LA Weekly picks both Norman Lear (March 2) and Kim Gordon (March 5) events as “14 fun things to do in LA this week.”

We are thrilled both our events next week made the LA Weekly “14 fun things to do in L.A. this week.”  Visit our website for tickets and more information on these events.  Here’s what the LA Weekly had to say about both events.

Norman LearMonday  3/2

The lovable bigot, the women’s libber, the blue-collar African-American family — the 1970s belonged to Norman Lear, thanks to All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons and Good Times. In his new book,Even This I Get to Experience, Lear writes about growing up in the Great Depression and fighting …

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Kim Gordon in the news; with Aimee Mann at Live Talks LA on March 5

Kim Gordon with Aimee Mann March 5We host Kim Gordon in conversation with Aimee Mann at Live Talks Los Angeles on March 5, 2015, 8pm at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Ticket info here.  

Gordon’s new memoir is Girl in a Band, and is getting much attention in the press. Here’s a summary of some reviews and features on Kim Gordon and her upcoming book.

— Feature in  The New York Times, Feb. 18, “Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth’s Antifrontwoman, on the Band and Breakups”
— Review in Los Angeles Times, Feb 19, “Girl in a Band’ is Kim Gordon’s unconventional self-creation tale”
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Peter Thiel in the news…appears at Live Talks LA Oct. 2 in conversation with Peter Guber

Next Thursday, October 2, we host Peter Thiel in conversation with Peter Guber at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica.  Ticket info here.   

Thiel is co-founder of PayPal, a technology entrepreneur and investor and is author of the just released,  Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.  

We welcome back Peter Guber to Live Talks Los Angeles. Guber is Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, and an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Previously, he interviewed Jerry West at Live Talks Los Angeles,  and Google’s Eric Schmidt and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey at

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Live Talks LA launches “newer voices” series with Michael Cho and Chip Kidd

 

Michael Cho and Chip Kidd

Michael Cho and Chip Kidd

For our four years of existence, Live Talks Los Angeles has largely focused on established authors and personalities packing larger venues.  That doesn’t mean we aren’t sympathetic to how difficult it is for the lesser-known writers out there.  This Fall, we’re proud to be launching a series of events that celebrate debut authors and ‘newer voices.’

Periodically, we’ll feature a debut author, or someone who has flown under the radar, who we feel deserves a little more attention.  We’ll pair them in conversation with more established authors or storytellers.  These events will be free,

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Food events at Live Talks LA: Mark Bittman (Oct 16); Yotam Ottolenghi (Oct 23) & Marcus Samuelsson (Oct 28)

Mark Bittman, Yotam Ottolenghi and Marcus Samuelsson speak at Live Talks LA, October 2014

Mark Bittman, Yotam Ottolenghi and Marcus Samuelsson speak at Live Talks LA, October 2014

We are excited about a series of food events at Live Talks Los Angeles this fall.  All three are held at All Saints Church, Beverly Hills and are preceded by a reception with selections prepared from each of the cookbooks featured.  We feature Mark Bittman on October 16, Yotam Ottolenghi on October 23 and Marcus Samuelsson on October 28.

October 16, Mark Bittman — one of America’s best-known and most widely respected food writers. He covers food policy, cooking, and eating as an Opinion columnist

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Peter Thiel, Co-founder, PayPal to speak at Live Talks LA October 2

We’re excited to be exclusively hosting Peter Thiel, Co-founder of PayPal on October 2, 2014, in Santa Monica.  Ticket info.

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel first gained attention for innovations in banking and startup finance. In 1998, Thiel made e-commerce easier, faster, and more secure by co-founding and leading PayPal, which now has more than 128 million active financial accounts. In 2002, PayPal sold to eBay and he founded a global macro fund, Clarium.  He works to accelerate innovation by identifying and funding promising technology ideas and by guiding successful companies to scale and dominate their industries.

In 2004, he

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