Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Dark Side Bar We Have Another Star Wars Bar

You now have the option of two unofficial Star Wars bars to enjoy in the LA area. The first is the Scum & Villainy Cantina, now permanent in Hollywood. Now we have newcomer The Dark Side Bar.

And as you may have guessed it, it's skewed more to the dark side of the force. It's a Sith-themed Star Wars bar, so, don't expect a round of applause if you're a rebel. Though, they do encourage Star Wars cosplay.

And unlike the Cantina, this bar will be in LA for a limited time, so maybe plan for it after or before seeing the newest Star Wars film.

6925 Hollywood Blvd
3rd Floor in Highland Mall
$33 pre-paid at the door $40 

Here's some details from their site:

"You never know what’ll happen—from an intergalactic burlesque show featuring performers hailing from planets you didn't fathom existed and themed dance and DJ nights to space trivia and alien speed dating to games of chance and imbibing with far-out beings. Nuff said. Experience comes with two signature custom cocktails. Additional potables and edibles will be available for purchase on-site for $16. The more you drink, the darker things get. Costumes are encouraged but not required."

Also changing it up are secret missions you can perform in the bar? 

"Upon arrival to the Dark Side Bar, players are given a special tradable “item” and an amount of currency.

Upon the order of their first drink, they get a secret mission. These missions will be guided by hosts. Thieves, smugglers and swindlers will try to derail you but if you’re dedicated you may just be the hero of the Galaxy!

Tickets for these immersive events are $53 and include two signature cocktails or cocktails of your choice, a two hour experience and 90 minutes of game play. Customers for this experience will be expected and asked to promptly vacate."

LA Weekly Questions Who Owns It After Layoffs

LA's media landscape isn't doing to well going into 2018 as LA Weekly just asked the meta question, "Who Owns L.A. Weekly?" After a major round of layoffs most of LA Weekly's editorial staff has been let go after a new company, Semanal Media, recently bought it. The company was created to just buy LA Weekly, but as the article asking about it asks, it's unsure about what exactly Semanal Media's plan are.

The LA Times reports that the staff that was let go found it quite sudden and with no real time to transition. The staff leaving will simply leave whatever articles they were working on for the new hires, if there are new hires.

That is a question now placed by former staff and LA Weekly readers, what is going to happen to LA Weekly? As of right now, Semanal Media hasn't announced any plans or details about what LA Weekly's future is.

This is in the media landscape where LAist was recently gotten rid of, the LA Times had major shake-ups with staff and LA Magazine's also had a major shake-up.

Super Mario Cereal Comes Out Dec 11

Every one's favorite mustachioed plumber will be out on his own cereal box December 11th. The cereal will be available at all major retailers and comes from Kellogg's. It'll have a mixed berry taste from its star shapes with marshmallow bits in the shape of red and green mushrooms and question blocks. The cereal will also be able to scan  sort of like an amiibo. If you have the current Mario game, Super Mario Odyssey, you can scan the box to receive gold coins or a heart in the game.

Let's hope Kellogg's made enough, because this is only a limited edition cereal. Meaning it might go fast. Now where's Sonic and other gaming mascots? I want some Rainbow Six Rainbow Cereal.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gaming Hype: Omega Labyrinth Z & Gal*Gun 2 Announced

Omega Labyrinth Z was just announced for release in North America in 2018. It's a dungeon crawler RPG about girls on a quest to obtain a magical item that controls breast size. Japan, never change. You're gonna have to wait for it though as it's due out to the PS4 and PSVita in Spring 2018.

Not only are we getting this boob dungeon crawler, we're also getting Gal*Gun 2 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch worldwide in Spring 2018. If you fell in love with the panty hunting shooter, you're gonna love this new game with new girls and a new gun. This time you have some sort of a massive suck gun, Demon Sweeper, that let's you get more than an eyeful of up-skirts. There's a brand new cast of ladies to have fall in love with you too.

