Twenty Wonder: A Carnival Of The Mind Celebrates 5th Year At Event This Saturday!

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A Carnival of the Mind
Celebrates Its 5th Year of Wonderment
THIS Saturday at 6PM!

Featuring Social Distortion’s Jonny Two Bags, Dengue Fever,
Rudely Interrupted (from Australia), Lucha VaVOOM, LA Derby Dolls, The Lampshades, and much more!

Hosted by The LA Derby Dolls at the Doll Factory in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 26, 2014) – Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) presents the 5th Annual TWENTYWONDER, A Carnival of the Mind.  The 21 and older fundraising event is hosted for the fourth year in a row by the LA Derby Dolls.  TWENTYWONDER is on Saturday, June 28 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Doll Factory (1910 West Temple Street) in Los Angeles.  The evening features Social Distortion’s Jonny Two Bags, Dengue Fever, Rudely Interrupted (from Australia), Lucha VaVOOM, LA Derby Dolls, The Lampshades, and much more.  Tickets are on sale at  Proceeds benefit DSALA’s efforts to support those born with Trisomy 21/Down syndrome living in greater Los Angeles.

The 5th Annual TWENTYWONDER event will feature performances and attractions by:

Los Angeles Derby Dolls – Tough Cookies vs. Fight Crew
Lucha VaVOOM
Helder Guimaraes
Jonny Two Bags (of Social Distortion)
Dengue Fever
Rudely Interrupted (from Australia)
Tim Biskup and Ego Killers
Art by Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt
H.R. Pufnstuf
Astrophysicists from Caltech
The Lampshades
Way 2 Much Cirque Pavilion
Eban Schletter
2 Headed Dog
Acts from Cirque Berzerk
Planetary Scientists from iPLEX
Two Bit Circus
Jamie Brewer
Joey Cheezhee
The Poubelle Twins
Creature Features
Cleo King
Dr. Richard Kaae’s Insects
Mad Lib-erties
Moth Story GrandSLAM champion Vikki Kelleher
Brad Oldham
Willy Wonka
Jennifer Jonassen
Dennis Aiken’s Wooden Robot
’66 Batmobile
Mobley Labs Neuroscience
The Sensory Perception Chair
Craft Beer from Golden Road Brewing
Food Trucks:
Me So Hungry
Jose O’Malley’s
Mandoline Grill
The Pudding Truck
Kogi (VIP only)
and Much More!

For up-to-date listings visit

“WOW…I can hardly believe we are only a few days away from the 5th Annual TWENTYWONDER in Los Angeles!  From it’s funky/sweaty/adorable beginnings as SuperBall ‘The One Day World’s Fair’ in 1996 to the fun-loving genre bending acceptance/awareness event hailed as today’s Carnival of The Mind, this event is a genuine pleaser.   TWENTYWONDER repeatedly draws and amazes the sweetest people of Los Angeles with a cultural cocktail shaken with the sights and sounds and ideas for our thirsty modern lives,” said Jim Hodgson, Director of Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.

Since 2010, TWENTYWONDER has raised over $400,000 with the proceeds helping to support DSALA’s various programs offered to nearly 4,200 individuals with Down syndrome living in Los Angeles.  With the monies raised last year, the DSALA continues to reach into new neighborhoods of Los Angeles providing support for those families living with Down syndrome/Trisomy 21.  Additionally, the monies from TWENTYWONDER have helped to fund programs including: four basketball camps in diverse areas of Los Angeles, reading programs at the DSALA Van Nuys office, host Age of Change — a game-changing, nationally important conference on Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome, partner with UCLA’s medical research projects, give free seminars for parents on subjects ranging from endocrinology to potty training, among other valuable program for members of the DSALA community.

This crowd-pleasing annual event is a hit with both the audience and the Los Angeles press.  TWENTYWONDER was named, “An Event Pick” and called “Awesome!” by the Los Angeles Times. “Part charity, part science, part comedy…a mindbender,” proclaimed LAIST.COM.  “A once in a lifetime, completely eclectic, fun-filled amalgam of creators, builders and performers,” said The Wrap and “One of the essential events of the summer,” raved The

TWENTYWONDER will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 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 7:00 p.m. in the Doll Factory arena.  Special performances, art, music, science and comedy will continue from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Tickets for TWENTYWONDER are $50.00 for general admission and $150.00 for a VIP ticket (includes regular ticket, free valet parking, access to VIP Lounge, reserved seating in the derby arena, an exclusive Brad Oldham amulet, and complimentary catered food and drinks).  Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are available online at  Donations are currently being accepted at for the Ambassadors Fund, which helps to give adult members of the local Down syndrome community the opportunity to attend TWENTYWONDER.  For more information on the event visit or

Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition affecting all ethnicities and economic groups.  Down syndrome is found approximately once in every 691 births.  Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra copy of the 21st chromosome (Trisomy 21), which causes physical differences and disabilities.  Most people with Down syndrome live a rich and productive life thanks to organizations like the DSALA, which has been providing services for more than 35 years to the Greater Los Angeles Area.

“TWENTYWONDER is the cause-driven cousin of SuperBalls 1-8.  The recipe of TWENTYWONDER is easy: take a soulful collection of 100 plus creators, supporters, builders, entertainers, friends and volunteers who’ve been gathering for years in the name of SuperBall, create a new name derived from the medical term Trisomy 21(Down syndrome), expand the fan base to new and far-reaching sectors of society, then bring it all together for a One-Night World’s Fair event to raise support and awareness for those born with Down syndrome living in the Greater Los Angeles area,” said Jim Hodgson, Director of Administration and Development, DSALA.  The inaugural fundraising event TWENTYWONDER began in 2010.

The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) was started over thirty-five years ago by fifteen forward-thinking parents of children born with Down syndrome.  In an era when society’s predominant response to individuals with Down syndrome was to place them in institutions, these pioneers stood up for what is right, took control, and opened up the dialog that all grateful new parents in the Down syndrome/Trisomy 21 community are advancing today.   DSALA offers information, guidance and programming designed to assist parents and families who have a family member with Down syndrome.  Part of DSALA’s mission is to educate and enlighten a wider community to fully understand that everyone deserves respect, inclusion and that “we are more alike than different.”

The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league.  Founded in October 2003 by Rebecca Ninburg (a.k.a.Demolicious) and Wendy Templeton (a.k.a. Thora Zeen), the L.A. Derby Dolls are a league of more than 150 skaters and volunteers, divided into five teams who skate on a banked track.  Embodying the do-it-yourself ethos of modern roller derby, as resurrected in Austin, Texas in 2000, the L.A. Derby Dolls are an entirely volunteer-run organization, relying on the support of their fans and community.  The L.A. Derby Dolls take all the thrills of the old game and update it with a fresh and feisty new face. And the hits and spills are 100% real. No script can write this kind of action.

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