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February 13th, 2017 by Cherry

I’m planning to head to the Santa Monica Pier for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair and Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest on Sunday, March 5. I feel clever as heck just planning to attend and seeing the robots! The Free Festival Includes: A Contest of Student-Imagineered Rube Goldberg Machines, an Innovation Exhibition Featuring Soccer Matches between Guest-Operated LEGO Robots, and a Panel of NASA & JPL Engineers

The Santa Monica Pier will welcome many of the country’s brightest young inventors, tech leaders, educators and students for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Machines Innovation Fair. This one-day event is free to the public and summons all to playfully dive into an interactive experience that connects the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Kicking off the event at 11:30am, S..E.A.M. will entertain, enlighten, and mesmerize in three ways: a Path to Innovation Panel hosting brilliant galactic and scientific minds, an Innovation Exhibition presenting a wonderland of experiential and groundbreaking delights, and the Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest featuring student teams from across Los Angeles and the nation.
Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
The event will feature tiers of middle school, high school, and university squads in a battle of Rube Goldberg machines – overly engineered contraptions that achieve a simple end-game through the most complicated (and humorous) paths imaginable. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning inventor and cartoonist Rube Goldberg, these contraptions inspire creativity and innovation. On the Internet, they’re viral video sensations, and in-person, they’re mechanical magic.

Student teams from Santa Monica to Alaska are scheming big for this year’s challenge – applying a Band-Aid in minimum of 20 chain reactions. Down the Santa Monica Pier, over a dozen machines will be operating in 10’x10’ plots, each tinkering towards that final Band-Aid mechanism. The winning team will be judged and awarded a cash prize and entry to the national competition by a creditable committee: Lyle Tavernier (NASA Educational Technology Specialist), Hector Alvarez (Two Bit Circus Creative Director), Brett Doar (celebrated Rube Goldberg machinist), Martin Tomasz (analog/radio/mixed-signal engineer), and Heather Doyle (S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair Creator).

Royal Rumble of Rube
11:30AM-2PM
Teams have taken DIY machine-building to new heights as they face off & compete for the best Rube Goldberg machine that can apply a BAND-AID™ in 20 steps or more! Prize money & everlasting glory are on the line so come pick a champ & cheer them on.

The Path to Innovation
2-3:30PM
A panel of innovators, including Michelle Easter of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jeremy Selan of Valve virtual reality, Zaina Siyed highschool robotics champion and founder of the FemSTEM scholarship will discuss the challenges of their fields and the opportunities that await!

I am a Robot!
11AM-1:30PM

Curby, Santa Monica Public Work’s walking, talking recycling robot will be joining us for a limited time at the grand entrance to the Santa Monica Pier along Ocean Front Walk.

Get Your Build On
11AM-4PM

Build a fort out of cardboard boxes, a sculpture out of rolled newspaper, or help create a giant recycling machine. This day is a builder’s paradise!

Swim With the Fishes
11AM-4PM 

Visit Heal The Bay’s Aquarium under the Pier to check out the coolest creates and even pilot an underwater ROV mini-sub.