LA Auto Show 2017 Has Star Wars & Video Game Tech

Nissan has made six custom cars to show off at the LA Auto show based on the new Star Wars film coming out this December. They're made to look like vehicles or characters from film. 6 in all we only could find five of the cars online and are displaying them on this page.

via AutoCar

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
December 1 - 10
LA Convention Center
$5 6-12

We're not only getting Star Wars customs, we're getting special gamer related stuff like an Xbox Gaming Lounge and the Microsoft HoloLens to try.

From a press release:

Among the displays taking place during the LA Auto Show, there will be a variety of options for families with children, including the Xbox Gaming Lounge, where friends and family can play Forza Motorsport 7 while competing for the chance to win several prizes, and the MINNIE VAN presented by Honda Odyssey. The MINNIE VAN is a one-of-a-kind display vehicle, inspired by Minnie Mouse, that debuted this past July at Disney's fan event D23 Expo. Guests of the show will also be able to experience the Ford GT as part of the Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality presented by the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Special Christmas Screenings This December

With the New Bev selling out for it's Christmas horror night with thought we'd better tell you about some of the other special Christmas screenings you can still get tickets to this December.

Fri, Dec 3, Doors 6pm, show 7pm.
3044 Rosslyn Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065 (off San Fernando Rd.)
Free admission ("pass the hat" donations benefit 3044 Rosslyn)
Parking: there is ample weekend street parking available in the immediate area

1st half: a "condensed" version of Jack Frost (1998).  One of the strangest mainstream movies of the '90s, this inexplicable family comedy stars Michael Keaton as a rock musician reincarnated into a sentient snowmam (yes, this movie actually does exist.)  Whacko CGI aside, this is a wonderful thing to experience with a crowd for its audacity.

2nd half: Film critic Alonso Duralde (The Wrap) joins us for a lively Q&A about the Christmas movie genre.  Alonso literally wrote the book on Xmas movies
, and I'm stoked to chat it up with him onstage. 

Silent Night, Deadly Night 1, 3 & 5
Fri, Dec 8, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Coming from Cinematic Void, BeyondFest and Friday Night Frights are three totally f*cking insane Christmas horror films. Oh, and they'll have special guests from these utterly mind-boggling productions. The films seem to have very little in common other than murder, Christmas and being quite unbelievable.

Gremlins: Rule Breakers
Dec 9-12
Studio Movie Grill Simi Valley
iPic Pasadena & Westwood
Check site for  theaters and dates for availability
Special showings of the original Gremlins film with a special video from director Joe Dante. At participating theaters you'll be able to buy special Mondo merch of Gremlins including a limited edition t-shirt.

Batman Returns
Friday, December 15 at 7:30 PM - 12 AM

Palace Theater
630 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90014
"Join us at the Palace Theater to watch this gothic comic masterpiece in the middle of our own downtown metropolis!"

Die Hard (35mm)
Fri, Dec 15 at 11:59 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, California 90027
$tarts at $12,75 pay more for a poster with your ticket
A classic Christmas tale taking place in LA. 
"Bruce Willis, as New York cop John McClane, comes to LA to try and patch things up with his estranged wife, Holly (played with steely yet vulnerable perfection by Bonnie Bedelia). After a blow-out argument at Holly’s office’s Christmas Eve party, McClane and Holly are surprised by the arrival of criminal mastermind, Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman in THE DEFINITIVE 1980’s VILLAIN performance), and his merry band of bank robbers as they take over the building and hold everyone hostage." 
Dec 16-17 Noon
New Beverly Cinema7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036
"Santa brings Christmas cheer to the New Beverly with an assortment of holiday oddities, Yuletide mind-busters, gleeful curiosities, and other jolly surprises. Leading off with the cult classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, unwrap a merry medley of jubilant excess including cartoons and trailers plus two bonus top secret psychotronic features sure to put you in a festive mood."

To All A Goodnight/ Elves
Sat, Dec 16, 7:30 PM
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

You have a stalker dressed as Santa in the first film, but, with Elves, you have Nazi Elves trying to impregnate a woman to start a new master race. Elves, mind-blowingly dumb and fun with some just awful acting.

