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Monday, February 27, 2017

Creature Comforts: The Broad

I went with a friend who refereed to the still new to many museum as a lady for the new exhibit it was having. I couldn't stop staring and wanting more from the featured "Creature" exhibit, now until March 19  at The Broad. As any given Saturday the lines were long outside, the Mirror Room was sold out for the day and a giant behemoth was staring at me and I was looking in awe of him.

Well, for a limited time at least. I was looking in awe of Thomas Houseago's "Giant Figure (Cyclops)." The mind wanders of what would happen if the figure came to life. At its height it seems perfect to sit at Robert Therrien's giant table upstairs. That piece up there, something to invoke a sense of childhood in adults and lost nostalgia, now just makes a place for the Cyclops to have dinner. Hope it's not you!

Really, you can see the crowds flocking to the piece while there, just studying and having playful thoughts in their minds. It reminds me of so many past boss fights from video games and mythological stories.

Hard to explain, but still a stunning piece on display is Takashi Murakami's Nurse Ko2. For the anime fan it looks like a life-size model figure made with great detail. For the outsider, you'll see a sexy nurse with wings. To my determination, I can't figure why the piece is part of the exhibit.

 There's more sights to "creatures" that can both can be seen as incredibly grim to stunning. However there's only so much space and only the choices of the curators so not everything may connect with you. When it does though, it's a magical moment to be stalked by whatever creature grabs you.

*The gift shops sells $1,000 skateboards, but can't sell magnets or fun mementos?

Now Until March 19
The Broad
221 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Free, Must Reserve
* You can also wait for entry, but can be as long as two hours
Parking on weekends flat $12

Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! Out March 3

With so few titles there are at launch, we're glad to report Snipperclips - Cut it out, together! is coming out launch day for the Switch. This puzzle game has you in co-op solving puzzles by cutting up yourselves, but somehow isn't as dark as it sounds. Using the craft characters you can change your appearance to better solves the puzzles presented to you.
It"ll be out launch day for $20.

Oh, and they have up to four players?

Cartoon Network's Utter Mishandling of Justice League Action

While everyone cries for Rick and Morty's 3rd Season release date, as do I, I ponder what exactly is Cartoon Network doing with the new series featuring some of DC's most iconic characters. Superman's not strong enough to fight Cartoon Network's incompetence. Lex Luthor has beaten the Justice League by simply having us forget them. Whose going to remember new episodes, with little advertising, airing on Saturdays at 7:30am. And that's the only time they're airing 11-minute episodes, not even two episodes 30-minute blocks. And they aren't repeated throughout the day or again during the week?

With CN missing the McDonald's toy release by months, which led us to believe the show was suppose to come out in August, you start seeing a very strange mishandling of the show.

It's not new, but still mystifying after a new president of the network came in 2014 with what has to be at least some people switching or leaving positions from Cartoon Network.

As I've written before, CN has a long history of confusing scheduling for brand new episodes. Even a pre-CN, Kid WB had a bizarre schedule of release. The most recent problem with DC/WB Animation content you might think of is Beware the Batman airing extremely late at night with brand new episodes, but not only are DC/ WB Animation shows are mishandled, anything goes, which is a real plight to fans.

For instance, Clarence, an Cartoon Network  original has an odd release schedule and I believed it might have been cancelled as it was missing from Cartoon Network's last upfront, a showcase event for stock holders and brand marketers showing new content for the coming year. However, now it's back and randomly my DVR grabs it.

We would like to ask CN what is the motivation to try and kill the show? If it's a hatred, which has been seen for many WB Animation properties on the network, why do they air so much Teen Titans Go! ?

The lack of episodes from reading the online social accounts of animators involved with the show and just general knowledge of animation, is that they just haven't released finished episodes. In fact, news on this show and it's release have been pushed back so far that I think they might have all 52 episodes done for the season.

Justice League Action's schedule, which I'm not even certain will remain at that time slot, further infuriates fans. For those who have DVR's that might be fine, but not airing it at a prime time when they have a full week to fill is astounding.

