Pete Souza

Sunday, October 21, 2018
3pm (Reception 2-2:45pm)

An Afternoon with
Pete Souza

discussing his upcoming book, 
Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents

Frost Auditorium
Culver City High School
4401 Elenda St,
Culver City, CA 90230

$55 Reserved Section Seat + book*
$45 General Admission Section Seat + book*
$150 Premium Section Seating + Pre-Reception (2-2:45pm)
+ 2 books (Shade* and the coffee table book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait)
each copy of Shade comes with a signed/specialized book plate

We welcome Pete Souza back to our stage. We hosted him in January 2017 for his book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.  That event sold out very quickly, so get your tickets early.

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestsellers Obama: An Intimate Portrait and The Rise of Barack Obama. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C., and a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency–and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it.

Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza’s unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first 500 days of the Trump White House.

What began with Souza’s Instagram posts soon after President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 has become a potent commentary on the state of the Presidency, and our country. Some call this “throwing shade.” Souza calls it telling the truth.

In Shade, Souza’s photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation’s highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.

Pete Souza

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Please note this is a morning event!
7:45-8:15am  Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:15am  Talk, followed by book signing
Breakfast with
Pete Souza
discussing his book,
Obama: An Intimate Portrait

Cross Campus–Downtown Los Angeles
800 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

$65  General Admission Seating  + book
* a book signing follows the event. Doors open at 7:45am
** Continental Breakfast, 7:45am-8:15am

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president’s meteoric ascent, from his first day in the U.S. Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza is a freelance photographer based in Washington, DC, and a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

The best day of Barack Obama’s presidency. The worst day. Everyday moments of fatherhood and friendship alongside the singular moments of presidential power. Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza was there next to the president, capturing it all—nearly 2 million photographs in total.

Obama: An Intimate Portrait includes a foreword by President Obama, in which he writes, “Over those eight years, Pete became more than my photographer—he became a friend, a confidant, and a brother.” This is the definitive visual biography of the Obama presidency, including never-before-seen photos of the administration, the president, and his family. Souza’s photographs and poignant behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation’s highest office.

Of his time at the White House, Pete writes, “I have had the extraordinary privilege of being the man in the room for eight years, visually documenting President Obama for history. This book is the result of that effort; I gave it my all. I hope that the chronological photographs that follow, accompanied by my words, will show you the true character of this man and the essence of his Presidency, as seen through my eyes and felt through my heart.”

This book depicts major milestones in the administration but also intimate personal moments that provide a deeper understanding of Barack Obama, not just as president but as a man. No White House photographer has ever been granted such access to a sitting president, and the result is a moving, comprehensive book full of more than 300 extraordinary photographs. The special relationship Pete forged with President Obama is apparent in these pages. Whether he was hanging back in a door frame, perched on a ladder to snag the perfect shot, or in a freight elevator with the president and the First Lady, his images reveal the undeniable trust between the commander in chief and his photographer.

Souza’s photographs tell the true story of the presidency, from moments behind the scenes at the inauguration to negotiations with foreign leaders and encounters with ordinary citizens. They appear in chronological order, paired with captions to provide context and behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

David Litt with Matt Walsh

Monday, September 25, 2017
David Litt
in conversation with Matt Walsh
discussing his upcoming book,
Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years

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

$40  General Admission Seat + book
$50  Reserved Section Seat +book
$20  General Admission Seat

There was a time when presidents spoke in complete sentences instead of in unhinged tweets. In his comic, coming-of-age memoir, David Litt takes us back to the Obama years – and charts a path forward in the age of Trump.

David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” David was the lead writer on four White House Correspondents’ Dinner presentations and has contributed jokes to President Obama’s speeches since 2009. He is currently the head writer/producer for Funny or Die’s office in Washington, DC. David has also written for The OnionMcSweeney’s Internet TendencyCosmopolitanVanity FairThe Atlantic, and the New York Times

“David Litt has done the impossible: written a smart, insightful, and funny White House memoir you don’t have to be a political junkie to love. Even better, he takes us back to a saner more compassionate time when our president liked to read.”—Judd Apatow

“David Litt is a natural storyteller and an absolute joy.”—Tig Notaro

“Funny and warm, David Litt knows how to make people laugh regardless of their political affiliation.”—Mike Birbiglia

More than any other presidency, Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House were defined by young people – twenty-somethings who didn’t have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter), yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those twenty-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. 

In his refreshingly honest memoir, Litt brings us inside Obamaworld. With a humorists’ eye for detail, he describes what it’s like to accidentally trigger an international incident or nearly set a president’s hair aflame. He answers questions you never knew you had: Which White House men’s room is the classiest? What do you do when the commander in chief gets your name wrong? Where should you never, under any circumstances, change clothes on Air Force One? With nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd.   

But it’s also important. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and yes, disillusionment, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: “People who love this country can change it.” In telling his own story, Litt sheds fresh light on his former boss’s legacy. And he argues that, despite the current political climate, the politics championed by Barack Obama will outlive the presidency of Donald Trump.

Full of hilarious stories and told in a truly original voice, Thanks, Obama is an exciting debut about what it means – personally, professionally, and politically – to grow up.