Home Alone + Pajama Party
Sun, December 17 at 6 PM - 11 PM
Los Angeles Theatre
615 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90014

 Grab your Talkboy and join our pajama party in an opulent movie palace. Show up in your PJs (your fun day best) for an ice cream bar to end all ice cream bars and a photo studio for the 90s kid inside! DJs, live music, bars (21+ w/ valid ID) Pajamas or holiday attire strongly suggested.

It's a Wonderful Life!
Fri, Dec 22 at 7:30 PM
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

The movie is playing in Bill's house and Mary's house and your house.

Jingle All The Way / Die Hard + Director Brian Levant Live!
Sat, Dec 23 at 7:30 PM
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

Discussion between films with JINGLE ALL THE WAY director Brian Levant. You know he'll have insane stories about our former governor.

Sat, Dec 23, 11:59 PM
New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036
"Have yourself a deadly little Christmas with a psycho slasher treat! Traumatized as a young boy upon learning the truth about St. Nick, a depressed toy-maker tries to recapture the holiday spirit. But after years of ridicule and abuse, he dons a Santa suit to finally cross the names off his naughty list in a Yuletide reign of terror. Lewis Jackson’s legendary holiday horror hit is filled with icy chills and pitch-black humor, making it mandatory annual viewing for all midnight movie maniacs!"
Sat, Dec 26, 7:30 PM
New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971) + Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972) & To All A Goodnight (1980) (triple feature)

Weekly What To Do: It's Already Christmas

Things to do in LA are back with a vengeance as we build up more and more until to the dreaded week of Christmas when the city just becomes a wasteland. We call it the "wasteland". Fortunately for you, you have activities crammed up every weekend until Christmas.

We suggest recording your shows for watching later in binges, planning activities with friends and family and investing in new board and card games, local co-up games too for the "wasteland".

This week though, oh, you have plenty things to do.

Game Night: Super Smash Bros 64 Tournament + Beer and Food
Wed, Nov 29,  9 PM - 12:30 AM
The Standing Room
1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, California 90254
Welcome to The Standing Room's first instalment of Game Night! in collaboration with World-8
Featuring a Super Smash Bros. 64 Tournament with Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place! Event will be on stage on a giant projector and plenty of game statations alongside a DJ spinning lounge vibes. Stick around for a 90's inspired night of gaming Tap Beer Specials and a very tasty food menu.

MST 3000 signing w/ Jonah Ray, Felicia Day + Hampton Yount
Thursday, November 30,  6:00pm
Amoeba Hollywood
To attend: purchase MST3K: The Return - Music From The Netflix Original Series (Shout Factory!) CD in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood on 11/30 to get the album signed and meet the cast!

Amoeba Hollywood is excited to welcome Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast members JONAH RAY, FELICIA DAY and HAMPTON YOUNT for an in-store signing of the new soundtrack Thursday, November 30th at 6pm.

Spawn Tribute - Group Art Exhibit -
Opening Reception:
Thursday, Nov. 30th
8pm - 11pm
Hyaena Gallery
1928 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506

Chogrin presents a group art show in tribute to 25 years of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.

Throwback Thursday Zombie House Party + Special 15th Anniversary Screening of ’28 Days Later’
Nov. 30th – 2017
Doors 6pm. Pre-show 6-8pm. Movie 8-10pm.
The Saban - Beverly Hills
8440 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211
GA Tickets: $20 plus applicable fees [$1 each ticket to the American Red Cross]
VIP Tickets (preferred seating, vip room access, and tricks-n-treats bag): $40 plus applicable fees [$5 each ticket to The Breast Health & Healing Foundation, $1 to the American Red Cross]
Under 18 Must be Accompanied by a Paying Adult. 21 ID required for drink wristband.

