LA Goal, Skylight Books, and Spaceland Present: An Evening With The Kids of Widney High



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The world-famous Kids of Widney High are back for a timely reunion show, along with a screening of their feature-length rockumentary ACT YOUR AGE: THE KIDS OF WIDNEY HIGH STORY.

Film and live musical performance will be followed by a thoughtful Q&A with the band and signing of KOWH merch, including their new book THE KIDS OF WIDNEY JUNIOR HIGH TAKE OVER THE WORLD!.

A portion of the night's profits will be going to LA Goal, an area non-profit that has provided persons with disabilities vocational/recreational/educational services for the past five decades (and was the inspiration for Sean Penn's Academy Award-winning film I AM SAM). LA Goal provided the artwork for the Kids third album, ACT YOUR AGE.

Movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrvFTA3DlIs

The Kids of Widney High by Mathew Klickstein:

Before they became the world-famous Kids of Widney High, they first had to survive junior high! This rock band, composed entirely of members with developmental disabilities, loves to put on a show, but boy can they can get into fights, trouble, and sticky situations. Join their friend and honorary assistant manager Robbie as he introduces the band members and shows us how they're just like everyone else. From cafeteria food fights to relationship woes, Robbie finds himself immersed in an incredible adventure to get everyone onboard for the big concert while better understanding his new friends with special abilities. Junior high can be tough, but this group of rambunctious misfits is ready to entertain and loves to have a good time! Comes with an exclusive interview and free downloadable songs from the Kids themselves.

  • The world-famous Kids of Widney High, a rock band composed entirely of members with special needs, inspire fictional adaptations of themselves dealing with the trials and tribulations of junior high
  • Middle-grade readers will gain a sense of understanding toward the disabled community and have the opportunity to download songs from the Kids themselves
  • A portion of the profits from the book will go to L.A. GOAL, a nonprofit in the L.A. area offering recreational, artistic, and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities

Mathew Klickstein (www.MathewKlickstein.com) has worked closely with the Kids of Widney High for more than two decades, including as manager of the Kids' West Coast tour and director of their rockumentary Act Your Age: The Kids of Widney High Story. Mathew has also worked and volunteered for specialty educational and arts programs, including Phamaly Theatre Company and Sprout Film Festival.

THE KIDS OF WIDNEY HIGH is a raucous rock band comprised of members with developmental disabilities who sing about their hopes, fears, frustrations, dreams ... and also cows, the joy of owning a new car, and what would happen if Santa Claus ended up in a wheelchair.

Blossoming out of the erstwhile music program at special-ed school Joseph P. Widney High and under the guidance of music teacher/band leader Michael Monagan, the Kids have put out four albums to date, have toured all around the Greater Los Angeles area, and were prominently featured in the hit comedy THE RINGER starring Johnny Knoxville, Katherine Heigl, and Brian Cox (executive produced by the Farrelly Bros. and Dr. Tim Shriver).

Compared in the past to the likes of Daniel Johnston and Wesley Willis, the Kids count among their high-profile supporters: Jackson Browne (who helped with their second album), Mike Patton (who put out the same album on his label Ipecac), Mayim Bialik, the Beastie Boys, Fiona Apple, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Saul Williams, Spike Jonze, Matt Stone, Kid Cudi, Dr. Demento, Osaka Popstar (made up of members from the Misfits, the Voidoids, and the Ramones), and (with an earlier lineup) Kurt Cobain.

Their feature-length rockumentary ACT YOUR AGE: THE KIDS OF WIDNEY HIGH STORY is currently streaming on Troma Now, and their first book THE KIDS OF WIDNEY JUNIOR HIGH TAKE OVER THE WORLD! was published this last year by Schiffer Kids and as an audiobook by Blackstone Audio. They also co-wrote and are featured in their own comic book from Atomic Basement.

Praise for The Kids of Widney Junior High:

"The Kids of Widney High is a remarkable band, and Klickstein’s story provides readers an opportunity to learn about their music and world while simultaneously modeling for readers how to sensitively interact with individuals with disabilities. Recommended as a secondary purchase." -School Library Journal

"This book is tender, it’s funny, it’s perfect to read with your kids & it gives me hope. LOVE THESE KIDS!." -Mayim Bialik, star of Blossom and The Big Bang Theory . Check out her review - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA7JCSI2bAk

"Funny, colorful and conversational." -Mike Reiss, Four-time Emmy Award-winning writer of The Simpsons and bestselling children's book author

"Sweet and fun." -Andrew Bujalski, award-winning filmmaker and writer of Disney's live-action Lady and the Tramp

"Memorable characters, fun stories, and some great music. Mathew Klickstein captures the middle school experience of Widney Junior High with an expert eye and his trademark humor and insight."
-Linda Simensky, longtime children’s television executive

Books YA Love review - https://booksyalove.com/?p=11718

Reading With Your Kids review - https://www.facebook.com/readingwithyourkids/videos/341886057059513/

Event date: 
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
488 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Kids of Widney Junior High Take Over the World! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780764360183
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schiffer Kids - September 28th, 2020

The Kids of Widney Junior High Take Over the World! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665058117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blackstone Publishing - June 8th, 2021