Raymond Chandler with Barry Day & Esotouric-The LARE heads downtown!

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Join us for a very special afternoon downtown with our friends from Esotouric Tours & author & editor Barry Day as we celebrate “Raymond Chandler In His Own Words”!

Library Bar -630 W 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90017

Start Time: Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm

LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association and The Larry Edmunds Bookshop invite you to join Barry Day for a celebration of his new book, The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words (Random House). Space is extremely limited and reservations required for this free event.

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Barry Day will give a short illustrated talk about Raymond Chandler and his new book, answer questions and sign books.

Immediately following the signing, LAVA co-founders and Raymond Chandler historians Richard Schave (host of Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place) & Kim Cooper (author of The Kept Girl and The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles) will lead a free hour-long walking tour of Chandler’s downtown, ending at the King Eddy Saloon with a tour of the genuine prohibition speakeasy in its basement. Locations will include the Oviatt Building (called The Treolar Building in The Lady in the Lake), the Barclay Hotel (site of an icepick murder in The Little Sister), and numerous points of interest along the way.

Please note that the walking tour will not return to its starting point, but it will be a short walk back at each guest’s leisure.

 

As always, a signed copy is available to be sent your way from the hard-boiled streets of L.A.

ABOUT BARRY DAY: Barry Day is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation. In addition to his seven previous books on Noël Coward, he has written about Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, Johnny Mercer, and Rodgers & Hart. Day was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) “for services to British culture in the United States.”

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: Raymond Chandler never wrote a memoir or autobiography. The closest he came to writing either was in—and around—his novels, shorts stories, and letters. There have been books that describe and evaluate Chandler’s life, but to find out what he himself felt about his life and work, Barry Day, editor of The Letters of Noël Coward (“There is much to dazzle here in just the way we expect… the book is meticulous, artfully structured—splendid” —Daniel Mendelsohn; The New York Review of Books), has cannily, deftly chosen from Chandler’s writing, as well as the many interviews he gave over the years as he achieved cult status, to weave together an illuminating narrative that reveals the man, the work, the worlds he created. Using Chandler’s own words as well as Day’s text, here is the life of “the man with no home,” a man precariously balanced between his classical English education with its immutable values and that of a fast-evolving America during the years before the Great War, and the changing vernacular of the cultural psyche that resulted. Chandler makes clear what it is to be a writer, and in particular what it is to be a writer of “hardboiled” fiction in what was for him “another language.” Along the way, he discusses the work of his contemporaries: Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, W. Somerset Maugham, and others (“I wish,” said Chandler, “I had one of those facile plotting brains, like Erle Gardner”).

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Bright Lights , Lonely Nights w/ SERENA!

 

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We love Serena!

Twice prior she has been a part of our Golden Goddesses events & now the spotlight is all hers to tell her story.

Join us on Saturday, December 6th @ 7:30 pm as we welcome Serena back to the L.E.B. to sign her new autobiography,

BRIGHT LIGHTS, LONELY NIGHTS: THE MEMORIES OF SERENA, PORN STAR PIONEER OF THE 1970s by Serena Czarnecki

Serena’s story is the story of the adult film world in the 1970′s told by one of the biggest stars of the time & all the players that played a part.

Join us for a trip to the Valley with an outlaw film community that changed the face of adult entertainment.

If you can’t make it, you can still order a signed copy of “Bright Lights, Lonely Nights” and we’ll send it to you just in time for the holidays!

“A true pioneer, artist, and star of her generation, Serena is the very definition of individuality and freedom tantamount to an exclusive community of golden era, erotic film performers. Melding natural beauty and raw sexuality with an intuitive, ethereal sensitivity, Serena created an abiding presence on screen. Almost 40 years after her film debut, exquisitely characterized by quiet wisdom and honesty, Serena continues to mystify and titillate fans. In her “memory book” Serena has crafted an odyssey of events, ruminations and images reflecting an inspired age of liberation. This is a superb read.” —Jill C. Nelson, author of Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985

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Dice gives you “The Filthy Truth” @ the Egyptian!

 

 

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Join us for an evening of full on laughs with the one and only Diceman!