Our pre-show from 6pm – 8pm includes a live terror-filled electronic music/visual set from DJ Joe Balboa and bassist David Wright; a living dead fan art poster gallery in the lobby; blood red carpet photo opps; free zombie face painting by our makeup artists; a haunted balcony lounge; and a pre-movie Q&A with ’28 Days Later’ music composer John Murphy, moderated by True Blood star Ryan Kwanten and former Fandango editor-in-chief Chuck Walton.The 15th anniversary screening of the zombie classic film ’28 Days Later’ will play from 8pm – 10pm, on the Saban’s massive wall-to-wall movie palace screen and immersive, state-of-the-art sound system.

Annual Tree Lighting at Union Station
Thursday, November 30
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.    All-American Boys Chorus Concert and Kaleidoscope Orchestra        
7:15 p.m.               Tree Lighting
Union Station
Union Station ushers in the holiday season on Thursday, November 30, at the Annual Tree Lighting under the stars on the station’s South Patio, featuring an elaborate new holiday light display. For the first time in the station’s history, a massive Christmas wreath, measuring 20 feet in diameter and weighing nearly 800 pounds, has been raised atop the iconic clock tower. The historic station has been transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of glistening lights and dancing snowflakes surrounding a towering all white Christmas tree.
 The Cocoa Concert series continues Fridays featuring:
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. – Rollicking Holiday Sing-A-Long with the multi-cultural and generational Selah Choir
  •  Friday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. – Swinging Holiday Performance from Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five
  •  Friday, Dec. 22, 6:30 p.m. – A Very Salsa Christmas and dance party with La Picante
Each festive, family-friendly holiday concert will be set in a winter wonderland with a Holiday Light Display featuring thousands of glistening lights and dancing snowflakes surrounding a towering white Christmas tree, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, a Holiday Craft Zone for cookie decorating and ornament making, a Kid’s Zone with a Reindeer Toss and Snowball Slam, a Naughty & Nice Photo Booth and an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest.
The Handmade Holiday Show
Thursday, November 30, 8 PM - 11 PM
2147 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026
iam8bit invites you to our third annual "Handmade Holiday Show," featuring one-of-a-kind ornaments and housewares, from placemats to pottery, all with their very own unique personalities. These aren't your typical seasonally-themed offerings; instead, artists take an irreverent approach, foregoing the expected imagery of Santa etc and replacing it with pure spunk.

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
December 1 - 10
LA Convention Center
$5 6-12

Check out the latest new cars from all the major sellers. The newest car tech and of course you'll see classic cars and movie cars. As always they have some of the most interesting booths you'll ever see using any methods to grab your attention. And we don't mean cute women. We remember Kia using cameras to change a person's moves to that of a hamster or maybe just to dance with hamsters? Always sights to see.

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary A Legacy of Art Exhibition
December 2, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Dec 2, 12:00PM - 9:00PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
Free Noon-7pm

The celebration starts Dec 2 and will go all the way into next year. The opening night, oh, you know the line is gonna be out the door, will have you win prizes with a raffle every hour and let's hope for more surprises. Going with festivities is a pop-up shop for all your Christmas or yourself shopping for all things Final Fantasy.
Ron English / Miho Hirano / Attaboy, Lauren Marx & Relm at CHG
Saturday, Dec 2, 7 PM - 11 PM
Show Runs: December 2nd – December 30th, 2017

571 S Anderson St, Los Angeles, California 90033

You're invited to join us in celebrating the opening of “TOYBOX” an exhibition of all new works by Ron English. Also opening the same night in Galleries 2 and 3 – “Beauties in Nature”, a solo exhibition by Miho Hirano, and a multi-artist exhibition featuring new works by Attaboy, Lauren Marx and Relm.

The Museum of Failure
Dec 2-Feb 5, 2018
Wednesday: 2-6 pm
Thursday/Friday: 2-8 pm
Saturday/Sunday: 12 – 7 pm
Closed: Monday/Tuesday
A+D Architecture and Design Museum
900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
$16.50 online 

Is my marriage in there? The Museum has over 100 items that failed major businesses, yet those companies or individuals may still be going strong. Each piece is a story, a story of bad ideas and far too much confidence in one's self.