Path to Innovation Panel
A notable panel of scientific wizards will enlighten folks with visionary tales, discussing challenges in their fields and revealing secrets that the future holds.
  • Gray Bright: Host of the Tomorrow Show, standup comedian, robotic engineer, and Lego enthusiast.
  • Brent Bushnell: Board President and CEO (or Chief Rabble-Rouser) of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
  • Michelle Easter: former high fashion runway model who diverted at 26 to pursue an engineering degree. By 31, she had finished at the top of her class with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now a Mechatronics Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Jeremy Selan: two-time Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award Winner and Valve developer making an impact in the virtual reality sector.
  • Zaina Siyed: local high school student, robotics champion and founder of FemSTEM – a foundation to help encourage girls to participate in STEM activities.
During the competition, innovation stations will be activated throughout the pier hosted by event partners and vendors. Each will spark curiosity and engagement from the crowds with its own brand of genius:
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center: guests can use LEGO robots to compete against each other at soccer.
  • Craig Burrows Photography: floral photography collection lauded by Wired for its ‘ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence’ technique.
  • Heal the Bay / Aquarium / FCEC: piloting an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), build boats out of aluminum foil and play around with a host of other technological gadgets.
  • Orchanic: showcasing an A.I. prototype that uses Deep Learning to identify trash on the beaches, the HEXA spider robot, and smart clothing.
  • Paisley Garbage: arts and craft vendor.
  • Peddler’s Creamery: churn delicious homemade ice cream by a bicycle.
  • reDiscover Center: turn massive amounts of recycled cardboard into anything imaginable.
  • STEMup4Youth: guests can let their imaginations go wild by building enormous structures out of recycles cardboard.
  • Steve Craig’s drawBot: a crowd favorite, Steve Craig returns again this year with his exceptionally popular drawing machines and more.
  • T4T.org: invites festival-goers to create the Ultimate Recycling Machine using their imagination, engineering skills, and some fun upcycled materials.
For more information, visit SteamMachinesLA.com; search for the official event hashtag #SteamMachines.
S.T.E.A.M. Machines
Innovation Fair & Rube Goldberg Contest
Sunday • March 5 • 11:30am
200 Santa Monica Pier,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
About The Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. He was the inspiration for the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which challenges participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task. The contest is an annual international competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine.

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January 19th, 2017 by Cherry

I’m geek fangirling with the newest DC Comics Justice League moving premiering on DVD/BluRay/Digital HD on February 7th but if you are in Los Angeles or NYC you can enjoy a special viewing and Q&A with cast and producers. I grew up loving Justice League and have been very happy with the DC series. They can be a little dark and violent but since they are geared towards an older fan based the stories have some adult themes. I have also been incredibly impressed with the writing and direction of the films. They have taken classic characters we grew up with and have enriched the story as well as given them a more contemporary look and attitude to appeal to casual fans as well. Now that they have decided to ‘reboot’ Constantine and begin to bring him into the TV/Animation family it will give new fans of the character an opportunity to get to know him as well as old fans some major nerd love. I’m hoping to chat with Matt Ryan again since I interviewed him (and the cast) at SDCC for Constantine (NBC) a series that I feel did not get the time to find an audience that it deserved. 

I’m so excited about the Justice League Dark that is the latest  DC Universe Original Movie that is premiering at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on January 23, 2017  and at the Director’s Guild of America in New York on February 2, 2017. Fans are able to attend the screening and stay for the filmmakers and members of the voice cast  post-screening panel discussion. Matt Ryan (Constantine, The Halcyon), the voice of Constantine, and Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue, Blue Bloods), the voice of Deadman, will attend both the Los Angeles and New York premieres and take part in the panel discussions along with supervising producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva and character designer Phil Bourassa. Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV videogame), the voice of Jason Blood/Etrigan, joins the World Premiere festivities in Los Angeles. Additional talent participating at the two premieres will be announced as confirmed.

Justice League Dark …

When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, Batman must call upon mystical counterparts to eradicate this demonic threat to the planet. Enter Justice League Dark, reluctantly led by the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Like Batman, Constantine is a cunning, often cynical loner who is the best at his chosen profession – but quickly realizes the sinister forces plaguing the planet will require help from other supernatural alliances. Forming a new “league” with sorceress Zatanna, otherworldly Deadman, and Jason Blood and his powerful alter ego Etrigan the Demon, this team of Dark Arts specialists must unravel the mystery of Earth’s supernatural plague and contend with the rising, powerful villainous forces behind the siege – before it’s too late for all of mankind.

Latest DC Universe Original Movie to Debut in LA (1/23/17) and NYC (2/2/17);

Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis 

 

Both screenings will begin at 7:00 pm. The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles is located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The Director’s Guild of America is located at 110 West 57th Street in New York City.

A limited number of free tickets are available to the general public. Please note that Justice League Dark is Rated R for “some disturbing violence.” Anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

 

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on January 23 must RSVP via email to JLDarkLA@gmail.com.

 

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on February 2 must RSVP via email to JLDarkNY@gmail.com.

 

The body of all fan RSVP emails need ONLY include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) valid email address, and (3) name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening, and the number of tickets being requested (limit four per entry). Fans should keep their entry simple – here’s an example of exactly how the body of the RSVP email should appear:

 

Bruce Wayne

2 tickets

DarkKnight@gmail.com

www.cherrydavis.org

 

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email.

