "The Traffickers," "The Con Artists" is about the business of technicians who gather together to steal 150 billion won hidden in the Incheon Customs during a limited time frame of 40 minutes"

In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund
The Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Avenue

The real reason were writing about this series is because of Ruben's latest work, Force Majeur, that's been winning a lot of awards at festivals. Ruben Östlund will be at the Cinefamily on Sat 10 for two showings of his work.

*Special Screening Force Majeur
Director Ruben Östlund In Person
Fri, Jan 9, 2015 7:30pm
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Saturday, January 10, 8pm
Million Dollar Theatre
307 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Enjoy LA being destroyed by a giant earthquake, this will be shown at the independents when San Andreas comes out.

SPECIAL GUEST: Monica Lewis, who played Barbara in the film, will be on hand for a pre-screening Q&A with Vintage LA founder Alison Martino.

2015 New Year's Celebration Featuring Seven Souls in the Skull Castle
Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Downtown Independent
251 S. Main Street  
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$10-$20; After 5pm: $ 5 (At the door / Cash only).

First you can meet-up and eat up some provided snacks. Eh, listen I love the idea of a Japanese event to rock out to, but Seven Souls in the Skull Castle ain't the best sounding live action movie. Hell, it comes from the writer of Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill, Kazuki Nakashima, but I'm still not sold. The problem with the film is it's way to Japanese history based for even the most loving otaku fan. You may want to skip ahead to the music of Tune in Tokyo -After 5pm: $ 5 (At the door / Cash only).


Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
Thur, Jan 8, 6pm
Downtown LA

Many galleries are open to the wave of LA residents looking for art.

Anthony Petrie's Charts  Opening Reception Jan 9, 7-10pm runs until Jan 24   G1988(West) 7308 Melrose Ave

Anthony Petrie's first solo show at Gallery 1988 will be taking place next Friday, Jan 9th, kicking in the new year with fantastic maps and charts based on film and pop culture.

'La Familia'
Celebrating a decade of Thinkspace (2005-2015)

Opening Reception with the Artist(s):
Saturday, January 10, 2015
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Show January 10 - January 24
Thinkspace Gallery
6009 Washington Blvd, Culver City, California 90232
Congrats to Thinkspace and the countless events we've written about and gone too. This show will be a huge collection of work from countless artists from the decade of shows from Thinkspace.
Zhao Zhao Omnipresent
Opening Reception Saturday, January 10th, 6 - 8pm
January 10 - February 21, 2015
Roberts & Tilton
5801 West Washington Boulevard
A solo show by a contemporary Chinese artist. 


THE LAST UNICORN With Peter Beagle in Person Jan 09, 2015 7:30 PM
Five Element Ninjas (1982) + The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) [double feature] Tuesday, January 13, 7:30 PM