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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Strange Car Chase & Corpse Flower Opening

Check out one of the most craziest car chases LA has had in recent memory. A yet to be identified women stole an RV, smashed into cars, a tree and lost a one of two dogs through a hole she made in the front of the car. Crazy!

-Fox 11 says a Corpse Flower is suppose to open at Cal State Long Beach Thursday or Friday. The smell is suppose to be overpoweringly disgusting.

Weekly What To Do: Memorial Day Weekend

Autry After Hours: We Love L.A.
Wed, May 22, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pacific Visions Preview: We Need To Get Rid Of The Smaller Theater In It

pic Tom Bonner
Opening this Friday is the Pacific Visions Pavilion at the Aquarium of the Pacific. We got to preview it and though a lot of it is grand, it's mostly a reminder of how we need to fix the environment.

Pacific Visions
Opens May 24
Aquarium of the Pacific
$ Admission 
I heard kids shouting, "Oh my Goood! Look at those penguins!" They were excited and happy, this was out in the open near the penguin exhibit and that was the same at the other exhibits featuring the creatures from our oceans. Forget that at the new Pacific Visions. Visions is sort of a beautiful mess of reminding the world and specifically kids that things are bad. All of it is mostly in the dark, which doesn't invoke much happiness to small children.

*Though shots of it make it looks like it's a separate building, it is conencted to the aquarium near the front.

It starts of with an art gallery that will change exhibitions over time. When we went, they had some fun work called Reefs & Drifters that showcased plankton and coral. We're not sure about the benefits educationally with this or how a little kid won't like how dark it is inside. For older attendees, it's a nice start and hopefully has some more fun pieces over the years and maybe lighting.

Next area was a mistake, it's a pre-show area that happens before sitting down for another video to play, except that video is in the 8k Honda Pacific Visions Theater. I don't know who planned it, but getting up to go into a bigger theater from seating in a smaller theater, well, it's just kind of dumb. And the videos tell the same story with the 8k theater just being better at it.

So, instead of interacting with people or having any sort of connection to living creatures you'll sit on your butt twice to watch a reminder on how we need to fix the oceans

 I'm not sure why the 8k theater with a giant screen that curves in a 180-degree arc and never before seen by us 36-foot-wide floor projection disc doesn't show the only video for the exhibit. This theater also has the ability to create fog, wind, scent, strobe lights, and seat vibration, which the other can't. Some of these extra  were featured in the 8k theater and were a nice little bonus to the screening. The video quality was quite amazing though the subject matter and way it was presented was kind of boring. I could see a tired Dad falling a sleep to it.
We're not sure when new videos or screenings will showcase all of its features, but hopefully down the line will see other films play, specially made for the theater. Because, if it's only that one short video, it's a waste.

After the second theater, can't believe I have to write that, you'll enter a rehash of the more boring stuff you'd see at the California Science Center. The culmination gallery is darkly lit, because someone thinks that's cool, has tables you can touch to answer questions about conservation and some machines you can pull and rotate to tell you facts about consumption and pollution.

Overall, it's kind of a let down after hearing about it all these years. The regular aquarium maybe should have invested in a face lift instead of this new pavilion. A pavilion that, though brand new and beautiful, does little to give hope for the future, even when it showcases what the world might look like if we make it better.

Jerry Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president & CEO, seems like his heart is in the right place, his words of making it easier to explore new technology and being allowed to do so without being hindered spoke to us. Hopefully, whatever lobby is trying to stop work for a better tomorrow is thrown to the curb, but he didn't really explain who was stopping it. He was deeply enamored that this new pavilion will out live those who made it and remind future generations to care about the oceans. Which we should do anyway.
Jerry Schubel

Hype: Earthworm Jim 1+2 Remade, Dead Cells DLC, The Bell: Taco Bell Hotel, BFFS Mini Series 5 & More

-Earthworm Jim 1+2 (25th Anniversary Edition) from iam8bit. Oh, cool from artist friend
  • Custom Package Design & Restoration by Jango Snow Art & Design 
-Dead Cells Rise Of The Giant DLC is out Thursday, May 23. The long suffering of everybody else getting the update, but Switch owners, is over.

-The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort is coming to Palm Springs this August. Reservations open this June, so sign up to find out the exact date to plan your taco-filled vacation. The hotel will be 18+, so no kids.  What sets the place apart is having taco sauce packet floaties and room service will have the whole menu with some exclusive items. And, who doesn't want to get something at the Taco Bell gift shop?

-BFFS Mini Series 5 by Travis Cain x Kidrobot look pretty cool

-Dr. Pepper Dark Berry is a limited time flavor? No, idea how long it"ll be in super markets, but it's tied to Spider-Man Far From Home, so, probably the summer.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Horror This June

Rated R Speakeasy
Sat Jun 1, 2019 7:00 pm
Secret Location, Glendale CA, 91203
$10-Will sell out

It's back from the darkeness from one night only, it's the Rated R Speakeasy. Supposedly, bigger than last time you'll be able to get a drink with live entertainment, a special sneak preview screening from Shudder and more.

Friday Night Frights Presents SHAKMA
Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 11:00 PM
Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth
2511 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Camp Void 6-Film Marathon
Sat, Jun 15, 12:00pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Cinematic Void returns with Camp Void this Summer starting June 15th with a six-film marathon filled with horrors taking place on vacation.
The films:

The Shining 4k Father's Day
Sun, Jun 16, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

How better to celebrate Father's Day by seeing the great father-son relantionship in The Shining...if you're messed up it probably is. This is the new 4K restoration and Stanley Kubrick's Director’s assistant Leon Vitali will be in person.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Godzilla Pop-Up Little Tokyo

Now take this with a grain of atomic salt, we're suppose to have special Godzilla Pop-Up in our local Kinokuniya book store in Little Tokyo. We haven't gone ourselves, but in the past with these "pop-ups" at Kinokuniya it really means a table of merch from the movie or anime. And judging from the image used to promote it's the Japanese Godzilla's merch, not the new movie version. But, if a Godzilla fan you might want to check out what special items they have.

Godzilla Store Invasion
May 18 through June 30
Kinokuniya Books

Little Tokyo

123 Astronaut E. S. Onizuka Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Items available in the stores will include “an abundance of unique visual books, a whopping 12 of the Godzilla “B Side Label” stickers, various Godzilla T-shirts including the coveted Tomodachi shirt featuring Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, a Second-Form Shin Godzilla Cable Bite, several Godzilla straps, and so much more,” according to organizers."

via THR

It might be better to check out the GIANT Godzilla head coming out of the dome!

Amphibia Out June 17th

Just in time for Summer is a new cartoon from someone who worked on Gravity Falls. Amphibia gives off a total Gummi Bears feel, if you ever watched the Disney Afternoon you know what I'm talking about. The show's about a lost little girl befriended by frogs in some sort of frog land. Check it out streaming and Disney Channel on June 17th. \

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Weekly What To Do: I Don't Think They Understand If These Things Are For Kids

Museum of Dream Space
Opening Wed, May 15
Beverly Center
Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

*New pop-up. Museum of Dream Space (MODS) is the first museum mainly exhibiting digital art in the United States.The design concept of MODS is illuminated by art design from Yayoi Kusama (famous of infinite rooms) and the development of digital art. The aim of MODS is to provide an immersive, magical and unique art appreciative experiences to the visitors.

Saga of Tanya the Evil - the Movie -
Thurs, May 16
Select Theaters

An anime film about someone reborn in another world with knowledge of the real world. Tanya the Evil takes place in world at war with, except the war is kind of with flying steam punk machines.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch w/director Joe Dante in person
Thurs, May 16, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
"Everybody’s favorite tiny "Woolly Bullies" return in GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH to take a bite outta the Big Apple when a real estate mogul tries to level the restaurant that’s home to Gizmo and the first Mogwais. Director Joe Dante joins Matt Christman, Will Menaker and Amber A’Lee Frost from Chapo Traphouse in conversation following the feature."
Thurs, May 16, 8 PM – 11 PM
Schoenberg Hall - UCLA
445 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, California 90024
"Set your phasers to stun as we embark on a transgalactic journey across vast and varied musical landscapes. From the labyrinthine corridors of Halo... the interplanetary drama of Mass Effect... the thriving wastelands of Fallout..."

OC Night Market
May 17-19
Friday & Saturday 4PM - 12AM
Sunday 4PM - 11PM

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

OC Night Market heads into its 6th year at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The biggest and only large-scale night market festival in OC invites you to bring your friends and family to eat, drink, shop, and play this summer! Experience 180+ local food, merchandise, games, arts, and crafts vendors. OC Night Market has a diverse mix of activities such as an Art Walk, dance competitions, eating contests, live music performances, and more! Perfect for all ages. Bring on the memories!
Friday, May 17, 8 PM
Hollywood Bowl
2301 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90068
$42.50 - $199.50
Enjoy The Little Mermaid in a whole new way.  

Friday, May 17, 11:59 PM
Nuart Theatre
11272 Santa Monica Boulevard

A must for any cinephile! A totally bonkers, bat-sh*t Japanese horror movie about seven high school girls staying at a haunted house. It sets the bar for the age old saying, "WTF Japan!"

Tiny Beans Kitten Lounge
Opens Sat May 18th
Open daily from 11a-8p, except Tuesday
Open for 3 months
551 S. Spring St. 
$25 per hour.
*Minimum age for the Kitten Lounge is 7 years old.

From the fine folks over at the CatCafe Lounge, you remember them, here's our write-up, is having a pop-up for the influx of kittens in the LA area. Titled Tiny Beans Kitten Lounge, you"ll be able to play with tons of tiny kittens.

The Oddities Flea Market
May 18-19, 10am-6pm
Globe Theatre
740 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
$10 online $15 at the door

Feast your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art, and more. This absolutely awe-inspiring market of the most incredible, unique oddities is taking up residence at the historic Globe Theater on May 18th & 19th. Inside, you'll find three floors of unusual vendors from across the country, hand-picked by curator Ryan Matthew Cohn.

Sidewalk Sale
Sat, May 18, 12pm-4pm
Amoeba Hollywood
6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, May 18th! We will have crazy good deals on Blu-ray, DVDs, vinyl, CDs, posters, t-shirts, collectible figures & more 12pm-4pm. Everything is priced to move fast and conveniently located just outside the store.


LUCKY 13 Anniversary Group Show: Pop Surrealism & Figurative
Sat, May 18, 2019 | 7pm - 11pm

May 18 – June 22, 2019
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm - 6pm
We’re celebrating the Gallery’s 13th year this Saturday night with a big group show including many favorites from our roster and new artists we think you’ll love!
3-Artist Show feat. Erika Sanada, Happy D, & Young Chun
May 18, 2019 | 7pm - 11pm

May 18 – June 22, 2019

571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm - 6pm

"On Saturday, May 18, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery will proudly unveil a three-artist show by curator Caro Buermann featuring mini-solos with San Francisco-based sculptor Erika Sanada, Seattle-based painter and illustrator Happy D, and Orange County-based artist Young Chun in Gallery 2."

May 18 - May 19,  11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
San Fernando Boulevard from Burbank Town Center to the Holiday Inn.
A world of creativity and imagination will be revealed at the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival featuring 200 world-famous animators, trendsetting indie creators, cosplayers recreating favorite animated characters, live entertainment, and much more.

Bug Fair
May 18 - May 19
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
regular Museum admission

Join us for our 33rd annual Bug Fair! Bug Fair is a two-day festival celebrating our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends. Visit a variety of exhibitors—and see everything from exotic insect collections to pet tarantulas, from millipedes to centipedes, from bug-related products, like honey and silk, to bug-inspired artwork and jewelry. Visit the main stage to watch Bug Chefs whip up protein-filled snacks and explore the Nature Gardens for the chance to go on bug hunts, get crafty, experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures, and more!

Beverly Hills artSHOW 
May 18 & 19, 2019 from 10-6pm
The artSHOW runs along Santa Monica Boulevard from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive

The free show features art by over 245 artists from around the nation who showcase their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawing and printmaking.

PinPalPalooza (Spring 2019)
May 18, 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

"Spring is in the air and Gallery Nucleus is holding our third Pin-Pal-Palooza, a convention for all things enamel/lapel pin-related designed by your favorite artists and more! Join us as we welcome new vendors and new exclusives!"

Retrolicious Warehouse Sale
Saturday, May 18, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Retrolicious HQ
112 W Elm Court
Burbank, CA 91502

Extra! Extra! Read All About it! Its time for our semi-annual warehouse sale. We have some amazing deals for you! Nothing is over $40!! Dresses, Tops, Skirts, Leggings, fabric, accessories + more... shop till you drop! Sizes XS-4X! One Day Only! ALL Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Symposium—Isaac Julien: Playtime
Sat, May 18, 9 am–5 pm         
Bing Theater  |  LACMA 

On the occasion of the exhibition, Isaac Julien: Playtime, and in collaboration with the University of California, Santa Cruz, LACMA presents a weekend symposium looking at Julien’s oeuvre. LACMA will host screenings, talks, and panel discussions with historians, scholars, and artists responding to four additional important films by Julien.

Sat, May 18, 11:00 AM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

"YES! THAT’S RIGHT! We can finally show our first official Godzilla movie! Because of a rights loophole, we can show this one Godzilla movie while we wait to get the all-clear to program our Godzilla series. And we can show it on 35mm! And thankfully it’s one of the fun ones!"

35mm Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES
Sat, May 18, 11:59 pm
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027