The Great Summer Pokémon Festival
Remember Pokémon? Released in 1996 for Game Boy, the Nintendo game featured lovable "pocket monsters," which you could catch, train, battle and trade. It spawned a TV series, movies, books and countless plush toys, and Pokémon is still going strong, even if some fans bemoan the expansion to 719 monsters from the original 151. This weekend, art gallery Chin's Push hosts The Great Summer Pokémon Festival, a video game tournament, art show and concert, with DJ sets, food and vendors selling Poké-related goods. Johnnie JungleGuts of KChung fame is a big fan of the franchise — this is the sixth Pokémon-related event he's thrown. Today, JungleGuts will curate a video game art show featuring the works of Josh Logan, Jessie Spears, Andrew James Cox, Rebecca Inducil, Maxfield Hegedus and Jon Merritt. In addition to DJ sets from KChung radio, expect live performances from ACK_VANDAL, Tina Belmont, Handski, Pipe and of course JungleGuts himself, who says, "This festival is shaping up to be our biggest event yet." If you have a DS, get together a team of your six strongest 'mons and battle it out for prizes. If not, just show up and revel in the nostalgia. Chin's Push, 4917 York Blvd., Highland Park; Sat. Aug. 30, 1-9 p.m.; $4 admission, $6 tournament fee, outdoor art show free. facebook.com/events/538524549586535.
Sat., Aug. 30, 1-9 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 08/30/14)
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