Justice League Action connects to some of the biggest brands in film right now, even if you didn't like the films, which I don't, they are a huge reminder for fans to get involved with the show. This a huge loss in time, in the creation of the show and revenue for WB that it's either to big to see or care about.

And I do have to say the show is quite enjoyable with veteran animators from WB animation, well-known voice actors, fun plots and settings and a huge, huge cast to choose from for super hero fun.

So I'll leave you to ask Cartoon Network in forums or by e-mail or social media. Why are you mishandling Justice League Action, Cartoon Network?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Oscar Sunday: The Traffic

Hey all, don't forget this Sunday we're having the Oscars. We suggest avoiding Hollywood and Highland unless attending or being part of the crowd as traffic will be murder. Check out all the street closures here.

If you still don't have a place to catch the Oscars, Doug Benson has your back.

"Awards watching party with Doug Benson & friends!"
Sunday, February 26th
Doors open at 3:00pm
611 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free, Must RSVP
first-come, first-serve

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nintendo Switch in Unexpected Places

 What's that there in the distance?
Wait a second...

Is that the Nintendo Switch?

Earlier this morning, we got to try our hands on the Nintendo Switch in a very unexpected place, the mountains in Santa Clarita. Not that far from the iconic Vasquez Rocks, a group of Nintendo fans were introduced to the system in a beautiful, breathtaking place by John Cena?
Yes, John Cena from the WWE was on hand to show off the Nintendo Switch. He showed us 1-2-Switch and inside the Nintendo Switch mini-den we tried Zelda: Breath of The Wild. John was friendly enough to play a game of 1-2-Switch with our group before he was scuttled away for other interviews.

1-2-Switch does seems to be more fun than we gave it credit for, because pretending to shoot your friend in a gun fight is just something we all need.

The fun thing with the Nintendo Switch mini den, other then those fetching Piranha Plant topiaries out front, was that you could make the building transparent when the Switch was taken out of it's port inside.
*Nintendo please sell those topiaries at home depot.

*We loved the wallpaper on the TV sided wall, another thing Nintendo should release.

The experience was Nintendo telling us you can play the Switch anywhere, but for our take away, Nintendo needs to design modern arcade lounges to hang out in, like karaoke parlors. I would pay for that premium and Nintendo-themed drink cocktails.

The Switch is out March 3rd and if you want to try it for yourself don't forget about the free open public Switch event on

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. PT (doors open)
Location: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"The Belko Experiment" Sneak Preview @ Aero Theatre Mar 3

Wow, we've been looking forward to that corporate mess, but we already ahve plans, but for you, you have the ability to be there before 5pm to get in line, you're lucky.

The Belko Experiment
Friday, March 3rd, 5:00pm
Director Greg McLean & writer/produce James Gunn in person, cast members TBA!
Free admission +1 is first-come, first-served. RSVP does not guarantee admission.
The American Cinematheque @ Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Switch Event LA March 5 Update

So we have the location for the Nintendo Switch event, which actually takes place after the release date? It's free, you just gotta line-up...and don't doubt for a second people will come out for this.

Los Angeles Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. PT (doors open)
Location: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Please do not arrive earlier than 7 a.m. PT, as lines will not begin forming until that time. Wristbands will be handed out for specific sessions beginning at approximately 8 a.m. PT. The line will form on Melrose Ave starting at the corner of Melrose Ave and N Van Ness Ave.

Minors (17 years of age or younger) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Don't Buy Dead Rising 4 So Fast On Steam

My experience of Dead Rising 4 on PC has not been great. With multiple problems in just trying to pre-order to game to multiple errors when playing it hasn't been an ideal experience. So after dealing with all the problems Capcom decides to put the game on Steam? I'm not sure if it's fixed enough for PC to be going on Steam March 14.

What I'm saying, is that even though the game launches this March on Steam, give it time for it to be patched, go down in cost and DLC go down in price, because right now the game isn't worth getting at full price..

