Every time the Walt Disney Corp. works on a new attraction, all the way back to the original inspirations for Disneyland, it uses immaculately put-together sketches to show the world its vision. Even with 3-D imaging available, Disney still uses the 2-D sketchbook to communicate with the world. Twice a year Dapper Day comes to remind us what Disneyland would look like if those original sketches came to life exactly as is. Promenading through the park are men in suits and ties, women in heels with their hair perfectly coiffed, and children dressed as through any second now Grandma is going to call.
In its fifth year, Dapper Day has gone from a few dozen friends getting together to more than 30,000 attendees in three parks, plus an expo at the Disneyland Hotel featuring clothing from Pinup Girl, the necessary D broach from accessory company Match, swing dancing and even a book signing with world-famous Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix.
The next Dapper Day at Disneyland isn't until April 23, but that gives you plenty of time to find the perfect outfit and get your hotel reservation so that you can stay the night after walking around in those heels all day.
All photos by Star Foreman.
Harry Potter fans are an extremely passionate, tight-knit community.
Ever since the books first came out, fans have been getting together online and in person to discuss J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and the cast of beloved characters she created. In 2007, the minds behind Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron got together to form an exclusive Harry Potter fan convention, which they appropriately named LeakyCon.
LeakyCon is known for its Wizard Rock concerts, fervent fan-fiction discussions, cosplay and cast-member panels. Since it began in Boston in 2009, LeakyCon has been hosted by cities from Orlando to Chicago. Last week and weekend, Burbank got its turn.
All photos by Liana Minassian.
Cassandra Peterson — the actress who's spent the last 35 years bringing to life beloved B-movie maven and pop-culture icon Elvira — hosted a spectacular soiree on the rooftop of the Roosevelt Hotel to celebrate the publishing of her new "coffin-table" book, Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark: A Photographic Retrospective of the Queen of Halloween.
Guests included Dita Von Teese, Frances Cobain, Dave Navarro, Julie Newmar, Perez Hilton, Jackie Beat and a slew of other L.A. party people. Didn't make it to the party? Peterson is signing copies of the book — which is filled with more than 300 images of the gothic sex symbol — at the Barnes & Noble at the Grove on Oct. 26.
After enduring entry lines of more than five hours — Wasteland Weekend's stand-in for the misery of a nuclear bomb blast — survivors did battle in Thunderdome and Jugger matches, roared around in car parades, danced the dust and partied like it was the fake end of the world. It was "the world's largest postapocalyptic gathering," an event straight out of Mad Max, held Sept. 22-25 in the SoCal desert. All photos by L.J. Williamson.
Son of Monsterpalooza officially brought Halloween to Burbank over the Sept. 18-19 weekend. With tons of vendors, special exhibits, an art gallery and more, there was no event more fitting to get us in the spooky spirit.
Two phrases that should always be spoken in a spell to summon loads of wizards, witches and Muggles are "Harry Potter" and "free." A spell such as this was magically cast on Saturday at the Last Bookstore's Harry Potter Night. The Facebook event page said that 18,000 people were interested in the event and that almost 5,000 people planned to attend. While there weren't anywhere near that number of people on hand, there were easily hundreds who formed a line outside the store's main entrance on Fifth Street; like Slytherin House's mascot, the queue snaked around the building and down Spring Street. Unfortunately, not everyone, even those with the ability to Apparate, made it into the bookstore because it quickly filled to capacity. However, those who lined up early and got inside were treated to some Harry Potter music from folk Renaissance band Blackhaven, a hysterical set from Harry Potter improv group The Show That Shall Not Be Named, and a spectacular costume contest. All photos by Jared Cowan.
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