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Monday, November 23, 2020

Local: Batman Burbank Statue, The Arena Cinelounge Drive-In Dec 1st, LACMA Outdoors+, Butterbeer & Go Little Tokyo for the Holidays!

Batman is in Burbank; and unlike the time the Batmobile was in front of the AMC, this time it's a statue by comic book legend Jim Lee. Unknown if it's a permanent placement of the dark night, but it does way 600 pounds, so good luck to whomever has to move it. Maybe just call him Fatman. Thought it looks perfect for selfies and hopefully puts a Santa hat on him near Christmas. Or oohh, maybe the Joker could tag it with some cheerful holiday graffiti.
Looks like the super small Arena theater has re-invited itself as a drive-in. Now dubbed The Arena Cinelounge Drive-In, it opens Dec 1st featuring a much more diverse movie collection than just The Croods: New Age.

"Marking its Grand Opening, the Arena Cinelounge Drive-In will screen a number of the latest films to welcome audiences back to the theatre experience, including: Mel Gibson’s stylized holiday thriller Fatman (f Mel Gibson, don't see it), the Aaron Eckhart-starrer Wander, the Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane sci-fi epic Breach, and Archenemy, a “gonzo sci-fi/superhero” film starring Joe Manganiello. The Drive-In is also set to screen the 2002 documentary, The Weather Underground. Finally, Arena Cinelounge will celebrate the holidays with "A Shane Black Christmas", a cultivated back-to-back screening series of Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Long Kiss Goodnight and The Last Boy Scout."
The Arena Cinelounge Drive-In will open on December 1st at: 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave. Hollywood Ca 90028.  For more info, click HERE.
LACMA Outdoors+ sounds like an app, but really is just LACMA promoting stuff you can do outside still related to LACMA.

Art on View Outdoors
NEW audio installation Bird Calls by Louise Lawler
NEW sculptural installation Farewell, Work Holiday Parties by Alex Prager
NEW 25-foot bronze sculpture Miss Forest by Yoshitomo Nara
NEW three-channel video Screen Credit by Sabrina Gschwandtner
*Beginning Friday, November 20, Urban Light will be closed to the public 10 pm–6 am daily, in accordance with Los Angeles County guidelines for non-essential businesses.


"Beginning Friday, November 20, Butterbeer favorites and more will be served at Universal CityWalk’s newest seasonal walk-up location, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™—Sweets & Treats,” offering fans a chance to enjoy the beloved beverage and ice-cream from Universal Studios Hollywood’s immersive land.

Traditional cold, frozen and hot Butterbeer along with delectable Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice-cream and Chocolate Frog confections will delight the palates of fans who have long craved these popular temptations from the theme park’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

The Butterbeer beverages will be available for purchase in a cup or souvenir stein. Gilly Water and classic cinnamon Churros will also be on the menu.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats” will be open on weekends from Friday through Sunday during CityWalk’s operating hours, noon to 8:00 p.m. Free self-parking is available to all guests during this initial re-opening phase."


Little Tokyo has a cute guide on what to get for the holidays. We do like some of the Little Tokyo Pins.

Oh and Shogun Santa is a cardboard cutout...

Are you on the Nice List? Plan your annual holiday photo and share your Little Tokyo holiday wish list with the one and only–(cardboard cutout) Shogun Santa! Brought to you by the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA).

Dec. 12-13 and 19-20, 2020, from 11 am-3 pm at the Japanese Village PlazaFree admission, donation encouraged.