 

About Justice League Dark …

When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, Batman must call upon mystical counterparts to eradicate this demonic threat to the planet. Enter Justice League Dark, reluctantly led by the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Like Batman, Constantine is a cunning, often cynical loner who is the best at his chosen profession – but quickly realizes the sinister forces plaguing the planet will require help from other supernatural alliances. Forming a new “league” with sorceress Zatanna, otherworldly Deadman, and Jason Blood and his powerful alter ego Etrigan the Demon, this team of Dark Arts specialists must unravel the mystery of Earth’s supernatural plague and contend with the rising, powerful villainous forces behind the siege – before it’s too late for all of mankind.

Actor Matt Ryan, who set the standard for the role of Constantine on the Warner Bros. live-action television series, returns to the role in animated form alongside Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Batman, Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue, Blue Bloods) as Deadman, Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV videogame) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross (24, Arrow) as John Stewart/Swamp Thing, Jeremy Davies (Justified, Constantine) as Ritchie Simpson, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell (Stand By Me, Crossing Jordan) as Superman, Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint, Veronica Mars) as Felix Faust, and Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider-Man 2) as Destiny.

 

Justice League Dark is directed by Jay Oliva (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). Story by J.M. DeMatteis and Ernie Altbacker (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) and teleplay by Ernie Altbacker. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight trilogy) are co-executive producers. James Tucker (Batman Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) is Supervising Producer.

 

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League Dark will be distributed February 7, 2017 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset (featuring an exclusive Constantine figurine), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. The film will be available to own on Digital HD starting January 24, 2017.

 

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December 11th, 2016 by Cherry

Am excited to get my Gamer Chick on with the new Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier game that will be out in time for holidays!

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier 
Epic Two-Episode Premiere Debuts December 20th
with ‘Ties That Bind’ Part I & Part II

 

After watching the mid winter finale of the series am already suffering from The Walking Dead withdrawal!

The launch of the new season in the acclaimed series will be a special two-part premiere with 2 episodes on the SAME DAY!

Episode One: ‘Ties That Bind’ Part I & Episode Two: ‘Ties That Bind’ Part II.
We get to play the game as we get to know Javier, his family and Clementine all trying to survive the Zombie scourge plaguing the world. As they explore the Walking Dead Universe they will get to meet new and old characters from Comic Books/TV. One familiar face will be Jesus and a few others that you have to wait to see when the games are released! As they leave the ‘safety’ of their home and see what the ‘New Frontier’ means .. I’m going out on a limb and say ZOMBIES <scream>
Clem and Baby AJ

The new series will have episodes and the first two will premier digitally worldwide starting Tuesday, December 20th on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam and other digital distribution services. Also on Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4. The episode will be available the same day for compatible iOS devices via the App Store and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play. Follow for updates on additional release dates and platforms.

Beginning in February, the series will also be available for purchase on a special ‘Season Pass Disc’ for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, which will include the premiere episodes for the third season, as well as access to all subsequent episodes in the five episode season for download as they become available.
Users can pre-order the season for their favorite platform now by visiting https://telltale.com/series/the-walking-dead-a-new-frontier/#buy. As a special bonus, PlayStation 4 digital preorders also receive a complimentary copy of The Walking Dead: Season Two and The Walking Dead: Michonne; while Steam users receive a discount of 10% for preordering.
When family is all you have left… how far will you go to protect it? Years after society was ripped apart by undead hands, pockets of civilization emerge from the chaos. But at what cost? Can the living be trusted on this new frontier? As Javier, a young man determined to protect his family, you meet a young girl who has experienced her own unimaginable loss. Her name is Clementine, and your fates are bound together in a story where every choice you make could be your last.
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier will act as both a new beginning for players fresh to the series and unfamiliar with Clementine, as well as a continuation for players who have experienced Seasons One and Two. Players new to the series will be able to start a story that is tailored to this new beginning. Players continuing onward from prior seasons will have multiple options for quickly configuring their tailored backstory, or importing past save files from various platforms. Additional information on this feature will be detailed in the coming week.
 
