We Put The Spring In Springfield: The Music of The Simpsons is a musical revue of 69 songs from America’s favorite, non-prehistoric, animated family. In the 50 minute show, four performers will tackle the music from the most successful animated series of all time, playing all your favorites from Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z: “Monorail”, “Baby On Board”, “Oh Streetcar!”, “Dr. Zaius”, “Children Are Our Future”… and 64 more songs!
There will be two shows held Saturday of Comic-Con at the C3 Performing Arts Center in Mission Valley, just a 10-15 minute drive from downtown. You could even take one of the free Comic-Con hotel shuttles to Hotel Circle (red or purple shuttle line) and then it’s a quick cab ride to the performance venue.
Welcome to our weekly post summarizing all the announcements from this past week! Here’s what’s new…
Psych the Musical
Wednesday, July 17th at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp (701 5th Ave.)
Doors open at 10pm, Screening starts at midnight. Register for your ticket, although a ticket doesn't guarantee entry.
From the USA Network: "It’ll be an unforgettable evening of song, dance and Psych-O solidarity, featuring exclusive giveaways, complimentary concessions, cast appearances, and plenty of pineapple-infused fun. So don’t be a silly goose - reserve your free ticket to the screening now."
Black Sails Sneak Screening
8:30pm on Thursday, July 18, also at the Reading Cinemas (701 5th Ave.) An early screening of Black Sails premiere that will air on Starz in January of 2014. The first 200 people in line get a wristband to attend the after-party. RSVP Required
Adult Swim Funhouse
...will be located in the parking lot next to Petco Park (near the pedestrian bridge to the Hilton Bayfront). It will be open Thursday - Saturday from 5-10pm. Tickets for entry will be given out starting at 4pm. A test run of the funhouse was done in Georgia earlier this year and the Rancho Cocoa blog has details and more photos. The funhouse will be an 18+ event.
The GameSpot & CNET BaseStation has put up their RSVP link: Click Here. They are once again at Lou & Mickey's restaurant, right outside the convention center on 5th. There will be lots of giveaways, trivia contests, free food, charging stations -- its just a great place to kick-back and take a break from the con-mania.
The Kick Ass 2, Justice Forever site offers a chance to win a 2-night trip for two to Comic-Con and entry into a private party. Sign up here!
The Walking Dead Escape is holding a contest to win 2 Survivor tickets to their Petco Park obstacle course, click here to enter via their Facebook page.
The San Diego Blood Bank donation center will be inside the Omni Hotel this year (675 L Street), in their Grand Ballroom. You can make an appointment in advance, or walk-up during the convention. They will be drawing blood from 9AM to 6PM, Thurs - Sat and to 3PM on Sunday. In past year's they have had some cool giveaways for donors, including True Blood swag.
Donation appointment links: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
MTV's Party in the Park
The Teen Wolf cast will join the cast of MTV2's Guy Code at Petco Park on Thursday, July 18 at 7pm. The Party in the Park will feature live performances, free food and drinks, along with the taping of "Guy Code Honors," a television special which will premiere on MTV and MTV2 Sunday, July 21. Performers are still TBA. The event is free, but you will need a Comic-Con badge to enter.
The Chuck Jones Gallery announced its line-up of special events and artist receptions during Comic-Con. As the end point for Course of the Force, the gallery will be home to all the COTF activities every day of the convention — including a Star Wars costume display — with art-related events in the evenings. See the full gallery schedule, below.
The Chuck Jones Gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue (Map Link).
Course of the Force: Everyday, 11 AM – 6 PM
Thursday, July 18, 7 PM – 9 PM:
Chuck Jones Extravaganza
Chuck’s grandson, Craig Kausen as the special guest. There will be raffles, games, prizes, and new art from the legendary animation pioneer Chuck Jones. Come test your knowledge of Chuck Jones trivia against Craig, during the gallery’s “Jeopardy” challenge.
Friday, July 19, 7 PM – 9 PM:
James C. Mulligan
Meet muralist, performer, and pirate, James C. Mulligan, Friday evening, July 19 from 7 to 9 PM. Jimmy’s quick wit and joie de vivre are apparent in each of his remarkable canvases. Enjoy his swashbuckling superhero sagas and his spot-on recreation of all of your favorite cartoon characters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry “Uncle”, and you’ll have a great time!
Saturday, July 20, 7 PM – 9 PM:
An evening with artist Mike Kungl, one of the artists commissioned by the Jones family to pay homage to the art and career of Chuck Jones for his centennial celebration, continues to impress with his Art Deco-inspired
re-interpretations of classic characters and moments from Jones’s impressive oeuvre. Eat, drink, and be merry while enjoying a chinwag with raconteur extraordinaire, Mike Kungl.
Visit the Gallery’s web site at: www.ChuckJones.com
In our weekly post, we re-cap this week’s news from the outside SDCC world!
Video Games Live
Returning to Comic-Con is the concert/visual spectacular, Video Games Live, which will be a free event this year on Saturday, July 20. Held at the Civic Theatre (1100 3rd Ave.), the Pasadena Orchestra will perform epic video game themes, combined with a visual presentation and audience interactivity, including giveaways.
There are also $200 VIP tickets available to the concert, which include a backstage pass, pre-show tour, meet and greet, signed music notes, and other goodies. Those tickets are on sale here. Also on Amazon is a contest where you can win one of the VIP packages: Click here to enter.
A good alternative for those that did not get Preview Night tickets is the newly announced event on 7/17 celebrating the release of the Stone Brewing beer, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout. The event is taking place at Stone Brewing’s newly opened restaurant on Point Loma (2816 Historic Decatur Road #116). This venue is about a 10 minute drive from downtown SD.
