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In partnership with PEN, Poets & Writers, and the Ayrshire Foundation, 826LA has published Literary Los Angeles: A Road Guide – a visual guide to the literary hotspots in Los Angeles.

They’ll celebrate tonight at 826LA / The Time Travel Mart in Echo Park, and along with libations will feature readings from contributors Wanda Coleman, Nina Revoyr, Luis J. Rodriguez, and David Ulin, and moderated by Tom Lutz.

Tonight’s event is just $12, includes a map, and benefits 826LA. Click here for ticket, or buy them at the door for $15.

You can also order the 24″ x 18″ posters or fold-out online (or purchase at The Time Travel Mart in person) for $10.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, the event starts at 7:30 pm.

The Time Travel Mart is located at 1714 West Sunset Boulevard

826LA has published a book of kids’ letters written to Michelle Obama (a followup to last year’s book to President Obama, Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country). I Live Real Close to Where You Used to Live is a collection of letters written by kids across America to not just Michelle Obama, but also to her daughters Malia and Sasha and even their dog.

Letters include those from our own Echo Park kids who participated in the 826LA workshops earlier this fall, and tells the first family some pretty awesome kid-like things:

“You’re a better dancer than your husband.” (Tatiana Morales, age 10, Los Angeles)

And our personal favorite:

“I think your husband should legalize immigration. Please put a statue of me in Echo Park. Thank you. J.K. No, really. I want a tuxedo on the statue.” (Andres Ortega, age 11, Los Angeles)

You can now purchase the book for a mere $12 online, or at Echo Park’s own Time Travel Mart.

Of course, all proceeds benefit 826LA!

Spelling Bee for Cheaters, a fundraiser for 826LA’s many programs that help kids in Los Angeles get free tutoring (among other things), is just two days away! Last chance to get your donations in to help the teams out – the money raised helps each team order from a menu of cheats, helping them do better in the competition and helping 826LA raise more money!

We do have some Echo Park residents participating in the event: Ashley Atkinson, along with two other Echo Park residents, belong to the group called “Marmoset There’d Be Days Like This.” So far, the team has raised almost all of its needed funds, but still needs a little bit more. To donate, you donate to an individual on that team, so to help our Echo Park residents I suggest you donate to Ashley by clicking here. A little bit goes a long way, so $10 or $20 will help!

The spelling bee will take place on Saturday, August 14 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica. This year, Spike Jonze, John Krasinski, Judd Apatow, Dianna Agron, and others are scheduled to appear.

Click here to buy tickets to the event (admission is $25.00 plus online fees).

The event is still almost three weeks away, but fundraising and pledging has already been going on for several weeks in preparation of 826LA’s Spelling Bee for Cheaters. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up in teams of two or more. It’s free and anyone can join!
  2. Raise money for your team.
  3. On Saturday, August 14 each team sends one member to represent them at the spelling bee. You can use the funds you’ve raised to order from a menu of cheats. The more money you raise, the more you can cheat!

All the money raised will go towards 826LA’s free writing and tutoring programs for kids.

The spelling bee will take place on Saturday, August 14 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica. This year, Spike Jonze, John Krasinski, Judd Apatow, Dianna Agron, and others are scheduled to appear. Will YOU be there to out-spell and out-cheat the competition?

Here are a couple of 826LA’s upcoming writing and tutoring workshops for kids:

Write to Create on Saturday, July 17 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Imagine you are shown a mysterious, intricate object. Your critical mission is to write a description of how to build this object, only using words. No drawing allowed! Then, to test your skills, your partner will be given the materials to build this object and your instructions. How well they recreate the mystery object depends exclusively on your attention to detail! Do you think you are up for this challenge?

8 – 2 = 6 (Eight Minus Two is Six) on Saturday, July 31 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm – This workshop is for those who fall asleep while doing their math (or, even worse, have nightmares too) *and* students who would eat math instead of Cap’n Crunch for breakfast if they could. Every student in attendance will learn to harness the most intense math they know to create an infinitely elegant short story.

Both workshops are for kids ages 8 to 12. A $25 deposit check is required to reserve space in the workshop. Click here to sign up.

Click here to view all workshops for the month of July, including those being held at 826LA West (in Venice) and at the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum.

The 826LA online store has some new posters for sale. Designed by Amy Martin, the time travel posters are pretty awesome:

Posters are 18″ by 24″ and are $19.99 plus tax (and shipping if you buy online), or there’s a four-pack deal for $69.99. Click here to purchase them online through the 826LA store.

Federation for the Advancement of Time posters will ship starting September 14, but you can also get them in the store at the Time Travel Mart, located at 1714 West Sunset Blvd.

The Pearson Foundation and Track 16 present LiveTALKS Los Angeles – I’ll Mature When I’m Dead: An Evening with Dave Barry in conversation with Jane Smiley. Net proceeds will support 826LA. On Friday, May 14 at 8:00 pm at Track 16 (Bergamont Station).

A brilliantly funny exploration of the treacherous state of adulthood by the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and author of over 30 books. In hilarious, brand-new pieces, Dave tackles everything from fatherhood, new fatherhood, self-image, the battle of the sexes, celebrityhood, technology, parenting styles, certain unmentionable medical procedures, and much more.

Jane Smiley’s new novel is A Private Life. She is author of numerous novels including A Thousand Acres which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, several works of non fiction as well as many essays for such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker, Practical Horseman, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, Allure, The Nation and others.

Tickets from $20 to $95. Click here for more info. No one under 15 will be admitted.

Here are some new workshops and panels hosted by 826LA. For the grown-ups they’ve got…

826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: Comedy Writing on Monday, May 3 at 8:00 pm with Bob Odenkirk, Jen Kirkman, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, and Jill Soloway! Moderated by Marc Evan Jackson! Our panelists will discuss comedy writing: how they got started, what inspires them, and the dark, dark place comedy comes from. We will also be screening some shorts written by our panelists. Takes place at Busby’s East (5364 Wilshire Blvd.). Click here to buy tickets.

And a couple of youth workshops…

Advertise! – Saturday, May 1 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm Students will receive a brief primer on the components of print advertising-layout, copy, and graphics-and immediately put their knowledge to work. The products at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart need to be advertised. Working with volunteer instructors from the worlds of advertising and television, students will write copy and lay out the graphics for the Time Travel Mart products of their choice, creating actual print advertisements. Taught by ad folks from TBWA\Chiat\Day and TV folks from “Deadliest Catch” and “Mad Men.”  For students ages 8 to 12. Takes place at 826LA East (1714 W. Sunset Blvd). Cost is FREE. Go here to sign up!

Improv: Comedy and Character – Sunday, May 2 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm This workshop introduces participants to the core concepts of improv comedy: group mind, space work, character, and, of course, fun! Participants will play games, write character monologues, and create scenes using their characters. For students ages 8 to 13. Takes place at UCLA’s Armand Hammer Museum. Cost is FREE but PLEASE NOTE: this workshop is full. If you’d like to be included on a waiting list, email julius(at)826la.org

McSweeney’s Issue #34 Launch Party at 826LA and Stories

Monday, April 26th, 2010

There will be food, drink and a discussion and signing with McSweeney’s contributors Nick McDonell and Teddy Wayne. The musical guest for the evening is The Blasting Company.

826LA East / The Echo Park Time Travel Mart and Stories

8:00 pm


RSVP and reserve your copy here (McSweeney’s Quarterly #34 is $20+tax at Stories).

Issue 34 features new stories of shipwrecks, kidnappings and bad vacations, by (among others) Anthony Doerr, Daniel Handler, and T. C. Boyle. Also included are new letters about wine and Hawaii from John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell, twenty-one dead-on self-portraits drawn by the likes of Michael Martone, Michel Gondry, and Sarah Silverman, and, beyond all this, in a standalone volume, Nick McDonell’s stunning exploration of the latest iteration of the war in Iraq-a ground-level account from within the 1st Cavalry Division. The whole thing weighs in at just under 400 pages, and comes in its own custom-made double-sleeve. Purchase it on Amazon.

826LA is located at 1714 W. Sunset Blvd.

Stories is located at 1716 W Sunset Blvd.

This Friday, April 16 at 7:00 pm, 826LA will be hosting a show entitled “Dead Author Readings” at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. About the show:

Thanks to the miracle of science, very famous, extremely dead authors time travel to the present and are brought together to discuss their lives and works! But mostly, these dead authors fight like dead cats and dead dogs! And the audience gets to ask questions! That’s you! YOU are the audience! YOU get to ask questions! INTERACTIVE!!!
Moderated monthly by H.G. Wells (played by Paul F. Tompkins)

Tickets are $5 and all proceeds benefit 826LA. RSVP and learn more about the show here.

The UCB Theatre is located at 5919 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles 90028

On Tuesday, April 13, 826LA will be hosting an exclusive screening of the film Drones at the Egyptian Theater (6712 Hollywood Blvd.).

Drones is full of 826LA volunteers! It was written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, directed by Amber Benson and Adam Busch, and stars Marc Evan Jackson, Paul F. Tompkins, Samm Levine, James Urbaniak and Dave (Gruber) Allen.The exclusive screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew, moderated by Kevin Pollak. Tickets are priced at 3 levels: $15 balcony, $30 general admission, $100 preferred seating with VIP after-party.

We hope you will join us to celebrate this film and help raise vital funds for 826LA in the meantime. If you like science fiction and love, you must see this movie!
Click here to purchase your tickets!

826LA has been donated a few 1981 Los Angeles Bicentennial Celebration posters, and are making them available to you in the store and on Ebay.

They have three 2′ x 3′ reproduction posters designed by post-surrealist painter Helen Lundeberg available on Ebay for a starting bid of $19.99 – so far I don’t think anyone has bid. According to their Facebook page, 825LA also has posters available for purchase in their store, the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, which is located at 1714 Sunset Blvd.

826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. They offer tutoring for the kids Monday through Thursday from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. You can learn more about the program and their volunteer opportunities by visiting the 826LA website.

Chickens in Love refers to several things:

Chickens in Love is an online pledge-a-thon, where you can support 826LA by voting with dollars for your favorite song. All the songs are written by 826LA students and covered by local bands. Pledge now because the polls close on April 30.

All of the songs are available on the full length album Chickens in Love. Artists including She & Him, Fiona Apple, Cold War Kids, Tim and Eric, The Happy Hollows, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dum Dum Girls, and Crystal Antlers. It’s available on limited-edition vinyl, CD, and iTunes.

Chickens in Love is also the name of 826LA’s mini music festival which will be going down this Saturday, March 6 at the Echoplex. Performers will include The Submarines, The Pity Party, Summer Darling, The Happy Hollows, The Growlers, and more! The show is all ages and goes from 1pm to 7pm (doors open at noon). You can purchase tickets here.

Tonight at 7:00 pm, Eddie Izzard will be performing at the Echoplex for an 826 LA benefit.

Looks like there still may be tickets!

If your Saturday dinner plans involve eating out at the Allston Yacht Club on Echo Park Blvd., 20% of your check can be donated to 826LA if you mention it to your server.

826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. They offer tutoring for the kids Monday through Thursday from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Allston Yacht Club is located here.
You can learn more about 826LA on their website.