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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Has Fry's Fallen?

If you've gone to your local Fry's lately you might notice a problem. The shelves are barely stocked.

Welcome to Empty Shelves Land. As we walked through the Woodland Hills Fry's with an Alice in Wonderland theme, we shuddered at the sight of the store. The shelves, once teeming with wires and batteries were now bare. Instead of having to wait for an Amazon delivery, one could venture into a Fry's and pick up electronics at prices on par or sometimes less than the online retail giant. That's not happening now.
 Shelf after shelf is empty.

Ask any employee and they'll say they aren't going out of business. Blame on Trump's tariffs with China or the before mentioned Amazon taking over the market are rumored to be the problem of Fry's stores, but nothing official has been said.

Fry's officially announced they're switching to consignment with their products which will make for a new way of ordering supplies, only paying for suppliers when their products sell. If that's what's happening it seems like it's hard to work the kinks out.

It's baffling how Fry's isn't on Twitter and other social media explaining the situation in better detail to its customers or at least alleviating their fears. That leaves many to question the electronic giants future.

Here's hoping Fry's stays a float and gets some updated idea on telling customers what's going on.

via Mercury News

Halloween 2019 Update: Green Slime Hot Dogs & Rooftop Screams

Here's the latest Halloween news for LA

Universal we'll actually have special Halloween eats and treats. This includes green ectoplasm hot dogs.

Halloween Package Weekday 
Tuesday-Thursday, October 1-October 31, 2019
Two Bit Circus
634 Mateo St. Los Angeles, CA 90021

A spell has been cast on Two Bit Circus! We've got a whole line-up of scary games and attractions playing throughout the entire month of October. Halloween line-up: NightNight (VR Pod), Zombyte (Hologate VR), Minotaur (VR maze), Halloween Tentpole (Quest Game), Reiko's Fragments (Team Based Interactive VR Game), specialty Halloween drink (Big Bad Apple Cocktail or 16 oz Seasonal Beer). This package includes a $42 playing card optimized for the Halloween based attractions.

For that added touch and sending it the old way, Halloween stamps won't be at your local post office until Oct 11th. This would be considered too late for the people of LA, all our Halloween events are already underway in September.

Just added events

Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán presents
A special Halloween program throughout October (& Nov. 1st!) 
The Montalbán, 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

 The Montalbán will be celebrating October with "Rooftop Screams" with a "killer" roster of horror films. Two of the weekend screenings will include live performances by "The Sinnister Strings" featuring motion picture scores from The Addam's Family and The Mummy.

The Sixth Sense - 20th Anniversary
 w/ M. Night Shyamalan in person.
Sat, October 19, 2019
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038
$18 – $20 
20 year Anniversary celebration of the terrifying classic. Director M. Night Shyamalan in person w/ special guests! Free photobooth, DJs spin at sunset. BYOB picnic with beer and wine permitted. 
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Sun, October 27, 2019
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038
$18 – $20 
The original horror classic in the cemetery. Free photobooth, DJs spin at sunset. BYOB picnic with beer and wine permitted.

35mm Halloween night double feature of 
Thu, October 31, 8:15 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
$11 – $144

"Join us Halloween night for two of the greatest horror movies that the 1980’s produced: the original Nightmare on Elm Street and its miraculously genius sequel Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors."

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Halloween Update 2019: Happening This Week

Happening this week

Delusion The Blue Blade: Alt Delete
Sept. 18th - Dec. 15th, 2019; Wed- Sundays
The Dragon and Meeple
3742 S Flower St, Los Angeles

"Based off the hit interactive play Delusion: The Blue Blade, creator Jon Braver weaves a spin-off chapter from the epic saga. Rogue scientist Evelyn Lowell, wielding the famed Blue Blade, created a black market time travel business. Professor Lowell is as elusive as she is wealthy, but every tear in time she creates for her clients leaves a path for pursuers. And there are plenty."

Knott’s Scary Farm

Select Nights September 19 - Nov 2, Select Nights
Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
$tarts at $43 and up, Fright Lanes and other passes $$
The endless array of mazes is dizzying the numbers of creeps out to scare you are in the many, you're going to get frightened at this one. New mazes this year are Origins: The Curse of Calico and Wax Work.

