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Monday, May 23, 2022

We Lost The Landmark Pico

The ever indie movie theater that looked like an airport hub in the lobby sadly closed with little fanfare on Sunday. The Landmark Pico has closed. Attached to a dead mall that's now Google offices it looks like it couldn't reach a deal with the landlords. 

We must have reported hundreds of events for special screenings and Q&A's at that theater. And it was another place in LA you could sit down or lounge out to see an indie. It will be missed.

Friday, May 20, 2022

More To Do: Crimes of David Cronenberg, Sunsets @ Getty Center & oNE Sheet @ Gallery 1988

Crimes of David Cronenberg
May 27 – May 30, 2022 
Los Feliz Theatre  
1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027
Free Screenings courtesy of NEON’s CRIMES OF THE FUTURE
*Looks like a ton of these sold out, but there'll be wait by lines.

Getty Center Extends Saturday Hours to 8 PM.Visitors can once again see the sunset from Getty Center.
Beginning June 18, the Getty Center will stay open until 8 pm on Saturdays year-round, creating an opportunity to enjoy the sunset from the iconic hilltop location.

The Restaurant will also serve dinner on Saturday evenings for the first time in more than two years.

Parking, normally $20, is reduced to $15 after 3pm and $10 after 6pm. Evening hours also provide a great opportunity to take advantage of Pay Once, Park Twice where visitors can hop from one Getty location to another in one day, using the same parking ticket.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Anime Hype: Rick and Morty: The Anime, Spy X Family Episode 5 Best So Far, Shin Kamen Rider

Rick and Morty: The Anime is coming from the director of the other two anime shorts, Takashi Sano (Tower of God) to Adult Swim. It'll be 10 episodes and has nothing to do with the previous shorts. Not much else on details other than it's been green-lit, so no timeline for when it'll come out. 
Takashi Sano got a pretty good deal, because he has another anime headed to Adult Swim. Here's
the synopsis, seems dark as Hell.
Ninja Kamui follows Joe Higan who is a Nukenin - a former ninja who escaped his clan and is hiding from his violent past in rural America with his family. One night, he is ambushed by a team of assassins from his former organization who exact a bloody retribution on Joe and his family for betraying their ancient code. Rising from his seeming “death,” Joe will re-emerge as his former self - Ninja Kamui - to avenge his family and friends. Kamui is a 21st century ninja, a shadowy anachronism who pits his ancient skills against high-tech weaponry with brutal finesse. He must face off against trained assassins, combat cyborgs, and rival ninjas to bring down the very clan that made him. 

Spy X Family is out on Crunchyroll and we think episode 5 so far is the best. A crazy sitcom-esque series where the Dad is a super spy, the Mom is an assassin and their cute-as-Hell daughter is a psychic, who can read your thoughts. Oh, and only the daughter knows all their secrets. 
In Episode 5, Anya, the daughter, gets into a prestigious school and to celebrate, Loid, the Dad has his secret spy organization take over a castle theme park and try and stop him from rescuing, Anya as her reward. The animation, music and plot work all to well in this crazy rescue the princess scenario thought up by a little girl.

Watch it here.

Check out the ending theme to show, oddly has a lot of love for posh furniture. A friend said it's all mid century modern furniture. Guess an animator really loves designing backgrounds in the show.

Hideaki Anno's (Evangelion) Kamen Rider film has a poster and a teaser trailer, it seems really low tech. The film looks downright student made. Oddly, the evil organization of Shocker is mentioned on the poster as something it's totally not.

"...SHOCKER, an all-loving secret society that pursues happiness for all humanity." What does it all mean? We won't know for a year and some change when it comes out in Japan and then eventually gets released in the West.

Chainsaw Man looks like it's gonna be a fun one when it comes out.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Weekly What To Do: Let's Hope We Don't Have To Eat Bugs For Another Decade

Director Simon Curtis
Actors Elizabeth McGovern
& Allen Leech
Friday, May 20 
May 20, 2022 -
May 22, 2022
Billy Wilder Theater
Free, Must Register
This year’s UCLA Festival of Preservation marks the 20th showcase of the rich breadth of recent preservation work by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Spread over a weekend, the Festival brings together a fantastic mix of documentary, musical, newsreel, comedy, animation, noir and drama to the big screen. With 10 features, seven shorts and four television programs, ranging from classic Hollywood to themes of social justice, the Festival exemplifies the Archive’s dedication and passion for preserving and making accessible our moving image history.


