Recap: Nick Thune Hosted a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music

Posted by Amoebite, October 6, 2015 02:14pm | Post a Comment

Nick Thune Hosts a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, October 3rd we had a great time at Amoeba Hollywood with our first-time host, comedian and actor Nick Thune! For this month's charity auction, we teamed up again with the awesome folks at NerdMelt and raised money for our friends at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Nick hails from the Great Northwest (Seattle), where he spent his early years growing up. His absurdest view and deadpan wit combined with the soothing lull of his guitar, have distinguished his unique style of comedy. He has appeared on the Tonight Show eight times, and on each occasion, he won. Nick has also appeared on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and has his own Comedy Central special. His comedy special, Folk Hero, is available on Netflix and iTunes and you can get a copy on vinyl at Amoeba, of course. 

Silverlake Conservatory of Music

Nick auctioned off a vast and crazy array of concert tickets, gift certificates to local hot spots, and random promotional stuff---with all proceeds benefitting the Silverlake Conservatory of Music's scholarship programs. Their mission is to facilitate basic music education, focusing on the youth of the community while welcoming everyone to participate.The Conservatory offers private music lessons at a reasonable cost and grants scholarships to children in need, providing free lessons and instruments. The study of music enriches not only the life of the student, but the community and society as well. 

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Recap: Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V Gordon Hosted a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood for the LA LGBT Center

Posted by Amoebite, August 10, 2015 02:11pm | Post a Comment

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon at Amoeba Hollywood

Saturday's charity auction was a blast! Our friends Kumail Nanjiani (from Silicon Valley, Portlandia, Adventure Time, The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail, The Indoor Kids, The X-Files) and Emily V Gordon (author, booker/producer of Meltdown Show, and co-host of Indoor kids) auctioned off all kinds of cool stuff to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center and their youth programs. Emily and Kumail are fans and supporters of the LA LGBT Center, which is the world's largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In fact Emily volunteered at the Center when they moved to LA a few years ago, so they were excited and honored to help raise money for the organization. 

It was a muggy afternoon at the record store and the charmingly engaging Emily and Kumail brought the crowds toward the stage with their endearing patter. The vibe was casually hilarious and conversational and Kumail was excellent at coaxing higher bids with a "So – you were happy to spend $50 but really, not $55?! $5 is just toooooo much?"

Emily deadpanned, "If you don't support gay rights, you should probably leave now."

The pair made us all feel proud to be Nerds in our own right. Other than a comic book store (or Comic Con) the record store is the biggest Nerd gathering place of all, and Saturday at Amoeba was its own Nerdfest! :)

There were seriously valuable prizes to score - as well as some silly items - and every bid was matched by Amoeba. Here are just a few highlights from the auction:

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Recap: Andy Kindler Hosted a Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood to Benefit the LA LGBT Center

Posted by Amoebite, June 8, 2015 01:14pm | Post a Comment

Andy Kindler Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, June 6 we had ourselves a time at Amoeba Hollywood! With Pride weekend around the corner, this month's charity auction recipient was the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Our neighbors in Hollywood, the LA LGBT Center is the world’s largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. As with all our charity auctions, we matched all winning bids which doubled the money raised for the center's incredibly important youth programs.

We teamed up with the awesome folks at NerdMelt for this auction and guest host Andy Kindler made us laugh out loud while keeping the bids on fire. Andy Kindler is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker. Originally from New York, and now complaining from California, he annoys people all over the world. Andy has been a frequent guest and correspondent for The Late Show with David Letterman. Each summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal he delivers the State of the Industry address to a packed ballroom filled with comics and Hollywood industry types. Andy currently recurs on Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, IFC’s Maron and FOX’s hit animation series, Bob’s Burgers. Andy is spot on hilarious and he drove the bids up while keeping the audience and shoppers in stitches. There were outright guffaws and, much to his chagrin, he didn't annoy anybody! Good times. Good fun.