Sep 20-Nov 2, Select Nights
West Fullerton Shopping Center
1851 W Orangethorpe Ave
Fullerton, CA 92833
"We return once more to Perpetuum Penitentiary and the torturous story of our Paula. After accepting responsibility for the vicious murder of her son, Lincoln, Paula now seeks atonement for past sins. Even after months of intense labor, strengthening her body and mind, Paula has repeatedly failed in appealing to the Prison’s sinister Warden for freedom. It’s not enough. It’s never enough."
Little Shop of Horrors
September 17 - October 20
Pasadena Playhouse
39 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
$25 and up

"This deviously delicious sci-fi musical comedy comes to the Playhouse for the musical theater event of the season with some deliciously devious new twists. Featuring George Salazar (Be More Chill), Mj Rodriguez (Pose), and Amber Riley (Glee) as Audrey II, This Little Shop is unlike any you have seen before."
Fri, Sep 20, 2019, 11:59 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Rated R Lives! 
Sept 20-21
Hidden Location in Glendale

LA's greatest horror party returns September 20-21 for another night of cocktails, horror music, horror films, video games, aerial bartenders, monsters, and more!

Hallowe’en Spooktacular
Saturday, Sept. 21 - Sunday, Nov. 3, Select Days
Bob Baker Marionette Theater 4949 York Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90042

"Gather your goblins and ghoulies for one of our favorite seasonal shows - HaLLoWe'eN SpoOkTaCuLaR! You'll be delighted by this haunting showcase of sweet spooks, including the Purple People Eater, Dracula, the Invisible Man, and many more!"

Weekly What To Do: French Films Or Esports?

Sept 19-22
ArcLight Hollywood


Beginning on Thursday, September 19 for select showtimes the Balcony Bar at ArcLight Hollywood will be transformed into an immersive, multi-room experience where you can mingle with the upstairs elite and banter with the downstairs crowd. Be sure to dress to impress in formal attire, you never know if you'll be rewarded! British accents, of course, are optional. Please see Experience and showtime specifics below.

L.A. Street Festival

Friday, Sept. 20-21
888 N. Douglas, El Segundo, CA
Free, Must Register

The first-ever L.A. Street Festival will send summer off in style with a free two-day family-friendly festival in the heart of El Segundo. Fans can get up close to the fast-paced, street-style basketball that has millions of players worldwide in its Los Angeles premiere: the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters.

The event also offers an open esports tournament and will be complete with music, food trucks and activities for all ages, including breaking (dancing), dunking, interactive sponsor activations, giveaways and more.

Hello Kitty Friends Around The World Tour - Los Angeles
Friday, Sept. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019
LA Plaza Village
555 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
$27 and up

In celebration of Hello Kitty's 45th Anniversary, Sanrio invites you on a special adventure with Hello Kitty Friends Around The World Tour ✈️: a fully immersive, multi-sensory, walk-through experience that takes you around the globe with Hello Kitty and her friends. Explore Hello Kitty’s world and embark on a journey to five cities: London, Paris, New York, Honolulu and Tokyo!

Queen Mary Night Market
Friday, September 20, 6 p.m. to 11p.m
The Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
General Admission is $7 (ages 8+)
On-site parking starts at $20 per vehicle.  

Paying tribute to SoCal’s diverse culinary scene and arts culture, Queen Mary Night Market will offer dozens of eclectic food vendors and local makers selling showcasing original designs, jewelry, fashion, goods and so much more. As the sun sets, attendees won't want to miss Night Market's beer tastings, Manuel the Band performing live, and DJ Akasa spinning tunes under the Long Beach skyline.

Tokidoki Warehouse Sale
Friday, September 20-21,
5534 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016 
Free entry

⁣Get up to 70% off — bags, toys, apparel, novelty, stationery, and more!

Museum Day
Sat, Sept 21
Multiple Museums 

Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 21, 2019, for two people.
LACMA Three Exhibits Opening
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
$ Admission to the Museum 
Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art
September 22–December 8, 2019
The first U.S. exhibition to bring together artistic representations of animals in all media across Japanese history from the 5th century to the present.

Betye Saar: Call and Response
September 22, 2019–April 5, 2020
Betye Saar: Call and Response looks at the relationship between preliminary sketches in small sketchbooks, which Saar has made throughout her career, and finished works. In addition, the show will include approximately a dozen small travel sketchbooks with more finished drawings.

Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World's Edge
September 22, 2019–February 2, 2020
For 50 years, Thomas Joshua Cooper has been making photographs outdoors. Often realized through intense physical travel to remote and isolated sites, these stunning, large-scale, black-and-white photographs encapsulate the psychological impact of the place through geographic and atmospheric details.
Sunday, Sept 22, 2pm-7pm
START Los Angeles
2272 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90006

In conjunction with Start Los Angeles, Angrybananas is proud to host "Press Start Los Angeles", a video game/party game event. Try out strange new indie games for free. Fun for the whole family.
Monday, September 23 – Saturday, September 28 
DGA in Hollywood

This film festival showcases the latest work from France. It only looks like it the Coca Cola Film Festival if you read it too fast.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Game Hype: Creature in the Well & Role Models

-Pinball RPG with robots anyone?

-Role Models is the last game in The Jackbox Party Pack 6. What kind of Role Model are you...because you ain't deciding, you're friends are.

Parasite Q&A's Gonna Go Fast

The film, Parasite won the won the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is coming to theaters this October. We have special Q&A screenings around town and tickets will go fast. From what we recall reading about it, it's a story about families, the rich and the poor and using each other.

"ArcLight Cinemas is excited to announce a Q&A for the film - PARASITE. ArcLight Hollywood will host the Q&A on Saturday 10/12 after the 7:30PM show. All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident. Reserve Now!"

At the Landmark

Director/Co-Writer Bong Joon HoTue, Oct 1, 7:45pm show w/Q&A
Sat, Oct 12, 4:10pm show w/Q&A
Sun, Oct 13, 1:10pm show w/Q&A

Tokyo Ghoul S & Walking Meat

Send in the zombies, it's almost Halloween. But make'm Japanese, please. On the 18th you have seemingly the only chance to see the sequel Tokyo Ghoul S in theaters. Enjoy zombies with super powers, because in Japan...that's how it works.

"Now a member of Anteiku, Ken Kaneki grows closer to the ghouls around him. Determined to protect his new home against anti-ghoul forces, he trains his powers in secret. But when the infamous gourmet Shu Tsukiyama wishes to savor some half-ghoul flavor, Kaneki’s training is put to the test of a lifetime."
On the 20th we have another short in theaters to be eligible for awards, Walking Meat, It's only playing in one location, Glendale and looks crazy violent. At 21 minutes, we again, in no way recommend sneaking in as it's only there to be eligible for awards and should be free.

Friday, September 13, 2019

New Looney Toon Curse Of The Monkey Bird Also In Theaters

Curse of The Monkey Bird, a new Looney Tune cartoon will be playing for a week to be up for an Academy Award similar to Primal playing at the Downtown Independent the week after. It’ll cost you some cash...unless you just sneak into see it, because it's only gonna play for 6 minutes.

 The Curse of The Monkey Bird will screen once each day at 1:00pm at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre.
Should the short play before WB's movie, yup. But WarnerMedia does not care, nor does any short seem to care about playing in some way that people would actually see it, possibly due to the bizarre rules of getting an Oscar, where it has to play a week in a theater in town. Couldn't they put these together and make this something worth watching? Probably, but they're not.

*Odd, it's not playing at the Downtown Independent where Primal will be as their both part of Warner Bros, hmmm.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Premieres Oct 12 & Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is coming out in 2020 and looks bonkers fun in new RPG style.

Halloween Update 2019: New Halloween Oreos In, Mountain Dew VooDew, No Horror Made Here, Creepshow & AHS: 1984

This year's Halloween Oreos should already be in stores.

Mountain Dew VooDew is also out now, it's a mystery flavor, so try it for yourself, if you wanna know the taste.

-No Horror Made Here this year. WB's is out of the theme park haunt game this year. No word on if it'll come back in 2020. But WB's has a lot of horror movies to draw from it if wants to try again.

- 'Ghostbusters' Maze Among Most Ambitious Ever Created at Universal Studios Horror Nights
The Hollywood Reporter got to check out the Ghostbusters maze early.

-American Horror Story: 1984 premieres Wednesday, September 18 on FX.

- Creepshow premieres on Thursday, September 26 on Shudder, and new episodes air every Thursday ending on Halloween

[Set Visit] A Bloody Brawl Between Nazis and Werewolves Erupts on Set of Shudder’s “Creepshow”
Bloody Disgusting has a great article on what's to come on the brand new horror anthology Creepshow.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal Trying To Get Awards Watch It Downtown

Primal is a new animated short mini-series from Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack. It's ultra violent looking fun about a caveman battling dinosaurs. To qualify for awards it has to run for at least one week in a theater and the Downtown Independent hasn't been killed off by Drafthouse Downtown...yet. So, we get a week to see it in a theater instead of on television.

