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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Summer on 7th - Inner-City Arts fundraiser

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 25, 2012 05:00pm | Post a Comment

The other night I went to a fundraising even at Inner-City Arts in Downtown LAInner City Arts is a program provides arts exposure and education to kids, most of whom live within a few miles of the school -- one of the more impoverished and under-served areas in the county (although there is at least one student who’s bussed in all the way from Pomona).

A center for ants

The Inner-City Arts campus was designed by Michael Maltzan, whose Los Feliz-based firm is also responsible for Westwood’s Billy Wilder Theater, part of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design and several housing units for the formerly homeless.

Inner-City Arts classrooms

Though located in a gritty section of downtown on the edge of the Wholesale District and the Downtown Industrial District near Skid Row, it’s rather like a calm oasis. The poetic modernist architecture is reminiscent of the work of Portuguese architect, Álvaro Siza, and is largely open but separated from its gritty neighbors. Inside, the courtyard is well landscaped. One can imagine this environment being conducive to the creative development of the young people it serves.

On the night of the fundraiser (21+, natch) there was food from as well as complimentary beer and wine (always a plus for me!). There was shopping with several jewelry designers, artists, ceramacists, photographers and more exhibiting and offering their wares. I spent $20 at the mystery shopping boutique and came away with a DVD set of 35 Clint Eastwood films (valued at $179.98 – score!). There were also several Val Lewton collections left in the gift exchange area. Forgive them Nzambi, they know not what they do!

         Our Canvas History: Journey to Los Angeles                                     You know me and art maps

Food was provided by Cypress Park's Antigua Coffee, Pasadena's Burger Continental, Crispy Waffle & Frite, From the Grill, Let's Be Frank, Los Angeles Bakery, Sana Gourmet, Tender Greens, and The Solomon Family. The (vegetarian) tamales from Sana Gourmet were favorites, as was Tender Greens' gazpacho.

                             The Bizung Family                                                     Meta: A picture of me taking a picture

Additionally, Chilean-born Franco-Hungarian graffiti artist Mambo worked on a plexiglass piece; Ghana-born Mohammad Alidu and his band, Bizung Family, played highlife, afropop and other African styles of music; and DJ D-Styles, DJ Cyberia, DJ Ronix and ReallyNathan kept the dance floor filled. Since I wasn’t driving, I amused myself with the breathalyzer, which I treated like a “high striker” carnival game, hoping a bell would ring if I was boozy enough (it didn’t). All for a good cause!

Anyway, Inner-City Arts is a great, very inspiring program, they throw great parties and you should check and help them out if you’re able -- here's a link to their Facebook page


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