Valentine’s Day with Captured Aural Phantasy Theater

Love is in the Air! Join the Captured Aural Phantasy Theater (CAPT) group and the Bob Baker Marionette Theater for PUPPET COMICS LOVE, an evening of vintage Valentine treats that combines multi-media performances of vintage romance comics and the sweet seductions of the legendary, historic Bob Baker marionettes. The night includes live music and entertainment to stoke the passions of the season…and bring a smile to your face.

Live Variety Show

CAPT combines the art, drama and comedy of a vintage radio program with the live entertainment of a variety show. Shows are built around performances of vintage pop culture gems, usually comic book stories, along with live sound fx, music and projected art. In between the featured stories are short acts, sultry singing, prizes, special guests and live music. No joke is too low or innuendo left un-emphasized. The cast is comprised of a diverse group of Los Angeles based actors and musicians.

Romance Comics

Romance comics were a huge genre in the early 50’s (second only to horror comics of the time like Tales from the Crypt), each one filled with sordid tales of love gone wrong, hearts broken and happily ever afters. In the show, these vintage tales are brought to life for the 21st Century along with the classic, show-stopping performances by the Bob Baker Marionettes, who have been making LA swoon for over 60 years.

The show is open to all. Candy and refreshments will be available, even the adult kind. Proceeds go to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, as it builds plans for its future in Los Angeles.

The program will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $20 and are available now.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is located at 1345 W. First St. Los Angeles, CA 90026, where it has hosted puppet shows since 1961. It received the designation as an historical monument in 2009.

San Francisco Welcomes the Miyazaki Art Show

Hayao Miyazaki is, without a doubt, one of the most respected Japanese animation directors of all time. The prolific director, nicknamed “The Japanese Walt Disney”. He has spent over 40 years making animated movies, taking on all roles including writer, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and manga artist. In 2002, film critic Roger Ebert suggested that he might be the greatest animated filmmaker in history. In February, over 50 artists will gather for the Miyazaki Art Show in San Francisco.

Spoke Art is proud to present the Miyazaki Art Show – a whimsical showcase of over fifty artists from around the world celebrating the films of Japanese film-maker and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Taking inspiration from the Studio Ghibli director’s classic films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo to his lesser known work like The Wind Rises and Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess, each artist has created unique works inspired by Miyazaki’s imaginative universe.

Including a diverse array of original painting, sculpture and limited edition prints. The Miyazaki Art Show offers each artists’ perspective and interpretation of beloved characters and themes throughout Miyazaki’s films. Imbued with the legendary director’s sense of adventure, deep reverence for nature and strong female characters, this dynamic exhibition is not to be missed.

The Miyazaki Art Show opens Saturday, February 4th, with an opening night reception from 6pm-9pm. Costumes are encouraged and some artists will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, February 25th, 2017.

Participating Artists:

Eric Althin | Zard Apuya | Ana Aranda | Ryan Berkley | Laura Bifano | Eric Bonhomme | Ivonna Buenrostro | Rovina Cai | Elsa Chang | Tracie Ching | JAW Cooper | Rhys Cooper | Deangus | Emily Dumas | Jonathan Edwards | Tom Eglington | Jayde Fish | Monica Garwood | Sam Gilbey | Greg Gossel | Gina Hendry | Justin Hilgrove | Kevan Hom | Jackie Huang | Yumiko Kayukawa | Steve Kim | Cuddly Rigor Mortis | Jon Lau | Nan Lawson | Carrie Liao | Keith Lin | Adam Lister | Sergio Lopez | Felt Mistress | Ashley Mackenzie | Kemi Mai | Samantha Mash | Jose Mertz | Guillaume Morellec | Fumi Nakamura | Jeany Ngo | Chelsea O’Byrne | Kat Philbin | Corinne Reid | Allison Reimold | Matt Ritchie | Yohan Sacre | Leonardo Santamaria | Charles Santsoso | Chris Skinner | Annie Stegg | Meghan Stratman | Christopher Uminga | Edwin Ushiro |
Lauren YS | Adam Ziskie

WHAT: Miyazaki Art Show – a tribute to the films of Hayao Miyazaki

WHEN: February 2nd – 25th, 2017

WHERE : Spoke Art SF – 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco

RELEVANT LINKS: Spoke Art’s Website – http://www.spoke-art.com/

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/381218368879476/

Evil Dead in Concert, A Halloween Experience

Tomorrow in Los Angeles, CA the Gothic 1920’s movie palace The Theatre at Ace Hotel will be transformed to celebrate Halloween. The World Premiere of Evil Dead in Concert, A Halloween Experience will be taking place at the famed theatre.

