Posts Tagged ‘Convention’

Halloween
October 31

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

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 2
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars are 21+ only).

2012 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 3
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.designercon.com/

This one-day event takes place this Saturday in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectables has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Presale tickets cost $5, tickets at the door cost $7, while arrivals after 3pm cost nothing.

Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
10:00 am, November 3-4
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Taking place the weekend after Halloween, expect to see tie-ins with Halloween, as this expo will feature a Horror theme. Saturday costs $25, while Sunday costs $20. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

Los Angeles Derby Dolls – Championship Battle
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, November 3
The Doll Factory, Los Angeles
http://derbydolls.com/la

Watch some good old fashioned roller derby, as the Varsity Brawlers take on the Sirens for the 2012 Championship. Doors open at 6pm, and the match begins at 8pm. General admission costs $20 (standing room only), while VIP tickets cost $45 (unreserved bleacher seating). Always arrive early though, as space fills up fast, even if you purchase VIP.

Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 4
Doubletree Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.jraamerica.com/ff/index.html

$60 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 4
Helms Bakery, Culver City
http://www.patchworkshow.com/locations-culver-city.php

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locations: Culver City, Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since not only do most vendors only accept cash, but you may need to pay for parking should free parking space runs out.

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If that photo did not indicate otherwise, Adult Con took place at the LA Convention Center this past weekend. All forms of adult entertainment could be found here: porn stars, amateurs, models, strippers, webcam models, and much more, all in one of the convention center’s halls. Contrary to common belief, there is no live nudity at these expos – in fact, besides the merchandise, these expos are quite PG. No model or star ever reveal anything in person, so attendees wanting to see more are limited to looking at merchandise or monitors/screens around the room showing the videos.

Having gone to the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) earlier this year, I was vastly underwhelmed at the turnout for Adult Con. AEE took place in two ballrooms, and was so crowded that you had to elbow your way through the crowd to get anywhere. Adult Con was only in one convention hall, but attendance was so minimal for being in one of the largest cities in the US. I had a chance to speak with a few people regarding the turnout – the main source for the declining attendance over the past few years derives from the measure to require the use of condoms during the shooting of adult films. The measure also requires posting a public health permit & notice to performers about to engage in such acts. I find it disturbing that this is more important to the LA City Council than more pressing issues, such as the staggering unemployment rate, which is now over 10% in LA. Apparently, monthly testing of all performers is not enough to satisfy politicians. Regardless, this measure will get voted on in LA this November during the presidential elections.

Anyways, I do have more pictures to show. If you want to learn more about the measure that will affect the adult entertainment industry in LA, click on the link above.


With Sara Brinsfield

Since I did not know much about the actual convention, I immediately searched for familiar ground, which I discovered at the MyFreeCams booth. Sure enough, I found gals that I recognize there, so I made my way around to say hi to all of them.

The first gal I had to see was Camryn Grace (in back of first photo in purple dress). After all, that day was her birthday, so she was having a fantastic day with everyone wishing her a happy birthday. After saying hi to her, I noticed Lucky Starr beside her. I had not seen her since AEE, so naturally I had to reminisce with her.

Soon after, Cassie Ramone arrived with a few more gals. Cassie is known to continually change her hair color, but I still recognized her the moment she arrived. She sure is a wild child, but in the end she is super fun to be around.

I started chatting with another gal for a while, but the entire time I did not know who she was. After asking for her name, I find out that I had been chatting with Charming Gemma the entire time. I never knew Gemma prior, but I had seen her name before through the other gals I know. I am glad to have spoken with her, because she is an awesome gal and very fun, just like Cassie. Apparently she has a quirk that she does not smile in pictures. This may be a bluff, because I have seen her smile in a few pictures. But asking her to smile after she says no is not the best idea.

I spent some time chatting with Sacha (in jeans), who is more a consumer than provider (she rarely cams – she is usually in other gals’ rooms). If you spoke with Sacha, you would not expect her to be a cam model. Technically, she is not one, since she rarely cams, and when she does, she remains clothed. At one point, I heard moans under the table beside us – turned out that Lucky Starr was holding a private session. Once I realized what was going on, I walked away from the table for a few minutes just to shake those images and sounds out of my head.

Other gals in the pictures that I did not interact with: Crystal Jewels (in the back beside Camryn), Sexi Lexi 420 (brunette in white shorts), and Lavender 420 (purple hair in white shorts).

In the few hours I was there, I got to talk with lots of different people. Seeing the declining attendance leaves me worried that an expo like this may not come back to LA for a while, especially if the measure passes, which will likely drive all of the business out of LA. If that happens, then we are left with AEE and eXXXotica as the premier expos, which are all not in California. If all else remains constant, eXXXotica is looking to be the one that everyone, provider & consumer, will want to attend, since AEE is once a year, while eXXXotica occurs more frequently.

And remember – they are human too.