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Friday, August 31, 2018

Game Hype: Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Launch Date & Gato Roboto

 PAX West is already showing off the hype with some great news.

Oh, I want this cat robot game now!

Adventure Time Time: Encyclopedia Signing, Singing & Andy

In this post will be showing off some more of our favorite posts on AT.
First up, video and interviews with cast and crew from the Adventure Time Encyclopedia signing at Wacko. It was a huge turn out for the book written about the show by Martin Olson, Hudson Abadeer aka Marceline's Dad and the real Dad of Elizabeth Olson, the voice of Marceline.
Next up Pen Ward singing and Elizabeth Olson singing at the Paley Center for a special Adventure Time event.
And closing with an interview with Andy Ristaino Lead Designer on Adventure Time. Well, he was at the time of the interview.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Adventure Time Time: Art Shows

Our favorite outing for Adventure Time have to be the art shows at Gallery Nucleus. They are by far the best event to meet the cast and crew this side of Comic-Con.

As we look back at our coverage of Adventure Time, we'll be sharing past posts and videos of all things Adventure Time till the end on September 3rd.

The video above shows not only Pen Ward creator of the show, but cast and crew talking about the show back in 2011. So it had only been out for about a year and a few months at that point. Shows at Nucleus were magical as you could not only get art from the actual animators of the show, but amazing fan art. It's blown me away every time they've had a show for Adventure Time. Here's the second show that took place a year later, Oootopia: An Artgebraic Tribute to Adventure Time Fans.
Later the show switched galleries with focus from other artists. Here we are at Gallery 1988's Adventure Time art shows.
Check out art from that show here Adventure Time On Melrose: Adventure Time x Gallery 1988

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Nintendo Was At CityWalk

Nintendo was at CityWalk promoting some old games Switch games. It's a commercial showing off sudden games being played with the hit of a question block with a lot of fanfare and hopefully free hats to keep.

I mean it looked like fun. I just don't get why the event even happened. Just a reminder that the Switch exists? I guess there haven't been any new titles lately. Let's hope for something bigger in LA for when Smash comes out.

ScareLA 2018: Still Scary in the Dark

Halloween is almost upon not what an average person might say in August. We live in LA. We do things way different. We recently had ScareLA 2018, a Halloween/horror convention that showcases haunts, props and all the goodies that come with the Oct 31st holiday, last weekend Aug 25-26th at the LA Convention Center. We set on a path to go up and down each row and get scared. And dammit someone did manage to sneak up on us the tiny train ride. Damn you, cowboy! More on that later. For now, let's go through ScareLA 2018.

Yes, it was in the dark, but every booth had lights and you could see pretty clearly. That was the big claim this year, that it would be in the dark. And though it would be a logistical nightmare if real, we thought we'd be seeing some cool lighting effects for booths like neon. No, just big lights.

The first noticeable thing upon going to this year's Scare LA is that it moved, another side of the LA Convention Center? We'll always miss the Pasadena Convention Center. It's strange, why did it have to move over? We don't know.

* A favorite part for an all ages convention. The fake army at the front yelling out the F word.

Jon Schnitzer
Before we even started booth hopping we saw Haunters: The Art Of The Scare director,
Jon Schnitzer at the front of a backdrop booth taking photos. He wasn't there on business, just pleasure. We chatted with him for a bit, before heading to the other sights of the convention.

Now if you're trying to do your own haunted house or see what's going to be around SoCal for Halloween this convention speaks to you. Booth after booth featured props and decorations for your haunted abode. We passed tabled areas where classes are held to make your own props. We passed by make-up artists showing how creepy they can make people who will sit in a chair for 6 hours. All with fans in bloody t-shirts or dressed-up like monsters. The guy dressed as teddy-bear man was the creepiest.

We spotted WB promoting The Nun with a fun little photo booth. And we got reminded about the new Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights Experience taking place this year at the WB Lot. It's not the tour, it's a real haunt. WB is getting into the game just like the theme parks. The coolest part we heard about from talking to WB PR was that you"ll get to walk through Crystal Lake of the Friday the 13th film series fame.

Another, happy news bit was learning that Rogue Artists Ensemble is having a new interactive art theater this October. They had us very impressed last year by their haunt Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin. This year we have SeƱor Plummer's Final Fiesta, their site tells of "... festivities stir up a merry band of ghosts and shadows who sweep you into a past filled with wild west duels, pirates, land-grabs, violent mobs, shark-riding, romances, epic court battles, and, of course, fiestas." They're gonna use some crazy large puppets to tell a story and to scare us.