Weekly What To Do: Some Mardi Gras Over Here

Tell Your Friends
February 23, 2017 • 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
NerdMelt Showroom
7522 Sunset BlvdLos Angeles CA

Liam McEneaney's legendary NYC stand-up showcase (and basis for the classic Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!) makes its West Coast debut at NerdMelt. As always, Liam presents an eclectic array of some of the world's best comedians on one stage. Don't miss it. And Tell Your Friends!

Archie Art Show
Opening Reception:
Friday, February 23, 7-9 PM 
G1988 (West)
7308 Melrose Ave

Official Archie Art Show. That's right, the classic Riverdale gang gets the Gallery1988 treatment

Titmouse 5-Second Animation Night 2017
Fri, Feb 24, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

5-Second Night is an annual tradition that gives Titmouse animators the chance to bring to life whatever strange/beautiful/disturbing/funny ideas they've had all year as a short-format cartoon. Tonight the studio opens up the screening of these masterpieces to friends, neighbors and fans and adds in a selection of rarities from the studio’s vaults.

*Join us in the lobby at 6:00 PM to play Titmouse's Smash Party VR game, where you'll be destroying virtual things with your virtual weapon in a virtual cage - all without the dangers of real life!

Late-Night Lichtenstein
Friday, February 24, 5:00–10:00 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Kick off the weekend with this rare opportunity to see the much-talked-about exhibition Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. at night for FREE! Stop by anytime between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. to see over seventy remarkable works by the Pop Art master, and get FREE exhibition swag, while supplies last. Curator-led tours of the galleries will be offered at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 - Sat, Feb 25, 2017
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Once again, we are pleased to present the 2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films in all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 26th.
*For other Oscar events check out our list here.

CoffeeCon LA 2017
Feb 25-26
Magic Box @ The Reef
1933 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007

CoffeeCon is the world's first consumer coffee conference featuring tasting floor, top coffee experts, tasting seminars and hands-on labs in every brewing method.

Sat & Sun, Feb 25-26, Fat Tuesday, Feb 28
Farmer's Market
6333 W.3rd St.Los Angeles, CA 90036
New Orleans and Zydeco music, strolling parade bands, activities for kids, bead-throwing, and much more!
February 25, 12-5pm
Shoreline Village
There will be live music, delicious food and wonderful entertainment. One of the highlights of the day is our parade starting at 3pm.  over 4,000 beads will be thrown and over 1,200 Mardi Gras coins!

Saturday, February 25th * 8PM - 1am * 
927 S Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Debauchery and decadence reign supreme as the Drunken Devil cordially invites you to a Mardi Gras celebration you won't soon forget: Bloody Gras. Be amazed by a series of strolling acts from a variety of talents, including Drunken Devil alum, magician Micah Cover (The Magic Castle), and, straight from the dark streets of Queen Mary's Dark Harbor, Scott Michael, Whodini Driftwood, and Twirly the Clown, performing a menagerie of shock magic, sideshow gags, and sword swallowing, to terrify and delight.
Saturday, February 25th at 2 PM - 4 PM

Barnes & Noble Events, The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
*Must buy book there to be signed
John Carpenter - The Master of Horror.... do we need to say more?
To commemorate the film’s 30th anniversary, John Carpenter, Tara Bennett & Paul Terry will be joing us to sign The Art Of Big Trouble in Little China and The Official Making Of Big Trouble In Little China, the only official, comprehensive behind-the-scenes look into the making of the 1986 cult classic film Big Trouble in Little China. 

Saturday Feb 25 at 11:59 PM - 2:30 AM
Vista Theatre (Los Angeles)
4473 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027
Saturday, February 25, 2017 
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Glendale, California, 91204, United States
Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon on a visit behind the scenes at Swazzle, the visual effects studio where fantastical creatures and characters are constantly under construction.

