Review On reviewed by Lorenzo Marchessi

“We Made It A Blast! ‘Scum & Villainy' Was/Is A Jar-Jar Binks That WE Turned Into A YODA!”
THE GEEK AUTHORITY -  Lorenzo Marchessi
Yes, I had a feeling this was organized by Jar Jar Binks from the beginning. Okay, ‘Pop-Up Facilities' (Bars, Clubs, Museums, Traveling Shows) are a common thing these days. And back in July-ish of 2016 – word got out of a Star Wars Bar co...ming to Los Angeles. Specifically, the downtown Hollywood area. Awesome! Cool! Like totally! They called it ‘Scum & Villainy'. It totally looked Star Wars licensed and sanctioned way back when, but as it got closer to 2017 – the graphics and info used less and less Star Wars reference. Meaning ‘The Mouse' (the Disney Corporation) had nothing to do with this. Well, why Disney – if you just crawled out from under your Hollywood tycoon rock – Disney owns the Star Wars Franchise rights that Lucasfilm produces. Hello.Then September-October rolled around and the announcement wasn't clear on when it was opening, or how to get in, or where it would be, or how long it would be there, or did you need tickets, or is it a ‘Cantina' where it will be serving a meal, or just drinks, or if cosplay is allowed, or….100 other questions. Get the idea? Finally, the tickets, t-shirts, hats and drinking glasses with the promise of ‘reservations' were released. Long story short – (too late) it took hours to get through the website. It crashed. And crashed. And spun. And spun. And crashed again over weeks. Did the order get through? Do I have to do I again? Why are there no customer service lines? WTF?!?! The only place they Scum & Villainy people responded were Facebook and sometime e-mails.

So finally, the confirmations come then the when and where are held another 2-3 month for ‘confirmed' ticket holders. $50 a shot, with two free drinks, plus t-shirts and hats that were extra $$$! What do we get. We still have no idea. Then the address is given and we now have to select a date to go. With a group of 10 of us going – it was more than difficult to find several days we had in common let alone we could find ONE day that would work for all of us. We did.

Pic 001 – Top L. – TOP ROW: 1- The Wooden Coins for drinks –2 - Matt, Tom Misuraca, Guest, Heidi Appe, John Wallis, Christopher Gregson, Marie Petit Gregson, Kelly Goodman – Lorenzo Marchessi between two Princess Leia's – Lorenzo Marchessi and #1 Serving Sign - Middle pics. – 1 – Bartender and Bar – 2- Michael Macaraeg – 3 – Chewbacca and Lorenzo Marchessi – Bot. Row – 1 – Passing Jedi's in Han Solo Cantina Coves – 2 – The Drink Menu - 3 - Kelly Goodman enjoying Finger Foods!
Lorenzo Marchessi is a Chicago born transplant to Southern California who has several degrees in Theatre, Film, Radio, Television, Business and Communications and has worked both on stage and on camera before working directly behind the scenes for stage and screen. Directing over 50 theatrical shows like Annie, A View From The Bridge and Noises Off for the stage, he has written and produced over 100 shorts, TV spots and live entertainment venues. The one thing he has done the most is writing. With stage play, teleplay and screenplay writing credits behind him has received most acclaim and Critics Choice awarded (twice in Illinois as well as Iowa and CA) and has been reviewing since his college days. Currently the owner/President of The Geek Authority which reviews, interviews, does live video feeds and photo expose's at more that 50 conventions a year that feature Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Anime/Comics/TV/Films/Products/Music/Toys/Celebrities/Pop Culture related events. Also, Lorenzo is constantly reviewing over 150 theatrical events (plays. concerts, opera, live entertainment) a year all over Southern CA, AZ and NV. The Geek Authority is now over 7 years old and has expanded with correspondents all over the country. Google or IMDB him - you'll see...