May 21 - Sep 25, 2022 
The Broad
221 S. Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students (with valid student ID), and free for children 17 and under.
Regular admission is free, but this costs separate as it's a special exhibition. * I know, it's weird.
Takashi Murakami is back in town, we've covered his work over the years and his celebration of superflat. He might have never made his second Pokemon like movie, though we have heard Jellyfish Eyes 2 has started up production again;we always look with delight at what new idea he brings to the table with his anime style art.

"Murakami’s expansive artistic universe will be on view in Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow, the artist’s first solo exhibition at The Broad.

That's not all, as we have some talks with Murakami as well coming up for his exhibit.

Thursday, May 19, 2022 
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Aratani Theatre + Livestream on Facebook and YouTube 
Tickets $20
 In advance of the opening of the special exhibition Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow, The Broad presents an Un-Private Collection conversation between the iconic visual artist Takashi Murakami and the co-founder of RTFKT Studios Benoit Pagotto, moderated by The Broad’s Curator and Publications Manager Ed Schad.
Fri, May 20, 2022 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028 
Presented in conjunction with The Broad’s special exhibition Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow, on view May 21–September 25, 2022, this conversation with Etsuko Price—who with her husband Joe, amassed an unparalleled collection of traditional Japanese art focused on the Edo-period—and artist Takashi Murakami will explore how traditional Japanese painting has influenced and inspired Murakami’s creative practice.
May 21 - Sep 25, 2022 
The Broad
221 S. Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students (with valid student ID), and free for children 17 and under.
Regular admission is free, but this costs separate as it's a special exhibition. * I know, it's weird.
Featuring over twenty artists, the special exhibition This Is Not America’s Flag spotlights the myriad ways artists explore the symbol of the flag of the United States of America, underscoring its vast, divergent, and complex meanings.
Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 6 pm
Museum Courtyard 
Free | Advance ticket required
 Returning for the first time since 2019, the Getty’s free concert series Off the 405 is back with an impressive lineup, kicking off May 21 and running through August 27. Featured artists include Zsela, Bartees Strange, Los Retros, Hand Habits, and Standing on the Corner.
Concerts take place from 6 to 9 p.m. and attendees are welcome to arrive early, explore the Getty Center’s current exhibitions, bring a picnic, or purchase food and beverages onsite before the show begins. 
 Saturday, May 21 | 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 Santa Anita Park Infield (Enter Gate 6 off of Colorado Place – DIRECTIONS)
$15 Online (includes Horse Racing Program)
$20 Walk-Up (includes Horse Racing Program)
Parking is FREE!

Taco Madness Vendors
Villa’s Tacos (2021 & 2022 LA TACO Madness Champions)
Teddy’s Red Tacos
Tacos Y Que
Los Dorados
Tacos Don Cuco

Sat May 21-Sun May22
The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
#Suite 203
Santa Monica, CA 90405 
The festival is designed for people who want more from a food festival than just tasting-sized portions and cooking demonstrations. The event features a highly curated group of local restaurants and exciting imports from across the country, serving food you won't find anywhere else. With live music throughout the day and panels from thought leaders and industry pioneers, EEEEEATSCON is as much about connecting with a community and getting inspired as it is about eating and being entertained.
May 21 & 22
The Natural History Museum
$ Admission
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM), is celebrating 36 years of Bug Fair! Join us back on-site for NHM's popular festival. Visit a variety of exhibitors and see everything from exotic insect collections to bug-related products. Come out to get crafty, experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures, learn all about the local bugs that call L.A. home, and more.
Start May 21st
Knott's Berry Farm 
Ghost Town Alive! and Knott’s Summer Nights is included with admission to Knott's Berry Farm
Your favorite town of Calico comes to life once again with the return of the award-winning, interactive Ghost Town Alive! Knott’s Summer Nights offers a variety of live music, classic summer eats and games for the whole family to enjoy. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of top 40’s bands that rotate throughout the event at the Calico Mine Stage.
Knott’s Soak City Waterpark

Summertime at Knott's calls for a visit to Knott's Soak City Waterpark. With its longest season yet, the waterpark opens starting May 21 through September 18. Guests can catch a ride down 23 different speed, tube, and body slides or take a relaxing trip down one of the longest lazy rivers in the country. The 15-acre water park has something for each member of the family, an interactive kid's area, and for those more adventurous, The Wedge, a rip-roaring raft ride.
Revenge Of
3420 Eagle Rock Blvd Unit #1, Los Angeles, CA 90065
  Come join us in our parking lot for an afternoon of fun! We will have various vendors selling clothing, art, food, collectables and more. You will also find great sales on Revenge Of comics and gifts and exclusive drops of new Revenge Of merch!
Sunday May 22 and future Sundays
Mt Wilson Observatory
The 100-inch telescope is the instrument with which astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered our place in an expanding universe and so expanded our comprehension. The dome for the telescope—designed by Chicago architect D.H. Burnham—is a 20th century temple to science whose acoustics rival the great cathedrals of Europe and provides a unique setting for this ambitious music series.

MON MAY 23, 2022 7:00 PM 
Los Feliz 3 | ‘Cinematic Void’ Series
$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission) 
* Don't worry about watching the first two, they have nothing to do with each other anyway. This a totally over-the-top bonkers film you need to see.
Cannon Film Group closes out its Shô Kosugi ninja trilogy with this off the wall gonzo cocktail of martial arts mayhem meets THE EXORCIST. The spirit of an evil ninja possesses an aerobics instructor who is transformed into a killing machine. The only way to stop her is, another ninja of course. Also starring Lucinda Dickey of BREAKIN’ fame as the ninja possessed aerobics instructor and James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, THE VINEYARD).


Acclaimed Exhibition Closes Sunday, June 5
Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum’s acclaimed exhibition, will close on June 5, 2022. Marking the first museum retrospective in North America dedicated to the legendary filmmaker and his work, the exhibition has been on view since the museum’s opening on September 30, 2021.

Smorgasburg Los Angeles
Every Sunday 
10am-4pm at @rowdtla
Free Entry, Family Friendly Beer Garden, No Pets.
Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, with markets in Los Angeles attracting 50,000 people each weekend to eat from a hundred local vendors.
Largo, known for comedy 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 performing here to name a few.

Street Food Cinema


Electric Dusk Drive-In
Hollywood Legion Theater

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

My Famicase Exhibition In LA July

Woah, My Famicase Exhibit comes to LA this July, thanks to Capsule Corner. We've showcased and even been a part of the annual game cartridge art show and are delighted it'll be headed to our neck of the woods. We'll have more details as it makes its way here.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Hype: Glen Brogan Covers Art, "Super" Star Trek & Resident Evil The... Huh, they didn't rename it, it's just Resident Evil...Okay

One of Glen Brogan's pieces for the "Covers" Art Show over at Hero Complex Gallery, which doesn't seem to be openings anymore. 

Here's the other

Farmer's Almanac by Glen Brogan


One of my favorite blogs, Super Punch, is trying to sell me on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and every time they write about it, it's more like they're trying to justify that it exists.

"I gave up on Discovery early in season three, and gave up on Picard early in season one, but the new show just might be ok. My gorilla channel review: the beginning is slow and the resolution is eye-rolling, but the episode is great from when they arrive at the destination planet to when they allow themselves to be captured. Pike has great hair, the new character is intriguing, and episode one was genuinely repeatedly funny."

Episode 1

"Deeply forgettable plot and tedious spaceship flying, but the characters remain really likeable and interesting, and Pike's hair only gets taller."

Episode 2

I've only watched episode 1 myself and won't try and justify it. What a relatable show, seeing your comically tragic death any time you look in a reflective surface, sheesh. I look forward more to The Orville, which is the best version of Star Trek right now.


Resident Evil...the series? Not sure; it's just called Resident Evil from Netflix; is another nonsense concept that seems to have even less to do with the game than the recent bad reboot movie. Set in the future with none of the characters from the series, 'cept Albert Wesker, who is race swapped for seemingly no reason. 

It's not hard to understand why they wanted the Resident Evil name attached, but it looks like another Cowboy Bebop or Halo show where the people behind it never sat down and played the games or watched the anime.