Hosted by Bruce Campbell

This event will be hosted by Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell! It will also include LA’s wild Up chamber orchestra performing a re-imagined score of Sam Raimi’s classic horror film live to picture. With score written by the film’s original composer Joseph LoDuca, who will also be a featured artist. Opening the show will be Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood, Evanna Lynch. As well as violinist Lili Haydn, performing the World Premiere of Joseph LoDuca’s The Tell-Tale Heart: A Duet In Terror based on Edgar Allan Poe’s horror classic.

Co-directing the event are Award-winning Jaime Robledo and Richard Kraft. The creative directors on the highly acclaimed Disney’s The Little Mermaid In Concert at The Hollywood Bowl starring Sara Bareilles and Rebel Wilson.

The Making Of

In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, Evil Dead. Which Campbell starred and co-executive produced. The film was completed piecemeal over four years. Gaining notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out The Shining. Stephen King dubbed it “the most ferociously original horror film of the year.” New Line Cinema then stepped forward to release Evil Dead in the U.S.

Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the Evil Dead trilogy. Completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite. In 2013, Bruce Co-Produced the hit remake of Evil Dead. Bruce just completed the second season of the highly touted Ash Vs. Evil Dead TV series on Starz.

Tickets are available at: http://www.acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/evil-dead-concert-live-film

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Are You a Freak Like Me? Freak Show Horror Film Fest

The big question here is are you a FREAK like me? Freak Show Horror Film Fest has your answer! The Official 2016 Film Selections are here! The festival runs from October 21-23, 2016 at Premiere Cinemas 14 in Orlando, Fl located in the Fashion Square Mall.

Freak Show Horror Film Fest

In its 11th year, the international horror genre film festival is the creation of FEAR FILM Studios Owner Robert J. Massetti. Robert wanted to make a film festival that celebrates independent horror by giving the artist a forum to show his or her films. This 3 day showcase highlights the most talented filmmakers from around the world. It’s mission is to help filmmakers reach their true creative potential by opening up networking and visibility across the industry.    

The event will be hosted by Syfy Channel’s Scott Tepperman from Ghost Hunters International. Premiering opening night is a screening of THE 6TH FRIEND starring Jamie Bernadette (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: DEJA VU), Chantelle Albers (MODERN FAMILY), Dominique Swain, Jessica Morris, Tania Nolan, and Monique Rosario. The blood red carpet event will feature the east coast premiere of the film! Accompanying the screening will be the short entitled GIRL #2, directed by David H. Jeffery.

FEATURE FILM SELECTIONS

THE 6TH FRIEND (USA) 2016 *East Coast Premiere
Directed by Letia Clouston
Description: In this slasher film with a paranormal twist, six college best friends throw their own private graduation party when the stoner of the group orders in a psychedelic from her drug dealer, who sticks around to join in their fun. Drugged and disoriented, the girls’ special night quickly becomes a dark, foggy nightmare of blood and violence. Five years later, the girls gather together once again in hopes of rekindling that close friendship that they once had, only to find themselves being hunted by who, or what, they do not know.

View trailer here: www.freakshowfilmfest.com/portfolio/the-6th-friend/

SHORTWAVE (USA) 2016
Directed by Ryan Gregory Phillips
Description: Josh and Isabel Harris, after suffering the loss of their only child, relocate to a secluded hillside research facility with the hopes of repairing their broken family. After years of trying, Josh and his research partner, Thomas, have a breakthrough involving a cryptic shortwave radio signal and its universal origins. Something within the signal resonates with Isabel and she begins experiencing seeming hallucinations and visions of distant memories. Upon further investigation into the phenomenon, the scientists fear for Isabel’s health while Isabel fears the signal has attracted something sinister to their new home.

