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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hollywood Street Closures Hello Oscars

Yes, it's that time. The time to move your car far, far away from Hollywood and Highland! Our city is different from other cities, we have time when cars will not be tolerated in the wake of celebrities. If planning to be near Hollywood and Highland starting this Sunday start checking out for closures even for the metro. For up to date info look here.

To accommodate the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 17, and remain closed until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27.

MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, February 23, until Monday, February 25.  Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m.

Between Sunday, February 10, and Oscar Sunday, February 24, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods.

Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Sixth and the Thirteenth District City Council field offices and on the Academy's website at

Friday, February 15, 2019

I Like Scary Movies Experience

Halloween never ends in the Southland. A new experience will let you live out some classic horror movies. This isn't your average haunted house, it seems like you"ll get to have a lit bit more interaction. I Like Scary Movies Experience is selling itself as an interactive art installation, but listen up horror fans, because it's got stuff from IT, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining, The Lost Boys and Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

It's not coming to us until April, but they want people to start booking it now.

I Like Scary Movies
Starts April 4
The Desmond 5514 Wilshire Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036


Here's the details from the official site:

I Like Scary Movies is the experience that all scary movie fans have been dreaming of – a groundbreaking immersive art installation that is a true celebration of some of the most beloved horror films. This is a unique opportunity for fans to interact and enjoy the films that they love in a completely new way with amazing photo opportunities to share with their friends. Come play with us as we take you back to The Shining, where you can “sink” into the infamous carpet from the Overlook hotel, before wandering through Beetlejuice’s graveyard on your way to the Netherworld Waiting Room. Feel the fear as you enter Freddy’s boiler room from A Nightmare on Elm St. and then revisit The Lost Boys on your way to Pennywise’s lair. After all, we all float down here. When you visit I Like Scary Movies, you enter a multi-sensory experience where you can see, hear, feel and smell the environment. Don’t miss out on the first stop of our tour, opening April 2019 in Los Angeles.

via Bloody Disgusting

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Bullet Train Going Nowhere

You'll probably be seeing some stories going over our proposed bullet train here in California after our new Governor, Newsom, gave a speech saying his support for it has dwindled. Plans for LA to San Fran are dead, but other smaller cities may still get connected. He didn't exactly say it's over for them, but he kind of left it in a purgatory state of "what's gonna happen?"

The LA Times has a pretty derailing take on it with lines like"

“Somebody at high-speed rail drew a line for a route on Google Earth and had no idea of what was on the ground or how they are affecting it,” Michael Dias, a Hanford lawyer who defends farmers and is a grape and nut grower, told The Times last year.

LA Times' artcile goes over how much time and money has been put into the project of having a bullet train built in California and how little results we've had getting anything done and that lies mainly on the shoulders of the High Speed Rail Authority. And we're talking billions of dollars.

I was prepping a story on how the bullet train plan was going actually, trying to go over bits so it could be easily be explained. But I have to say there's a lot of redirect. I did make contact with High Speed Rail and the were open to explaining it to me in greater detail, but it seemed like it wouldn't have really gone anywhere with the info sent back.

My question on why we don't just ask Japan's Bullet train companies for help or ask them to build it with their stellar track record of no accidents since they've been running was met with some boring non-answer.

So, if you want to try a bullet train visit Japan or some other country. America can't get this one done.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Artist Talk: Takashi Murakami Feb 20

Artist Talk: Takashi Murakami 
Feb 20, 7:30 pm–8:30 pm
Bing Theater  |  LACMA
Free, tickets required

Stephen Little, Florence and Harry Sloan Curator of Chinese Art and Department Head, Chinese, Korean, and South and Southeast Asian Art, speaks with artist Takashi Murakami about his work including his upcoming exhibition GYATEI² at Gagosian Beverly Hills. LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan will introduce the conversation.

Drawing from traditional Japanese painting, sci-fi, anime, and the global art market, Takashi Murakami creates paintings, sculptures, and films populated by repeated motifs and mutating characters of his own creation. His wide-ranging work embodies an intersection of pop culture, history, and fine art.

Weekly What To Do: Celebrate Love, Comics and Bagpipes

ArcLight Presents... Hitting the High Note
Starts Feb 13 
ArcLight Theaters

Join us for screenings of the films below, featuring memorable scores from Oscar®-nominated Composers. ArcLight Presents… Hitting the High Note, features live post-screening conversations with this year’s Oscar® Nominees for Best Original Score.

TTDILA's Valentine’s Day Guide Get Your Guns & Swords

Nerd Nite Los Angeles
Thu, February 14, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Busby's East
5364 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

This month's topics include: the ability of machines to love, the search for soulmates, and the latest in a scientific study on intimate touch. A very special Valentine's-themed Nerd Nite!

