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

Posted on 17 June 2014 (0)

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

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 co-founded Palantir Technologies,

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JDate and Live Talks Los Angeles hook up

Posted on 16 October 2013 (0)

A little over a year ago, after an event at Track 16 at Bergamot Station, a couple came up and introduced themselves.  They had enjoyed several of our events, but specifically wanted to share that they had met at a Live Talks Los Angeles event, started dating and were engaged.  How cool, we thought.  Maybe more of that happens at our events that we are not aware of. Or maybe we can instigate more of that.

Today, we are excited to announce our new partnership with JDate – the largest and most successful online Jewish community. Our partnership offers the thousands…

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Mini organ performance will precede our Malcolm Gladwell event on Oct 7

Posted on 03 October 2013 (0)

We’re excited about our upcoming event with Malcolm Gladwell on October 7th. It’s the first in a series of events we are presenting with Wilshire Boulevard Temple at both their locations — the renovated sanctuary in Korea Town as well as their Westside campus. Over 1400 tickets have been sold for this event, and we look forward to more compelling conversations in this gorgeous space.  Given the crowd we expect, and being a new venue, we encourage our guests to arrive early.   Doors open at 7:15pm and the event starts at 8pm.  We are excited that the Temple’s organist,…

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Live Talks LA Special discount for folks impacted by the Government shut down

Posted on 02 October 2013 (0)

We are very excited about our upcoming event with Malcolm Gladwell that we present in association with Wilshire Boulevard Temple.  Gladwell will be in conversation with Tim Long, a writer/producer on The Simpsons.  Malcolm Gladwell’s new book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. The event is a GO LA pick of the week by the LA Weekly. Ticket info here.

Like many fellow Americans, we are saddened about the impasse that has caused the shut down of the Government, and feel bad about the many good people impacted by this.  Until this is…

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Susan Orlean to interview Erica Jong at Live Talks LA, Oct 30

Posted on 30 September 2013 (0)

We are excited to share that  Susan Orlean will interview Erica Jong at our Live Talks Los Angeles event on October 30th (Moss Theatre, Santa Monica). The occasion is the 4oth anniversary of Erica Jong’s novel, Fear of Flying.  Ticket info here.

Susan Orlean is author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend  and The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession. Orlean is fascinated by American stories of every stripe. From Rin Tin Tin, the orphaned German shepherd who became a silent film star in the 1920’s, to John Laroche, the convicted felon who slinks through the swamps of southern Florida looking…

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Malcolm Gladwell in the news, reviews, the buzz…

Posted on 23 September 2013 (0)

 

We look forward to our event with Malcolm Gladwell on Monday, October 7th in the newly renovated Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Click here for tickets. His upcoming book, David and Goliath is out on October 1.  Here’s some of the buzz…

– Read an excerpt of David and Goliath  here
The Atlantic, September 18, Malcolm Gladwell: Guru of the Underdogs
Maclean’s, September 24, Malcolm Gladwell on the Secret Power of the Underdog
Wall Street Journal, September 17, Malcolm Gladwell: Disruptive Innovators are Usually Disagreeable
MSNBC, September 20, Rethinking

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Jonathan Gold to interview Chef Daniel Boulud at Live Talks LA, October 24

Posted on 18 September 2013 (0)

We are excited to share that Los Angeles Times Food Critic Jonathan Gold will interview Chef Daniel Boulud at our Live Talks Los Angeles event on October 24th (William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Arts Center, Santa Monica). Boulud’s upcoming book is, Daniel: My French CuisineTicket info here.

Boulud is a world-renowned French chef based in New York, who owns restaurants in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, London, Toronto, and Singapore.  He has won James Beard Foundation awards for “Outstanding Restaurant” (for Daniel in 2010), “Outstanding Restaurateur” (2006), “Best Chef, New York City” (1992), and “Outstanding Chef of the Year” (1994).

Jonathan Gold is the restaurant…

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Brian Dennehy to interview Scott Turow at Live Talks LA, Nov 5, Aero Theatre

Posted on 13 September 2013 (0)

We are excited to welcome Brian Dennehy to Live Talks Los Angeles on November 5th (The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica), where he will interview Scott Turow.  They will discuss the writing life and Turow’s upcoming new novel, Identical. Ticket info here.

Veteran actor Brian Dennehy has received countless honors over his storied career on stage and screen: a Golden Globe, two Tonys, Emmy nominations, and the adoration of generations of fans.  His role as Prosecuting Attorney Raymond Horgan in the 1990 film adapation of Turow’s novel Presumed Innocent is what inspired us to invite him to lead this conversation.  This winter, Mr. Dennehy will be…

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Rainn Wilson to interview Reza Aslan. Special event to benefit the Los Angeles Review of Books

Posted on 02 July 2013 (0)

We end our season at Live Talks Los Angeles with an evening with Reza Aslan in conversation with Rainn Wilson discussing Aslan’s new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazaretha fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography of Jesus.  Part of our mission at Live Talks Los Angeles is to support worthwhile causes, and this event supports the Los Angeles Review of Books.  We hope to see you July 25th.

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into thirteen…

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Colum McCann in @LosAngelesTimes. We host him 6-18 at Live Talks LA

Posted on 26 May 2013 (0)

We host Colum McCann on June 18th at the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station. He’ll be discussing his new novel, Transatlantic.  Ticket info here.

McCann was featured as the Sunday Interview in the Los Angeles Times on May 26th.  Here’s an excerpt…

National Book Award winner Colum McCann’s ninth book, “TransAtlantic,” is a fictionalized exploration of three historic journeys between North America and Ireland. He talked about his new novel, which hits bookstores on June 4, by phone from his birthplace, Dublin.

How did this book

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