Thursday, December 4th at the world famous Egyptian, it’s “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane” on the big screen, a Q & A  with Andrew Dice Clay & and a book signing of his brand new book “The Filthy Truth” to close the night out!

Signed books make excellent Christmas gifts too. Just sayin’.

Here’s more about the film & the book:

THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE 1990, 20th Century Fox, 104 min, USA, Dir: Renny Harlin

Andrew Dice Clay found a movie character perfect for his larger-than-life persona in Ford Fairlane, a “rock ‘n’ roll detective” catering to the music industry from behind the wheel of a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner. With an arsenal of off-color one-liners, Ford confronts a motley crew of musicians, shock-jocks, groupies and label executives to solve the on-stage murder of a heavy metal singer; among the many cameos in this cult favorite are memorable turns by Vince Neil, Gilbert Gottfried, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET baddie Robert Englund.

From Andrew Dice Clay, the “Undisputed Heavyweight Comedy King,” comes the unapologetic and uncensored autobiography fans have been waiting for. Andrew Dice Clay’s raw stand-up delivery has shocked and entertained audiences for decades and continues to do so to this day. When he released his debut album, Dice, in 1989, the parental advisory label simply read “Warning: This album is offensive.” His material stretched the boundaries of decency and good taste to their breaking point, and in turn he became the biggest stand-up comic in the world.

In The Filthy Truth, Dice chronicles his remarkable rise, fall, and triumphant return. Brooklyn-born Andrew Clay Silverstein started out at Pips Comedy Club in Sheepshead Bay and eventually made a name for himself a decade later with a breakout appearance on the Rodney Dangerfield HBO special Nothing Goes Right. With that single TV appearance he became the new king of comedy, and Dicemania was born. He was the first and only comedian to sell out over three hundred sports arenas across the country to an audience of more than twelve million people. He was also the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. But Dice’s meteoric rise and spectacular fame brought on a furious backlash from the media and critics. Billboards for his album produced by Rick Rubin and for his movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane were defaced and ripped down as fast as they were put up. By the mid-nineties, though still playing to packed audiences, the turmoil in his personal life, plus attacks from every activist group imaginable, led him to make the decision to step out of the spotlight and put the focus on raising his boys. The Diceman was knocked down, but not out. Taking inspiration from what Frank Sinatra once told him—“You work for your fans, not the media. The media gets their tickets for free”—Dice is now back with critically acclaimed roles in HBO’s Entourage and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and is once again playing to sold-out audiences.

Filled with no-holds-barred humor and honesty, The Filthy Truth sets the record straight and gives fans plenty of never-before-shared stories from his career and his friendships with Howard Stern, Sam Kinison, Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone, Axl Rose, and countless others.

“In the midst of reading this book I remembered what I really, really liked about Andrew Dice Clay–he said what you thought and would never say out loud; very honest and bitingly funny. The only thing I truly didn’t know was what a fine actor he is (but that’s not in the book, I’m just commenting). I loved the book because it’s him. It’s SO him.” — Whoopi Goldberg

“I’ve known Dice since he was Andrew Silverstein and his nursery rhymes were actual nursery rhymes. I’ve always thought his life would be a page turner. I wasn’t wrong. Anybody who is a fan of comedy owes it to themselves to know Dice’s whole story. The Filthy Truth is he’s a really great guy and a hell of a storyteller.” — Arsenio Hall

“After working with Andrew on Blue Jasmine he will always appear to me as an incredibly talented movie actor. I encourage anyone to read this book to discover the path that led him there.” — Alec Baldwin

“No one did it bigger, louder, or ruder. And definitely no one did it funnier than Andrew Dice Clay.” — Nikki Sixx

“My friend Andrew Silverstein is a great comic who invented a character, ‘Andrew Dice Clay,’ who intends to offend, expose, and mock the common arrogance and stupidity of the ultra-macho male dinosaur, allowing us to laugh the whole archetype to scorn.” — Roseanne Barr

 

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It’s “Happy Days” @ the LARE! An Evening with Anson Williams!

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FRIDAY,NOVEMBER 21 @ 7:30 pm – Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Growing up in the 70′s there is no way that “Happy Days” wasn’t a part of your Tuesday night viewing. That brilliant cast & wonderful collection of talent was the perfect reason for your family to watch Milwaukee’s finest family, the Cunninghams.Anson Williams as the lovable best friend “Potsie” Weber was a major part of that. We here at the LARE are thrilled to welcome Anson Williams to the store for a very special evening signing his new book, “Singing To A Bulldog”.

