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April 16th, 2017 by Cherry

IndieCade Festival 2017 is accepting submissions for festival and showcases for East and Europe


IndieCade is a great platform for independent game makers from across the world that has a competition to showcase indie games and interactive media with innovative games unlike anything you might see anywhere else.

Who:               Independent Game Developers, Designers, and Artists


What:                         Games and Interactive creative. Finished games as well as work-                            in-progress projects can be entered.


When:             Regular Submissions are due by April 30, 2017

Late Submissions are due by June 15, 2017




Details:           For complete details, submission criteria and how to submit your                              game, visit

IndieCade recommends these multiplayer games from past festivals! Our CM *still* plays Ultimate Chicken Horse & Who Lurks 


Applauded as the “Sundance of the videogame industry,” IndieCade supports independent game development globally through a series of international events highlighting the rich, diverse, artistic and culturally significant contributions of indie game developers. IndieCade’s programs are designed to bring visibility to and facilitate the production of new works within the emerging independent game community. Annual events include IndieCade East, IndieCade Europe, IndieCade’s Showcase @ E3, and IndieCade Festival, the largest gathering of independent game creators in the nation.

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July 18th, 2016 by Michelle Whang

KCON LA 2016 is bringing an incredible, star-studded lineup to this year’s event, including Block B, GFriend, TWICE, TTS, BTS, ASTRO, Dean, SHINee, I.O.I, MONSTA X, Eric Nam and Amber from f(x)!

This post will give you a general overview of what each group is like and what you can expect.

July 30 (Sat)

Block B will start the concert off with their dynamic hip-hop sound. A seven member boy group from Stardom Entertainment, Block B has released hit songs including Toy, Her and Very Good. I actually got the chance to take a dance workshop taught by the choreographer for Block B (Mandoo) and he expressed very obvious affection and pride in “his boys” and was disappointed he couldn’t be supporting them at the event they were attending at the moment – seeing his immense pride in Block B has made me interested in the group and I’m excited to see them perform!

Next up is Dean, who is an alternative R&B singer-songwriter and record producer. Dean grew up in Hongeun-dong, Seoul and was writing tracks for k-pop stars under the name ‘Deanfluenza’ at the young age of 18. He has made his debut in both America and South Korea and is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Then, F(Amber) will perform – Amber from f(x). I’m so excited to see her; she has a very fun, upbeat style and definitely brings her American roots into her music. She was known originally for her androgynous looks and “masculine” face but has transitioned to become a lovable figure in the K-pop industry. Also known as a llama, she brings great joy to her fans through her entertaining Snapchat stories and down-to-earth personality.

GFriend is a six-member girl group under Source Music. They recently debuted in 2015 and have won several female rookie awards. They have a pure and traditionally feminine image.

I.O.I. is an eleven-member girl group formed by CJ E&M through the reality show Produce 101 on MNET. Because of the attention garnered from the reality show, the girl group is performing well despite being a rookie group.

Finally, SHINee will end off Saturday’s concert with their distinct, contemporary R&B sound. SHINee is a veteran of the K-pop field and is known for their unique sound combining funk rock, electronic music and rock as well as their complex dance routines. This five-member boy group is definitely the key performance of the night!


July 31 (Sun)

ASTRO, a six-member Korean boy band formed by Fantagio, will start the concert off! This rookie boy group is currently a hot topic as their fresh-faced, innocent image continues to result in lovable music videos and tracks. Their songs “Hide & Seek” and “Breathless” will definitely be performances I will look forward to.

Then BTS will take the stage, with their dynamic hip hop and R&B music. BTS is a seven-member boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They have a huge international fan base and social media presence—“Boy in Luv” and “Danger” are some of their top hits featuring some very talented rapping throughout the songs.

Eric Nam is a highly influential, well-known Korean-American singer and show host. Born and raised in Atlanta, Eric Nam is fluent in both English and Korean, as well as other languages like Spanish and Chinese. He and his good friend, Amber from f(x), have replaced the rock group CN Blue in the lineup for KCON but no worries—Eric Nam has come out with a new summer single “Can’t Help Myself”, which is a light pop rock song which will captivate your heart, so don’t fret about CN Blue!

Girl’s Generation- TTS is a subgroup of the highly popular girl group, Girl’s Generation, including Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun. These girls are veterans of the field and arguably one of the greatest presences in the K-pop music industry.

