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TwentyWonder 2012 — "A Carnival of the Mind"

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Published on Sep 4, 2012

The third annual fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles known as TwentyWonder — "A Carnival of the Mind" surprised, amused and amazed a sold-out crowd at the Doll Factory on July 7, 2012.

Called "the must see event of the Summer" and "a mosh pit of all that is awesome", TwentyWonder lived up to the hype. It was a mind-blowing cultural mash-up that could only happen in LA but never actually does. Except for one fabulous Saturday night in July, when hundreds of nimble minds joined forces to amuse and excite a couple thousand good friends and fellow travelers who just haven't met yet, until now.

For the second year in a row, science freaks, comedy geeks, roller derby chicks, circus folk and big name musical combinations you won't see anywhere else — ever — descended on Echo Park for a "one night world's fair" on a planet where there's no clear line between Art and Science, where roller derby is the number one sport and Pee Wee's Playhouse is still on the air.

TwentyWonder's main events included Lucha VaVoom's signature mashup of burlesque striptease and Mexican wrestling with commentary by quick-witted comic Dana Gould, Blaine Capatch and Jeff Davis, as well as a roller-derby match between the L.A. and San Diego Derby Dolls. True to the night's cross-discipline sensibility, the halftime show featured a timely lesson on smashing atoms with Roller Derby skaters colliding as protons and electrons, followed by a show-stopping performance by hula hoop legend Mat Plendl.

On the Main Stage, musical guest Dave Alvin, formerly of the Blasters and "X", joined "the world's greatest house band", Jackshit, in an impromptu "Calvalcade of Stars" along with torch singer Lynda Kay, indie darlings The Watson Twins and comic Andy Kindler.

In the Chill Room, The Section Quartet's lush 'n loud renditions of indie hits dazzled fans, and famed "Mathemagician" Dr. Arthur Benjamin, the human calculator, mesmerized the standing-room only crowd with astonishing feats of numerical daring.

To further the fundraising effort, Jackass star Steve O. played a physical game of Tic Tac Toe with guests for a small donation, artwork by Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup and punk legend Exene Cervenka were raffled off, and a Fender Stratocaster signed by the Foo Fighters went on the auction block for a tidy sum.

Following the success of this year's event, get ready for even more incredible attractions next July. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates, and don't forget to DONATE to the cause at http://twentywonder.org!

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