Thursday, January 31, 2019

Link List: Animation Industry LA, Birth Tourism & Bathroom Fight Scenes

Here's two good reads on the animation industry going on now in Los Angeles

-Animation jobs are booming in Southern California. Here’s what it takes to get them

-Netflix and films like ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ are fueling an animation renaissance


-Travel agents charged with bringing pregnant Chinese women to give birth on U.S. soil

Jeez, that took forever, if you can remember the raids on Chinese birth tourism in 2015 here in California, you might be surprised that actual arrests are happening now. In, what doesn't seem much like a win for the US is the recent charges have been put up for those involved in bringing pregnant Chinese Moms to the US, so their kids can be citizens.

It's kind of a sad read about how fast our system works as it did take like four years for charges to happen. Pathetic on our part.

-City On Fire has done a great job going over The Top 15 Bathroom Fight Scenes

Oscar Week Nominees Panels

The Academy Wants You! They want the general public of LA to check out everything nominated with panel swith the directors nominated in the other categories including the docs and shorts. Tickets will go on sale Friday Feb 1st and probably go fast.

Oscar Week Nominees
Feb 19-23
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA, 90211

The Umbrella Academy Coming For Our Rainy Days

Perfect for this weather in LA is the trailer and for The Umbrella Academy, which comes out pretty soon, Feb 15 on Netflix. Now, we read the 1st volume of original series and liked it, but never thought it would be turned into a TV show, because it's pretty messed up. We're glad to see it coming to the small screen with a pretty nice cast and a talking monkey. This one is gonna be weird and fun.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

LA Art Show 2019 Let's Explore and Have A Huge Dose of Pop Culture

By Jonathan Bilski

The LA Art Show returned last week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Art galleries from all over SoCal and the world were presented to attendees. Row after row of galleries had both modern pieces to ponder while there were classics to still be stunned by. What stood out to me was some anime and video game influence. I wandered through wonderful Littetopia showing off modern pop punk. On the outside of that area, much of it the show was intertwined  with some good pieces and some bad. There were many lazy artists taking modern pop culture images and combining them with another pop culture image until you get what some might say are mutants of art. Like two pieces of pop culture got trapped in a nuclear reactor and came out fused together, not quite the same, some might call it monster art or just really tacky. An example would be the bizarre meme of golden age movie star Audrey Hepburn sporting the brand Supreme. Though there was nothing supremely there were pieces that left me stunned and staring.

Entering the art show I was greeted by a piece that looks like it came from the influence of watching anime. A few rows down the work of Hiroshi Mori caught my eye. His work, influenced by video game games and anime took many classics paintings and updated them. Taken from Lichtenstein's In the Car, we have the new manga version keeping the same name from Mori.

Then you have Gustav Klimt's The Kiss re-titled simply Kiss from Mori. Now, this one is blurry by nature. Stranger still, Mori did the piece by taking the sprites from Super Mario Bros 1 or 2 ( a friend debated me over what game they were from) for NES and layering them together to recreate the image and made it like a broken image too.

 The one on the right is blurry on purpose from the artist

Mori's View in and Around the City of Tokyo #1 and #2 from a quick search online don't seem to be taken from existing art. They do look like great backgrounds from a never played video game level from the 90's.

Then there's Mori's piece Jean D'Arc #1 that reminds me of a few recent animes with Centaur girls.

Camille Rose Garcia
Littleopia was a fun highlight. The archway was from the same artist duo Dosshaus that made that cardboard house exhibition that was here in LA last year. Everything in their exhibit was made out of cardboard and the brought some of their pieces to Littletopia.

The modern pop culture art in this section was more in the style I enjoyed featuring working from magazines like Juxtapoz and High Fructose magazine. It seemed just a bit more fun than the mixed media images of celebrities alive and dead repackaged over and over again. Sure, Litteopia had some of those dead celebrities too, but with the other pieces surrounding them made up for it.

Camille Rose Garcia's work looked like out of a story book updated for adults with maybe a little tattoo artists thrown in. Then just other eye-catching work like this rolling chair made of bones and plants.

Weep Now Or Nevermore by Brandy Milne

Once out of Littletopia there were galleries with some times original work and some times sticking Audrey Hepburn with a Supreme handbag. Some of the work seemed like real commentary on the world today and the rest looked like it was copying that commentary. Other pieces just look liked they added cool effects to Star Wars merch.

The show was a mix and that's the art world today. For every piece that might be going over a controversy or just trying to be it's own lovely little moment, you have have an image of Mickey Mouse next Homer Simpsons' head or Nike shoes made out of broken clay. It's always nice to get to see what's going and reflect on it and maybe even tell Audrey Hepburn's estate to get involved.

 Some comic book art for the the comic book fan was available.

 Skyspace LA was reminding people to check it out.

