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Thursday, March 30, 2017

GNOG Out May 2

If we haven't reported it already GNOG, the game where you open heads and solve puzzles that we've wanted since we first saw it in IndieCade comes out, finally to PSN May 2.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Visit World 8's Second Store

Did you know World 8, rated as the best video game store in LA by LA Weekly has a second store?

That's right, the good folks at World 8 have another location 526 S. Occidental Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057

They're open 7 days a week and they're having various sales and tournaments going on now. Check their social media for details.

They have the old games your looking for with a bunch of gamer goodies and an area you can rent to play games at.

Check out their new store for your gaming needs.

The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Sept 30

The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
September 30, 2017 8PM
Dolby Theatre
Pricing: $130 | $115 | $100 | $80 | $65 | $55

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will have a momentous new show this September, we're telling you now, because even with it being months away it could sell out.

Check out all the official info below.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is returning in 2017 and coming to Hollywood with an updated orchestral adventure! The show will feature an all new movement from Skyward Sword, a much-anticipated Breath of the Wild arrangement, and the return of a classic that might just make some wishes come true!

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Symphony of the Goddesses is now in its fourth season. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.

The concert’s five-movement symphony regales ears with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear.

Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

Weekly What To Do: WonderCon Weekend No Foolin

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - 70mm Limited Engagement
Now until Apr 2
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Special Ticket Prices: $15 General, $14 Student/Senior, $13 Cinematheque Members.

A perfect way to have a 2001 weekend if you go to 14th Factory, which had the bedroom from the movie.

Donnie Darko (New restoration!)
March 30-April 6
Vista and The Cinefamily

First 3 showings have Richard Kelly in person. This is the new 4k restoration.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Grand Opening
Thursday, March 30, 5pm
Universal City Walk
Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

The countdown is on to 5 O’Clock as Universal CityWalk toasts the arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant to the destination—the first-ever in California—with an exclusive performance by singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

WonderCon 2017
March 31-April 2
Anaheim Convention Center
$tarts at $18 for badges
*Saturday and 3 day badges sold out

The fan convention returns to Anaheim, why not LA? Sigh, still you'll have the cosplay, panels, merch and more to enjoy for three days. Go to the the to look for the panels that fit you and what you want to buy.

April Fool's Day (w/ director Fred Walton & cast in person!)
Friday, March 31, Midnight
611 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036

"Before Scream knocked the genre into the realm of post modernism, Fred Walton’s April Fool’s Day was the definitive deconstruction of the slasher film. Riding high on a cresting wave of holiday-themed killers, Walton’s film is a deft comedy with enough scares and kills to satisfy horror fans while also boasting production values that far exceed most low budget fare of the era"

International Pillow Fight Day Los Angeles 2017
Saturday Apr 1 at 2 PM - 5 PM
Pershing Square
Los Angeles, California 90013
Whack each other with pillows.

Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness 2017
Sat, Apr 1, 8:00PM
Shrine Auditorium
665 W Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
$Start at $29.00

KROQ presents Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness 2017 Bill Burr, Anjelah Johnson, David Koechner, Jimmy Pardo, Adam Ray, Jonah Ray, Taylor Williamson.

Okuda San Miguel's Mayan Renaissance
Opening Reception Saturday, April 1 from 7-11pm
(On View April 1st through April 29th, 2017)

571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033

On Saturday, April 1st, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) presents Madrid-based artist Okuda San Miguel in his U.S. debut exhibition, entitled “Mayan Renaissance”. Okuda’s exhibition features a new series of his vibrantly colored synthetic on enamel paintings, sculpture, and tapestry.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY / APRIL 1+2 / 11a-6p
The California Market Center
110 E 9th St A727, Los Angeles, CA 90079
Parking is available at CMC for $9

Eat, Shop, and Make all weekend long with 150+ Makers + Crafters + Artisans + Chefs

