KCRW Presents: The Moth Mainstage

Around the Bend: Stories of Coming Home KCRW Presents: The Moth Mainstage

Wed. 12/04 | 7:00PM (Doors) @ Avalon Hollywood (map)

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Featuring stories by:
Matthew Diffee
Annabelle Gurwitch
Les Kurkendaal
Mona Simpson
David Ullendorff

Steve Burns

Andrea Baker

On Wednesday, December 4, KCRW presents a special edition of The Moth Mainstage at Avalon Hollywood, "Around the Bend: Stories of Coming Home." The Moth Mainstage events feature some of the best storytellers around -- live, without notes.

After the show, join KCRW for a Holiday After Party for top level ticket holders at Bardot (adjacent to Avalon).  Meet The Moth storytellers, sip complimentary beer & wine, and enjoy live music spun by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox.

This show is a benefit for KCRW & The Moth.  A portion of your ticket price is tax deductible. 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHOW IS 21+ OVER ONLY.  Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event and will not be eligible for a refund. 

"It is brilliant, and quietly addictive."  - The London Guardian

"New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket."  -  The Wall Street Journal

The Moth is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, and has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.  Each show features simple, old-fashioned storytelling on thoroughly modern themes by wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth's directors.  The Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour was launched in 2009 and is carried by stations (including KCRW) across the country. Visit themoth.org for more information.

With its legendary Hollywood & Vine location, this nearly 100-year old historical Spanish colonial theater, has hosted some of the most publicized and diverse events in Los Angeles.  For more information, visit avalonhollywood.com.

KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College.  The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com.  KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast.  Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

KCRW Thanks: 

After Party goodies and beverages generously donated by: 


Our Storytellers (please note line up is subject to change):
Matthew Diffee has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999.  He is the editor of The Rejection Collection and The Rejection Collection Vol. 2: The Cream of the Crap anthologies of rejected New Yorker cartoons.  His upcoming book, Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People, will be published next year.

Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of the forthcoming memoir I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50.  Her other books are You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up,  co-written with her husband, Jeff Kahn, now a theatrical play receiving its third national tour; and Fired! which was also a Showtime Comedy Special.  Her acting credits include Seinfeld, Boston Legal, and six seasons of Dinner & a Movie on TBS.  She spent numerous years as a commentator on NPR and has written for TheNation.com, The Los Angeles Times, MORE Magazine and Marie Claire

Les Kurkendaal
has been touring theatre festivals around the world since 2000 including The Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Wellington Fringe in Wellington New Zealand and The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin Ireland and tons of other Fringe Festivals.  He has appeared in the films The Lost Cause, Boychick and the cult hit Eating out 3 All You Can Eat. Les is a member of Story Salon, the longest running story telling company in Los Angeles.  He has a story published in the book The Story Salon Big Book of Stories.

Mona Simpson is the author of five novels, most recently Off Keck Road and My Hollywood. Her new novel, Casebook, comes out in April.

David Ullendorff, a father of four, was recently fixed along with his Wheaten Terrier and will stop breeding.  He's an award-winning filmmaker as well as the president and cofounder of Mathnasium, a company dedicated to teaching K-12 math in a way that makes sense to kids, with over 400 centers worldwide.

Our Host:
Steve Burns is best known for playing 'Steve' on Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues from 1996-2002.  Since then, he has hosted and told stories for The Moth, released a rock record for grown ups that received pretty good reviews, toured with The Flaming Lips, made an album of music for children, and appeared in strange plays, mostly in Brooklyn.

Our Musician:
Andrea Baker was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she began taking classical violin lessons at the age of eight.  Andrea is equally comfortable playing both classical music and alternative music styles, including rock and blues, Scottish, and Turkish/Middle-Eastern music.  She has performed on national television and has toured internationally.  She currently performs with a traditional Middle-Eastern ensemble, the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles and several other traditional ensembles, bands and music groups.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 15 @ 10am through kcrw.com/themothlive.

**All seating is general admission by section, no reserved seating**

$79.50 -- Floor Front: premiere floor seating (theater style folding chairs) -- includes AFTER PARTY!
$62.50 --  Floor Mid: floor seating (theater style folding chairs) -- includes AFTER PARTY!

The AFTER PARTY begins immediately after the show in Bardot and features music by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox, complimentary beer and wine and a meet-and-greet with The Moth storytellers. 

