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The Sparrow Mart, A Los Angeles Pop Up Shop Filled With Felt Versions of 31,000 Supermarket Items

Introducing Sparrow Mart, Lucy Sparrow’s felt reimagining of the LA supermarket, open August 1-31st at The Standard, Downtown LA. It’s her largest exhibition to date, with over 31,000 hand-painted and sewn versions of every grocery item imaginable, all available for purchase (some even as low as $5!). 

Think fruit, vegetables, sushi, fish, meat, frozen food, candy, liquor, and a health and beauty department. Sparrow Mart even has a VHS section, featuring ’80s classics like ‘Footloose’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, and ‘Short Circuit’.

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Apple Plans A Store & Event Space Unlike Any Other At The Historic Downtown Los Angeles Tower Theatre

Apple has long been rumored to be working on plans for an Apple Store at the iconic Tower Theatre in Los Angeles, and today, Apple shared details on the upcoming location with the Los Angeles Times. 

According to Apple, the Tower Theatre store will be one of the world’s most prominent Apple retail locations when it is completed, with the company planning to entirely overhaul the interior of the building to turn it into retail space and an interactive community area. 

In a rendering shared by Apple, the Tower Theatre store preserves the ornate Renaissance Revival style of the interior of the theatre for an Apple Store that will indeed be one of the most unique. The building, which features French, Spanish, Moorish, and Italian elements, was built to mimic the Paris Opera House. 

Apple is aiming to file plans with the city this week to gain approval for its planned renovation of the location.

Read more HERE.

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The Good Citizens of Los Angeles To Pay Tribute To Adam West On June 15, 2017

Holy Bat-signal, Batman! In a fitting tribute to pop culture icon Adam West, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Department Chief Charlie Beck will join surprise Bat-guests for a ceremonial lighting of the Bat-signal at City Hall this Thursday evening, June 15.

The legendary star of the classic Batman TV series, which aired from 1966-68, passed away on Friday, June 9 at the age of 88. In rememberance of West’s unforgettable portrayal of the celebrated “Bright Knight,” Mayor Garcetti and Chief Beck will light the iconic Bat-signal, which will be projected onto the tower of Los Angeles City Hall at Spring Street. Attending Bat-fans are invited to don their Bat-suits and trusty utility belts in honor of West’s signature role as the true crimefighter.

Here are the details of the ceremony:

When: Thursday, June 15

Time: 9:00 PM PST

Location: Los Angeles City Hall, Spring Street Steps: 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

If fans are not able to join in the tribute Thursday night, the West family encourages Adam’s “old chums” to make a donation to the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Idaho-based charity for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, Camp Rainbow Gold.

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Slated To Open In Los Angeles In 2018 

The Ratkovich Company, in partnership with National Real Estate Advisors, Blue Vista Capital Management, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema today announced the Austin-based theater chain will open its first Los Angeles theater at The Bloc, a 1.8 million square foot mixed-use destination at the hub of the city’s retail, entertainment, financial, and sports center. Alamo Drafthouse Downtown is slated to open in 2018 as The Bloc completes its $180 million renovations bringing a vibrant, open-air, pedestrian-friendly, urban destination to Downtown Los Angeles.

“When we announced seven years ago that we would be embarking upon a plan of nationwide expansion, my primary goal was to open a theater in Los Angeles,” says Alamo Drafthouse Cinema founder and CEO Tim League.  “After many years of exhaustive searching and planning, we feel we have found the perfect home at The Bloc. Building a new audience for foreign language films, documentaries and independent movies is core to the Alamo brand, and this flagship theater will be ground zero for that effort.”

“Alamo Drafthouse is the perfect addition to The Bloc and to Downtown LA’s rapidly growing food and entertainment scene. It brings a fresh and unique take on the traditional movie-watching experience and will be a great compliment to the other retailers at The Bloc. The Bloc is a gathering place for all Angelenos, making it the place to be in Downtown LA.” said Wayne Ratkovich founder and president of The Ratkovich Company.

Alamo Drafthouse provides a unique cinematic experience with in-theater dining underpinning a heavily curated program of hand-picked blockbusters, highest-quality independent, foreign and documentary features and special event programming. It’s food and beverage offering is equally deliberate with a full menu offering food made from scratch and a heavy dose of the best local craft beers and cocktails. Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will be located on the second and third floors of the southwest corner of The Bloc, accessible from the Flower Street mid-block crossing and the fourth floor of the parking structure.

