Friday, January 27, 2023

Art Hype: The Art of Picking, Product Placement & 6:00 AM

The Art of Picking series from Po Yun Wang is coming out with these two wonderful vinyls in then next two days, though Mona Lisa is somehow already sold out? Anyway, each lovely bust has a famous figure picking their nose and come with three interchangeable objects for them to hold to delight anyone passing by your desk. The retail for about $150 each. You might have to grab them from a second party for more if they sell out.

comes with: Sunflowers, a pair of paintbrushes, and his fabled ear.
The Art of Picking: Mona Lisa
comes with: Smart phone, cig and her making a circle with her thumb and pointing finger

Adam Harris "Do You Have Life Insurance?" Print

Product Placement and 6:00 AM, an art show for Groundhog Day from G1988 have some fun pieces, here's a few that caught our eye. Check out even more pieces here

Sam Dunn "Try not to break it (Large Variant)" Print

Adam Cherry "007 Gadgets" Print

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Local Hype: Sonic, Skinamarink & The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium


Universal Citywalk's Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen opens Friday in the spot where the not so stellar Hardrock Cafe once dwelled.

Read more about it on LA Eater

Hype: Hi-Fi RUSH, Justin Roiland Off Of Everything, Aqua Teen Coming Back?

 Hi-Fi RUSH surprised us by coming out today on Xbox and PC. This beat game, beat-em up is from none-other than Tango Gameworks, the same company that made Ghostwire: Tokyo. I don't think the games gonna break the mold, but it looks like a Hell of a lot of fun and you have a cat robot sidekick. Check out the trailer and maybe pick up the game.

Honestly, they don't seem like they have a big promotion budget for this one, didn't even have it on our radar.

Ooh boy, Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick & Morty, has either resigned or been kicked-off of everything he's doing including Rick & Morty, Squanch Games and his  Hulu shows on domestic dispute allegations that have yet to go to trial.

In not the best timing or the best timing for the cartoon, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is getting a new 5 episode season out of nowhere. The best quotes from the creators were featured in the press release below.

We are thrilled to be making more ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ episodes for a new generation of fans, building upon the most impressive collection of IP ever assembled. Success is optimal and leads to quality,” said Maiellaro and Willis simultaneously, almost as if they were programmed by ChatGPT.

“Congratulations!” they added. “You waited just long enough for ‘Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm’ to be free on the service your parents pay for. I can’t wait for you to discover the project everyone has been talking about, and by everyone, I mean our personal twitter accounts. There is too much stuff to watch already. Breathe, and focus exclusively on Aqua Teen. Delete everything else.”

 Original Movie “Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm” Arrives on HBO Max Feb. 8 and Adult Swim March 12

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Bookoff AnimeLab In Little Tokyo

We haven't gone ourselves, but it looks like Bookoff has finally come to Little Tokyo in the form of an AnimeLab. You could find Bookoffs much further out of the regular valley/ downtown LA area selling manga and games and, of course used books. They're a Japanese based second hand store.

This AnimeLab store seems to feature anime goods, which makes total sense for where it's located.

Japan Up Magazine has a short article on what it's like. I went to the NEW BOOKOFF AnimeLab in Little Tokyo!
It's so new, we don't have any decent reviews yet online and its own website says it hasn't even had it's grand opening yet as of writing this.

Little Tokyo
340 E 2nd St. Suite 336, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Here's to more Japanese store being in Little Tokyo. 

If you're in the area grab some eats from Champion's Curry 136 S Central Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012, it's one of our fav places to grab lunch there.

Weekly What To Do: Scribble Art Con, Isn't Real

A simple guide of things to do during the week.
Opens, Friday January 27, 2023
01.27.2023 (Fri.) – 04.02.2023 (Sun.)
JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2
6801 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
As inspired by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami,visionary new design practices are building safer futures for a changing world. The exhibition Designing with Disaster introduces the concept of “Regenerative Urbanism” – an anticipatory approach to urban design that explores the optimistic possibility of symbioses between humans and the natural and constructed worlds, embracing inevitable disasters and creating disaster-resilient environments.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PST)
JAPAN HOUSE Salon | Level 5
6801 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Free, Must Register
The Terasaki Center’s annual Global Japan Forum brings together renowned experts in various fields to analyze and discuss key issues facing Japan today in a global context. Topics Disasters & Architecture. 

Art Collector Starter Kit IX
Richard Ahnert While We Wait
January 28, 2023 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
January 28 – March 4, 2023
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ninth annual group exhibition featuring affordable 12” x 12” works from over 75 of the top artists in the New Contemporary art scene.

Ahnert takes anthropomorphic painting to a new level, lacing it with a quiet, yet unmistakable animism – an abiding kinship between human and animal. 

