Here’s a chance for you to win a signed poster from one of or events. We partner with artists to create great collectible posters from some of our events.  It’s real simple to enter our contest.  We will have eight winners.  We will randomly pick four from folks who LIKE us on Facebook, and all new LIKEs as of this posting will be eligible for the other four posters.  And you get to take your pick of which signed poster you would like.  All posters are signed by the participants in the Live Talks events — Tina Fey & Steve Martin; Jane Lynch & Adam Scott; Hal Holbrook & Robert Patrick and John Lithgow. It’s LIKE, that easy.  Contest runs ends Oct 31.  Do it now. The Tina Fey one was designed by Beverly Laxa, and the others were designed by our friends at The Half and Half. Enjoy the posters:

 

 


Found this interview with Hal Holbrook in the Los Angeles Times from 2010.  We host him at Live Talks Los Angeles on September 8 at Track 16 in Santa Monica. A couple questions of interest on how Twain is relevant today….Here’s an excerpt:

You’ve been playing Mark Twain on stage for more than 40 years. What does the role mean to you now and how do you keep the character fresh?

The easiest way to describe what it means to me is like this — when I sit in a hotel room, listening to the news, and listening to the idiots blabber in what they like to call “news” … if I didn’t have Twain to go on stage and attack this kind of foolishness, I would end up in the nuthouse.

In what ways is Twain relevant today?

The role gives me the opportunity to hit certain targets that need to be hit. I didn’t have to update the material and I still don’t have to. Let me recite to you something that he wrote about big business — he once described the behavior that goes on there as “the limitless rottenness of our financial institutions on Wall Street where theft has been practiced as a profession by our most influential commercial men.”

We host Hal Holbrook on Sept 8 at Track 16, where he’ll appear in conversation with Robert Patrick discussing his memoir, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain.  Get your tickets here.  A couple blurbs in support of the book:

“If I were to conjure an image of an individual who best fits the phrase ‘a real American,’ it would be Hal Holbrook. This book shows him as a complete person. You will be compelled by the wit and wisdom of this beautifully composed story of self-determination and survival.” —Robert Redford

Harold is full of humor, pain, and depth. I love this man and was enthralled with his riveting life’s journey. A great story from one of the great actors and storytellers of our time.” —Woody Harrelson

Thursday, September 8, 2011
8pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm) 

An Evening with Hal Holbrook
in conversation with Robert Patrick
discussing his memoir Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain 

Track 16 at Bergamot Station
Santa Monica, CA
PURCHASE TICKETS 

For 50 years, acclaimed actor Hal Holbrook has vividly brought characters to life on the stage and screen.  His new memoir, Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain, reveals how he overcame childhood abandonment to reach such success.  Publishers Weekly calls Harold “movingly honest” and Robert Redford says it’s a “beautifully composed story of self-determination and survival.” See Hal Holbrook live in an intimate setting as details the sacrifices and difficult choices he’s made along the way in his storied career.

Hal Holbrook  has starred in such films as All the President’s MenWall Street, and The Firm. He has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for his work in television, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008 for his role in Into the Wild. He has done his one man show as Mark Twain since 1954.

Robert Patrick is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood today–often playing the memorable yet terrifying villain.  His role in Terminator 2 made him famous.  He’s also played Johnny Cash’s father in the film Walk the Line and Elvis’s father in the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning TV mini-series Elvis.  A skilled martial artist who has also appeared on The X-Files and The Sopranos, Patrick was once called one of the Ten Sexiest Men of Sci-Fi, and often rides in a charity motorcycle fundraiser called the Love Ride.

Purchase Tickets:
$25 Live Talks Los Angeles with Hal Holbrook, 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
$45 also includes Holbrook’s book
$95 includes pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm), and the book

Track 16 at Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404