Genre Smash! with Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman

A talk put on by the Writer’s Guild Foundation specifically motivated by the fact that there are very few women writers in sci-fi features. Perlman is the only accredited female screenwriter for a Marvel movie. I’ve paraphrased/summarized some questions and answers I found interesting under the cut, but beware of some spoilers for GOTG if you haven’t seen it yet.

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Meatball Head: An Art Gallery Exhibition Celebrating Over 20 Years of Sailor Moon @ Meltdown Comics

I didn’t really appreciate until now that Sailor Moon isn’t just a cool anime, but it’s practically a feminist icon and in a lot of ways defined a whole generation of girls and girl power. You can see it was out in full force.

LA Times Olympic printing plant tour

When I was younger, I had a half-formed notion that I wanted to be a journalist for the LA Times, so it was really cool to see where they make all those newspapers. It’s a walking tour of one of the largest printing facilities on the west coast, and it’s right near downtown LA, and our guide Darryl was very knowledgeable about LA history as well as working for the Times for some 37 years (!), which makes for a fascinating anecdotes.

The tour is free and lasts about an hour, but reservations are recommended via its Eventbrite page. Next time I want to tour the Times’ staff building!

Street Food Cinema presents: 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters @ Glendale Central Park

Thanks to the LA Weekly Street Team, I won passes to Street Food Cinema’s showing of Ghostbusters! And it was so local to me, too :3

LA has a lot of outdoor movie events like this, so you can see it was your standard bring your chairs and blankets fare. Though this was the first event I’ve been to with an opening band. The Flux Capacitors played some radical 80s tunes for us. Kudos to their singer who could do both parts of Don’t You Want Me. Why is 80s music so fun?

There’s also a lot of good food trucks you don’t have to fight people to get to. I heard about VaKA Burger, so finally had it and YUM. Also got a free blanket courtesy of Ford Motors? O.o;;

Man, I haven’t seen this movie in forever. Couldn’t remember any of the details! Lots of fun, lots of cute puppies to coo over, and a great way to cool off in the city in the summer.

Hike from Griffith Observatory to the Hollywood Sign - Griffith Park

Estimated time: 3 hours (round trip)

Difficulty level: 2 (out of 5). Some uphill walking, but most of it is paved road with short stretches of dirt paths.

The real difficulty is trying to actually find the path that takes you to the sign, because there are no indicators showing which way to take out of the myriad of paths to be found in the hills. Fortunately, as this is a fairly popular spot, your fellow hikers are pretty nice people and will point you in the right direction, as was the case for our party.

Pantages Theater - Hollywood, CA

All the glamor of Hollywood’s golden age.

Yakitori Koshiji - Little Tokyo branch

A great, quaint little place on the 2nd floor of the Weller Court mall in Little Tokyo specializing in yakitori (chicken skewers) but also grilled skewers of all kinds.

Best deals are the various lunch sets (served on weekdays only). Also home to my favorite green tea ice cream in Los Angeles.

Heroes In a Half Shell: A TMNT Art Tribute at Gallery Nucleus

Opening Night - 07.12.2014. Show runs through Aug. 3.

So much awesome. Great art, appearances from costumed characters, staff signings, free face masks (courtesy of Nickelodeon), green lemonade behind a very classy “New York sewer” bar set-up, unlimited free plays from the classic arcade game, and a lot of production material from the shows, movies, and comics. Great curated show and fantastic set-up as always, Nucleus.

Not pictured: I got a fist bump from Mike Sinterniklaas (voice of 2003 Leo)!!! ヽ(*゜∀゜*)ノ