Sat Jan 28, 2023 - 8:00 PM
Scribble Showdown: After Dark
The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA Ages: 18 & Over

Arin Hanson (Egoraptor) and the audience will put TheOdd1sOut, JaidenAnimations, RubberRoss, and Domics through a series of brand new competitive drawing games… the kind of games that can’t be in an All Ages show.
Sunday, Jan 29
Pasadena Convention Center
$12.00 - $100
"Pasadena's only Comic book and toy convention. We will have special guests and artists along with many vendors over 100 tables of fun stuff."
Saturday, January 28, 2:00-5:00 pm
Santa Monica Place 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, at Broadway and Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Place will be honoring the year of the rabbit on Saturday, January 28 and will offer several activities and performances for guests to enjoy under the red and gold strung lanterns. From 2:00-5:00 pm, the center will showcase traditional performances by lion dancers, on-site balloon and dough artists and guests will be able to hang their wishes for prosperity on the cherry blossom Wishing Tree.
Sunday, Jan 29 9am-6pm
Main Street from Garfield to 2nd Street, Alhambra
The free, multi-block festival will take place on Main Street from Garfield to 2nd Street. From 9 am to 6 pm, you can enjoy two stages with entertainment and more than 100 booths providing giveaways and activities.
Product Placement and Groundhog Day
Work will debut online at FRIDAY at 11am
We are so excited to release TWO new group shows THIS Friday at G1988 - celebrating pop culture in two very unique ways. First up, we have the return of Product Placement!This exhibit features artwork inspired by fictitious, and sometimes real, products found in movies and on TV. In addition to Product Placement, we're honoring the 1993 comedy classic, Groundhog Day, with a group show called "6:00 AM."

Featuring so many mediums and so many styles, all inspired by the film. Just watch for that first step, it's a doozy!

-Join Quiet Epidemic Co-Directors Lindsay Keys & Winslow Crane-Murdoch and Producers Daria Lombroso & Chris Hegedus for Q&As following the Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday shows January 26 & 28-29 at the Monica Film Center.
-Na Mira
Bad Ground
January 28 – March 18, 2023
Los Angeles
opening reception
Saturday January 28
5 to 7pm
2271 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90018

NIS 30th Anniversary Livestream Event

Join us in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Nippon Ichi Software with a special livestream that focuses on new NIS game announcements, new merch, and plenty of giveaways!

The celebratory stream will take place on January 30, 2023at 10:00AM PT on Plus we're throwing a very special party to celebrate Prinny's 20th birthday, dood!

UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.
Street Food Cinema-nothing till Feb

Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán-Nothing, much right now

Electric Dusk Drive-In

Monday, January 23, 2023

Phantasy Arcade 3: Indie-vasion Online

The super cute mini-arcade cabinets are back for a third time featuring a wonderful collection of artists and utterly insane premises. Grab one for your desk or game room. Here;s some of our favorite even more here or check it out here:

Phantasy Arcade 3: Indie-vasion

January 21, 2023 - February 5, 2023
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St. Alhambra CA 91801

Beverly Arce




Spelunky 3-in-1

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Monterey Park Lunar New Year Mass Shooting

In truly depressing news, 10 people are dead and multiple people were injured after a mass shooting in Monterey Park, just an hour after the Lunar New Year's festival celebration. This took place Saturday night. For the latest details here's the LA Times article:

Things To Do In LA is saddened by the events and our hearts go to all those involved.

The suspect in this heinous crime is still at large so be extra careful out there, more info below. 
Update: the suspect in the mas shooting has been found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. more info here

Friday, January 20, 2023

Hype: Scream 6, Fashion Police Squad & Didn't See That Coming

Jeez, forgot Scream 6 is out this year and just in a month or two. Watch the trailer above to see how crazy it gets, still looks fun.

Fashion Police Squad is coming out out Feb 2nd on console and does look ridiculous and fun. You shoot bad guys until they're well dressed. Already on Steam, the game comes to  Xbox, PlayStation and Switch on February 2nd.

Rain World: Downpour is now available to purchase on Steam

And this just makes me laugh, because it's a real crossover.

From the press release:
Square Enix Collective®, FuturLab, and Crystal Dynamics® announced today that a free TOMB RAIDER® Special Pack is coming to all POWERWASH SIMULATOR players on January 31. The super-soothing simulator is also set to launch on PlayStation®4 (PS4™), PlayStation®5 (PS5™) consoles and Nintendo Switch® on the same day.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Local Hype: Power-Up Band, PaleyFest LA Returns & 50th Annie Awards


Universal Studios Hollywood has shown off the Power-Up Band, a wearable device to earn coins and interact with certain elements of Super Nintendo World when it opens Feb 17th. You connect it via an app using a smart phone. No word on price; in Japan the roughly go for $31.00, here's hoping there cheaper than that here, but will see. There's six designs, now, but here's hoping for more or special editions for the future. more info here

Check out the full line-up for PaleyFest LA 2023 with it starting with none other than The Mandalorian at the end of March. We know it's early, but tickets might sell out for these special panels, out of the cons, for some of TV's favorite shows. Paley Members and Citi cardmembers can access advance tickets already, but the general public can access tickets on January 20, 2023 at 9:00 am PT. It's all gonna take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
Other panels from show include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Yellowjackets,The Late Late Show with James Corden,Yellowstone Grey's Anatomy, and Abbott Elementary.

It's the 50th Annie Awards soon. What are they? Good question, we've been covering for some time now and you should know. They're the animation awards and the nominees we're just announced over the broad spectrum of animation. Check out if Rick & Morty can beat Bluey. Really, though if a fan of animation, it's great to see those who work so hard at it get snubbed at an award show for it.

We're excited because it'll be in person again and isn't known for a smooth show, but that's why we love it so darn much. Hopefully, it's live streamed so everyone can enjoy. It's happening next month, probably the same night as the Writer's Guild Awards Feb 25th at UCLA's Royce Hall.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Weekly What To Do: Dance You Cheeseburgers, Dance!

 Everything you might want to do over the next 7 days.


Dance Camera West
Thursday, January 19, through Saturday, January 21, 2023
At the Historic Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood
4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027
FREE onsite parking!
Featuring 60+ Films Premiering in Los Angeles. A global celebration of the power of dance, cinema, and the myriad of possibilities that arise from the marriage of these two artistic mediums, this year’s Dance Camera West (DCW) festival will be held at the historic Barnsdall Art Park.
January 20 - January 29, 2023
Aero Theatre
Los Feliz Theatre


Opening Reception / Jan 21, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
January 21, 2023 - February 5, 2023
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St. Alhambra CA 91801
FREE Admission. No RSVP required

PHANTASY ARCADE is a unique art exhibition concept born out of quarantine. Featuring a coupling of artist and musicians, each artist created artwork for an original, non-playable, 1/6th scale arcade cabinet. Musicians simultaneously created original music based on the artists' concepts. This collection serves as a miniature arcade, evoking nostalgia for arcade games that never were.

Opening Reception / Jan 21, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
January 21, 2023 - February 5, 2023
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St. Alhambra CA 91801
FREE Admission. No RSVP required

In honor of Magic: The Gathering's 30th anniversary, Gallery Nucleus is pleased to present a collection of new Artist Proofs MTG cards, all handmade by contributing artists of Magic: The Gathering.

Dozens of contributing artists will continued the time-honored tradition of creating original artwork the back of their very own Artist Proofs, making this group show an exciting and fantastical gathering of artwork you won't want to miss!
Lunar New Year Festival 
January 21-22, 2023
Downtown Monterey Park
Update: Cancelled due to a Mass Shooting tragedy. TTDILA is saddened by what has happened and our hearts go out for those involved.

Monterey Park’s Lunar New Year festival features vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, food booths with various types of delectable items, amusement rides, and lots of live entertainment. The traditional New Year lion and dragon dancers will kick off the festival Saturday morning. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days. A carnival fun zone will be featured in parking lots at the corner of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations

Saturday, January 21st
6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90803

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Year of the Rabbit on January 21st, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. This traditional celebration includes lion dance performances at 3:45 pm and 4:15 pm, with meet and greets post performance, complimentary airbrush tattoos and balloons courtesy of Karen’s Face Painting and print-making craft hosted by Able ARTS Work.

Saturday, January 21, 2023 4:00-10:00pm
Taking Place at: The Brand Library and Arts Center – Glendale, California

Thinkspace Projects x Tlacloc Studios x California Cowboys Collective present:

Live Music, Refreshments, Car & Bike Clubs, Live Painting, Video Projections, Cash Bar and more!

Always in pursuit of uniting and elevating the New Contemporary Art community, Thinkspace Projects teams up with Tialoc Studios and the California Cowboys Collective to present ‘RAIZ’, an all day blowout event to mark the opening of the two month art show at The Brand Library and Arts Center in Glendale, California.

With 60 artists in the group show alone, the extravaganza is sure to be diverse and varied, bringing universal appeal from so many incredible contributors. With a focus on local Los Angeles based artists, the lineup is as impressive as it is varied.

Kehinde Wiley
Colorful Realm
Opening Reception Saturday, January 21, 2023, 6–8pm
442 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036

Roberts Projects is delighted to announce Colorful Realm, an exhibition of new work from renowned contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. Drawing inspiration from Japanese nature paintings of the Edo period (c.1600–1868), Wiley parallels traditional techniques and materials in nine monumental paintings.

Sunday, January 22, 2023 to Saturday, January 28, 2023
Multiple Locations, Pasadena

Celebrating the invention of the Cheeseburger, Pasadena wants you to taste the ones in their fine city. Sadly, the official site only tells you that some restaurants might have specialty burgers for the week, but doesn't have any details if any are. So, look to social media for any rare cheeseburgers to grab starting Sunday.
Sunday January 22nd we are turning ONE YEAR OLD!! I know, we can’t believe it either! To celebrate this momentous occasion we will be dropping a brand new limited shirt, brand new coin pouches (always free), a big sale on select items, and FREE PINBALL ALL DAY!! To top it off we will be extending our hours for the day so you can REALLY get in some free games! 

Revenge Of
3420 Eagle Rock Blvd STE A,
Los Angeles, CA 90065

January 21st, Saturday, at 1 PM to 4 PM
UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.
Street Food Cinema-nothing till Feb

Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán-Nothing, much right now

Electric Dusk Drive-In