Erin Maxwell

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Monsterpalooza: Where Weirdos Go to Shop 'Til They Drop

It doesn't need to be Halloween for the folks of Los Angeles to get their ghoul on. Twice a year, the three-day annual event known as Monsterpalooza rears its bloody, decapitated head to celebrate horror icons, monster makeup, scream-inducing special effects and movie merch. But for many, the best part of the creature conference is the shopping, which features a huge selection of gothic goods, wicked wares and haunted household items....
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Not Your Average Valentine's Day: Celebrating Love in L.A.

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and whether you're in a solid relationship, a questionable coupling or flying solo, the city is packed with things to do. From rocking out at the Rainbow to solving a murder mystery to getting creative making cakes and crafts to catching movies and music for lovers (and haters), the City of Angels offers countless ways to either celebrate or escape the Hallmark holiday. There are so many fun options, you just might will fall in love - if not with a partner, then with our city all over again....
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Ax Marks the Spot at New L.A. Club

Nestled in the heart of North Hollywood, LA AX is a more than 12,000-square-foot space providing 30 lanes in which to perfect tossing the woodcutter’s weapon of choice. After a grand opening earlier this year, LA AX has staked its claim to become part of a new wave of competitive gaming in Los Angeles, hoping to turn the curious into casual throwers and casual throwers into “axperts.”...
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Legendary L.A. Zine Ben Is Dead Comes Back to Life This Weekend for 30th Anniversary

Ben Is Dead, the groundbreaking L.A. zine started by Darby Romeo and Kerin Morataya in 1988, was known for delving deeply, and sometimes disturbingly, into certain topics with entire dedicated issues themed around a central idea, from money to celebrity to nostalgia. This weekend, Romeo celebrates its 30th anniversary with a wild weekend of raucous music, discussion and revelry....
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"Revenge of Slashback Video" Rewinds to Horror's VHS Heyday

One year ago, "Slashback Video," a loving homage to the days of independently owned video rental shops, offered a peek into the past with an installation at the Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Magnolia Park featuring vintage VHS and Beta cassettes, mostly of the horror and B-movie variety, plus art inspired by them. This Saturday the video vault is reopened with "The Revenge of Slashback Video."...