MONSTA X is a seven-member boy group under Starship Entertainment. Although I’m not too familiar with this group, I know that they were widely popular in last year’s KCON and have recently debuted with “Trespass” and “Rush”.

Finally, TWICE is a nine-member girl group under JYP Entertainment that has charmed the K-pop music industry with their fresh, girlish charms. This group was formed through the 2015 reality show Sixteen.


As you can see, the KCON LA 2016 lineup is definitely something to get excited for. From veteran groups to new rookie groups, KCON has it all. I’m most looking forward to BTS, SHINee, Amber, Eric Nam and Block B. What about you?

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September 7th, 2015 by Cherry


image006You can get a box of cute with the Hello Kitty Graphic Novel Box Set from Viz Media. It came out on September 1st and this new box set has all of the  Viz’s Hello Kitty full color graphic novels from the Perfect Square imprint. That was created by comic book and pop culture artists Jacob Chabot, Ian McGinty, Jorge Monlongo, Giovanni Castro and special guest artists in each edition.  Can you really put a price on cute? The box set is  around $50 (US/CAN) MSRP but for Hello Kitty fans this is one item that must be added to the collection.

The comic book is full of adventure as HK gets to journey to other worlds, puts on her detective ‘hat’, get a little sciencey as she uses her intellect to invent tech, is creative as she explores music, theatre and adventures! It’s fun for all ages of HK fans! “Smiles are guaranteed with every volume in this colorful new HELLO KITTY box set release,” says Beth Kawasaki, Perfect Square Editorial Director. “This is a wonderful set for every Hello Kitty fan, and each volume artfully captures her sense of curiosity, adventure and whimsical fun!”

The HELLO KITTY FUN & FRIENDSHIP Original Graphic Novel Box Set features:

In HELLO KITTY: IT’S ABOUT TIME, Hello Kitty lets the good times roll! It’s time for beach parties, dance contests, last-minute birthday gifts and time machines! Plus, journey inside a cuckoo clock and much, much more! Past, present or future, Hello Kitty and her friends are having a blast! 




In HELLO KITTY: WORK OF ART, Hello Kitty and her friends are making music, producing plays, solving mysteries and… playing with dragons? Art is all around, and Hello Kitty and her friends know exactly where to find it! 




In HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE, Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild – dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine, the possibilities are endless!


In HELLO KITTY: SURPRISE!, a day at the beach is more than just fun in the sun. A mysterious egg holds a tiny secret. Mama and Papa have a few secrets of their own. And a quiet afternoon with a good book is more exciting than Hello Kitty ever could have imagined! 


In HELLO KITTY: DELICIOUS!, Hello Kitty is serving up some extra special treats! What’s on the menu? Something sweet, something spicy, and a pie that’s out of this world! Plus, Dear Daniel® is making dinner, but… you might want to make other plans. Hello Kitty also makes a new friend with a HUGE appetite! And save room for dessert! 


Join Hello Kitty in HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO! as she explores an underground realm, moonlights as an international super spy, climbs the Himalayas, travels back in time, and discovers that sometimes, the best place to get away from it all is between the pages of a good book.



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January 27th, 2015 by Cherry

I’m looking forward to geek culture with the 2015  Young Guns Invitational showcasing emerging and rising artist who each will have three pieces to appeal to our inner geek! Fans from Star Wars to Clockwork Orange to the Thing to Predator will be able to see iconic movies from their eyes because really aren’t we all fanboys and fangirls at heart for the movies we grew up loving? Will you join me on Friday? Let me know what piece you’d love to own in the comment section below!

2015 Young Guns Invitational

Featuring Emerging & Rising Artists

Hero Complex Gallery is pleased to present the official artist list and a few previews for our favorite yearly show!

Young Guns Invitational

Show Information

Opening Reception – Friday, January 30th, 7 – 10pm
Online Sales – Saturday, January 31st, approx. 1pm HERE

Additional Hours – W-Sunday, 11am – 6pm

Hero Complex Gallery is pleased to present the official artist list and a few previews for our favorite yearly show!

If you are in the Los Angeles area, please visit with us to view their amazing artwork, because these dedicated artists have pulled no punches in preparing for this show.

Each artist has created 3 or more pieces in mini-themes of their own choosing, and you will awed by the results of their work… we definitely are!

Come join us and you won’t be disappointed!

