Monday, April 30, 2018
8pm 
 
Mike Epps
in conversation with John Salley
 
discussing his upcoming memoir,
Unsuccessful Thug: One Comedian’s Journey from Naptown to Tinseltown

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKET
$45 General Admission Seat + a copy of Unsuccessful Thug
$55 Reserved Section Seat + a copy of Unsuccessful Thug
$20 General Admission Seat 

From Naptown to Tinseltown—legendary stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps finally tells all in this outrageous, hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir.

Mike Epps is a stand-up comedian playing clubs, theaters, and arenas worldwide.  He is also an actor, film producer, writer, and rapper. He has appeared in the cult hits Next Friday, Friday After Next and All About the Benjamins. Other features include The Hangover franchise, Faster, Hancock, Lottery Ticket, Next Day Air, Roll Bounce, The Fighting Temptations, the Resident Evil franchise, Bait, How High, Dr. Dolittle 2, Talk to Me and Guess Who? He has also starred as the title character in the ABC series Uncle Buck and appeared on the Starz series Survivors Remorse

Before starring in Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo—before the sold-out comedy shows, Uncle Buck, and becoming his hero Richard Pryor in a biopic—there was Indianapolis. And not the good part. Mike Epps is one of America’s favorite and funniest people, but the path to fame was paved with opportunities to mess it up. And mess it up he did.

Growing up in “Naptown”—what people who live there really call rough-around-the-edges Indianapolis—Epps found himself forced to hustle from an early age. Despite his mother’s best efforts, and the love of his well-behaved brother, “Chaney,” and his beloved sister, Julie, Epps was drawn to a life of crime, but as he quickly discovered, stealing and dealing didn’t really fit his sweet sensibilities. Not to mention he wasn’t very good at it—take, for example, the day he had to call the cops on himself when a dog wouldn’t let him leave a house he was burgling. After several arrests and more than a few months in jail, Epps finally realized that he was an unsuccessful thug, and instead turned to the next most obvious career path: stand-up comedy.

Heading first to New York, then all over the country, and finally to Hollywood, Mike Epps carved out a unique place in American comedy, combining hysterical tales of his family and friends with a mordant take on life in the Naptowns of America. Comedy saved Mike Epps, and here he reveals exactly how he finally grew up and got out, barely. And when describing how he survived when so many of his friends didn’t, Epps makes clear what he’s thankful for and sorry about. Unsuccessful Thug is about growing up black in America, facing down racism in Hollywood, and ultimately how it feels to fail at thugdom, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, and end up selling out arenas and starring in movies across the country.

John Salley played basketball at Georgia Tech and from there went on to become a 15-year NBA veteran and was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams — the Detoit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.  Since retiring from the NBA, he has worked in television, film and radio.  Film credits include Bad Boys 1 & 2, Eddieand Confession of a Shopaholic. John has served as host for numerous award shows and was also the host of The John Salley Block Party on 100.3 The Beat Morning Show in Los Angeles.  John recently hosted the Reunion Shows of VH-1’s #1 rated show, Basketball Wives. For 7 years he was co-host of The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Net.  He was also the host of the sports talk show Ballers on BET and Game On! airing on The Reelz Channel. Visit his website.

 

Monday, March 12, 2018
8pm (Reception: 6:30-7:30pm)
 
Chloe Coscarelli 
in conversation with John Salley
 
discussing her book,
Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan

Cross Campus – Santa Monica
929 Colorado Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

PURCHASE TICKETS  
$45 Reserved Section Section + Book
$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section Seat + Book
$20 General Admission Seat  
$30 Reserved Section Seat

Chloe Coscarelli made her mark into the culinary scene as the only vegan chef to capture the top prize on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. She has been recognized for bringing vegan cuisine to the mainstream as an award-winning chef, successful entrepreneur, and bestselling cookbook author. Debunking the myth that vegan cooking is bland and visually unenticing, Chloe shares her bright, colorful, and tasteful recipes using fresh, healthy ingredients. She has published three bestselling cookbooks, bringing healthy and satisfying vegan and plant-based dishes to the masses.

“As a Southern cook, the biggest challenge in making vegan dishes is trying to figure out how to leave out meat and dairy without sacrificing flavor and texture. Chloe is one of my favorite vegan chefs because she really understands that you have to maintain not only the great flavors of traditional dishes, but also preserve those great textures. Whether you are 100% vegan or just want to incorporate more whole food, plant-based dishes into your life, Chloe’s got the answers.” Trisha Yearwood
 
“Chloe has changed the way vegans are seen, she has transformed the vegan landscape, and she has stolen this vegan’s heart. Chloe Flavor is a must-have for anyone looking to expand their diet, their mind, and their palate as part of Chloe’s plant-based revolution.” —Mayim Bialik

Chloe Coscarelli has revolutionized vegan diets with exciting vegan recipes that are fun to cook and full of flavor. When she decided to become a vegan chef, she dreamed of changing the way the world ate. This was in the “pre-kale” days, when veggie burgers were frozen, tasteless patties loathed by the general public and if a vegan wanted to eat, well, then she had to cook! Today, corner stores stock their shelves with almond milk and mainstream restaurants pepper their menus with quinoa, tempeh, chia seeds, faro, ramps, and so many variations of avocado toast. There is truly no better time to love to eat than now—and no easier time to be a vegan. 

