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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Small Dog Escalator Safety Signs Are Common Here

Do we wish we did this post on April Fool's Day? Yes, but truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Here in LA we have small signs warning people to just not even attempt bringing their tiny dogs onto escalators. It's something so LA, that yes, it should be on a shirt. It's also stupid. So, stupid that we really wonder why they need the signs, but it's LA.

At the same time, whose the artist and where are these signs bought? And a number of questions.

One being, how often do tiny dogs get stuck in escalators? The last incident in LA; we found on a simple search was February 2018 at LAX.

Are people dumb who let their dogs ride on escalators, yes. That's why we have signs for it here.

And than the those writing this sighed. 

As of writing this we've seen these on escalators at the Century City Mall and at The Grove. But they're in general, spotted at many malls in the LA area.

Adventure Time Completed: Finn, Jake & Marceline Say Goodbye

By Jonathan Bilski
John DiMaggio, Olivia Olson and Jeremy Shada
"Ohhhh, Simon!," Olivia Olson aka the voice of Marceline swooned as a cosplayer dressed as Simon aka the Ice King went up to her for the signing. Olivia was joined by Finn and Jake voiced by Jeremy Shada and John DiMaggio as Adventure Time fans spent the night at gallery Nucleus in Alhambra. The event was for the upcoming release of the Adventure Time: The Complete Series DVD box set and soundtrack box set. Fans spent there time with the cast getting Adventure time merch signed and getting a special Q & A session with the trio.

During the signing session, John DiMaggio burst out to praise everyone's art work that they brought in to be signed. He was impressed by how many fans had made something for him to see. He gave hugs to fans who asked for them and was impressed by a man's Jake tattoo that wrapped around his arm.

Many fans came out not only to get the new Adventure Time: The Complete Series DVD box set and soundtrack box set due out in the next few weeks, but to see the the cast one more time. And they were insanely happy, with many moments of sheer joy as they asked question after question of the cast. And of course, the cast had to sing songs.

Making bacon pancakes was sung with the crowd and Jake/John was so happy to see someone take out a frying pan with bacon prop, swinging along with the song. Finn/Jeremy sang the Buff Baby song and Marceline/Olivia sang Everything Stays twice. Once alone and once with a fan, a young girl who cried tears of joy after getting to sing along.

On sale were special prints by Matthew Houston, you can snag them on the Nucleus site

And projected on a wall was a special feature both in the box set and online now, a Come Along With Me music video made with the The Art of Elysium organization. Each frame was colored by kid and teen fans, making a very weird video to look at.

All of it was in the background as fans got to ask the cast questions. "You know, I haven't watched the last episode yet, "John told the crowd when asked about his most sincere emotional moment on the show. He could only say how much he cried when he went in for his last recording session for the show and how much Jake the Dog meant to him.

Jeremy Shada said he's working on his own animated projected with his brother and something else, but couldn't give and details. He told the audience his favorite episode was Trouble in Lumpy Space because John and he just got to talk like Lumpy Space Princess as they did again in front of the crowd. And he shared his least favorite moment from the show, which was when the evil deer stood on it's hind legs like a man and revealed he had tiny hands instead of hooves in the episode No One Can Hear You.

When asked what was Jake's favorite child of his litter, John Di Maggio chose Kim Kil Whan. He also shared that the Banana Guards, who he voices, are just a take on creator of Adventure Time Pen Ward voice and style of talking.

The night ended with free Adventure Time goodies being thrownout to the crowd and the trio thanking everyone for coming out.

Weekly What To Do: Let's Plan For Saturday

MLB Foodfest

April 26-28
Magic Box at THE REEF
1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
$45 and up 

MLB FoodFest is a one-of-its-kind event that gives fans the opportunity to taste special menu items from ALL 30 ballparks. We're talking the D-backs' Churro Dog, the Mariners' toasted grasshoppers, the Dodgers' Sisig Fries, and so much more, all in one indoor space. In addition to the ballpark bites, the indoor d├ęcor will include interactive exhibits perfect for your Instagram feed.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, April 27-28
Barnes Park
350 S. McPherrin Ave.,
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Take the time to see, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture through a first-hand experience of watching traditional Japanese dancing, hearing the resounding beats of the taiko drums, observing the mastery and various skills of martial arts, participating in the ancient art of the tea ceremony, or buying hand-made crafts or food with an Asian flair. Other highlights of the festival include games and crafts for children, and numerous cultural displays

90s Nightmares: A 16mm Horror Marathon
Saturday, April 27, 2pm-2am
Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth Theater
2511 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90057