The showings could actually be all free as Cartoon Network paid the theater to play the mini-cartoon series, but it's $13.59 online and $12.50 in person.

The chance of getting awards for this short series are so "prestigious" that CN will spend thousands of dollars to rent the theater to play it.

It happens all the time around LA, usually at a Laemmles. It's gotta happen in LA instead of any theater in the counry or it can't be up for certain awards and frankly, yes, it is kind of a dirty trick that's been around forever.

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal
Friday, 9/20 3:15 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:45 PM
Saturday, 9/21 12:45 PM, 9:30 PM, 11:15 PM
Sunday, 9/22 6:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 9:30 PM
Monday, 9/23 4:15 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:45 PM
Tuesday, 9/24 2:20 PM, 6:15 PM, 9:45 PM
Wednesday, 9/25 6:15 PM, 8:00 PM, 9:45 PM
Thursday, 9/26 1:30 PM, 3:15 PM, 9:45 PM

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Halloween 2019 Guide Los Angeles

Stay connected with our guide
Here's our master guide with links to all that's happening for Halloween in LA. Save this to your favorites for a quick reference guide for everything that's going on for Halloween!
We'll have updates as they come in, so keep checking back as more will be added. And look to the main site for Halloween updates on the latest news on all things for this horror holiday,

Haunts & Parties

Film Guide

Events & Exhibits 

Latest Halloween Updates

Weekly What To Do: Oh, It's That Cursed Friday & More

The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Thurs, Sept 12, 7pm
The Japan Foundation
5700 Wilshire blvd, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
*In Japanese with English subtitles

Satoru (Sota Fukushi) has a cat named Nana (voice: Mitsuki Takahata), but, due to circumstances, he can't raise Nana anymore. This gentle boy with a secret boards a silver station wagon with his cat companion and they embark on a "final journey" to find a new owner for Nana. During his journey, he meets his childhood friend and his first love. His unknown past and secret are revealed.

Anime Favorites
Thu, Sep 12, 2019 - Sun, Sep 15, 2019
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 
"Animated films are generally viewed as children’s entertainment in America, but in Japan they target a much broader audience. Anime is rooted in long-standing traditions of Japanese manga, and in addition to reflecting the bold visual style of those graphic novels, the films tackle a wide range of subject matter – they’re not restricted to cuddly cartoon animals."

Thurs, Sept 12, 7:30pm-10:00pm
Philosophical Research Society 
3910 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles CA 90027
$12 advance / $15 door

"Like the human cadaver, every plant, tree, flower and fungus has a story to tell. But when it comes to how plants tell stories, there are essentially two schools of thought: the scientific and the pseudo-scientific." So look into if plants can feel or how they help coroners find murderers 

2019 KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival
Sept 13-19
Laemmle Noho 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
$20 - $100

" KaPow Intergalactic Film Festival experienced an amazing collective  of filmmakers/screenwriters/podcasters, during their third orbit in 2018, so they're coming back for more magic in 2019! KaPow IFF bridges the most creative, and yet to be discovered, imaginations from all over the Multi-verses. But this "Intergalactic" festival isn't just for science fiction. Intergalactic is the scale on which they showcase your craftwork!"

8bitLA Presents - Minibosses / 8 Bit Weapon / Evil Wezil
Fri, Sep 13, 2019, 9:00 PM
El Cid
4212 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Video game music, anyone?

STARGATE 25th Anniversary Midnight Screening in 35mm!

Fri, Sep 13, 11:30pm
Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA

What better way to enjoy this iconic SciFi film steeped in Egyptian mythology than a midnight screening in an egyptian-themed theatre with a 35mm print?!!! MC'd by Stargate Command's YouTube host Bernie Bregman, come celebrate the 25th anniversary of a pivotal sci-fi film that spawned one of the longest running sci-fi TV franchises of all time!
Fri 9/13 & Sat 9/14, 7:45pm shows
ArcLight Hollywood
*With co-director Adam Stein, actors Emile Hirsch, Amanda Crew & Lexy Kolker.
Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn’t so simple, the danger is very real. Reserve Now!

The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos
Starts Sept 13
CGV Cinemas

When a prison bus unexpectantly overturns, releasing dozens of convicted felons, the police only have one option; to reunite the “Special Crime Unit”. The top secret “Special Crime Unit” is unlike the others as it uses current inmates to track down the fugitives who escaped during the bus crash. . As the case progresses, the ‘Bad Guys’ realize something much bigger is at play and must figure out how to bring down the crime ring once and for all. 

Huntz Liu
Opening Reception: 
Saturday, September 14, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thinkspace Projects
6009 Washington Blvd. | Culver City, CA 90232

"Los Angeles-based artist Huntz Liu works with paper to create these beautiful, multi-layered paper collages. By layering colorful paper and creating geometric cut-outs with a straight edge and knife, he’s able to play with literal and perceived depth. We’ve been showcasing his work in our group shows for the past year and we’re excited to be able to exhibit a larger body of work from this artist on the rise."

Taste of Japan - Long Beach
Sat, September 14, 2019
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Pike Outlets
95 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
$5 – $60

Join us for the first-ever Japanese festival at The Pike Outlets in Long Beach!

Saturday, September 14, 2019
12pm - 7:30pm
La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

"On September 14, Angelenos of all ages are invited to dance the day away with a lineup of KCRW DJs, while artists like Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez and Mr. B Baby paint live murals around the park. Amongst the expanded programming for installation art, the iconic Serpentine Pavilion at Second Home can be experienced for free by everyone who attends the festival."

Santa Monica Seafood Festival
Sat, September 14, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
$50 and up

"The 5th Annual OFF THE HOOK Santa Monica Seafood Festival making a splash onto the iconic Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, Sept 14th to benefit HEAL THE BAY to help make our oceans safe, healthy and clean! This oceanfront, culinary fundraiser will feature samplings from dozens of the city's best restaurants, boutique wines and spirits tastings, beer gardens, live music, oyster shucking competition, artisan market and more."

September 14 - October 12, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday, September 14th, 6-8pm
Roberts Projects

Roberts Projects is pleased to present Future Amateur, a new show by Chicago-based artist Celeste Rapone. Through her paintings, Rapone invokes the willing suspension of disbelief and the engagement of suspicion aligned along particular interests or ideas communicated to us by the characters she portrays. Initially conceived as coping mechanisms for a future as a failed painter, Rapone's portraits now tap into consequences of exposure: humiliation, vulnerability, self-doubt and self-deprivation.

81st Annual Chinatown Moon Festival 
Saturday, September 14, 5pm-9pm
943-951 N Broadway Los Angeles, California 90012

"We will be celebrating with our Los Angeles family in Chinatown style! Traditional Chinese cultural demonstrations alongside hot local bands mark a celebration uniquely Angeleno and uniquely Chinatown. Come by for our annual Moon Festival Ritual with Mooncake demo and sampling, or to take a peek at the full moon in her glory through scientific telescopes!"

Sat, September 15, 10 am - 4 pm
Two miles of Santa Monica streets will be closed to car traffic including Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Colorado Avenue, Colorado Avenue from 5th Street to Ocean Avenue, and Main Street from Colorado Avenue to Pier Avenue.  

"COAST creates a car-free public space that allows the community to experience our streets as places for community and creativity, not just for cars. Whether painting a communal mural, jumping double-dutch or roller skating together at the pop-up rink, the route will be filled with all kinds of opportunities for participants to jump in and try out. Santa Monica’s streets, sidewalks and iconic landmarks will pop with the color and sounds of musicians, dancers, and artists including Sol e Mar, Venice Beats, Mariachi Linda Mexicanas, Cuñao and the California Feet Warmers. Other activities include helmet decorating, a kid’s bike skills rodeo, a giant puppet parade, and salad-making at the community garden."

Sept 16, 18 & 20

Select Theaters

I'm not sure why Funimation brings over the live action version of Tokyo Ghoul, but it does. Get prepared for some zombies have super powers action.

Crazy Synopsis:
Now a member of Anteiku, Ken Kaneki grows closer to the ghouls around him. Determined to protect his new home against anti-ghoul forces, he trains his powers in secret. But when the infamous gourmet, Shu Tsukiyama, wishes to savor some half-ghoul flavor, Kaneki’s training is put to the test of a lifetime.

Sept 17 &19, 20
Select Theaters

Check out the latest crazy anime movie from Japan about ... firefighters, but it's from the people who made Gurren Lagann, the same people who are now Studio Trigger. So, expect some spectacular animation and a ridiculus plot like only Japan can. We saw it at Anime Expo 2019 and highly recommend it to anyone whose into anime and want a night out in theaters.