New Roads School

New Roads School – A Private School with a Public Purpose

New Roads is a school that looks like Los Angeles – a diverse, entrepreneurial community of learners, dreamers, and innovators. Diversity is at our core of our institution, an inspiring, inclusive, intellectually and creatively rigorous learning community that prepares students for college, career, personal fulfillment, civic life, and for contributing to the common good.

In this spirit of furthering the common good, New Roads School is proud to partner with Live Talks Los Angeles to co-present An Evening with Daniel Siegel at our Moss Theater, a cultural, intellectual and artistic hub, bringing world-class performers, authors and thought leaders to audiences on LA’s Westside.

Learn more about New Roads at an Admissions Open House.

  • Lower School: October 13, December 9
  • Middle and Upper School: September 30, October 21, December 2


Live Talks Los Angeles Media Facilities

Live Talks Los Angeles Media Facilities

Our office is located in The Reef, formerly the LA Mart Building at 1933 South Broadway, downtown Los Angeles.  We are on 11th floor — the Maker City LA floor. Maker City LA is a workspace and venue for creative teams, designers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and businesses.

For touring authors, we offer the following services to publishers who book their authors to appear at Live Talks Los Angeles.

With the growing number of podcasters based in Los Angeles — many with impressive download numbers —  and popular for authors on book tour, we can simplify scheduling of interviews by having the podcasters come to our studio and take advantage of our state of the art facilities and avoid all that traffic.  This service is offered at no cost to publishers and authors scheduled to appear at Live Talks Los Angeles.  

The podcast studio includes the following:
— Behringer x32 Digtal Mixer
— 3 Shure Cartioid Dynamic Voice Mics
— 3 RODE PSA1 Swivel Mounts
— iMac with Protools 11
— iPad 4 with remote access to mixer
*podcasters are also welcome to bring their own equipment

For video interviews, we also provide a sound proof film/photo studio. Included is standard lighting equipment at no extra cost. The space includes a 12 X 17 green screen, 17 X 12 white wall or black curtain. Comes with a make-up and wardrobe room, and access to catering services and coffee bar in our building lobby.  

Specific equipment details:
— 300 amp of total power
— 2 x 100 amp bates (1 ceiling, 1 floor)
— 40 amps Edison in ceiling
— 60 amps Edison on floor
— Pre-lit green screen with Kino Fl0 lights
— Complete photography lighting kit (Einstein E640 flash units, CyberSync System, High Output Beauty Dish, MBA Baby Boomer, Silver PLM & White PLM Umbrellas)
— 12 ft Smoke Grey seamless
— Black Curtain backdrop
— 2 Private Edit Bays with Final Cut Pro & Adobe Premiere
— Green Room with Refrigerator

In addition to providing space to pre-sign books for events, we also provide use of the delivery dock at our building so books ordered through local bookstores for larger events can be drop shipped to our building for convenient pre-signing.  This service including delivery of books to the venue for the event are also provided at no cost to publishers whose authors are appearing at Live Talks Los Angeles.

Periodically we do in-studio interviews. Sometimes we are made aware of an author’s availability in Los Angeles and there is not enough time to pull together an event, or in some cases we feel the author is an important voice but may not be widely known thus making it a challenge to draw an audience.  We host such authors in our studio, sometimes with a studio audience.  For larger events drawing big crowds where we solicit questions in advance, our studio is ideal — schedule permitting — to do a “Live Talks Afterward” where the author comes into our studio and we go thru more audience questions not asked the night before.  These type of in-studio interviews can also stream live on Facebook.

For example, pictured, fresh off of giving a TED talk in Vancouver on the themes of his book, “Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World.” (Little, Brown and Company). He was interviewed by Terrence McNally. The video was posted to our video channels on Facebook and YouTube.



Anne Rice with Christopher Rice

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Anne Rice
in conversation with Christopher Rice

discussing the writing life and her novel,
Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles

Moss Theatre
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

$20 General Admission
$30 Reserved Seats
$43 Includes Rice’s book + Reserved Seats
$95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + Rice’s book

We welcome back Anne Rice to Live Talks Los Angeles for another conversation with her son, Christopher Rice.  See the video from when they last appeared in January, 2011.

Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  She is the author of 32 books, including The Wolves of Midwinter and The Wolf Gift. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles, which have had both great mainstream and cult followings and are widely assigned in high school and collegiate English and philosophy classes. Anne Rice is also the author of The Witching HourServant of the BonesMerrickBlackwood Farm,Blood CanticleThe Feast of All Saints, and Cry to Heaven, as well as Of Love and Evil and Angel Time, the Songs of the Seraphim series; a memoir, Called Out of Darkness; and the novels Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, depicting the life of Jesus Christ, based on the Gospels and the most respected New Testament scholarship.  Anne Rice lives in Palm Desert, California.

In Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles, a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces-the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned…Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles-Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures-come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who-or what-the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why… And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw-the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…

Christopher Rice published his bestselling debut novel, A Density of Souls, when he was twenty-two. By thirty, Rice had published four New York Times bestsellers, received a Lambda Literary Award, and been declared one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” His noir thriller Light Before Day was hailed as a “book of the year” by bestselling author Lee Child. His most recent book, The Heavens Rise, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.