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier is expected to receive a rating of ‘M’ (Mature) from the ESRB.
For more news and information on the season, stay tuned to telltale.com, follow @telltalegames on Twitter, and on follow our page on

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier poster

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December 11th, 2016 by Cherry

Don’t despair if you didn’t get a ticket to see the premier of Rogue One at the TLC Chinese Theatre

Thanks to Legion M launch of ‘Legion Does Good’ initiative partnering with LiningUp.net for the opening Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Rebels and Empire fans can buy tickets to see Rogue One at the TLC Chinese Theatre to help raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation

Legion M Launches “Legion Does Good” Initiative Partnering with LiningUp.net for the Opening of ROGUEONE: A STAR WARS STORY

 

 

 

 

 

Fans can purchase tickets to Rogue One at the TCL Chinese Theater through the Legion M website to help raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Legion M wants cosplayers to start arriving by 2pm for photo opportunities.
Legion M is giving away 3 pairs of tickets to deserving Star Wars fans. Know any Star Wars super fans who can’t afford to buy tickets to our Rogue One screening at the TCL Chinese Theater but really deserve to be there? If so, just tell us in a brief email why you or someone you know might be worthy. Email tonight (December 11th) for consideration to Damian@theLegionM.com (Transportation/Parking not included)
Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company, launches its “Legion Does Good” initiative this holiday season. Legion M and LiningUp.Net have joined forces to fill the TCL Chinese Theater with super-fans on Thursday, December 15th for the 7:00 p.m.opening night screening of ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story to benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  This worthwhile charity brightens the lives of seriously ill children across the US and Puerto Rico by funding pediatric hospitals’ and clinics’ critical needs.  Starlight supports over 27 million visits each year, transforming the lives of millions of children through exceptional health care services. Starlight Children’s Foundation was LiningUp.Net’s charity partner in 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2015, and Legion M is thrilled to partner with LiningUp.Net and Starlight Children’s Foundation to help raise funds for Starlight’s vital mission.
WHEN:  
In-Person7pmThursday December 15th at the Chinese Theater.
WHERE:
In-Person: TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
About LiningUp.Net
In 1999, 2002, and 2005, devoted fans stood outside of Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre for weeks – waiting eagerly for the next installment of the fabled Star Wars saga, and gathering in force to celebrate the next piece of cinematic history. Since 1977, lining up has been a hallmark of the Star Wars experience. LiningUp.net – the organizers of the enormously successful Star Wars prequel lines – once again stood in line in 2015, this time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and raised money for their long-time charity partner, Starlight Children’s Foundation.
About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Each year, more than 30 million children in the US suffer from a critical, chronic or terminal illness.  Many of these kids experience long hospital stays, painful medical treatments and sometimes a scary and uncertain future. Starlight turns pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Starlight partners with world-class brands and companies, charitable foundations, socially aware groups and organizations and philanthropic individuals to bring entertainment, education and innovative technology to sick kids through their nationwide network of community partners.
About Legion M 
Legion M is the world’s first FAN-OWNED entertainment studio. We work with top tier Hollywood creators to develop and monetize content together with FANS.   With Legion M, FANS own the company, FANS get behind the scenes, and if we are successful-FANS share the rewards! Founded by Silicon Valley-based Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison, the Emmy-winning team behind MobiTV (the guys who first brought you live streaming TV for your phone), Legion M is the first entertainment-based, equity crowdfunded company in history to use the JOBS Act to gain over 3000 investors and $1+M in investment.  Legion M’s mission is to empower creators to push boundaries and empower Fans to be a part of the content they love. Join us at TheLegionM.com.

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November 27th, 2016 by Cherry
Baby it’s COLD outside so it’s the perfect time to head to Universal Studios Hollywood and live out your Harry Potter Fantasy with a Hogsmeade Butterbeer! The treat that will bring to ‘mind’ well tastebuds of butterscotch and shortbread. 

