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Friday, June 22, 2018

Anime Hype: What We've Been Watching

Here's a list of some of the animes we've been watching. Hopefully, you've gotten into the series and can spot them as cosplay at Anime Expo next month or can see them before the convention to chat with other fans about them. Some are coming to an end fairly soon as new summer animes are just about to come out in Japan. So, maybe you can binge one or two before AX. All are available on Crunchyroll.

Dubbed and subbed

What's It About: A yakuza, Nitta, for no real reason encounters a young girl, Hina, trapped in a weird sort of metal egg when she just appears in his upscale apartment. After being ignored for an entire night as though she was a bad dream or Nitta seeing things, Hina eventually she gets out of her metal shell. Hina turns out to have telekinetic powers and forces Nitta to take care of her. This bizarre situation eventually grows into a father daughter relationship and becomes ever more strange as the people in Nitta and Hina's live get pulled into their weird lifestyle, but some are already weirdos from the get go.

Why We Love It: You'd think it be the telekinetic tantrums of middle school girls, but really it's the look on people's faces throughout this anime that could become instant memes or warning signs of any culture to leave, be afraid or that you suck.

Then there's the great comedic relationship of Nitta and Hina. As Hina is a lazy slob who doesn't really care or understand the basic world plays off a guardian who is a yakuza, who just wants to picks up chicks and drink, you get a lot of great moments.  Moments like taking your daughter and her friend to a hostess club. They're are a mismatched pair that perfectly work as a team of total airhead and terrible Dad that entertain us for our own pleasure at their displeasure.


What's It About: Lupin is back, yet again to steal our hearts and occasionally our wallets. Known since the 70's as an anime about a master thief that goes around the world pulling off major heists, the series comes back updated for the modern times. Lupin III is the latest iteration of the series that brings back the samurai Goemon, top-shooter Jigen and the lovely Fujiko on Lupin's crew. And Inspector Zenigata is back on their tail. All new high stakes robberies are happening.

Why We Love It: In the first arc, Lupin has had to deal with the current internet age by having to save a young hacker girl while being hunted by everyone with a smart phone as a game was created by his enemies to track him anywhere in the world. The same arc featured the "dark web" trying to kill Lupin with an assassin game. It still felt like the 70's with the designs of all the bad guys gunning for Lupin being ridiculous.

It's not just one, but different directors will be tackling the series and some episodes take out of the current time frame. Two episodes so far have featured a different colored-jacket Lupin, that's how you tell which series is going on, so they were written and look like they were made back in the 70's. So far, they've been the most fun.

Golden Kamuy
subbed and dubbed

What's It About: It's Japan, sometime after the Russo-Japanese War, which you don't know much about, because it's not taught that much in public school here in US. It's the early 1900's and we're on an adventure to find gold with the Immortal Sugimoto, dubbed that named for not dying in some of the wars bloodiest battles. He's joined by a young Ainu girl, Asirpa with her wolf companion. Ainu are sort of like our version of Native Americans. They have to track down 24 escaped prisoners with tattoos on their backs that combine into a map that shows the hidden location of tons of gold. Some of the prisoners aren't that friendly and former soldiers and criminals have come together in the pursuit of the gold as well.

Why We Love It: It's like watching some bloody action fights mixed in with PBS episodes on cooking and history. As murderous and psychotic as some of the baddies are on the show we have internal monologues or thoughtful explanations on how to hunt different game to how the fishing industry works. The same goes for our main characters. Asirpa, the young Ainu girl will explain how to hunt and then go over the best way to cook any creature in the woods. Anyone want some squirrel brains?

The anime mixes these concepts of a PBS documentary show with horrendous violence quite well, even if people keep talking about getting boners over hunting and seeing their own brother being eat by a boar. One minute Sugimoto could be praising how well a meat is cooked, the next we could see a man's face barely being still attached to his head after a bear mauls him.

Darling in the Franxx
subbed and dubbed  

What's It About: Only kids called Parasites can pilot two person mechs, called Franxx against creatures called Klaxosaurs, monsters that look like techno music loving dinosaurs. Cities are now encased in giant mobiles fortresses called Plantations. We follow a group of young pilots as the battle the Klaxosaurs. The main story is about Zero Two, a girl with pink hair and horns and Hiro's relationship in and out of the Franxx. When battling Klaxosaurs their teamwork is far better than any other Parasite team, but it seems to be costing Hiro his life and Zero Two doesn't seem to be an average girl.

Why We Love It: This is the anime where the controls for a mech come off your partner's ass, like your driving them. It's such a ridiculous concept that does get played around with sexual and pervy undertones...or maybe overtones, it's really quite funny to see for the first time.

