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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
90038

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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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The World’s First Burrito Kiosk Opens In Los Angeles

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Just walk up to Burritobox and choose from their menu of six hand-rolled burritos, watch a 60-second ad while your meal heats up and enjoy a hot fresh tortilla wrapped treat!

The ingredients in their 100 percent natural burritos have no hormones or antibiotics and their breakfast burritos have cage-free eggs. The varieties include roasted potato with egg and cheese, uncured bacon with egg and cheese, chorizo sausage with egg and cheese, free-range chicken with beans and rice, and shredded beef and cheese. You can also add sides such as sour cream, Tabasco and guacamole to your order on the touch screen for an additional fee.

The burritos cost $3 plus tax. The first kiosk is now open inside the new Mobil Station at 8380 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles and a second machine is slated to pop up at the 76 Station in Century City on January 18th.

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Hollywood Bar, The Powder Room To Sell A $500 Milkshake

The LA-based Hollywood cocktail bar The Powder Room set to open on November 22, 2013 is out to attract attention with milkshake bearing a $500 price tag.

Created by award-winning mixologist Adrianne Biggs, the spiked shake, listed on the menu as “The Velvet Goldmine,” will contain premium liquors, rich Belgian chocolate and edible gold. A chunky Swarovksi “Nirvana Montana Ring” will top the frozen concoction as a garnish (retail: $190).

Other shakes on the menu include the “Strawberry Fields,” a blend of strawberry cream vodka, fresh strawberry puree, brandy, shortcake cookies and tapioca pudding, as well as the “Steel Magnolia,” a vodka-based libation blended with red velvet cake, vodka-soaked cherries, crushed salted pretzels, cream cheese frosting and vanilla ice cream, topped with cream cheese whipped cream.

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The 5 Best Sandwiches In Los Angeles

So you’re stuck in L.A. traffic, your belly is rumbling and you’re craving a satisfying delicious sandwich. Well, here are 5 suggestions from THE FIRE WIRE that will have you thanking me.

Please note that this list is in no particular order and I’m sure that I missed a bunch of great places that you are free to add via a comment below.

I alleviated burgers and hot dogs; they will appear on future lists. Grab a napkin before reading this as you may drool…

1.) Philippe’s Original French Dip

Philippe’s “French Dipped Sandwich” ($6.75) is the specialty of the house and consists of either roast beef, roast pork, leg of lamb, turkey or ham served on a lightly textured, freshly baked French roll which has been dipped in the natural gravy of the roasts (First timers should start with the roast beef).  Singled dipped gets the top roll juicy, double dipped = top and bottom of the roll.

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Swiss, American, Monterey Jack or Blue cheese may be added (I like the Swiss). To accompany your sandwich they offer a tart, tangy cole slaw, homemade potato and macaroni salads and large Kosher style, sour dill or sweet pickles. Try their homemade mustard which complements the sandwich to perfection. Remember, “it’s hot, but good.

Cash only, paper plates and communal tables with some booths.

Philippe the Original
1001 N Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781

2. The Oinkster’s Old Fashioned Chicken Salad Sandwich

You can’t go wrong at this place, everything is good. I recommend

The Oinkster’s old fashioned chicken salad sandwich ($6.75) contains pulled roast chicken, house made bread-and-butter pickles, topped with mayonnaise, tomato and onion on focaccia bread.

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Also try the Oinkster Pastrami and the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich.

The Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 255-6465
Hollywood location coming soon!

3. Porto’s Cubano Sandwich & Ropa Vieja Sandwich

Porto’s has three locations that are always crowded but the lines move fast. Save room for the delicious baked goods.

This is a toss up between the Cubano Sandwich and the Ropa vieja sandwich.

The cubano ($4.85) features slices of slow roasted pork, savory ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, butter with a mustard and mayonnaise mix on crusty cuban bread served with a side of addictive plantain chips.

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The Ropa vieja ($6.70) sandwich is loaded with traditional Cuban style shredded beef, bell peppers, onions, and tomato sauce on Cuban bread also served with plantain chips.Eat half, enjoy and dessert and then enjoy the other half as a midnight snack!

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Porto’s Burbank
3614 West Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 846-9100

Porto’s Glendale
315 N Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 956-5996

Porto’s Downey
8233 Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 862-8888

4. Mendicino Farms Philly Cheesesteak Pretzel Melt

Sophisticated wine country inspired ingredients composed with a fine dining approach to flavor pairing make Mendocino Farms the premier eco-artisan sandwich concept.

My pick is the Philly Cheesesteak Pretzel Melt…savor the homemade spice rubbed shaved roast beef with gooey smoked gouda fondue cheese, caramelized onions, spicy pickled peppers on a panini grilled Dolci Forno pretzel roll. THE BOMB!!!

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Pair it with one of their hearty soups or delicious sides such as spicy Giardiniera potato salad, Drake Farm’s feta with basil pesto shells or almond Romesco shells with roasted peppers (YUM!)

Mendicino Farms
175 S. Fairfax Ave Suite B
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323)934-4261

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California Plaza
300 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 620-1114

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Citibank Building
444 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213)627-3262

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735. S. Figueroa Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213)430-9040

5. Bay Cities Italian Deli Godmother Sub

Since 1925, Bay Cities Italian Deli has specialized in homemade, authentic Italian specialties, like freshly baked pasta dishes and mouth watering sandwiches.

The meatball sub is great but if I had to pick only one sandwich, the I would go with the Godmother ($6.60 small / $8.80 large)! Mountains of Genoa salami, mortadella coppacola, ham, prosciutto, tangy provolone on Italian bread that is baked daily. If you ask for the works then it comes with mayo, mustard (yellow, honey or dijon), onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, Italian dressing and mild or hot pepper salad. I like mine with light mayo, all the veggies, oil and mild pepper salad…Delizioso!

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Bay Cities Italian Deli
1517 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-8279

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MONDO Mystery Movie: XI In Los Angeles Scheduled For December 14, 2013, Tickets Go On Sale November 11th

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MONDO is going to be in Los Angeles for Mystery Movie: XI on December 14, 2013, ending a 2-year absence for the MMM in California. 

Here is what they have to say about the event:

“We’re going to be out in LA for Mondo Mystery Movie: XI on December 14, 2013, ending a 2-year absence for the MMM in California. We would love to come back more often, but it takes lots of planning on these shows. Some of you may be thinking that we’re getting too old for this shit, but we still try to make sure that there is suspense, excitement and adventure on like every level, so that’s why there will be no hinting at what the MMM will be.”

Tickets will be available at three different price levels, detailed below:

$85 – Regular – Includes admission and regular edition of the poster

$200 – Variant – Includes admission, regular and variant editions of the poster

$500 – Super Variant – Includes admission, secret apparel item, regular edition of the poster and a super variant edition of the poster.

You can read an FAQ about the event over on our blog right HERE.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. Mondo Mystery Movie: XI tickets will be available online at a random time on Monday, November 11th.

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The Claws Will Come Out At The Los Angeles Lobster Roll Rumble On November 7th

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If you like lobster then put this on your calenders now because it’s guaranteed to sell out.

On November 7th, the Lobster Roll Rumble—an event put on by TastingTable.com—hits L.A. for the first time. At the event, ten of the West Coast’s top lobster rolls will claw their way to the top to win the title of Best Lobster Roll: West 2013.

Meanwhile, you get to taste them all with pints of Stella and Patrón cocktails. These fine establishments will serve you lobster, buttered and hot or cool and lacquered with mayonnaise:

Cousins Maine Lobster, Los Angeles, CA
– The Hungry Cat, Hollywood, CA
– Blue Plate Oysterette, Santa Monica, CA
– L&E Oyster Bar, Los Angeles, CA
– Littlefork, Hollywood, CA
– The Strand House, Manhattan Beach, CA
– Anchor & Hope, San Francisco, CA
– Old Port Lobster Shack, Redwood City, CA
– Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, CA

Ticket price also includes unlimited beverages, sides, cheeses from Murray’s Cheese and sweets from The Churro Borough, Kettle Glazed Doughnuts, Short Cake, Ramekin, and Crème Caramel L.A.

When: Thursday, November 7, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St., Downtown
How: Tickets are $75 per person and will go on sale this Wednesday, September 18.

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Danny Elfman To Bring Concert of Tim Burton Movie Music To Los Angeles on Halloween

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Danny Elfman has scored 15 movies by Tim Burton, starting with “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” in 1985 and leading up to last year’s “Dark Shadows” and “Frankenweenie.” For the first time in the U.S., Elfman is to present his scores for Burton’s films in an orchestral concert performance, scheduled appropriately enough for Halloween night at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton will feature conductor John Mauceri leading the 87-piece Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and the 45-member Page L.A. Choir. Elfman himself will appear at the concert to perform songs from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. Tickets go on sale Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. through AXS.com and by phone at (888) 929-7849.

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Check Out The Amazing Art From Hero Complex’s Bleeding Metallics! Show Which Opens On Friday, August 2nd

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Hero Complex Gallery’s Bleeding Metallics! show will focus on artwork crafted with metallic inks, paints, papers, and metal itself.

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The event kicks off on Friday, August 2nd, with a show highlighting all manner of things made of metal, covered in metal or injected with metal. Robots, Mechs, Cyborgs, Spaceships, Steampunk, Suits of Armor and just about every type of metal goodness you can think of will be represented in this show!

The opening Reception is on Friday, August 2nd, from 7-10pm at Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034

And for those who missed out on Craig Drake’s Akira-inspired piece, ‘Kaneda!’ on metal, Hero Complex has a special surprise and will be giving the first 50 customers a free mini-print of his piece printed on silver aluminum metallic paper!

Now on to the art from the show…check out just a small taste of what’s coming Friday night.

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Adam Rabalais – You Are Who You Choose To Be

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Chris Brake – Iron Man

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Craig Drake – Get Away From Her You Bitch

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Dan Lazarow – Shiniest In The Verse

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David Moscati – Wolverine

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G. Allen Black – Silver Surfer

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Khoa Ho – Ironman

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James Gilleard – Robot V3

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Joe Vetoe – RoboCop

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JP Valderrama – Terminator

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Matt Ferguson Primetime

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Nelson Cordeiro – Demon’s Face

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Ridge Rooms – Earth Stood Still

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Sean Thornton – Nautilus Lines

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Tim Jordan – Godzilla Contro iRobot

You can view and purchase art from this show HERE.

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