You’ll find the Butterbeer™ at Three Broomsticks “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterUniversal Studios Hollywood

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD — “The Wizarding World of  Harry Potter” — Pictured: “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood adds Hot Butterbeer to its menu of scrumptious fare served at Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub — (Photo by: David Sprague/Universal Studios Hollywood)

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD — “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” — Pictured: “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood adds Hot Butterbeer to its menu of scrumptious fare served at Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub — (Photo by: David Sprague/Universal Studios Hollywood)

Three Broomsticks is reminiscent of an old rustic tavern with custom made wooden tables and chairs/benches in the deep woods of Merry Old England that serves a full menu from breakfast to dinner. The British aka Potter inspired menu includes Eggy Bread breakfast (freshly baked baguette dipped in a cinnamon egg batter and lightly sautéed, sprinkled with powder sugar and served with bacon, strawberries and real maple syrup.), Bangers & Mash (savory grilled English sausages with creamy mashed potatoes and minted peas), Shepherd’s Pie (ground beef and vegetables, crowned with a crust of mashed potatoes), Beef Sunday Roast (prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and gravy), Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew, Fish & Chips and for a sweet finish Sticky Toffee Pudding rounds!

If your in the mood for adult beverages amble next door to the Hog’s Head pub where you can enjoy Hog’s Head Brew, Dragon’s Scale, Wizard’s Brew, Fire Whiskey, Pumpkin Fizz and Gilly Water as well as three Butterbeer choices: traditional, frozen and hot.

Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebookand follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter

Universal Studios HollywoodTM is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™,Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster, as well the all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

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November 23rd, 2016 by Cherry

screenshot-2016-11-23-11-04-11It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the holiday season of family and friends all in one spot! This year the Paley Center is celebrating the holiday season with classic TV programs from their archive on the big screen from noon to 5pm!

It looks simply delightful to see the mean Grinch in all his glory in their auditorium since I’ve only seen these shows on TV. <sigh> seeing the list of holiday fare brings back childhood memories of cinnamon toast and hot chocolate as my family gathered around our old TV. My grandmother cooking the BEST sweet potato casserole and my grandfather enjoying a scotch with their dog.

 screenshot-2016-11-23-11-03-43
screenshot-2016-11-23-11-02-59What’s your favorite holiday TV show that will bring you to Paleyland? Are you going to ask Santa for Nintendo (is everything old new again) or some other sold out item that you want to put under the tree for yourself <cough cough> the kids???

Come watch the Grinch, Rudolph, Heat Miser, Frosty, and more!

It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive on our big screen! See the following classic holiday programs playing continuously from noon to 5:00 pm:

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 
A Charlie Brown Christmas  
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer  
A Rugrats Kwanzaa 
Frosty the Snowman  
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays!

 

It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand

December 2, 2016, to January 8, 2017, in Los Angeles
Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Closing at 4:30 pm on Christmas Eve (12/24) & New Year’s Eve (12/31).

The Paley Center for Media celebrates the joy of the season with a special family-friendly experience. It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive, along with family activities and…a visit with Santa! (Photos with Santa will be available for purchase.)

 

So come have a wonderful holiday experience in Beverly Hills, at the Paley Center.

Bring the family to PaleyLand and have a visit with Santa! Photos with Santa are available for purchase.

Visit with Santa Schedule!

Saturday, December 3: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, December 4: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, December 10: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, December 11: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, December 17: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, December 18: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 21: noon – 5:00pm
Thursday, December 22: noon – 5:00pm
Friday, December 23: noon – 5:00pm
Saturday, December 24: noon – 4:00pm

 *Click for more info, and when Santa will be at the Paley Center (his hours vary)!
SANTA’S SCHEDULE

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November 22nd, 2016 by Cherry

Kick off the holidays with RiffTrax, Martians, Santa and Weird Al!

 “Come on, we know you don’t like roasted chestnuts — nobody does, they’re gross — so why not make our RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature your new Christmas tradition? Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and a Christmas Shorts-stravaganza, plus all new riffing on yours and our Christmas photos is just what the Santa ordered,” Michael J. Nelson of RiffTrax said.

 

“The RiffTrax crew always delivers literal laugh-out-loud content that has audiences coming back event after event, and their Holiday Special Double Feature is certain to make this the funniest time of year,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said.