$59.50 -- Floor Rear & Balcony Front: theater style folding chairs, booth seating, lounge bench seating + cocktail rounds with high stools
$39.50 -- Balcony Middle: theater style folding chairs
$29.50 -- Balcony Rear: theater style folding chairs

Please email events@kcrw.org or contact KCRW Membership at (310) 314-4635 between the hours of 10am & 5pm, Monday – Friday. 

A number of public parking lots are located in the nearby area.  Limited self-parking is available in the public parking lots located north and south of the Avalon off Vine Street, rates could range from $15-$30 (cash only).  Please note: rates are subject to change.  


How much are tickets for this event?  

**All seating is general admission by section, no reserved seating**

$79.50 – Floor Front: premiere seating (theatre style folding chairs) – includes After Party!

$62.50 – Floor Mid: theatre style folding chairs + cocktail rounds  – includes After Party!

$59.50 – Floor Rear: theatre style folding chairs + booths

$59.50 – Balcony Front: theatre style folding chairs + cocktail rounds with high stools

$39.50 –Balcony Middle: theatre style folding chairs

$29.50 – Balcony Rear: theatre style folding chairs

When and where is the event?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013.  Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N. Vine St., Los Angeles, 90028.   

Lobby doors open: 7pm; Show begins: 8pm.

Where do I park and what is the cost?

A number of public parking lots are located in the nearby area.  Please note: rates are cash only.  Please make sure to read signs carefully if parking on the street.

What if I am late, will I still be able to be seated?

Latecomers will be seated at the first suitable break.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets are available online only through KCRW.com/themothlive.

When do tickets go on-sale?

Tickets are on sale now through this website -- click here to buy tickets now.

Will food and drinks be available?

Yes. There will be cash bars on site -- a full bar and light bites will be available for purchase.

If you have purchased after-party tickets, this event will be held at Bardot, the nightclub located upstairs from the Avalon.  Your ticket price includes complimentary beer & wine at the after-party only.

Where do the proceeds go?

Proceeds support KCRW and The Moth.

What happens after I order my tickets online?

When your order is complete you will receive an order confirmation number on the Tix.com site. At the completion of your order, you will also be sent a confirmation email from Tix.com within five minutes, confirming your order.

When will I get my tickets?

You will have the choice of two methods of receiving your ticket(s) at the completion of your purchase.

$3.00 – Hard tickets will be mailed to your shipping address, via 1st class mail.

$1.00 – E-ticket option will allow you to print your tickets out yourself.

Please note: Tickets purchased on or after Wednesday, November 27 will not have the 1st class mail option.  You will still be able to print at home or you can pick up your tickets at KCRW’s will-call table beginning 90 minutes before the show begins.

Where is KCRW will-call?

KCRW will-call is located at the front entrance of the Avalon.  Your valid I.D. is required to pick-up will-call tickets.

When is KCRW will-call open?

KCRW will-call is open the day of the event only, Wednesday, December 4, beginning at 6:30pm. Will-call will close approximately 30 minutes after the performance begins (8:30pm).

May I have my tickets left at KCRW will-call instead of having them mailed?

No. Tickets cannot be left at KCRW will-call unless purchased on or after Wednesday, November 27.  All tickets purchased before this date will be shipped via USPS 1st Class mail or printed out at home.

What can I do if I am having trouble placing my order online?

Please call KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday – Friday at 310-314-4635.  You can also e-mail events@kcrw.org.

May I take photographs or video the event?

No.  Cameras and recording equipment are not permitted inside the venue.

Can I have my tickets mailed to an address other than my billing address? 

Yes.  Please complete the “ship to” detail on tix.com when purchasing tickets.

What if I don't receive my tickets by mail? 

If you have not received your tickets by December 2, please contact KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday – Friday at 310-314-4635, or e-mail events@kcrw.org.

Can I add to my order? 

No, there is an 8 ticket limit per transaction.

Once I place an order, can I change the credit card number to be billed? 

Unfortunately, once an order is processed, we cannot change the credit card number

Can I cancel my order? 

No.  All sales are final.  No refunds or exchanges.

Is the ticket price tax deductible? 

Tickets are partially tax-deductible. The portion of your ticket purchase price that exceeds the fair market value of the event is tax-deductible. For more information please contact KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday – Friday at 310-314-4635.

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