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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 Amoeba.com 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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Recap: February Charity Auction to Benefit New Orleans at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, February 9, 2015 01:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hollywood's Charity Auction Recap

On Saturday, February 7 we had our first charity auction of 2015 at Amoeba Hollywood! We are right around the corner from our annual Mardi Gras festivities and parade, so it was apropro that the auction benefited two amazing New Orleans charities, Tipitina's Foundation and New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. Our guest host was the hilarious writer/performer Kristina Wong, who seemed to have a blast at her first appearance on our auction stage. The East Bay Express has described Kristina as "brutal but hilarious… a woman who takes life’s absurdities very seriously" and she really brought it with the zingers and one-liners! She was relentless at driving up the bids and she definitely helped raise a lot of money for New Orleans.

Kristina Wong Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

We have a long history with both of the recipient's of this month's auction. Tipitina's Foundation provides instruments to youth in New Orleans through their Instruments A Comin' program. The program is now in its thirteenth year and has placed more than $3 million dollars worth of musical instruments in over 95 Louisiana school music programs. And it's just one of the things Tipitina's does to help preserve and further Louisiana's music and culture.

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Recap: November Charity Auction to Benefit Smile Train at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 3, 2014 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Jimmy Pardo at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, November 1 we had an amazing charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood featuring a repeat appearance by comedian Jimmy Pardo as our illustrious guest auctioneer! We were raising funds for Smile Train, an organization that provides free cleft repair surgeries to those in need while helping to train local doctors. This makes it possible for a child born with cleft to eat, breathe, speak properly, and smile.

Smile Train logo

Jimmy Pardo is host of the top-rated podcast "Never Not Funny," and a recurring guest on Conan and Comedy Bang Bang. He has his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special and has recorded three comedy albums: Uno, Pompous Clown and 2013’s Sprezzatura, which Entertainment Weekly named one of the 5 Best Stand-Up Albums of the year.

Jimmy did a bang-up job as usual, making people giggle and guffaw while driving the bids to new levels. His timing is impeccable and his one-liners irresistible. The crowd was way into it, and the folks showed up with their wallets and pocketbooks open. And when they weren't quite open enough, he helped pry them open with quippity quips. It was a really great time.

Highlights of some of the items on the auction block:

  • Tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba! at Shrine Auditorium Nov. 22 + kids fun pack - $35.00
  • Beatles pack with lithos, t-shirt, mugs & more - $30.00
  • 2 pairs of VIP tickets to a Conan O'Brien taping - $60 each
  • Led Zeppelin pack - $65.00!!
  • Primus & the Chocolate Factory pack  ("just in time for HALLOWEEN") $40
  • Tickets to Mike Birbiglia at the Wilshire Ebell Theater Dec. 6 - $90.00!!
  • Tickets to Mac DeMarco at the Fonda Nov. 10th - $40.00
  • VIP in-store front of the line pass - $40.00
  • $50 Trader Joe’s gift card + vintage lunchbox - $70.00
  • $50 Urban Outfitters gift card + a limited edition One Direction picture disc - $50.00
  • Jimmy Pardo's own Mystery Box of handpicked CDs - $60.00
  • Dog lover’s gift basket featuring a $25 gift card to Tailwaggers pet store, toys & treats - $15.00
  • Amoeba coffee mug with coffee cards - $35.00
  • Random bag of promo t-shirts - $45.00
  • Michael Jackson transfers - $6.00
  • Bob Marley poster with button pack and postcard - $10.00

Amoeba Hollywood Charity Auction prizes

Recap: September Charity Auction to Benefit Arts Education at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 8, 2014 02:43pm | Post a Comment

Timothy SimonsAmoeba Hollywood was the place to be on Saturday, September 6 where Timothy Simons (Jonah from VEEP) highlighted and auctioned off all kinds of cool and crazy stuff to benefit the Theater Arts Program at Los Angeles High School of the Arts. With his droll sense of humor and his whimsical stream-of-consciousness descriptions of each item, he had the audience chuckling and bidding. The more they chuckled, the higher they bid. He raised more than $1,200.00 in bids which, when matched by Amoeba, means $2,400.00 for the LAHSA Theater program!

"Here is...a Beatles pack. The Beatles. Maybe you've heard of them....a band from Australia a bunch of years ago who made their debut US television appearance on the Johnny Carson show."

The deadpan delivery and ongoing ironies made for a highly entertaining afternoon. The sheer brilliance in his introduction of a Lynyrd Skynyrd wall tapestry...well, you had to be there. This month's auction items were also amazing, including autographed VEEP items, concert tickets to sold out shows and backstage access, as well as weird and wonderful promo items. As Tim slyly delivered up each item and shared memories, I wondered how many of the kids in the audience took his recounting as gospel. It was all in good fun for a good cause! 

Some highlights from Saturday's auction:

  • Lyndyrd Skynrd banket/wall tapestry - $15.00
  • Simpsons lunchbox + Trader Joe's gift card - $65.00
  • Nintendo 2DS + awesome Super Mario Brothers goodies - $130.00
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - $125.00
  • Patton Oswalt rad pack: 2 LPs + free passes to Patton's 9/13 Largo show, w/backstage meet & greet passes - $165.00!
  • Beavis & Butthead shirt + Silicon Valley poster signed by Mike Judge - $65.00
  • Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Book signed by Matt Walsh along with Alt-J tickets - $60.00
  • VEEP Season 2 Blu-ray signed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus - $60.00
  • Beatles fan pack - $50.00
  • Led Zeppelin fan pack - $15.00
  • Signed Silversun Pickups CD, guitar pick & poster - $17.00
  • Bike pack: Golden Saddle cap, SOLE shirt, signed VEEP stuff - $ 90.00!!
  • Tickets to Mac DeMarco at The Fonda - $40.00
  • Tickets to Elvis Costello w/Ben Folds at the Hollywood Bowl - $45.00
  • Tickets to the Simpsons’ 25th Anniversary: Fireworks Finale at the Hollywood Bowl - $55.00
  • Tickets to the PixiesGogol Bordello and Cat Power at the Hollywood Bowl - $65.00
  • Tickets to Bob Mould at the Roxy - $25.00
  • Tickets to Afghan Whigs at the Fonda - $30.00
  • Tickets to Lykke Li at the Hollywood Palladium - $30.00 
  • Tickets to Lilly Allen at the Hollywood Palladium - $50.00

A little bit about Timothy Simons, who graciously returned to host our auction:

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