Sunday, April 2, 2 PM - 10 PM
Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge
12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91606
Spring has sprung and the KON TIKI Expedition celebrates it's 70th anniversary. Sounds like a good reason to have a PARTY!!!
Sunday, April 2
Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007
"Santa Anita Park, a sister thoroughbred racetrack of TCK Oi Racetrack in Japan, will host the 22nd annual Tokyo City Cup on Sunday, April 2.  This $100,000 Grade III Tokyo City Cup race brings together some of the top thoroughbreds in the nation. Along with this race, the annual spring event “The Japan Family Day” will be held on the site. It celebrates a long partnership between two of the premier tracks in the world with a wide variety of Japanese cultural exhibitions, food booths and travel information on Japan." 
Sunday, April 2, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Enjoy the festival with art, music, and dancing.
Tuesday, April 4th
611 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free, Must RSVP, Donations wanted 

A fictional future where we're constantly monitored and have a horrible leader...wait

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Museum of Ice Cream April 22 - May 29

Soon we all may be screaming for ice cream as The Museum of Ice Cream will be opening up this April. The museum of ice cream has a soft serve spot in our heart after being reported on in New York, where it first showed off its creamy goodness. Angelenos love ice cream and they'll be able to get a taste when it opens April 22nd.

Coming from the press release, there's going to be interactive highlights that include:

 a “banana split” comprised of ten thousand "bananas", a mint "grow house", a room
dedicated to California, a melted popsicle jungle and more. The iconic swimmable sprinkle pool returns filled with one hundred million sprinkles that were custom designed and produced by Museum of Ice Cream!
You'll also get two ice creams with your admission.

On top of that many local artisal ice cream makers will be having scoops of the week runs. So you'll want to say what you tasted on your trip as it will, sadly melt away into summer.

We do recommend buying tickets as it sold out while in New York

The Museum of Ice Cream
April 22 - May 29
Closed on Tuesdays
2018 E 7th Place in the Arts District
Adult ( age 13 +) $29
Child (age 3-12) Senior (age 60+) $18
Street parking is available. We also offer valet for $6.

*American Express® Card Member Presale:
American Express® Platinum Card Members: Thursday, March 30, 9 a.m. PST
American Express® Members: Friday, March 31, 9 a.m. PST
General Tickets: Monday, April 3, 9 a.m. PST

Smash Brothers 4 Tournaments Return On The Big Screen

Looks like the Downtown Independent likes to play. They brought back Wednesday night Smash.

Here's the info
Smash Brothers 4 Tournaments Return! 
Wednesday's at 8:30 PM!
$10 for competitors, of which $5 goes towards venue fee and $5 towards the prize pool. Spectators get in free!
The tournament is double elimination.
Popcorn, candy, soda, beer and wine all available at concessions

Downtown Independent
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles

Los Pollos Hermanos Real For Two Days March 29 & 30

The chicken chain from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is popping up for two days here in LA. Why? A new season of Better Call Saul is on the way April 10th.

Los Pollos Hermanos
1345 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles CA 90021
Wednesday, March 29th from 12:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday, March 30th from 12:00pm-10:00pm

No details if the food is free or what's available. 

Parking will more than likely suck.

A Trip To The 14th Factory

We saw Simon Birch go buy with a mug, joking with his workers about keeping their eyes open so no one sits down. From what was overheard, a large fellow sat down and broke a stool, the pictures of this criminal sitter are suppose to be floating on Instagram. Why that matters so much is because the room in question, where the criminal attack upon an ottoman occurred, is taken straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and nothing in there should be broken by someone trying to snag a selfie. It's one of the exhibits at the 14th Factory, an art exhibit near a no longer functioning jail covered in graffiti near downtown.

