One of the leading pop-culture/geekdom websites is hosting a convention this weekend at the Anaheim Convention center. Tickets are cheap, you get to play with an Xbox 360, it's like a mini and public E3. In addition to all the video game events there will also be a PokerStars.com tournament where winners get to play Wil Wheaton.
For all you conservatives out there LA is hosting the Liberty Film Festival.
The two most interesting events seem to be:
SCREENWRITER'S PANEL DISCUSSION
"What Stories is Hollywood Not Telling?"
This exciting panel will feature screenwriters Andrew Klavan (Clint Eastwood's True Crime), screenwriter and blogger Roger L. Simon (Woody Allen's Scenes From a Mall), Craig Titley (Scooby-Doo, Steve Martin's Cheaper By The Dozen), Paul Guay (Jim Carrey's Liar, Liar), Burt Prelutsky (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, MASH), and Charlie Carner (Vanishing Point).
The program will feature a Q&A with the panelists
PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE BLACKLIST:
"Was Communism A Threat to Hollywood?"
Moderator: Film historian/journalist John Meroney
Panelists: Richard Schickel (TIME film critic, noted film historian), James Hirsen (best-selling author, Hollywood Nation), Ron Radosh (Red Star over Hollywood), Patrick Goldstein (LA Times film critic, columnist), Ed Rampell (author, Progressive Hollywood) and Jeff Britting of the Ayn Rand Institute (producer of the Oscar-nominated Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life). Authors Richard Schickel, Ron Radosh, James Hirsen, Ed Rampell and Jeff Britting will do book signings after the panel.
John Berendt discusses and signs The City of Falling Angels
According to Vroman's bookstore the details are:
Friday, October 21, 7p.m.
Located at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave.
John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, moved to Venice, Italy in 1997, 3 days after the famous Fenice Opera House burned down. Finding a home among the natives, he observed extravagant characters and, “by the time the Fenice is rebuilt, [he’s] delivered an intriguing mosaic of modern life in Venice” (Publisher's Weekly).
For You Writer's Out There:
According to the LA Times:
Portrait of a Bookstore
4360 Tujunga Ave., Studio City
Members of the non-profit WriteGirl, which pairs women writer/mentors with female high school students, will read from the anthology "Nothing Held Back."
Oct. 22: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
This is just the tip of the iceburg. Man is it cool living in a big city.