Not only that, but you can watch an episode of “Happy Days” with Anson Williams! Make a reservation by ordering “Singing To A Bulldog” and we’ll save you a seat to watch Happy Days with Anson!

Best known for his Golden Globe- nominated role as Warren “Potsie” Weber on the series Happy Days, Anson Williams is also an award-winning television director and writer as well as a singer and producer. He has directed more than 300 hours of television for a variety of series, including Beverly Hills, 90210, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. He won the prized Humanitas Award for his writing, has been honored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and served on the board of the USO. Together with business partner JoAnna Connell, he founded StarMaker Products, an international product company. He lives with his wife and five daughters in Los Angeles, California.

Growing up in 1950s California, young Anson Williams was clumsy and unsure of himself. He started working odd jobs as a teenager to help support his family and met Willie, an aging, uneducated, African-American janitor who unexpectedly became a mentor. In Singing to a Bulldog, Williams relates both the life lessons taught by Willie and the never-before-revealed stories of the famous (and not-so-famous) folks he’s encountered during his 40 years in Hollywood, including:

• the day Robin Williams woke up Happy Days

• being directed by Steven Spielberg in his first dramatic role

• getting kidnapped by Gerald Ford’s daughter at the White House

• being inspired by Shailene Woodley on the set of The Secret Life of the American Teenager

“…a truly inpirational book of life lessons…” -Ron Howard

“Singing To A Bulldog is such a meaningful, fun, and uplifting book. I have such sweet memories of Anson . . . like millions of others, I loved him on “Happy Days.” I am proud to be a little part of this wonderfully written, revealing, informative, and entertaining book. Praise and congratulations to Anson.” –Dolly Parton

Don’t miss our night with Anson Williams!

If for some reason you can’t join us back to 1950′s Milwaukee, order “Singing To A Bulldog” and we’ll send a signed copy your way for the holidays!

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ANJELICA! At the ALEX! It’s the Live Talks Finale for 2014

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An Evening with Anjelica Huston discussing her memoir, Watch Me

The Alex Theatre – 216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA 91203

A book signing follows the event.

Wow! This is going to be amazing! I have been fascinated w/ the Huston family since “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” & am really looking forward to this evening with the amazing Anjelica Huston.

Get your tickets at:http://livetalksla.org/

Order your books from us here at the L.E.B. & we will get them signed & sent!

Academy Award-winning actress and director Anjelica Huston has received honors from the National Society of Film Critics; the Independent Spirit Awards; and the Golden Globe Awards; as well as multiple Oscar, BAFTA, and Emmy awards or nominations. Huston most recently starred on the hit TV show Smash. She is the author of the memoirs A Story Lately Told and Watch Me. Following her well received coming-of-age memoir, Huston writes about her relationship with Jack Nicholson, her rise to stardom, her work with the greatest directors in Hollywood, her love affair with her husband, and much more. Anjelica Huston was twenty-nine years old and trying to create a place for herself as an actress in Hollywood when the director Tony Richardson said to her: “‘Poor little you. So much talent and so little to show for it. You’re never going to do anything with your life.’ Tony had a singsong voice, like one of his own parrots, but there was no mistaking the edge. ‘Perhaps you’re right,’ I answered. Inside I was thinking, Watch me.”

In A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston described her enchanted childhood in Ireland and her glamorous but troubled late teens in London. That memoir of her early years ended when Anjelica stepped into Hollywood. In Watch Me, Huston tells the story of falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous, turbulent, high-profile, spirited seventeen-year relationship with him and his intoxicating circle of friends. She writes about learning the art and craft of acting, about her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi’s Honor, about her roles as Morticia Addams in the Addams Family films, Etheline Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums and Lilly Dillon in The Grifters, and about her collaborations with many great directors, including Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Bob Rafelson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Stephen Frears. She movingly and beautifully writes about the death of her father, the legendary director John Huston, and her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham. She is candid, mischievous, warm, passionate, funny, and a superb storyteller.

