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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Creepy Christmas Continues: Holiday Horror Movies 2019

We have another "fine" selection of horror films this holiday season. Let's be honest, none of these films will be good, but a great chuckle to watch with friends at their ugly sweater party. We're gonna give praise to the graphic designers though, because all of these do stand out. Everything you see is already streaming, in theaters or is hitting one of those two this December.

And below we have the many silly posters for the first full length Hanukkah horror movie simply titled Hanukkah.

Congrats Nucleus You're 15

We're here to pay tribute to one of out favorite art galleries that we cover all the time and have been covering over the years. Gallery Nucleus, the Alhambra native. Though, not really in LA, it's so easy to get to, it's never been a problem to get to an opening reception. This December, it's turning 15 and they're even celebrating with a special gala and having a silent auction on pieces from past shows. We wanted to Congratulate Nucleus on 15 years of showing off some astounding work. We're gonna look back at some of our coverage over the years and delight in all that Nucleus has done.

Gallery Nucleus 15 Year Anniversary Gala & Art Auction
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Dec 15, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
Gala details:
Dinner will be curated by chef Jonathan Arocha (NOLA project, Mon-Li Malibu) in three courses, including a vegan option. Come help yourself to dazzling food, complementary drinks, and join us for a night of celebration!
  • Admission will be limited to 100 guests
  • Over 80 pieces from over 30 artists will be up for auction
  • The auction will be a silent auction, by phone or in person
  • Semiformal dress is encouraged
  • Admission includes dinner, drinks, and an exclusive goodie bag!
  • Entertainment for the night will include a live drawing demonstration by Peter Han!
  • Live music by RedWeb
I still have this postcard hidden somewhere in my stuff

Hey, it's Jonathan your editor and main guy behind TTDILA. Way back when, I found a small postcard flyer for a gallery I never heard with a piece from Josh Cochran. I instantly fell in love with it and had to go to the show. So, I traveled for the first time to Nucleus, not even knowing what it was and well before the site even existed. I don't think I even went to Alhambra before.

Cover To Cover
August 19, 2006

And I looked for the piece on the opening reception. I went all the way up the stairs to the second floor, before the walls were filled with postcard flyers of past shows. Brimmign with excitement and angst I looked through the different work, looking for the piece I came for.
The bastard didn't get it in on time, so, it wasn't even there.
Three years later

I'm visiting Nucleus and and have just formed my blog and I can't believe it, but they're doing a show for Street Fighter and this time I'm actually impressed and not devastatingly heartbroken. We get a cosplay contest and some truly stunning art for Street Fighter. Jeez, how many Street Fighter art shows have we covered since then or Capcom events??? They had some of the best cosplay with Cammy we've ever seen. But, that's nothing for Nucleus, which would have amazing opening receptions time and time again. Having cosplay contests, special signings, raffles and more to entice those in attendance.

Jab Strong Fierce (Street Fighter Tribute Show)
April 25, 2009

You have to love the original concept themed shows and nothing quite hits the spot like a Valentine inclined zombie love show.

Zombies in Love
February 6, 2010

Adventure Time: A Look Behind the Land of Ooo
April 16, 2011

Then there were the many instances of us covering Adventure Time themed shows over the years. Some of the most amazing shows and fandom we've ever seen has come from covering the shows held at Gallery Nucleus. Fans got to meet cast and crew and just share in the community of all things Algebraic thanks to them. 

And this would continue with other beloved animations getting tribute shows like Gravity Falls, Steven Universe and Star Vs. The Forces of Evil. How long before we see one for Owl House, Duck Tales and Amphibia?

Oootopia: An Artgebraic Tribute to Adventure Time
August 18, 2012

Adventure Time Complete Series Celebration Event
April 23, 2019

Did anyone snag a sucked-dry-by-Marceline "red" crayon we left hidden around the Oootopia show?

Featuring amazing artists has never been a problem for Nucleus. I think they get a visit from Junko Mizuno almost every year and had at least two shows from Jed Henry. We had a chance to talk with one of our favorites, Sam Bosma, when he had his own show at the gallery.

Sam Bosma Fantasy Sports Signing & Solo Exhibition
July 25, 2015

Then there's the countless gaming themed art shows from classics to the latest and greatest. All having their hook of a special guests, hard to find merch or just eye-popping art you couldn't get anywhere else.

Final Fantasy X/X2 HD Game Launch Exhibition / Signing
March 15, 2014

Ratchet and Clank 15th Anniversary Celebration
November 11, 2017

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary A Legacy of Art Exhibition
December 2, 2017

Well, it's been a pleasure to have gone to so many amazing shows over the years. We've seen so many amazing artists and had so many fun times. Many memories and a lot of good things to write-about.

Congratulations, Nucleus! 

-From Your Friends at TTDILA!

