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TwentyWonder is an annual fundraising event where an assortment of artists, scientists, designers, musicians, comedians, actors, athletes, and circus performers come together to perform. All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the welfare of people with Down syndrome or Trisomy 21 (the scientific name for Down syndrome).[1]

Event highlights[edit]

Billed as an exciting “carnival of the mind,” TwentyWonder is a sprawling indoor/outdoor summer festival with past attractions ranging from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, and world class insect collections to the Batmobile and Lucha VaVoom.[2] Part TED, part Burning Man – TwentyWonder is a “bursting galleria of the unusual and unforeseen” [3] engineered to stir the senses and ignite the imagination.

Event history[edit]

Origins of TwentyWonder[edit]

TwentyWonder is the creation of Jim Hodgson, Director of DSALA,[4] whose young son, Henry, was born with Trisomy 21. The name “TwentyWonder” is derived from the term Trisomy 21; it also alludes to the wonders and promise of the 21st century. TwentyWonder is the successor to the legendary SuperBall [5] a quasi-annual, Los-Angeles based summer party that Jim Hodgson and his brother Joel Hodgson, the creator of the popular television show, Mystery Science Theater 3000, started as an informal backyard get-together at Jim’s home in 1996. From there it flourished into an invitation-only, word-of-mouth event attracting the brothers’ show business friends, performers, writers, artists, and celebrities. The last of the eight SuperBalls was in 2007.


The reinvented SuperBall, christened TwentyWonder, was held in March 2010 at the Veterans Center in Culver City. The event featured performers such as Grant-Lee Phillips, Joel Hodgson, Harmonix, Funny or Die, The Batmobile, etymologist Taylor Lura, theremin player Eban Schletter, Dave "Gruber" Allen, Jim Turner as Mr. Tremendous and Tim Biskup.[6][7][8]


TwentyWonder 2011, a sold-out event, took place on July 9, 2011 at the Doll Factory in Silver Lake, California, home of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. Featured acts included an All-Star Roller Derby match featuring members of the LA Derby Dolls, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Exene Cervenka, Funny or Die, The Axis of Awesome, Joel Hodgson, Lynda Barry, JP Incorporated, Two-Headed Dog, and R.V.I.P. Karaoke.[9]


TwentyWonder 2012 took place at the Doll Factory on July 6, 2012. The 2012 event featured an all-star match between the LA Derby Dolls and the San Diego Derby Dolls, Artist Tim Biskup, artists from Tierra Del Sol, Joel Hodgson, the band Jackshit, Dave Alvin, Lucha VaVOOM, Steve-O playing Tic-Tac-Toe, scientists from JPL, Dolores Bozovic, The Kids of Widney High, Hula Hoopist Mat Plendl, Physicist Dr. David Saltzberg, Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater, and Wayne White.[10]


TwentyWonder 2013 occurred on July 13, 2013. Featured acts and events included comedian David Koechner, Vaud and the Villains, Matthew Sweet, Lucha VaVoom, Joel Hodgson, Cinefamily, Kate Flannery and the Lampshades, games from Two Bit Circus, Mat Plendl, Mac King, an Ernie Kovacs museum, Two-Headed Dog and Diandra Leslie-Pelecky.[11]


The next TwentyWonder event is currently scheduled for June 28, 2014. As with the 2011–2013 events, it will held at the Doll Factory, the home of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. The 2014 lineup has not been announced yet.[12]


  1. ^ "What is Down Syndrome?". The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles. 
  2. ^ "High Thrills at TwentyWonder Bash". The Love Stain. 
  3. ^ Selman, Matt (February 18, 2010). "What is TWENTYWONDER?". TIME Techland Blog. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jim Hodgson, Senior Director". DSALA Staff. The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles. 
  5. ^ Netburn, Deborah (24 July 2007). "The Return of Super Ball". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Selman, Matt (February 18, 2010). "What is TWENTYWONDER?". TIME Techland Blog. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "DSALA Hosts TWENTYWONDER Benefit, 3/6". 
  8. ^ Blais, Carolyn (March 10, 2010). "TWENTYWONDER – DSALA Benefit". FORTH magazine. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ Green, Trina (July 5, 2011). "PREVIEW: TWENTYWONDER – 2nd Annual Carnival of the Mind, LA 7/9/11". The Owl Mag. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ Bronner, Sasha (July 5, 2012). "TWENTYWONDER 2012: The Third Annual Carnival Of The Mind Is Back". Huffington Post. 
  11. ^ "TwentyWonder.Org". TwentyWonder. 
  12. ^ "2014 TWENTYWONDER to Benefit Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, 6/28". Broadway World. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 

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