Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Weekly What To Do: Time For Free Comics & Star Wars

The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl
May 1-31
Multiple locations
Price varies by event

For the third year in a row, the heart and soul of FOOD BOWL will be the one-of-a-kind happenings dreamed up and executed by the very best of the Los Angeles food scene. From long-table feasts to chef collaborations, parking lot pop-ups to Night Market in Grand Park, FOOD BOWL is a month-long celebration of the extraordinary people and produce that make L.A. the most exciting food city
 in the world.
Manga Hokusai Manga:
Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics

Starts May 2 [Thu]
*Pre-opening Reception: May 1 [Wed] @7-9pm
Mon-Fri: 10am - 7pm, Sat: Noon-5pm

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036

"In light of Japan’s contemporary comics and their global proliferation, the 19th-century Hokusai Manga is attracting increasing interest. Fans worldwide tend to even regard this pictorial compendium by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai as the origin of today’s manga. Do present-day graphic narratives and the master’s “diverse drawings” share anything other than a name? Unlike past exhibitions of Hokusai’s work, Manga Hokusai Manga approaches the Hokusai Manga from the perspective of contemporary Japanese comics, focusing on genre, pictorial storytelling and participatory culture rather than the integration of word and image or the role of popular characters.

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF)
May 2-10
Multiple locations

The Festival presents approximately 150 films and mediaworks that celebrates Asian Pacific filmmakers and stories. The Festival’s highlights include an Opening and Closing Night Celebration, a Festival Centerpiece presentation, a full complement of industry panels and workshops, and a variety of special events

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
May 2-9
Multiple Locations

Jewish-oriented films to watch in LA? Who would ever have thought of that?

Union Station 80th Anniversary Celebration
May 3-4
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, California 90012
L.A.'s iconic Union Station turns 80 this May. The largest train terminal in the Western United States opened eight decades ago in May 1939. On May 3rd & 4th Union Station will celebrate its 80th Anniversary with a two-day community celebration allowing Angelenos to enjoy the beauty and history of the beloved downtown landmark. Additionally, some of the stations favorite eateries including Café Crepe and the Imperial Western Beer Company will include custom 80th anniversary menu items and drink specials to satisfy every taste, while the gift kiosks in the Waiting Room will deliver limited-edition Union Station anniversary T-shirts and merchandise.

Lucha VaVOOM
Cinco de Mayan
May 3-5
4th sold out 
Mayan Theatre 1038 South Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90015

Lucha VaVOOM’s hometown faithful should brace themselves as this year’s three-night non-stop party will feature a huge helping of lucha libre-style wrestling straight from Mexico City, Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Juarez (think WWE with more action!); high-octane performances from world-renowned talent (literally, world-record holders featured in this year’s lineup); plus, plenty of tamales and tequila, minis, Aztec dancers, aerialists, hula hoops, lowriders, comedy (straight from Comedy Central and Netflix), live music, folkloricos from Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet, mariachis music from Mariachi Alma y Corazon, cumbia, free photo booth, and more.

Meeting Gorbachev
Friday, May 3, 7:00pm show w/Q&A
Saturday, May 4, 7:00pm show w/Q&A
Nuart Theatre

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Encounters at the End of the World) and Emmy Award-winning André Singer teamed together to make this riveting documentary on Mikhail Gorbachev, the visionary last President of the Soviet Union, who tried to make the world a safer place. Filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, Meeting Gorbachev provides incredible access to arguably the world’s greatest living politician.

First Fridays | Forces of Nature: Flood
Friday, May 3, 5 PM – 10 PM
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90007
 May's First Fridays has an awesome lineup of bands, DJs, discussions, food trucks, delicious cocktails, and more. Get ready to experience the museum after hours. This year's First Fridays explores Forces of Nature. We'll find facts and bust myths about our four horsemen of the Golden State apocalypse: fire, drought, flood and earthquakes. In May, we get swept away with California's floods.

The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show - 10th Anniversary
May 3-4,  8PM-2AM
Lot 613
613 Imperial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show is Back  to provide art lovers a 2 NIGHT EVENT and an opportunity to explore more than 500 pieces of artwork created by some 150+ artists local to Los Angeles's unparalleled art scene. Alongside an immensely wide variety of pop art, fine art, and photography; show goers can sip on some of the dankest craft beer or signature cocktails while consuming free pancakes over and over again.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, May 3, 11:30pm
Los Feliz 3
1822 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, California 90027

THE QUEEN of midnight movies is back in Hollywood, playing at Los Feliz 3 Theatre for the first time ever! Join the live cast FORBIDDEN FRUIT who guarantee you a sinfully good time! 
Saturday, May 4 
Multiple Locations 
Saturday, May 4
Multiple Locations 

Like twins suns glowing brightly in the sky, this Saturday is both Free Comic Book Day and May the Fourth aka Star Wars Day. Above is a guide for all those special Star Wars events and where you can get free comics.

Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Exhibition Opening:
Saturday, May 4, 7:00 PM 10:00 PM
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90036
*Special preview and open night prices
*regular admission when exhibit open to general public.
Just in time for Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you, comes a special car exhibit for the Petersen. And though there won't be any X-Wings there will be the Batmobile, Batpod and a time traveling DeLorean to name a few. They'll be shown as part of the new Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibit. The new exhibit is going to showcase a number of vehicles from your favorite movies as well as props and design drawings.

Batman Back In Theaters
Batman” (1989) – Saturday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Batman Returns” (1992) – Monday, May 6, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Select Theaters
Celebrate Batman's 80th Anniversary with the Tim Burton films back on the big screen.

2019 Simi Valley Street Fair
Sat, May 4,  9 AM – 7:30pm
Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065

For one day out of the year, the quarter-mile stretch of Simi Town Center Way comes alive with more than 375 vendors made up of artists, crafters, business products, community organizations, commercial vendors, food booths, and plenty of product samples. In addition, the event will include non-stop entertainment, a beer garden, and plenty of activities for the kids.

NEW THIS YEAR: Street Fair After Dark. Stick around after the event (from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM) to enjoy more music, beer, wine, food, and entertainment.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Sat, May 4, Doors 5:30, Music 7:00, Movie 8:30
North Hollywood Recreation Center 
11430 Chandler Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

The original traveling outdoor cinema, kicks off on Saturday, May 4  as the beloved series returns with movie screenings taking place every Saturday through the month of May. Guests can enjoy live musical performances alongside 150+ rotating food trucks before settling in for a screening on the largest inflatable movie screen on the west coast.
Sat, May 4, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Intersection of Rodeo Rd. & King Blvd.
5001 Rodeo Rd
Los Angeles, 90016

In order to comemmorate such an event, the community will celebrate street festival style like only Los Angeles can! Join us for a day full of musical performances, community vendors and food trucks.
The Californian
Sat, May 4, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Santa Anita Park
285 Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA 91007

Santa Anita Park welcomes The Californian, a one day celebration of speed that combines the prestige of a classic motorcycle show with the excitement of a day at the horse races. The event is built around an exhibit of vintage & custom motorcycles with family friendly activities ranging from a pine wood derby, a food truck rally, a pop-up retail experience, & art show.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 7pm-10pm
On View: May 4, 2019 - September 8, 2019
sp[a]ce Gallery 
Ayzenberg 39 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103

ROBOT REMIX is a show with a diverse mix of artistic mediums, limited edition art toys, and an Immersive XR Series including a VR Cinema and artist talks. Curated by Mark Todd, Dov Kelemer / DKE Toys, Paisley Smith and Milo Talwani. “This eclectic exhibition showcases over seventy artists, each exploring the wide spectrum of what a robot represents. From a fun and playful visually pop approach to more analytic and somber notions, the artists’ work ranges from painting, sculpture, and ‘bootleg’ toys, to XR, interactive and kinetic art.”

May 4-5
Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica 

Few contemporary filmmakers hit the sweet spot of fantasy as accurately as French writer-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With an interest in animation that goes back to his teens, Jeunet won a pair of Cesar awards for animated shorts, and his love of the medium led him to comic book artist Marc Caro. The two would collaborate on a pair of delightfully surreal features: the cannibalistic black comedy DELICATESSEN (which brought Jeunet two more Cesars) and the ambitious mad-scientist tale THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN.

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.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection
May 5 subbed, 7-8 dubbed
Select Theaters
Get to the theater early to receive an exclusive Lelouch postcard!*
*While supplies last.

*The Toonami cartton gets a movie after the events of the series even though the protagonist died... oh, anime.

He gave up his life to save the world and protect the ones he loved. The day Lelouch vi Brittannia fell was the day this war-torn world found peace. Now, as his friends work to keep the peace, a terrorist attack could risk everything. Can the brilliant tactician outwit death and save them all? Or will Lelouch’s legacy fall here?

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome
Sunday, May 5, 3pm and 5pm
Mount Wilson Observatory

Jazz inside the 100-inch Telescope dome where astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered our place in an expanding Universe. This 20th century temple to science has acoustics rivaling the great cathedrals of Europe. Celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli: amazing Gypsy Jazz!
Ben Powell, violin, Roch Lockyer, guitar, Brian Netzley, bass.

Broken Bread Live
Sun, May 5, 5:30 PM–9:00 PM
3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Join KCET and Tastemade on Sunday, May 5, for a FREE community screening event at The Wiltern, where we will premiere BROKEN BREAD, a new television series hosted by social activist, restaurant entrepreneur and acclaimed chef Roy Choi. In the show, Choi takes a journey through his hometown, the city of Los Angeles, exploring complex social justice issues, and meeting inspiring individuals and organizations who use food as a platform for activism and a catalyst for change.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
May 6-10
Multiple Restaurants

Award-winning restaurants among Pasadena dining establishments to offer special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at incredible prices.