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will have twelve screens and seat approximately 560 people for new release movies, independent, foreign and classic films, as well as an exhaustive slate of the Alamo’s unique signature event programming. Each of the auditoriums will be equipped with state of the art 4K digital projection and amazing sound.  In addition to providing superior presentation, the Alamo eliminates the traditional front rows to ensure there’s no bad seat in the house. The theater will also be equipped for 3D and archival 35mm projection.

In keeping with Alamo Drafthouse’s commitment to providing the best in-theater dining experience, the downtown LA destination will feature locally inspired and sourced food and drink. Moviegoers can order food and drinks from their seats while servers silently attend to them throughout the film. In addition to the twelve theaters, an adjoining bar will give fans the opportunity to discuss films over a plethora of local craft beers and cocktails.

Accessibility and integration with the city at large continues to be a priority for The Bloc and Alamo Drafthouse. Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will be conveniently accessed via the Blue, Expo, Purple and Red lines at the 7th Street Metro Center Station. Current Metro expansion connects Alamo Drafthouse Downtown to Santa Monica, Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley. The theater will offer four hours of free validated parking..

By delivering the best films, food and drinks, exceptional presentation, strict ad-free and no talking/no texting policies, Alamo Drafthouse strives to live up to Time Magazine’s claim of being the “Best Theater Ever.”

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Scum & Villainy Cantina Celebrates May The Fourth By Extending Thru June

The Scum & Villainy Cantina, the popular pop-up intergalactic experience that has been virtually sold out for its initial two-month run, is extending its inaugural activation through June 2017, proprietor J.C. Reifenberg announced Monday night at the Hollywood establishment.

Starting on the beloved celebratory date of May the Fourth, fans can purchase tickets and reservations for the entire month of June. In addition, Reifenberg announced that all ticket purchases/reservations made on May 4, 2017 would be at the discounted rate of $40 (a $10 savings).

For the price of admission, guests receive two drinks of their choice from the Cantina’s specialty menu, a souvenir pint glass, an exclusive Scum & Villainy challenge coin, and nightly surprises around each corner. Themed food items are also available for purchase.

The June ticket and reservation sales will be available start May 4, 2017 at 10:00am PST via a new URL: https://scumandvillainycantina.eventbrite.com

New ticket reservations are limited, and admissions will be handled out on a first come, first served basis. In June, the Scum & Villainy Cantina will revise its days/hours of operation to Thursdays (one admission from 7:00-10:30pm), Fridays (two two-hour admissions), and Saturdays & Sundays (three two-hour admissions on each day). Fans should reference the Scum & Villainy Cantina Facebook page for walk-in availability (www.facebook.com/scumandvillainycantina).

In its first 26 days, the Scum & Villainy Cantina has transported thousands of fans into an immersive environment filled with food, drink, friends and some questionable characters from throughout the galaxy.

“We had a simple concept from the start – to provide devoted fans, like myself, the opportunity to gather in an environment that would inspire and delight. And the wonderfully positive reception for the Scum & Villainy Cantina has been very gratifying,” says Reifenberg. “Every night, it’s such fun to set the ball in motion, and then watch this amazing, enthusiastic clientele elevate the experience to new heights with great cosplay, crazy trivia competitions, impromptu conga lines and silly fanboy fun. We’re so happy we were able to extend our lease and continue this experience into summer.”

The Scum & Villainy Cantina will now also offer discounted ticket-and-merchandise packages. The admission-and-collectible-shirt ($55) and an admission-plus-collectible-shirt-and-hat ($65) are now available, and an all-new “June Scum Pass” ($200) entitles purchasers automatic entry, plus one guest, throughout the month of June during regular evening hours, Thursday through Sunday, even during sold out nights. The “June Scum Pass” also includes four souvenir glasses, but sales will be limited to a total of 40 for June.

Located at 6377 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA (near the corner of Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Blvd.), the Scum & Villainy Cantina offers open seating to encourage patrons to meet new friends, strike up conversation, and maybe even find them a pilot to fly them off world.

Everyone is encouraged to access the Scum & Villainy Cantina official website and to “like” the official Facebook page for valid, up-to-date information.

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Dinner In The Sky Coming To Los Angeles On July 1, 2016

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Dinner in the Sky, an aerial dining experience that takes place 150 feet above ground level, launched in Belgium in 2006 before swiftly bringing its gravity-defying dinners to cities around the world (Rome, Athens, Kuala Lumpur and Cape Town, to name a few). On July 1, Dinner in the Sky is making its LA debut and will continue hoisting brave diners via crane from the comfort of LA Center Studios in Downtown LA throughout July. Once in the air, a small staff will serve a four-course meal with a view, cooked up by chef Keven Lee (the Hollywood-based chef currently owns a private events company called My World on a Plate).

