Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Weekly What To Do: Don't Be Down, We Have Bleak Week For That


Westfield Century City, The Atrium - 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Wednesday, 5/29 - 10am - 9pm PT
    Thursday, 5/30 - 10am - 9pm PT
    Friday, 5/31 - 10am - 10pm PT
    Saturday, 6/1 - 10am - 10pm PT
    Sunday, 6/2 - 11am - 8pm PT
Free
 
Join Westfield Century City and Apple TV+ for a multi-sensory showcase of award-winning Apple Originals. 
 
is Open to the Public on June 1
SRGN Studios
3855 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Free, must get tickets

In association with the highly anticipated limited series “Clipped”, FX will be presenting the Clipped: Courtside Club, an immersive exhibit the weekend prior to its premiere - free and open to the public. The exhibit centers around one of the biggest scandals in sports, and the aftermath that followed for the LA Clippers front office, players, and fans - set off by the notorious NBA team owner, Donald Sterling.

“FX’s Clipped” Premieres June 4 Only on Hulu
 
May 31-Jun 2
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green Street Pasadena, CA 91101
$40 – $190
 
It's the 15th anniversary! Celebrate the Art of Monsters and Movie Magic with Over 450 Exhibitors, Monster Museum, Makeup Demos, Celebrity Guests & Much More!
 

Aminder Dhaliwal Signing for the release of A Witch's Guide To Burning!
Aminder will be at Secret Headquarters Thursday, May 30 from 5 -7p.
 
Friday, May 31, 8:30 pm
Skirball
$15-$20
 
Immerse yourself in monsters and imagination with Falkor and Atreyu, saving the realm from The Nothing. Rediscover the power of storytelling and the boundless magic of childhood. With its breathtaking visuals and unforgettable characters, The NeverEnding Story is a cinematic journey that transcends time.


Arrive early to view the exhibitions! The NeverEnding Story is the perfect complement to the exhibition Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak, which highlights the fantasy worlds, monsters both friend and foe, and creativity of Maurice Sendak's sixty-year career.
 

What is a Western? Film Series: Wild Wild West
Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series
Saturday, June 1, 2024, 1:30 p.m.
The Autry Theater
Admission:Free for Autry Members | Tickets Include Museum Admission

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Wild Wild West, an iconic steampunk Western which showcases Will Smith and Kevin Kline as two U.S. Secret Service agents working together to protect U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and the United States from a variety of dangerous threats.

This film is a bombastic romp that highlights the fictional role of a leading African American cowboy and takes audiences on a winding trip through the American West. It also conveys how 90s cinema portrayed the contributions of Black cowboys to the West and is an important predecessor to Black Westerns of today.


'Bleak Week: Cinema of Despair - Year 3'
Sat. Jun 1 - Fri. Jun 7, 2024
Aero Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Los Feliz 3
 
What's so crazy about this one is that so many directors are coming to show off their utterly depressing work. And, it's really all crammed into one week.
 
In-person guests include: Jerry Schatzberg, Al Pacino, Kenneth Lonergan, Lynne Ramsay, Charlie Kaufman, Lynne Littman, Elliott Gould, Michael Rooker, Allen Hughes, Bernard Rose, Karyn Kusama, Steve De Jarnatt, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi and Don Hertzfeldt
 
We're giving you a heads up, because we can see some of these have sold out and because, once again, we love the concept.

We say go deeper and have tissues packs with the Bleak Week logo on them. 
 
Maybe a showing of The End of Evangelion, we're not seeing much Japanese love. And, boy, do they know how to communicate messed-up sadness.
 
 
Last Remaining Seats (June1-15, special theaters) returns to remind us to check out the classic theaters around LA we should still be using more. We have so many amazing places to watch movies that we under-utilize. The full schedule is up and lets you choose from only a six-movie selection. So, pick something as you don't have many chances to see these films on the big screen or in one of these  classic LA theaters.
 
Anime Riverside, June 1st & 2nd at the Riverside Convention Center is kicking off next month and they have so many voice actors from heavy hitter animes. It might be a good chance to prep for Anime Expo in July too. 

As we've said before, we went last last year and we were impressed by how the event takes over downtown Riverside. Cosplayers, otaku and plenty of merch stretch out all over the city. And, we really liked the anime themed wrestling. 

Check out Panels here. There's quite a good amount of them.

We'll give you updates with less than weeks to go till this one starts up.

Check AR's Twitter for the latest updates on who and what's gonna be there.

There's also these two killer events on Saturday there.

Jojo Pose off Competition - 4:00 PM *Interactive/Huge Prize Competition
Naruto Panel Room A

Oh Dio, we are doing this?! Come compete against fellow attendees to become the best meme of Anime Riverside! How far can YOU lean?

Super Saiyan Scream-off Competition - 5:00 PM *Interactive
Naruto Panel Room A

We’ve all tried to go Super Saiyan, right? Do you have what it takes? Come scream and scare the Trunks off us with your mighty roars!