View trailer here: www.freakshowfilmfest.com/portfolio/shortwave/

LOST CREEK (USA) 2016
Directed by Colin Adams-Toomey
Description: Eleven-year-old Peter Rowland has just moved with his mother to the town of Brackenvale. There he meets Maggie, a mysterious girl with whom he shares an instant bond. As Peter settles into his new life, he realizes something is wrong in the town. He is plagued by nightmares, and the scary things from his imagination are becoming more and more real with each passing night. With Halloween coming soon, Maggie and Peter discover something frightening waits in the woods near Lost Creek. They must band together to face their fears, and uncover the dark secret of Lost Creek before it’s too late…

View trailer here: www.freakshowfilmfest.com/portfolio/lost-creek/

PEELERS (CANADA) 2016
Directed by Sevé Schelenz
Description: What starts out as the last hurrah on the closing night of an infamous small-town strip club, quickly turns into a night of bloodshed when a crew of coal miners shows up and with them a deadly contaminant. Former baseball player and current club owner, Blue Jean Douglas has decided to hand over her bar to a new owner and leave town for good, but her plans are thwarted when she discovers the magnitude of the epidemic that has been unleashed. With victims piling up, Blue Jean must step up to the plate to protect her family, her friends and her bar before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear.

View trailer here: www.freakshowfilmfest.com/portfolio/peelers/

FEATURE FILM SELECTIONS (cont.)

NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE (USA) 2016
Directed by Jonathan Straiton
Description: Teenage friends out for Spring Break get unexpectedly detoured to an isolated motel where a deadly STD virus now runs rampant, turning those infected into the living dead.

View trailer here: www.freakshowfilmfest.com/portfolio/night-something-strange/

LAND OF SMILES (CANADA) 2016
Directed by Bradley Stryker
Description: A Young Backpacker is lured through the third world paradise of Thailand searching for her kidnapped best friend and unknowingly she becomes the object of a sociopath’s obsession.

View trailer here: www.freakshowfilmfest.com/portfolio/land-of-smiles/

DRIFTER (USA) 2016
Directed by Chris von Hoffmann
Description: DRIFTER centers on a pair of outlaw brothers, Miles and Dominic Pierce, in a post apocalyptic desert wasteland. They are on their way to kill the man who murdered their father however their mission takes a drastic detour when their car is hijacked causing them to take shelter in the eerie town of Deml. The brothers quickly discover the town is inhabited by a family of cannibalistic lunatics and their sadistic Mayor, Doyle. Now they must fight for survival to escape the town.

View trailer here: www.freakshowfilmfest.com/portfolio/drifter/ 

SHORT FILM SELECTIONS

GIRL #2 (USA)
BRENTWOOD STRANGLER (Australia)
SHELL (Germany)
LAURA, LOST (USA)
UNDER THE APPLE TREE (Netherlands)
CRSHN ON U (USA)
GHOST APP (USA)
DIRECTORS ON DIRECTING (USA)
TABLE OF DEATH (USA)
DEATH METAL (USA)
PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK (USA)
CAUCHEMAR CAPITONNÉ (Canada)
THE CLEANSING HOUR (USA)
TRUNK SPACE (USA)
BEYOND FEROX (USA)
HIDDEN DAYLIGHT (USA)
QUENOTTES (PEARLIES) (Luxembourg)
ABOUT THE FREAK SHOW HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Weekend passes are currently available for sale to the general public at www.freakshowfilmfest.com. Individual single block film tickets will be available soon both online as well as the Premiere Cinemas Box Office.

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Street Food Cinema: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

This past weekend, after a fun filled day at Nerd Bot Con, the Nerd Out team headed over to Victory Park in Pasadena for a Street Food CinemaWho Framed Roger Rabbit screening! I’m a huge fan of the film so I was delighted to see it on a big screen. Street Food Cinema surprised us with a table front and center of the gumbo screen they had setup! It was a lovely setup they had of blanket, table, cups, wine opener and assorted picnic needs.

Street Food Cinema

Food and Films

Street Food Cinema was launched in 2012 and has been going strong since. They bring together the best films, gourmet street food, and live music to one place! Speaking of food, they had quite the selection of food trucks conveniently lined up nearby. There seemed to be something for everyone as well as a special Roger Rabbit themed dessert. After a long con day, I got myself some pulled pork fries from Comet BBQ! Yum! Note, get there early for food, these events are popular so there will likely be a bit of a line. Then, we settled in…

Street Food Cinema

There was a live band that performed followed by an audience game! Participants got to wear a film noir style trench coat and hat which was adorable especially with the kids playing. Directly following the game they started the film. I was slightly worried about the sound, we were in a park after all! However, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and picture of the film. The film was a hoot, as expected, and was enjoyed by all. Lots of laughter throughout the crowd, and this event was pretty darn well attended. I look forward to attending more Street Food Cinema screenings!

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Fan Fiction Themed Yoga at YogaQuest

What is Yoga Quest?

I’ve been asked that questions so many times, and somehow it doesn’t get any easier to answer. YogaQuest is first and foremost a community. It is also a unique blend of narratives with yoga. Basically it’s yoga for people who never thought they would set foot in a yoga class. We are non-compliant and refuse to follow the “rules” of western yoga.

How did you come up with the idea?

 The idea started percolating about five years ago when I was at a sci-fi convention. I looked around at the offerings and noticed that nobody was talking about wellness and that there weren’t any opportunities for geeks to move their bodies during the convention. Realizing that there wasn’t really an outlet for geeks to discuss self care in a productive (ie non shamy) way. I was already a yoga teacher and started to brainstorm how I could make yoga accessible (and fun!) for the geek community. YogaQuest has existed in some form ever since then, although we’ve evolved quite a bit (this isn’t even our final form!)

 YogaQuest

How long have you been hosting these classes?

I started teaching YogaQuest in its earliest forms shortly after that convention. Luckily there is a great geek culture here in Minneapolis, and I was able to team up with the Geek Partnership Society group Geek Physique to offer that proto-YQ. I knew that it could be an epic fail, but I wanted to try. Luckily it really resonated with people, and we moved from being a single class taught in a warehouse space, to opening our own studio and appearing at conventions all over the country, including New York Comic Con (NYCC) and Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2).

Fan-fiction story-telling, can you elaborate a little on that?

I believe that narratives are inherently powerful. In addition to running YogaQuest, I also run a counseling business (also geared toward those who consider themselves outside the mainstream) and work primarily in a narrative therapy style. So pairing yoga with storytelling is doubly impactful in my opinion. The way that we use this for class is to adapt something from Fandom, such as the X-files, and take an episode to send up with a fan-fiction treatment of it – just whittling the story down and playing up the in-jokes, adding in yogiography – assigning poses to certain names, actions, and objects in the narrative. Then we have a narrator who literally reads this script while we do yoga. It’s sort of like Simon says, or a much more wholesome take on a drinking game.

YogaQuest

I love that you guys are body positive. Why is that so important to you?

People come in all shapes, sizes, races, levels of ability, etc. It bothers me greatly that many wellness spaces are only set up for a certain type of person. In the yoga community, that type of person is overwhelmingly white, upper-middle class, slender women. If I was going to create a space that was safe for the geek community, I had to make sure that it was inclusive. Unfortunately much of what we see in the media is shaming of people’s bodies. The purpose of this is to keep people feeling constantly less than so that they will buy products and feed into the diet industry which makes billions of dollars off people’s insecurities. I believe that how a person looks is not an indicator of their health or well-being. We take a Health at Every Size approach at the studio. Encouraging people to eat mindfully and to move their bodies because they care about themselves, not because they hate themselves. The language at our studio is very different than you would find in many wellness environments. We talk about bodies with respect and gratitude rather than disgust.

How do you come up with your themes?

Luckily the community is always requesting something new, so we’re never at a loss for themes. And there are so many fandoms to choose from, we could theoretically do fan-fiction yogic adaptations forever.

Are poses influenced by the theme?

We gravitate towards an established set of poses for each quest. We tend to assign certain poses to specific character types. For instance, the hero in a story will often be Horse pose (a wide-legged, powerful stance), while the villain will be Eagle pose (a convoluted twisty pose that you want to get out of as soon as possible).

YogaQuest

What’s been your favorite theme to do?