In Chloe Flavor, every recipe is bold in taste, loud in color, unabashedly unique, and, above all, easy to make. With dishes like Smoky Grits & Greens, Mango-Guacamole Crunch Burgers, and Sea Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies, this food is for fun, friends, and family—and it’s all about the flavor. Vegans will delight in Chloe’s creations and carnivores won’t miss the meat one bit. 

Most can achieve a goal and be pleasantly satisfied with their results but to continually create new tasks to accomplish and to reinvent your self is the mark of a versatile and motivated individual.  It is the definition of father, athlete, actor, entrepreneur, talk show host, philanthropist, wellness advocate, vegan and champion: John Salley. 

John Salley has adopted a plant based (raw vegan) lifestyle, and is a frequent speaker at VegFest’s across the USA. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to continue to educate people on the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle thru better eating habits. With a passion for real food, wine and spirits, John is a partner in the label “Vegan Vine” in partnership with Clos LaChance Winery. John has contributed articles to Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and LA Confidential.  He has spoke in Washington speaking to Congress about the Child Nutrition Act, asking Members to support legislation that would increase vegetarian options in meals served in public schools. 

John Salley played basketball at Georgia Tech and from there went on to become a 15-year NBA veteran and was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams — the Detoit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.  Since retiring from the NBA, he has worked in television, film and radio.  Film credits include Bad Boys 1 & 2, Eddie and Confession of a Shopaholic. John has served as host for numerous award shows and was also the host of The John Salley Block Party on 100.3 The Beat Morning Show in Los Angeles.  John recently hosted the Reunion Shows of VH-1’s #1 rated show, Basketball Wives. For 7 years he was co-host of The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Net.  He was also the host of the sports talk show Ballers on BET and Game On! airing on The Reelz Channel. Visit his website.

 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
8:00pm 
 
An Evening with Charles Duhigg
New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter
Bestselling author of  The Power of Habit 
in conversation with John Salley

Smarter Faster Better:
The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity

William Turner Gallery
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90404 

PURCHASE TICKETS 
$45 Reserved Section seat + Book
$20 General Admission Seat
$30 Reserved Section Seat

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and the author of The Power of Habit about the science of habit formation. He is a winner of the National Academies of Sciences, National Journalism, and George Polk awards.  He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale College. 

In The Power of Habit, Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity, deep reporting, and rich storytelling to explain how we can improve at the things we do. It’s a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity, one that can help anyone learn to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most—to become smarter, faster, and better at everything we do. 

“As he did in The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg melds cutting-edge science, deep reporting, and wide-ranging stories to give us a fuller, more human way of thinking about how productivity actually happens. He manages to reframe an entire cultural conversation: Being productive isn’t only about the day-to-day and to-do lists. It’s about seeing our lives as a series of choices, and learning that we have power over how we think about the world.”—Susan Cain, author of Quiet
 
“Charles Duhigg has a gift for asking just the right question, and then igniting the same curiosity in the rest of us. In Smarter Faster Better he finds provocative answers to a riddle of our age: how to become more productive (by two times, or even ten times) and less busy, how to be more effective in the world and more in control of our lives. Duhigg has rendered, yet again, a great service with his sharp, lucid prose.”—Jim Collins, author of Good to Great
 
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.
 
They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

A young woman drops out of a PhD program and starts playing poker. By training herself to envision contradictory futures, she learns to anticipate her opponents’ missteps—and becomes one of the most successful players in the world.

A group of data scientists at Google embark on a four-year study of how the best teams function, and find that how a group interacts is more important than who is in the group—a principle, it turns out, that also helps explain why Saturday Night Live became a hit.

A Marine Corps general, faced with low morale among recruits, reimagines boot camp—and discovers that instilling a “bias toward action” can turn even the most directionless teenagers into self-motivating achievers.

The filmmakers behind Disney’s Frozen are nearly out of time and on the brink of catastrophe—until they shake up their team in just the right way, spurring a creative breakthrough that leads to one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

What do these people have in common?

They know that productivity relies on making certain choices. The way we frame our daily decisions; the big ambitions we embrace and the easy goals we ignore; the cultures we establish as leaders to drive innovation; the way we interact with data: These are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive.