Here are some of the highlights of the items scored by our faithful Amoeba Auction-goers:

  • From the generous donation in honor of Theresia and Dale Cunningham: Box seats for John Fogerty at the Hollywood Bowl + a parking pass - $160.00!! 
  • Tickets to see The Roots at Club Nokia - $40.00
  • Tickets to see Best Coast at Wiltern - $25.00
  • Tickets to see Bill Graham exhibit at Skirball center and other goodies - $15.00 
  • NerdMelt Membership: free admission to all NerdMelt events for one month - $60.00
  • Converse gift pack: one-of-a kind Amoeba high tops - $ 20.00
  • Umami Burger gift card plus Lord of the Rings Goblets - $35.00
  • Urban Outfitters gift card + Lord of the Rings glass goblets- $35.00
  • Trader Joe's gift card PLUS a Lonely Island lunchbox - $50.00
  • Amoeba in-store VIP pass - $60.00
  • Pulp Fiction screenplay book signed by John Travolta + collector’s edition DVD - $35.00
  • An extremeley rare Elvis Presely 10-inch of the 1953 recording "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" from Jack White’s Third Man Records - $40
  • Crazy 45 Record label mirror - $10 

All together the bids totaled $585.00 which means we're sending $1,170.00 directly to LA's LGBT Center for much needed services. A huge thank-you to our "auction regulars" who come in each time and support our auction. You guys are great, and we so appreciate your unending support for our community work.

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Recap: April Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood to Benefit LACBC with Kurt Braunohler

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2015 03:43pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction Recap

On Saturday, April 4th we welcomed back comedian, raconteur and jet-ski marathoner Kurt Braunohler as our guest auctioneer! All proceeds from our April auction went to fund the Kids Ride and Activities at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition River Ride happening Sunday, June 28th at the Autry Center in Griffith Park. 

Los Angeles River RideThe LA County Bicycle Coalition is an amazing organization that helps promote bike culture in Los Angeles, as well as engaging in a wide variety of policy, advocacy, education, and community building work to make the streets of Los Angeles County more bike friendly for all types of cyclists. 

This was the third charity auction our friend Kurt Braunohler has hosted for us. If you're not familiar with Kurt, check out his Comedy Central web series Roustabout which follows his epic 7-day charity mission riding a jet ski from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money to send 500 goats and 1,000 chickens to Africa (via Heifer International), and spread as much joy and absurdity as possible along the way.

His debut comedy album How Do I Land? made AV Club, Paste Magazine, Village Voice, and Time Out New York's Best Of lists. His popular podcast The K Ohle airs weekly on the Nerdist Network. And you can find Kurt every Monday night at The Virgil in LA where he co-hosts the live comedy variety show Hot Tub with his comedy partner Kristen Schaal

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Recap: Amoeba Hollywood's Fat Tuesday Celebration Was Our Biggest Yet

Posted by Amoebite, February 19, 2015 03:46pm | Post a Comment

Mardi Gras at Amoeba

On Tuesday, February 17 the aisles of Amoeba Hollywood swelled once more with homemade floats, revelers, and the merry strains of our volunteer brass band as we ushered in our annual Mardi Gras celebration. We kicked things off at 3pm with some tunes from DJ Humble B, followed by a boisterous parade through the store and onto Sunset Blvd., closing the party out with a mix from our own Mr. Ray. Employees and customers alike donned strands of beads and colorful masks for one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had in all the years we’ve been celebrating Fat Tuesday.

Although the event originally started at Amoeba San Francisco in 1998 as a celebration of our employees’ hard work in between the busy holiday and summer seasons, the focus of Amoeba’s Mardi Gras celebrations turned towards outward giving in the years following Hurricane Katrina. A portion of Fat Tuesday’s sales from all three stores and went to two New Orleans charities benefiting the city’s storied music community: Tipitina’s Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

Tipitina's FoundationTipitina’s Foundation strives to preserve and advocate for New Orleans’ unique musical heritage, while also aiding the professional development of adult musicians and promoting childhood musical education through their Instruments A Comin’ program, which provides new and refurbished musical instruments to school band programs in the area. Tipitina’s also provides after-school internship opportunities for high school students, in the form of an after-school jazz band, where they receive training in music theory, instrumental performance, recording, and career professionalism.

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