Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Weekly What To Do: Books Are Magical, The Renaissance Faire Goes Nuclear

Indian Film Festival
April 6-10
ArcLight Hollywood
Film guide

The Indian Film Festival holds up in Hollywood again this year. Many social issues addressed, but not a lot of outlandish fun movies the festival is known for. The only stand out film is the 1980s-set coming-of-age sex comedy Brahman Naman.

Wed, Apr 6
Far Bar Little Tokyo
347 E 1st St, Los Angeles, California 90012
IPA Taste Test

Hardcore Henry: The Ultimate Fan Experience
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. (local time)
Multiple Theaters
Average Price $20

Experience an exclusive Q&A with the director and everyone who attends the event will receive a free limited edition comic book.

We at TTDILA highly recommend seeing this ultimate violent-laid first person, gets it right from video games, beautiful bastard. Or at the very least, you see it at a damn fine theater for all the action it drips with. Sharlto Copley has a fun performance, but he's not the star. Essentially you are...or really Henry is. You're seeing everything through Henry's cyborg eyes...and he sees a lot of blood.

The Dog Cafe Grand Opening
Thursday, April 7

240 N. Virgil Ave (Unit 13) 
Los Angeles, CA 90004

$10 per person per 55-minute shift, and includes 1 beverage
We suggest making a reservation


If you love dogs, The Dog Cafe is about to become your new favorite joint. Play with pups as you grab your coffee fix, or catch up with friends over lattes, snuggling lap dogs. All dogs are looking for homes.

First Thursdays of Every Month
April 7, 6pm-10pm 

Food and live Music

Darling Screenings
Starts Friday. Apr 8
Arena Cinema

Darling follows a lonely young woman who moves into an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion. Hired as caretaker, it's not long before she discovers the estate's haunted reputation and troubling past— stories that slowly transform into a backdrop for her twisted and violent descent into madness...

FantaSea: Magic Festival
April 8-10, 2016
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
$tarts at at $15
Parking $20

The glory of The Queen Mary and the mystique of the Academy of Magical Arts, and their World Famous Clubhouse The Magic Castle will converge to create one of the most captivating weekends of the year. Show-stopping performances and interactive trainings create a spell-binding punch of monumental proportion on this magical journey. Traverse the once salons and decks now transformed into The Enchanted Corridor, Hocus Pocus Parlour & Pub, Wizard Alley & Platform, The Cauldron, Abracadabra Café and The Secret Circle Study.

Mad Tiger
April 8-14
Downtown Independent
251 S Main Street

MAD TIGER takes you inside the zany world of Peelander-Z, a self-proclaimed Japanese action comic punk band fronted by  Yellow (Kengo Hioki) and Red (Kotaro Tsukada), who have been best friends and business partners touring the U.S for the last 15 years. From giant dancing squids to human bowling, Peelander-Zs raucous shows attract legions of devoted fans.

Peelander Z playing in LA area April 10 and 12

Phantom Limb Company
Memory Rings

Fri, Apr 8 at 8PM
Sat, Apr 9 at 2PM & 8PM
Freud Playhouse

Artsy, over-the top weird performance art to say you've seen something weird and tell your friends they didn't because they aren't as cool.

Memory Rings is a spellbinding journey into the woods of a vanishing past and even more precarious future. By turns meditative and playful, this stunning theatrical collage from the inventive Phantom Limb Company combines fairy tale, fable, puppetry, choreography, original music and striking visual design to chronicle 5,000 years of human and environmental change, all under the watchful gaze of the world’s oldest living tree

Sweet Bean
Friday, Apr 8 
Multiple Theaters

Sweet bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Friday, April 8, Midnight

No film can compete with the scuzzy, visceral terror of Tobe Hooper’s original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so when setting out to make the 1986 sequel, Hooper boldly chose to lead with the comedic subtext of the original. The results are the colorful and wildly entertaining Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, a film more akin to funhouse splatter flicks like Evil Dead 2 and Dead Alive than its immediate predecessor.

KROQ Beer Festival: Santa Anita Derby Day
Saturday, April 09,12pm-5pm
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
The KROQ Craft Beer Fest brings its brand of fun to the finale of our Winter meet! Join us and the KROQ DJs for a day of live music, lawn games, KROQ promos and delicious food truck cuisine. Plus, a live performance from Mercy Music.
LA Times Festival of Books
April 9-10
USC Campus
Parking, not free, that's how they get ya

Enjoy an entire mini-town of books. The USC campus will be filled to the brim with authors, drama, comedy and cook books to finally pull off that meal. It starts off with Stan Lee talking about his new book, "Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir." So much better than an art book fair or a zine fest, it's a real book fair. Get lost in a stroy or strike up a new one with someone looking at the same books.

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
April 9th through May 22nd, 2016
Saturdays and Sundays 10 am - 7 pm  
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area
15501 East Arrow Highway, Irwindale, CA
Early-bird tickets are
Adult Ticket: $20.95
Children (5-12) $13
Children 4 and under, always FREE!
Parking $10
You can act all your sick fantasies about Game of Thrones. There are thirteen stages of shows. A marketplace of vendors with products of the period. Food fit for a king or a least a king of that time. But, hey, it's LA so vegetarian and vegan options. For the adults, there is a pub crawl.

Bartkira Nuclear Edition Book Launch & Exhibition
April 9, 2016 - April 24, 2016
Apr 9, 7:00PM - 10:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

To celebrate the launch of the new Bartkira Nuclear Edition, Gallery Nucleus and the creative minds behind the comic are teaming up to host an event for this massive and bizarre mash-up title. With guest curation by James Harvey and Kaitlin Sullivan, this event brings together original Bartkira contributors and Nucleus favorites to create brand new work inspired by one of the biggest comic collaborations in history.

Event Highlights

  • First retail location of the new hardbound Bartkira "Nuclear Edition" comic
  • A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to a charity of the Bartkira project's choice
  • Free Themed Refreshments
  • Bartkira photo-area with standees designed by James Harvey

April 9-10
1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90007
Eat, shop, learn and build community at Artisanal LA's 6th Annual Spring Show at downtown LA's The Reef. 
Sat Apr 9
Noon – 3pm & 5pm – 8pm
LA Center Studios

The LA Beer Festival will feature over 200 beers, food trucks, DJs, live music, a dueling piano bar, and much more!
Saturday, April 9 - Sunday, April 10, 2016
East Walker Ranch

A comedy festival in the woods.

Sun., April 10, 3:00 PM
Valley Performing Arts Center 
18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330
LA Opera will present one free concert April 10, 2016, featuring the renowned LA Opera Chorus led by Resident Conductor Grant Gershon, featuring famous choruses from a number of popular works. Best of all, audience members of all ages—and of any musical ability—will have the exciting opportunity to join in the fun for a few pieces by singing along with the pros!