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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Local Hype: Oscars Incoming, Avengers Campus Opens June 4, Free 90's Roller Rink, Two Bit Circus Is Back, LACMA × Snapchat & More

 In news that isn't bumming you out.
-The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station (yeah, we know it's weird) Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and international locations via satellite, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.


"...complete with a state-of-the-art Spider-Man ride, will entice fans to come back to the parks.

The land also has an Ant-Man themed restaurant, a Doctor Strange section, a new Iron Man armor, as well as character meet and greets. Plus, it’s linked to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, which has been at the park for a few years already."

It does look kind of fun.

- Freeform will debut a 90s Style roller rink at the Westfield Century City Mall on April 24th and 25th to amplify new series Cruel Summer, executive produced by Jessica Biel. Sign up for tickets at for ages 16 and up.

-Forget all their online trivia shows, you can go back to the circus. Two Bit Circus is opening April 16th

Two Bit Circus is now reservation-based with the following:
Reserve 90 minute time slots for groups of 4-6 to experience the best of what Two Bit Circus has to offer.

Packages include:
Outdoor seating on our new patio bar with food and drinks, Game Shows, our amazing Story Rooms, and the VR Arena.

The Arcade and Midway remain closed due to California tier restrictions.
Space is limited, so please make your reservations early!

Augmented reality art pieces are around LA thanks to a bizarre team-up between LACMA & Snapchat.  Go to find spots around LA take out your phone with a Snapchat filter and see some strange stuff. They look fun.

-NOT I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE–2020 CE)

Ventriloquism relies on the confusion between sight and hearing, puppeteer and puppet, silence and speech. Issues of agency, authorship, and objecthood are at the core of even the most conventional ventriloquist sketch: Where is the voice coming from? How is that voice split into many bodies? Who is speaking on behalf of whom?

Using this popular form of entertainment as a guide, the exhibition stages dialogues across LACMA’s collections, focusing on the misdirection of voice, silence, and sounds. Ventriloquism—objects forced to speak on behalf of an entire culture, age, or region—resonates within the history and logic of institutions devoted to the dissemination of knowledge such as libraries and museums.
George Townley

The Hollywood Bowl to Reopen with Four Free Concerts for Front-Line Workers, Featuring the LA Phil with Gustavo Dudamel, Thundercat and Flying Lotus,
and La Santa Cecilia

The Ford 2021 Season Highlighting Local and Regional Artists to Run July Through October

Local Hype: Cinerama Dome Dead, Arclight Cinemas And Pacific Theatres Decimated

George Townley

Multiple news outlets are reporting on the end of an era in LA. Social media is on fire at the loss. The Cinerama Dome, Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres are out of business and shut down. None will reopen under parent company Decurion. This is awful news as things were opening up again as of 4/13/21.

We at TTDILA can't even sum up how many events we attended at the Cinerama Dome. So many festivals, so many sneak screenings, premieres, special Q&A's with directors. Oy.

And then we can't even factor how many movies we've seen at Pacific Theaters and ArcLights around LA. The style and difference of an ArcLight. This is a huge blow to cinephiles.

We do have to report that this doesn't mean all the theaters will go away, they could just go under new ownership. It's doubtful that the iconic Cinerama Dome won't be bought by another corporation or just some celebrities with pocket change. The same goes for theaters at locations the bolster huge attendance...when things were normal.

New ownership might not happen anytime quick.

And, on a somewhat scary note. Any of the major studios could buy the theaters. There was a law in place to stop that, for obvious monopoly reasons. But, you might see Disney grabbing them or even Netflix, who knows? And that means they can get rid of indies and competition. Let's hope not.
Ryan Hungerford

Monday, April 12, 2021

Desert X Shirt Screw Up: Special Report

TTDILA can now confirm that the Desert X Coordinates Tee coordinates are for the wrong location. This shirt was made for Desert X 2021 by Windmill City Super #1. Desert X features art exhibits open freely in the desert in Coachella Valley. As we said slightly earlier today, when you punch in the coordinates on the shirt above you get The North Pacific Ocean on Google Maps.