14th Factory
Mon: Closed

Tue: 11am - 6pm
Wed: 11am - 6pm
Thu: 11am - 8pm

Fri: 11am - 8pm

Sat: 10am - 10pm

Sun: 10am - 6pm
Entry to The 14th Factory closes 45 minutes before the closing time.
440 North Avenue 19 
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Monday, March 27, 2017

WonderCon 2017 Update: 3 Day Badges Sold-Out

Well, 3 Day Badges are gone now too. So if you were planning for whatever DC movie reveal was gonna happen on Saturday, you're as lucky as Superman in his last movie.

The parking page updated too, we have a huge Disney lot nearby to fill up, it just might be a slosh to get in with so many people coming.

LA's Last Mall Arcade Gets A Continue

You may remember we reported earlier this month that the All Amusement Fun Center was closing April 15th, however, after community support and some negotiations the store should be re-opening on the third floor of Burbank Mall in June. As reported by LA Weekly, enough people gave their support and e-mailed the current owners of the mall, which is going through major renovations, that talks opened between the owners of the mall and Jim Rowton, owner of All Amusement Fun Center.
The talks paid off and the arcade looks like it will remain part of the Burbank community. You'll be able to shoot dinosaurs and ninja cyborg terrorists and try and earn tickets for prizes this summer.

*The arcade will still be temporarily closing April 15th until it reopens later this Summer
*Not everything is fully complete with the deal, but ti's more than likely over.

Guardians of the Galaxy Double Feature Screenings

You can already pre-order tickets to double features of Guardians of the Galaxy and Vol 2, hitting theaters this May. Now...they also have an Ultimate Ticket, we've seen this before with Interstellar. For $100 you can see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 once a day for as long as it's running with this ticket, that comes looking like a cassette.

via /Film

The Huntington Has Views This Spring

Over the weekend we visited The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens as the wisteria was in bloom. It wasn't the only flower showing off its colors. The wide ranging gardens are perfect to visit  this Spring with flowers and plants to study all over the different gardens. Rivaling the natural beauty is the art available, some of which is older the America itself.

The Huntington
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Weekdays Weekends/Holidays*
Adults $23 $25
Seniors (65+) $19 $21
Students (12-18, or with full-time student ID) $19 $21
Youth (4-11) $10 $10
Children (under 4) free free
Groups (15 or more) $18 ea. $20 ea.
Members free free

For something new however you may want to visit the Orbit Pavilion. In the shape of a shell, this metal structure releases the sounds of passing satellites that NASA is using to study the Earth. Drop in to hear a soundtrack reminiscent of an ambient indie sci-fi video game. In the center of the structure is a screen that tells you what satellites are supposedly flying over head.

We're not sure how accurate the Orbit Pavilion is, if it's using GPS to really track satellites or even if a structure with so many holes in it amplifies or does anything to the sound being generated. It's more on the artistic end than scientific, we would have like a lot more of a scientific connection than a room of chip-tune sounds.

You can hear the sounds of rushing water in the Chinese Gardens. The expansive area has wonderful Chinese architecture and surroundings to take photos of or just get lost in the beauty of. Truly some wonderful sights from the bridge to a small waterfall.

It has it's own restaurant, Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House, which we can't say we recommend. It has a small menu and a very ugly aesthetic when it comes to seating and tables. If hungry we say go further in to the larger 1919 Cafe or if feeling a bit more fancy the Rose Garden Tea Room.

The Japanese Garden isn't far from the Chinese Garden and stands out with it's bamboo and the spotty coloreful koi underneath its bridge. You also have the majesty of the desert to explore with  strange cacti and the Jungle, Palm and Subtropical Gardens all showing their own indigenous flowers. Though only one we have to say was not up to par, Australia, it was our least favorite of the gardens.

You might even spot a bunny
The Huntington just isn't gardens though it has some truly magnificent art to be stunned by. 18th- and 19th-century British paintings are still so utterly engaging, you could argue the ones the have on view are the selfies of yesteryear, though only for the rich.

If you need a place to get away from the city, to smell the flowers and see what nature can offer. Just the open air and trees made us feel fortunate to be there. Take the time to leave the valley or the city and enjoy nature.