We know you want a powerhouse 12-hour session of '90s horror gems, projected from nothing but rare film prints -- because we do too! Plus, the show starts w/ a community potluck. Please bring a dish or other fun, picnic-worthy item! (Potluck covers the show’s 1st half; snacks + other food available at concessions for 2nd half.)
 #6: Strange Brew
Sat, Apr 27, 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the 
Egyptian 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
This monthly screening series showcases the best new underground, surreal, crazy, experimental, absurd, rule-breaking and outlaw films from around the world. The theme for April is “Strange Brew” – a frothy mix of paranormal anomalies and science gone very, very wrong.
Saturday, April 27-28 11am-5pm
Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, California 90012
During both days of the festival, visit Jardin del Arte, the public marketplace at Our LA Voices. The marketplace will feature a range of art works for sale including paintings, photographs, collages, postcards, jewelry, and plants.
Latent Content
Saturday, April 27, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thinkspace Projects 
6009 Washington Blvd. 
Culver City, CA 90232
Thinkspace Gallery is pleased to present new works by Southern Californian-born artist Casey Weldon in Latent Content. Known for surreal imagery that combines darkness with humor, Weldon creates visual puns and narratively suggestive contexts to stir associations or deliver smart, if at times irreverent, punch lines. His works have often sought to critique and consider the role of popular culture and digital media in the creation of hyperbole and representational extremes.
Sun, Apr 28
Taiko: 12:30pm & 1:30pm
Manga: 11am to 3pm
The Japanese Garden - Suiho-En
6100 Woodley Ave, Los Angeles, California 91406
General Admission to the Garden is $5 for adults, 
$3 for seniors 62+ and children 12 & under.
"Join us for Taiko and Anime-Manga. Guests will spend the day enjoying local artist Nori Shirasu as he demonstrates the art of anime-manga, and the celebratory beats of San Fernando Valley Taiko."

Skirball Puppet Festival
Sunday, April 28, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
$15 General
$12 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children under 12
$10 Children 2-12

*Because every child deserves some childhood drama. No, we're just kidding around, it's just such a horror movie or childhood trope. Some times little kids don't like puppets.

Celebrate the art of puppetry and the magic of storytelling at the Skirball’s eighth annual Puppet Festival! This campus-wide, daylong festival features new and classic tales told with a variety of puppets, live music, and art making. It brings together talented puppeteers and artists from across the country, working in a range of cultural and artistic styles.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Kickstarter LA: The Time Scouts Handbook

Support our Time Scouts and our local Time Travel Marts with this novel concept, The Time Scouts Handbook. It's a future book to be published and sent out this September showcasing how to survive when traveling through time. It's hard not to love this concept.
  • Over 80 pages of time travel tips
  • Fashion advice for all eras
  • Advance across 3 unique Time Scout Ranks
  • 100% genuine earthen paper
"Camp with Cleopatra, hang with Hamilton, or simply travel across the cosmos in style. With all time and space to explore, there’s never been a better era to join Time Scouts."

It's also really just giving money to 826 LA, a program that teaches children to write and have fun with it. Because, our time travel marts are in actuality fronts for those programs. Time travel store up front, teaching kids in the back.

Alien Resurrection May 6

Alien Resurrection: Alien Retrospective
Monday, May 6th, 7pm
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Followed by a Q&A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Composer/USC Alumnus John Frizzell, and Creature Effects Supervisor Alec Gillis.

Sadly, this movie gets little love in the fan poster department, when it's so much better than Alien 3, Covenant and Prometheus. Really, we looked for fan posters online and couldn't find anything. We hope Mondo or another gallery covers it some day.

Only the French could come up with something that is in no way subtle and messed-up sexually as this fourth entry in the series. And it probably has one of the coolest gross death scenes for an xenomorph ever.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Final Fantasy VII – A Symphonic Reunion Concert June 9

Tickets go on sale today, 4/20/19 at noon for the Final Fantasy VII – A Symphonic Reunion taking place here in LA at the Dolby Theatre on June 9th. Tickets start at $77.

FINAL FANTASY VII – A Symphonic Reunion, is a brand-new concert dedicated exclusively to the mythical video game, the most beloved Japanese RPG of all time, and will feature a symphonic orchestra and choir of more than 100 musicians on stage with giant screen HD video projection.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Slow Your Roll: Griffith Observatory Closed Apr 22- May 6

This is the last weekend you'll be able to get to go up to the Griffith Observatory. Don't worry, we didn't sell it off to a foreign investors, it's just getting renovated. And it's due, I saw some windows that just had wood over them when I visited it last month.

