“Undeniable” with Bill Nye & Live Talks @ the AERO!

 

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An Evening with Bill Nye in conversation with Emily Levine

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

The Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Bill Nye is a scientist, engineer, comedian, and inventor. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University where he studied under Carl Sagan, and worked on the 747 as an engineer at Boeing before creating and hosting his much-loved Emmy award-winning PBS/Discovery Channel show Bill Nye the Science Guy. He holds three Honorary Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, and Johns Hopkins, and teaches at Cornell regularly as a visiting professor. “Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself. It is also the most meaningful creation story that humans have ever found.”—Bill Nye

Sparked by a controversial debate in February 2014, Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. In Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, he explains why race does not really exist; evaluates the true promise and peril of genetically modified food; reveals how new species are born, in a dog kennel and in a London subway; takes a stroll through 4.5 billion years of time; and explores the new search for alien life, including aliens right here on Earth.

Emily Levine does for science what Jon Stewart does for news: she critiques it, she makes it relevant and she makes it funny. Whether as a comedian, a writer, a radio commentator and/or speaker, she updates her audience on Big Ideas from science and shows how these Ideas suggest changes in our social institutions, our business practices, even our everyday behavior. Emily Levine graduated cum laude from Harvard with no idea what to do, so she moved to Rome and dubbed spaghetti westerns; moved to Brooklyn and taught autistic children, then joined an improvisational comedy group called “The New York City Stickball Team”, wrote and performed an Emmy-award winning series of skits on TV; and became a comedian. But as stand-up became less satisfying — not to mention less lucrative — Emily became a television writer/producer, working on shows such as “Designing Women“, “Love and War” and “Dangerous Minds“. Her TED talk has over 1.5 million hits and she was recently voted one of the all-time top TED speakers. Currently, Emily is in post-production on a movie, “Emily @ the Edge of Chaos” and preparing the launch of a trans-media project called “Emily’s Universe University“. Both projects share a common mission: using comedy, animations, celebrity guests and visual effects to make science accessible and using science to shift us from Old Think to New Think, from the Law of Gravity to the Law of Levity, from the fear of change to an embrace of the challenges ahead.

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission seats $43 Reserved Seats & includes Bill Nye’s book $95 Pre-reception (6:30-7:30pm), Reserved seat, book *a book signing follows the talk.

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“Blow-Up” & Hollywood Frame By Frame – Karina Longworth & Photography on Screen!

 

 

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SUNDAY,NOVEMBER 2nd @ 6:30 pm -AERO THEATER in Santa Monica (1328 Montana Avenue)

Author Karina Longworth , “Hollywood Frame By Frame” & “Blow-Up”

Join us this Sunday on the Westside as we look at the role of still photography on screen & off. It’s fashion photog David Hemmings! It’s fantastic frame by frame looks at classic moments from classic films with Karina Longworth who will also introduce the film. See you Sunday at the AERO!

Here is some more about the book & the film :

There is a voyeuristic thrill in contact sheets, the direct prints used by photographers of the pre-digital age to edit their work. You look directly through the photographer s eyes as each photo gets closer to that perfect shot. And yet, it s often the photos not chosen that best capture the true spirit of their subjects and the life they lead after the director yells cut. This was never truer than in the classic Hollywood era, where behind-the-scenes photos were carefully vetted for marketing purposes and unapproved shots were never expected to be seen again. Hollywood Frame by Frame presents hundreds of never-before-published photos from the sets of some of the greatest films of the twentieth century. Hollywood s biggest stars are caught with their guard down behind the scenes of movie classics from Some Like It Hot and Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Taxi Driver and The Silence of the Lambs. A treasure trove for any fan of Hollywood s Golden Age, this rare glimpse of the unseen silver screen will intrigue even movie buffs who think they ve seen everything. First book of movie contact sheets, features never-before-seen photos of screen legends at work, including Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Robert De Niro, and Alfred Hitchcock Provides insight into the art of moviemaking, the science of movie marketing, and the nature of stardom Karina Longworth is an author, film critic, and journalist based in Los Angeles and Paris. She has contributed to numerous publications, including the Guardian, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Slate,and many more.

BLOW-UP 1966, Warner Bros., 111 min, Italy, UK, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni In-demand fashion photographer David Hemmings shags half the models in London – before running into enigmatic beauty Vanessa Redgrave, who only wants a certain roll of film from him. A riddle within a riddle, Antonioni’s most famous film has often been imitated (De Palma’s BLOW OUT, Greenaway’s THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT). Look for a young Jane Birkin in one of her first film appearances – and for The Yardbirds mimicking The Who’s penchant for auto-destruction in the film’s frenzied nightclub scene! TRAILER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Gorgeous! HELLO DOLLY! STREISAND:In the Camera Eye

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1st @ the EGYPTIAN THEATER

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HELLO DOLLY! with special guest , author JAMES SPADA signing his new book, “STREISAND : IN THE CAMERA EYE” & introducing the film.

