CA – An Evening with Ed Asner & Ed Weinberger

Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger appear on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM to discuss their upcoming book, The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs. Tickets available at the link…

Television legend Ed Asner is well-known for his role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and subsequent spin-off, Lou Grant. He is the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards, and has been nominated a total of twenty times. Asner has also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and a political activist. During his two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, he was an outspoken critic of President Ronald Reagan, for his Central American policy.

Ed Weinberger has written for Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, and Johnny Carson (for five years on The Tonight Show). He wrote for and produced The Mary Tyler Moore Show, co-created Taxi, Dear John, and The Cosby Show. He has won three Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody, and nine Emmys. In 2000, he received The Writer’s Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award.

A self-proclaimed “dauntless Democrat” from the old days, Ed Asner figures that if the right-wing is wrong about voter fraud, Obama’s death panels, and climate change, they are probably just as wrong when they interpret the Constitution and use it to defend their actions.

“Look around you at the chaos of our daily lives. I thought we should get a clear shot at what founded us. Maybe if we’re truly aware of the mixed bag that founded us, then we wouldn’t be too surprised at finding ourselves in the bed we’re in.”

In The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs, Asner leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. It’s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too.

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All Saints Church
132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
626.796.1172

CA – An Evening w/ Bryan Cranston

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Bryan Cranston appears at the Barnum Hall on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM to discuss his memoir, A Life in Parts!

TICKETS (On Sale at the link…)
$45 General Admission Seat + 1 copy of Cranston’s memoir
$55 Reserved Section Seat + 1 copy of Cranston’s memoir
$75 Premium section Seat (first four rows) + 1 copy of Cranston’s memoir (also includes a Live Talks LA tote bag)

Bryan Cranston won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad. In 2014 he won a Tony Award for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in the bio-play All the Way. In film, Cranston has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and received an Academy Award nomination for his leading role in Trumbo. Among his numerous television and film appearances, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmys for his portrayal of Hal in FOX’s Malcolm in the Middle.

“Bryan would be the guy to be stuck on a desert island with. Not only would he be great company but he’d build you a hut and find you some food.” –Jane Kaczmarek

“He’s my mentor, and hands down the greatest guy I’ll ever work with.” –Aaron Paul.

In his riveting memoir, A Life in Parts, Bryan Cranston traces his zigzag journey from his chaotic childhood to mega stardom by vividly revisiting the many parts he’s played, on camera, including: astronaut, dentist, detective, candy bar spokesperson, and off–paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, son, brother, lover, husband, father.

Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular, trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly, to a recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle, gives a bracing account of his challenging run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson.

He also dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most captivating performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.

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Barnum Hall
600 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90405
(310) 395-3204 Ext 71586

CA – An Evening with Alan Cumming

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Alan Cumming appears on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM to discuss his upcoming book, “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories My Life in Stories and Pictures” Presented by Live Talks Los Angeles.

TICKETS
$20 General Admission Section Seat (on sale Aug. 19)
$45 General Admission Section seat + Cumming’s book
$50 Reserved Section Seat + book
$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm), Reserved Section Seat + book

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, artist, writer, activist, photographer, and raconteur. He has won an Olivier award for his work on the London stage, and a Tony for his work on Broadway; he appeared in all seven seasons of The Good Wife on CBS for which he received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He is currently touring a cabaret show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs and recently released an album of the same name. He is the author of novel Tommy’s Tale and the New York Times best-selling memoir Not My Father’s Son. He last appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles to mark the publication Not My Father’s Son.

Put David Sedaris and Glenn O’Brien in a blender and add a dash of New York and Hollywood gossip, and you wind up with Alan Cumming. In “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories,” Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends.

In this new book, he recounts hysterical and sometimes embarrassing encounters, from awkwardly entertaining Elizabeth Taylor at Carrie Fisher’s birthday party to being on a movie set with Helen Mirren and being mocked for wearing Croc sandals to making a friend’s day by chasing down Oprah at a glitzy gala for a prized photograph with her. These forty-five stories are humorous novellas, each featuring memorable photographs—many simply snapshots taken by Cumming—that document or illustrate the tale told.

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Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre – New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-5582

CA – An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appears on Monday, August 29th at 8:00 PM to discuss his upcoming book, WRITINGS ON THE WALL: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. Presented by Live Talks Los Angeles.

TICKETS
$45 General Admission seat + book
$50 Reserved Section Seat + book
$20 General Admission seat (on sale July 29)
$95 Reception + Reserved Section Seat + book

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor, a basketball coach and the author of eleven books, many of them New York Times best sellers, including What Color is My World?, which won the NAACP Image Award for Best Children’s Book. Abdul-Jabbar is also a columnist for Time Magazine and The Washington Post, writing on a wide range of subjects including race, politics, age and pop culture, and his essays and columns have also appeared in the Huffington Post, in the Los Angeles Times and on Esquire.com, among other publications. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador.

Since retiring from professional basketball, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a lauded observer of culture and society. He now brings that keen insight to the fore in Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. He uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts and authentic experience in essays on the country’s seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide – both racial and political, parenthood, and his own experiences as an athlete, African-American, and a Muslim. The book is not just a collection of expositions; he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off.

Timed for publication as the nation debates whom to send to the White House, the combination of plain talk on issues, life lessons, and personal stories places Writings on the Wall squarely in the middle of the conversation, as many of Abdul-Jabbar’s topics are at the top of the national agenda. Whether it is sparring with Donald Trump, within the pages of TIME magazine, or full-length features in the The New York Times Magazine, writers, critics, and readers have come to agree on what The Washington Post observed: Abdul-Jabbar “has become a vital, dynamic and unorthodox cultural voice.”

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Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre – New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 828-5582

CA – An Evening w/ Felicia Day

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Felicia Day (The Guild, Geek & Sundry) appears at The Bootleg Theater on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM to discuss her memoir YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST)! Presented by Live Talks LA.

PURCHASE TICKETS
$40 Reserved Section seating + Book*
$33 General Admission Seating + book*
$20 General Admission Seat
* Books will be picked up at the event when you check in, and signed immediately after the talk

Felicia Day is an actress who has appeared in numerous mainstream television shows and films, including a two-season arc on the SyFy series Eureka. She is currently recurring on The CW show Supernatural. However, Day is best known for her work in the web video world, behind and in front of the camera. She co-starred — along with Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion — in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award-winning Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She also created and starred in the hit web series The Guild, which ran for six seasons and is currently available for viewing on every major digital outlet, including Netflix.  She previously appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles interviewing Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink, creators of the hit podcast, Night Vale. 

In 2012, she launched a YouTube channel called Geek & Sundry. The network has garnered more than 1.3 million subscribers to date and more than 200 million views. In 2014, the company was purchased by Legendary Entertainment. Day continues to act as CCO and develop web content and television projects with Legendary as a producer, writer, and performer. She is active on social media, has over 2.3 million Twitter followers, and is the eighth most followed person on Goodreads, where she is also the founder of Vaginal Fantasy, a romance and fantasy book club with more than 13,000 members.

Her memoir is funny, smart, and inspiring about achieving extraordinary success on her own unconventional terms. It is irreverent and insightful about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her “weirdness” to become a leading creator in new media. 

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The Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 389-3856