• Happy 200th Birthday, Mr. Frankenstein!
    September 12 at 9 a.m. by Jordan Riefe

    “Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos,” said Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. She might have been describing her process in writing the classic novel, or she could have been coaching the…

  • The Best Cosplay of Long Beach Comic Con
    September 10 at 1:47 p.m. by Star Foreman

    Long Beach Comic Con, held Sept. 8-9 at the Long Beach Convention Center, has a show floor that feels as packed as Wondercon, and a couple of panels in tiny rooms below that floor. Most people come for the cosplay and shopping. With literally…

  • DTLA Proud and Summertramp Heat Up Pershing Square
    August 27 at 5:20 p.m. by Star Foreman

    There's a party going on right here (like literally in downtown L.A.'s Pershing Square) A celebration to last throughout the year (or at least until Halloween in WEHO) So bring your good times, and your laughter too (and your boyfriend, girlfriend,…


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  • Elves, Goblins and Lots of Batmans Explore the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball XXI
    August 27 at 5:06 p.m. by Star Foreman

    The Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball XXI celebrated another two-day spectacle at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Aug. 25-26, and despite a number of former attendees choosing Burning Man over the ball, it was still a sold-out spectacle.…

  • Scare L.A. Gets the Adrenaline Flowing
    August 27 at 4:58 p.m. by Star Foreman

    Downtown got just a little spookier over the Aug. 25-26 weekend with Scare L.A. haunting the L.A. Convention Center. We crept onto the darkened convention floor and snapped all the right photos of the experiences, guests and attendees so that you…

  • Hollywood's Morgans Throw a Party in the Spirit of Marie Antoinette
    August 22 at 12:42 p.m. by Star Foreman

    Every summer, right before Burning Man, the Fabulous Flying Morgans invite a few hundred of their closest friends to the party of the summer, high above the Hollywood Hills. Show the doorman out front your secret invitation sealed with a kiss and…

  • Peek Inside the Standard's "Sparrow Mart," Where All the Food Is Made of Felt
    August 17 at 8:45 a.m. by L.A. Weekly

    Stepping into a supermarket where everything is made of felt — every packaged food, every piece of produce, every slab of raw meat — is a bizarre and wonderful experience. British artist Lucy Sparrow's new pop-up art installation, "Sparrow Mart,"…

  • Austin Young Creates "Tranimals" With Help From Squeaky Blonde, Fade-Dra Phey
    August 3 at 5:43 p.m. by Austin Young

    “Tranimal does not have a set look,” says photographer Austin Young, who enlists help from gay nightlife icons Squeaky Blonde and Fade-Dra Phey to transform people from all walks of life into "tranimals" — weird and wonderful,…

  • I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream at Midsummer Scream!
    July 31 at 11:26 a.m. by Star Foreman

    While it's not the first Halloween convention, Midsummer Scream has found its way to the head of the pack. This comes with some drawbacks, as some attendees waited for over two hours to try to get into parking lots (with no one directing traffic,…

  • The Adventures of Photography Across the Third Dimension
    July 26 at 12:36 p.m. by Shana Nys Dambrot

    “To experience 3-D,” reads the museum wall expository text, “is to engage with questions about the nature of perception, the allure of illusionism, and our relationship with the technologies that create such hyper-realistic images.” But no matter…

  • Johnny Depp, <i>Aquaman</i> and Dapper Stormtroopers at Comic-Con 2018
    July 24 at 2:10 p.m. by Multiple Authors

    The annual gathering of the nerds, aka San Diego Comic-Con 2018, took place July 19-22 and, as always, drew the best cosplayers and the biggest stars. Our photographers were roaming the hallways, panels and parties, snapping stars and fans alike.

  • Cleon Peterson Gets Bloody Dirty at Over the Influence
    July 17 at 11:26 a.m. by Shana Nys Dambrot

    Cleon Peterson's new exhibition at Arts District gallery Over the Influence, "Blood & Soil," is that rare gem of political discourse — violently honest, fearless in its message, powerful in its emotion, sharp in its wit and, above all, beautiful…

  • Cosplay-Cosplay-Cosplay at Anime Expo 2018
    July 6 at 11:29 a.m. by Star Foreman

    Anime Expo has panels whose lines for entry stretch out into the hot sun, but everyone really comes for the cosplay. With an entire hall devoted to gaming and sets, Anime Expo rolls out the Crunchyroll orange carpet for cosplayers of all ages,…

  • Scott Lipps Snaps Rock Stars for Good Times and Good Causes
    June 29 at 6:27 a.m. by Shana Nys Dambrot

    The art of celebrity photography — especially rock and movie star portraiture — is finding balance. On the one hand, you’ve got fascinating personalities to work with and be inspired by: creative, adventurous people who might be game for anything.…

  • Gamers Turn Out in Big Way for E3 2018
    June 15 at 12:05 p.m. by Star Foreman

    The 24th Electronics Entertainment Expo did a midweek run at the Los Angeles Convention Center, from Tuesday, June 12, through Thursday, June 14. With more than 62,000 convention-goers, the line to play Smash Bros. or Spider-Man would extend around…

  • L.A. Design Festival Takes Over ROW DTLA
    June 13 at 2:40 p.m. by Star Foreman

    The L.A. Design Festival took over ROW in DTLA as part of its citywide festival with pop-ups, workshops, speakers and installations. Some of the highlights were Mini Living's Urban Cabin, designed in collaboration with Los Angeles architecture firm…

  • Newcomer Anime Pasadena Puts Focus on the Cosplay
    June 6 at 2:36 p.m. by Star Foreman

    The new-this-year Anime Pasadena is for the fans, especially the fans who like to cosplay. Less like the sprawling conventions such as Wondercon and Anime Expo, Anime Pasadena is more like a really good group hang with a vendor floor attached.…

  • Over the Rainbow Lifeguard Station at Venice Pride 2018
    June 4 at 12 p.m. by Star Foreman

    The nonprofit Venice Pride has accomplished a lot this year, from helping to secure a lease to reopen Roosterfish to preserving, indefinitely, the Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower, and last weekend it was time to celebrate. Venice Pride is one of…

  • Canada Sends <i>Something Strange</i> to Burbank's CIA
    May 29 at 12:28 p.m. by Star Foreman

    Canadian TV stars and world-class mentalist duo The Sentimentalists (Chris Mysterion and Steffi Kay) brought their acclaimed magic/sideshow/burlesque show Something Strange to the CIA in Burbank. The sold-out show featured amazing performers from…

  • DJ Z-Trip, Biz Markie Kick Off We Rise Festival in DTLA
    May 21 at 2:14 p.m. by Shane Lopes

    Friday, May 18, marked the kickoff for We Rise, a 10-day festival fostering empowerment of mental health and well-being through powerful programming, live performances, immersive workshops and a world-class art exhibition. Helping kick off the…



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