Union Station Holiday Festival
Saturday, Dec 2, 11 AM - 8 PM
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
The Holiday Market will showcase an eclectic mix of vendors unique to Los Angeles.

Seasoned Greetings with Gudetama
December 2December 17
Appearance dates: Dec. 2nd & 3rd, Dec. 9th & 10th, and Dec. 16th & 17th
Appearance times each day: 11am-11:30am, 12pm-12:30pm and 1:00pm-1:30pm

Sanrio Japanese Village
115 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, California 90012
Your favorite #lazyegg will be stopping by Sanrio Japanese Village in #LittleTokyo in December. Holiday photo packages will be available for purchase, please check with store for all the gude details! Don't snooze on it, bring your family, your friends, or yourself. See you soon! 
December 2 & 3, 11AM-6PM both days 
California Market Center (CMC), 110 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90079
$15 GA / $35 VIP, all tickets include a free tote bag (admission is free for kids 12 and under)
Parking is available in the CMC underground garage for a special event rate of $7. Consider taking public transit, carpooling or using a ride-sharing service like Lyft or Uber.
This holiday season, come meet and shop directly from 400 independent designers, artists, and emerging brands. With home decor, clothing, art, baby gifts, jewelry, beauty and apothecary goods and so much more, you'll find gifts for everyone on your list! 

Saturday, December 2, 2017
(Doors 8pm, Show 9pm)
833 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 
-Come in costume

"For our fifth annual Krampus Ball, we will be folding the best of two events into one big blowout and moving the party with all its costumes, bell, and switches down to the capacious old-world ballroom of ALPINE VILLAGE. For those whove never experienced southern Californias favorite make-believe Bavaria, Alpine Village is an ├╝ber-quaint tourist spot with vendors of German foods and souvenirs housed in chalet-style buildings clustered around a diminutive onion-domed wedding chapel.  Unfortunately, the vendors are sure to have fled in terror as the Krampus descends upon the village, but the ballroom will remain well prepared to offer party guests German food and drink throughout the evening."

December 2December 3, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90013
From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., retail and culinary pop-ups will transform the Market's Hill Street platform into a festive emporium for gracious holiday gift shopping. Grand Central Market eateries will join in the festivities with delicacies of the season. Music and more.
Saturday, December 2, 5pm-9pm
Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship USS Iowa
250 S Harbor Blvd, Berth 87, San Pedro, California 90731
Battleship IOWA offers an up-close view of the Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade from her historic wooden decks. In a time-honored Naval tradition, IOWA will also fire off her 5" guns as the parade commences.

Santa Claus will make a visits along with carolers and holiday treats. There will also be face painting, hot cocoa, candy canes and much more.

The Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade features more than 60 vessels of all shapes and sizes including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft. The parade approximately runs 90 minutes.
Pasadena Convention Center
Tea Lovers in Los Angeles deserve direct access to the entire range of high quality tea free from any connection with coffee. Firm in this conviction, Devan Shah, the founder of LA’s Chado Tea Rooms and International Tea Importers launched the first Los Angeles International Tea Festival.
400 Free Mrs. Fields Cookies for 40th Anniversary
Monday, Dec 4
 a few local Mrs. Fields locations

Burbank Town Center – 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91501
Arco Plaza – 505 S. Flower St. B-7, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Howard Hughes Center – 6081 Center Dr. STE 210, Los Angeles, CA 90045
For a complete list of locations visit  

Mrs. Fields is officially celebrating its 40th Anniversary on December 4 (National Cookie Day) and will be gifting the first 400 fans at every location nationwide a free cookie—that’s 400 FREE COOKIES!

Mon, December 4, 8pm
Chinese Theatres 

w Q/A w Robin Shou, @realsandrahess Keith Cooke and Musetta Vander

The Contenders 2017
Dec 5-Dec 19, Select dates
$20 per film  
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Parking $6 
The Hammer hosts its annual showing of films destined for the awards season or at least cult status. The series already has some big names and films coming, like Get Out with director Jordan Peele in attendance, Downsizing; Q&A with Alexander Payne and The Big Sick;Q&A with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon