Saturday, April 23, 2011

TICKETS for Uma Benefit at Bootleg Theater on May 1st

UPDATE: We raised over $6,000 for Uma's neurological rehabilitation at the benefit last night! (I will update the figure in the right-hand column when we have final figures on Wednesday.) Thank you to all of the incredible people who made it such an awesome & successful evening. I will post photos and a more detailed round-up of the evening later in the week. So much love to so many beautiful friends, family, and strangers.

On Sunday, May 1st, the Bootleg Theater is awesomely hosting a night of music to benefit Uma and help fund her rehabilitation. A quote from their website: "Uma and her husband, John Ballinger, are long time friends of Bootleg. They are tied deeply to the history of this arts space. Check out The Uma Fund site for Uma's amazing story and John's passion and devotion to her and their love. Help us raise money to help Uma continue her path of recovery!" (BOOTLEG)

Tickets are $15 at the door, or PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING THE "BUY NOW" BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST. (Note: when you purchase tickets, please include a note with the name you'd like tickets to be held under at the box office. If you have any difficulty purchasing tickets, email Erik at and he'll help you!)

Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30. Food, drinks, and a raffle all to help raise money for Uma! (RAFFLE ITEMS LISTED AT BOTTOM OF POST!)

Artists scheduled to appear:
Bruno Coon
Kristen Toedtman
The Leo Trio
Laura Martin
Leslie Stevens
Christine Tavares & Jess Basta
See you on May 1st!

(NOTE: This paypal is just for buying tickets to the Bootleg benefit. Regular donations to benefit Uma can still be made through John's paypal account. Info below! Thanks.)

# of tickets
name for tickets at box office


-Pairs of tickets for performances at theaters throughout Los Angeles! REDCAT, Bootleg Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Theatre @ Boston Court, ComedySportz Los Angeles

-Various services including private pilates and yoga instruction, a personalized makeover, as well as three hours worth of website business consultation

-Specialty items: Painting inspired by Uma’s story, entitled Hope, by award-winning artist Travis Catlett; Lucinda Wiliiams’ latest release plus autographed vinyl record; A Dean bag from Dean Accessories valued at $250; A unique hand-crafted backpack made of found materials from thingsbuilt

-Art items: Charcoal print of Laurel & Hardy signed by the artist, Gary Saderup (462/1000); Signed poster of Theater on the Square in Indianapolis (10/100); Framed Picasso poster from the Pace Gallery’s exhibition in 1981; a 20" x 24" photograph (artist's choice), matted and sealed, from professional photographer Matt Gorrek

Thank you to all of the donors! I'm posting a more detailed, itemized list of raffle prizes in the comments, check it out.


Erik said...

Here's a list of some of the awesome prizes being raffled off at the Uma benefit this Sunday!

**One Special Silent Auction Item: $1,000 worth of backline rental at LA Percussion! An incredibly valuable prize for any LA-area musician!**

All other items will be raffled at the event! Tickets will be $1 each, min 5 tickets. Items to include:

-A commissioned painting inspired by Uma’s story, entitled Hope, by award-winning artist Travis Catlett

-CD of Lucinda Williams' latest album release, Blessed, PLUS an autographed vinyl record

-Dean bag from Dean accessories, worth approximately $250, hand-crafted in Los Angles

-Unique Mexican-inspired backpack, hand-crafted from found materials, such as colorful mesh Mexican shopping bags, by thingsbuilt.

-Two VIP tickets to the one-man show George Gershwin Alone, written and performed by Hershey Felder, currently showing at the Pasadena Playhouse, PLUS his collection of CDs: George Gershwin Alone; Beethoven As I Knew Him and An American Story

-Ten passes to a performance at ComedySportz Los Angeles -- the interactive improv experience!

-Two tickets to the Geffen Playhouse production Superior Donuts, by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts

-Two tickets to Extraordinary Chambers, opening at the Geffen Playhouse on May 24

-Two tickets to the current production at Theatre @ Boston Court: How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found by Fin Kennedy

-Two tickets to any performance (except opening night) of the new play The Interlopers, by Gary Lennon, at the Bootleg Theater. The show runs June 17 - July 17

-Two tickets to any performance in the Fun Family Festival of Tragedies. The Festival of Tragedies will be running four family-friendly Shakespeare shows in repertory: Hamlet, Prince of Puddles; Titus the Clownicus; King O'Leary and Macbeth and the Monster. On Saturdays at 12 & 2p and Sundays at 12p in June

Erik said...

More items:

-Tickets to a performance at the REDCAT, in downtown Los Angeles

-Signed Charcoal Print: Portrait of Laurel & Hardy, signed by the artist, Gary Saderup -- 1979 -- 462/1000

-Signed Poster: "Theater on the Square, Indianapolis, July 23, 1988" signed by James A Bridgewater -- 10/100

-Framed poster: Pablo Picasso's Torero (Le Matador), October 4, 1970 from the Picasso exhibition at the Pace Gallery in New York City, January 30 - March 14, 1981

-20" x 24" photograph (artist's choice), matted and sealed, from professional photographer Matt Gorrek

-An hour long strengthening and rejuvenating pilates reformer session in Valley Village. Experience the power of pilates with skilled instructor Eddy Rioseco!

-Private yoga session with experienced teacher Gillian Brecker, in a safe environment in Culver City. Good for a beginner who wants to know more about yoga or an experienced practitioner who wants to go deeper!

- Makeup application by professional makeup artist, Michal Braun. Valued at $150 dollars. Michal Braun is a professional makeup artist in commercial print, film, video and television, weddings and special events. Her experience includes IFC's (Independent Film Channel) The Grid, Television commercials for brands such as Kmart, Sears (featuring Selena Gomez and Extreme Makeover's Ty Pennington), Pom and USG, in addition to various fashion shows and editorial print.

-Three hours of Search Engine Marketing/Search Engine Optimization Consultation (a $225 value) from Terry Plank, expert consultant for website businesses.
Can be anything related to Search Engine Marketing/Optimization, including keyword research, website evaluation for improving search ranking for selected keywords, assistance on Google Places or Google AdWords, SEO or SEM consultation.

- One-hour Public Relations consultation with Change Communications (, for anyone interested in getting PR for their company/organization/event or individuals. This includes overhauling any existing brands (e.g. helping them re-brand) or launch new brands/companies/individuals/
events. The value is $150.

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