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Grey Gardens, An American Life & the Secret of Walter Newkirk!

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SATURDAY,NOVEMBER 15th-4-6 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Next Saturday we welcome Walter Newkirk, author &  publicist to tell his tales , both personal & professional.

Walter will share stories about Little Edie Beale, An American Family  & many many more.

There will be clips & conversation as well as 2 books, “The Secret Life of Walter Newkirk” & “memoraBEALEia”. There will be a CD, “Little Edie Live” all available for sale & ready to be signed.

Walter’s insight into a pair of the 70′s most known documentary subjects will be just the beginning to an afternoon of interesting conversation.

Hope to see you here at the LARE next weekend!

Here’s a little more on the books:

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER NEWKIRK by Walter Newkirk

Backstage stories about Lena Horne/LENA HORNE: The Lady & Her Music, Sheryl Lee Ralph/ DREAMGIRLS, Grey Gardens The Musical and The Broadway Annies including Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrea McArdle, Shelley Bruce, Alyson Kirk and Alyson Smith are featured in the new book The Secret LIfe of Walter Newkirk.

In the new memoir THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER NEWKIRK, a veteran publicist confronts all aspects of his life including bouts with depression from 1978-2013, 4 hospitalizations between 2004-2013, the paralyzing and overwhelming fear of becoming homeless in 2011, his gay relationships from 1978-present day, in addition to his PR career in the fine and performing arts with backstage stories. Newkirk states: “The title of my book refers to the 1947 film THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY starring Danny Kaye. The book has backstage stories with actors and celebrities including Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Louis Zorich. Eartha Kitt, Academy Award winners James Ivory & Ismael Merchant, Ron & Betty Galella, Quentin Crisp, Paul Cadmus, Arlene Dahl, Deborah Gregory (THE CHEETAH GIRLS). Connie Francis, Kim G of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY, Pat Loud, Edie Beale, Bob Paris, Celeste Holm, Richard Dupont, Richard Wesley, Nikki Haskell, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrea McArdle and Lena Horne. The book includes Newkirk’s interviews for The Rutgers Daily Targum ,his college newspaper, with Edie Beale Pat Loud of the landmark TV series “An American Family”( PBS 1973), Jon Voight (1978) and Divine (1974). “It’s funny, sad, and goes all over the place. Ithas a happy ending which is my life now without medications,” said Mr. Newkirk.

A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ , Walter Newkirk spent his wonder years in Mt. Laurel NJ and is now a resident of Chatham, NJ. He is the author of 2 books memoraBEALE A Private Scrapbook about Edie Beale of Grey Gardens and Letters of Little Edie Beale. www.greygardensbook.com His book memoraBEALEIa has endorsements from Bryan Batt, Michael Korie, Christine Ebersole, Scott Frankel, Doug Wright, Joey Arias and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

memoraBEALEia : A Private Scrapbook about Edie Beale of Grey Gardens, a new book by Walter Newkirk, celebrates and pays tribute to Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale. Miss Beale was the first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and is best known for her participation in the famous documentary Grey Gardens (1976). The book was specifically produced for fans of Edie Beale and the film Grey Gardens. On April 22, 1976 college journalist Walter Newkirk traveled to Grey Gardens, the Beale estate on Long Island, to interview Edie Beale about the movie documentary Grey Gardens, for his college newspaper, The Rutgers Daily Targum. In the 1970s, Edie Beale and her mother Edith Bouvier Beale — the respective cousin and aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — former society ladies — were living in a cat-infested, filthy, crumbling estate called Grey Gardens in East Hampton on Long Island. The film Grey Gardens about their reclusive lives together in that house inspired a Tony Award winning Broadway musical during the 2006-2007 season by Doug Wright, Michael Korie and Scott Frankel, also called Grey Gardens, which fictionalized the back story and decline of the women.

