Benefits and Events!

Update: The "Family Guy" at Carnegie Hall event is Thursday 1/31. The incorrect date has been fixed.

NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS WALK THE LINE: Northwestern University Alumni (otherwise known as the "NU Mafia") are cordially invited to join their fellow writers, actors and other supporters on the picket line, Wednesday, January 30, from 11:30-2:30 PM, at NBC Alameda. Scheduled to attend: Perry Rein, Maria Ferrari, John Lehr, Hank Chilton, Aaron Solomon, Tananarive Due, Pang-Ni (Bonnie) Landrum, JP Manoux, Robert J. Elisberg, Matt Johnson, Kristin Rusk Robinson and Ian Deitchman, among others. Please wear your NU gear and/or purple!

Picket signs in hand, WGA staff will join the line at CBS this Wednesday. 12-1 PM.

TEACHING THURSDAYS AT WARNER BROS: Every Thursday writers of various genres are invited to join us at Gate 2 at Warner Bros, making themselves available to discuss story, structure and everything in between. For our second Teaching Thursday it's MULTI-CAMERA COMEDY DAY! Join the cool kids from "The Big Bang Theory" and "The War At Home". And remember: If it rains on our heads, it's tragic. If it rains on yours, it's comedy gold! 9 AM-12 PM, Warner Bros Gate 2.

John Edwards along with brothers and sisters from SEIU, the Teamsters, and other unions will picket with us this Thursday. Fox Plaza, Galaxy Ave & Ave of the Stars, 11 AM-2 PM. Parking at Cheviot Hills Park - Motor Ave.

TMA SOLIDARITY: The Talent Managers Association will be picketing in solidarity with us at NBC Burbank from 12 pm - 3 pm.

This Thurs is a great opportunity to show that WGA members stand united with working families by joining the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) on the picket line. Patient Care Technical workers have been unable to reach a fair agreement with University of California management, and the UC Service Workers' contract expires on the 31st. Support their fight for living wages, health care, and justice. Jules Stein Plaza, UCLA Westwood Hospital (n. of Le Conte on Westwood Blvd), 3-5 PM.

FREAKIN' SWEET: An Evening with Family Guy's Alex Borstein & Seth MacFarlane to Benefit the Actors Fund and the WGA East Strike Fund at the legendary Carnegie Hall. This one-night-only evening of music and comedy will include wild renditions of pop anthems, musical theater numbers, and a special guest appearance by the incomparable PATTI LUPONE and JANEANE GAROFALO. Who knows? Maybe your favorite FAMILY GUY characters will stop by for a song or two.

Warning: this production contains adult language and situations that may not be suitable for all ages. Recommended for mature audiences only.

Get tickets for 25% off by visiting carnegiehall.org and using code WGA6020. Or CALL CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 and use code WGA6020 (available 7 days a week, 8am-8pm).

"TV TAKES THE STAGE": A benefit weekend of original, short theatre written exclusively by striking TV writers. Participants include writers from Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Cold Case, My So-Called Life, CSI, Tell Me You Love Me, Law & Order, Sex & The City, The Wire, and more! ALL PROFITS from the event go to the Motion Picture and Television Fund to benefit non-writers being financially affected by the strike. Jan 31st - Feb 3rd at The Macha Theatre. Tickets are now available at Plays411, or by calling the reservation hotline at 323.960.1052.

"BANDAID": A Musical Tribute to Benefit the Industry Support Fund. No cover charge. Cash bar. Donations graciously accepted at the door for the Industry Support Fund. NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS. Featuring INCENDIO, THE POSSIBILITIES, LILI HAYDN, and cabaret chanteuse and WGA member, SHELLY GOLDSTEIN. 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at Busby's East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, 90036.

iO WEST PRESENTS "TALK SHOW: THE TALK SHOW": Hosted by WGA members Jordan Rubin (The Man Show, Crank Yankers) and Brent Bradshow (The Andy Milonakis Show), "Talk Show: The Talk Show" is donating proceeds to the WGA Industry Support Fund. On Friday February 1st, special guests will be John Landis (director, "Animal House," "Trading Places," "Thriller," "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project"), Andy Kindler ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), and Anthony Jesselnik (standup). 11PM at 6366 Hollywood Blvd. For tickets call 323-962-7560. Check out the website at iowest.com.

HOLLYWOOD WRITERS TAKE THE STAGE AT iO WEST IN HOLLYWOOD: WGA Member Brett Paesel (Mr. Show with Bob and Dave) will take the stage with fellow writers Bob Odenkirk (Saturday Night Live), Dana Gould (The Simpsons) and Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) in a show called "Hardly Working" as they share their clever and hilarious wordsmithing on a multitude of subjects. Half the box goes to the WGA Industry Support Fund. 8pm at 6366 Hollywood Blvd. For tickets call 323-962-7560. Check out the website at iowest.com.

iO WEST ARMANDO NIGHT WITH KATE WALSH AND MORE: Kate Walsh (Private Practice, Gray's Anatomy) and Reno 911 creator and star Robert Ben Garant will host the 3-act, 2 ½ hour improv extravaganza. Garant (along with partner Thomas Lennon) is a top screenwriter, having written the hits The Pacifier, Herbie:Fully Loaded, Balls of Fury, Night at the Museum, and the upcoming Night at the Museum 2. The Office’s Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, and Ed Helms as well as MADtv’s Mo Collins will be joining the cast of regular “Armando” performers including Tim Meadows (Walk Hard, SNL) for this incredible night with more special celebrity performers to be announced in the upcoming days. All proceeds go to the WGA Industry Support Fund. Tickets for this special show are $25. The show starts at 9pm. iO West is located at 6366 Hollywood Blvd. For tickets call 323-962-7560. Check out the website at iowest.com.

SCI FI CHANNEL DAY FOR FANS & WRITERS: Jaime Paglia, co-creator of "Eureka" is inviting fans to join the writers, producers and cast members from Sci Fi Channel's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, EUREKA, FLASH GORDON, PAINKILLER JANE, and others for a rally at NBC Studios. 12 noon - 2 pm at NBC STUDIOS, 3000 W. Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA.

STUDENT SOLIDARITY DAY: Film school and college film program students will join us on the picket lines at Paramount and NBC Burbank from 12 noon - 3 pm.

1 comment:

mheister said...

Any word on whether Edwards is still flying out to walk the line tomorrow???