James Philip Ribiat-Finley Arts Endowment Fundraiser

When our friend Stephanie Inagaki, designer of Miyu Decay, asked if we would be interested in helping spread the word about the James Philip Ribiat-Finley Arts Endowment (her late fiance), we were of course more than willing.

With a mission like:

Helping to support young, local teens who would like to pursue a career in the arts. More information will be forthcoming on the application process and details. Thank you for your patience! 

How could we resist? As independent artists and designers ourselves, we are all for helping support the younger local art and creative generation.

This event will be held:

This Friday, August 26, 2011
7PM – 12MIDNIGHT
Sancho Gallery
1549 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Check out the Facebook Event Page for up to date information!

This isn’t just any old art show, no way!
There will be performances, raffles, free airbrushing, as well as art for sale!

*$10 door fee includes 1 entry into the amazing raffle which is full of incredible artists!
*more raffle tickets will be available for purchase
*bring your cash! drinks (21+ for alcoholic) will be served with complimentary snacks
*over 20 artists have donated their amazing work!
*art will also be for sale and for auction
*performances scheduled throughout the night

Performers:

Colin Ambulance (former member of Cinema Strange)- solo performance
Daniel Ribiat (bassist of Cinema Strange and James’ brother) experimental solo project
Edwin Liddie Jr.- solo performance
Jill Evyn – hoop dance performance
Kolm- visionary art rock
Prumsodun Ok – dance performance

Contributing Artists:
Coilhouse Magazine
Alcuin Gersh
Allan Amato
Blacklickorish Latex
Bubbles and Frown Haberdashery Shop
Chubby Bunny Accessories
Colin Ambulance
Creepy Dolls
Eron Rauch
Holland Dieringer
Hoot-n-Andy
Hysteric Haus
Jill Fogel
John Daily
Julian Weiss
Kat Rogers
Lana Crooks
Malady Charlotina
Michelle Romo of Crowded Teeth
Miyu Decay
Nicole Maloof
Nizhoni Ellenwood
Paul Koudounaris
Rowynn Michelle Dumont
Stephanie Inagaki
Tas Limur
Yume Ninja
Zoetica
If you can’t make it, please still consider donating directly to the James Philip Ribiat-Finley Arts Endowment.

You can also help by retweeting, reblogging, and sharing this event!

Hope to see you all come out and support this wonderful event.

Ice Cream & Kitten Kisses

We’re happy and proud to announce that our amazing friends at JapanLA are celebrating their 5th anniversary on June 4, 2011!

Bubble Punch will be helping JapanLA host their 5th Anniversary and art show entitled: “Kittens & Ice Cream”. Who doesn’t love kittens OR ice cream for that matter?

Well, we sure hope you do, especially when it’s for good causes. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support (Coalition). This rescue and support coalition has been entering disaster effected areas of Japan in order to help animals in need and return pets to their owners. Just check out their tear jerking, heart-warming facebook page.

Over 40 of our artist & designer friends will be submitting cat and/or ice cream related artwork, accessories, and more for this event. We (Bubble Punch) are great lovers of cats and pets as well, and will both be donating our own pieces into this show.

For event details, full artist roster & more, rsvp at the Facebook Event Page.
No RSVP is necessary to attend this event, but rsvps are appreciated.

Of course, what would any Bubble Punch party be with out an eccentric theme and costume contest?

Show us how much you love cats! Enter our ‘Crazy Cat Lover’ costume contest
Our 3 prize categories are:

  1. Most Outrageous Cat Lover Outfit
  2. Best Cat Outfit (dress like an actual cat)
  3. Most Creative Cat Outfit

This party is open to the public and will be for all ages. Please spread the word and come out and support this wonderful cause. See you there!

Bunnies & Bows, oh my!

Bubble Punch’s very own Chubby Bunny will be hosting and curating her own fashion show!

The opening recetion is this Saturday, at JapanLA in Los Angeles, so be sure to check it out!

CHUBBY BUNNY presents:

“Bunnies & Bows: Art Exhibition & Fashion Event”

Exhibition:  May 7 – May 19, 2011


Location:
JapanLA
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Facebook RSVP

Our Chubby Bunny will debuting her new line of accessories and exclusive apparel, and curating an fun spirited ‘Bunnies & Bows’ art show. It’s going to be huge! There will also be exclusive discounts at the reception for attending guests.

The exhibition features a group of artists handpicked by Chubby Bunny, not only for their extraordinary talent, but for their incredible influence on her work as a designer, artist and business owner in the past few years.

Of course, along with art, Chubby Bunny will be showcasing a  retrospective of  her work in both design, costuming, fashion and art. These pieces will be dismantled or sold, so don’t miss your final chance to see her work!

Come stop by and see the amazing line up and activities for this event:

  • Handcrafted window installation: Designed and installed by Chubby Bunny, JapanLA’s storefront windows will feature creative original work.
  • Live models
  • Costume contest: We encourage guests to dress up in BUNNIES AND BOWS-themed costumes! There will be prizes awarded to the  most creative attendees who use the theme and their own originality in their outfits. Both men and women of all ages are encouraged to participate in the costume event! Prizes include gifts from Chubby BunnySugarpill Makeup, and more…!
  • Cake Balls: Lil’ Rae Cakes will also be present selling her infamous cake balls, with specially commissioned ones just for this event!
  • Live DJ: Spinning for the night will be provided by the ever-awesome DJ R-Rated.
  • Party Snaps: Event photography by Eron Rauch
  • Kirin Beer: Complimentary refreshments by Kirin
  • Jogasaki Food Truck: Delicious bites of sushi burritos for purchase byJogasaki!

SPONSORS: JapanLASugarpill, Lil’ Rae CakesKirinBubble PunchKerli


Anamanaguchi at Meltdown Comics, this Saturday, April 9!

Anamanaguchi LIVE!
at Nerdist Theater inside Meltdown Comics!

Saturday, April 9th
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
$8 in advance, $10 at the door

Our friends at Meltdown Comics are rockin’ it this weekend with kickass chip tune band ANAMANAGUCHI! Grab your tickets online NOW because hey are selling fast! Also, the Magical Girls art exhibition is STILL UP, so you can get your double-dose-of-nerd on at Meltdown, and check out the amazing girly art, while jamming to the testosterone side of nerd-dom as well! We’re psyched!

Info from Meltdown:

Anamanaguchi makes fast loud music with a hacked NES from 1985. That’s pretty much all you need to know, right? New York’s premiere 8-bit rock band is visiting Los Angeles, and once again, we’re lucky enough to have them all to ourselves for one night only… plus a very special guest band TBA.

Saturday, April 9th, 2011
Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 900046
Purchase tickets online HERE!

We will totes see you guys there!

Glitter and Bubbles: Magical Girls Exhibition Opening

On April 1, 2011, we transformed into our magical personas and invited everyone to celebrate the opening of Magical Girls, curated by Sweet Streets.

Magic Level Up!

With the help of our team,  Meltdown Comics gallery space was refashioned into a sparkling setting, fit for a Magical Girls themed show. It was completed with a “Mickey Mouse Pink” stage for the musical guests.

Thanks to the hard work of Caro (Sweet Streets), wonderful “Magical Girls” inspired art from various international artists were made available for display. Renowned artists such as Camilla D’errico and Junko Mizuno were participants. Talented artists from Shibuya Girls Pop were also featured, all of them from Japan. Here’s a peek at a few of our favorite pieces:

 

Akira Ebihara

 

Miss Kika

 

NICO

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The Dark Side of Magic

As promised, we’re bringing you more inspiration for Friday’s Magical Girls event at Meltdown Comics!