As pointed out by friend of the site YouTube channel Factory Reset, the coordinates are missing a number.  
3.7667°N, 116.3592°W should be

33.7667°N, 116.3592°W.


Yes, it's missing the number 3! When the 3 is added, Google Maps take you to Coachella Valley.

So, all the shirts have the wrong coordinates on them. Classic.

 That includes Desert X Coordinates Women's Tee.

We're gonna guess that Windmill City Super #1 is to blame mostly on the mix-up as the site itself lists Desert X ending April 16th, when it actually ends May 16th. So, it seems they don't really care that much on accuracy.

Still, someone over at Desert X should have noticed.

Will they correct this issue? Or will the shirts stay the same? Maybe they'll just go up in value.

Desert X Visit: The Wall & The Maze

We drove out to more of the exhibits of Desert X over the weekend. What's Desert X? We've told you multiple times on the site, but here it goes again. Out in Coachella Valley, mostly close to Palm Springs, multiple outdoor art exhibitions are up for you to gawk at and take selfies with. There's a deeper meaning to the pieces you can read up on the Desert X site, but think of it as temporary art in the desert; as it will be taken down in May.

First Off...

Before getting into the art...
Gotta say the Desert X Hub sucks. Taking place at the Ace Hotel is an understatement. You see, the TTDILA crew couldn't find it from the get go. We didn't know it's at the pool. It's a weird location to put it. The signs leading to it are vague enough that you might think it's at check in. It's not, it's near a pool full of people who don't care about getting Covid.

Oh, and it's a waste of time.
Those windows won't be open with how hot it is Palm Springs

Desert X Hub at the Ace Hotel
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs
Open Fridays – Sundays 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Just like the The North Face x Gucci Pit Stop not having an inside and not selling anything nearby, so were we damned by the Desert X Hub.
Stop by to pick up your Desert X 2021 guide, map of artist installations and get visitor information. Forget buying a t-shirt. Even though they have them hanging and bags and other cool stuff you can only buy them at another location. You can buy what is on the table in the images here, but not the clothes or bags.


The person working the booth also understood are dismay and found it weird as well. No stickers for us...

Note, on the shirt, those coordinates. Those volunteering/working there don't know where they lead.

When put into Google Maps you get The North Pacific Ocean , which I hope were getting wrong, because if so, that's hilarious and dumb. 

by Zahrah Alghamdi
This wall is a sight to behold in a city you should not be at when it's night. Located in Desert Hot Springs, not the safest places to be when the sun goes down, is a wall made out of what looks like bathroom mats and clay. It's eye-catching as it stands up in the desert just blocking the sun on one end. High into the sky, colorful enough to gran your attention or really any wall with nothing around it would.

Heads up, you've gotta walk a little on a desert path to get to it. It's worth it for just how strange it is up close and wondering how it's staying up and not tipping over. We doubt it would be around more than a summer or two just taken out by the natural elements. Bring plenty of water with you when visiting.

by Eduardo Sarabia
This small triangle maze structure is made mostly of what looks like wicker mats. You couldn't get lost in it and it's nothing like the hedge maze from The Shining, it's just a strange structure in the desert. It's also on an even shorter path, but the sand out there is akin to what you might find on a beach.

Down another desert path you'll see what looks like an easily attackable fort that really is an art piece for Desert X. A few long hallways and you'll reach it's triangle center with three large staircases for fun views and nice places to grab selfies.



Both these exhibits have deeper meanings that you can look up with the provided links. Your visit is your take away and what you want to get from them by researching a bit before going. You can take them as they are, strange wonders in the desert or deeper meanings that you can learn about online. But in either case they are meant to grab your attention.

Will have more of the Desert X places in the coming weeks, visit them freely with a trip, a few hours out of LA, in mostly the Palm Springs area.

Bring plenty of water. Though you are near a city with plenty of convenience stores.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts Is Doing A Live Action Gundam Movie For Netflix

 Weird, but happening. I'm still hoping for more news on his take on the Metal Gear Solid live action film he's also doing.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Game Hype: Say No! More, Narita Boy, Dynasty Warriors Film & Book4Games Storage


Say No! More looks like a Wii game that some how is coming out now. It looks cute, but has a deeper meaning of not being pushed around in a corporate environment. Perfect for kids. It comes out this Friday on systems and computers.

