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

We’re excited to be hosting Penny Marshall in conversation with her brother, Garry Marshall, at Live Talks Los Angeles next Wednesday, October 3 at The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Ticket info here.   Her memoir, My Mother Was Nuts is hilarious, and paired with her brother will be fun.  Here are some recent news pieces on Penny Marshall and her memoir.

Penny Marshall in the news:
Los Angeles Times,  
September 26 — Penny Marshall looks back at her life in breezy new memoir.  In ‘My Mother Was Nuts,’ Marshall chronicles her tap-dancing youth, her marriages, her romance with Art Garfunkel and her tight relationship with brother Gary Marshall.
LA Weekly, September 27 — Penny Marshall, E.T. and More: Your WeeklyMovie To-Do List
LA Weekly, September 21 — Penny Marshall on Her New Memoir, My Mother Was Nuts, and How She Influenced Women in Comedy
Wall Street Journal, September 20 — Penny Marshall: Drawn to the Insane
Huffington Post, September 21 — Penny Marshall On Her Unlikely Career And Why “My Mother Was Nuts”
Vanity Fair, September 20 — Calvin Klein, Lorne Michaels, and Art Garfunkel Remember High Times With Penny Marshall
The Today Show, September 17 — ‘My Mother Was Nuts’: Penny Marshall looks backThe actress, producer and director writes candidly of family, career and life
Reuters, September 20 — Penny Marshall advises budding directors: Drop the ambition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We are excited to welcome the very funny and Emmy Award-winning Merrill Markoe to Live Talks Los Angeles on October 11 to interview  funny man Chris Elliott discussing his memoir, The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography.  Event details here.

Markoe’s latest book, is Cool, Calm and Contentious: Essays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 5, 2012
7:30pm (Reception 6:00-7:00pm)

An Evening with Bishop Gene Robinson
in conversation with Bradley Whitford
discussing his book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk on Gay Marriage

All Saints Church, Pasadena
132 North Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

PURCHASE TICKETS

$20, $40 includes Bishop Robinson’s book,
$34 signed book purchase only (shipping included to US destinations)
$95 includes the book + pre-event reception*

The religious leader at the forefront of the gay rights movement in a frank discussion of the critical civil rights issue of our time.

In his new book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk on Gay Marriage, Bishop Gene Robinson makes the case for same-sex marriage. For him, it’s a personal issue; after being married to a woman with whom he had two children, Bishop Robinson has been married to his long-term partner, a man, for the last four years.  He is the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the Episcopal church.

Bishop Robinson’s book is an exploration of faith and morality that will help readers to better understand why full marriage equality is vitally important — why it is a violation of civil rights to deny access to marriage because of sexual orientation.

In his visit to Live Talks Los Angeles, he’ll address important, frequently-asked questions like: What’s wrong with civil unions? Don’t children need a mother and a father? Why should straight people care about gay marriage?   Join us for a provocative and personal discussion of one of the most important–and divisive–issues of our day.

Bradley Whitford‘s credits in film, television and theater include work with some of the most noted writers, directors and playwrights in the arts, and constitute a career worthy of a Juilliard-trained actor — which he is.  He starred in NBC’s  political drama, The West Wing.

Some of Whitford’s most memorable performances include roles in such films as The Muse (1999) with Albert Brooks and Bicentennial Man (1999) with Robin Williams. He has also appeared in Scent of a Woman (1992), A Perfect World (1993), Philadelphia (1993), The Client (1994), My Life (1993/I), Red Corner (1997), Presumed Innocent (1990) and My Fellow Americans (1996).

PURCHASE TICKETS

* Proceeds from tickets to the reception support the upcoming Live Talks Los Angeles emerging voices/authors series of events that commence in 2013.

$20, $40 includes Robinson’s book,
$95 includes pre-event reception (6:00-7:00pm) plus book

All Saints Church, Pasadena
132 North Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
(note date changed from September 26)

8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Penny Marshall
in conversation with Garry Marshall
discussing her memoir, My Mother Was Nuts

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA

PURCHASE TICKETS
$25, $45 includes Marshall’s book,
$34 signed book purchase only (shipping included to US destinations)
$95 includes the book + pre-event reception*

A memoir by this Hollywood legend filled with humor and heart–and plenty of behind-the-scenes talk of her work with the stars.

Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big and A League of Their Own. What they don’t know is how her trailblazing career was a happy accident. In this funny and intimate memoir, My Mother Was Nuts, Penny takes us from the stage of The Jackie Gleason Show in 1955 to Hollywood’s star-studded sets, offering up some hilarious detours along the way.

From her childhood spent tap dancing in the Bronx, to her rise as the star of Laverne & Shirley, Penny writes that she’s lived by these simple rules: “Try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.”

In her first Live Talks Los Angeles appearance, Marshall will discuss her marriages, her friendships, her breakout role on The Odd Couple, her exploits with Cindy Williams and John Belushi, and her travels across Europe with Art Garfunkel on the back of a motorcycle.

Garry Marshall  has excelled as a writer, producer, director, and actor in a career spanning 50 years, earning him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and acclaim from critics and fans alike. He was born to work in Hollywood—his mother was a tap dancer and his father was a producer and director of industrial films, and his sister is Penny Marshall.  Among his credits —  for writing are  The Tonight Show, The Lucy Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show; producing, Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, and Laverne & Shirley; and feature directing are Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Beaches, The Other Sister, and The Princess Diaries.

We recently hosted him at Live Talks Los Angeles on the occasion of the release of his memoir, My Happy Days in Hollywood. See the video.

PURCHASE TICKETS

* Proceeds from tickets to the reception support the upcoming Live Talks Los Angeles emerging voices/authors series of events that commence in 2013.

$25, $45 includes Marshall’s book,
$95 includes pre-event reception (6:00-7:00pm) plus book

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA

Sunday, September 23, 2012
7:30pm (Reception 6:00-7:00pm)

An Evening with Wyclef Jean
in conversation with Geoff Boucher
discussing his memoir, Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story
and an acoustic performance 

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA

PURCHASE TICKETS
$25, $45 includes Jean’s book,
$34 signed book purchase only (shipping included to US destinations)
$95 includes the book + pre-event reception*

 The multi-platinum musician, producer and actor talks candidly about his life as an immigrant and the inside story of the Fugees.  The son of a pastor and grandson of a priest, Wyclef Jean was born and raised in the slums of Haiti.  His family migrated to the US when he was nine, eventually settling in Newark, where his father converted a burnt down funeral parlor into a home and church.

In his memoir, Purpose, Wyclef reveals how music–rap in particular– helped him to cope and adjust to life in a new country.  How his passion became a wedge between him and his father.   About his work in his native country after the devastating earthquake there, including his exploratory bid for president.

On his visit to Live Talks Los Angeles, this major voice in the music scene won’t just talk–expect to be regaled with some new acoustic sounds.

Geoff Boucher is a veteran journalist with more than 2,800 stories published in the Los Angeles Times, where he most recently covered entertainment. He also created the award-winning website, Hero Complex, and is the author of Two Badges, the biography of a gang member turned cop.  He interviewed John Lithgow at Live Talks Los Angeles in 2011.  See the video.

PURCHASE TICKETS

* Proceeds from tickets to the reception support the upcoming Live Talks Los Angeles emerging voices/authors series of events that commence in 2013.

$25, $45 includes Jean’s book,
$95 includes pre-event reception (6:00-7:00pm) plus book

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA