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May 20th, 2018 by Gigi Teen Geek

By Gigi

Calling all Street Fighter fans! Here’s a chance to have some of your work featured in the upcoming pin-up 2018 Street Fighter: Summer Sports Special. The pinup will be released this summer in August. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your work displayed next to the drawings of UDON artists? If I had any drawing ability, I would be all over this cool fanart competition. This is great opportunity to gain exposure for your craft! 

They are looking for summer themed artwork, but no nudity!. I recommend including swimsuits, the beach, sports, or anything summer related in your piece. Unfortunately, for younger fans, there is an age limit of at least 16. You can submit here. The deadline is June 5.

 

Here are the rules you must obey to submit your work:

  • artwork must feature at least one character from the STREET FIGHTER video game series
  • you may not include characters from other Capcom or non-Capcom games/properties
  • characters not allowed include those exclusive the Street Fighter EX series, and the character of Ingrid
  • you may not include your own original characters
  • artwork may be sexy but no nudity please
  • artwork should not feature alcohol, smoking, or drug use.
  • entrants must be at least 16 years of age at time of submission
  • by submitting your artwork, you are giving UDON permission to publish it in the Street Fighter: Summer Sports Special in 2018. along with
    • your name or pseudonym
    • your country and state.
  • please feel free to show off your submission online any time! We’d love if you add the hashtag #SFcomicfanart
  • all art styles are welcome
  • ideal artwork shape is 7 x 11″. While low resolution previews are used for submissions, we suggest you create your artwork at 300dpi+ (if selected, we may request the higher resolution file from you for printing)
  • artwork submission deadline is June 5, 2018

 

Do you plan on submitting any original creations? If so, make sure to comment and share what you’re drawing! Make sure to use the hashtag when you submit!

 

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May 20th, 2018 by Cherry

The 2018 International Space Development Conference welcomes the stars and producers of ‘The Expanse’ to discuss the science of the series. The Expanse is a series that takes place in the future where mankind has conquered our solar system and spread but we learn we aren’t the only intelligent lifeforms after discovering the protomolocule. The series is a mix of humanity, special effects and the use of the true concepts of science and physics. It’s why it’s exciting that they are appearing at the West Coast gathering of the world’s greatest scientist, engineers, astronauts, and space entrepreneurs who have been inspired by science fiction greats from Star Trek to Star Wars to Doctor Who to Battlestar Galactica and future innovators will include The Expanse on that list. SYFY channel did not renew the series but passionate fans have launched a renew The Expanse campaign and have appealed to Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, and the Networks.

This year Jeff Bezos will be accepting the Gerard K. O’Neill Memorial Award for Space Settlement Advocacy at the 2018 ISDC hopefully they will cross paths and Mr. Bezos will choose to add The Expanse to the Amazon Prime lineup. The Expanse fandom is looking at numerous streaming platforms to renew the science fiction series with a 100% approval on Rotten Tomatoes the SyFy #1 series is still seeking a new home in our galaxy! If you want to attend the conference or the panel details are below.

The Science of the Expanse panel moderated by Kyle Hill is at 5PM with Naren Shankar, (Showrunner/Creator), Cas Anvar (Alex Kamal), Wes Chatham (Amos Burton), Steven Strait (Jim Holden), Shohreh Aghadashloo (Chrisjen Avasarala), and Cara Gee (Drummer) if you haven’t seen The Expanse (SyFy Network). The series is set in a future which finds the solar system is populated and prospering. The writing team on The Expanse works hard to keep special effects and concepts true to science and physics whenever possible. Cas Anvar, who plays starship pilot Alex Kamal, will join fellow cast members to discuss the science of the show.

Register to attend the conference 

If you would like to attend the panel only you can email Aggie Kobrin, National Space Society aggie@cecglobalevents.com 

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May 19th, 2018 by Cherry

By Gigi

It was a full house on Thursday when I saw the School of Rock Musical at the Pantages. The show is ending on May 27 and next will be heading to Denver, Colorado at the Buell Theater from May 29 – June 10. Check out School of Rock for dates near you!

