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"Unleashed" With Director Finn Taylor at Roxie Theater, August 26 & 27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 24, 2017 01:47pm | Post a Comment

UnleashedWe here at Amoeba Music know that we have some versatile and attractive bags, but imagine our surprise when we discovered that our bags were being put to entirely hitherto unforeseen use in the new film Unleashed by Bay Area director Finn Taylor (Dream with the Fishes).

In this new interspecies comedy, Emma (played by Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates) moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend (Josh Brener, AKA "Big Head" of Silicon Valley) with only her beloved pets Ajax (Justin Chatwin), a golden-eyed cat, and Summit (Steve Howey), an energetic mutt, in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the night and are transformed into full-grown men.

And that's where the Amoeba bag comes to be important:

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For a film that appears to (literally) be a shaggy-dog story, Unleashed is full of wit, spirit and a wonderful sense of insight into what it means to be human. And feline. And canine.

Check out screenings of Unleashed at Roxie Theater August 25-31, with special screenings featuring Q&A with Finn Taylor on Saturday, August 26th at 7pm and Sunday, August 27th at 6:30pm. (More info HERE.) Those in attendance at the special screening on Saturday, August 26th at 7pm will receive an Amoeba Music bag of their own filled with fun shwag and great savings.

Watch Three Dogs and a Monkey Re-Create ABBA's 'Mamma Mia' Video

Posted by Amoebite, April 1, 2016 04:14pm | Post a Comment

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As far as shot-by-shot remakes go, Amoebite Heather Long’s remake of ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” video is among the best we’ve seen.

Our in-house graphic designer also is an animal trainer, and part of what she does is work with animals who appear on TV shows and movies at a ranch called Hollywood Animals. Long started by making a freestyle dog dance routine video for a fellow Amoebite Logan’s birthday. She decided to do it again and ended up emulating ABBA’s infamously stilted choreography from one of her favorite videos.

Watch the video below. If a monkey playing a tiny guitar doesn’t put a smile on your face, we can’t be friends. The original ABBA video is superimposed.

She told us a little bit about the animals in video: Wyatt, Knuckles, Chico and Rupee.

“I do a lot of trick training and dog sports with Wyatt since he is a young, energetic Border Collie mix and needs that outlet,” Long says. “The Australian Shepherd featured in the video is named Knuckles, and he belongs to a dog trainer at the ranch, Rachael. Wyatt and Knuckles are both super high-energy and play non-stop together, so Rachael was down to be a part of it. Knuckles is also a movie dog and he has a lot of training on him.  

“Chris, who is another animal trainer I work with, is the monkey’s main trainer and he has raised her since she was a baby. We decided to include Rupee, the capuchin monkey, because she had learned to strum a guitar for a commercial, so that was a no brainer, and she is used to being around dogs. We used Chico, the Pomeranian, as the keyboardist.  He is also a movie dog — he was rescued from the shelter and is a smart little guy that LOVES to work!”

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Bring Your Pup to 'Strut Your Mutt' Charity 5K on Oct. 10

Posted by Amoebite, September 30, 2015 01:15pm | Post a Comment

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Best Friends Animal Society’s sixth annual Strut Your Mutt 5K event is a fun way to raise money for the local animal welfare group, which helps to provide adoption for homeless pets, spay/neuter services and more.

The walk and 5K run takes place Oct. 10 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. Registration starts at 7 a.m., with the 5K beginning at 9 a.m.

You’re welcome to bring your dog or walk or jog solo at this 5K, which is followed by a doggie-themed festival featuring pet contests, photos, doggie goodies, activities for dogs and people, food, refreshments and more. Celebrities such as Denise Richards, Michelle Beadle, Natalie Morales and Kristen Renton will all be heading their own fundraising packs at the 5K.

