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Rhythms and Rhymes with Luis Rodriguez & John Densmore

R&R w logo 700We are so excited to sponsor this exciting event on Sunday, May 24th! Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez will be speaking and reciting poetry while John Densmore plays drums. Additionally, The Get Lit Players and Sin Color will be performing! Live music and tacos by Loteria– what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
We purchased tickets to ensure that various at risk organizations and teens from all over the city would be able to attend. If you would like a pair of free tickets, please email
Tickets can be purchased through the box office for $10 (half off $20 ticket price) using code HAC10 or free ($6.50 surcharge) on Goldstar
This event benefits the Hollywood Arts Council, which provides arts instruction to elementary school students in Hollywood. We’ve teamed up with them to promote our summer reading, so this event is a perfect way to start it off!

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In Their Own Words— Who Are the Punk Rock Marthas Video

Who are Punk Rock Marthas? With a name like ours, it’s a common question. And one best answered by the Marthas themselves in this short, amazing video by the awesome Ryan Oksenburg of Life Line Booths on Pivot TV.

High school and college students from the past seven years are interviewed about their experiences volunteering in their communities and how it has impacted their lives.

We talk a lot about youth today, but if you have 4 minutes, you might want to give them a listen. What they say might just blow you away!Click here to watch the video

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Blanket Drive for the Homeless

It’s that time of year again! While we don’t like the focus on being generous only once a year, the holidays do pose additional challenges to groups who work with the homeless. For one, the weather! It’s cold and rainy, especially at night, and while most of us take our blankets out/put them away year after year, this is not an option when you’re on the street. And SOCKS!! I could write a book about the importance of clean, dry socks. Again, when it’s raining and your feet get wet, it’s nearly impossible to stay warm, and perpetually wet feet cause other health issues. Without washers/dryers readily available, socks are generally a disposable item for the homeless.

We purchase items and accept donations, as we “adopt” extremely low income families (near homeless families that are also served by St Francis Center) to help them celebrate the holidays, we collect/buy blankets for the homeless we’ll serve on the 20th, we’ll also have toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, soap etc) in kits for our diners that day.

This is our 7th holiday serving the homeless. We hope you will help by dropping a new/gently used blanket to Y Que Trading Post in Los Feliz (1770 N Vermont), Counterpoint Records and Books in Hollywood (5911 Franklin Avenue), or by making a donation to us via PayPal.

Thank you!

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KCRW interviews the Marthas!!

IMG_20141116_141309A few years ago when we did the memorial mural/ benefit for Elliott Smith and it got international press, we lamented that the press didn’t care when we served the homeless. What’s that expression about eating crow feathers? We were actually ecstatic to be proven wrong by the incredible Lisa Napoli, who came out to do a story on us at St Francis Center in November.

Read/listen in and enjoy!!