Time travel is no joke. Sure it can be fun to hang out with an eldery scientist in a mall parking lot at 1 AM, but make no mistake, temporal displacement is srs bizness. One anachronistic slip up and you’ll find yourself fading from reality while the town bully sexually assaults your mother (which is doubleplus ungood because that was your plan to unite her with your father… you sick weirdo).
So if you’re planning a visit to the past or the future, make you sure stop by the Time Travel Mart in Echo Park where you can prep for your trip with products like Viking Odorant (“for the viking who cares how he smells”) and nano-bots (!!!). Beyond the jokey little knick-knacks you’ll find there, this weird, funky little storefront is worth visiting solely for the amazing screen prints advertising different historical periods in the style of 1920s travel posters. This one is by far my favorite.
But it gets even better: The Time Travel Mart is home to 826LA East, the non-profit headed by Dave Eggers, author of Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and one of the founders of McSweeny’s Magazine. 826LA runs free creative writing workshops for the kids of Los Angeles. The workshops are led by volunteers from the community. Hey, even you! could volunteer if you wanted, e-mail 826LA at firstname.lastname@example.org for some info on volunteering. And of course, all the money you spend there (which you know you will, because who doesn’t want a goddamn raygun?) will help fund their programs.
Also make sure to visit their events page for upcoming fundraisers they might be holding. These are usually awesome and have in the past featured guests like Sarah Silverman, Bob Odenkirk, Judd Apatow, Michael Cera and any other comedians you probably like (in this century at least).
- WHAT: Fun knick-knacks & amazing creative volunteering opportunities at The Time Travel Mart (part of 826LA East).
- WHERE: 1714 West Sunset Boulevard, 90026.
- WHEN: Open 12 - 6 PM every day. Consult the website for volunteer workshops.
- $$$: $5 - $20 for most items. But volunteering to help kids... that shit is priceless.