 

This year gather your family, friends and popcorn for a double feature of geek fun with the “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature”! This year the guys are bringing to select theaters the “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” and “Rifftrax Live: Christmas Shorts-straveganza,” two classic beloved episodes we-worked to bring laughter and holiday joy and multiple Grammy Award-winning comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic for a night of Christmas shorts  No coal in your stockings with the added sweet treat of Parade of Aquatic Champions short and Michael, Kevin and Bill riffing on hilarious fan-submitted holiday family photos.

This holiday special from Fathom Events and RiffTrax, this event will play in movie theaters across the country on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Coming to movie theaters before the holiday special, “RiffTrax Live: Carnival of Souls,” will be broadcast live on Thursday, October 27 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT8:00 p.m. PT with an encore showing on Monday, October 31 7:30 p.m. local time.

Tickets for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 600 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Tickets for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a list of all participating theaters, click here.

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November 22nd, 2016 by Cherry

Octavia E. Butler Legacy TourIf you have family and friends visiting Los Angeles and looking for a fun cultural event. Consider purchasing tickets to attend the Radio Imagination Octavia E. Butler Guided Legacy Bus Tour on Sunday, December 4th.

The event will depart from the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts and will be celebrating the noted science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler with Ayana A.H. Jamieson as host exploring the writers muse, beloved hometown and burial site. 

 

Scholar and founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network, Ayana A. H. Jamieson will lead a guided bus tour through Octavia E. Butler’s hometown of Pasadena, California. Jamieson will provide historical context of the neighborhood, with notable stops at the writer’s gravesite, and other locations key to Butler’s biography and writing.

Tickets are $35 ($25 students with valid ID). The tour will begin and end at the Radio Imagination exhibition at the Armory.

Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler

“The best part of Radio Imagination is the view it provides into Butler’s archive itself.” 
— Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, December 4, 2016, 11:00am–12:30pm

Tour departs from Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, California 91103

Tickets for Tour $25 Students
$35 General Admission
$50 Tour + Tote Bag*

 

Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable.

 

Ayana A. H. Jamieson is the founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.

* Tour + Tote Bag ticket offered with Symbiosis is Deeply Sexy tote only.

 

Exhibitions » 2016 » Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler

Exhibitions

On view now through 01.08.17

Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler

Laylah Ali, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, Lauren Halsey, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Connie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith

“The best part of Radio Imagination is the view it provides into Butler’s archive itself.” 
— Los Angeles Times

Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler is a group exhibition organized by the Los Angeles-based not-for-profit organization Clockshop. The exhibition debuts 6 new commissions inspired by the Octavia E. Butler papers at the Huntington Library. The exhibition is part of Clockshop’s year-long program throughout 2016 celebrating the life and work of Pasadena science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006).

Octavia E. Butler was a bestselling and award-winning author, receiving both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her groundbreaking science fiction, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN West. She was the first Black woman to achieve international prominence in the genre, and is the first and only writer of science fiction to earn a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. With Black female protagonists, radical notions of kinship, and a keen understanding of power dynamics, Butler’s writing revamped the conventions of the science fiction genre. Ultimately, her work suggested new ways of thinking and new models of working for generations of writers and artists to come. 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of Butler’s death.

Radio Imagination debuts new work by Laylah AliMalik Gaines and Alexandro SegadeLauren HalseyMendi + Keith ObadikeConnie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith—contemporary artists working in performance, sound, installation, photography, drawing, and video. Forming an unprecedented collaboration with Clockshop, the Huntington Library in San Marino granted these artists access to work in Butler’s archive. The Octavia E. Butler Collection at the Huntington Library consists of 8,000 individually cataloged items and more than 80 boxes of additional ephemera. Materials range from Butler’s very first short stories, written at age 12, to manuscripts, photographs, and Butler’s collection of inspirational quotes. The commissioned artists comprise an intergenerational group of emerging and established artists, each with an affinity for Butler’s work and a long-standing interest in her oeuvre.
Laylah Ali

Octavia E. Butler Legacy Tour led by Ayana A. H. Jamieson

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November 19th, 2016 by Cherry

Powerpuff Girls are taking New York City 

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Just before Powerpuff Girls new episodes premier on CN they’ve added more PUFF to your life! Bubbles, Blossom & Buttercup at the first Powerpuff Girls PopUP Shop is full of sugar, spice and everything nice with a shop that allows you to personalize items from t-shirts to bags and everything in between. All of this coincides with the rebootof the beloved Cartoon Network series that premiered this past April. To introduce the series CN released the Powerpuff Yourself tool that was downloaded/shared and avatar by over 12 million fans (me included) who were able to Powerpuff themselves all over social media.

