Saturday, July 8, 2017
8pm 
 
Senator Al Franken
in conversation with Chelsea Handler

discussing his memoir,
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

The Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203

SOLD OUT.
VIDEO WILL BE POSTED NEXT WEEK

*All tickets include a copy of Sen. Franken’s book. A book signing follows the event at which Sen. Franken will only be signing copies of his new book. Please note seating is on a first come basis in each section.
** A limited number of tickets are available for a pre-reception, 6-6:45 pm with Sen. Franken in attendance.

Senator Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the United States Senate since 2009. He was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2014. 

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken is the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. It’s about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.

In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.

It’s a book about what happens when the nation’s foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

It’s a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

Before entering politics, Al spent 37 years as an award-winning comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. He’s been married to his wife, Franni, for 41 years-many of them happy. They have two children, Thomasin and Joe, and three grandchildren. Senator Franken graduated from Harvard College.

Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves. Visit his Senate website.  More about Al Franken on his website.

Chelsea Handler is host of “Chelsea” on a Netflix, a global on-demand talk show with segments from around the world that tapes in front of a live audience in Los Angeles. It features conversations with celebrities, dignitaries, and surprise guests on topics like international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health, sports, parenting, politics, and more.   Prior to that she hosted E!’s top rated “Chelsea Lately” for eight years.
 
Handler’s five best-selling books include My Horizontal Life, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, and 2014’s Uganda Be Killing Me, her fourth nonfiction title to debut at No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.


This Live Talks Los Angeles event is presented in association with Glendale Arts.

Ticket sales are final.  We do not offer refunds, except in the case of event cancellations or changes to dates of events if you cannot make the rescheduled date.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
8:00pm 

An Evening with Patricia Marx
in conversation with Tim Long

Let’s Be Less Stupid:
An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties

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

PURCHASE TICKETS
$20 General Admission
$30 Reserved Seat
$43 Includes Marx’ book + Seat in reserved section

Patricia Marx is a writer for The New Yorker, former writer for Saturday Night Live, and the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon. Her books include the novel Him Her Him Again The End of Him, the children’s book Now Everybody Really Hates Me, and the humor book How To Regain Your Virginity

Marx employs the weapon she wields best–not that weapon; Patty believes in gun control. Instead, she uses her sharp-edged humor to tackle the most difficult facet of aging: the mind’s decline. From forgetting her brother-in-law’s name while he was wearing a nametag to hanging up the phone to look for her phone, Marx confesses to her failures, and not only to make you feel better about yourself.

In LET’S BE LESS STUPID Patty addresses troubling conundrums, such as: If there are more neural connections in your brain than stars in the Milky Way, why did you put the butter dish in your nightstand drawer? Patty’s quest to get smarter includes just about everything: learning Cherokee, popping pills (not the good kind), and listening to–who’s the guy who didn’t write dum de de dum but the other one?

Tim Long is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons. He is also a former Head Writer for Late Show With David Letterman.  In addition to his work for television, Long has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair. 

The Golden Globes announced today that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host  70th Golden Globe Awards on January 13, 2013.  We have had the good fortune to have hosted both of them over the last couple years…Tina Fey in conversation with Steve Martin in 2010 and Amy Poehler  in conversation with Jane Lynch in 2012 Thought you might enjoy the videos from both events.  Enjoy…

Tina Fey in conversation with Steve Martin from Ted Habte-Gabr on Vimeo.

Amy Poehler in conversation with Jane Lynch from Ted Habte-Gabr on Vimeo.

We’re very much looking forward to our event with Jane Lynch interviewing Amy Poehler on Sunday, February 12 at The Aero Theatre.  Event info here.   We featured Lynch in conversation with Adam Scott last October when her memoir, Happy Accidents, came out.  Hilarious evening. Here’s the video.  The image to the left is the poster from the event.

Our event with Amy Poehler and Jane Lynch supports the Adopt the Arts Foundation who’s mission is to bring together well-known artists, public figures, business, and the general public to save the arts in America’s public schools. Adopt the Arts is raising money to keep arts education in public schools in Los Angeles.

We caught up with Jane Lynch to answer some questions…

You recently did a PSA for arts in schools. How did you get involved with supporting arts in schools?  What was the arts program like when you were in school?

My daughter goes to a public school in LA and we have a very active parent’s organization to raise the funds needed for  art and music programs which the state no longer pays for. Not every public school is able to raise the money so Matt Sorum (Guns and Roses) and others asked me to join a brand new organization called Adopt the Arts to fund these programs to other public schools in LA.  My refuge in high school was the hour I spent every day in choir.

What was your favorite TV show when you were in highschool?

My favorite TV show in high school was The Brady Bunch which was actually in re-runs at that time.

What’s your favorite of the Oscar nominated movies?

The Artist, The Iron Lady

What’s a day of relaxation like in Lynch/Embry household?

Playing with our dogs and eating Lara’s fabulous cooking!

Favorite fiction author of all time?

John Irving

What are a couple books you’ve recently read that you really liked?

Girls Like Us, Sheila Weller
The Paleo Solution, Robb Wolf

What book are you looking forward to read?

Geting back to and finishing Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs book which I started over Xmas.

If you could travel back in time to meet any famous person, who would you choose? 

Greta Garbo
Abraham Lincoln
Carole King circa 1970
Theodore Roosevelt
Benjamin Franklin

Which five notable people from history do you think could work together to achieve world peace? 

I don’t think any one from the past present or future including Jesus Christ, the Buddha or  Ghandi, can make a place peaceful if the people are determined to fight and defend and see “other” and the enemy.