Qbomb at the Whisky A Go-Go!
Fri, February 15, 2019
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Whisky a Go Go
8901 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Blood Diner
Friday, February 15 11:59pm
Nuart Theatre

*This one is completely insane
'Round Midnight w/Intro, Director Jackie Kong in person.

Eden and the Army of Paradise: Exhibition & Book Launch
February 16, 2019 - February 24, 2019
Feb 16, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801 
Gallery Nucleus welcomes back artist Eastwood Wong for a book launch of his latest self published art book / comic: Eden and the Army of Paradise. An offshoot of the popular concept book Violet Pink, Eastwood dives deeper into the story of Eden. Artist Denny Khurniawan, and Sylvia Liu, will also be releasing new books. 

Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 16, 2 – 6 p.m
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401

 Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Pig with its annual Lunar New Year celebration. Hosted by comedian Paul “PK” Kim, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, traditional dough artist, balloon twister, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year’s Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy. New this year is the addition of popular K-pop dance group, First Bite. 

Long Beach Comic Expo 2019
Saturday, Feb. 16 - 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (Advance Ticket holders at 9:30 am)
Sunday, Feb. 17 - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (Advance Ticket holders at 10:30 am)
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
$37.82 and up

Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each spring. It's a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you'll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities.

2019 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
Saturday, February 16: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-5:00pm
Los Angeles Convention Center - HALLS GHJ
1201 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Check out other places to visit than LA...but, why?

Opening Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, February 16th
6:30 - 10:00 PM
February 16 - March 6, 2019
Giant Robot 2 (GR2)
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025

From artist: With a straight edge and knife, I cut and layer paper to expose geometric/abstract compositions. These compositions are comprised of shapes that sit on different planes, creating literal depth, while the composition itself creates a perceived depth. It is this intersection of the literal and perceived that informs the work; where the absence of material reveal form and the casting of shadow create line.

ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI
February 16th & 17th, 2019
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
$31 and up

The Queen Mary is pleased to welcome back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI February 16 & 17 (9AM - 6PM). Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine, paying homage to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.

2019 Lunar New Year Celebration
February 17, 2pm-5pm
The Grove LA
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The festive nature of the holidays continues at The Grove with the 2019 Lunar New Year. The storied meaning, tradition, and symbolism behind this celebration are all apparent in the dazzling d├ęcor and fun-filled entertainment. Celebrate the Year of the Golden Pig with lively performances and cultural activities on Gilmore Lane and The Plaza of The Original Farmers Market.

Target Free Holiday Monday: Presidents' Day
Mon, Feb 18, 11 am–5 pm

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

LA Times French Fry Power Rankings

LA Times French Fry Power Rankings
You've got to read

The official fast food French fry power rankings by

The LAnd Magazine Out Now

The LAnd is out now. You can finally get a copy at select locations (check their Twitter feed ). It's a free new magazine from all those former LA Weekly writers that were laid off. 

I got my copy and there’s a diverse mix of places and people to check out. A heavy bit is on music.

I do kind of miss info on upcoming or currents events as I think issues won’t be coming out at such a high frequency, it's just not possible.

Top Knot Detective Out Now

TOP KNOT DETECTIVE from Umbrella Entertainment on Vimeo.

Top Knot Detective
Rent now for $4.99 on Vimeo

Deductive Reasoning!

We've been waiting for this one for a while and we finally found it online. It's been on the festival circuit for a while, but we were finally to see it graced the Internet in December. Top Knot Detective is an insane show made up of all those hidden weird parts of live action TV from Japan you've seen from the 80's. It's also never existed. This mockumentary movie goes over the cult favorite out of Japan, Top Knot Detective, which is in the same vein as Danger 5, because the people who made it worked on that totally bonkers show.

Check out ars review, for more info, but let's just say you'll have your mouth wide open at the sight of some of the scenes.

Without ruining too much some of the scenes we loved we're:
-a Japanese talk show populated with kittens
-Timestriker, a hilarious send-up of Power Ranger/Kamen Rider about a super powered baseball player whose bat use to be his girlfriend, who send people through time with said girlfriend/bat
-the catchphrase "Deductive Reasoning"

Monday, February 11, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody Free Screening

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY With Producer Graham King In Person
Sat, February 16, 2019
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Free, Must RSVP

Discussion following with producer Graham King, editor John Ottman and sound mixer Paul Massey. This event is free with RSVP.

TTDILA's Valentine’s Day Guide Get Your Guns & Swords

Here's our guide to Valentine’s Day, which in no way needs to be the same old thing. Why not go to the gun range or see a Mexican wrestler fight? Give that significant other a date to remember.

Everything taking place on February 14th, unless otherwise noted.

Los Angeles Gun Club Valentine’s Day
3:00pm -11:00pm
Los Angeles Gun Club

1375 E 6th St #7, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Parking sucks nearby

The busiest day of the year for the Los Angeles Gun Club, see the cute couples, see the single people who just want to let out the rage after that costly divorce or just come with your guy, gal or whatever and shoot a gun.

