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Peter Thiel in the news…appears at Live Talks LA Oct. 2 in conversation with Peter Guber

Posted on 25 September 2014 (0)

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

Posted on 07 September 2014 (0)


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)

Posted on 18 August 2014 (0)
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

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

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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JDate and Live Talks Los Angeles hook up

Posted on 16 October 2013 (0)

JDate and Live Talks LA hook up

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 …

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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, William …

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

Posted on 02 October 2013 (0)

Malcolm Gladwell poster

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.  …

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

Posted on 30 September 2013 (0)

Susan Orlean

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 …

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Malcolm Gladwell in the news, reviews, the buzz…

Posted on 23 September 2013 (0)


Live Talks Los Angeles poster

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 …

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

Posted on 18 September 2013 (0)

Daniel: My French Cuisine by Daniel Boulud

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 …

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