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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Weekly What To Do: Murder, Mayhem & Anime Starting Off The New Year

January 1 - February 10, 2024
Los Feliz Theatre 1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027

In the early days of cinema, buffoonery found its place on the silver screen, bringing laughter and joy to audiences worldwide. In exploring these films, it becomes evident that buffoonery is a versatile and enduring element of cinema. Whether through silent comedians, slapstick legends, or modern-day stars, the art of making audiences laugh through the absurd and the comical has left an indelible mark on the history of film. These cinematic buffoons continue to bring joy to audiences, proving that laughter is indeed timeless.

-A whole lot of Giallo for this January. For those who don't know, it's a genre that's Italian murder movies that have some questionable logic. Much more showings than the poster below.
We're ringing in the New Year with JANUARY GIALLO!

In partnership with Cinematic Void, we're once again hosting weekly presentations of the most decadent and delicious of all horror sub-genres: the mighty Giallo. Featuring TORSO with director Sergio Martino in person, a 35MM screening of HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN on New Year's Day, and more!

Academy Museum

This screening series considers natural disasters through our planet’s primary elements—earth, wind, water, and fire—and seeks to highlight key moments in the history of the disaster film genre as a source of entertainment and portrayal of science, and as a tool to raise our collective consciousness about science-based solutions to the mounting global climate crisis. Discussions with noted scientists will follow select screenings. 

Jan 4th-7th
Long Beach Convention Center
This is probably the best community even for anime fans and a great way to start convention going in the new year.
"Exciting Live Entertainment, Concerts, Cosplay Masquerade, Industry Panels, Fashion Show, Idol Showcase, Enormous Exhibit & Artist Alley Hall, and much more. "
Thursday, Jan 4 
Downtown LA

DTLA ArtNight is a cultural gathering and art walk organized monthly on first Thursdays where over 25 Galleries debut new exhibitions from their fine arts collections. These collections encompass a wide array of mediums from artists across LA, the U.S. and the world.

Night Swim – In Theaters January 5
Yes, the killer pool movie is out this weekend. 

The Sci-Fi Show IN PERSON!
Curated by Scott Listfield
Friday, Jan 5, 7-10pm
1056 S. Fairfax - Los Angeles

The Sci-fi Show will feature 45 artists, all asked "What will the future actually look like?" Featuring 5 new pieces from Listfield.

The Risograph & Screenprints Show 2023
Jan 6 - 14th
Live Instagram Tour on @giantrobotstore and Art Available Online on Saturday, Jan 6th, 11:00 am PST
Doors at 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Giant Robot Store
2015 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Participating Artists:
Christian Leon Guerrero, Crisselle, Indi Ho, John Banh, Kassia Rico, Katy Ho, Lisa Kogawa, Lucas Pincer-Flynn, Natalie Andrewson, Schessa Garbutt, Shino Charlson, Tiffany Wei and more!

January 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 5919 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Sketch team Moon Goon presents Citywalk The Musical! Welcome to Citywalk, a place where themed restaurants and retail come alive… for real. A couple goes on an unforgettable journey to the depths of the magical mall in search of adventure, passion, and $22 sugary cocktails. From Bubba Gump to Bucca di Beppo, every new turn is always unexpected.

Hayao Miyazaki: An American Cinematheque Tribute
January 6 – January 7, 2024
Aero Theatre and Egyptian Theatre
*Funny as we have Ghibli Fest throughout the year bringing back these films to major theaters. Sill a different experience at the Aero and Egyptian.

In January, the American Cinematheque is thrilled to celebrate the distinguished career of world-renowned filmmaker, animator and artist Hayao Miyazaki. The tribute includes a screening of his highly-acclaimed new film, THE BOY AND THE HERON, along with a marathon featuring iconic works such as MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, PRINCESS MONONOKE and SPIRITED AWAY—presented in 35mm.

Honored with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival and bestowed with an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2014, Miyazaki has earned international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and filmmaker, solidifying his status as one of the most accomplished figures in the history of animation.

2024 Oshogatsu Family Festival—Year of the Dragon
Sunday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. PST
Japanese American National Museum

Join us at JANM as we welcome the Year of the Dragon with cultural performances, crafts, and activities for families and kids of all ages!

    Traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance by Kodama Taiko
    Candy sculpture demonstrations by Shinobu “Shan the Candyman” Ichiyanagi
    Interactive storytimes
    Souvenir photos by cre8tive outlets
    Fun crafts and origami inspired by Oshogatsu and Year of the Dragon
    Scavenger hunt for prizes
    Free admission all to see The Bias Inside Us, Glenn Kaino: Aki’s Market, The Interactive StoryFile of Lawson Iichiro Sakai, and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.…and so much more
Huff and Puff Last Ride Merit Badge – January 7, 2024Knott’s Berry Farm - 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

This Sunday, January 7, 2024, marks the last day guests will get to ride the Camp Snoopy classic, Huff and Puff. To commemorate the event, guests can “earn” their Huff and Puff Last Ride merit badge. This will be the first badge in a series of limited-edition merit badges that guests can earn leading up to the opening day of the reimagined Camp Snoopy this summer. The badges are exclusive to guests only on January 7 and only while supplies last.

Originally opening in 1983, Huff and Puff has delighted little campers for decades. This one-of-a-kind ride system sends little campers chugging along the track at the speed of their own strength. This summer, Camp Snoopy will be reimagined to allow campers of all ages to become full-fledged Beagle Scouts as they explore new rides, new character experiences, new entertainment, a new dining hall, a new camp store, plus more seating and ambiance.

Every month leading up to the reveal of the new Camp Snoopy, guests can collect their limited-edition merit badges. Each special date will be announced on Knott’s Berry Farm social media channels a few days ahead of the giveaway.

Monday, January 8, 2024 at 11:30 AM
6284 Hollywood Boulevard
 Actor Willem Dafoe will be honored with the 2,768th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, January 8, at 11:30 a.m. PT at 6284 Hollywood Boulevard. Dafoe will receive his star in the category of Motion Pictures. Joining emcee Ellen K as speakers will be actor/director Patricia Arquette and actor Pedro Pascal.
SCA Events
January 9, 2024, 3:00 P.M.
The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre, RZC 119, Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, 3131 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Further Out:
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is happening, Jan 4th-15th. Head out a little further to Palm Springs for the new year and see some amazing films.

Here's our top picks on what to see.

Talking Pictures

One of the distinctive features of the Palm Springs International Film Festival is the chance to directly interact with filmmakers and actors, gaining firsthand insights and observations from them.

Film Inspired Dinners

Join us for these one-of-a-kind dinner experiences that seamlessly blends the magic of cinema with the artistry of gastronomy. Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory experience where each delectable course is a culinary masterpiece inspired by films appearing at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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.

American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.
Secret Movie Club-Special edition posters and a large swatch of films to see.

 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge - Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
Brain Dead Studios-Newcomer that manages to fill its schedule almost every night