Join us in the lobby at the EGYPTIAN THEATER this Saturday at 6:30 pm as we welcome our friend James Spada & his beautiful new book on Barbara!

What better way to see this big time musical than on the big screen & pick up a great new book.

Signed pretty books make excellent holiday gifts as well, so give the gift of Barbara!

Streisand: In the Camera Eye is a collection of 170 of the most compelling photographs of Barbra Streisand, chosen for their rarity, beauty, and insight into Streisand’s multifaceted life and career. The pictures, most of which have never been published before, document her many phases, from her early days on Broadway, including Funny Girl, to her hugely popular TV specials, to her work as an actress in films such as Hello, Dolly!, The Way We Were, and A Star Is Born. Taken by some of the greatest names in photography—including Philippe Halsman, Francesco Scavullo, Douglas Kirkland, Bob Willoughby, and Cecil Beaton—the images also represent her fabled concerts, as well as personal moments away from the set and stage. Seven essays by Spada introduce the various periods of Streisand’s adult life, and, along with substantial anecdotal and quote-filled captions, they combine with the spectacular photos to tell the whole story of one of the world’s most popular and beloved stars. [Please note that the title design intentionally wraps around the spine to the back cover.] About the author Based in Los Angeles, James Spada is a veteran Hollywood author and journalist and is an expert on the subject, having written three other volumes on Streisand. 9781419712418

 

HELLO, DOLLY! 1969, 20th Century Fox, 146 min, USA, Dir: Gene Kelly This irresistible film adaptation – from one of Jerry Herman’s finest musicals – features the fabulous Barbra Streisand in a kick-out-the-jams performance as matchmaker Dolly Levi, furiously working to make marriages while trying to snag bachelor Walter Matthau for herself. Staged with gusto by dancing legend-turned-director Gene Kelly, and featuring a wonderful supporting cast including Tommy Tune, Michael Crawford and jazz legend Louis Armstrong (whose version of the title song is itself worth the price of admission!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.J. Soles is our special guest w/ photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker & “On Set w/ John Carpenter”

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RESCHEDULED NIGHT! Thursday, October 30th @ 7:30 pm here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

When our friend Kim Gottlieb-Walker took ill we had to cancel our evening we had planned with her earlier this month, but it will be worth the wait people.

Why you ask? Because now we have added special guest P.J. Soles to the mix!

P.J.  Soles joins Kim to share stories just in time for “Halloween”!

Here’s a little more about Kim’s great book:

There are few things in this life as cool as Snake Plissken. So, when I heard about, “On Set with John Carpenter”, Kim Gottlieb-Walker’s behind the scenes look at the making of some of the best movies of my young life, I knew I wanted to plan an evening. Now, that the book is here, I’m sure glad I did! What a great look at candid moments of great movies! John Carpenter’s producing partner Debra Hill hired photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker to be the unit photographer on Halloween, and Kim soon became part of Carpenter’s filmmaking family, going on to shoot stills on the sets of some of his most iconic films: Halloween,The Fog, Escape from New York, Halloween II & Christine . Collected together here for the first time is the best of that on-set photography, with iconic, rare, and previously unseen images. All accompanied by exclusive commentary from those involved, including John Carpenter himself, and other key crew and cast. From production stills, to candids of the stars between takes, and the crew in action, alongside portrait shots of the actors who would eagerly pose for Kim, this book gives an unprecedented glimpse into the action on set with John Carpenter.

Join us here on Thusday, October 30th @ 7:30 pm as photographer & author Km Gottfried-Walker not only signs her book, but bring us a photo presentation and discussion about being a part of those awesome films! If, for some reason you cannot “Escape From New York”, we will be happy to send a signed copy your way! It makes the perfect gift for “Halloween”!

 

“Some Luck” for the LARE w/ Live Talks & Jane Smiley!

 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Jane Smiley in conversation with David Francis discussing the writing life and her novel, Some Luck

Moss Theatre -New Roads School- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four works of nonfiction. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006. She lives in Northern California.We love Jane at Live Talks Los Angeles. She was part of our first event, where she interviewed Dave Barry (see the video), and she returned earlier this year to interview Gary Shteyngart (see the video). We are excited to to be featuring her for her upcoming novel, Some Luck.