There's a number of mysteries and intrigue coming up throughout the series that have drawn us in. As per usual, why are kids/teenagers the only ones that can operate these bizarre anime girl looking mechs? "What's wrong? Something's way wrong.," is something we might utter to ourselves as we learn more and more about this world. And what starts out as a show about young kids piloting  pervert mechs to save their home, grows darker after every victory. Even with a classic beach episode you get in comedy anime you just feel a subconscious sort of dread. And you just want to know what's gonna happen next.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Walk Like An Egyptian: The Getty & California Science Center Are About Ancient Egypt This Summer

Walk like an Egyptian, right down to two exhibits about the ancient culture that built the pyramids and wrapped people in linen.

You can head over to the Science Center for

King Tut: Treasure of the Golden Pharaoh
Summer hours have been extended
Saturdays through Wednesdays. First admission 9AM, last admission 7:30PM. Best times to visit are afternoons and early evenings. Morning time slots are likely to sell out.
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
$29.50 for an adult $17.95 for a child 
*They have a new IMAX experience, Mysteries of Egypt that you can also get.
$ parking

"To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center proudly presents the world premiere of KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH–the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured! Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now"

Then it's off to the hills for

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World
March 27–September 9
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Free, Must Register For Tickets
$ parking

"Egypt, the most ancient of the Mediterranean civilizations, held a great fascination for the Greeks and Romans. This major international loan exhibition explores the artistic interplay between these cultures from the Bronze Age to Roman times. The installation includes royal Egyptian stone vessels sent to Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, Archaic Greek pottery and sculpture inspired by Egyptian models, portraits in Egyptian and Greek style created during Greek rule in Egypt, and religious images and luxury goods made for Roman patrons in Italy."

Anime Expo 2018 Updates: New Jojo & Premiere at AX

Steam Summer Sale Starts Today

Get deals on all the games you've been waiting for with the Steam Summer Sale June 21-July 5. It's already seems like Steam is slow from all the users getting the games they've been waiting for.

And for some sick fun. You can also see how much you've spent on Steam games with an new feature just released.Go into the menu system starting with Steam: Help > Steam Support > My Account > Data Related to Your Steam Account > External Funds Used. via Desructoid

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

LA Links: MagicalAF Pizza & Super Expensive Jurasic Park Ride

-There's some rainbow glitter pizza you can get here in LA and you don't even have to go to the 626 Night Market. Nerdist (now with less association to Chris Hardwick) points us to DagWoods in Santa Monica, a pizza place that has the MagicalAF Pizza. It looks like it should only be served at little girl birthdays and will probably be stolen by Chuck E. Cheese at some point. For now you can get the sparkly pie only at DagWoods. It"ll cost you $27.56 for a large, that does include sales tax.

 - The Jurassic Park Ride is going extinct or at least I've been told to tell you via pr. Really, it's gonna shut down in September and re-open later updated to be connected with the new movies and we don't mean Jurassic Park 3, not directed by Steven Spielberg. AV Club found a link to a story about how the ride was created, cost a huge amount of money and why it has a raft in it when that never happened in the movies.

Weekly What To Do: Dinosaurs Like Synthwave

Downtown Culver City’s “Third Wednesday Spiked Lemonade Tasting
Wednesday, June 20 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Downtown Culver City is located just south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave.

Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Culver City’s downtown area to find participating businesses. Check in at any one to pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport” to one of summer’s hottest annual events — then get it stamped each time you cool off with a sample of ‘spiked’ lemonade (virgin options for all ages). Make your way over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre, enjoying live music in the streets along the way. There, you can turn in your passport to be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). 

X-Men Wedding Signing with Marc Guggenheim!
Wednesday, June 20, 5 PM - 8 PM
Collector's Paradise - Pasadena
319 S Arroyo Pkwy, Ste 4, Pasadena, California 91105

Writer & Executive Producer of shows like Arrow and Legends Of Tomorrow, Marc Guggenheim and Collector's Paradise - Pasadena cordially invite you to a Marvel-ous Wedding Event.

Jurassic World Opening @ CityWalk
Screenings begin on June 21 at 7 PM.  A special double feature of Jurassic World begins at 3 PM, preceding early 6 PM screenings of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
T-Rex Lasts through June 24
AMC @ CityWalk
$Free to see the dinosaur, the double feature $35

Advance Screenings of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on 7 Universal Cinema Theatres, a colossal 3-Ton Tyrannosaurus rex Towering 13’ Tall and 36’ Wide, a Life-Sized Gyrosphere Original Movie Prop, as Well as Original Costume Displays. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes a bite out of Voodoo Doughnut with an all-new Raptor claw-inspired doughnut, available through July 7.

Thursday, June 21, 7 to 10 p.m. 
Six Flags Magic Mountain
$ Admission to Six Flags

"June 21 is the first day of summer - the longest day of the year – so Takis® is cranking up the intensity to make your day EVEN LONGER with exclusive ride time AFTER the park closes, plus an in-park dance celebration with Live DJ, giveaways and more at participating Six Flags theme parks!"

2018 Skyline Sound + Cinema Events
Opening musical performance by Cary Brothers
Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 6:30pm

The Bloc
750 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Confirmed series event dates:
Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 6:30pm
Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 6:00pm
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 6:00pm

"Join us for Skyline Sound + Cinema located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles for a special rooftop performance by singer-songwriter Cary Brothers and an interactive sing-along screening of the smash musical THE GREATEST SHOWMAN."

Dirty Dancing — Free Outdoor Movie
Thursday, June 21st, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunset Triangle Plaza1503–1515 GRIFFITH PARK BOULEVARD

"Come and join the Silver Lake Picture Show as we kick off our 2018 season with a free outdoor screening of Dirty Dancing!"

Cthulhu: the Musical!, by Puppeteers for Fears
June 21-23
The Hobgoblin Playhouse
6520 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90028
$20 adv.
$15 for Fringe participants.

"Detective John LaGrasse is searching for a murderer. Francine Thurston’s uncle vanished without a trace. The only clue to both mysteries is a bizarre statue worshipped by a nightmarish cult. And it’s leading both of them out to sea, and towards insanity. But you know, with singing puppets."

Satoyama: Evolving with the Forest Exhibit
Starts June 21
Japan House 2F Gallery
Hollywood and Highland Center

A visual journey celebrating Japanese cuisine and Satoyama—a uniquely Japanese brand of environmentalism. The exhibition is comprised of photographs, objects, writings and video that offer a glimpse into the culinary creations of renowned Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa and his passion for “bringing nature to the plate.”

Eating Animals Screenings
Friday, June 22
7:00pm show w/Q&A
Saturday, June 23
7:00pm show w/Q&A
The Landmark

Narrator/Producer Natalie Portman in person.

June 22, 23 & 24
Griffith Park
5202 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, 90027

An interactive, pop-up art show with nearly a dozen large-scale installation art pieces, spread out over 100,000 square feet of lush grass in Griffith Park.

Cocktails + Change: Help Protect Immigrant Families
Fri, June 22, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Standard, Hollywood - Cactus Lounge
8300 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
$10 pre-sale | $12 at the door

The time is now to stand up and take action to help protect migrant families at our border.
Join SameSide, The Standard, Hollywood and Courage Campaign to raise money and your voice for those seeking refuge in our country and protect the ideals that America has always stood for.

The Accidental Detective 2: In Action
Starts Friday, June 22
CGV Cinemas

"A comic book storekeeper, Dae-man, and the legendary homicide detective, Tae-su, who met on previous case quit their jobs to open a private detective agency. Despite their high hopes, they soon find themselves with only trivial cases such as spouse infidelity, unpaid debt, and missing cats. Then one day, a woman walks into the office, wanting to find the truth behind the death of her fiancé. Not only that, she also offers them a handsome reward of 50,000 dollars. Dae-man and Tae-su see it as an opportunity to put their true detective skills to work."

Scare Pair: Usher House & The Canterville Ghost 
June 22 & 24
The Broad Stage 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica CA 90401
Sold Out

"Ready for a spooky night out? The Broad Stage transforms into two different haunted houses in a double bill of operas by Gordon Getty. Writer Edgar Allan Poe takes the stage himself as the main character of Usher House, an unsettling chiller that has all the classic elements of Gothic horror: a high-strung recluse, a beautiful madwoman and a sinister doctor, all hidden away in a crumbling manor house full of secrets. The Canterville Ghost puts a deft comic spin on Oscar Wilde's witty tale, in which the 300-year-old ghost of an English nobleman fails to impress his newest audience, a family of Americans who simply refuse to be frightened. "

New England Nightmares Triple Feature
Fri, Jun 22, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Discussion following FROM BEYOND with producer Brian Yuzna. Introduction to IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS by producer Sandy King Carpenter and actress Julie Carmen.

