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The Annual Convention Returns

The Comic-Con super-fandom returns to Orange County this upcoming weekend, March 23rd – 25th. Featuring comics (of course), anime, gaming, movies and television, your inner geek should be excited. The Anaheim Convention Center will house three days jam=packed with sneak peeks, Q&As, premiere screenings, and special guests.

Whether you’ve been a comic book fan since the origins of Batman and Superman, or just recently converted because of the popularity of The Avengers, you’ll find something to enjoy at WonderCon. WonderCon isn’t quite as large as Comic-Con, but it does give visitors more intimacy with the comic creators themselves.

The event will include autograph sessions, a blood drive in order to give back to the local community, a Children’s Film Festival, and Tournaments & Demos of some of the most popular board and card games. You can certainly expect to see numerous celebrities as well. And with them, inevitably, the excited mobs of fandom that follow them around. If you’ve just watched the popular new film, Black Panther, consider this event an opportunity to meet with its comic book creators and a chance to say “Wakanda Forever” with like-minded individuals. While Saturday tickets for this three-day event have been sold out, there is still an opportunity to attend. Details for ticket purchases can be found on the event website right here. 

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Lights, Cameras, FilmWeek’s Oscar Preview!

Become an Insightful Oscar Viewer

AirTalk’s FilmWeek Oscar Preview will have you looking like THE film aficionado of your Oscar viewing party.

The Ace Hotel yet again graces the blog with its presence. Moreover, while a majestic looking and historical venue, the Ace attracts cool events. Additionally, the iconic venue will be hosting FilmWeek’s Oscar Preview. FilmWeek, the movie discussion program which airs on AirTalk, fittingly, will record their special episode in front of a live audience. Nevertheless, that audience can, of course, feature you, should you choose to attend and participate.

Attending the show will give you the opportunity to gather some interesting facts and figures about this Oscar Season’s hottest films and film auteurs. Including: What are Christopher Nolan’s chances to win best director for Dunkirk? What’s the history behind this fish movie that everyone is talking about? FilmWeek’s discussion is one of the best ways to be in the know come Oscar Sunday. Film critics like Los Angeles Times’ Justin Chang, and Christy Lemire of Roger Ebert.com, along with many more will be in attendance.  

The event will begin at 1 o’clock this Sunday afternoon and cost about $12 to $14. Let me grace you with some additional details about the event right here.

 

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A Weekend at the Ace Hotel

Some interesting things are going down this weekend at the historic Ace Hotel in DTLA. I have mentioned the Ace Hotel before, but it’s definitely worth checking out. The hotel was originally built as the flagship theater for the United Artists movie studio. So, not only will you get to check out its interesting architecture, but you can experience a little piece of Hollywood history.

Nevertheless, back to this weekend. First and foremost, on Friday the 24th, Pop-Up Magazine comes to the Ace Hotel. Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine that brings you new, true stories about film, photography, radio, and music. A group of tremendously talented people mix it all together, right in front of you on stage. For instance, best selling authors like Michael Pollan and Alice Walker, and filmmakers like Ava DuVernay, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller, have attended in the past. Not to mention actors like John C Reily and Kumail Nanjiani. This event is brought to you by 89.9 KCRW, a NPR station.

Secondly, you can join Time Out Los Angeles at the Ace Hotel on Sunday for an Oscar watch party. Basically if  staying up-to-date with style and culture interests you, this is the weekend to visit the Ace. You may not be able to sit down among the Hollywood celebrities, but you can dress up and sit with other fans. This event starts at 3:30pm on Sunday. If you want details about both of these interesting events, check out the Ace Hotel’s website. Here is a link for your convenience.

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Halloween Weekend 2016

 

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Check out el Dia de los Muertos during your Halloween weekend

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The classic cinematic creation: Nosferatu

This Halloween weekend promises to be a bit different from the typical. Oct 31st falls on a Monday this year, so while you will most likely not be going to any wild and crazy Halloween parties on the day, this weekend will still have some great fun. In fact, I have two great events to talk to you about. The classic Hollywood Forever cemetery will be holding one of California’s largest Dia de los Muertos celebrations. They cover the grounds with festive decorations and there are plenty of musical performances and authentic crafts. Not to mention, they encourage everyone to dress up in authentic traditional garb. I guess you can consider it practice for your Halloween costume on Monday. And if you have plans for some Halloween parties at night, consider it a good seasonal change of pace for the day / early evening.

It’s important to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a culturally authentic experience. The event runs from Sat. October 29th from 12pm to 12am. And the event will run you about $20 for general admission, but children (8 years and younger) and seniors get in free before 4pm. I’d say it’s a great deal to get some authentic Mexican cuisine, check out some unique crafts, and listen to some appropriate festival music.

Second, the other event I want to mention also occurs on Saturday, but on Monday as well. Before there was Dracula on the big screen, there was Nosferatu. An iconic film of the silent era, Nosferatu is returning  with a live performance of its musical score. A brand new score has been created for a chamber orchestra to perform at this event! Experience the dark atmosphere, and the general creepiness level of the performance. It certainly seems to be Halloween appropriate. Not to mention, this event is taking place at the Ace Hotel in Downtown. What a gorgeous and perfect venue for the event. There will also be a pre show happy hour on Halloween. Check it out!

Here are links to the two websites so you can purchase tickets. Have a happy Halloween weekend and holiday!

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EatSeeHear – 500 Days of Summer

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If you’re anything like me then you’re a fan of some quality cinema. And what I have found is that the cinematic experience is even better with others. Equally, I thoroughly enjoy some great food with my movies. Although I do enjoy some live music beforehand too, if only there was some event that would bring all these things together? Well, I guess we are in luck! Let me tell you about EatSeeHear.

EatSeeHear is “LA’s Premier Outdoor Movie, Food Truck, and Live Music Event Series.” Phew, that was a bit of a mouthful. However, this series seems seriously cool, and I for one cannot wait to check it out myself. The events are in one of five different venues, and they have a new musical artist and film every week. Not to mention they have some of SoCal’s most popular food trucks on deck.

The next event is this Saturday, July 23rd, in Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall, from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. And in my opinion, perhaps one of the new classic summer film’s 500 Days of Summer will be there. A classic story about love, but not quite a love story, this is a great film.

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Take the opportunity to see this movie as it was meant to be seen—with others, on a warm summer evening. In the first place though, make sure you check out the music and food. The band “Dutch Party” will be performing. Additionally here is a small list of the food trucks that will be there to fill our collective stomachs: Border Grill, Brasil Kiss, Coolhaus, and Cousins Maine Lobster.

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Tickets are still on sale for this Saturday’s festivities, as well as the remaining schedule for the rest of the summer.

Here is a link to the Eventbrite to purchase some tickets. Enjoy everyone!

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