On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different yet equally remarkable children: Frank, the brilliant, stubborn first-born; Joe, whose love of animals makes him the natural heir to his family’s land; Lillian, an angelic child who enters a fairy-tale marriage with a man only she will fully know; Henry, the bookworm who’s not afraid to be different; and Claire, who earns the highest place in her father’s heart. Moving from post-World War I America through the early 1950s, Some Luck gives us an intimate look at this family’s triumphs and tragedies, zooming in on the realities of farm life, while casting-as the children grow up and scatter to New York, California, and everywhere in between-a panoramic eye on the monumental changes that marked the first half of the twentieth century. Rich with humor and wisdom, twists and surprises, Some Luck takes us through deeply emotional cycles of births and deaths, passions, and betrayals, displaying Smiley’s dazzling virtuosity, compassion, and understanding of human nature and the nature of history, never discounting the role of fate and chance. This potent conjuring of many lives across generations is a stunning tour de force.

David Francis‘ first novel Agapanthus Tango was published internationally in seven languages and then in the United States as The Great Island Sea. His second novel, Stray Dog Winter, was named Book of the Year in The Advocate, Novel of the Year in the Australian Literature Review, was a 2009 LAMBDA fiction award finalist and won the 2010 American Library Association Barbara Gittings Stonewall Prize for Literature. His short fiction has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Wet Ink, The Southern California Review, Best Australian Stories 2010 and 2012, Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Harvard Review and The Ratting Wall. His book reviews have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books. For more information go to visit his website.

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission /$30 Reserved Seats/ $43 Includes Smiley’s book + Reserved Seats/ $95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + Smiley’s book

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Marcus Samuelsson cooks it up “off duty” for Live Talks & the LARE!

 

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An Evening with Chef Marcus Samuelsson Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home

All Saints Church 504 N. Camden Beverly Hills, CA 90210

PURCHASE TICKETS -$20 General Admission /$30 Reserved Seats/ $50 Includes Samuelsson’s Marcus Off Duty + Reserved Seats/ $95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + book

The reception includes selections chosen from the cookbook Marcus Off Duty!

Marcus Samuelsson is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York’s Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. The youngest chef ever to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times, he starred on Discovery Home Channel’s Inner Chef. His cookbooks include Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine, The Soul of a New Cuisine, which won the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award for best international cookbook, and New American Table. He is winner of Top Chef Masters, and a judge on Chopped. In 2009, he was chosen by President Obama to cook the first state dinner. Samuelsson appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles in conversation with David Burtka of E! in 2012 to discuss his memoir, Yes! Chef. See the video. In his latest cook book, Marcus Off Duty, Marcus Samuelsson shows how he cooks at home for family and friends. For two decades, he has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story. The recipes blend a rainbow of the flavors he experienced in his travels—Ethiopian, Swedish, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, and Southern soul. His eclectic, casual food includes dill-spiced salmon; coconut-lime curried chicken; mac, cheese, and greens; chocolate pie spiced with Indian garam masala; and for kids, peanut noodles with slaw.

Also, cookbooks make fine Christmas gifts, so order a signed copy for the holidays!

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A FULLER WEEKEND !

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A FULLER LIFE Q&A’s at the NoHo with Filmmaker Samantha Fuller and Many Special Guests !

FRIDAY & SATURDAY-OCTOBER 24th & 25th-5 & 7 pm screenings.

LAEMMLE THEATERS 5240 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601  310-478-3836

http://www.laemmle.com/films/38513

Come on down & see this great new documentary about one of cinema’s most interesting,original & influential directors, the incredible Sam Fuller.

Copies of “Brainquake” by Sam Fuller & the wonderful “A Third Face” , Sam’s autobiography will be available for purchase & Samantha & Christa will be happy to sign!

A FULLER LIFE celebrates the independent spirit of a true American maverick whose unique output broke new ground in journalism, filmmaking, storytelling and even service to his country. The story takes us through highlights of Samuel Fuller’s unconventional and adventurous life spanning a century of American history, a great man’s great yarn, a love song to democracy, and an hymn to independence, originality, and endurance. A FULLER LIFE presents for the first time recently discovered 16 mm films shot by Fuller, footage he shot on the front lines during World War II as well as location scouts and home movies. Every word spoken in this documentary, whether by a performer or from a clip of one of his films, was written by him, creating a posthumous self-portrait of the subject in his own words. Adapted from Sam Fuller’s award-winning autobiography, A Third Face, the film consists of 12 segments, each of which features an admirer of Sam’s dramatizing their interpretation of Sam’s memoirs. Set in the late director’s historic office, the cast channels Fuller amid his beloved Royal typewriter, massive collection of books, screenplays, treatments, war memorabilia, and, of course, the ever-present big, fat cigar.

