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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Diggin' in the Carts Video Game Music

Diggin' in the Carts - RBMA L.A.
Sunday, Oct 22, 7 PM - 11 PM
The Regent Theater
448 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA

"Following on from the acclaimed documentary series and Red Bull Radio show of the same name, Diggin’ In The Carts showcases Japan’s leading composers of video game music in the late ’80s and early ’90s alongside a new generation of artists who have been inspired by them. Hyperdub boss Kode9 will present a new performance using visuals created by Kōji Morimoto, the Japanese animator who has worked on films like Memories and The Animatrix. Yuzo Koshiro, who some have called the greatest game music composer of the 16-bit age, will perform together with Motohiro Kawashima, a renowned composer who was Koshiro’s collaborator on Streets of Rage 2 and 3 and Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Tokyo-based DJ, music historian and filmmaker Nick Dwyer, who produces and hosts the Diggin’ In The Carts series, brings his metagame with a DITC音 set, playing favorites from the genre’s rich history."

Friday, October 20, 2017

Play Super Mario Odyssey at Best Buy on Oct 21

If you really don't have that much planed for the weekend, stop by Best Buy for some Mario!

"Explore incredible places far from the Mushroom Kingdom as you join Mario and his new ally Cappy on a massive, globe-trotting 3D adventure.
Experience the fun and play Super Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Switch and receive a free SMO Sticker Book* this Saturday, October 21st at select Best Buy stores from 12pm-3pm (local time)."

Check out the select stores it's taking place i.

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2017

Japan celebrates Halloween a little differently than us, it's only become a "thing" since the major theme parks starting having events for it about ten years ago. After that, adults and teenagers started having Halloween parties and now kids are into to with their own celebrations. We're not sure if kids in Japan even go out for trick-or-treating though. What has amazed us over the years is how Universal Studios Japan, a sister theme park to our own here, celebrates Halloween.
They do it a little differently. During the day, they have activities for kids with aHalloween parade with the Minions this year. Disney does that over here, but it looks like Universal Japan got into that game. During the night it greatly resembles Halloween Horror Nights here.
Some fat zombies with other creeps

Check out their fat zombies, photo on the right. Maybe they just have some better costumes for their monsters that roam the park.

Another nod to the Japanese or perhaps a jealous nod is they sometimes get cool stuff that we don't. For whatever reason they get a full maze based on Chucky and his new movie, Cult of Chucky this year. We got Chucky here at our own Universal, but not a maze devoted to him. They got a maze devoted to Freddy Kreuger and The Exorcist too. So, we get some of the same horror movies. So, if you went you would instantly get the references.

Then there's stuff like Sadako known out here as The Ring and Gakkō no Kaidan known out here as the Ghost Stories anime, which would be a bit harder for a person not from Japan to get. Though, there still gonna scare you.

Sometimes, they'll get way better tributes mazes to video games like Resident Evil. I think we only do mazes in the major theme parks for horror films and have yet to really do any based on games, but there's a lot to choose from.

To see more of what Universal Japan is up to for Halloween, check out their English page, which is really in Engrish.

Halloween Weekend Oct 20-22

What's starting this weekend? See below. But first, check the full Halloween Master List for all Halloween activities in the LA.

October 21, 22, 28, 29 & 31st
7pm to 10pm
907 N. California St., Burbank, CA 91505
Free haunted house. 

Dark Water - Presented by: Haunted Little Tokyo
Fri, October 20, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Haunted Little Tokyo is pleased to present a screening of the 2002 Japanese Horror drama, Dark Water, by Hideo Nakata. Adivorced mother moves into a rundown apartment with her daughter. They experience supernatural occurrences including a mysterious water leak from the floor above.

Oct 20 - Oct 31 
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
First released in 1993, Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS was directed by Henry Selick (JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH), and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town's beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday.

Halloween Film Pestival

Sat, October 21, 2017
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM 
Los Feliz 3 Cinemas
1822 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Free, RSVP

Move aside witches, ghouls, and ghosts, this Halloween is all about things that crawl, fly, and sting! Western Exterminator, a local leader in the pest control industry, is proud to host the first ever Halloween Film Pestival. Bug eats and treats with free bug based movies.

Halloween & Mourning Movie Night
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 6:30 PM
Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Free for Museum members and $10 for the general public.
Guests are invited to bring a picnic, blankets, chairs, and candy to enjoy a classic scary movie at Heritage Square. Feature TBD.
Long Beach Zombie Fest
October 20-22, 2017
Fri. 5PM - 10PM • Sat. 3PM - 10PM • Sun. 3PM - 10PM
$tarts at $5 and goes up with activities and dates
Join hordes of rotting revelers for Long Beach’s annual zombie outbreak, a THREE DAY invasion of undead music, guts, blood, horror and more. Essentially it's a zombie walk that's gotten bigger and bigger and turned into a zombie party.

John Carpenter Signing
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Masters of horror John Carpenter and Sandy King Carpenter host their 5th annual Halloween signing event for Tales for a Halloweenight! They will be joined by comic artists and writers including Tim Bradstreet, Steve Niles, Duane Swierczynski, James Ninness, David J. Schow, Cat Staggs, and Amanda Deibert.

Sex Magic & the Occult
Saturday, October 21, 8:00 PM
Trepany House
at The Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Illustrated lecture?

Monsters & Mai Tais Parking Lot Sale & Art Show
Sunday, October 22 at 2 PM - 10 PM
Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge
12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91607

BOO! Are you ready? It's almost that time again...
Join us Sunday October 22nd for our 6th annual Halloween themed event: MONSTERS & MAI TAIS!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wicked Lit 2017: Let's Visit A Mausoleum and Cemetery at Night

No, we didn't just visit a mausoleum for Instagram pictures for Halloween or to go ghost hunting. We went for Wicked Lit, which has been scaring fans for more than five years. You'll be watching tortured souls relive their lives as you too are dead. It's not your average haunt.

So is Wicked Lit a haunt or a play? Well, it's kind of both and it takes place in an honest to goodness mausoleum and cemetery, Mountain View Mortuary Cemetery and Crematory in Altadena to be specific. You"ll be spending the night-and we mean hours- watching four plays with a horror theme throughout Mountain View.

Wicked Lit 2017
Now – November 11, 2017
Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery
2300 N. Marengo Ave. Altadena
Bring cash for confections and drinks, they don't take card

We started the night be entering Mountain View Mortuary. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. It turned out as soon as we started the night's festivities that we were all dead. All the guests were presented with that info in the first play Liliom. A sort of purgatory town and the wrap-around play, Liliom was a nice starting point for the night. Liliom is both a play and sort of home base.

We were met by The Mayor with no hands and other disfigured folk who interacted with us and the rest of the crowd throughout the night. We even tried to make some pasta with a kind hearted howling missing-some-of-her-neck Italian Momma, Widow Saverini.  Oh, how we liked howling with her in our pack. Owwww-ooowwwww!

While in Liliom we suggest getting some delicious looking baked goods from TotallySeriousBaking at $5 each. We wanted to have some Red Velvet Skull Cakes, but sadly didn't bring any cash. They don't take card.

From Liliom you'll walk Mountain View to three different plays. Each with its own troubled souls to excite you.

The first played we experienced was The Open Door. Now we were in another time and another place with a father in the British navy returning home, beckoned by his his wife in fear for their son's health. We walked around an outdoor mausoleum first above them and then with the frightened couple in search of a ghost spouting, "Mother, Let me in!" We even had a child actor out walking the mausoleum scaring a friend of ours. We guess British children at night around graves isn't the nicest thing if one want nightmares, which our friend did get.

We really enjoyed the performances of our first group including Richard Large as both Admiral Smith and Reverend Moncrief. He reminded us of plays of old a pulled off a rather convincing British Admiral.

With a very thespian atmosphere this felt like a play you might see in a proper theater, but it came more alive as you had to creep around looking for a ghost at night.

Then we were back in Liliom where the folks revealed more of their past and why they might be stuck there, unable to move on. We had to move on though. As soon as we were there we were on our way.

We went out to visit a newly deceased friend in The Damned Thing. With an even smaller cast came to life the story of a man searching for a monster and then finding one, unfortunately. Fortunately for us, we could now learn with our new friend about his new ghost powers, which meant he could use telekinesis and move objects. He also had the power to show us the past or time travel. We needed some info, because something killed him horribly, so we were happy about whatever his powers was as it led us to the cemetery.

Yes, we were walking at cemetery at night to discover what exactly went wrong and it is weird to do so...even in a big group. Past the tombstones we had to figure out what exactly the monster that took our friend out was up to and why it was doing what it was doing.

This performance had some nice special effects for time travel and for scaring us in a graveyard at night. We also liked a starting point which was a small chapel to examine the deceased's body.

Back to Liliom, we mean, where else are we gonna go. Then off to the last play of the night, Thoth’s Labyrinth.

Thoth's Labyrinth had to be our favorite. It had many factors going for it with the largest cast, great locations to visit in Mountain View and the most adventurous story.

We first me our guide, as all stories start with a guide, taking us to another region of the mausoleum. Shortly after, we found ourselves picking a totem that we liked. Soon, we were seeing three sets of adventurers. A female British Professor and horny hippie sidekick, a rip-off of Indiana Jones' friend with a Shriner's hat with a female Indian Jones. An untrustworthy scoundrel with a young female linguists. All three were entering a tomb maze and we were going with them.

We were separated into groups and then followed a chosen pair. We got the Indiana Crew and headed inside the mausoleum at night. It was beautiful sight at night. They had some colored lighting that made walking through like just out of a film. It really made us feel like explorers. Our two guides weaved as story we trans versed the mausoleum.

We went back and forth  as we met some shocking revelations about the other groups of when and where they were. We sort of all came back together for a big finale in a central chamber. This was only after the actors had us going through huge corridors and giving us a feeling of a maze.

A tremendously fun adventure to end the night and possibly the lives of all involved.

Soon we were back in Liliom for some last revelations and to applaud all the wonderful actors for their work. Truly, some great performances that evening in strange conditions perfect for Halloween.

Now for those who want jump scares and a traditional haunted house this isn't your cup of tea. This is more if you want some entertainment; ghost stories that you can get behind. Acted out by some great performers in a creepy setting of an actual mortuary with mausoleums and a cemetery you'll be walking through at night. If you wanted to see a scary play with a new perspective it's an experience you shouldn't pass up.

Add this to your list of one of many Halloween activities you won't find anywhere else.

all photos in article by Daniel Kitayama

Animation Is Film Festival This Weekend

This post was first featured in early September.

Pretty much shaming the recent Anime Film Festival is the Animation Is Film Festival heading for LA this weekend. It's featuring way more premieres of anime movies and extensive catalog of animation not scene yet in the states.

Animation Is Film Festival
Oct 20-22
Chinese Theater Multiplex

For anime fans, there's a wide selection of films from heart-warming Fireworks to down right Ghibli-like with Mary and the Witch’s Flower & Lu Over the Wall. Then you have the outlandish and crazy looking anime films of Masaaki Yuasa, Night Is Short, Walk on Girl & Mind Game.

NSFW trailer
Looking incredibly stupid and dumb, but o' so damn delectable is Mutafukaz. Yes, it is trying to be that insult. It has two of the greatest words in the human language going for it: ultra violent! Check out the trailer above, it's bloody insane and poorly edited by someone adding English buzz words to it.

Beyond Japan we have films from all over the world. Some adult in nature and some definitely for kids.

Check the full schedule here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Update: More Scares Added To Master List

RV: Resurrected Victims
Starts Friday, Oct 20
CGV Cinemas
621 S. Western Ave

In the near future, murder victims have begun coming back to life with the sole purpose of avenging their deaths. Jin-hong (KIM Rae-won) is a cold-hearted prosecutor who’s obsessed with catching the man that killed his mother- but when she returns home, intent on killing him, he quickly becomes the lead suspect.

Scary (And Fun) Stories From the Other Side
Wednesday, October 25 at 7 AM - 9 AM
The Los Angeles Breakfast Club
3201 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, California 90027
$15, Must RSVP
 It's time for things that go bump in the night, so James T. Bartlett, author of the "Gourmet Ghosts" books, returns to the LABC to talk about ghosts, bloody murder, and other weird stories from Hollywood and beyond... 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 8:00 PM
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
Regular General Admission – $30
*VIP General Admission – $50
Join us with George’s family and close friends as we celebrate the life and career of the legendary horror filmmaker, who passed away on July 16, 2017 at the age of 77. Romero, who pioneered the Zombie film genre with the 1968 feature Night of the Living Dead, made an indelible imprint on the industry and inspired a multitude of influential directors and actors.
Help us celebrate his legacy with a Q&A with celebrity fans and friends, followed by a screening of George’s classic Warner Bros. film CREEPSHOW, starring Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Stephen King, Hal Holbrook, and Adrienne Barbeau, among others.

Halloween Horror 2017
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 - Tue, Oct 31, 2017
Egyptian and Aero Theatres 
 Get your Halloween thrills and chills with horror films in late October! We kick things off with NAILS, about a young woman who wakes up in a hospital after an accident only to discover that a malevolent presence lurks in the halls. The new indie shocker makes its U.S. premiere here with director and star in person. Our annual Horrothon will keep you up from dusk to dawn with seven scary features - AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, POPCORN, THE TINGLER, HACK-O-LANTERN, SHOCKER, BRAINSCAN and DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS - plus between-film craziness and free food and drinks! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis return in seasonal favorite GHOSTBUSTERS, presented in 70mm. Russ Tamblyn, Claire Bloom and Julie Harris lead the ghost busters in Robert Wise's atmospheric THE HAUNTING. And don't miss our Halloween night screening of cult classic CARNIVAL OF SOULS with star Candace Hilligoss in person!
Saturday, Oct 28 
Multiple Comic Shops

Get free comics for Halloween at participating retailers.

Weekly What To Do: X-Men, Robots, Anime & More

HUMANS! Comedy Hosted by a Robot
Thursday, Oct 19, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

5617 1/2 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

LA's best comedy show hosted by a robot is back with another great night of the best comedians in town! The robot has feelings, sentience, and just maybe, a few zingers!

Recent Spanish Cinema
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 - Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Two decades ago, the American Cinematheque, in association with the Spanish Ministry of Culture, began importing the best and brightest of Spanish cinema to Hollywood with its “Recent Spanish Cinema” series. The annual festival has exposed countless Angelenos to Spanish culture, from art and music to food, fashion and more.

The 18th Annual Polish Film Festival
Oct 19-Oct 26
Monica Film Center on Oct 19th
NoHo $

TwitchCon 2017
October 20-22
Long Beach Convention Center
$tarts at $89

You'll get your famous streamers and live panels that you can catch. You'll also be able to chill and check some indie games, regular games and even and arts 'n' crafts area with other Twitch fans.

Animation Is Film Festival
Oct 20-22
Chinese Theater Multiplex

Pretty much shaming the recent Anime Film Festival is the Animation Is Film Festival heading for LA next month. It's featuring way more premieres of anime movies and extensive catalog of animation not scene yet in the states. For anime fans, there's a wide selection of films from heart-warming Fireworks to down right Ghibli-like with Mary and the Witch’s Flower & Lu Over the Wall. Then you have the outlandish and crazy looking anime films of Masaaki Yuasa, Night Is Short, Walk on Girl & Mind Game.

A Silent Voice: The Movie
Starts Oct 20
Los Angeles: L.A. Live Stadium 14
1000 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.
Special posters at this screening until supplies run out.
*Other screenings at other locations and dates in the LA area.

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Oct 20-21 8p 2a BOTH NIGHTS
613 Imperial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

LA's PREMIER underground art show featuring over 125 artists in over 10,000sq ft in the downtown LA Arts District.

Thor Ragnarok Art Showcase
Hero Complex Gallery
Opening Reception Fri, Oct 20, 7-10pm
2020 S Robertson Blvd D, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Free, RSVP

Let's see some art based on the trailer alone and whatever the artists can imagine is in the movie.

The X-traordinary Fan Art Show
Friday, October 20 at 8 PM - 10 PM
The Perky Nerd
1606 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91506

It's the 25th anniversary of X-Men The Animated Series. We will have special guests Julia and Eric Lewald from TAS with us on the 21st, so we thought it only appropriate to do an X-TRAORDINARY show for them to sit in for the Q&A. Come Friday night for the opening of an X-tra special weekend.

X-Men 92 TAS Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 21 at 1 PM - 3 PM
The Perky Nerd
1606 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91506
Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of X-Men: The Animated Series on Saturday October 21 with some folks who were there from the very beginning. Producer/Director LARRY HOUSTON, writers ROBERT SKIR and JULIA LEWALD and Showrunner/Head Writer/’Developed for Television by’ ERIC LEWALD will look back on the beginnings of X-MEN:TAS, the many obstacles it faced, its ultimate success and its impact on an entire generation. Eric will also discuss his brand-new book about the show called “PREVIOUSLY ON X-MEN: The Making of an Animated Series” to be released in early November.

Cosplay is definitely encouraged. Let's make it X-traordinary!

Saturday, October 21st from Noon- 7 pm
Downtown Burbank
$10 – $45

Each session will feature over 85 Craft Beers on Tap, Live Music, and Entertainment. The Fall Street Fair is FREE to the public and will line the streets of Downtown Burbank!

Opening: Saturday 21 October, 6 – 9 pm
21 Oct 2017 – 21 Jan 2018, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
901 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles CA 90013
Organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999 – 2011’ will be the first comprehensive survey of the Kandors series. These visually opulent, technically ambitious sculptures, along with videos and large-scale installations, rework the imagery and mythology of the popular American comic book superhero Superman in a meditation on loss, power, and memory.

Arco Iris - Solo Exhibition by Rob Sato
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, October 21st, 6:30 - 10:00 PM
October 21 - November 8, 2017
Giant Robot 2 - GR2 Gallery
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025

Rob Sato is back with his first solo show at Giant Robot since 2009. His latest body of work, Arco Iris, marks another radical shift in style.

Vintage Fashion Expo
October 21, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm,
October 22,11:00 am – 5:00 pm,
The Reef/LA Mart
General Admission: $12 online, $15 at the door  
Students:  $5 admission with current student I.D.

Meltdown Block Party
Sunday, Oct 22, 1-6pm
Meltdown Comics

"On sunday we are having our annual block party to celebrate 25 years of Meltdown greatness!!  Bring the family!  We will have pizza by D'amores Pizza, Liquor will be provided by Ciroc, and a moonbounce and other activities for the kids.  1pm-6pm here at Meltdown."

Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance 
Oct 22, 2017 – May 13, 2018
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Admission $

MOCA presents Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance, a site-specific installation inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s warehouse space. Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina) has built a singular practice by creating environments and objects that seem to be in search of their place in time. Villar Rojas’s interventions beckon viewers to consider fragments that exist in a slippery space between the future, the past, and an alternate reality in the present. With his post-human artworks, Villar Rojas posits the question: What happens after the end of art?