Wow I had a blast! It was such fun talking to the kids about the national tour, singing and dancing, and their life on tour. I didn’t realize how much work they truly put in to the show till I saw it. The kids are actually playing their instruments on stage! They are all so talented and hardworking.

From the opening moment when Dewey comes out hamming it on the stage I was rolling laughing over the crazy song ‘I’m too sexy for you’ to when they go to the school and show everyone conforming to society to “Stick it to the Man”. This cast turned a classic 2000s movie into a broadway hit that surpasses all expectations. The strong display of talent was outstanding!

After being kicked out of No Vacancy, Dewey finds himself bandless, penniless, and friendless. Desperate for a change, he scams Rosalie Mullins and the Horace Green Prep School into thinking he is Ned, a real substitute teacher. He turns these uptight kids into rockstars, and help them realize they are talented individuals. While “Sticking it to the Man”, they secretly practice during class instead of receiving a standard education. Ned leaves a lasting impact on his students, Rosalie Mullins and the other Horace Green staff members, and the parents.

I had a blast watching them sing and dance! This is definitely a kid-centric musical that all ages would love.The show is high energy, catchy, upbeat, maybe even inspirational, and you will leave with a smile. School of Rock the Musical is definitely a favorite of mine.

You can still buy tickets to see the show at the Pantages here for School of Rock and the rest of the season. The next musical is going to be ‘The Color Purple’.

 

The upcoming season will feature these musicals checkout the box office for tickets.

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May 14th, 2018 by Cherry

Who really thinks about pizza? All I know is that it’s delicious and if I had to choose a last meal .. it’s pizza. So attending the Pizza Fest: A Tutta Pizza! on Sunday was living the dream. LA Food Bowl and Grow! Brought pizza makers from all over the world to the Hollywood Palladium. I ran around trying to sample all the pizza but when I learned that Enzo Coccia came all the way from Italy to have a pizza workshop I had to attend. He briefly spoke about the origins of pizza that at first they deep fried the dough in olive oil before using the ovens. He spoke of the importance of fresh yeast, air pockets in dough and tomatos! It’s fascinating to see how so many people can take the same ingrediants but put a personal stamp on it to make their pizza unique. Afterwards all the attendees were giving a pizza puff to enjoy and a bag of real Italian rustichella d’abruzzo pasta.

 

It was a day of fun with photos and pizza .. did I mention pizza? All of them were delicious from the brussell sprout pie beauty to pepperoni it was a tomato, yeasty and cheesy day that showcased great pizza! It really makes me want to not only see the history and beauty of Italy but the food … the glorious food!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Authentic Italian Table Series cooking workshops are curated by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West. The Authentic Italian Table highlights the art of Neapolitan pizza making as well as the values of the Italian food culture. As part of the greater Extraordinary Italian Taste campaign – a promotional and educational project conceived by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, in collaboration with Assocamerestero – this event puts the spotlight on “the queen of the Italian table!”

FOOD BOWL brings together L.A.’s best bars, cafes, hotels, markets, restaurants and the world’s top chefs for hundreds of extraordinary events. Help raise awareness and funds to fight food waste, hunger, food insecurity and promote sustainability.

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May 14th, 2018 by Gigi Teen Geek

By Gigi

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I went to A Tutta Pizza!(LA Foodbowl) This event located in the Hollywood Palladium was sponsored by Nissan, Hornitos, Maker’s Mark, and Italia to name a few. La Foodbowl holds fabulous food events all throughout the LA region for the month of May in hope to help raise awareness and funds to combat food waste, hunger, food insecurity, and promote sustainability.

A Tutta Pizza was my first ever food event! I had a lot of fun navigating the scene to make sure I could sample pizza from each of the 20+ pizza vendors on site. Unfortunately, I was not able to achieve that goal, but the next time I attend a similar event I will make sure I visit each table. I enjoyed the carbo-load, and ate every pizza slice in my proximity. 