Tickets for the event are $49 and include 8- 4oz. beer samples, a limited comic strip bottle giveaway, hor d’oeuvres, and live performances by Wil Wheaton and Paul & Storm. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
This beer is a collaboration between Stone’s Greg Koch, Wil Wheaton, and Fark’s Drew Curtis. It is an imperial stout brewed with pecans, wheat & rye, partially aged in bourbon barrels and is 13% ABV. The beer will be available in July to all areas where Stone Brewing distributes.
Munky King Party
Munky King, the “designer toy temple” out of Los Angeles, will be hosting a party at Basic bar & Pizza kitchen on Thursday 7/18. This looks to be a free event. More details to follow.
We finally received official announcement earlier today that Petco Park is the venue for Nerd HQ this year! Events will be held at Petco from Thursday through Sunday. We expect panel information much closer to SDCC, likely after the 4th of July when Comic-Con starts releasing their schedule.
Trickster, a home for creative works, artist interactions, shopping and seminars, has started adding some events to their Calendar. They will be taking over the East Village Tavern & Bowl this year with their 3rd annual event, called TR!CKST3R. The venue will be open Wednesday through Sunday afternoon.
There will be a number of debut art and other works at their events, including the release of Trickster’s 2nd book, “Childhood Heroes.” This art anthology is a limited edition of 500 and will be on sale at the event. More info here.
For announcements, follow Tr!ckster on Twitter: @TRICKSTERevents
House of Blues
Along with the just announced Aquabats show, the House of Blues will be home to several events during the con:
- Comedy Bang! Bang! Live Starring Scott Aukerman and Special Guests, Wednedday 7/17, Ticket Link
- The Aquabats, Thursday 7/18, Ticket Link
- Hollywood Babble-On featuring Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith, Friday 7/19, Ticket Link
- Adult Swim + iHEARTCOMIX Presents The Eric Andre Show Live! + Hot Package Live, Saturday 7/20, Ticket Link
Each Wednesday from now until Comic-Con, we will post a weekly wrap up of any new outside events. Here’s what we currently know…
The Thrilling Adventure Hour announced they will be doing four live shows at Comic-Con. The old-timey, radio-style performance group will have 2 shows on Friday, and 2 on Saturday, at the Horton Grand Theatre (444 4th Ave). Various ticket levels range from $25 to $45, with the late-night performances having access to a VIP party. TAH’s past live performances in LA have included such special guests as Nathan Fillion, Clancy Brown, Karen Gillan, Alan Tudyk, and many other familiar names — so you never know who may show up!
For more information and to purchase tickets visit their Event Page.
Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) has two comedy shows on the Saturday of Comic Con, 8pm and 10pm. At least one of those shows will be a live taping for an upcoming album. All I can say, Mr. Oswalt, is there had better be Downton Abbey references. (Iron Man 3 totally stole your idea.)
The Balboa Theater (868 4th Ave) is jam-packed with shows during the convention: W00tstock 5.0 on Thursday, Amy Schumer and Bo Burnham on Friday, Chris Hardwick & the Nerdist Podcast Live and Key and Peele on Saturday. See the Balboa’s event calendar for ticket links.
Please be aware that a lot of these shows are 18 and up or sometimes 21 and up, so do read all the details before buying tickets.
Course of the Force:
COTF (courseoftheforce.starwars.com) has a mobile app coming soon which will track the relay’s progress and allow those of us not participating until San Diego to keep up with all their events. The end points in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Huntington Beach and Oceanside will feature a post-race “conival” fan event and celebration. Here’s the COTF schedule:
- Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – Skywalker Ranch (Private Event – Invite Only)
- Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – San Francisco (Conival)
- Friday, July 12, 2013 – Malibu to Santa Monica (Conival)
- Saturday, July 13, 2013 – Santa Monica to Huntington Beach (Conival)
- Sunday, July 14, 2013 – Huntington Beach to Oceanside (Conival)
- Monday, July 15, 2013 – Oceanside to Pacific Beach
- Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – Pacific Beach to San Diego
- COTF will be hosting events throughout Comic Con at the Chuck Jones Gallery, which is a hop skip and a jump from the convention center.
CNET will once again be taking over Lou & Mickeys, and they are actually taking up more of it than they were last year, which was their Basestation theme. Just how much space and what thy are doing, we don’t know yet.
The Tin Fish, located between the convention center and the Hard Rock Hotel is being taken over completely, likely by NBC again. Last year, the Tin Fish was the site of the GRIMM walkthrough and the Revolution ferris wheel.
The WIREDCafe will be happening again, however rumor has it that it will be toned down some for this year. Hopefully they still have another Reader Day like last year!
The Battleship Pretension website will have a free meetup on Thursday, 7/18, at Dublin Square (554 4th Ave.).
Outside Comic-Con & SDCCBlog!
And don’t forget the amazing, awesome, spectacular meetup for this website, along with the SDCCBlog! We will be at the Hilton Bayfront, taking over the decks of their Odysea Bar (to the right of the main lobby) on Preview Night. Come find us and say Hi! We will have giveaways! Details are here: sdccblog.com/event/first-annual-sdccblog-fan-meet-up/
Remember to check out our Event List for a day-by-day list of outside events!
Hot off the presses! As we previously tweeted about, it appeared as though the Course of the Force would be extending to a San Francisco starting point. Coinciding with a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon appearance by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) tonight, the Course of the Force web site made the official announcement that the race will indeed be starting at the famed Skywalker Ranch in Marin on July 9th!
The first leg of the relay race will head to San Francisco, with several more stops throughout California, ending in San Diego a day before Comic-Con. Also new from last year: mini-conventions at each stop, plus events at the Chuck Jones Gallery in downtown San Diego during SDCC.
Read the press release after the jump: