Charlie Palmer’s American Fare- Live Talks in the Kitchen!


Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)Screen-Shot-2015-03-09-at-2.27.01-PM

Charlie Palmer in conversation with Michael Voltaggio discussing his cookbook Charlie Palmer’s American Fare: Everyday Recipes from My Kitchens to Yours

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

PURCHASE TICKETS: $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats/ $50 Includes Palmer’s cookbook + Seat in reserved section/ $95 Pre-event reception, the cookbook, seat in reserved section

Since the beginning of his celebrated career, master Chef and hospitality entrepreneur Charlie Palmer has received critical acclaim for his signature Progressive American Cuisine, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations with a deep and lasting infusion of classical French technique. Influenced by his childhood experiences working in his family’s vegetable garden, Palmer was an early advocate of farm over factory food. In 1988, he made a landmark commitment to creating dishes featuring regional American ingredients at his sublime three-star Aureole, once situated in a historic town house off Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. Today Palmer’s flagship Aureole is strategically located within New York City mid-town’s dramatically modern Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. Over the years, Palmer combined his creative cooking spirit and flair for business to open eleven notable restaurants across the country, a growing collection of food-forward wine shops and award-winning boutique hotels. But even today, the chef still steps in the kitchen with reinvention on his mind. “Without a doubt, people eat with their eye long before they put fork to food, so I continue to look for a playful yet respectful way to create excitement on the plate.”

A frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show, Charlie Palmer is also the author of five cookbooks, Remington Camp Cooking (2013), Great American Food (1996), Charlie Palmer’s Casual Cooking (2001), The Art of Aureole, (2002), and Charlie Palmer’s Practical Guide to the New American Kitchen (2006). From Publisher’s Weekly: Chef and restaurateur Palmer pays homage to American cuisine in this vibrant and enticing collection. In his early days, Palmer was among the first wave of chefs to embrace ingredients native to the U.S. and recipes that had long been overlooked. Years later, his cooking still reflects that domestic influence in dishes such as corn chowder with shrimp; honey-smoked whole turkey; and striped bass stuffed with crab and mushrooms. While many dishes are restaurant quality, such as Florentine-roasted strip loin and the leg of lamb with herbs and roasted garlic, the recipes are well within a home cook’s grasp. The intriguing warm pork and lentil salad and a gorgeous Brussels sprout and ricotta gratin are recipes that both professional and amateur chefs will turn to again and again. While Palmer covers the basics, he also offers appealing quick and easy lunches, including croque monsieur with mornay sauce, and baked ratatouille. His standout chapter explores family favorites, which include chicken liver pâté, baked littleneck clams, lentil–butternut squash soup, and oatmeal cookies. Fans will delight in this exceptional, accessible cookbook.



Screen-Shot-2015-04-19-at-1.43.26-PMMichael Voltaggio is the chef and owner of acclaimed restaurant Ink. and artisanal sandwich concept ink.sack – both in Los Angeles. Having called Los Angeles home since 2008, he is inspired by the city’s diverse ethnicities, cultures and industries, and has reinterpreted a new class of finer dining at Ink., dubbing the food and experience there as modern los angeles. Ink. was named “best new restaurant in america” by GQ magazine. In 2013, Voltaggio received the distinction as one of Food & Wine magazine’s best new chefs in the award’s 25th anniversary year, joining an elite list of chefs in America. This was a career highlight for him, considering his humble beginnings nearly 20 years earlier when his first job at 15 was working for his older brother Bryan at a local hotel kitchen in their hometown of Frederick, MD. Following Bryan’s lead into the culinary world, Michael received his formal education by earning a prestigious position at the venerable Greenbrier apprenticeship program in West Virginia, graduating when he was 21(at the time the youngest to have done so). Previously, Voltaggio spent time at the helm of numerous high-profile kitchens across the country. Some include Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA, where he earned a Michelin Star, and The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills where he earned a 4-star review from the Los Angeles Times and finalist nomination for “best new restaurant” from the James Beard Foundation. Additional accolades include being named Angeleno magazine’s best new chef in 2010 and selected by star chefs as a rising star chef that same year. He is the author, with his brother, of their first cookbook, aptly titled Volt Ink. – named after their flagship restaurants. Voltaggio may best be known for his win on Bravo TV’s Emmy award-winning season of Top Chef. He has since made many returns to television with guest appearances on various cooking and food shows. Soon he will be back on the small screen with a new series for Travel Channel currently titled Breaking Borders, slated to air in early 2015.

Jillian Lauren Live Talks “Everything You Ever Wanted” w/ Dana Gould

Everything-You-Ever-Wanted Wednesday, May 6, 2015- 8:00pm

Jillian Lauren in conversation with Dana Gould discussing her memoir Everything You Ever Wanted

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

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats/ $33 Includes Lauren’s memoir + Seats in reserved section



Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, and the novel, Pretty.

In her new memoir Everything You Ever Wanted, she shares her zigzagging path from Brunei harem girl to mommy blogger. A former concubine and heroin addict, Lauren lived in thirty apartments in four states over the course of ten years. Some might say she was a screw-up of epic proportions. Then she fell in love and decided she just wanted to be a happy wife and mom, and learn to knit and make a fantastic pot roast. Jillian Lauren is not your typical mom. After a heartbreaking struggle with infertility, Lauren and her husband, Weezer bass player, Scott Shriner, adopted an Ethiopian boy with special needs who forced her to recalibrate her way of looking at the world. Exploring complex ideas of identity and reinvention, Everything You Ever Wanted is a must-read for everyone, especially every mother, who has ever hoped for a second act in life.

Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Flaunt Magazine, The Rumpus, and Salon, among others. Her work has also been widely anthologized, including in The Moth Anthology and True Tales of Lust and Love. Jillian is a regular storyteller with The Moth and has performed at numerous spoken word and storytelling events across the country. She regularly blogs at MSNBC TODAY Moms, The Huffington Post and, which was named a top 100 mom blog of 2012 by Babble Magazine.

Dana Gould began his professional stand up career at the tender age of 17, cutting his teeth in the comedy boom of the 1980’s. He arrived in Los Angeles in the early 90’s, where he became one of the founding fathers of the alternative comedy movement. After starring in the TV series “Working” and guesting on such shows as The “Ben Stiller Show” and “Seinfeld”, Dana joined the writing staff of “The Simpsons,” eventually becoming executive producer of the legendary show. Dana left the show and rededicated himself to his stand-up career. In addition to numerous HBO specials and the CD, Funhouse, Dana recently completed the one-hour special “Let Me Put My Thoughts In You”, directed by fellow “Ben Stiller Show” alum Bob Odenkirk. Dana wrote, produced and starred in the pilot “Nolan Knows Best” for ABC television and, in addition to his podcast, The Dana Gould Hour, which premiered in February 2012, is currently developing, along with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, a new pilot for F/X, “Rock Bottom.”Screen-Shot-2015-01-11-at-11.49.38-AM

Maria Bello-Whatever…Love Is Love


Tuesday, May 5, 2015 -8:00pm

Maria Bello in conversation with Camryn Manheim

Whatever…Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves

The Aero Theatre- 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS-$20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats/ $43 Includes Bello’s book + Reserved Seats/ $95 Includes Pre-reception, Bello’s book + Reserved Seats

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Maria Bello is a mother, actor, activist and author. Her essay in the The New York Times, Modern Love column, “Coming Out as a Modern Family” is one of the ten most popular articles in a decade. Visit her website. In the summer of 2013, lying in a hospital bed with her body riddled with parasites, Maria Bello realized that waiting to do something isn’t always an option. In a moment, everything could end, and all of her stories would be lost—stories of love, family, miracles and madness that filled the hundreds of journals she had been keeping since she was a child. She read through each one of those journals during her months of recovery, in the in process began to uncover who she was and who she had become. And instead of coming to any definitive answers, she found herself asking more and more questions. Part of her questioning was about how to tell her son, then 12 years old that she had fallen in love with a woman. Jack’s response—simple and wise beyond his years was “Whatever, Mom…love is love.” Seeing that Jack didn’t see traditional labels of partnership, Maria began to contemplate the labels she herself had worn during her life. Her essay “Coming Out as a Modern Family” was featured in the New York Times Modern Love column and started a worldwide conversation about how many of the labels we all know and use are simply outdated today. Partnership, career, love, sexuality, all of these aspects of life are fluid now. We no longer fit into the tidy little boxes, and neither do our lives. Questioning those labels is at the heart of Whatever…Love is Love. Written as a series of provocative questions and thoughtful answers, and filled with deeply personal, often funny and even passionate stories, in this book Maria bares her soul and shares what she’s learned—about romantic love, but also about her relationship with her parents, her feelings about spirituality, her sexual identity, the highs and lows of her career, her humanitarian work, and her worth as a mother. Using her experience as a gateway to a larger conversation, Maria encourages you to think about the life you lead, who you love, what you do, what you believe in and what you call yourself…and helps you to realize that the only labels that matter are the ones we place on and accept for ourselves, even if they don’t fit the mold of “typical.”



Camryn Manheim is best known for her portrayal of the feisty defense attorney Ellenor Frutt on the Emmy Award winning drama, The Practice, which garnered her an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She also played Delia Banks, the resident skeptic on the CBS drama, Ghost Whisperer.” She currently plays the all mighty Control on Person of Interest.Camryn-Manheim

The Breakfast Club turns 30 w/ Street Food Cinema & the LARE!

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Street Food Cinema presents- “The Breakfast Club”- 30th Anniversary screening!

We are looking forward to our 1st event of the year with our friends Street Food Cinema. Movies,music, food & books! What is there not to love? We’ll be there w/ author Kirk Honeycutt signing his wonderful new book, “John Hughes-A Life In Film” before 80’s retro rockers Past Action Heroes turn up the volume & we head back to high school. Also, there will be a sneak for the June release, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” featuring the director & cast members in person!

For tickets, a list of food vendors & a schedule of Street Food Cinemas summer line-up, go to :

Fox Searchlight Pictures presents an exclusive sneak peek of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” with special guests Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and cast members Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who tries to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. (The film will be released in theatres in LA on June 12th.)

Special Guest Andrew Meyer – Executive Producer, The Breakfast Club Kirk Honeycutt – Author, John Hughes: A Life in Film Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – Director, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Thomas Mann – Actor, “Greg” Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Olivia Cooke – Actress, “Rachel” Me and Earl and the Dying Girl RJ Cyler – Actor, “Earl” Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Music- Past Action Heroes

Food- Angie’s Wiener’s, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Bool BBQ, Bowled and Beautiful, Canvas Truck, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Crepe’s Bonaparte, Crispy Cuban, Good Greek Grub, The Grilled Cheese Truck, The Hurricane Kitchen, Ragin’ Cajun, The Urban Oven, KnowRealityPie, The Pudding Truck, Funtime Kettle Corn, Found Coffee & more! Buy Tickets

ADVANCED TICKET INFO- Reserved Seating – $17 General – $12 Children Reserved 6-12 – $11 Children General 6-12 – $6 Children Under 5 – Free For movie rating and content information, visit Common Sense Media

CASH DOOR TICKET INFO Reserved Seating – $20 General – $15 Children Reserved 6-12 – $11 Children General 6-12 – $6 Children Under 5 – Free TIME Doors 5:30 Band 6:30 Movie 8:30

LOCATION Exposition Park 700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037 / PARKING Lot next to park $10 /  METRO Expo Line – Expo/USC Station


Bruce Eric Kaplan (BEK) & B.J. Novak talk “I Was A Child” for Live Talks!



Thursday, April 30, 2015- 8:00pm

Bruce Eric Kaplan in conversation with B.J. Novak discussing his memoir I Was a Child

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

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats/ $43 Includes BEK’s memoir + Seats in reserved section


Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated and admired cartoonists in America, whose single-panel cartoons frequently appear in The New Yorker. His cartoons are known for their signature simplistic style and ironic humor. Kaplan is also a screenwriter and producer, and has worked on Seinfeld and HBO’s Six Feet Under and Girls.

In I Was a Child, he examines his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small moments we all similarly carry into adulthood. Deceptively unconventional, Kaplan’s anecdotes are accompanied by his signature drawings of family outings and life at home—road trips, hamsters, ashtrays, a toupée, a platypus, and much more. Kaplan’s images contain an easy irony and a sense of humor that cuts straight to the truth of experience. As children, we are all stuck in a certain situation, in a certain time, and those circumstances all shape, push, and prod us into who we become. Brilliantly relatable and genuinely moving, I Was a Child is about our attempts to understand the mysteries that are our parents, families, and ultimately, ourselves.

B.J. Novak is perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as a writer, actor, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his work as a standup comedian and his performances in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. Novak’s debut collection of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, was a New York Times Best Seller and received rave reviews. His children’s book, The Book With No Pictures, is a #1 New York Times Best Seller and will appear this year on international bookshelves in 18 additional languages. Novak’s stories have been published in The New Yorker and featured on This American Life.


The Bone Tree with Greg Iles & Live Taks Los Angeles

The-Bone-TreeLooking forward to an evening with a man who has written 13 New York Times bestsellers, join us forGreg-Iles

An Evening with Greg Iles discussing the writing life and his novel ” The Bone Tree”

Monday, April 27, 2015- 8:00 pm

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

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission/$30 Reserved Section Seats/ $43 Includes Iles’s book + Seats in reserved section

Greg Iles’ upcoming The Bone Tree is the second in his southern gothic trilogy featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage. Natchez Burning, the first volume debuted at #2 on The New York Times bestseller list. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and The Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He is a member of the lit-rock group The Rock Bottom Remainders.

Greg Iles continues the electrifying story begun in Natchez Burning in this highly anticipated second installment of an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice, featuring Southern lawyer Penn Cage. Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancée, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi’s most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody wasn’t the true leader of the Double Eagles. The puppeteer who actually controls the terrorist group is a man far more fearsome: the chief of the state police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox. The only way Penn can save his father, Dr. Tom Cage—who is fleeing a murder charge as well as corrupt cops bent on killing him—is either to make a devil’s bargain with Knox or destroy him. While Penn desperately pursues both options, Caitlin uncovers the real story behind a series of unsolved civil rights murders that may hold the key to the Double Eagles’ downfall. The trail leads her deep into the past, into the black backwaters of the Mississippi River, to a secret killing ground used by slave owners and the Klan for over two hundred years . . . a place of terrifying evil known only as “the bone tree.” The Bone Tree is an explosive, action-packed thriller full of twisting intrigue and deadly secrets, a tale that explores the conflicts and casualties that result when the darkest truths of American history come to light. It puts us inside the skin of a noble man who has always fought for justice—now finally pushed beyond his limits. Just how far will Penn Cage, the hero we thought we knew, go to protect those he loves? Iles explores issues such as abuse of power, racial inequality and the true meaning of justice served. He weaving together true historical facts with fictional details.

Live Talks gets w/ Super Chefs Corey Lee & Roy Choi!

Screen-Shot-2015-03-07-at-6.27.41-PMTime to talk tasty w/ Corey Lee & Roy Choi!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015- 8:00pm (Reception: 6:30-7:30pm)

Corey Lee in conversation with Roy Choi discussing the cultural influences, inspirations, and motivations behind his East?meets?West approach to his San Francisco restaurant, Benu

Anne and Jerry Moss Theatre- Herb Alpert Educational Village

New Roads School 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission seating/ $30 Reserved Section seating /$65 Reserved Section Seats + Corey Lee’s book, Benu $95 /Pre-reception + Reserved Seats + Book*


Reception includes items inspired by Corey Lee’s cookbook and prepared by our caterer.

Since striking out on his own from Thomas Keller’s acclaimed French Laundry in 2010, Corey Lee has crafted a unique, James Beard Award?winning cuisine that seamlessly blends his South Korean heritage with his upbringing in the United States. Benu has gone on to receive three Michelin stars, four stars from The San Francisco Chronicle, and the AAA Five Diamond Award. Corey Lee’s career has spanned nearly 20 years of working at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, including a tenure as head chef at The French Laundry where his work was recognized with a James Beard Award. He opened his San Francisco restaurant, Benu in August 2010. The Phaidon-published cookbook Benu, is an archive documenting the restaurant’s food, inspirations, and people who make it possible. Benu is a tribute to the dining experience at the restaurant and is presented in the format of a 32-course tasting menu. In recognition of his work and influence, he also became a goodwill ambassador for the city of Seoul, South Korea, an honor given to leaders in various fields.

Classically trained chef Roy Choi is a culinary street revolutionary. He brings together the high and the low – deliciously, passionately, and socially. While his pedigree includes Le Bernardin and the Beverly Hilton, his fame rose with one amazing taco that tastes like L.A. – and nearly single-handedly created the gourmet food truck movement with his partners on the wings of Twitter. Before hitting the streets with his popular food truck Kogi BBQ, Choi executed classical techniques in professional kitchens and banquet halls for twelve years in New York, San Francisco, Portland, and Lake Tahoe. Then came the Great Recession. Laid off, having lost everything, with a family to support, Choi had to get creative: He said yes to a friend who rented a truck and co-founded Kogi BBQ, which Newsweek later dubbed “the first viral eatery.” Choi was hailed as a pioneer, and the Kogi model has often been duplicated. Building on his success (including television appearances and major buzz in local, national, and worldwide press), Choi provided yet another source of culinary revelation with his first sit-down restaurant, Chego in April 2010, now located in Chinatown, followed by A-Frame in 2010, and Sunny Spot just east of Venice Beach in 2011. His newest restaurant venture, featuring the tastes of Korea translated through an L.A. state of mind, opened at a new hotel, The Line, in L.A. in late 2013. Choi’s first book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, was published in the Fall of 2013.Screen-Shot-2015-03-07-at-6.25.36-PM


Cecil B. DeMille gets EPIC w/ Mark A. Vieira!

WEDNESDAY,APRIL 15th, 7 pm- the Women’s Club of Hollywood-1749 N. LaBrea in Hollywood
Join us with our dear friend Mark A. Vieira as he gives a presentation on the master showman Cecil B. DeMille next Wednesday evening at the Women’s Club of Hollywood. Mark will also be signing his latest beautiful book, “Cecil B. DeMille-The Art of the Hollywood Epic”.

Tickets for members are $20 & non-members $25. For more information or to make reservations, call: 323)876-8383

If you have missed out on this beautiful book & would like to get a signed copy sent your way, you know that is what we do!

Here’s some more about this must have book!9780762454907

CECIL B. DEMILLE The Art of the Hollywood Epic By Cecilia de Mille Presley And Mark A. Vieira

Colossal. Stupendous. Epic. These adjectives, used by movie companies to hawk their wares, became clichés long ago. When used to describe the films of one director, they are accurate. More than any filmmaker in the history of the medium, Cecil B. DeMille mastered the art of the spectacle. In the process, he became a filmland founder. One hundred years ago, he made the first feature film ever shot in Hollywood and went on to become the most commercially successful producer-director in history. DeMille told his cinematic tales with painterly, extravagant images. The parting of the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments was only one of these. There were train wrecks (The Greatest Show on Earth); orgies (Manslaughter); battles (The Buccaneer); Ancient Rome (The Sign of the Cross); Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra); and the Holy Land (The Crusades). The best of these images are showcased here, in Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic. This lavish volume opens the King Tut’s tomb of cinematic treasures that is the Cecil B. DeMille Archives, presenting storyboard art, concept paintings, and an array of photographic imagery. Historian Mark A. Vieira writes an illuminating text to accompany these scenes. Cecilia de Mille Presley relates her grandfather’s thoughts on his various films, and recalls her visits to his sets, including the Egyptian expedition to film The Ten Commandments. Like the director’s works, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic is a panorama of magnificence—celebrating a legendary filmmaker and the remarkable history of Hollywood.

ABOUT CECILIA DE MILLE PRESLEY AND MARK A. VIEIRA Cecilia de Mille Presley, vice-chairman for the National Film Preservation Foundation, has been a leading activist for the preservation of our cinematic history for many years. She produces documentaries, is a long-time benefactor to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and currently serves on the boards of the American Film Institute, the Chapman University School of Film and Cinema, UCLA’s School of Film and Television, and works with the World Society for the Protection of Animals. Presley lives near Los Angeles.

Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars, Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second, and the BBC’s Shooting the Stars. He is also the author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood, Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles. Mark A. Vieira is a writer, historian, and photographer with over forty years of experience working in Hollywood. He makes portraits using the George Hurrell technique. Mark has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. He has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. Mark is also the author of several books, including The Making of Some Like It Hot (with Tony Curtis), Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood.9780762454907

Jon Cryer’s So That Happened w/ Annabelle Gurwitch!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

It’s more fun with Live Talks Los Angeles & the LARE is there!


Jon Cryer in conversation with Annabelle Gurwitch discussing his memoir, So That Happened

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

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats / $46 Includes Cryer’s memoir + Seat in reserved section/ $95 Pre-event reception, Cryer’s book, seat in reserved section

Jon Cryer is an Emmy-winning actor, screenwriter, director, and producer, best known for his work in John Hughes’s Pretty in Pink and as Alan Harper on CBS’s Two and a Half Men. If it can happen in show business, it’s happened to Jon Cryer. In his memoir, he shares his behind-the-scenes stories in a warmly endearing, sharply observed, and frankly funny look at life in Hollywood. In 1986, Jon Cryer won over America as Molly Ringwald’s loyal and lovable best friend, Duckie, in the cult classic Pretty in Pink in a role that set the tone for his three-decade-long career in Hollywood. He went on to establish himself as one of the most talented comedic actors in the business, ultimately culminating in his current turn as Alan Harper on the massively popular sitcom Two and a Half Men. Cryer has worked with some of the biggest and most provocative names in the business. In his memoir, he details his experiences with Charlie Sheen, John Hughes, Robert Altman, Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Christopher Reeve, among many others. He shares the intimate details of his friendships and relationships, pays tribute to his mentors, and explores the peculiar combination of heart, talent, and wisdom it takes to survive not just the bad times in a notoriously fickle industry but even the good times.

Annabelle Gurwitch is actress, activist, and the bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort, now out in paperback. Gurwitch is also the author, along with her husband, comedy writer, Jeff Kahn, of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, which is now a play in it’s fourth year of touring the country, and Fired!, which was also a Showtime Comedy Special. Annabelle spent numerous years co-hosting Dinner and a Movie on TBS. She is a frequent guest contributor to The Today Show, CBS Early Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and MSNBC. She has been a regular commentator on NPR and contributor to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Harpers Bazaar, The Nation, More, Jewish Journal. Her acting credits include Seinfeld, Boston Legal, Dexter, and hosting programs on The Planet Green Network and HBO. She is currently adapting, I See You Made an Effort, for the F/X network.


The return of T.C. Boyle w/ Live Talks Los Angeles!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

T.C. Boyle in conversation with Susan Orlean discussing the writing life and his novel- The Harder They Come

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

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission /$30 Reserved Section Seats/ $43 Includes Boyle’s book + Seats in reserved section/ $95 Includes pre-event reception + Boyle’s book + Reserved Seats


We’re excited to be hosting T.C. Boyle presenting his 25th book, The Harder They Come.

Tom Coraghessan Boyle is a novelist and short story writer. Since the mid-1970s, he has published fourteen novels and more than 100 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988, for his third novel, World’s End, and the Prix Médicis étranger (France) for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995. His stories have won accolades for their irony and black humor, for their verbal pyrotechnics, for their fascination with everything bizarre and queasy, and for the razor-sharp way in which they dissect America’s obsession with image and materialism. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

With its roots in actual events, The Harder They Come is set in Northern California—a landscape that Boyle knows well. While vacationing in Costa Rica, seventy-year-old Sten Stensen kills a gun-wielding assailant and returns home a reluctant hero. There, he is reunited with his paranoid son, Adam. Though protected by his older, damaged lover, Sara—a right wing anarchist—Adam inevitably spirals out of control. After killing two people, he flees into the surrounding primeval woods. Sten, confronting his own legacy of violence, is powerless in taming his troubled son. “The Harder They Come was inspired by two stories reported in the news,” Boyle explains, “which provided the germ of the idea of examining the anti-authoritarianism and violence that are integral to our character (as indicated in the epigraph from D.H. Lawrence’s Studies in Classic American Literature: “The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has not yet melted.”) The first was the report of an elderly man attacked in Central America while on a tour with a busload of his coevals; the second was the case of a schizophrenic young man (a shooter) whose delusions caused him to murder two strangers and take to the wilderness around Fort Bragg, California, resulting in the biggest manhunt in California history. The research and writing, in toto, took just over a year and a half, and involved tramping the dense forests of the northern coast, in a location that reprises the setting of my second novel, Budding Prospects, which took place just up the road in Willits. While the earlier novel was comedic, taking an ironic (and zany) view of Lawrence’s proposition, The Harder They Come takes a darker, Faulknerian view.”

See video of T.C Boyle’s earlier appearances at Live Talks Los Angeles: discussing his novel San Miguel in 2012 and When the Killing’s Done in 2013.


Susan Orlean, the author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend and The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession, has been called “a kind of latter-day Tocqueville” (The New York Times Book Review). Orlean is fascinated by American stories of every stripe. From Rin Tin Tin, the orphaned German shepherd who became a silent film star in the 1920’s, to John Laroche, the convicted felon who slinks through the swamps of southern Florida looking for rare orchids, Orlean has an eye for the moving, the hilarious, and the surprising. She has written for The Boston Globe,Vogue, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Outside, and The New Yorker, and has edited both Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. Orlean’s writing has inspired two films, including Adaptation, the Academy Award-winning film directed by Spike Jonze and starring Meryl Streep.

Orlean lectures on Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, her encounters with extraordinary people, her experiences traveling the world, the value of ignorance, and women and the media.


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