Not only was there unlimited pizza, but LA Foodbowl also had workshops, panels, a photobooth, and a live DJ. I decided to attend the A’ Pizza! A Pizza Lab with Enzo Coccia workshop. There I was taught how to make pizza dough by hand like a true Italian. The workshop was led by Enzo Coccia. He even chose me to help him make deep fried pizza dough. On top of that, I met Jonathan Gold, renown restaurant critic for the LA Times. We even took a picture together.

I was very excited to see that many tables served margarita pizza, which is my favorite. I’m not ashamed to say, I stuffed my face with a few too many slices. As I said above, I attempted to make it around to each table, so I tried a variety of pizza flavors. I even tried pizza topped with purple brussel sprouts! It sounds crazy, but the pizza was both beautiful and tasty. You can’t say I didn’t eat any vegetables. My favorite pizza came from Ray’s and Stark Bar. Their pizza was topped with cute little purple flowers and the cheese was to die for. Personally the most important part of the pizza is cheese, that’s why I love margarita pizza so much. The Ray’s and Stark Bar pizza left a big impression on me and the other guests. It lined traveled across the festival site. 

For other fun events visit http://lafoodbowl.com. Comment your favorite pizza below; mine is margarita and goat cheese pizza! 

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May 12th, 2018 by Gigi Teen Geek

By Gigi

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Bob’s Burger table read of “Long Time Listener, First Time Bob” at the North Hollywood Studio on Friday, May 11th. It was my first table read, so I was very excited and it was also my first time at Bob’s Burgers studio office! After the entertaining reading with H. Jon Benjamin (Bob Belcher), Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher), Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher), John Roberts (Linda Belcher), Loren Bouchard (creator), and guest stars Ron Fuches (Patrick), Nick Offerman (Clem) and Rob Huebel (Vance). I was able to have a one-on-one conversation with Jim Dauterive, writer and developer of Bob’s Burgers. During the interview, we discussed the process of creating an animated show for Fox.

Originally, when Jim came to Hollywood, he had no ambitions of becoming a writer for animation. He wanted to write for films, but the opportunity to presented itself when he wrote some spec scripts for a few television shows. By 1996, he was hired for King of the Hill to bring a more realistic portrayal of Texans in the series. Jim treated writing King of the Hill as writing for a live action scripted series, which wasn’t hard for him to do since it’s such a naturalistic setting. In that way Bob’s Burgers is similar to King of the Hill. Both shows are pretty realistic, discounting the occasional fantasy scenes. The Bob’s Burgers character work in a restaurant and they have natural, organic dialogue. Jim even jokes that Texans call King of the Hill a documentary. Fox has used The Simpsons as the seed to grow the animated series with teaming up experienced staff with new creative talent. Simpsons as an established series is a template for their other animated series. They take an established Fox series showrunner and pair with a new talented creator to establish a winning team who can navigate the business of TV while allowing them free reign to make a unique show that fits the lineup. That’s how Jim and Lorne teamed up after Fox ordered Bob’s Burger. For Family Guy, David Zuckerman of King of the Hill was paired with Seth Macfarlane. Even before the start of Fox animations, The Simpsons showrunner Matt Groening was paired with James Brooks and Sam Simon.

It takes about nine months after the table read for the animators to finish an episode and have it ready to be viewed on air. Sometimes they will save five or six episodes that will air the next season. Jim said there is no linear schedule they follow, but they do make holiday episodes like the Halloween episode “The Wolf of Wharf Street” follow a schedule. The most recent Bob’s Burgers episode, “Boywatch”, was written a year and a half ago, but Jim wanted to wait until it was summertime-ish to air it. There is truly no strict order they follow when it comes to releasing episodes.

For “Long Time Listener, First Time Bob”, Scott Jacobson pitched the idea, and Loren approved it. The episode idea then goes through the writers who will help Scott structure the story. Scott will make an outline that must be approved, and once it was approved he wrote the script. Then following Loren’s notes, the writers will edit the script. The final script rewrites always occur the night before the table read. According to Jim, the voice actors will be recorded Wednesday, and the animators will listen in to see how the animations will work in the episode. This process is obviously long and very collaborative, so episodes are not finished until they are about to be aired.