Giant Robot Store Presents:
Small World: An Exhibition of the Small & the Cute
All Artwork Sized at 4x6 Inches
June 1st - 16th
Live Instagram Tour by Eric Nakamura on @giantrobotstore and Art Available Online on Saturday, June 1st, 11:00 am PST
Closed Mondays, Open 12-6pm all other days
Giant Robot Store
2015 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Opening Receptions:
Saturday, June 1st 6-10pm
with DJ, refreshments, live painting, video projections and more
ADOR
Familiar Yet Foreign (Gallery I)
MICHAEL POLAKOWSKI
Melodrama (Gallery II)
GROUP SHOW CURATED BY HALOPIGG
With A Little Help From My Friends…(Gallery III)
HA HAENGEUN
Willing To Be Motherhood (Gallery IV)
FL.OUR POTS
Smoke and Mirrors (The Doghouse Gallery
THINKSPACE PROJECTS
4207 W. Jefferson Blvd. + 4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Free

June 1, 2024 - June 16, 2024
Opening Reception / Jun 1, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
NUCLEUS 210 East Main St
Alhambra CA 91801
 
In honor of the animated masterpiece's 65th anniversary, Gallery Nucleus and Cyclops Print Works are proud to present a tribute to Disney's Sleeping Beauty. In addition to this incredible collection of new illustrations to the beloved classic, our downstairs gallery will be displaying the work of Eyvind Earle, the man behind the iconic design of Sleeping Beauty.
 
 
 
 
Hailu Mergia
DJ set by Mark Maxwel
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2024
Time: DJ set at 6 p.m.; Performance at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free, tickets required.




Summer Carnival of Cats – a free Open House and Feline Faire on Saturday, June 1 from 11am - 4pm.
As Tail Town’s official grand reopening as a nonprofit, the event offers feline fans an opportunity to play, party and purr with 30-40 free roaming rescue cats that live onsite. For those 21+, a paid afterparty event will allow ticketed guests to chill with the cats in the lounge from 6 - 8pm.
During the day Tail Town will open its adoption lounge for guests (ages 6 and up) for a free visit to meet the adoptable rescue cats and play shortened versions of Tail Town’s quirky weekly events. Guests can gain insight into Tail Town Cats’ work with cat and kitten adoption, cat socialization and feline education, as well as see the new breed of cat café that throws out the old and allows direct, playful interaction for humans and felines.


Mount Wilson Observatory Presents
Saturday Evening Talks & Telescopes
“The Search for Earth 2.0”

with Guest Speaker Dr. Jessie Christiansen
Featuring Space & Science Talks, Picnicking, and Stargazing
June 1, 2024, 5:30 - 11:30pm



The Whore Gaze: Understandings of Care, Labor, and Sovereignty
Curated by Elizabeth Dayton and Kim Ye
Sunday, June 2, 2024, 2–5 pm
Philosophical Research Society
3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Limited free parking available on site
Free admission | RSVP HERE

Drawing on filmmaker PJ Starr and activist Sonyka Francis’s concept of the “whore gaze,” this film and video program curated by Elizabeth Dayton and Kim Ye celebrates the legacy of sex workers as visionaries who reimagine representations of care, labor, and sovereignty.

Before the films begin, guests find their seats within a space filled by Bolexxx (Red Light Green excerpt) (2023), Eva Wu’s animation of otherworldly shifting pleasures and fabulous freaks thriving in their truth. The program then presents the film Stone Dove (2021), and documentaries Odyssey is Red (2022) and Fly in Power (2023). The films are followed by a community guest panel, “The Erotic Labor of Art, Family, and Futurity.”

Monday, June 3rd, at 7:30pm
New Bev
$13

 
 
 
 
 
 
Extra: 
 

OFF THE 405 is the Getty Center's annual outdoor summer concert series, bringing some of today's most exciting bands to the stage for a memorable experience amid stunning architecture and breathtaking sunset views.

 
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.
 

Street Food Cinema-Outdoor cult or recent hits you'll love.

Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level. Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán.


 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-manages to fill its schedule almost every night
611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
 
Vidiots -A one-of-a-kind hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and everyone curious about cinema. A small theater is more than made-up for with the constant content and special screenings.
4884 Eagle Rock Blvd
 
 
Art
 
March 2-Sept 1
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission $

Giant Robot Biennale 5 features artists Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean,
Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto, among others. Since 2007, JANM has partnered with Eric Nakamura, founder of Giant Robot, to produce the Giant Robot Biennale, a recurring art exhibition that highlights diverse creative works celebrating the brand’s ethos.
 
 
05.02.2024 (Thu.) – 11.03.2024 (Sun.)
JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2
Free
 
 “Yes, KAWAII is Art -EXPRESS YOURSELF-” is the first exhibition in which Masuda, known as the “King of Kawaii,” brings together multiple artworks unravelling the concepts within the phenomena while introducing his personal story of sharing kawaii with the world. Through his collection of artifacts from the origins of the culture and dazzling immersive art installations, visitors are invited to explore the cultural context and significance of the kawaii movement and step into the colorful world to feel the aesthetic for themselves, emphasizing its role in fostering a sense of joy, innocence, and community as a tool for self-expression and representation of a worldwide tribe to which we can all belong.
 
March 9, 2024 – September 8, 2024
Bowers Museum 
$ Admission
 
 Never-before-seen at a museum and making its American debut, Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. This exhibition is a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators