The 3rd annual fundraising event TWENTYWONDER, A Carnival of the Mind, presented by Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) returns to the Doll Factory (1910 West Temple Street) and will be hosted again by the famed L.A. Derby Dolls on Saturday, July 7. The evening will be a bursting expo of art, science, music and comedy, plus an all-star roller derby bout featuring the L.A. Derby Dolls vs. the San Diego Derby Dolls. Proceeds will benefit DSALA's efforts to support those born with Trisomy 21/Down syndrome living in greater Los Angeles.
"This year's event is being served up in one huge dessert bowl of sweet pop-cultural confections flavor packed with an amazing group of 150 volunteers – performers, makers, builders, thinkers and skaters – donating their time and talent to lovingly blend the creative and surreal ingredients of Greater Los Angeles into an evening of wonder and awareness. With equal parts of art, science, music, and laughter we are 100 percent positive you will leave TWENTYWONDER, by evening's end, a whole lot happier than when you arrived," said Jim Hodgson, Director of Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.
Last year's sold-out TWENTYWONDER event raised over $100,000 with the proceeds helping to support DSALA's various programs offered to nearly 4,200 individuals with Down syndrome living in Los Angeles. Programs include: sport activities in Koreatown, El Segundo, San Fernando Valley, Family Support Network in South Los Angeles, yoga classes for teens and babies at the DSALA Community Center, music and art programs dotted around the city for individuals between the ages of 3 – 42, Saturday seminars with topics from potty training to independent living and outreach programs to hospitals.
The 3rd Annual TWENTYWONDER event will feature performances and attractions by:
L.A. Derby Dolls vs. San Diego Derby Dolls
Artist Tim Biskup & the Makers at Tierra Del Sol
Joel Hodgson: Creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000
Jacksh*t: The World's Greatest House Band
Dave Alvin: American Music Maker Of The Highest Degree
Tic Tac Toe with Steve O!
Shari Asplund: JPL/NASA Space Projects Educator
Dolores Bozovic – Ph.D.
Kids of Whitney High: Sonics from LA's iconic band of musicians with disabilities
Joseph Masiero with Spitzer Science Images…Looking For Asteroids And Objects
Chris Mirabel – Marine Biologist
Mat Plendl – World's Foremost Hula Hoop Artist
RVIP Lounge: A 32-foot dream on 4 rockin wheels
RyTron 3000 a.k.a. Ryan Falkner Shadow Boxing & Busting Moves
David Saltzberg – "When Girls Collide" DIY explanation of the CERN Super Collider
Eban Schletter; The Future's Greatest Theremin Player
Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater will be present and washed
SuperBall/TwentyWonder Mini-Museum for your historical event needs
The Atamian Collection of Insects to Amuse and Awe
The Hollywood ATI Gorilla: A technological wonder uncaged
The Lampshades: Kate Flannery ("The Office") and Scott Robinson (Anchorman)
Wayne White: Heavy Weight creative champ…from Pee Wee to Word Play
Tom Woodruff – Academy Award-winning make-up artist does "Dueling Prosthesis"
An up-to-date list of attractions and performances can be found at www.TwentyWonder.org.
TWENTYWONDER will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Doll Factory in Los Angeles (1910 West Temple Street). The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with live entertainment, food, drinks and attractions throughout the venue. Roller Derby match begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Doll Factory arena with more. Special performances, art, music, science and comedy continue from 9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. There will be no entry into the event after 10:30 p.m.
General admission tickets to TWENTYWONDER are $40.00 and are good for performances and attractions. V.I.P. Passes are available for $150.00 and include admission into the benefit event, the TWENTYWONDER Annual Collectible Amulet designed by Brad Oldham, complimentary valet parking, stadium preferred seating and access to the VIP Guest Lounge with full open bar and food. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are available online at www.TwentyWonder.org or by phone at 800-838-3006. For more information on the event visit TwentyWonder's website or www.DSALA.org.