Two-time Emmy-nominated actor Matt Walsh currently stars in HBO’s award-winning comedy series Veep as Mike McLintock, the sharp-witted, deadpan Director of Communications to the first female U.S. Vice President, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Walsh earned his two Emmy nominations  in 2016 and 2017 for his role on Veep, and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Veep in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. 

His film credits include Office Christmas Party; Paul Feig’s re-boot of Ghostbusters; and the Zack Galifianakis and Jon Hamm film Keeping Up With the Joneses; and Brigsby Bear. His upcoming films include David Wain’s A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) and Melissa McCarthy’s Life of the Party (2018).

Previously, he was a correspondent for The Daily Show, starred in his Spike TV’s sports comedy Players, and appeared on HBO’s Hung, NBC’s Outsourced, NBC’s Community, ABC’s Happy Endings, Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, and Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. He has appeared in such features as Semi-Pro, Old School, Bad Santa, Road Trip, Elf, Role Models, Step Brothers, The Hangover, Due Date, Ted, Into the Storm, Hits, and Get Hard.

Walsh is a founding member of the famed national improv-sketch comedy theatre Upright Citizens Brigade, which has schools and venues in New York and Los Angeles.

Shepard Fairey with Moby

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Shepard Fairey
in conversation with Moby

The Under/Overground Art of Shepard Fairey

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


Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. His work has been included in the collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

To call Shepard Fairey a “street artist” is a little deceptive. Although he rose out of the skateboarding scene creating his “Andre the Giant Has A Posse” sticker campaign in the late ’80s, he has a mainstream recognition that most street artists never achieve. The title of his new book, Covert to Overt: The Under/Overground Art of Shepard Fairey, acknowledges his evolution from unknown to established artist.

His upcoming book, Covert to Overt — focusing on his post-Obama HOPE poster output — showcases the significant amount of art he has created the last several years. This includes street murals, mixed-media installations, art-music events, countless silkscreens, and work from his extremely successful OBEY brand—all in his signature black, white, and red colors.

 “Shepard Fairey’s art has an undeniable visual appeal with its selective palette and pleasing geometrics, yet the messages conveyed through his work are anything but neat and tidy.”
— Mark Sloan, Director and Chief Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
And indeed, Fairey has stayed true to his street art roots as the vast majority of his work focuses on a blend of politics, street culture, and fine art, giving it a strong cultural appeal that stretches beyond the art world.

Showcasing his cross-cultural collaborations with musicians, athletes, celebrities, and even cities, as well as covering all his work from paste-ups and prints, to his sculptures and murals, Covert to Overt shows Shepard Fairey as equal parts cultural chronicler and cult-hero artist. It also includes previously unpublished work as well as contributions from collaborators, the likes of Russell Brand, Chris Stein and Jello Biafra.

Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old.  He started out playing classical guitar and then went on to play with seminal connecticut hardcore punk group ‘the vatican commandoes’ when he was 13.  He started DJ’ing after leaving college, and was a fixture in the late 80’s new york house and hip-hop scenes. 

He released his first single, ‘go’ in 1991(listed as one of Rolling Stones best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he’s also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others.

He has toured tirelessly, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career, and has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including Heat, Any Given Sunday, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The Beach, among others.

Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including the Humane Society and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, and in 2007 he launched Mobygratis, which provides free music for independent film makers.  

Moby’s latest album Innocents, his most collaborative project to date, featuring Wayne Coyne, Cold Specks,  Damien Jurado, Mark Lanegan, and Skylar Grey, was released in october 2013.



March 29 — An Evening with David Horsey, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist

Thursday, March 29, 2012
8:00 pm (doors open at 7pm)
Food truck in the parking lot and live music at 7pm

An Evening with David Horsey
Editorial cartoonist and Columnist (Top of the Ticket Blog)
Los Angeles Times 

in conversation with artist Robbie Conal


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

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey is a political commentator for the Los Angeles Times. His Top of the Ticket blog is the mostly highly viewed feature on David’s work has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek and

Besides winning two Pulitzers for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1999 and 2003, Horsey has received the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award for Cartoonist of the Year and many other honors, including first place in the Best of the West Journalism Competition for his columns about the 2008 presidential election.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Horsey entered journalism as a political reporter. His multi-faceted career has taken him to national political party conventions, presidential primaries, the Olympic Games, the Super Bowl, assignments in Europe, Japan and Mexico and two extended stints working at the Hearst Newspapers Washington Bureau.

As a Rotary Foundation Scholar, Horsey earned an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Seattle University.

Horsey has published seven books of cartoons, including his two most recent, Draw Quick, Shoot Straight and From Hanging Chad to Baghdad.

For escape, he spends a few weeks each year working as a cowboy in Montana.

Robbie Conal has gained national prominence as the country’s premiere guerrilla political poster artist. His work has been featured on “CBS This Morning”, “Charlie Rose” and in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post—which has called him, “America’s foremost street artist”The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, People Magazine, Interview, and numerous daily newspapers around the country.

He received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, a Getty Individual Artist Grant and a Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Individual Artist’s Grant (COLA). Robbie has authored three books: “Art Attack: The Midnight Politics of a Guerrilla Poster Artist”, HarperCollins, 1992, “Artburn”, Akashic Books, 2003, and the just published, “Not Your Typical Political Animal,” with Deborah Ross, Art Attack Press, 2009.

Proceeds from this event support the Adopt the Arts Foundation.