Strut Your Mutt is a national fundraising effort that takes place across 12 cities. Since 2010, it’s raised more than $5.2 million for Best Friends’ animal welfare partners. To get involved, please visit StrutYourMutt.org to donate or start your fundraising team. Come on down to Exposition Park Oct. 10 and join in the fun, get some exercise and donate to a worthy cause all at once!

 

Best Friends Animal Society Holds Pet Adoption Event Over July 4 Weekend

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2015 02:24pm | Post a Comment

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Best Friends Animal Society is putting on the #Freedom100 Adoption Marathon over the July 4 holiday weekend, with the aim of finding homes for 100-plus cats and dogs.

From July 3-5, Best Friends and NKLA will hold the event in two locations. Pet adoptions will be given for $10 for the first 100 pets adopted at Best Friends’ Mission Hills location, and NKLA’s West L.A. location will have $10 for kittens and cats and $25 for select dogs for 100 pets.

In addition, every pet comes spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Adopters will receive a free bag of food and one month of free pet insurance, and there’s an on-site boutique to pick up the essentials for your new pet.

Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of healthy, adoptable pets. NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) is a coalition of such organizations as well as city shelters and individuals, which is led by Best Friends for the same cause. You can see their adoptable cats here and dogs here.

Best Friends Pet Adoption Center is located at 15321 Brand Boulevard in Mission Hills; their phone number is 818-643-3989. NKLA Pet Adoption Center is at 1845 Pontius Avenue in Los Angeles; their number is 424-208-8840.

Recap: July Charity Auction for LA Love & Leashes at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2014 11:03am | Post a Comment

Shelagh RatnerOn Saturday, July 5, Comedian Shelagh Ratner rocked the 4th of July holiday edition of our Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood! The LA-based writer, performer, and voice actor who has been featured on Prank My Mom, Stand Up In Stilettos, and Stand Up And Deliver, brought the energy and the bids to an all-time high as she quipped her way through a hilarious hour to raise money for  L.A. Love & Leashes! Shelagh was mixing and matching crazy items and collectibles, telling stories along the way, keeping the jokes flowing and the people laughing ---all while she moderated a heated bidding war on Arcade Fire tickets! 

It was a good time on a busy holiday afternoon and she helped raise almost $2,000 dollars for rescue pups and cats! Located in the Westside Pavilion shopping center, L.A. Love & Leashes is the first “shelter shop” that is 100% dedicated to animals from Los Angeles’ six city animal shelters. Not only did the auction raise a lot of money, but one customer, Colleen, adopted a dog on the spot!

Highlights of this month's auction:

  • Trader Joe's Gift Card + cool hello kitty lunchbox - $55.00
  • Vintage Eagles Mobile - $30.00
  • Coffee Bean gift cards + Amoeba mugs - $20.00
  • Blinged out Bedazzled Tupac T-shirt - $25.00
  • Lady Gaga singing toothbrush - $35.00 !!!
  • Tickets to see Fucked Up at the El Rey - $25.00
  • Ringo photograph tote and Ringo drumsticks (2 pair) - $25.00
  • Tickets to see New Order at the Greek - $100.00
  • Tickets to see Arcade Fire at The Forum - $130.00
  • 24 – Season 1 DVD signed by Kiefer Sutherland!!! + Season 6 - $40.00
  • Stevie Nicks poster - $25.00
  • Love & Leashes goodie pack - $30.00
  • Hip-hop Cartman + Mean Girls DVD + Madonna Mug - $15.00
  • Amoeba Fan Pack with extra goodies - $15.00
  • Tickets to see Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) at The Wiltern - $25.00
  • Beatles collectibles - $65.00
  • Led Zeppelin promo package - $35.00
  • Tickets to Haim at the Wiltern - $40.00
  • Wendy O. Williams doll + Wonder Woman poster - $30.00

All together the bids totaled $830.00. With the Amoeba match, it means $1,660.00 goes directly to LA Love & Leashes! Thank you so much to all the customers who came out to bid, and most especially to Shelagh Ratner for making it one of the best auctions we've had!

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