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Join Amoeba at First Fridays Feb. 7 With Baths, Peaking Lights

Posted by Billy Gil, January 29, 2014 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Join Amoeba Music for February's edition of First Fridays! Once a month, Los Angeles's Natural History Museum stays open late and features live music, excitingFirst Fridays, NHM, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, LA scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours as part of the First Fridays program. Amoeba is excited to sponsor this fabulous series of live music, discussion, concessions, tours, DJs and more.

Join us on February 7th from 5-10 p.m. for live performances from Baths and Peaking Lights starting at 8 p.m., with DJs Anthony Valadez and King Most starting at 5:30, and tours with Dr. Regina Wetzer and Adam Wall and a discussion with Dr. Roberta Marinelli before the show!

Look for the Amoeba booth, where we'll be handing out free swag and selling Amoeba merch.

Baths is the young musician behind such dreamy electronic albums as last year's acclaimed Obsidian. Husband-and-wife duo Peaking Lights make stellar dub-influenced dream pop, notably on 2012's Lucifer.

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Recap: UCB Helped Raise Money for Food on Foot in our November Charity Auction

Posted by Amoebite, November 4, 2013 02:12pm | Post a Comment

UCB Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, November 2, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts from Upright Citizens Brigade brought the goods and the guffaws with their dry wit and nutty antics. It was mayhem and mirth on the Amoeba Hollywood stage stage as they helped raise the bids up! Several customers were overheard saying they didn't know what the hell was happening, but it sure sounded exciting.

Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Iprovisational ManualThe Upright Citizens Brigade is a comedy improvisational troupe founded in LA by Matt, Ian, Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler. The UCB Theatre is dedicated to fostering both an appreciation and education of the arts through affordable and high quality comedic performances and classes. Their new book, The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual, was borne out of years of work by the authors to provide the first step-by-step instruction manual for the art of comedic improvisation.

Matt and Ian shot several zingers into the crowd as they drove the bids up and up...

"Not bidding today is just like kicking a homeless person as you walk down the street!"

Our November charity auction beneficiary is our neighbors, Food on Foot. Since 1996 they have provided the poor and homeless of Hollywood with nutritious meals, clothing, job opportunities, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.

As always, Amoeba matches all winning bids and 100% of auction funds go straight to the charity.

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Recap: September Charity Auction to Benefit Free Arts

Posted by Amoebite, September 9, 2013 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Kurt Braunohler Amoeba AuctionOn Saturday, September 7 we had the amazing and suave Kurt Braunohler return to host our auction at Amoeba Hollywood and sign copies of his new comedy album, How Do I Land? – out on Kill Rock Stars.

Don't tell me you don't know about comedian Kurt Braunholer?? He's been seen on BUNK (IFC), Chelsea Lately, Bob’s Burgers (FOX), Delocated (Adult Swim), Comedy Central Presents, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (Comedy Central), The Heart She Holler (Adult Swim), Assy McGee (Adult Swim) and Human Giant (MTV). He can also be heard on the radio on This American Life, telling a story which he is currently developing for television for HBO.

Kurt was recently named one of Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch.” He’s also featured in Time Out New York's list of 50 Funniest New Yorkers, named as a "Comic to Watch" by Comedy Central, the New York Comedy Festival and TimeOut NY, as well as “Best Male Stand-Up” by the ECNY and “Best Unscripted Host” by the New York Television Festival. The man is funny!!

People came out to bid on concert tickets, gift certificates, collectibles, a special Kill Rock Stars “Kurt Pack” and so much more. The store was abuzz, and the heated bidding wars drove the temperature even higher than the record-breaking Los Angeles heatwave. Kurt is a natural at making people laugh while they dig deep in their pockets. Plus, he was a smooth criminal when it came to sliding the bids up and up and up...

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Thanks to Your Generosity, We're Sending $600 to Downtown Women's Center

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2013 09:22pm | Post a Comment

Pancake BreakfastOn Sunday morning, August 11, hundreds of hungry Angelenos descended upon the historic Vibiana downtown for the third annual LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast! Curated by Evan Kleiman, restaurateur and host of Good Food on KCRW, attendees were treated to samples from over 20 local restaurants. Amoeba was on hand with our prize wheel, making friends, passing out our own (non-edible, I'm afraid) goodies and raising money for the Downtown Women's Center.

Amoebite Michele'le was our pro behind the prize wheel, encouraging people to win "big money" and avoid the "whammy's." For only $1 a spin, folks could win gift certificates to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Stella Barra (the yummy new pizzeria next to Amoeba), surprise gifts and more. For a $5 donation to DWC, people received a complimentary Amoeba tote bag or t-shirt. One amazing woman even donated $25! 

Prize Wheel at the Pancake Breakfast

It wasn't just about the food on Sunday. Country singer Lynda Kay stopped by after wooing her fans with a performance, posing for a few photos and signing autographs at our booth.

Lynda Kay at the Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast

Recap: June Auction to Benefit My Friend's Place

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2013 04:05pm | Post a Comment

On Saturday, June 1 we had the mad auction skills of the hilariously droll Matt Ingebretson (yeah, we didn't know how to pronounce it either), who produces his own comedy showcase "Art Fuck" and contributes to Funny Or Die and The Onion. He also has a brand new comedy album Holy Fuck.

My Friend's PlaceThis month's auction beneficiary was My Friend's Place, which assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Through their nonprofit drop-in resource center and programs in Hollywood, they offer a comprehensive continuum of care, health, educational, and therapeutic services to over 1,700 homeless youth and their children each year. They're a really great organization which is close to our hearts here at Amoeba. And of course, as always, we match any bid so the bid is doubled!

We were also accepting donations of new socks for My Friend’s Place – so it was our own "Sock Hop" – and customers donated socks for a $2.00 off coupon.

We started hosting our charity auctions back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we've raised a ton of money ($450,000 +) for New Orleans, Green charities, Animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. It is a great place to score all kinds of rarities and signed items, as well as concert tickets and crazy promo items.

Matt was addictively funny, with his dry "I don't understand Bjork, do you?" and..."we're all dying!! Dying every single day!! Go to a show already. Buy some tickets to a show! Do something for the youth of LA...buy these tickets!" He was also deceptively wry. Meaning, you didn't even know how funny he was until about a minute after he said something, and then you started laughing out loud. There was a 60 second delay on Matt's dry, deadpan delivery – but it was bitingly hilarious.

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