Jim describes the show as a family environment, where for the most part the staff have been together since the beginning. The writers are always in a great mood, and their work environment is very conducive to doing a great show. It shows in the quality and tone of the show. The lightheartedness and positivity in each episode is a also a reflection of the work room. I believe that has contributed to the longevity of this show, and I’m excited to see what they plan to do next season.

Comment your favorite Bob’s Burgers episode below!

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May 10th, 2018 by Gigi Teen Geek

By Gigi

Jurassic Games, starring Katie Burgess, Adam Hampton, and Ryan Merriman, is a B film about 10 convicts on death row who compete to survive in a controlled stimulation. This film is pretty much a gory Hunger Games with dinosaurs and virtual reality. When one of the inmates die in the game, they also die in real life.

 

Depending on how you want to look at it, this film could be considered a parody of The Purge, Hunger Games, and The Condemned. The movie trope of isolating a distinct group of people and pitting them against each other isn’t very original, nor is the backlash from the “vocal minority”. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing. The CGI quality could’ve been better, but I’m never a huge fan of CGI anyways; so, other than that I believe the directors did a great job.

I expected the film to be ridiculous because Ryan Merriman will always be a Disney channel actor to me, but I was pleasantly surprised. The movie didn’t waste any time on a unnecessary backstory, and dove straight into the storyline. Though I do wish every inmate had a comprehensive backstory; instead, we were given the stereotypical horror characters: hot head brothers, gently father, the Asian martial artist/assassin, and black guy who dies 15 minutes into the film. The audience is quickly forced to root for the “family man”, Anthony Tucker. He is unlike the other contestants since there is no proof he actually killed his wife, so he doesn’t fit in with the other vicious, manic characters. To him winning this game means more than survival, it’s the only chance he has to reunite with his children. Since there is doubt in Anthony’s guilty verdict, the game’s host must find ways to pacify the viewers’ outcries. With this in mind, there are two main conflicts: ethics of the game and survival.  The game host certainly does not make it easy for any of the characters to survive the 4 life threatening game stages nor do the hungry dinosaurs on the loose. This action packed film has you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Jurassic Games will be available on Digital 6/12 and on DVD 7/3!

Tell me in the comments if you plan on watching Jurassic Games! 

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May 10th, 2018 by Gigi Teen Geek

by Gigi

Yesterday, I had the delightful opportunity to interview the cast of School of Rock the Musical, and it was also my first time at the Pantages Theater. I really enjoyed interviewing such a young cast. As a young contributor, I’m not used to speaking to people my age or younger than me. We had a great time, and they were very professional and well spoken. I have not yet seen the musical, but I am a huge fan of film. So I was very excited to meet some of the cast, and they even did a quick performance for us.

 

Here’s the video from my cast interview where I spoke to Olivia Bucknor, Rayna Farr, Bella Fraker, Carson Hodges, Jack Suarez Kimmel, and Jesse Sparks. If you want to see the individual interviews visit CherryLosAngeles.

School of Rock the Musical runs from May 3 – May 27 at the Pantages Theater, and then July 24 – August 5 at Segerstrom Center of the Arts. For tickets visit HollywoodPantages.com, SCFTA.org, or Ticketmaster.com.

Have you seen the Broadway tour of the School of Rock? What did you think about? Leave a comment below …

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May 10th, 2018 by Cherry

It’s GIRL power this weekend with Street Food Cinema! They have Wonder Woman in Glendale and Selena DTLA!

 

It’s been seven years since Steve Allison & Heather Hope-Allison founded Street Food Cinema to combine love of movies, drive-ins and food! Fans can see new and classic films in Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.

