L.A. Comic Richard Bain Crowdfunds to Aid Sister, Who Lost Home and Son

bainLos Angeles-based stand-up comedian Richard Bain is crowdfunding money for his sister Ashley, who lost her home and one-year-old son in a North Carolina tornado the evening of Friday, April 25. Additional information and donation links are available at https://fundly.com/help-ashley-bain

“My sister’s house was destroyed by a tornado Friday night,” Bain reported on Sunday. “The roof collapsed on her and her one year old son, Gavin. He was in a medically induced coma, but passed this morning.”

Originally from Edenton, North Carolina, Bain moved to Portland before relocating to North Hollywood in 2011. His credits include The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival and L.A.’s Riot Comedy Festival.

The scattered tornadoes hit North Carolina last Friday, destroying or 730a515a-31f0-47c1-b5fd-4429db3c9c4dheavily damaging around 200 homes and businesses. As you can see by the photograph, Bain’s sister’s home was completely destroyed.

While the money raised will never replace her infant son, it can, at least help her rebuild her home so that she can focus on her grieving. Our hearts go out to Richard, his sister and the Bain family. It’s hard to imagine what they’re going through right now.

If you can, please donate generously and help this family in need. The Fundly campaign ends on May 31st so donate now.

ad more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/27/4869343/gov-mccrory-tours-eastern-nc-tornado.html#storylink=cpThe Fundly campaign ends May 31.
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Tuesday Tease: Hollywood Burlesque Festival

Hollywood_Burlesque_Fest_banner2_9701This Friday, the inaugural Hollywood Burlesque Festival kicks off in Los Angeles and we are especially excited for this one as it’s produced by longtime Brown Paper Tickets supporter and producer/hostess of Monday Night Tease, LA’s longest running weekly burlesque show, Lili VonSchtupp. Lili is the perfect example of what is possible if you are passionate and devoted to your art form. To host a weekly show that packs ’em in week in and week out is no small feat and burlesque producers could learn a lot from Lili. She’s definitely got the skills to pay the bills!

Lili’s taking her incredible production skills to the next level this weekend as she hosts the first ever burlesque festival in Los Angeles. She’s got four days of shows, classes, tours, movies and parties planned and I’m especially excited because I get to go down there and be a part of all the fun. If you’ve ever wanted to meet me or know more about Brown Paper Tickets, you can look for us in vending where we’ll have a table set up all weekend or come to the Three Clubs on Sunday, December 8 from 6:30pm to 8pm, where we’ll be hosting a meet and greet with anyone that’s curious about us, what we do and how we can help you out with your burlesque show, festival or classes. If you’re going to be in LA this weekend, please find me and say hi.

I got a chance to catch up with Lili and pick her brain about the LA burlesque scene, her personal burlesque history and the festival. She even offers some valuable advice to producers out there that are thinking of starting up their own festival.

So, without further ado, I give you, the one and only Lili VonSchtupp!
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BPT’s Featured Venues: The New Beverly Cinema

Brown Paper Tickets sells tickets for some great independent movie houses around the country but one that has continuously caught our eye is the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, the last repertory revival theater in Los Angeles.
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