Now to kick off the The Powerpuff Girls Snow Week with will premier on Monday, November 28th at 5PM EST on Cartoon Network. They have released a new more diverse and inclusive Powerpuff yourself for males/females to have new hair, additional colors AND a gear option with wheelchairs. If you missed any of the Emmy®nominated The Powerpuff Girls Season 1 episodes you can catch up on the CN app and even catch a sneak peak of the Snow Week premier episode!

Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup are well-represented at the first-ever Powerpuff Girls pop-up shop.  Sami Main

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:angweiss:Downloads:uploaded_files_2016-11-15 12-29-24:PPY_PR_Ultraresponsible SMALL.jpgSunday is the FINAL day to head out to the Powderpuff Girls Powfactor Pop Up Shop is in NYC with exclusive ‘nowhere’ else items. 

The Powerpuff Girls Powfactor Pop Up Shop

168 Bowery ~ New York City

Friday, November 18: 11am – 8pm

Saturday, November 19: 11am – 8pm

Sunday, November 2011am – 6pm

 

The shop is open Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are over 100 new personalizations, and the Powerpuff Yourself tool has also been translated into 26 languages.

Combining the Powerpuff Girls’ iconic imagery with the diversity of today, it’s no wonder the #PowerpuffYourself campaign took off earlier this year.

 

 

 

About Cartoon Network

 

Cartoon Network  is Turner’s global entertainment brand offering the best in original animation for kids and families; and is known as an industry leader for putting its fans at the center of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms. Seen in 192 countries and over 370 million homes with the original hit series Adventure TimeThe Powerpuff GirlsSteven UniverseWe Bare Bears and The Amazing World of Gumball, Cartoon Network also takes its responsibilities to its audience seriously by addressing those issues affecting families with the Stop Bullying: Speak Upcampaign and by promoting education and creative development through its commitment to STEAM enterprises and an integral involvement in Computer Science for All, the White House initiative empowering young people to generate skills to thrive in our digital world.

 

Turner, a Time Warner company that creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.

 

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November 17th, 2016 by Cherry

Nissan has done something no other film and car company collaboration has done. They have the very first Star Wars branded automobile with the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition package.

 

If you have seen the Nissan commercial you may have thought is the Nissan Rogue IN the new film??? ‘No it is not says Jeremy Meadows, Senior Manager who worked with Lucas Films to bring the crossover to dealerships across North America. The commercial uses the Nissan navigation system to keep the driver safe in a galactic war zone from the new film. It’s quite mesmerizing so I’ve watched it a few times as I count the days to the premier.

Of course now I’m counting down the days and trying to save money for the down payment of this limited edition crossover. As you can see from the video it’s not in your face but instead has simple touches that are noticeable by fan boys/girls but the average person may not realize what rear images mean but the nameplate … well that’s an easy giveaway for even the most casual fan. You can order the special edition starting at $28,950 (front wheel) that comes standard with Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance logos for the D-pillar, Rogue One badges on the front doors, backlit Star Wars doorsill plates, Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire logos in the cupholders and logo floor mats.

This trim is only available in Magnetic Black and Glacier White but both colors come with the numbered full-size Death Trooper helmet that will be mailed once you pick up your Rogue from the dealership. If you want to order the Rogue in All Wheel drive that will be an additional price.

 

Do not hesitate to add your name to the list of Jedi, Rebel, Mord Sith or Empire lovers since only 5000 will be produced for the U.S. market and additional 400 for Canada. I checked on the Nissan site but they don’t have the pre-order option up quite yet. 

What color would you buy and are you Rebel or Empire??? Leave a comment below if you plan to buy a 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition or cosplay when you head to the LA Auto Show and dream about having your own.

 

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