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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR SF LOVEFEST 2008

Posted by Billyjam, October 8, 2008 10:47am | Post a Comment
     

"A free parade that celebrates music, love, diversity, tolerance, dance, and community is something... America needs now more than ever," stated the organizers of the big annual San Francisco LoveFest,  the annual electronic music festival which celebrated year four on Saturday. "We know that in a culture awash in conflict, materialism, superficial concerns and greed, an event of this kind can lift the spirits and the hopes of those who surrender to its power. The power of dance. The power of music. The power of community." That statement was made before Saturday's big fourth annual parade and party. And having attended both the LoveFest Parade and the mega party it morphed into after parking at Civic Center Plaza, I can confidently say that it was mission accomplished for the LoveFest. The event kicked off around 12:30PM as a colorful parade from 2nd Street down Market and ended up as an all day outdoor dance party awash in tens of thousands revelers grooving to all strains of throbbing electronic music.

Saturday's upbeat SF LoveFest 2008 came after a week of downbeat, depressing news headlines. So it was the perfect antidote to the reality of the gloomy world outside where the economy is in the toilet and the future doesn't look bright from any angle. For the approximately 100,000 dancing bodies that packed the Civic Center Plaza to move to the various music booming sound system floats lined up across the large city center plaza, the SF LoveFest truly offered up pure unadulterated escapism -- if only for the day. Of course, there were reminders of the presidential election, with Barack Obama images everywhere. But Obama -- hung round as an image of hope -- never distracted; rather, the images only seemed to reinforce the good vibes that hung in the air all day up until the party wound to a close at around 8PM. Check out the SF LoveFest website for more images and info, plus an amazing bird's eye view video looking down on Civic Center Plaza on Saturday afternoon.

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Horror Hits The New Beverly !

Posted by phil blankenship, October 8, 2008 10:31am | Post a Comment
New Beverly Cinema

Warn your friends !

October 15, 16 - The final night of the "Sitting In The Dark With Patton Oswalt" festival brings two horror classics to the big screen: Jacques Tourneur's Night of the Demon (1957) & F.W. Murnau's Faust (1926) !

October 18 - ALL NIGHT HORROR SHOW ! 100% Movie Mania! New Bev Fundraiser! 12 Hours Of Movies, Fun & ?? Featuring Dario Argento's rarely screened Creepers (the US theatrical cut of Phenomena!), The House on Sorority Row (25th Anniversary!), the award winning short In The Wall, Lucio Fulci's Zombie (the Italian gut muncher!), a TOP SECRET SURPRISE MOVIE, Teenage Mother (the live birth exploitation classic!), The Power (unjustly overlooked 80s aztec doll terror!), and the New Bev return of the ultimate crowd pleaser: RAW FORCE! Plus classic trailers & more! Schedule subject to change.

All films presented in glorious 35mm! All proceeds go towards New Bev upgrades & repairs! Tickets available NOW at the New Beverly box office or online (HERE) through PayPal.

October 19, 20 - A Hammer Films double bill of Taste of Fear (1961) & Terence Fisher's The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)!

October 21 - Grindhouse Film Festival with Bigas Luna's 80s cult hit Anguish & Kent Bateman's The Headless Eyes!

October 22, 23 - Two by William Castle! There will be a special FRIGHT BREAK during the showing of Homicidal. Can you heart stand the challenge when the clock starts the COUNTDOWN! Followed by the Joan Crawford camp classic Strait-Jacket! WARNING! 'Strait-Jacket' vividly depicts ax murders!

October 25 - Midnight screening of the 80s fan favorite The Wraith! Special guests TBA!

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Little Armenia - Լիթլ Արմենիայում

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 7, 2008 01:13pm | Post a Comment
Map of Little Armenia
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Little Armenia

In the Los Angeles Neighborhood poll, right behind Morningside Circle is Little Armenia. To vote in the Los Angeles County Community poll, go here.


Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's Map of Hollywood
Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Hollywood

When I first moved to Silver Lakefrom Chino I got a job in nearby Burbank. I drove through Glendale and noticed that the population of both cities was largely Armenian. The signs were written in that unique Armenian alphabet that kind of looks like broken bits of elbow macaroni glued to croquet hoops. I think that, at the time, I had only the vaguest notion of where Armenia was. (For the record, at Amoeba we file it in the Middle East, to the consternation of many since it's a Christian nation in South Eastern Europe).

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Too $hort to receive VH1 hip-hop honors tongiht

Posted by Billyjam, October 6, 2008 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Veteran Bay Area rapper Too $hort will be one of five artists honored today during music television station VH1's Hip-Hop Honors, for his contributions to the art form of hip-hop. The LA born/Oakland rapper can be credited (blamed?) for embeddng the B word into hip-hop's vocab. The show, which airs tonight (Monday Oct 6th) on the cable channel, was taped this past Thursday in New York CIty when Too $hort flew out to NYC for the big award/performance taping at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Besides $hort Dog, the others lined up to receive awards on tonight''s broadcast are De La Soul, Slick Rick, Cypress Hill, and Naughty By Nature. All five honorees will perform. So will many others, including Wyclef Jean, Lil Jon, Big Boi, Ghostface Killah, Bun B, Q-Tip, MC Lyte, Biz Markie, Busta Rhymes, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Fat Joe, Cee-Lo, EPMD, Mack 10, Jim Jones, Estelle, rock-rappers Gym Class Heroes, Juelz Santana,  Scarface, and Kid Rock. 

The latter two are expected on-stage during Too $hort's performance. Remember that it was Too $hort who was one of the earliest believers in the artist Kid Rock. He collaborated with young unknown white DJ turned rapper back in 1990, long before anyone really knew of Kid Rock. Around that same time, $hort was also instrumental in getting the unknown artist added to the Straight From The Underground Tour bill that featured Yo Yo, Ice Cube, D Nice, and Too $hort.

Also appearing on tonight's hip-hop all star VH1 broadcast, to be hosted by Tracy Morgan, will be Luther Campbell and musician /actress Queen Latifah, who did a great job over the weekend on Saturday Night Live's parody of last week's vice-presidential debate in which she played moderator Gwen Ifill opposite Tina Fey's spot-on Sarah Palin and Jason Sudeikis' take on Joe Biden.

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Night Scenes: Project Shadowchaser II

Posted by phil blankenship, October 6, 2008 10:00am | Post a Comment
Project Shadowchaser 2 videocassette cover  Project Shadowchaser 2 vhs

Project Shadowchaser 2 plot synopsis

New Line Home Video N4024
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