Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weekly What To Do: Have A Happy Fourth of July with Anime Expo

Anime Expo 2017
June 30- July 4
LA Convention Center
$20 and up based on day or how many days you'll be attending

Check out our latest posts on it here

At the end of the month the LA Convention Center will be filled with otaku, cosplayers and fans of Japan. Why? Anime Expo. Anime Expo is hands down the largest anime convention in North America. A huge show floor to get the latest goodies from Japan and whatever  anime merch you've been looking for. Whatever remaining anime companies that exist in America have their own booths. Panels upon panels of Japanese related weird interests. Premieres, though this year, ehhh, Tokyo Ghoul is not really a big deal. Now, if they were showing Fullmetal Alchemist...but, were just getting the main actor from it, so, at least we have that.

626 Night Market
Fri, Jun 30: 4PM-1AM
Sat, Jul 1: 4PM-1AM
Sun, Jul 2: 4PM-12AM
 Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007

"626 Night Market is back! Presenting LET'S PLAY Summer 2017, our 6th season kicks off in Arcadia with hundreds of food, merchandise, arts, crafts, and entertainment options for one of the biggest food festivals of the year. Welcome back old favorites and a lineup of new vendors to satisfy your palate, browse our merchandise, art and crafts vendors, and enjoy live entertainment with friends and family."

8×10 Group Show
Friday, June 30, 7pm – 9pm
Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

18 of today’s best artists made brand new 8″x10″ pieces for this show, and they are AWESOME. An eclectic mix of art from a great group of weirdoes. Join us and snag a piece for your very own.

The Little Hours Q&A
Friday, June 30th after 7:15 PM show
Saturday, July 1st after 7:15 PM show

ArcLight is excited to announce two Q&As for the Sundance Film Festival-premiered The Little Hours. Hollywood will host a Q&A with actress Molly Shannon and actress Kate Micucci on Friday, 6/30 after the 7:15 PM show, and they will also introduce the 9:40 PM show. Actress Lauren Weedman will be joining the Friday 6/30 Q&A. Another Q&A with actress Aubrey Plaza and director Jeff Baena will occur on Saturday, 7/1 after the 7:15 PM show, and they will also introduce the 9:40 PM show. A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages. Introduced as a deaf blind man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation. Reserve now!

 THE BIG SICKActors Kumail Nanjiani
& Kurt Braunohler
Friday, June 30
8:00pm show w/Q&A

Chinatown Summer Nights
July 1, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
943 – 951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90012 (Central and West Plazas)

"Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos this summer. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on craft brews and dance in Central Plaza with 89.9 KCRW’s DJ’s!"

Red, White & BBQ
July 1, 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
2272 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles

"Kick off your 4th of July weekend with our Red, White & BBQ bash. We're heating up the summer with classic cook-out fare from some of the city's top spots. Expect to enjoy great food, such as pulled pork sliders, hot links and BBQ chicken as well as enjoy games, DJ music and a Socialbooth presented by Francis Coppola Diamond Collection wines and a beer garden presented by Golden Road Brewing. Our charity partner Inspiring Artisic Minds will be on hand with information about their organization—and providing our bartending staff, to boot."

Takesada Matsutani
Opening reception: Saturday 1 July, 6 – 9 pm
1 July – 17 September 2017
Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, South gallery

Los Angeles... Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is honored to present ‘Takesada Matsutani,’ the first Los Angeles solo exhibition for the Osaka-born, Paris-based artist Takesada Matsutani. Opening 1 July 2017 and coinciding with the debut of his commissioned works at the 2017 Venice Biennale, ‘Takesada Matsutani’ is an illuminating survey that spans the artist’s career, which began with his participation in the Gutai Art Association and evolved to express the complexities of a life lived between Japan and France. The exhibition features 34 works from three distinct periods: 1960s Gutai-era pieces never before shown outside of Japan, one of the artist’s largest installations from 1983, and a new pre-figuration of his 2017 Venice Biennale project.

The Clifton's Canteen - A Tribute to the 1940s USO Shows
Sunday, Jul 2, 6:00 pm
Clifton’s Republic
648 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014 United States

"Celebrate Fourth of July weekend by honoring the men and women of service as CAC Studios joins Clifton's for a full scale U.S.O. tribute star studded bash! Punch up your dance card while dancing with the stars and fill up on food and drinks with your ration card while you enjoy the show! Flash back to an era gone by when the Andrew Sisters and the stars of the '40s entertain the troops with standards that you know and love, all played by a jazz hot band! This one time event, with all new stars, is one that you won't want to miss! So brush off your '40s fashion and come celebrate in style!"

Impeachment March - Los Angeles
Sunday, Jul 2, 12 PM - 3 PM
Pershing Square to City Hall
"On Sunday, July 2nd, we march to demand Congress DO THEIR JOB and remove the President from The White House."

Food & Wine Festival
Sunday, July 2, 2017, 4:30 P.M. – 8 P.M. (VIP 4:00 P.M.),
Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside, Culver City
Tickets to the Culver City Wine & Food Festival are $60 per person if purchased in advance; $75 after May 31; and $85 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $85 per person or $100 if purchased after May 31 or $110 at the door. Sponsorships are available. 

Delicious tastes from some of Culver City, Mar Vista, Venice and West Los Angeles’ popular restaurants and chefs are paired with tastings of wines, spirits and other libations. This Culver City celebratory event also features a silent auction, ambient music by DJ Gabe of Culver City; live guitar by Kevin G; Fantastic Paul, the professional strolling magician as seen on America’s Got Talent, and a fortune telling psychic; as well as raffle prizes. VIP tickets are also available, which include chair massages and other special perks.

Virtual Reality + Digitizing Scent with Simon Niedenthal and Jacki Morie
Monday, July 3 at 6 PM - 8 PM
The Institute for Art and Olfaction - Chinatown
932 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, California 90012
"Virtual Reality is currently all the rage, but there is also a long history of attempts to add a smell dimension to film and interactive experiences. Join us for an evening of speculation about the future of scented VR!

Researchers Jacki Morie (USA) and Simon Niedenthal (Sweden) will discuss the basics of digital olfaction and talk about their experiences of developing wearable and handheld scent output devices for digital systems. We will also explore application areas for scented VR that include entertainment, health and cognitive enhancement."

July 4, 2pm-9:30pm
Rose Bowl Stadium
$13 general admission; $25 reserved seating; free under-5s

Fireworks and family fun for the 91st Americafest.

Old-fashioned Family Barn Dance and Barbeque
Tuesday, July 4 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA 90290

• Adults 13 and up: $20 before July 3 at 5 p.m.; $22 at the door
• Kids ages 5-12: $8 before July 3 at 5 p.m., $10 at the door
• Family Pack (2 adults + 2 kids + 5 free raffle tickets): $50 by July 3 at 5 p.m. only (not available at the door)
• Ages 4 and under: Free

Celebrate the 4th at Theatricum with a family hoe-down. Activities include live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s, beer and wine available for purchase. Folk and country fun!

July 4, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Grand Park + The Music Center
200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Grand Park and The Music Center are where to celebrate together with music, food, and an incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Grab the best friends, the whole family, and main squeezes and enjoy a bit of togetherness under the beautiful Angeleno sky.

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Parking, not free

With one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Southern California, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza delights over 60,000 people with a free concert and 15-minute spectacular fireworks display. There are over 20 local restaurants on hand along with arts and crafts vendors and local businesses promoting and selling their goods. The event takes place on July 4th of each year from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come early!

If we missed any, here's a great list of everything to do on July 4th in LA.

Killing Ground Free Screening, Thursday June 29