I just love making people laugh while they’re moving their bodies. Since “fitness” is so often advertised as having to be punishing of our bodies, if we can bring a smile to someone’s face, and they walk away realizing they moved their bodies and had fun doing it, I’m happy. We recently did an event at the Mn Science Museum where we presented a 4-part Zelda: Ocarina of time quest. Watching people rocking out their Navi pose (chair with airplane arms to imitate wings) while they chirped “hey! Listen!” That’s the stuff that makes this work so great.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

We just got back from appearing at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago – our 3rd year appearing at this event. And our crowds have grown exponentially. It’s clear that the geek community was longing for a way to engage with wellness on their own terms – we just gave them an outlet. And we were doubly blessed because Ida Gearon – costume designer for Army of Darkness, and wife of movie legend Bruce Campbell – came to our Army of Darkness quest. On purpose! Word is spreading about this geek wellness revolution and we’re loving every minute of it!

Find out more at
Color photos by:
Sarah Cantrell
A2Z Photography
www.A2ZPHOTO.PHOTO
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Nerd Circus with Acrobatica Infiniti Circus

For those who don’t know, what is Acrobatica Infiniti Circus?

((Mission statement time!!!))

Acrobatica Infinti Circus is Chicago’s first and only nerd circus! We are so pleased to feature a stellar line-up of new and established artists, including contortionists, trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats and more. Our modern-day mash-up combines traditional circus performance within the context of contemporary Cosplay, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Comicon culture.

Across a range of disciplines and in all environments, Acrobatica Infiniti is, at its root, a nerd circus: for nerds, by nerds. In addition to being a performance showcase, AI Circus is a community. We are a collective of professional circus performers who endeavor to share our talents with the world; working to advance the art form for all who participate.

Building on the nostalgia that the idea of “circus” may evoke, we take you back to your childhood. Embracing our youthful infatuation with imagination and fantasy, we bring fiction into the future, for
adults and youth alike.
Our circus is more than a show; it is a community for like-minded people to share in their love of all that is geek. AI Circus is part of a new movement, building a bridge where, traditionally, one ceased to exist. It is a place for people to connect – to be something and to have an experience – outside of the norm.

Circus and Cosplay is an unusual mix, how did you come up with the idea?

Circus and fan fiction have a lot more in common than you would guess, even if they don’t cross paths very often. Both are cultures that take a sincere amount of heart to be involved in. Both are full of people that felt like they didn’t fit in to a certain ‘norm’ in the world. We share this similar need to be part of a niche community in order to strengthen our interests. This might be why I gravitated to both kinds of lifestyles.

The trend in geek culture is so upwardly mobile right now that it’s exciting to watch as it grows and transforms to include more people. What was once a niche market is a huge industry, and the geeky followers are no longer a minority.  Something is happening that is similar with circus arts, as more people become familiar with taking circus classes, seeing small circus shows, and learning what contemporary circus means.

My personal backgrounds are in both circus and geek culture. At an earlier point in my career, I started making solo themed acts that featured sci-fi and comic book characters, and they became the most popular (and most fun) acts to perform.  Eventually I asked myself: is this something that can include more people? Can we make an entire show of this?

AI Circus is a project combines these two art forms in order to build an arts industry with burgeoning performers, and to bring high quality entertainment to an audience that likely hasn’t been exposed to circus before.

Acrobatica Infiniti Circus

It’s great you’re bringing a fresh idea to the table. Do you have plans for new shows? Themes?

(for example a DC only, Marvel, Sailor Moon, etc)

We have done a few shows that were specifically themed content, to align with certain trends and releases in the nerdy world, such as an all Star Wars show for The Force Awakens.

We can easily do a show with all DC or Anime characters, but part of what the circus is meant to do is merge worlds, and I attempt to create that within the confines of what we would consider ‘canon’ material. The question I ask of each character act that we create is, “What wouldn’t you expect this character to do?”

The best way to keep our material edgy and interesting is to tell a new story with a familiar character. This is where the ‘artsy’ part comes in – it becomes more than just a tribute show, and transforms into something else entirely hilarious and whimsical. We want people to see something they have ever seen before, or never expected to see.

Would you expect to see Bane tapdance, Deadpool fly, and Pikachu twerk? Probably not. But would you stick around to see it if it happened? I think definitely, yes.

You’ve been in the circus industry for over 10 years. Congrats! What inspired you to create your
own project?