There' were plenty of cosplayers to look at and get costume ideas from. We laughed as a band of Krampuses went by looking for naughty children to take.

A fun and short ride was a tiny train that rolled through some 3D art once you donned some 3D glasses. Just as we were leaving the 3D area a cowboy snuck behind us and got the drop on us. He gave us a good scare.

Near the blood drive were a few mini-haunts to try out. A little taste of the big haunts around LA.

ScareLA kept us entertained for hours. For anyone who loves Halloween or horror films it's the place to go - now in the dark- for just the start of LA's Halloween season. It already feels a lot more like Fall than Summer and it's not a bad thing. Let's get even more scares next year, ScareLA!

Beyond Fest: Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh

Oooh, we do live in the city that's get some real treats...even before Hallowen. When it comes to horror, especially body horror, we have a great friend in Cronenberg, a messed up Canadian that wants us to see the worst in people come out of they're wearing own guts.

The info released sums it up on how cool this event is: 
Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the U.S., is excited to announce Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh - an exhaustive,13-film celebration of the legendary autuer’s career. Returning to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, David Cronenberg will be in attendance for three, special event screenings at the legendary Egyptian Theatre where he will be joined by actors, collaborators, and guest moderators. All 13 films screened during Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh will be on 35mm film.

Tickets for Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh will be made available for purchase through Fandango at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 1st.

Adventure Time Time: Remembering Adventure Time

Adventure Time's finale is taking place this Monday, Sept 3 on Labor Day. Before the final curtain we wanted to share our coverage of the show over the years in a few posts.

-We had so much coverage we had a sited devoted just to Adventure Time, it eventually became the reoccurring post you're reading now. Head there and check out past posts on the show featuring art and news. Check out the now defunct Adventure Time Time  site.

-Or you can go through all the coverage of the show from this site with Adventure Time Time posts on Things To Do In LA here. That's a lot of posts. Will be highlighting a few more of our favorites later this week.

Weekly What To Do: Labor Day Weekend Fun

Old Pasadena Yappy Hour

93 E. Green Street
Big Bang Theory Way
Pasadena, CA 91103 


Join us for our second free doggy meet-up on Big Bang Theory Way.  Meet up with friends and neighbors and bring your four-legged friends along, too.  Meet local doggy "celebrities," snap photos on the "green carpet" of the step and repeat, and dance to tunes spun by DJ Glenn Red. Snag a free Yappy Hour bandanna while supplies last!

Cinecon 54
August 30 - September 3
Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Boulevard

For more than half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

The 2018 LA County Fair
Aug. 31-Sept. 23, 2018.
The Fair is closed Mondays & Tuesdays, except Labor Day
1101 W. McKinley Ave. , Pomona, CA 91768
Adults Weekday $14 Weekend $20
Prices vary for others
Parking $15

The widest selection of tourist trap fun this side of the Mississippi. Fried food, games, live music and tons of more stuff to do. It's a huge list that you need to look through. 

*The new food at the fair
Deep-Fried Filet Mignon to Debut at LA County Fair

LA Fleet Week
Aug. 31-Sept. 3
LA Waterfront
50 South Harbor Boulevard Suite 100 San Pedro CA, 9073
Los Angeles, CA 90731

LA Fleet Week is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation's Sea Services over the Labor Day Weekend.  Free to the public, the multi-day event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the LA Waterfront in San Pedro.  Visitors enjoy public ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, a kids' STEM Expo, aircraft flyovers, live entertainment, the 10th Annual Conquer the Bridge Labor Day morning 5.3-mile walk/run over the iconic Vincent Thomas Bridge, the Galley Wars culinary competition between military branches, and all-around fun for the entire family.

Last 626 Night Market of the Year
Labor Day Weekend Aug 31-Sep 2
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
$5 at the door; Kids 3 & younger Free
Free parking!

"Mark yo' calendars and invite yo' friends to the biggest party of the summer with food, games, art, shopping and performances."

Aug 31- Sept 2
Hollywood Bowl

John Williams, Hollywood's beloved master of cinematic scores, celebrates the 40th anniversary of his Bowl debut with an evening of some of his biggest movie hits, including some selections performed with film clips. It's an unforgettable concert you won't want to miss!

Fri, Aug 31, 2018, 11:59 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027