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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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

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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
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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.