Thanks!! I was touring overseas for years, and I had a really great job in my own show. It was a tough decision, but I made the choice to move back to the USA in order to be closer to home, loved ones, and my native culture. I worked primarily in Australia, which is still an English speaking country, but it was never going to completely resonate with the kind of weird and diverse, crazily sideways American culture I grew up with. I missed my nerdy friends!

All joking aside, I wanted to come home and try creating some art, instead of depending on what was already in place. I figure if I was going to try to pitch a show, I needed to find an audience that I not only understood, but that had never been reached.

I read that you make all the costumes. What’s it like creating them?

Circus demands a certain amount of durability and flexibility in a costume that most Cosplay will not allow. Many designs aren’t created in such a way that would permit the wearer to actually execute the things that they are seen doing. (I’m thinking of Aeon Flux!!)

A good example – “No capes!” Edna Mode was correct, capes are a huge liability, as they get caught over your head, stuck in your armpits, and wrapped around your body. When I make a costume for the circus show I almost have to re-design it completely, to allow for actual acrobatic movement. Many of the costumes are tributes or circus renditions of the original character. Good examples: a Princess Peach dress was made into a tiny pole outfit – All of Deadpool’s accessories have to be squishy foam or flat lycra, and we can’t have his big swords in place – our Ewok is a mini outfit with a small waist cloth, furry top, and an orange hat. People can still recognize the characters, and we can bring something interesting to the table at the same time.

Another example – printed spandex to pay tribute to a traditional Storm trooper, added to hula hoops – creating our Storm Hooper!

What’s been your favorite performance so far?

No fair – That’s like asking me which kid is my favorite! I love them all! Some of the most popular ones though are our Sailor Moon hula hoops, Totoro juggling, and Elastigirl contortion.

What’s your favorite character you’d added to the lineup?

One of my favorite characters so far is the Totoro act. I managed to create two costumes, one is a big round suit, and the other is a dapper gentleman Totoro complete with top hat. The balls that he juggles are soot sprites!! (also made in house)

Another recent favorite addition is Gwenpool – the love child of Deadpool and Gwen stacy. Fun costume to make, excellent character to put in an act!

What’s a character you’d like to add?

I’d love to add a bunch more video game characters. I’m a huge fan of Mario Bros, and while we have a Peach and Mario/Luigi team, I’d love to make a Yoshi costume that stands up to acrobatic use. We are planning on adding a Spiderwoman aerial contortion act in the August show, as well as some mini Bane segments. Things in newer Comic fiction, Animes and video games are what I have my sights set on – Overwatch, Mass Effect, Homestuck, and Jessica Jones are a few.

Anything else you’d like to add?

We are always trying to branch out to new events and cons – we urge our fan base to write to their local cons and request our presence! We toured as far as Arizona this year, and we’d like to make it out further each year! Our lineup grows locally each month at each Uptown Underground show, and we take the most popular acts to the big shows. We are always open to requests and recommendations for new characters, themes and ideas! Write in to us at contact@aicircus.com to give feedback:
tell us what you liked about a show you saw, or to ask us a question!

 http://www.aicircus.com

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Nerd Out Joining SherlockeDCC

Nerd Out joining SherlockeDCC! We’re joining forces with the Baker Street Babes and SherlockDC to bring you SherlockeDCC! San Diego Comic Con is the biggest party of the year, so what better place is there to have the biggest Sherlock Holmes bash of the year? Are you coming to San Diego to join us? You should!

SherlockeDCC

SherlockeDCC is once again back at it! We return to the entire 9th floor of the stunning San Diego Public Library, complete with two balconies overlooking PETCO Park and downtown San Diego.

Join The Baker Street Babes, Nerd Out, SherlockDC, and more for a night of sleuthing, drinks, food, games, prizes, cosplay, and more. And of course, tons of fun!

About The Baker Street Babes

“The Baker Street Babes are an all-female group of Sherlock Holmes fans dedicated to approaching the fandom from a female point of view,  as well as engaging in fun, lively conversations about the canon, film and television adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, and associated topics

We hope to help provide a bridge between the older and often intimidating world of Sherlockiana and the newer tech savvy generation of fans that are just discovering the Holmes stories for the first time.