Weekly What To Do: Super Bowl Weekend or Lunar New Year Festival

Listen, if you're staying indoors for the big game, great! For everyone else, less traffic...the big game starts at 3:30 pst, so plan on using the freeway before and after if you want to head out this weekend. And for those set on Sunday, Saturday is filled to the brim with Chinese New Year Festivals to go to.

2019 Oscar Nominees Playing at ArcLight
Going On Now
Multiple ArcLights

ArcLight Cinemas would like to congratulate everyone that received a nomination for the upcoming 2019 Academy Awards®. Come see nominated films from this past year now playing at ArcLight.

Jan 30, Feb 1-2, 7pm
Downtown Independent
251 South Main Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
The action-packed movie is based on the popular Hunter x Hunter anime series,which reboots the popular Hunter x Hunter manga originally created by Yoshihiro Togashi. The anime adventure is broadcast in North America on Adult Swims Toonami and was produced by the famed animation studio, Madhouse.

Game On Mario Kart 8 Tournament
Thursday, January 31, 6 PM – 10 PM
Downtown Independent
251 South Main Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Game On features competitive gaming on a Movie screen with commentary by a panel of comedians, all at the Downtown Independent movie theater in the heart of DTLA\LittleTokyoThis month's tournament is Mario kart 8!

Velvet Buzzsaw

Writer/Director Dan Gilroy
Thursday, January 31
7:20pm show w/Q&A
Saturday, February 2
7:20pm show w/Q&A
The Landmark
10850 West Pico, at Westwood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA, 90064

A horror film making fun of of the modern art world. You know we're in.

Photo L.A.
Jan 31- Feb 3
Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90405

$20.00 - $450

Photo L.A. returns for its 27th year as the longest-running photographic art exposition at Los Angeles' historic Barker Hanger. Set against soaring vaulted ceilings and arched steel trusses, the 35,000 square foot airplane hangar is poised to house a roster of 65-75 local and international galleries and dealers, collectives, leading non-profits, museums, art schools, and global booksellers.

Joe Penna
Friday, February 1
7:40pm show w/Q&A
Saturday, February 2
5:20pm show w/Q&A
The Landmark
10850 West Pico, at Westwood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA, 90064

"It's man versus nature in the captivating, nail-biting survival tale Arctic, starring Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal,” The Hunt). Stranded in the arctic after an airplane crash, he must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive. Directed and co-written by Joe Penna."

Dark Dungeons
Group Art Show
Friday, February 1, 7pm
The Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026


If you came to our Monster Manual show last year, you know that this is not one to be missed. Some of the best artists working today have created some incredible D&D-style monsters for you.

2 Bad Neighbors
Feb 1, (6pm - 10pm) & Feb 2nd (3pm-10pm)

A Shop Called Quest
300 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013

A 2 Day Interactive Art experience into the real world of Springfield. Artists from all over the globe including some who work on your favorite starburns shows, friends from the simpsons animation team and more special guests are participating in a once in a lifetime show only at a Shop Called Quest curated by real live people!!!

LAlocal &
Meet Cute 3 Nan Lawson
Friday, February 1, 7pm
Gallery 1988
7308 Melrose Ave

Cute pairings from pop culture.

LAlocal pieces inspired by our beloved hometown and our city’s iconic imagery.

Fri, Feb 1, 2019, 11:30 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

THE QUEEN of midnight movies is back in Hollywood, playing at the historic Vista Theatre for the first time since 1983!

Retro Game Camp Sale
Feb 2-3
319 E 2nd St suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Super Famicoms 50% off and a sale of Gamecube consoles, which are usually $35, down to only $20

BAR Con: Episode 3-2
Friday, Feb 1, 8:00 PM
Corbin Bowl
19616 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

BAR Con is the destination for anime, game, & J-rock fans to meet up between conventions! Have your con experience year round! The event hosts lots of Japanese inspired music, anime, and games with special events from time to time, including rock bands straight from Japan! This is the place to come and hang out with like-minded friends, grab a drink, and enjoy!

Fri, Feb 1, 2019 - Sat, Feb 9, 2019
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Animation Legend Brad Bird in person.

Museums Annual Free-For-All Day
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3, February 2019
Multiple Museums
Dozens of museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge. This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each museum. Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information.

Jana & JS
No Broken Promises (Project Room)
Kisung Koh 
Way of Life II (Main Room)
Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Saturday, February 2, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thinkspace Projects 6009 Washington Blvd. 
Culver City, CA 90232

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Southern Korean, Toronto-based artist and illustrator Kisung Koh in Way of Life II, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the gallery’s main space. Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room is No Broken Promises, featuring new stencil and acrylic spray paint works by husband and wife duo Jana & JS.

with Goofy & Axel at Game Realms
Saturday, February 2nd, 1 PM to 5 PM
Game Realms
137 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, California 91502
Game Realms will be celebrating the release of the highly anticipated Square Enix & Disney game, Kingdom Hearts III! Come visit our store to purchase the game, and meet two voice actors from the Kingdom Hearts series to have your games & merch signed! Feel free to bring in other items they have voiced for in the past! Quinton Flynn - Axel Kingdom Hearts Series and  Bill Farmer - Goofy (Kingdom Hearts Series, Disney shows & films in person.