The free Observatory that has great views of the city will be closed for two weeks and the roads leading up to it.

For more info

For two weeks (April 22 to May 6), there will be NO vehicle access (including bicycles) to the following roads (see map below):
  • Griffith Observatory parking lot
  • East Observatory Road and West Observatory Road
  • Vermont Canyon Road north of the Greek Theatre.
  • Western Canyon Road north of Fern Dell

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Matrix In May

Keanu might say he was in movie jail after not doing Speed 2, but he still managed to be in the three Matrix movies as 'The One." And you can visit his time in movie jail with The Matrix.

It was back when The Wachowskis were brothers, Trinity wasn't a lawyer on Jessica Jones and Laurence Fishbourne wasn't a Grandpa on Blackish. They were still all in the movie industry.
We're fairly sure the 20th Anniversary screening is gonna sell out for Cinespeia, so you might want to get tickets now.

The Matrix
Sat, May 18, 2019, 8:30 PM
Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Jurassic World Ride Not Extinct Comes Back This Summer

There's a pretty nice commercial reminding you the ride comes back this Summer, but below we have details on what changes were made. We're refereeing to Jurassic World The Ride, forget when it was called Jurassic Park The Ride, now it's all updated.

The aesthetics of “Jurassic World—The Ride” will be dramatically enhanced welcoming guests to a reimagined space reflective of the JURASSIC WORLD films. In addition, there will be a fresh new entry statement, stonework landscaping and a contemporary redesign of the iconic JURASSIC WORLD gates, illuminated with billowing flames.
Engaging and interactive queue-line videos featuring facts and information about the dinosaurs within the ride will set the tone for the expedition ahead, as guests learn more about these imposing prehistoric creatures that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.
Once aboard specially designed rafts, guests will navigate the lush environs of dense vegetation, traversing new areas besieged with towering dinosaurs meandering at just an arm’s length away from visitors.  Encounters with such docile creatures as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus will quickly turn awry as predatory Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus begin to wreak havoc, turning guests from spectators to prey.  When the Tyrannosaurus rex begins to battle one of the attraction’s new ferocious dinosaurs, the rafts will spill down a treacherous 84-foot waterfall as the sole means of escape.
Located adjacent to the ride will be a new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the most beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD franchise, will engage guests in daring face-to-face encounters.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Weekly What To Do: Anything But The Live Cat Band

Shakespeare's Sh&*storm
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

A new film from's gonna be beyond messed up. Followed by a Q&A with Lloyd Kaufman and Cast!!!

An Encounter with Lux Prima
Apr 18-21
4357 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90010
Free, RSVP needed

Karen O and Danger Mouse will premier their multisensory art installation this spring at Los Angeles’ Marciano Art Foundation. “An Encounter with Lux Prima,” an immersive, communal listening experience soundtracked by the pair’s forthcoming album, unites their singular creative vision with groundbreaking audiovisual technologies.

A Special Screening of HEATHERS
Thursday, April 18
Doors at 7:00pm

Calling all Swatch Dogs and Diet Coke heads: UCLA Film & Television Archive and Vidiots Foundation present a special 30th anniversary screening of Heathers, one of the wickedest high school comedies of all time. To celebrate, director Michael Lehmann, screenwriter Daniel Waters, and co-star, Lisanne Falk aka Heather McNamara, will be in the house for a post-screening conversation! It’s gonna be Big Fun!

Asian American Music Night
Thursday, April 18, 8 PM – 10 PM
Milk Tavern
528 S WESTERN AVE, Los Angeles, California 90020
The event will be dedicated to all Asians and Asian Americans that have paved their way for representation in their industry's. Enjoy AMAZING original music by Cody Dear and great covers from movies games and great artists like Nujabes, Legend of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Studio Ghibli and so much more!
Friday, April 19, 7 PM – 10 PM
The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA
929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90015
$45.00 - $95.00
The Japanese pop trio is in LA for one night only, don't miss out.

Lebowski Fest Los Angeles with Jeff Bridges!
April 19-20
The Wiltern & The Fountain Bowl
$29.50 and up

Dude! Celebrate the Dude!

April 19-20
ArcLight Hollywood
$ Admission
This neo-noir mystery set in LA's hipster scene is more than a bit weird. A24 knocked it back because it's a bit to out there for general audiences, but it might be a cult classic. The follow-up from the director of It Follows isn't a horror movie
ArcLight Cinemas is excited to announce two Q&As for the film - UNDER THE SILVER LAKE. ArcLight Hollywood will host the Q&As on Fri 4/19 and Sun 4/20 after the 7:00 PM shows. Centers on a man named Sam who becomes obsessed with the strange circumstances of a billionaire mogul's murder and the kidnapping of a girl.

Hail Satan?
Out Friday, April 19,
Arclight Hollywood and The Landmark

"As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world."

Friday, April 19  
The Landmark

"A noir-tinged film about a solitary man (Huang Jue) haunted by loss and regret, told in two parts: the first an achronological mosaic, the second a nocturnal dream. Again centering around his native province of Guizhou in southwest China, the director has created a film like nothing you've seen before, especially in the now extended from Cannes 59-minute-long, gravity-defying 3D sequence shot, which plunges its protagonist-and us-through a labyrinthine cityscape.

April 19th & 20th
Friday: Night Session: 8pm-1am
Saturday: Day Session: 2pm-6pm / Night Session: 8pm-1am
The Globe Theatre, 740 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

"Kaleidoscope Experience offers a unique one-of-a-kind playground for adults with live music, video games, magic, arts & crafts, special performances, and even an all-you-can-eat tater tot buffet. Guests include Comedy Central's Joel Ward, America’s Got Talent's Jeff Black, and RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Laganja Estranja, plus more!"

Sat, April 20, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
$15 – $20

In 2019 we are going to go bigger and better with more activities, more vendors, more music, more guests, more games and awesome panels.

Retro Reels: Hackers and Johnny Mnemonic
Sat, Apr 20, 2019 7:30 PM
The Downtown Independent
251 S Main St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Join the Downtown Independent as we kick off our new Retro Reels series- a night of cinema enjoyment that will bring you back in time and keep you coming back for more! This month the theme is Monitor Mayhem! We have two films from 1995 based on the insanity of technology and the chaos of computers!

Sat, Apr 20, 7:30pm
(Possibly Netflix-owned) Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Co-presented by Vestron Video Collectors Series. Introduction to WAXWORK by actress Michelle Johnson. 

Golden Road x Heal The Bay Pop Up
Sat, April 20, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Rose Room
6 Rose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90291

Kicking off at noon until 4 pm, a pop-up gallery featuring art made with sustainable materials from local artists will be open to the public and attendees can enjoy $4 Golden Road brews (Heal The Bay IPA and Hazy Heal The Bay IPA) as they stroll through the space. From 6-10pm, the gallery will re-open for a VIP event featuring complimentary beer, food, music, interactive art, and Golden Road swag. The VIP portion is available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis following a $20 donation to Heal The Bay. 

Tune in Tokyo presents Plastic City 3: City Pop & 80s Idol Night
Sat, April 20,7pm-11pm
Bicycle Coffee LA
358 E 2nd Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
 We're back for our third CITY POP Night in Little Tokyo featuring 80s Idols & the Golden Age of Japanese Pop! This is our last party before the Reiwa era begins, so we'll be celebrating with some favorites from the 90s / Heisei era too!

CSUN Gamer Symphony Orchestra - Spring 2019
Sunday, Apr 21, 7 PM – 9 PM
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, California 91330
The CSUN Gamer Symphony Orchestra is hosting another concert this spring semester, this time with an even larger ensemble than before! Our concert will take place in the Campus Theatre at Nordhoff Hall. Admission is free! This event is open to everyone, student or not!
Our program will feature musical selections from…Animal Crossing, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem, Kingdom Hearts, NieR:Automata, Professor Layton, Silent Hill, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario, Super Smash Bros.& The Legend of Zelda.

Sun, Apr 21, 2:00pm 
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
It’s rabbit season! Celebrate spring with a thoroughly jolly, rabbit-filled family matinee of classic Warner Bros. cartoons. Free Easter candy for all kids in attendance!

Sun, Apr 21, 7:30pm 
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Evil Dead and Darko.

Earth Day Free Rides on LA Metro
Monday, April 22
LA Metro

Metro is offering free rides all day on our buses, trains, and bike share bikes. The idea behind the freebie rides is to encourage people to take transit and help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in L.A. County.

Okko's Inn
Apr 22, Apr 23
Select Theaters

The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli, seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. Okko’s Inn delivers a rare ghost story.

Just kill yourself (don't actually kill yourself)
* The Amazing Acrocats! Starring the Rock Cats!
April 18 - 21
El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

When there's no more room in the Holiday Inn in Florida, people who own cats will visit LA and force cats to be in a rock band, probably, very poorly. This is like a punishment for anyone. Cats are meant to be silly in your own home or on our devices.