Our podcast episodes have over 1 million unique listens and we’ve amassed nearly 100,000 followers over all our social media accounts. We were finalists in the Podcaster category of the 2014 Shorty Awards with the likes of Welcome to Nightvale and This American Life. The Baker Street Babes have appeared on the Today Show, The Mary Sue, MTV Geek, and  in the New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, and many other sites.”

This year the part is 7:30PM-10:30PM on Friday, July 22nd.

http://bakerstreetbabes.com/sherlockedcc-returns-to-san-diego-comic-con-for-2016/

Get Geeky at Geeky Teas in Los Angeles

Geeky Teas is one of my favorite nerdy locations in Los Angeles! Not only do they have amazing fresh fandom inspired teas! I got the Buffy one, and like a ton others! Not only do they have an adorable nerdy shop, but they host a number of events! Everything from screenings of Doctor Who to X-Men Bingo!

“Geeky Teas, a nerd themed Tea & British Shoppe, is the place for gamer geeks to gather, Londoners to loiter, and tea lovers to throng to. Geeky Teas is also the proud founder of GeeKitties Cat Rescue – helping Los Angeles cats find their forever homes!”

Their Game Store

Geeky Teas has over 400 boardgames! Head there to an open game night or join their Meet Up group. They are the friendliest game store in Southern California with customers to match. They host everything from game nights to live model drawing nights, craft faires, and meet & greets to writers workshops – even a Geeky cosplay or two. Doctor Whosday, Nerd Knit Night, Free to Play Tabletop, and more!

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Hours of Operation
Monday: Closed
Tuesday through Friday 4pm to 10pm
Saturday 1pm – 11:30pm
Sunday 1pm – 10pm

2120 West Magnolia Boulevard
Burbank, California 91506

Image below is just a sample of some of the amazing teas they have. 

geeky teas

Her Universe Fashion Show 2015

Now that the internet has returned at work I can proceed with my San Diego Comic Con recaps! After the Jet Set Nerds panel I was on finished, it was time to rush over to Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel for the Her Universe Fashion Show! As I didn’t attend last year, this was my first time at the show. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had been to one nerdy fashion show before and it wasn’t the most well put together event so I was pleasantly surprised when Her Universe was spectacular!

Oh What a Night!

While waiting in line to get in I was asked to be interviewed. I wish the footage was posted so I could show you, but we talked about fashion, geek girl culture, and of course Her Universe. The lovely Jennifer Tisdale of Blondie Girl Productions was the one to interview me. Blondie Girl is one of three companies that put on the fashion show, the other two are Hot Topic and of course, Her Universe. I look forward to seeing how Blondie Girl gets more involved in the geek world!

her universe fashion show

We were handed wrist bands and escorted into the ballroom where the fashion show was to take place. I made sure to get a good spot, just to the right of the stage. Shortly after Ashley Eckstein took the stage! She looked lovely in a Princess Leia inspired dress! God I wish I had someone to make dresses like that for me! Her’s were made by last year’s winner Andrew Maclaine. The show proceeded with groups of designers. A compilation video of the designers speaking on their inspirations and aspirations were played, then came the dresses! And my god they were fantastic, amazing, extraordinary; there maybe not a proper word in the dictionary for what they were.

The Show Begins

We were handed wrist bands and escorted into the ballroom where the fashion show was to take place. I made sure to get a good spot, just to the right of the stage. Shortly after Ashley Eckstein took the stage! She looked lovely in a Princess Leia inspired dress! God I wish I had someone to make dresses like that for me! Her’s were made by last year’s winner Andrew Maclaine. The show proceeded with groups of designers. A compilation video of the designers speaking on their inspirations and aspirations were played, then came the dresses! And my god they were fantastic, amazing, extraordinary; there maybe not a proper word in the dictionary for what they were.

It was so inspiring to see how they took their favorite characters or fandoms and made them into designs. My favorites were the TARDIS from Doctor Who and the Game of Thrones Khaleesi dress.

her universe fashion show

The winners of the audience’s choice and judge’s choice were Leetal Platt’s transforming Sailor Moon dress and Kelley Cercone’s “Joker’s New Look” design respectively. And oh hey, does Baymax look familiar? Yep, that’s Khaleesi from my Wondercon Recap post! I look forward to next year’s show as this was the highlight of my San Diego Comic Con 2015!

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