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This weekend I’m heading to Verdugo Park in Glendale with Gigi the Geek for Wonder Woman where part of the event proceeds are going to Red Nose Day USA! We also plan to enjoy LA food truck cuisine from Meat the Greek, Ralph & Richies, SUGO, The Shrimp & Taco Stop, Yuna’s Bob, Dreamy Creations AND Drunken Cake Pops, and dance to live music from DJ Ivy (http://www.djivyla.com/home/).

Mark your calendar for Red Nose Dayon Thursday, May 24thto raise money and awareness for children who need our help the most, in America and around the world. Our mission is to end child poverty – one red nose at a time. Get Your Nose On!  Donate HERE

Image result for selena movie posterYou can also head DTLA for the classic tragic tale of “Selena”at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, with live music from Selena tribute band Dreaming of You at 6:30pmand Food Truck favorites Canvas Food Truck, Goshen, Los Tamaleros, Not Your Mamas Kitchen, Oaxaca on Wheels, Phillyfornia, Roni Macaroni, Romolo’s Italian Kitchen, Spyros Gyros, Triple Threat Truck, Wise BBQ, Churro Stix, Drunken Cake Pops & more will be onsite.

Don’t stay home “Dazed & Confused” or you’ll miss a fun night with special guests Q&A, music and a movie. 

Our 7th season offers so many exciting titles, that began with the incredible 2018 Oscar nominees “Get Out” on May 5th,“The Greatest Showman” on June 16th, and “Coco” on October 27th. As well as anniversary screenings for beloved fan favorites “Dazed & Confused” starting our season on April 28th, “The Land Before Time”on May 19th, “The Big Lebowski” on June 9th, “Mrs. Doubtfire” on June 16th, “Stand and Deliver” and “I, Tonya” on June 23rd, “The Sandlot”  on June 30th, “Grease” on July 21st, “Mamma Mia!” on August 4th, “Casablanca” on August 25th, “The Wedding Singer” on September 1st, “Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist”on September 8th, “Practical Magic” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on September 29th and “Twilight” and the original cult classic “Halloween” on October 13th. We’ll also debut our first double-feature PJ party “The Craft” & “Teen Witch” on September 15th.

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May 8th, 2018 by Gigi Teen Geek

I always say yes to Trejo’s Coffee & Doughnuts with a Unicorn floatie! 

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Donut Pool Float - Jumbo sized Frosted Berry - over 4 feet wide!

GIANT FROSTED DONUT POOL FLOAT (BERRY)


As a sleep deprived high school senior, I spend most of my days hooked on caffeine to keep myself awake, so it’s no surprise that I LOVE coffee! And I honestly have no explanation for why I love donuts; they’re just awesome and I can eat a whole box by myself. This dynamic pairing, donuts and coffee, are a heavenly duol that I’ll unguilty live off of next year at The Ohio State University. So I’m excited that I get to celebrate National Donut Day and cross off trying 
Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts because I have been a huge Danny Trejo fan since birth. I have enjoyed him in my favorite films like The Spy Kids franchise, Machete, and Reaper. 

Giant Unicorn Pool Float - BIGMOUTH INC

GIANT UNICORN POOL FLOAT

His films have been a staple in my family’s weekly movie nights. As part of my senior project obligation I’m living out my Hollywood Reporter dream covering entertainment news for CherryLosAngeles. I plan to get some play in with work so of course I want to soak up the sun at the ocean with a BigMouth Doughnut Floaty …. Hmmm does that make me Rhianna? Or should everyone call me Gigianna? Make sure you follow me on insta and twitter to catch my floatie selfie game and meet me at Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts before I head to the beach!!

BigMouth Air Pump - BIGMOUTH INC

BIGMOUTH AIR PUMP

 

What’s floatie are you going to soak up the sun in? I’m choosing Doughnut and the Giant Unicorn, and I plan on picking up the big mouth air pump! Those floaties will upgrade my Instagram (Gigi_Glam) aesthetic, and become handy when I hit the pool at Ohio State!  Go Buckeyes Class 2022!!!!

 

 

Leave a comment below what’s your favorite Trejo Doughut and what BigMouth Floatie you’re picking up?

 

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