Archive for October, 2015

The cult hit adult cartoon show Robot Chicken aired for the first time on television over ten years ago, and some talented locals celebrated this milestone with a 10th Anniversary Art Show this past Saturday. Taking place at iam8bit Productions in Echo Park, this free art exhibit displayed paintings, sculptures, figurines, and more. Throughout the night, a projector screen at the back showed a marathon of Robot Chicken episodes. Guests could even purchase some of the art works to take home. Aside from all that, not much else took place – most people could see everything within 15 minutes. Still, for fans of the Robot Chicken series, they would have had tons of “fanboy” moments at this art exhibit. iam8bit has events like this all the time, so like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for further updates on events taking place here.

The 16th Annual Los Angeles Dia De Los Muertos Festival wrapped up this past Saturday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. At this all-ages festival, thousands of visitors explored the cemetery grounds to observe all of the altars, costumes, and live entertainment throughout. All around the cemetery grounds, visitors would find altars, statues, and other art structures along the paths, all set up to pay tribute to the fallen. Many visitors also embraced the part by dressing up or applying appropriate face painting. Multiple forms of live entertainment took place to keep visitors occupied, such as live music, dancing, models, arts & crafts, and more.

To see more from the festival, see photos from previous years, and find information about upcoming events, check out the Hollywood Forever Facebook and Twitter pages.

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners united this past Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation’s Fall 2015 SoCal Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gathered for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of the Huntington Beach Dog Beach. Over 600 Corgis appeared to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily included an Instagram photo meet-up and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consisted of mingling, chatting, and playing with all the cute pups.

Looking forward to the next Corgi Beach Day? Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th as they move to Belmont Shore in Long Beach. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from this past Saturday at the Fall 2015 SoCal Corgi Beach Day.

A special art gallery called AnARTchy: The Art of Punk just had its opening night this past Friday night at the Rainwater Gallery in Huntington Beach. This art gallery that will last for four weeks features punk-themed art work from prominent artists from across the world. Free to attend, visitors can come in to gaze upon the art and potentially purchase any to take home. For the duration of the art gallery’s showing, sporadic events will take place with special guests from the punk rock industry, such as Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L., Old Man Markley, and D.H. Peligro of Dead Kennedys. While the gallery and its events cost nothing to attend, they accept donations, and the special guest appearances may require a reservation, which you can make via the gallery’s Facebook page linked above.

Left Coast Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory Gastrobar
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

San Clemente’s Left Coast Brewing will take over the taps at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach this Wednesday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one.

Epik Vibes – Halloween Punk Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 28
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside

Rock out to some local punk bands for FREE this Wednesday night in Riverside. No one under 21 may enter.

11th Annual Chef Showdown
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego

Admission to this glorious food event costs $250 and allows you to witness ten of San Diego’s finest chefs complete in five different food competitions.

Escape From Cursed Forest
October 29 – November 1
iam8bit, Echo Park

Real Escape Game returns to Southern California this week with Escape From Cursed Forest. Use your brains and wits to solve the mystery of the forest and escape its clutches. Each game lasts about 90 minutes, with sessions taking place throughout the day Thursday through Sunday. Registration cost $27, and participants should form teams of six.

Metalocalypse NOW
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 29
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra

Creator and star of Metalocalypse Brendan Small will make a special guest appearance at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra this Thursday night for autographs, photos, and a meet & greet. Grill ‘Em All will also have a special Metalocalypse burger exclusively on this day.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2015
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 30
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 31
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 1
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. A cosplay contest will take place on Saturday at 6pm, but you have to register on the website to participate! Passes to Comikaze cost $30 for single days, or $70 for the entire weekend.

Good Beer Company’s 1st Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30
Good Beer Company, Santa Ana

Good Beer Company turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a light celebration at their tasting room in Santa Ana this Friday night. Free to attend, Good Beer Company will have some new beers on tap, as well as some new bottles to take home.

25th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner & Auction
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 30
Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach

Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings this Friday night in Huntington Beach. Attending this luxurious dinner costs $275 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Howl-oween Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, October 30
El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach

Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween festival at the park in Long Beach this Friday night. Admission costs $5, and visitors will find live animals, music, food, arts & crafts, and more Halloween fun.

Octoberflame VII
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30-31
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Tiger Army will headline these two all-ages sold-out shows this weekend at The Observatory in Santa Ana. While tickets sold out months ago, you may still find some after-market tickets around.

Curse Of The Tiki 2
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, October 30
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

Enjoy a variety show this Friday night at Don The Beachcomber in Sunset Beach. Visitors will find freak show acts, punk rock music, costume contests, magic acts, burlesque dancers, and more. Admission to this event costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, October 30-31
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

The legendary Jello Biafra will headline two shows at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this weekend. Tickets to these shows cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls 1st Annual “Halloween Monster Mash”
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 30
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline a Halloween’s Eve show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets for this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

D.R.I. SoCal Takeover
October 31 – November 1
Los Angeles, Long Beach

Punk band D.R.I. completes their Southern California tour this week, with a show in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Check the website for a full list of shows.