PLEASE RSVP for the event HERE

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March 15th, 2014 by Cherry

The Art of the TARDIS at Clockwork Couture

“I go zooming around space and time, saving planets, fighting monsters, and being, well, let’s be honest, pretty sort of marvelous.” Doctor Who

Can’t get enough “Wibbly Wobbly, Timey, Wimey…Stuff?”

Calling all Whovians to “The Art of the TARDIS” at Clockwork Couture on Saturday, March 15th from 12-6 at 707 S. Main Street in Burbank.

Time Lords, Daleks, Weeping Angels, …Raxacoricofallapatorius, …flaunt your knowledge of the Whoniverse or simply have a cuppa and shop for handmade items created by local craftspeople.

Over 25 vendors will offer their unique Doctor Who-themed wares, plus food trucks and the music of Awesome City Limits will gather outside L.A.’s finest Steampunk shop. This free, family-friendly event offers coloring pages for the littlest Who fans and a costume contest with Whoriffic prizes. Grab your favorite scarf, bow tie or Sonic Screwdriver and have your photo snapped in a full-size TARDIS. Fun for your inner Gallifreyan.

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June 12th, 2013 by Cherry

I’m always on the lookout to find makeup and hair tips for my coloring/hair texture so will defintely head to Pasadena to check out PHAMexpo from June 29 – 30, 2013.

I’ve been desperate to find a good strong bright pink eyeshadow and blush that will look good on my dark brown skin but NOBODY is making the fushia pink Iwant.  I’m sure someone will have it at PHAMExpo or I can bend their ear to MAKE the color!  Anyone else planning to see what what’s coming around the bend for fashionable people and of course professionals?

Hmmm will for sure see what hair products they have and maybe find a stylist who is experienced with naturally texture hair like my own!

<sigh> I can’t wait to go it will be like a candy store but without the calories hmmm but a lot more expensive!  bwa ha ha

PHAMExpo Beauty and Fashion Show


The ultimate beauty event that allows savvy professionals, novice students and cosmetic enthusiasts to discover the latest products and treatments within leading brands from various trade experts
(Pasadena, CA) – Thousands of makeup artists, hair stylists, vendors, manufacturers, and in- vogue devotees will gather at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 29th and 30th forPHAMExpo.  This two-day hair and makeup extravaganza is all about beauty; showcasing the latest products, cutting edge technology, and up-to-the-minute hair and makeup trends.  The event will feature deep discounts on favorite products, seminars by industry virtuosos, and demonstrations by world-renowned artists and stylists.  Prime educators include Caitlin Callahan, Senior Artist at M.A.C Pro;  Kim Greene, Co-Founder of Greene Street Beauty LLC;  Melissa Street, Owner and Founder of Epic Makeup & Co-Founder of Greene Street Beauty LLC; and Donna Mee, veteran makeup artist, educator and founder of Empire Makeup Academy.


One of the new concepts being introduced at is an exclusive beauty blogger and vlogger meet up area where pundits can go to both unwind and connect with their followers.   The “PHAMExpo Social Lounge” is also the perfect place for educators and experts to relax, rehydrate and re-charge both themselves and their electronics before heading back out onto the show floor.


PHAMExpo sponsors Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC); Lime CrimeRoyal & Langnickel Brush Company; CAO Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell the School Pasadena andNaimies Beauty Center, will all have a major presence at the show.  Throughout the weekend, makeup companies will unveil new products and tools and offer discounts on must-haves.  Cutting edge make up companies will be well represented by TEMPTU Pro, Embryolisse USA, Eye Kandy, Sugarpill, Violent Lips, Yaby, Saucebox and Pursebuzz, Violet Vozz, Enzo Milano, Brett Freeman Beauty, as well as industry pioneers and popular favorites Stila Cosmetics, MAC Pro, INGLOT and Eve Pearl.


Education and Demonstration Schedule


Saturday, June 29th

Main Stage 

11:00 – 12:00 ModXchange Fashion Show

12:15 –  1:15  Lime Crime  – Q&A with Doe Deere, Founder of Lime Crime Cosmetics

2:00 –   3:00  M.A.C. – Tiffany Johnson, Makeup as an Art

3:15 –   4:15  Stila

4:30 –   5:30  Valente Frazier Keynote- Glamour for any occasion!


Stage 2

11:00 – 12:00 PHAMExpo presents Kevin James Bennett:  Kit Focus

12:15 –   1:15 PAUL MITCHELL

2:00 –   3:00 PHAMExpo presents Donna Mee:  Learn how Donna has achieved much success in the makeup industry.  Her path was full of mistakes, obstacles and hard lessons learned.

3:15 –  4:15 PHAMExpo presents Star Walker – Personal Branding


Stage 3

11:00 –  12:00 OCC – Valerie Garcia & Courtney Tichman: Celebrity Driven Makeups

12:15 –   1:15 Royal & Langnickel

2:00 –   3:00 Yaby Cosmetics presents Kim Greene & Melissa Street of Greene Street makeup

3:15 –   4:15 Sue Bryce – Australian Photographer of the Year and Master Speaker from New Zealand

4:30 –   5:30 Eve Pearl


Sunday, June 30th

Main Stage 

11:00 – 12:00 Paul Mitchell

12:15 –  1:15

2:00 –  3:00    M.A.C. – Caitlin Callahan: Creating Perfect skin

3:15 –  4:15  Blogger Panel


Stage 2

11:00 – 12:00 PHAMExpo presents Kirstie Wight:  Building a business in bridal and portraiture.

12:15 –  1:15 London Brush Company presents Sian Richards

2:00 –  3:00 Local 706

4:30 –  5:30 Sue Bryce – Australian Photographer of the Year and Master Speaker from New Zealand – Build Your Own Portfolio.  Sue will teach you how to build and photograph your own portfolio with natural light and your point and shoot camera.


Stage 3

11:00 – 12:00 Eve Pearl

12:15 – 1:15  Eye Lashes demo using a variety of lashes from Mink to Paper and everything in-between

2:00 –  3:00  Royal & Langnickel – Kevin James Bennett 

3:15 –   4:15  PHAMExpo presents Donna Mee:  Contouring discover how understanding optical illusions will help you create them in makeup.

PHAMExpo will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 Green Street Pasadena, CA.  Ticket prices will range between $35 and $60 and include all classes and workshops.  For more details on speakers, educators, vendors, and special events visit www.phamexpo.comFacebook , Instagram,Pinterest or Twitter @PHAME_xpo.


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September 5th, 2012 by Cherry

I’m very excited to be covering the 2012 D-Con in November.  Last year’s was a blast with independent artists presenting their collectibles and the opportunity to talk with them.  So grab your tickets online for $5 and meet me in Pasadena!

Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art!

Designer Con 2012 will be on Saturday November 3rd, 2012. Doors open at 9 am and the show ends at 6 pm.

Pasadena Convention Center

300 East Green Street

Pasadena, CA 91101


Buy Tickets Now

Tickets are now on sale for DCon 2012! Order yours online here for only $5!

Note: Tickets will be $7 at the door.

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September 30th, 2011 by Cherry

Second Annual Jewish County Fair Event

October 16, 2011

This second annual celebration of “food, music, body, mind, and spirit” for Jewish families includes musical performances, carnival games, a climbing wall, and a kosher taco truck.

What is the Jewish County Fair?

It is a Party with Food and Entertainment. It is a Celebration of the Fall Harvest – It’s a Jewish County Fair with 3000 friends. Who’s at the Jewish County Fair? Everyone: Musicians, Artists, People Who Love Nature, People of the Book. People Who Dance and Dream. Children, Adults, Families. All Walks of Jewish Life. Those looking to Learn and willing to Share. A Jewish event for Everyone.

Sunday, October 16, 2011
11:00 am – 6:00 pm


Who’s performing at the Jewish County Fair?

Idan Raichel, Joshua Nelson, Josh Neslon, Michelle Citrin, Moshe Hecht, Yael Meyer, SoulAviv, Ari Herstand, Elana Jagoda, Saul Kaye, Iliana Rose, Robbo, And more!


Where is the Jewish County Fair?

At the 220 beautiful wooded acres of the Shalom Institute in Malibu:

34342 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Click here for directions.


Why do we Need a Jewish County Fair?

Because it takes a Big Tent to Raise a Community!


What do we Need?

We are looking for buy-ins from as many community people and organizations as possible. To date over 50 groups have come into the Big Tent. We need you to join us!

Want In? Please call 818.889.5500


Also at the Fair

Carnival Games and Rides
Bungee Trampoline
Hatchet Throwing
Outdoor Cooking
Nature Crafts
Arts & Crafts
Pita Making
Tree Planting
“Jamba Jews” Bike Blender
Nature Hikes
Dunk Tank
Face Painting
Ultimate GaGa Tournament
Animal Education with The Reptile Family
and More!


We’re Kosher!

Under Rabbinic Supervision of Cal Kosher

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