It’s the first weekend of fall and there’s a definite chill in the air.
Here’s where to go to be cool….
In all senses of the word.
Samurai. Manga. Sake.
Expect plenty of glamour at the Friday night fest opener Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends: the finale to director Keishi Otomo’s stunning Kenshin trilogy. The North American premiere begins with a red carpet event; guests are asked to dress to impress…although no cosplay or fake weapons are allowed.
Leave your katana and Sailor Moon knee socks at home.
A Q&A with Otomo and actor Munetaka Aoki follows the screening; the festivities continue with a 21+ after-party at the gorgeous Belasco Theater.
Additional highlights of the weekend-long fest include: inspiring girl power film Flying Colors, which is based on a true story and is Japan’s highest grossing film this year, a special screening of Shinsengumi, a tale of doomed warriors using manga cut-outs and one of legendary filmmaker Kon Ichikawa’s final masterpieces; and FREE screenings (with RSVP) of short films in competition for the Golden Zipangu Awards.
Also, Princess Jellyfish.
Sunday’s closing night North American premiere is Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen: an action-comedy about “old fart” yakuza who rally for a final turf war showdown with clueless young punks.
Four words: Mokichi the Toilet Assassin.
L.A. EIGA FEST 2015 — Fri, Sept 25 – Sun, Sept 27; various times. Festival passes $50; Opening night $45. Closing night $25. Additional screenings: $12 – $18. Shorts competition FREE — Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, 1000 W Olympic Blvd, DTLA 90015. Go HERE for the fest line-up; click on individual films to buy tix. Additional fest info, including directions, parking, etc. HERE.
Here’s Suds in Your Eye
Can there ever be enough beer fests in Los Angeles?
Based on Saturday’s predicted temp: no.
Continuing to supersize the suds game, Eat Drink Play’s LA Beer Fest (Fall Edition) sets up shop once again at L.A. Center Studios with 200 beers, 15 food trucks (food sold separately) and live entertainment including Petty Cash.
It’s a chance to at least taste fall….
Sip suds from California breweries such as Lagunitas Brewery (get ’em while you can), Solarc Brewing, Telegraph Brewing Company, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., REV Brewing Co, and Boomtown Brewery plus international breweries such as Singha and Hoegaarden.
The VIP option gets you an extra hour of specialty brews at the presale only event; a percentage benefits Noah’s B-ark, which helps shelter pets find permanent homes.
Given the extended dog days of summer, you’ll want to shell out the extra sawbuck.
L.A BEER FEST (FALL EDITION) — Sat, Sept 26; noon-4pm. $50 VIP; $40 GA/PRESALE ONLY. 21+ — L.A. Center Studios, 1201 West 5th Street, #T-110, LA 90017. For tix and more info, go HERE.
Beat the Heat and Eat
Three decades and counting…they must be doing something right.
This Sunday, head west, young man and woman for the 31st annual Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice.
Celebrating one of greater LA.’s most iconic blocks, the day-long, no-admission-fee fest features 40+ food vendors including: Chanchos Tacos, Cousins Maine Lobster, Kogi BBQ, Three Twins Ice Cream and The Middle Feast: Season 5 winner of the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race.
Wash down the goodness at one of the three 21+ only beer gardens; a $5 wristband gets you into all of the gardens.
Musical entertainment runs the gamut from Still Gandhis (Billboard Music Best Music Video of the Year) to House of Vibe featuring Chali 2na (Ozomatli, Jurassic5) to hometown faves Nocona plus a dedicated KidsStage.
And with Venice’s iconic Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center around the corner, don’t miss the chance to hear some of L.A.’s top poet-performers including Carlye Archibeque, Hélène Cardona, Douglas Kearney, Mike Sonksen and Conney Williams on the Spoken Word Stage.
Add in an ocean breeze and get ready to love Venice.
ABBOT KINNEY FEST — Sun, Sept 27; 10:am-6pm. FREE fest admission; all ages (beer gardens 21+) — Abbot Kinney Boulevard betwee Main Street and Venice Boulevard, Venice 90291. For more info, including a map and transportation details, go HERE.
More Weekend Go Go Fun!
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival & Music Weekend — 20,000 lobsters! 20 bands! 3 days! Fri 9/25 – Sun 9/27
Angel City Jazz Fest — Established and up-and-coming jazz artists! Venues all over town! Some performances FREE! Fri 9/25 – Sun 10/11
Museum Day Live! — FREE admission for 2 people with ticket! A dozen museums in L.A. & environs! Sat 9/26
All the Instruments Agree — An exhibition AND a concert! Sound artists, music collectives, art bands! Two stages/two days! Sat 9/26 & Sun 9/27
Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing at Griffith Observatory — FREE admission! Afternoon star party! Moon-themed music on the front lawn by pianist Ray Ushikubo of the Colburn School of Music! Sun Sept 27
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….