A FULLER LIFE director Samantha Fuller will participate in Q&A’s after all screenings and will be joined by special guests after several screenings:

Joe Dante after the 7:10 screening on Friday, October 24

Mark Hamill, Bobby Carradine, Perry Lang and Kelly Ward after the 7:10 screening on Saturday, October 25

Bill Duke after the 5 PM screening on Sunday, October 26Amos Gitai after the 7:10 screening on Sunday, October 26

Paul Fuller after the 5 and 7:10 screenings on Wednesday, October 29.

Bobby Carradine, Kelly Ward, Perry Land and Christa Fuller after the 7:10 show on Thursday, October 30

We hope you’ll join us this weekend for A Fuller Life!

 

Brothers Be, Yo, Like George- George Clinton, Live Talks & the LARE!

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Super excited to get to do this event with musical royalty, the one & only George Clinton!

His stamp on the music world has made everything much much funkier and Larry Edmunds Bookshop is honored to turn the “Flashlight” on George as he tells his story at the Moss Theater.

An Evening with George Clinton discussing his memoir Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?

Moss Theatre -New Roads School- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats /$43 Includes Clinton’s memoir + Reserved Seats/ $95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + Clinton’s memoir

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George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and launched a solo career in 1981. He has been cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music, along with James Brown and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing more than forty R&B hit singles (including three at #1) and recording three platinum albums.Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

George Clinton began his musical career in New Jersey, where his obsession with doo-wop and R&B led to a barbershop quartet—literally, as Clinton and his friends also styled hair in the local shop—the way kids often got their musical start in the ’50s. But how many kids like that ended up playing to tens of thousands of rabid fans alongside a diaper-clad guitarist? How many of them commissioned a spaceship and landed it onstage during concerts? How many put their stamp on four decades of pop music, from the mind-expanding sixties to the hip-hop-dominated nineties and beyond? One of them. George Clinton. How George Clinton got from barbershop quartet to funk music megastar is a story for the ages. As a high school student he traveled to New York City, where he absorbed all the trends in pop music, from traditional rhythm and blues to Motown, the Beatles, the Stones, and psychedelic rock, not to mention the formative funk of James Brown and Sly Stone. By the dawn of the seventies, he had emerged as the leader of a wildly creative musical movement composed mainly of two bands—Parliament and Funkadelic. And by the bicentennial, Clinton and his P-Funk empire were dominating the soul charts as well as the pop charts. He was an artistic visionary, visual icon, merry prankster, absurdist philosopher, and savvy businessmen, all rolled into one. He was like no one else in pop music, before or since.

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CANCELLED! On the Set w/ John Carpenter Book signing w/ Kim Gottlieb-Walker.

DUE TO ILLNESS, THIS EVENTY HAS BEEN BEEN CANCELLED.

WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE KIM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE  & GET WELL KIM!
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An Evening with Alan Cumming & Live Talks Los Angeles!

 

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MONDAY,OCTOBER 20 @ 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)-AERO THEATER-1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

An Evening with Alan Cumming discussing his memoir, Not My Father’s Son

A great talent on stage & screen is ready for his Live Talks close-up! Join us for a fantastic evening of conversation with the talent of Alan Cumming.

PURCHASE TICKETS-$20 General Admission seats/$30 Reserved Seats/$43 Alan Cumming’s memoir + reserved block of seats/$95 Pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved seats + book

 

 

 

 

 

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* a book signing follows the talk

Alan Cumming is currently starring as the Master of Ceremonies opposite Michelle Williams in Cabaret on Broadway, a performance which won him a Tony Award 1998. He recently completed the Broadway run of the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Macbeth. He recently wrapped season 5 of the CBS hit drama The Good Wife for which he has been nominated for multiple Emmy, SAG, Critics’ Choice and Satellite awards. He also stars as Austen Clarke opposite Lisa Kudrow in Showtime’s Web Therapy and is the host of Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. He continues to be an activist for gay rights and education and has received many awards for his work including most recently honors from Bailey House, the Matthew Shephard Foundation, The LGBT Task Force, The Trevor Project and AmFAR . He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his work in the arts and LGBT rights by the Queen in 2009 and has also received both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards.

A beloved star of stage, television, and film, Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. His success masks a painful childhood growing up under the heavy rule of an emotionally and physically abusive father—a relationship that tormented him long into adulthood. In his memoir, Not My Father’s Son, he shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career. When television producers in the UK approached him to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his maternal grandfather, a celebrated WWII hero who disappeared in the Far East. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father.

 

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