Doors guitarist Robby Krieger will give a special performance this Thursday in Brentwood, California, at a fundraiser for the Autism Unites charity. The event will raise money for the organization's new film-production training facility, the Los Angeles Vocational Academy of the Arts (LAVAArts), which will give young adults with autism the chance to work on a movie project.
In addition to Krieger, the benefit will include performances by Fame actor and musician Lee Curreri and Jordanian percussionist and percussionist and oud [ood] player Hani Naser, who has collaborated with such stars as Santana, Jackson Browne and Steve Miller. The event, which will be held at a private Brentwood estate, also will feature live and silent auctions offering the chance to bid on a jam session with Krieger and Naser, as well as Robby's original art and autographed memorabilia. Attendees purchasing VIP tickets will be treated to a pre-show meet-and-greet.
In conjunction with the launch of the LAVAArts program, Krieger has teamed up with film producer George Paige on a documentary feature called Topanga that will focus on the music and art scene in Los Angeles' Topanga Canyon from the 1960s to the 1980s.
"It's a music-fueled inside story about this mystical mountain retreat," Paige says of the movie. "Most importantly, it is an opportunity to bring young people with autism in on the film through LAVAArts, helping them make real connections and learn about the industry by matching them up with our production team and crew members."
For more information about Autism Unites, LAVAArts and the benefit event, visit AutismSpectrumIntegratedServices.com.
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