The experience starts off at $399 and reservations can be made starting on June 3; for more information, head to Dinner in the Sky’s website.

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Seinfeld’s Apartment Is Coming To Los Angeles

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After a wildly popular run in New York back in June, Hulu is bringing their “Seinfeld: The Apartment” experience to Southern California just in time for Festivus. Aside from just recreating the iconic apartment, fans in New York were also given the opportunity to live out their Seinfeld fantasies, including a chaise lounge one can pose on à la George in “The Package”, or a shot at bursting through Jerry’s front door like Kramer—though we should advise you to be gentle with the set.

Hulu, which has every episode of the series available for streaming, promises “new and exciting items from the legendary series” for the Los Angeles edition, including a Festivus pole to get us into the holiday spirit. No tinsel, though: it’s very distracting. Other items on display back in June included Puddy’s New Jersey Devils jersey, the Frogger machine, and the Maestro’s wand.

“Seinfeld: The Apartment” will be on display and open to the public from Dec. 16 to Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8445 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. The installation will be free and open to the public.

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Gallery 1988 Announces Crazy 4 Cult, Back to Los Angeles Opening On December 12, 2014

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Gallery1988 will bring it’s most celebrated show, Crazy 4 Cult, Back to Los Angeles, after two years in New York. The 8th annual art show is the spark that ignited dozens of galleries, and a genre, as the first exhibition to solely celebrate cult films with 100 artists participating. It’s also the subject of two internationally released books from Titan Publishing, while amazing cult filmmakers like Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright, Frank Darabont, Seth Rogen, Jason Reitman and Richard Kelly all have pieces in their collections from C4C.

This newest installment, which opens this Friday night, December 12, 2014 will continue the tradition of cult awesomeness. Familiar names, and brand new ones, have created beautiful pieces paying homage to classic films and filmmakers. The opening reception, with many of the artists in attendance, will run from 7-10 PM at 7308 Melrose Ave. The gallery advises getting there early, as they expect a crowd. All of the artwork will be online, and available for purchase, on the G1998 website, Saturday afternoon PT.

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7308 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
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Aaron Paul Hosting A ‘Breaking Bad’ Scavenger Hunt

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In honor of Breaking Bad‘s final year at the Emmys (they’re on Monday August 25, 2014), Aaron Paul announced via Instagram plans to put together a Scavenger Hunt on Monday August 25, 2014 which he’ll hide memorabilia — “signed Breaking Bad scripts, posters, dolls, action figures” — and artwork from the show “all over the Hollywood area.”

He says he’s doing it as a way to thank all of the show’s supporters. Follow Aaron on Instagram for more clues!

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The Alamo Drafthouse To Open First Los Angeles, CA Theater In 2015

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The Alamo Drafthouse will open its first Los Angeles, California theater at The Bloc, a 1.8 million square foot mixed use destination at the hub of the city’s retail, entertainment, financial, and sports center. The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown is slated to open in 2015 as The Bloc completes its $180 million renovations and opens its doors as a vibrant, open-air, pedestrian-friendly, urban destination.

Alamo Drafthouse provides a unique combination of theater and restaurant, showing first-run and independent films and special programming events with an extensive menu made from scratch in a state-of-the-art culinary kitchen. The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will be located in the southwest corner of The Bloc next to Macy’s third floor.

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will have nine screens and seat approximately 800 people for new release movies, independent, foreign and classic films, as well as an exhaustive slate of the Alamo’s unique signature event programming. Each of the auditoriums will be equipped with state of the art 4K digital projection, big screens and amazing sound.  In addition to providing superior presentation, the Alamo eliminates the traditional front rows to ensure there’s no bad seat in the house. The theater will also be equipped for 3D and archival 35mm projection.

In keeping with the Alamo’s commitment to providing the best in-theater dining experience, the downtown LA destination will feature locally inspired and sourced food and drink. Moviegoers can order food and drinks from their seats while servers silently attend to them throughout the film. The Alamo will also be opening an adjacent craft beer bar featuring an extensive array of Californian beers.

Accessibility and integration with the city at large continues to be a priority for The Bloc and the Alamo Drafthouse. The Alamo Drafthuose Downtown will be conveniently accessed without needing to go above ground via the Blue, Expo, Purple and Red lines at the 7th Avenue Metro stop. Future Metro expansion will connect the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown to Santa Monica, Pasadena and the San Bernandino Valley. The theater will offer four hours of free validated parking as well as free bicycle valet.

By focusing on great film, food and drinks along with exceptional presentation, a no-advertisement policy and a notoriously strict no talking/no texting policy, the Alamo Drafthouse strives to be the movie theater by movie fans for movie fans.

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