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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Weekly What To Do: DCON, AFI, ASF & More

AFI Fest  November 10-14
AFI FEST Box Office inside the TCL Chinese 6 Lobby
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Back from the dead, another annual film fest is back in person.
*Gotta rip on the AFI site for not having a good guide. It's always nice to separate films by of genre, which the official site does not.

If you want to go straight up to messed-up maded maybe check out the film from Ninja, yeah, that's what they put as their first name, Thyberg. Ninja made the film Pleasure and it's...ooh boy.

Bella Cherry is an ambitious young woman. She arrives in Los Angeles from a small town in Sweden to pursue her dreams of stardom – in the adult film industry.

A times raw and explicit, PLEASURE explores a male-dominated industry from an uncompromising female point of view. Bella is confident and determined, but also naïve with her plans for fame. She negotiates power structures between her new friends and colleagues while navigating the grueling and psychological nature of the work. Writer-Director Ninja Thyberg crafts a powerful and authentic debut feature that challenges our ideas of consent, ambition and independence. –Sarah Harris

Newhall on Nov 10th
*Kind of this anime movie even has a screening in LA, must be going for an award.
Easygoing mother Nikuko's bold and loud spirit embarrasses her 11-year-old daughter, Kikuko. With nothing in common except living together on a boat at the port, a miracle occurs when their secret is revealed.
Probably one of our absolute favorite cons is back on track and IN-PERSON next weekend, DCON. The ever so expanded DesignerCon is taking place Nov 12th-14th at the Anaheim Convention Center. It's a bit of a schlep, but worth it. Especially, if you haven't gone to a con in so long.

As always asked, "Mr.LA, What's a DesignerCon?," What's a DesignerCon? How dare you ask me that...but, fine. It's an annual convention showing off art from artists you love online, vinyl toys and everything you want on Etsy, but without the shipping. Imagine a place you can get all the desk toys or special made art t-shirts you ever wanted, then imagine it being near Disneyland. I miss it being in Pasadena, sigh.
*We'll have another reminder post on this one on what to check out. 
Nov 12-13
Free, Online
Join panels for Adult Swim favorites Rick and Morty, Squidbillies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and highly-anticipated new series Blade Runner: Black Lotus and Smiling Friends. The Rick and Morty panel will challenge the global voice cast against each other as they go head-to-head to determine who is the Rickiest Rick in the multiverse. 
Featuring Performances from Co-Headliners Lil Baby, Karol G,
With 21 Savage, Flying Lotus, Alongside Rick and Morty, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Smiling Friends Panels and More

November 12, 2021 through January 16, 2022.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
$tarting at 32

The enchanting, after-dark, illuminated trail will span one mile and feature spectacular sights with eye-catching artistic installations that come alive at night with color, imagination and sound. Visitors will be treated to a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience at the garden, with thousands of twinkling lights in various attractions from the Winter Cathedral to the Star Tunnel and the Fire Garden.
Boris Anje
Black Is the Color of Gold (Gallery I)
HOME_BODY (Gallery II)
Hiraeth (Viewing Room)
Shades of Feelings (Viewing Room)
Opening Reception with the Artists: Saturday, November 13, 2021 6:00-9:00pm
Thinkspace Projects 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90016
 Thinkspace Projects is thrilled to present Boris Anje’s (aka Anjel) latest body of work and U.S. solo debut, ‘Black is the Color of Gold.’ Featuring an entirely new collection of his vivid neo pop portraits of contemporary African dandies, this exhibition is wildly engaging. Oscar Joyo’s debut west coast solo show, ‘HOME_BODY.’ In this collection Joyo strikes a balance between honoring his Malawian heritage and the world around him, resulting in pieces that were created both for himself and a broader audience. Hiraeth is a Welsh word, meaning to miss/long for a place that you can never visit again. Shades, as used in this context, means a variety of emotions, even when those feelings are similar to each other, variously associated with thoughts, feelings, and behavioral response.
Saturday, November 13
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Japan House
To celebrate the connection between Japanese graphic art and music, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will host Mr. Goodboy and their record cart in the gallery. Ryan Wilson co-founder of Mr. Goodboy will curate and DJ a selection of Japanese City Pop, Adult Oriented Rock, and fusion music from the 1980s in the Sub-Gallery and answer questions from visitors.
Sunday, November 14th, 11am-8pm
Little Tokyo at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center JACCC (244 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Japanese food festival featuring live performances, a cosplay contest, Mikoshi, Taiko, Karate, and more.
Co-Director Julie Cohen
Friday, November 12
7:30pm show w/Q&A

Writer/Director Kenneth Branagh
Plus Additional Guests
Sunday, November 14
12:45pm show w/Intro


Castle in the Sky 35th Anniversary

  • Sunday, November 14, 2021, 3:00 PM (English Dubbed)
  • Monday, November 15, 2021, 7:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021, 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)

Delusion, one of the best haunts in LA is open till Nov 21st

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
Now–February 20, 2022
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
$18 Adults 
Encompassing more than a half-century of television series, spinoffs, and films, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds sheds light on the enduring relevance of this pop-culture phenomenon. This fully immersive exhibition will showcase Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, art, and technology through more than one hundred rare artifacts, set pieces, and props, plus state-of-the-art photo and video interactives. 
Largo, known for comedy shows, is back open and selling out shows. Grab some tickets before everything sells out. Many new shows from some of LA's top comedians. We see Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman to name a few.