P.S. Tell that bastard Josh Cochran to buy a watch.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Yakuza 7 Summons

Take my money. Game comes out next year in Japan, no date for US.

PlayStation Good, PlayStation Bad

The good, we got some cool, new and free PlayStation backgrounds from PlayStation from the talented Cory Schmitz celebrating 25 years of the brand. Get'em here.

And then we have the bad. Looks like someone is gonna be in some trouble as they stole animation from others for PlayStation's PS4 Lineup Music Video.

Weekly What To Do: Don't Sprain Yourself There's Too Much Holiday Cheer

Check out our Creepy Christmas Guide too for all things spooky for the holiday season.

Wed, Dec 4, 7:30pm
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
* In German with English subtitles
She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni Klaass (Helena Zengel) ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-year-old has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher.” Benni has a single goal - to be back at home with her mom - but Bianca Klaass (Lisa Hagmeister) is scared of her own daughter. Hoping to find a permanent placement for Benni, anger-management trainer Micha (Albrecht Schuch) becomes the girl’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others failed?

Crimson Cabaret

Premieres December 5th and runs Thursday-Sunday evenings through December 31
747 Salem St, Glendale CA 91203 

Crimson Cabaret transports guests to 1960s Berlin for an evening of immersive interaction, era-inspired craft cocktails, live original songs and music, dark romance, and a world full of secrets. Crimson Cabaret attendees will enter a nightclub in 1963 Germany just under the shadow of the Berlin Wall where everyone is a spy and no one can be trusted. During Crimson Cabaret guests will engage with secret agents and be slipped notes with assigned missions to complete throughout the evening.

iam8bit’s 6th Annual Unique, One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Ornaments Show!
Thursday, December 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m
2147 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

An iam8bit fan favorite, the 6th Annual Unique, One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Ornaments Show features hundreds of high-quality ornaments, hand-crafted by amazing artists. From fiber arts and ceramic to painting and sculpting, artists translate their unique styles into ornaments via a multitude of creative media showcasing a unique approach to holiday decor, a far cry from the mass-produced, uninspiring products typically found on supermarket shelves.

Opening Reception Fri, Dec 6, 7pm
Gallery 1988
7308 Melrose Ave

One of TTDILA's favorite artists, Anthony Petrie, is back with a duo art show and it's about video games at Gallery 1988. Polygons and Pixels has Anthony teaming up with Dan Mumford another well-known from G1988'S catalog of artists. Check out our recent interview with Anthony.

The Weird Al Art Show
with Weird Al
Opening Reception Fri, Dec 6, 7pm
Gallery 1988
7308 Melrose Ave
A tribute art show for one of our silliest song re-writers and he's even showing up for the opening reception this Friday. How nice. Get your spatulas at Spatula City to be signed.

63 UP
Friday, December 6
8:00pm show w/Q&A

Nuart Theatre
"Part of a doc movie series where the follow the same group of people throughout their entire lives.
"As the group from the long-running series reach late adulthood, they explore retirement, face mortality and reflect on what the project has meant to them."

Filmmaker Michael Apted
Moderated by Tim Gray
(Senior VP of Variety)

Grand Park’s Winter Glow 2019
December 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – December 25, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
Grand Park - Performance Lawn and The Music Center Plaza
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Expanded across Grand Avenue to include the newly renovated Music Center Plaza, Grand Park’s Winter Glow returns for its second annual nighttime public art display, offering an immersive experience that will span two county locations this holiday season. Familiar pathways and historic fountains will lead to exciting new discoveries as the latest in light and projection technology transforms spaces on The Music Center Plaza and in Grand Park.

Q&A w/ Filmmakers of Daniel Isn't Real
Dec 6-8 Three Showings
700 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

"Join us for three special screenings of DANIEL ISN'T REAL followed by Q&As at Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles:
Friday - #director Adam Egypt Mortimer & #producer Daniel Noah of SpectreVision (producers of MANDY)
Saturday - #actor Patrick Schwarzenegger & producer Daniel Noah
Sunday - #director Adam Egypt Mortimer & #producer Daniel Noah
Movie starts at 9:30pm. Tickets are Now Available!"

The Echo Park Craft Fair 10 Year Anniversary - Winter Edition 2019
Dec 6-8
Mack Sennett Studios
1215 Bates Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Nerf Challenge
Dec 7- Jan 5
L.A. Live
$32 - $86

"This groundbreaking live attraction brings all of the high-octane action and competitive fun of NERF into a 50,000 square foot, adrenaline-pumping, action-packed active play experience."

Funeral Service for Christopher Dennis aka Hollywood Superman
Dec 7, 12pm
Old North Church Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Open to the public

Christopher Dennis, AKA Hollywood Boulevard Superman, will be laid to rest with a funeral service at the Old North Church on Saturday, December 7th at 12pm, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. A benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, came forward with a generous gift to fulfill Dennis’s final wishes, and Chris will be buried in his costume. The service is open to the public. Details on death.

3rd Annual Union Station Holiday Festival
Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Union Station

A dynamic pop-up artisan marketplace, will be at full steam on the station’s South Patio with some of L.A.’s most sought-after artists and artisans; live entertainment; fun, free activities for kids; food trucks; and a beer and wine garden for holiday shoppers.

2019 DTLA Mini Maker Faire
Sat, December 7, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Los Angeles Central Library
630 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

DTLA Mini Maker Faire is back for the fourth year running! Los Angeles is again joining a global network of Maker Faires to celebrate invention, creativity, craftsmanship, science, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Do-It-Together (DIT) culture with more diverse representations of all of the kinds of making in Los Angeles and beyond!

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Museum - 45 anniversary

Lethal Amounts Gallery
1226 west 7th st, Los Angeles, CA, 90017

Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike 2019
Saturday Dec 7, 4 PM – 8:30 PM
Griffith Park Merry Go Round
Griffith Park Merry Go Round Parking Lot #2.
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
You must drive through Lot 1 in order to get to Lot 2.
A holiday hike. 
Sat, December 7, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Los Feliz 3
1822 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
$5 – $36.75

 Brought to us by our friends at Rialto, this documentary offers the rare opportunity to watch Kurosawa behind-the-scenes as he makes a masterpiece. After the screening, we will have our Secret Movie Club Fall 2019 Conversation: Rethinking the Cinema Canon for the 21st Century. We will have a conversation with Kurosawa as the starting off point.

Post It Show 15
Dec 7-Dec 15
GR2 Art Gallery
2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Sawtelle

Curated by Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson & Eric Nakamura, Post It Show 15 will feature over 400 artists and 3,000+ Post It art pieces. All pieces are $25. We will not presell any pieces. We will not hold any pieces. You have to be here to purchase.

The World's Big Sleep Out
Sat, December 7, 2019
4:30 PM – 9:30 PMRose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103 

*We don't recommend really sleeping the night outside, just stay for the concert.
This unique family-friendly FREE concert and optional Sleep Out at the iconic Rose Bowl will bring people together for an evening of live musical and inspirational performances, festival food and community. As the night progresses, it will slowly wind down into a series of bedtime stories read by celebrities and prominent LA notables. The audience will also be shown a video link to stories being read in other cities by well-known celebrities, including Will Smith in New York and Dame Helen Mirren in London.

Sun, Dec 8, 2019 5:30 pm–8 pm 
Smidt Welcome Plaza  |  LACMA 
$100 LACMA members, $134 LACMA members with wine-tasting; $110 general public, $144 general public with wine-tasting

Start this fun evening with a tour of the exhibition Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art, which celebrates one of the most distinctive aspects of Japanese art: the depiction of animals. Underpinned by Japan's spiritual heritage of Shintō and Buddhism, the Japanese reverence for nature—and the place of animals within that realm—is expressed in a variety of artworks. You will find artistic representations of animals real and imagined, including lions, dogs, cats, fish, insects, dragons, and phoenixes. Learn about the various roles animals have played in Japanese culture.
Then move to Ray’s & Stark Bar to enjoy a creative vegan Japanese dinner specially designed by executive chef Phillip Martin, featuring seasonal ingredients. The vegan menu is inspired by the Buddhist ritual of releasing captured animals that was practiced in Japan.
Patton Oswalt & Friends

CicLAvia—The Valley
Sunday, December 8, 2019 9am — 3pm
The Valley

On Sunday, December 8, we're opening up Sherman Way from Canoga Park through Winnetka and into Reseda for an entirely new, 5-mile stretch of open streets. Bike, skate, run, walk, skateboard, and enjoy the route however you want. We welcome people of all ages and abilities!
Dec 9 - Dec 17
Multiple ArcLights

Get ready for winter with a unique film series curated by ArcLight Cinemas. Up next, ArcLight Presents… Let It Snow brings feel-good, romantic and classic holiday films.

Phantasm Sphere Collection Advance Pre-release Signing
Tuesday, December 10, 7 PM – 9 PM
Dark Delicacies
822 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, California 91505
 Signing with Writer/Director Don Coscarelli, Reggie Bannister, Gigi Bannister, Ken Jones (P1), Director David Hartman (P5), Samantha Phillips (P2), Lynn Eastman (P1), Producer Paul Pepperman
Tue, December 10, 8:45 PM – 11:15 PM
Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Join us for a 35mm screening of Winter, a stunning sports/lifestyle documentary in the tradition of The Endless Summer followed by a Q&A on how both film and digital capture mediums were used to record some of the most stunning and unbelievable extreme sports footage you’ve ever seen.