Remember it can be a bit pricey with ow many guns you want to fire and the bullets you"ll have to buy. 

You"ll be downtown with plenty of restaurants nearby after, some walking distance away.

Love Cupid's Rapier | Couple's Fencing Classes
* Last day to sign up Wednesday
February 14 and February 15
8:00 pm
If you're new to Swordplay LA, you pay $15 per person ($30 per couple). If you have kids who fence at Swordplay LA or you have a significant other who has taken a few lessons with us, it's only $11.50 per person ($23 per couple).

You and your loved one will learn the basics of fencing during this couples-only course: fancy footwork, lethal lunges, beautiful bladework — and yes, you’ll stab each other while getting an unbelievable workout!After class is over, we’ll hand out complementary champagne, capture your memories with a photo op, and give you a free coupon for discounted fencing classes when you sign up for a membership.The classes go from 8:00 pm-9:30 pm. Champagne, photo ops, and coupon distribution goes from 9:30 pm-10:00 pm.


Valentines Day Walk-in Hours
7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605

Aim for the heart this Valentine’s Day, not really though. Aim for a target...together and throw axes.

1 hour 30 minutes
 CatCafe Lounge
1736 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Included in your 90 minute visit - bubblies, sweet treats, kitto treats, PLUS bottomless snuggles and nose boops, all cafe items complimentary, and 10% off retail items!

Downtown Art Walk
6 PM – 10 PM
Downtown Los Angeles

Walk around downtown with your significant other checking out the latest local art.

Valentine's Day Cupid's Club at Spire 73
4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Boulevard
73rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Head 73 stories up to Cupid's Club at Spire 73 this Valentine’s Day for an unforgettable evening at the tallest open-air rooftop bar in the Western Hemisphere perched atop InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Purchase General Admission for a live DJ, cocktails, and 360° city views, or one of our Veuve Clicquot VIP Packages for reserved window seating. Space is limited.

Toast From The Top
February 9th - February 17th
Top of building
900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Celebrate love this Valentine's Day by enjoying breathtaking 360-degree views from the tallest building on the West Coast and a romantic ride on the Skyslide with our special offer. Packages are available from February 9th - February 17th. Champagne choice include Pommery Brut and Rose splits and a bottle of G.H. Mumm with an option to upgrade your bottle when you arrive for an additional fee.

6:00 pm – 11:00
Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Grand Park makes Valentine’s Day easy and affordable for Angelenos with LOVERS ROCK. Groove to the soulful vibes of Lovers Rock reggae with LA’s top ranking reggae selectors of DUB CLUB! Bring your own special picnic dinner or enjoy the food trucks, and take a moonlit walk through the park amidst the iconic views of Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park’s iconic Arthur J. Will Memorial fountain. Enjoy a romantic evening at tables around the fountain and throughout Olive Court.

Metro Art Presents: Union Station Kind of Love
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Union Station Ticketing Hall
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
“Union Station Kind of Love” is a collaboration between Metro Art Presents and the popular The Floor Improv. Kicking off at 8:00 pm with a 1960s, Supremes-style dance follow-along led by the popular trio, the Velettes, the event will feature live music by the St. Jukes. Additional dance follow-alongs and social dancing will be part of the celebration.
5:00PM - 11:00PM 
Grand & Windsor Salon
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway Long Beach, CA 90802
$125 and up
My Vintage Valentine guests will be delighted by this “four-course love story” performed by Cirque Berzerk and Love in the Fire. A darling cupid will greet you at the Grand Salon entrance for a photo op, and after you are seated for dinner, an emcee will introduce the acts and accompanying love story, which will be interwoven throughout the dinner courses. You’ll have your breath taken away by burlesque dancers, tango performances, a daring contortionist, and more. No broken hearts here—just dazzling costumes, entertainment, and vintage charm—a true recipe for romance!

Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
"Here’s looking at you, kid." Tough guy Humphrey Bogart is Rick, an expatriate club owner in Morocco, nursing a broken heart after his sweetheart (Ingrid Bergman) disappeared from his side in Paris when the Nazis invaded. When she re-enters his life with her fugitive, resistance-leader husband (Paul Henreid), sparks fly. With an incredible cast that includes Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Conrad Veidt. Winner of three Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Sat, Feb 16, 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 

Mondo Cult Variety Film Showcase is a monthly screening of the best new underground, surreal, crazy, experimental, absurd, rule-breaking and outlaw films from around the world. It's the 21st century and the definitions of "art" and "cinema" no longer have to be inaccessible or pretentious; Mondo Cult Film Variety Showcase makes a statement that art has no rules, film is art and anyone with talent is deserving of being celebrated even if they fail to conform to the rules of mainstream cinema.