Out now, Narita Boy!

This neo-retro wonder is definitely worth your time. Be the hero and delve deep into the mind of a bald programmer who sort of made a Tron-like digital world you have to save.

Dynasty Warriors has a movie in China and it looks very much like the game. via Destructoid

If you ever wanted to store your SNES games in your book shelf in a cool way, well, there's Book4Games cartridge cases. They look like books, but really store your SNES games.

Weekly What To Do: Dialogues of Light Outside Art , Indoor Art, Drive-Ins & Online Stuff

Japan House Starting To Reopen 
Highlighting Japan’s iconic natural landscapes and supernatural beings believed to inhabit them, the exhibition features more than sixty woodblock prints from the coveted Scripps College collection by some of Japan’s finest artists.


April 9, 2021 - April 11
Free Online, Must RSVP
The 5th Edition of the USC Comedy Festival comes after a year of unprecedented social isolation and demands for social justice. Staring at screens or out in the streets, we learned why we still needed comedy and discovered new ways to make each other laugh in spite of everything.
Over the course of three days, panels will feature well-known guests such as Aidy Bryant, Demetri Martin, Lisa Kudrow, Lindy West, Matt Besser, Patton Oswalt, and Ramy Youssef; capture new voices exploding onto the scene; and celebrate the work of our newest generation of USC Comedy students.
old poster, Season 3 has no date

USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 5 Presents: 
Apr 10, 2021 7:00 PM
Free Online, Must RSVP
 Live Q&A with the Executive Producers/Writers of the FX Original Series, featuring Paul Simms (Executive Producer, Writer, Showrunner), Stefani Robinson (Executive Producer, Writer, Showrunner), and Sam Johnson (Co-Executive Producer, Writer), moderated by SCA Professor Chris Marcil.

Starts Thurs, April 9th
*Remember, judge if you feel it's safe to go to the theater.
Synopsis: In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the WOLFWALKERS and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.
Dialogues of Light
7:30 TO 11:30 PM
LUMINEX is an outdoor digital public art exhibition situated in the heart of Los Angeles for one night only. Curated by Carmen Zella of NOW Art, six internationally acclaimed Los Angeles artists shed light on a cross section of diverse dialogues pivotal at this moment in time.

Corey Helford Gallery presents part one of the 
The 15 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition
Saturday, April 10th in the Main Gallery
Mini-solo shows from Redd Walitzki and Bao Pham in Gallery 2. 
Corey Helford Gallery 
 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Corey Helford Gallery will proudly present the first installment of their 15-Year Anniversary Group Exhibition a special two-part event featuring new works by international artists from world-acclaimed masters to the hottest new emerging artists in the New Contemporary Movement, New Figurative, Neo-Classicists, Pop Surreal, Pop Iconic, Street and Graffiti, Eco-Pop and Fantasy Romanticists. 

Corey Helford Gallery is proud to announce two solo shows featuring new works from Seattle-based German new-contemporary artist Redd Walitzki, entitled The Days of Miracle and Wonder and Iowa-based Vietnamese painter and illustrator Bao Pham, entitled Summer Hues, in Gallery 2.

Charles Phoenix: Catalinaland
April 10, 2021 @ 6 pm
$25 Link to Watch
$40 Link + Help Keep Catalina Artsy and Fun
Be prepared for your Catalina lovin' spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel adventure exploring the island's classic landmarks, legends and lore.

With his trademark enthusiasm and spectacular collection of images, Charles shares the stories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, bird park, Catalina Pottery, vintage graphics, souvenirs, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, iconic 1929 Casino, and much more.

Mon, Apr 12, 2021 7:00 PM
Free, Must RSVP
Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. At first they each find a new-found zest, but as the gang pushes their experiment further, issues that have been simmering for years come to a head and the men are faced with a choice: reckon with their behavior or continue on the same course.