John Salley is an NBA veteran of 11 seasons.  He is the first basketball player in NBA history to win four championships with three different teams. He was on Phil Jackson coached teams in Chicago and Los Angeles. Drafted out of Georgia Tech in 1986 by the Detroit Pistons, Salley was a member of the “Bad Boys” squad which included Isaiah Thomas and the infamous Dennis Rodman; a team that went on to win back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Following stints with the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, Salley played with Michael Jordan as part of the Chicago Bulls 1996 championship team. After a brief retirement to co-host NBA on NBC, Phil Jackson invited Salley to come join the Los Angeles Lakers where he was on the 2000 NBA Championship team.Since his retirement from the NBA, Salley has worked in television, film, radio, print and new media. Salley was a co-host of the Emmy nominated series The Best Damn Sports Show Period (FOX) for seven years. He hosted and was Executive Producer of his interview show, Game On! with John Salley on the Reelz Channel.  

John has adopted a plant based (raw vegan) lifestyle, and is a frequent speaker at VegFest’s across the USA. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to continue to educate people on the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle thru better eating habits. He is a partner in the label “Vegan Vine” in partnership with Clos LaChance Winery.

He has written on food, wine and wellness, for Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and LA Confidential. Visit his website. Follow him on Twitter:  @thejohnsalley 

As we continue to grow Live Talks Los Angeles, we are happy to share that we will be producing some of our events at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale.  We have the following events scheduled at the Alex, with more to come. Ticket info in each of the links…

May 14 Burt Bacharach in conversation with Mitch Albom
discussing his memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, 8pm

Jun 12 Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley
discussing his memoir, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, 8pm

June 27 An Evening with Neil Gaiman 
in conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, 8pm
discussing his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
8pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Frank DeFord
in conversation with John Salley 

discussing his memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter 

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

PURCHASE TICKETS:  
$20, $40 includes DeFord’s book, $95 includes the book + pre-event reception

Frank Deford is senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated, where his byline first appeared in 1962. A weekly commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition,” — where he recently read his fifteenth-hundred commentary — he is also a regular correspondent on the HBO show “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” As a journalist, Deford has won the National Magazine Award for profiles, and has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. Voted by his peers as U.S. Sportswriter of the Year six times, he was also cited by The American Journalism Review as the nation’s finest sportswriter and was twice voted Magazine Writer of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review. He has been presented with a Christopher Award and awards for distinguished service to journalism from the University of Missouri and Northeastern University. Deford and Red Smith are the only authors with more than one piece in The Best American Sportswriting of the Century, edited by David Halberstam. For his radio and TV work, Deford has won both an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award.

Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter is as unconventional and wide-ranging as Frank Deford’s remarkable career, in which he has chronicled the heroes and the characters of just about every sport in nearly every medium. Deford joined Sports Illustrated in 1962, fresh out of Princeton. They called him “the Kid,” and he made his reputation with dumb luck discovering fellow Princetonian Bill Bradley and a Canadian teenager named Bobby Orr. These were the Mad Men–like 1960s, and Deford recounts not just the expense-account shenanigans and the antiquated racial and sexual mores, but the professional camaraderie and the friendships with athletes and coaches during the “bush” years of the early NBA and the twilight of “shamateur tennis.”

Join us for an evening with Frank DeFord as he is interviewed by John Salley discussing his memoir — packed with people and stories, from the insightful and hilarious to the poignant and moving, especially the chapters on Deford’s visit to apartheid South Africa with Arthur Ashe, and his friend’s brave and tragic death. Interwoven through his personal history, Deford lovingly traces the entire arc of American sportswriting, from the lurid early days of the Police Gazette, through sportswriters Grantland Rice and Red Smith, and on up to ESPN.

John Salley is an NBA veteran of 11 seasons.  He is the first basketball player in NBA history to win four championships with three different teams. Drafted out of Georgia Tech in 1986 by the Detroit Pistons, Salley was a member of the “Bad Boys” squad which included Isaiah Thomas and the infamous Dennis Rodman; a team that went on to win back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Following stints with the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, Salley played with Michael Jordan as part of the Chicago Bulls 1996 championship team. After a brief retirement to co-host NBA on NBC, Phil Jackson invited Salley to come join the Los Angeles Lakers where he was on the 2000 NBA Championship team.

Since his retirement from the NBA, Salley has worked in television, film, radio, print and new media. Salley was a co-host of the Emmy nominated series The Best Damn Sports Show Period (FOX) for seven years. He is presently host and Executive Producer of his interview show, Game On! with John Salley on the Reelz Channel.  He has written on food, wine and wellness, for Wine SpectatorCigar Aficionado and LA Confidential.

PURCHASE TICKETS

$20, $40 includes DeFord’s book,
$95 includes pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm)

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