Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro at the Studio Ghibli official pop-up shop in San Francisco. The shop that is a collaboration between Kinokuniya USA and Her Universe will open be open from 12-6PM starting February 24 – March 18th at TOTO Concept 190 (near AT&T Park) and will feature exclusive items.
The pop-up interior design has been inspired by the forest where friendly spirt ‘Totoro’ lives in the animated film ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro – the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mel and their whimsical interactions with the friendly forest spirit Totoro). The interior of the store will be forest green and have eco-friendly merchandise fixtures made of recycled cardboard and wall graphics of magical creators and critters from the film. Customers who purchase $100 or more at the pop-up will receive a free souvenir tote bag while supplies last. Admission to the shop will be free but large crowds are expected so online registration will be required please follow their twitter accounts and the KinokuniyaUSA site for details.
Keep up on the details of this magical wonderland celebrating ‘My Neighbor Toto’ by following @KinokuniyaUSA and @HerUniverse to learn of merchandise sneak peeks, announcements and other information.
About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine.
About Kinokuniya USA
Kinokuniya Bookstore was founded in 1927 in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. In 1969, Kinokuniya opened its first overseas bookstore in San Francisco, California.
Our goal was to provide the Japanese community with books and magazines,
and introduce Japanese culture to the local community. Today, we have 11 stores in the U.S.. We honor our initial goal by offering a wide assortment of titles in Japanese and English in all our U.S. bookstores.
About Her Universe
Her Universe, the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, is the vision of Ashley Eckstein, actress, entrepreneur and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Ashley has been widely recognized as a business woman, Fangirl trendsetter and leading voice for female fandom. Founded in 2010, Ashley launched Her Universe with the mission to create stylish, fashion-forward merchandise for female sci-fi fans. Her Universe is a place for fangirls to step into the spotlight and be heard, recognized and rewarded. Ashley’s goal, from the beginning, was to build the company into a stand-alone entertainment and merchandise brand and, today, Her Universe is leading the way. Hoping to change the perception that science fiction and fantasy is just for boys, Her Universe has joined forces with some of the biggest names in the sci-fi/fantasy world to create fangirl apparel and accessories for such well-known names as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Marvel.
Today, Her Universe, a stand-alone subsidiary of Hot Topic, Inc., has expanded into entertainment and is also known as a lifestyle brand. Her Universe produces a “geek couture” fashion show every year at San Diego Comic-Con called The Her Universe Fashion Show, as well as a docu-series based about the fashion show for Comic-Con HQ. Recently, Her Universe announced it’s own publishing imprint called Her Universe Press with books to follow in 2017-2018.
Posted in Animated, art Tagged with: Animation, anime, Blerd, Cherry the Geek, Collector, eco-friendly, Fanboy, Fangirl, Geek, Hayao Miyazaki, Her Universe, Kinokuniya USA, Kinokuniya X Her Universe, My Neighbor Totoro, Pop-up Shop, San Francisco, Studio Ghibli, TOTO Concept 190, Totoro
Earn a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
Sat, July 15 | 1-3 PM
RSVP Online Want to be a part of history—and get a free admission to the Asian Art Museum? Join us for LOTUS LIVE – our attempt to earn the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest human flower!
In honor of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love and the museum’s special exhibition Flower Power, LOTUS LIVE invites you to join with 3,000 members of the community to form a beautiful lotus flower that can be seen from the sky.
Participants receive FREE admission to Flower Power, a commemorative photo, and a souvenir event poster (left). Reserve your spot at Eventbrite.com.
By the way, the current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest human flower is 2,297 people at the Rochester Lilac Festival on May 9, 2014 (see image below).
ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Chong-Moon Lee Center
for Asian Art & Culture 200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Flower Power is organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of Doris Shoong Lee and Theodore Bo Lee, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Phoebe Cowles, Warren Felson and Lucy Sun, Cathy and Howard Moreland, and an anonymous donor. Media sponsors: Wall Street Journal, NBC Bay Area, KQED.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Asian Art Museum, Flower Power, Guiness World Record, Largest Human Flower, Lotus, LotusLive, Rochester Lilac Festival, San Francisco, Summer of Love
I wish I had an artistic bone in my body! I have ideas in my head but not ability to put it to pen and paper. Hopefully a woman of color will see this and get discovered .. or a man of color … or LGBT but it’s due August 23, 2015 so get to creating RIGHT NOW!
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|BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, along with Danny and Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, is once again giving emerging artists an incredible opportunity to share their art with the world.
Enter the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series for the chance to show your work at SCOPE Miami Beach, win a solo exhibit at SCOPE New York, and the opportunity to create a mural in your hometown.
This year, local market winners will exhibit their art in regional gallery events in New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles, and Miami before facing off at SCOPE Miami Beach in December.
The top three winners at SCOPE Miami Beach will be invited to participate in the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®Artisan Series Mural project, creating murals in their community. The grand prize winner gets a solo show at SCOPE New York in March 2016.
The world is waiting. Submissions are being accepted through Saturday, August 23, 2015.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: art, Artisan, Artisan Series, Atlanta, Austin, Bombay Sapphire, Chicago, Contest, Creative, Danny and Russell Simmons, Detroit, Emerging Artist, Los Angeles, Miami Beach, Mural, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, San Francisco, SCOPE, SCOPE New York
The ACLU is having a special screening of the new film about the death of Oscar Grant in Oakland, CA right here in Los Angeles and I hope that everyone will attend and hear what the producer and civil rights attorney will say about this senseless murder. I know that like many of you the trial of Mr. Zimmerman and his acquittal leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Well it does mine since I can’t speak for everyone I will say that the fact that Mr. Zimmerman is now free leaves me with such fury that I can’t express it without tears falling down my cheeks. When will the open season of black males be ended? Why is that someone else’s fear of a black man ‘justifies’ their killing them and not being punished. I can’t imagine how the jury can look at what happened and not see that the choices Mr. Zimmerman made caused the death of a kid going to the store for Arizona Tea and Skittles. I’m not sure how that made Trayvon Martin the ‘aggressor’ but in their minds I suppose all they saw was a scary black thug and not an innocent person walking home.
I hope that this film and the MANY deaths of innocent black males will finally start not a dialogue (I’m SICK of words) but a change in how people are prosecuted, that the ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws reversed across the United States and that we start prosecuting people EQUALLY under the law.
On December 31, 2008, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop in Oakland by BART officers. His death would shake the Bay Area- and the entire nation – to its very core. Writer and director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, recounts Oscar’s final hours on that tragic day.
The ACLU of Southern California and Bet Tzedek invite you to a special screening of Fruitvale Station on Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Regal L.A. LIVE Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
Ephraim Walker, the film’s producer and the civil rights attorney who represented the Grant family, will participate in a panel Q&A following the screening among other surprise guests.
Seating is limited. Admission is $12, and all tickets will be held at the door.
Purchase your tickets online or contact Vicki Fox at 213-977-5227 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted in culture, Politics, Race in America, Talk Tagged with: ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, BART, Bay Area, Bet Tzedek, Black Men, CA, Civil Rights, DTLA, Ephraim Walker, Florida, Fruitvale, Fruitvale Station, Grant, LA Live, law, Los Angeles, Martin, Northern California, oakland, Oscar Grant, Regal Theatres, Ryan Coogler, San Francisco, Screening, Southern California, Stand Your Ground, Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman
Well just in six metropolitan areas across the US with a pilot program of AAA Trucks that can recharge EV Cars. The cities are Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Knoxville, TN, Tampa Bay (Area), FL, San Francisco & Los Angeles, CA. What a great way for AAA to keep relevant in the changing automotive industry. I don’t have a EV car so don’t think much about the issues drivers have if their cars run out of electricity.
I saw this article in Autoweek (October 2011) about the new trucks being unveiled at the 2011 Plug-In Conference and Exposition in Raleigh, NC. I became fascinated by the mechanics of the truck after reading more details about this service. I wonder if it can still work on other cars or if they will have to have a fleet of repair trucks just for EV autos. Green Charge Networks has supplied the ‘juice’ with a removable lithium-ion battery pack for mobile charging and is just enough (by their estimates) to get them to a location where they can plug in the car. They will also have other alternative charging withvehicles equipped with generators powered by alternative fuels or other power sources. I’m sure that if the pilot program works out than AAA will likely retrofit current vehicles with alternative power services for EV cars. I assume that it will take at least twenty years for EV cars to be affordable for the ‘average’ person as far as size and style and of course price so this service will likely concentrate in large cities on coasts.
I wonder how AAA will charge for this service? Maybe an additional fee or different price point entirely for electric cars.
Posted in Automotive Tagged with: American Automobile Association, Autoweek, Electric vehicle, Los Angeles, Portland Oregon, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay