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John Waters Returns to California With His Popular Annual Christmas Show

Posted by Billyjam, November 19, 2014 03:52am | Post a Comment


Film-maker, screenwriter, author, stand-up comedian, art collector, hitchhiker, and friend of Amoeba John Waters will be doing another one of his popular one-man Christmas show tours this upcoming holiday season. The tour kicks off in San Francisco at the end of this month features back to back California dates including LA on December 5th, all before heading back East to wind up the four-week tour.

Themed loosely around his 2004 release A John Waters Christmas, Waters' live show focuses as you would expect on the offbeat and the kitsch end of the holiday. He covers a lot of territory, discussing gifts to give and how to react to ones you receive. Also, as he states in an interview from last holiday season with his hometown TV interview below ? of Baltimore's WBAL TV, he offers invaluable tips on how to survive the drama of the holidays and "how to react to the trauma of it, if your family's crazy, and how to get through it."

Tickets are on sale now, but some shows are already sold out including the SF date. California dates include San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall on November 29th, San Diego at The Stephen and Mary Birch North Park Theatre on December 1st, Palm Springs at McCallum Theatre on December 2nd, San Juan Capistrano at The Coach House Dec 3rd,  Agoura Hills at The Canyon on December 4th, in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store in Hollywood on December 5th, and back up in NorCal at the City Winery in Napa on December 6th.

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Peaches Christ Presents 20th Anniversary Serial Mom Tribute with Ricki Lake, 5/10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 5, 2014 07:22pm | Post a Comment

It's a Mother's Day celebration to die for this Saturday, May 10th at SF's Castro Theatre at 8pm as the serial mom peaches christinimitable Ricki Lake joins hostess Peaches Christ for a giant Serial Mom anniversary tribute night.

What better way to say I LOVE YOU, MOM this Mother's Day weekend then with a screening of the John Waters' wickedly hilarious classic, a live pre-show stage performance, and the one and only Ricki Lake?! Ms. Lake is a bona fide pop culture icon, film star (Hairspray, Cry Baby), Emmy Award winner, and motherhood advocate. Peaches Christ will conduct an onstage interview with Ms. Lake including an audience Q&A preceding the screening.

The pre-show, "Serial Queen," co-stars Peaches as "Dottie," the innocent victim of a vicious crank-caller. What happens when a successful drag queen goes on a killing spree in San Francisco and begins offing drag rule-breakers, boogers, and the impolite? Is Martiny the first to go? Find out! The show will also feature the fantastic and erotic dance stylings of SexiTude. Wear white shoes at your own risk.

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Recap: December Charity Auction with Garfunkel and Oates

Posted by Amoebite, December 4, 2012 05:06pm | Post a Comment

Garfunkel and Oates at AmoebaMusical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates hosted the December charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood. This was actually their second time hosting the auction and, once again, their zany and "in-yer-face-perfectly-appropriate-for-a-Saturday-afternoon-at-the-record-store" humor proved that they ain't just pretty faces. The girls drew a really great crowd of about 70 to see them perform a couple of songs and then launch into the rapid-fire auctioning frenzy. 

Ya had to be QUICK to get a bid in 'cause they weren't kidding around about this auction. They were HIGHLY entertaining and definitely hilarious -- and they had more than a fair share of people wondering, "wait did they just say....??? "

Here are some of the highlights from the auction:

  • Beatles lunchbox with Trader Joe's Gift Card - $80.00
  • Tiny Furniture Blu-ray signed by Lena Dunham - $30.00
  • John Waters Holiday Show tickets + Hairspray DVD - $40.00
  • Public Enemy and Sufjan Stevens concert tickets - $97.00 (Awesome!!)
  • Urban Outfitters Gift Card - $ 65.00
  • Led Zeppelin package - $20.00
  • Beatles collectibles (in a Rolling Stones bag) - $25.00
  • Limited edition Record Store Day bag - $70.00
  • Special Amoeba in-store VIP pass - $80.00
  • Polyphonic Spree tickets with Hit Record book signed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt - $50.00
  • Amoeba special gift bag with random crazy stuff - $40.00
  • Yo Gabba Gabba package - $20.00
  • John Cale and Ty Segall concert tickets - $25.00

Cool stuff and some great bids! All together Garfunkel and Oates (and you guys!) helped raise $652.00 in bids, and together with the Amoeba match it comes to $1,304.00 to the wonderful organization Five Acres, which helps families and kids in need over the holidays. All in all it was a ROCKIN' good time. Thanks so much to Garfunkel and Oates for coming back to our charity auction and making this one of the most memorable Saturday auctions ever!

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John Waters Hitchhiking In Ohio. No, Not the Name of An Album, Movie, Book, or Band

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2012 03:14pm | Post a Comment

Word's been circulating on the Internets this afternoon that famed film director / friend of Amoeba Music John Waters was hitch-hiking in Ohio earlier today and that, coincidentally, indie rock band Here We Go Magic picked him up, as reported on the DCist website this afternoon. Van passenger Jen Turner has been posting updates via her Twitter account. In one post from a little over an hour ago she wrote, "He's the real deal. He just wanted an adventure! Imagine! A true artist." In a later post after dropping off Waters, she tweeted, "What an utter gentleman, as natural and observant of people as one might imagine. A total joy, full of stories. Thanks JW, be safe out there."

Meanwhile, earlier today band member Michael Bloch recalled first noticing the director of such cult classics as the 1972 film Pink Flamingos starring Divine. "Getting back on the highway this morning, there was a man at the side of the on-ramp with a sign that read 'to the end of Rte 70.' Jen wanted to pick him up, but we drove past him. As we passed by, our sound guy said 'John Waters!' Luke said, 'Yep, definitely John Waters.' We got off at the next exit and circled back. He was still there. We pulled up, opened the door and asked where he was coming from. 'Baltimore,' he said. And we said 'Get in, sir.' "

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Celebrate Amoeba's 20th Anniversary! Part 4 - Some of Our Most Memorable Instores

Posted by Amoebite, November 12, 2010 01:06pm | Post a Comment

This month we are celebrating 20 years of Amoeba! It's our anniversary! And one of the ways we wanted to celebrate was by highlighting here for you some of our best, most memorable instores of all time! We have been so lucky over the years -- we've hosted shows, signings and events with Paul McCartney, Queens of the Stone Age, The Shins, Flight of the Conchords, John Waters, The Gossip and zillions more. You can find video footage and interviews from many of our instores right here! Read on to find out what three of our most seasoned instore reviewers thought were some of our very greatest.

But first, get further immersed in our 20th Anniversary! To check out our first Anniversary blog post, with testimonials from some of our favorite customers,
click here! Our second Anniversary post is an interview with co-owner Marc Weinstein about getting the Berkeley store off the ground all the way back in 1990 and what Amoeba means to him. Read it right here. Our third Anniversary post includes Top 10 lists from some of our old skool employees -- click here to check out their favorites in music and movies from the past 20 years!

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