X1039’s Blind Date Beerfest
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 31
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside

Contrary to the event name, the “Blind Date” refers to the mystery bands that will perform at this beer tasting event in Riverside this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this event costs $45 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 11am, and includes a front-of-line pass for beers plus an exclusive musical performance in the VIP hour. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

15th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 31
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

Timeless Pints Halloween Party
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood

Timeless Pints will join in on the Halloween festivities that many other businesses will throw on Halloween this year. Over at Timeless Pints in Lakewood, they will have a basket full of things to do, such as try their new pumpkin porter, show off costumes, listen to live music, snack from the food truck, toss candy around, and more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Doll Hut Halloween Bash
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show with a costume contest this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Dia De Los Muertos 2015
November 1

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
November 1-8
Lake Forest

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.

1st Annual SoCal VegFest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 1
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa

Free to attend for all ages, this food fair takes place this Sunday afternoon in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services.

Beachwood Blendery Bottle Release
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 1
Beachwood Blendery, Downtown Long Beach

Say hello to one of the first blenderies, the sister of microbreweries, to open in the greater Los Angeles area. Beachwood Blendery will release their first bottles to the public starting this Sunday from their location in Downtown Long Beach. Stop on by and check out the next big craze in the craft beer industry.

Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque: Dia De Los Muertos Extravaganza
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 1
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach

The lovely ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets will put on a special Dia De Los Muertos tribute burlesque show this Sunday evening in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Millennials have gotten wiser about the consumer world around them. The days of corporations dictating how people should live their lives have long passed, as wise people unearth corporate truths (for example, Fast Food Nation). With corporations feeling the heat of the people demanding better quality, the demand for better products has surged over the past decade. The people no longer want “pink slime” or other artificial ingredients in their food – they want things natural. The fewer processes that occur between a food’s natural state versus its prepared state, the closer people feel to its intended natural state. For example, many people grew up with processed candy bars from Hershey, Mars, and other big corporations that used chocolate with other filler ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup. These bars saw lots of machine/factory time from the time they go from raw beans to chocolate bars. Sometimes a good piece of dark chocolate will really hit the spot since they taste more natural than milk chocolate. While corporations produce dark chocolate, the smaller companies that produce dark chocolate in small batches usually come out with higher quality products, such as Stivii.

Stivii has a mission to deliver top quality goods using the most natural ingredients available. As their company name suggests, Stivii relies on Stevia to sweeten their products. Unlike other zero-calorie sweeteners, Stevia does not increase the body’s craving for sugar, so food and drinks using Stevia help to curb cravings (in moderation, as always). This means you can fully enjoy a Stivii product with reduced guilt, such as their recently launched line of Dark Chocolate Bars. Comprised of 55% cacao, these dark chocolate bars contain 25% fewer calories than the leading dark chocolate bar brands. These all-natural dark chocolate bars contain no dairy, soy, or gluten, so they satisfy the gluten-free and vegan crowds. Along with Stevia, these bars contain other natural ingredients such as real fruit pieces instead of juices or other artificial flavoring. Speaking of real fruit pieces, Stivii’s line of Dark Chocolate Bars contains five varieties:

  • Original Dark Chocolate
  • Pomegranate Dark Chocolate
  • Blueberry Almond Dark Chocolate
  • White Peach Dark Chocolate
  • Chili Dark Chocolate

At the same time that Stivii has launched their Dark Chocolate Bars, Stivii has joined the UTZ Certified program for cocoa. Supporting UTZ products means supporting sustainability and the local farmers that put in countless hours towards the cocoa beans used for the chocolates that people all over the world enjoy. To get your hands on a Stivii Dark Chocolate Bar, check with your local gourmet grocery store, such as Gelson’s Markets. Stivii has more varieties planned for 2016, so to stay connected, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for news and updates.

The 8th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk returned to the streets of Old Town Tustin this past Saturday afternoon. During this free and all-ages event, dozens of local artists and vendors lined the sidewalks throughout Old Town Tustin to exhibit their work and sell their goods. Throughout the event space, a few local bands performed live music, while a small wine bar/garden took place in a parking lot. Aspiring photographers could participate in a photography contest, while children could participate in arts & crafts demos at the Tustin Library. While the art walk last for a solid portion of the day, casual visitors could see everything in a matter of minutes. However, art enthusiasts definitely would have had a great time at this event. It comes back every year around the third weekend of October, so many sure you bookmark this event for next year!