Science! presents: Animals in the city
Saturday, February 2, 10pm
The Ruby
7518 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90046

Join scientist, Dr. Russell Cohen Hoffing; comedian and podcaster, Alexander Fredric Shifman; stand up comedian Dylan Farr; and their guests as they help us navigate through our bodies’ tiny wittle cells. Animals, have you heard about these things? They're crazy, right? But are they cool? That's the questions we and our guests, Greg Pauly Curator at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum and Katie Goldin Host of the hilarious podcast Creature Feature will try to solve!

Imagination Dwells Here
Opening Celebration
Saturday, February 2nd, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Southern California Children's Museum
459 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

Imagination Dwells Here is the first ever interactive children's museum exhibition from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Featuring key elements of the Bob Baker experience including puppetry and manipulation, birthday parties and celebration, performance, and enchantment, Imagination Dwells Here introduces Bob Baker's world of creativity and imagination in a special engagement at the Southern California Children's Museum.

Saturday, February 2, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hilton Hotel Los Angeles/Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr. Universal City, CA 91608

Come and experience Japanese food and culture through tastings, exciting shows, and fun workshops! Sample savory and sweet Japanese foods, taste varieties of sake, grab some delicious Japanese beer, and taste different Japanese beverages from over fifty exhibitors.

Saturday, February 2, 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA
$tarts at at $30

DTLA’s Smorgasburg, a culinary epicenter of So-Cal, brings back this one-of-a-kind event featuring delicious, cravable dumpling creations. Enjoy offerings from Smorgasburg’s best and watch a Live card of world-class Thoroughbred racing right from the trackside of the Santa Anita homestretch.
Sat, February 2, 2019
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
939 E 31st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
FREE RSVP until day of, $20 online/at the door

Artfonfa proudly presents DESSART: A Taste of All Kinds of Art Exhibition. This tasty exhibition will incorporate visual artists of all mediums, live performances & DJ all night, various vendors, live body painting, live spray painting and tons of yummy desserts for sale!! 

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 2-5pm
Farmer's Market
6333 W.3rd St.Los Angeles, CA 90036

Join Farmers Market and The Grove for a spectacular Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 2. Festivities include Chinese Dragon and Lion dances, K-pop dance performances, martial arts demos, a pig statue unveiling and other Year of the Pig themed activities! Check back for a complete schedule of activities.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year
February 2 – 18
Universal Studios
Free with Admission to park

Celebrate the Year of the Pig during Lunar New Year February 2 – 18. Join Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda in Po’s Village and savor Asian dishes at Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop. Meet Illumination’s Minions in traditional Chinese attire and Mandarin-speaking Megatron from TRANSFORMERS™, and new this year, Hello Kitty joins us for the celebration. Plus, enjoy fun activities, live entertainment and more.

Sun, Feb 3, 3:30PM
Many, Many TV's

Sun, Feb 3, 3:30PM
Downtown Independent

Free screening of the Superbowl! Pre-show screening in the lobby, theater access at 3PM, kickoff at 3:30PM.

Sun, Feb 3, 2019
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Discussion following with director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
*We've still not caught this one. From Japan and the Palme D'or winner from last year's Cannes comes a tale of a family of con artists and theifs that take in a rich kid whose family doesn't event love them.

The first organist to ever receive a Grammy® Award, Paul Jacobs has been a frequent and welcome guest at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Known for playing demanding programs without scores, he has memorized the complete works of Messiaen, Bach, Brahms, and Franck.

DIY Arcade class
Sundays in February 
Noon -2pm
Royce's Arcade Warehouse
21817 Plummer St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

"Back by popular demand is our DIY Arcade class. Learn the basics of classic arcade wiring and build your own handheld game panel with over 500 games. Play it at home on your HDMI TV and impress your friends. No kits, no coding. This is vintage arcade instruction for kids of all ages. Space is limited. Class sessions are two hours long, four classes in total."

Queen Mary's Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights
Tuesday, February 5, 6pm
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
Tickets to Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights aboard the Queen Mary are currently on-sale starting at $99.99 general admission adult and $49.99 for children ages 4 to 11.

Shanghai Nights will honor the Year of the Pig with traditional Chinese culture, cuisine, and entertainment featuring Wushu Shaolin lion and dragon dancing, Wushu Warriors Shaolin acrobatics, a guzheng ensemble, and much more.