Again, if you haven’t RSVP’d or want more information about the event:

Mark it on your calendars! We’re One day away:

Magical Girls Reception – Free Public Event
Date: Friday, April 1, 2011
Time: 7PM to 11PM
Where: Meltdown Comics  Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA (Sunset Blvd at Spaulding ?)

RSVP or Share via Facebook Events Page (RSVP is not mandatory)

Live Paintings
Live PerformancesThe Aprils and The Lady Spade
Cosplay Contest: Our special guest judge TAVUCHI (owner/creator of SPANK!) will be judging all of your awesome magical girl inspired outfits! We have awesome prizes for our top three!
Food Trucks!!

COSPLAY CONTEST RULES:

Some of you have been waiting for this, and you’ll be happy to hear our rules are simple.

1. You can dress up as any magical girl character! Whether from a series, of an original magical character of your own design!
3. We do urge that you keep in mind this is an all ages public event, so don’t show up as a nude transformation scene!)
4. Our special guest judge, TAVUCHI, will be judging contestants based on magical cuteness.
5. We will be awarding 3 prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize!
6. All three prizes include different a gift bag that includes (but is not limited to): gift from Meltdown Comics, SPANK!, TokyoPOP, and our wonderful sponsors!

Now onto inspiration.
This time, we’re focusing on villains and bad girls also known as Dark Magical Girls. That’s right, not all Magical Girls are sweetness and goodness. There is plenty of magic to be had on the dark side as well. And, there are girls that prove, you don’t have to be goody-two-shoes to be the Magical heroine.

Ultimate Rebellious Magical Girls: Panty & Stocking

Panty & Stocking from ‘Panty & Stocking with Garter Belt’ are definitely Magical Girls, just not your typical ones. Panty (blonde) is addicted to sex, while Stocking (violet & pink hair) is a champion consumer of sweets. They are both kicked out of Heaven, as they were angels, and are now forced to kill monsters to gain coins that would allow them to return.

Complete with transformation and costume changes, even if there are stripper poles involved, there is no way you can’t love this edgy slap-stick Magical Girl Duo.

Jubei Chan & Her Heart Shaped Eye Patch

Though she can be confused with an Action Girl, Jubei-Chan is definitely a Magical Girl. Jiyu Nanohana is given a heart-shaped eye patch that turns her into the reincarnation of Yagyu Jubei (yes, that Jubei). Once transformed, Jiyu/Jubei pretty much lives up to the hyper-fictionalized super ninja legend. Try that for goody-goody.

Enter the Dark Versions, plenty of Magical Girl series have good girls gone bad. Sailor Moon R had this happen when Chibiusa was brainwashed and became Black Lady. Her costume then becomes darker if not sexier.

And to finish off this inspiration post, we have Princess Kraehe from Princess Tutu. She is the alter-ego of Rue, friend of our heroine.

As you’ll notice, Dark Magical Girls tend to be much more sensual as a direct opposite of the bubbly cute Magical Girl trope. So you really can’t say that there isn’t a magical girl out there for you. Whether she’s spunky and cute, shy, bubbly, dark, sexy, or just an all around bad bitch, she exists.

Well we hope you all feel confident in your outfit choices for Friday! See you there.

ALSO, don’t forget that on Saturday, our awesome bands guest The Aprils & The Lady Spade, will be having a special J-Pop listening party and signing at JapanLA!

J Pop Listening Party at JAPANLA on 4/2/11

For more information please check out the Facebook Events Page!

Pandatone Gloomy Bear will also be present to take pictures with fans, we know we’re already excited to meet him! Mori Chak, creator of Gloomy Bear, has also collaborated with The bands and Sweet Streets artist EIMI to creat two special, limited edition posters for the event! If you’re a Gloomy Lover or a music lover, please come on down!

And if you’re confused as to why Gloomy would be there, you need to check out ‘Pan Da’ by the Aprils!

See you guys soon, Magical Weekend is closing in!