SAT. FEB 25th. 7PM
622 N. Coronado in ECHO PARK

"On Saturday, February 25th, Kendra Hughes and David Deey will be preparing, and serving, a set, three course menu as well as hosting a comedy show with some of the most famous comedians you’ve probably never heard of, but are still ridiculously funny."

Alex Gross' Antisocial Network Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 25th from 7-11pm

571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Free and open to the public (No RSVP required)

Although modern technology appears in only about half of the works, the multiple readings of this phrase apply to every piece in the exhibition. One interpretation gleaned from the new work is that social networks, both real and online, rather than bringing us closer, are in fact eroding our connections with one another, resulting in isolation, loneliness, and the inability to exist in the present.

Best Friend Pretty in Homeless
Reception February 25th, 6:30-10pm
Giant Robot 2015 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Yukinori Dehara will be at GR2 in person. This time his work will explore life on the streets in his own tongue and cheek way

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Northridge Appearance
Sat, February 25, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Northridge Mall

The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942
Fort MacArthur
Saturday, Feb 25, 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731
Free Parking

The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942 in San Pedro, California, boasts an atmosphere that harkens back to the World War II era and displays vintage memorabilia and military artifacts from that time. The one-day event features a true-to-the-era orchestra, vintage USO dance shows, an artillery museum and celebrity appearances.

Special Exhibits: 3 pm - 5 pm
Dance Class by Rusty Frank 4 pm - 4:30 pm
Dean Mora and the Ft. MacArthur Officers Orchestra: 5 pm - 8 pm

Pasadena Comic-Con
Sunday, Feb 26
Pasadena Convention Center

Still one of the worst web-sites we ever have to look at for the weekly. A bunch of stars from your child-hood will be in attendance.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Giraffe Feedings

Giraffe feedings are now taking place at the LA Zoo.

You can feed the tall yellow horses at 11 am and 2:30 pm, Giraffe Feedings are $5 per person with paid Zoo admission, which is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12) for non-members.  Guests can purchase tickets (cash only) for the Giraffe Feedings at the exhibit just prior to start times for the activity, which is subject to weather-related changes, especially on rainy days. 

LA Zoo info

CALEXIT Sci-Fi Californai Leaving The Country Comic

Just because we love comics over here at TTDILA and that many feature LA, let us never forget the run of Punisher in LA via Natahan Edmonson, this one hits home again with the idea of California succeeding from the Union. Which is completely ludicrous. Coming this May, CALEXIT has California leaving the good ol' U.S.A. following a band of rebels from a tyrannical new President. Jeez, the subtly.

You can read the full synopsis here

In CALEXIT, the citizens of California will struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government. The ongoing series tells the story of Jamil, a 25-year old courier (aka smuggler), and Zora, a 27-year old leader in the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Resistance, who escape together from a prison camp in Occupied Los Angeles, where martial law has been in place for the past year  ever since America’s demagogue President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaiming itself a Sanctuary State. Each issue of CALEXIT will also include non-fiction material about local sustainability and grassroots campaigning for 2018 elections.
The comics due out in May and we don't know how good a read it will be, but it has some decent cover art.

This isn't the first time California has left the United States, it's a common topic of sci-fi. The earliest we can remember or one of the most fun takes on California leaving comes from Wired. It was how fast California could be taken back in with military force with the entire rest of the nation against us. We lasted a few minutes.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Things Not To Do: 5th Annual LA Art Book Fair

If you ever wanted to live in that moment where someone wants to sell you a chair made out of cardboard for $600 then come, come in droves to the never-ending sensation of the eyes of everything that is wrong with art from the way it's treated to the people selling it out of touch with reality.

From art books that have photographs of barns and random naked people on every page to what was blocked out from our minds, we highly recommend forgetting going.

It was such a nauseating experience of some of the worst art and those trying to sell it that it's a ludicrous mess that we despise.

For anyone who enjoys visiting the art galleries around LA to the modern musuems just visit them instead.

5th Annual LA Art Book Fair
Feb 23-26
MOCA in Little Tokyo