Saturday, June 23
8PM - 1AM
Private Location
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Join Drunken Devil for the sleaziest, bawdiest party yet at Sin-A-Rama, the third annual summer soirée. Indulge in our concession stand, featuring movie theater popcorn, candy, and an open bar including free-flowing wine, beer by Peroni, and specialty cocktails by Our / Los Angeles Vodka and Blackcraft Ghost Pepper Whiskey; experience tantalizing, exploitation-inspired burlesque numbers by Olivia Bellafontaine, Jessabelle Thunder, Miss Ashley Hayward, Brynn Route, and Kristina Nekyia; enjoy live, whiskey-soaked blues by the Dave Cavalier Trio; and dance 'til you drop to a set of dirty disco by DJ James Jordan.

A Project by Celia Forner
Opening reception: Saturday 23 June, 6 – 9 pm
23 June – 12 August 2018
Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Hauser & Wirth will present its Portable Art Project in Los Angeles with an exhibition of wearable objects commissioned from a range of artists – works that exist somewhere between sculpture and bodily adornment. Organized by Celia Forner, who collaborated closely with the artists, the Portable Art Project includes unique pieces as well as editioned series, crafted from an array of materials ranging from traditional gold and silver with precious and semi-precious gems, to enamel, aluminum, bronze, and iron.

Sat, Jun 23, 7:30pm

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Tommy Wiseau In Person!

2018 Annual Japanese Festival at Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center
June 23 - 24, 2018 - Saturday & Sunday
Festival Times
Sat: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center
1766 Seabright Ave
Long Beach, California 90813

Long Beach Annual Japanese Festival arrives at the Japanese Cultural Center. Two days of food, games, music, and Japanese cultural activities and bon odori dancing. This will be a smaller and more intimate festival.

2018 Summer Corgi Beach Day
Sat, June 23, 10 AM - 3 PM
Huntington State Beach
Event is FREE to the public. Parking is $15 in the State Beach parking lot.

"Grab your corgi and get on your surfboard... Corgi Beach Day is Saturday June 23rd, 2018 at a BRAND NEW LOCATION....Huntington State Beach! Just down the way from the usual spot at HB Dog Beach, you are going to LOVE our summertime location."

Off the 405
Peaking Lights Family Band with Onochie Chukwurah 
DJ set by Aquarium Drunkard
Saturday, June 23, 6:00 p.m.
The Getty Center Museum Courtyard
Free; no reservations required.

Peaking Lights is electronic dance music duo Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, whose five albums and many recordings combine elements of dub, reggae, Krautrock, disco, and psychedelic pop. For Off the 405 they are appearing as the expanded Peaking Lights Family Band with a group of 15 musicians and dancers based in Los Angeles, including drummer Onochie Chukwurah of Fela Kuti's original band. A celebration of diverse of rhythms and sounds, their music is a combination of electronic and African rhythms and psychedelics, dubbed out through Peaking Lights' "echodelic" filter.

Korean Inspiration: A Night of Art & Exploration
Sat, June 23, 7pm
LACMA | L.A. Times Central Court
Free and open to the public

A celebration and exploration of LACMA’s permanent collection of Korean art, one of the largest collections of Korean works in the United States. Bring your friends for an evening of gallery viewing, discussions, art making, Korean tea tastings, and a mini-fashion show. Discover the exquisite beauty of Korean ceramics, the spirituality of Korean Buddhist art, and the first solo show of a Korean American artist at LACMA, Unexpected Light: Works by Young-Il Ahn.

June 23-24
Raleigh Studios Hollywood
5300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Carnival Culture Village
Sat, June 23, noon-9pm
6800 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, LA 90028

Expect a full day of celebration starting with a Parade on the World Famous Hollywood Blvd and entertainment in our Carnival Cultural Village. Parade with people from the Movie and Entertainment industry on the World Famous Hollywood Blvd and be entertained in the village to the music, shows and dance to celebrity artists performing.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle
Starts Sunday, June 24
Universal Studios
$ Admission to Universal

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky. The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy® award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

Outrun The Sun Festival-DAY 2
Sunday, June 24
1720 E 16th St., Los Angeles, California 90021

Join Neo-LA on June 24th for LA’s first Synthwave festival!

CicLAvia The Valley
Sunday, June 24, 2018 9am -4pm
The Valley

CicLAvia is returning to the Valley on Sunday, June 24th! Panorama City, Arleta and Pacoima will host the country's largest open streets event. Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space!

Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits - Screening & Q&A plus FINAL Live Performance by Ex Stains and more! 
Monday, Jun 25, 7:00 PM
The Regent Theater
448 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 
$10 - $12.50
"This evening will include a screening of the film Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits, a Q&A with the director and Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Ex Stains) and a live performance by Ex Stains and Allison Wolfe and Rock n Roll Camp for Girls!"
$10 - $12.50

Flux, Summer 2018