It can't get dislikes anymore, but the comments on YouTube for the trailer aren't supportive.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Weekly What To Do: Eat Up That Anime & Horror, Though It Could Be Sampuru

“Modern Family” by Okuda San Miguel

I Don’t Wanna Be, I Am 
Future Seasons By Kai & Sunny
Touring Group Exhibition Curated by Ink and Movement (IAM) 
Opening May 14, 2022 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
May 14 – June 18, 2022 
COREY HELFORD GALLERY 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Downtown Los Angeles' Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) is proud to announce their next major group show I Don’t Wanna Be, I Am ─ an international touring group exhibition exploring the concept of identity by bringing together a selection of artworks from a roster of artists including world-renowned Spanish painter and sculptor Okuda San Miguel, Argentinian artists Elian Chali and Franco Fasoli, as well as Spanish artists Martí Sawe, Misterpiro, Nano4814, Sabek, Sixe Paredes, and Spok Brillor. 

Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) is proud to announce their next major solo show, entitled Future Seasons, featuring new works from London-based award-winning artist duo Kai & Sunny. 
Community Art Festivals 
Saturday, Sunday, May 14 - May 15, from 11 am - 6 pm 
Inglewood City Hall
You’re invited to a series of ten free, outdoor community art festivals across Los Angeles this summer in celebration of the Getty Center’s 25th anniversary.

In partnership with the LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), the opening weekend highlights arts and culture in the city of Inglewood. City Hall’s front lawn, Grevillea Art Park, and the Beckmen YOLA Center host interactive workshops and performances for all ages with local musicians, local artisans and visual artists. Plus, enjoy an immersive digital experience of Getty collections, giveaways, photo booths, and food vendors.

on-stage swimming pool 
Performances May 14–June 5
Noise Within
3352 E Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Tickets start at $25
A Noise Within presents Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. Primal storytelling and modern sensibility collide in a sensual re-envisioning of Greek myths, as gods and mortals alike endure love, loss, and transformation—all while immersed in a pool of water on stage. Swirling with passion, this multiple award-winning masterpiece mesmerizes with tales of Midas, Orpheus, Aphrodite and more in a funny, whimsical and heartbreaking meditation on the joys and perils of being human.

May 12-15
2601 Sunfair Rd
Joshua Tree, California 92252
Supreme live music experiences to feed the body, mind and soul. Deep dive workshops to uplift and inspire. Random acts of mindfulness inviting you to interact and connect. Spontaneous eruptions of gratitude. That friendly familial spirit that we all know and love.
5.17.2022 (Tue.) 5:00 PM - 06:00 PM 
*We mean, why does this exist? What kind of numbers will this get online. So utterly strange. Here's a whole article on it from Japan House. 

Japanese food is admired worldwide for its visual appeal, with ingredients arranged and combined so artistically that a meal might be a feast for the eyes as much as the mouth. Japan is also famous for its plastic food samples, or “sampuru,” – replicas that are displayed in restaurant windows to show the food served inside and entice passersby. Iwasaki Mokei is one of the best-known food replica companies, based in Gujo Hachiman in Gifu prefecture. Since 1955, the company has been producing replicas that are designed not to simply copy the food but to convey its deliciousness too.

Mr. Seigo Kozakai, the CEO of Iwasaki Mokei will give a presentation with slides about the art and business of food replicas, the importance of this industry in Japanese culinary culture, and the future role of his company in promoting Japanese food in Japan and beyond.

May 13th
Excl. tax

The Comic Con is a monthly stand-up comedy show featuring some of the nation's best comedians as seen on Comedy Central, Netflix, HBO, and more! And, to top it all off, it's in (dare we say) the coolest venue in all of Los Angeles-- Revenge Of!

Sunday, May 15th 
Pasadena Convention Center
The annual convention that has a booth at every other convention we visit is happening this weekend and it's all about the joy of robots from anime to video games.


 The only Friday the 13th in 2022 is this May! Maybe, watch with a friend named Jason!

AMC is airing a Friday the 13th Marathon.

Here’s the schedule…

  • 10:01am – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
  • 12:00pm – Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • 2:00pm – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
  • 4:00pm – Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
  • 6:00pm – Friday the 13th (1980)
  • 8:00pm – Friday the 13th Part 2
  • 10:00pm – Friday the 13th Part 3

Friday, May 13th
Stomp the yard with the Steven Spielberg classic that brought dinosaurs back from the dead. It’s a stampede of fierce fun and veloci-rapture with the one that started them all. Picnic outdoors (with or without green Jell-o) at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. With a glorious natural amphitheater, escape the humdrum for an adrenaline rush of tooth-and-tail thrills under the stars.

Sat / May 14, 2022 - 12:00PM 
American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre

Borrowing its name from the phrase cultural historian Mike Davis used to describe how Los Angeles is more sinister, intense, and foreboding than the city’s boosters care to admit, Sunshine and Noir: 1980s L.A. Horror Marathon takes a deep dive into the L.A.-based horror films that terrorized a generation and continue to define its fears. Curated by Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh and Cinematic Void at the American Cinematheque, the marathon foregrounds the contributions of women and people of color, while also illuminating the ways in which horror films played out 1980s L.A.’s preoccupation with ambition, health, and wealth. Featuring a combination of film screenings and guest artist panels, Sunshine to Noir promises a chilling descent into the City of Angels’ dark side and a nostalgia trip of epic proportions for those whose first encounters with horror took place on VHS. 

MAY 19 - MAY 27, 2022
Los Feliz Theatre  
1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027
A metafictional psychological drama centered around actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg and Béatrice Dalle playing as fictional versions of themselves making a film about witches, but the technical goes haywire and psychotic outbreaks gradually plunge the film into chaos. 
A 16mm Movie Marathon
Sat, May 16, 2020
2:00 PM - Sun, May 17, 2020 2:00 AM PDT
Doors 1:30pm | 18+ General Admission
Tickets: $29.98 Advanced / $35.30 Day Of Show*

Suck on it PETA!
A furry free-for-all of a horror marathon -- an arkful of angry animals here to clear the decks of humanity!
After centuries of pollution and arrogance, it’s about time we’re taken out by Mother Nature. As such, these six mystery feature films are stocked to the gills with critters ready to unleash a bounty of guiltless killing. So root for the rooster and rally for the rodents, as bands of measly sapiens fend off creatures big and small -- and bigger!
Plus, we start with a community potluck. Stuff like chips and drinks are not encouraged; please bring a dish or other fun, picnic-worthy item! (Potluck covers the show’s first half; snacks and other food available at concessions for second half.)
The Secret Sixteen mission: to project horror/cult rarities exclusively from the portable, wondrous 16mm format. Hints are dropped, but titles are never revealed until they unspool onscreen.

'1982: The Summer of Movies'
Fri. May 6 – Fri. May 13, 2022
Aero Theatre & Los Feliz 3
Co-presented by Beyond Fest!


Screenings include the premieres of exclusive clips from the upcoming documentary, 1982: GREATEST GEEK YEAR EVER!


Filmmaker Ninja Thyberg
Actor Sofia Kappel
Thursday, May 12
Q&A after the 7:30pm show
Friday, May 13
Q&A after the 7:00pm show
(No one under 18 admitted.)
There's some other fun and foreign films. Here's the anime:
From the masterpiece Japanese sports manga created by Takeshi Konomi, with over 60 million copies sold over 22 years, Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis <Decide> is a new animated feature film about tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen. Inspired by his tennis champion father, Ryoma is determined to take his game to the next level and train in the U.S. But in the middle of an intense tennis battle to save his classmate Sakuno from dangerous villains, they somehow find themselves transported back to the past, just as Ryoma’s father is about to undertake his final championship match at the U.S. Open—when he was mysteriously forced to retire.

Mimiko is a cheerful young girl who is left on her own while her grandmother is away. When little Panny Panda and his father Papanda stumble into her home, Mimiko welcomes them in as her new family. Adventures ensue as Mimiko discovers the challenges of taking care of her new cuddly friends.

  • Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 3:00 PM Local Time (English Dubbed)
  • Monday, May 16, 2022 – 7:00 PM Local Time (Japanese with Subtitles)
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – 7:00 PM Local Time (English Dubbed)

Now through June 6th, you've had a while to check out this one
This is a special ticketed exhibition.
General Admission: $18 
Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor is the first West Coast survey of the internationally renowned Swiss media artist. Rist’s installations explore relationships of video and the body; exterior environments and interior psychological landscapes; and reason and instinct. 

Smorgasburg Los Angeles
Every Sunday 
10am-4pm at @rowdtla
Free Entry, Family Friendly Beer Garden, No Pets.
Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, with markets in Los Angeles attracting 50,000 people each weekend to eat from a hundred local vendors.
Largo, known for comedy 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 performing here to name a few.

Street Food Cinema


Electric Dusk Drive-In