His new novel, The Vines, is a supernatural thriller set in the familiar gothic playground of his hometown New Orleans.  In The Vines, Rice is at his best in a harrowing page-turner that evokes the bloody and horrifying past of a beautifully restored plantation estate with a dark history.  Its residents have always suspected something malevolent haunts the old home, and after the actions of a wealthy heiress awaken a sinister power beneath its soil, the survivors soon realize that realize that the vengeance enacted by this otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.

He has published short fiction in the anthologies Thriller and Los Angeles Noir. His writing has been featured in the Advocate, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and on With his friend and cohost Eric Shaw Quinn, Rice recently launched his own internet radio broadcast, The Dinner Party Show (

John Cleese in conversation with Eric Idle

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
8pm (reception, 6:30-7:30pm)

John Cleese
in conversation with Eric Idle

So, Anyway…

The Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203

Event is SOLD OUT.
Video will be posted soon after the event.

$27 General Admission 
$50 Reserved Seats* + John Cleese’s memoir 
$95 Premium Seats* + Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Cleese’s memoir
(Tickets include $2 Alex Theatre restoration facility fee.  Proceeds from the reception support the Live Talks LA “Newer Voices” series.”)
*At check in, you will get a ticket that gives you access to a seats in the reserved block of seats based on ticket type purchased.
Books included with tickets will be signed and signed books will be available for sale at the event.

John Cleese achieved his first big success in London’s West End and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. He went on to co-found the legendary Monty Python films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian. In the mid-1970s, John Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the now classic sitcom, Fawlty Towers. Later, he wrote and co-starred in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. He has appeared in many other films, from James Bond to Harry Potter to Shrek, and has guest-starred in TV shows that have included 3rd Rock from the SunWill & Grace, and Entourage. He lives in London.

In his memoir, So, Anyway…, Cleese takes readers on a Grand Tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman), to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown. After getting his start as a writer and actor on the landmark David Frost-hosted The Frost Report, where he worked alongside many who would also later become comedy icons, Cleese landed his most famous role as a star of the TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. To the legions of Python fans and comedy aficionados, Cleese’s work with the Pythons has become the stuff of legend. His signature characters—including the Minister of Silly Walks and the owner (and would-be returner) of a dead parrot—embodied his knack for madcap buffoonery played completely straight and catapulted him to the shortlist of funniest men alive. Twisting and turning through amazing stories and hilarious digressions—with some brief pauses along the way that comprise a fascinating primer on what’s funny and why—this story of a young man’s journey to the pinnacle of comedy is a masterly performance by a master performer.

Eric Idle  is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and comedic composer. Idle was a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the Rutles on Saturday Night Live, and the author of the Broadway musical Spamalot.

Martin Short in conversation with Steve Martin

Sunday, November 9, 2014
7:30pm (reception, 6:00-7:00pm)

Martin Short
in conversation with Steve Martin

I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend

The Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203

Video will be posted in the week after.
$27 General Admission
$50 Reserved Seats* + Martin Short’s memoir 
$95 Premium Seats* + Reception (6-7:00pm) + Martin Short’s memoir —
(All tickets include $2 Alex Theatre restoration  facility fee.
Proceeds from the reception support the Live Talks LA “Newer Voices” series.”)
*At check in, you will get a ticket that gives you access to a seats in the reserved block of seats based on ticket type purchased.
A book signing follows the event.

Martin Short, is an Emmy and Tony award-winning Canadian-born actor and comic, adored for his work on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, as well as such great comic movies as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride, not to mention dozens of memorable talk show, prime-time, and theatrical appearances, from Damages to his one-man Broadway hit Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. 

In his memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funny men.

His memoir is rich, hilarious, and occasionally a heart breaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride. He reveals how he created his most indelible comedic characters, among them the manic man-child Ed Grimley, the slimy corporate lawyer Nathan Thurm, and the bizarrely insensitive interviewer Jiminy Glick. Throughout, Short freely shares the spotlight with friends, colleagues, and collaborators, including Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Gilda Radner, Mel Brooks, Nora Ephron, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Shaffer, and David Letterman.

But there is another side to Short’s life that he has long kept private. He lost his eldest brother and both of his parents by the time he turned twenty, and, more recently, he lost his wife of thirty years to cancer. In I Must Say, Short talks for the first time about the pain that these losses inflicted and the upbeat life philosophy that has kept him resilient and carried him through.

We welcome Steve Martin back to Live Talks Los Angeles. He interviewed Tina Fey when her book Bossypants was released. Here’s the video.  As an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician, Steve Martin is one of the most diversified performers and acclaimed artists of his generation. With a list of credits too numerous to mention, Martin has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history—appearing in more than 50 films over the course of his career.  As a compadre of Martin Short’s in The Three Amigos, he’s the perfect person to lead this conversation. Visit his website for information on upcoming concert dates with The Steep Canyon Rangers and Eddie Brickell.