The interview for the Rutgers newspaper was conducted shortly after the release of the film. Newkirk and Beale kept in touch for several years, by phone and by mail. After the estate was sold and her mother died, Beale moved to New York for three years (1980-1983) and the author escorted her to luncheons, parties and special events. “Little Edie” later moved to Florida, and died in January 2002. memoraBEALEia contains never-before-seen photographs of Edie Beale and Grey Gardens, the Rutgers Targum interview along with a few other obscure newspaper clippings, reproductions of letters written by Little Edie (and cards created by her, along with art inspired by Grey Gardens. There are also essays about Edie and Grey Gardens by photojournalist/paparazzo Ron Galella, former literary agent Pat Loud (An American Family, PBS TV series, 1973) and the artist Maria Manhattan. The documentary Grey Gardens is now available on DVD.

Little Edie Live! A Visit To Grey Gardens, a 72 minute interview with Edie Beale which was the basis for the Rutgers University newspaper article in 1976, is now available !

 

 

the LARE heads to Silver Lake for “Silver Lake Chronicles”!

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958.7 Silver Lake cvr.inddSATURDAY,NOVEMBER 15th-1o am -1 pm – “Silver Lake Chronicles” w/ authors Michael Locke & Vincent Brook !

The BLACK CAT-3909 Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake

Join us for breakfast or brunch as we head across our neighborhood to the famous Black Cat in Silver Lake & have a bite with authors Michael Locke & Vincent Brook who will be talking Silver Lake history in general & movie history in the area too.

Silver Lake is situated between Los Feliz and Echo Park a few miles from downtown Los Angeles, Silver Lake thrives as a perennially avant-garde and enchanting enclave. From mansion builders and movie stars to bohemians, visionaries and just plain folk, discover Silver Lake’s illustrious past and a fantastic cast of characters sure to enrich contemporary experience and inform the past. Colorful anecdotes about early movie magnates William Selig and Mack Sennett and silent-screen idols Mabel Normand, Antonio Moreno and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle flesh out these famous figures’ lives in new and surprising ways. Other lesser-known but richly deserving stories about the area’s pioneer families are shared perhaps for the first time. Authors Michael Locke and Vincent Brook present a rich tapestry of this unique urban oasis whose appeal seems only to grow.

Get a signed copy of “Silver Lake Chronicles”, hear some local history & have breakfast. A nice way to start your Saturday!

See you at the Black Cat!

Of course if you can’t make it, we will send Silver Lake your way for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby Wax brings a “Sane New World” w/ Carrie Fisher & Live Talks Los Angeles!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 8pm

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The Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404

“I love this book more than I love Ruby. And that’s saying quite a bit…in a loud, funny voice. Yes…I love this book. And I know books. And I know love. And Ruby’s book is both.”— Carrie Fisher

“We know so little about how our minds work,” says Ruby Wax. “It’s like having a Ferrari on top of your shoulders but no one gave you the keys.” Ruby Wax arrived in Great Britain from the U.S. in 1977 and began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. After 25 years writing and performing in her own widely popular television shows on the BBC, and serving as Script Editor for the entire run of the hit series Absolutely Fabulous, Wax is now deploying humor to spread the word about neuroscience, rewiring our thoughts to find calm in a frenetic world, and how to survive the 21st century.

Wax earned a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford, becoming an advocate and activist—successfully petitioning Parliament and Downing Street to change the laws around discrimination and mental health.Her book, Sane New World, zoomed to the top of the bestseller list in her adopted homeland of England, and is soon to be published in the US. Nearly 1.5 million people have seen Ruby’s TED talk. Visit her website.Join us as she takes to our stage for a lively conversation with her friend, the actress and writer Carrie Fisher.

Carrie Fisher, actress, writer and daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher made her film debut in Shampoo and went on to star as the iconic Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. She has appeared in the films When Harry Met Sally, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Blues Brothers, to name a few. Television credits include Sex and the City, The Big Bang Theory and 30 Rock, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Fisher’s bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, netted her the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Fisher penned the Postcards screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Three novels and two memoirs have followed: Delusions of Grandma, Surrender the Pink, The Best Awful, Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic. Fisher performed her one-woman stage version of Wishful Drinking on Broadway, which went on to be filmed for HBO and nominated for an Emmy Award. Fisher will reprise her role of Princess Leia in the much anticipated Star Wars, Episode VII. Visit her website.

 

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PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission seats/ $34 Reserved Seats & includes Ruby Wax’ book

* a book signing follows the talk.

If the world is simply to “insane” for you to make it to the Westside, order a signed copy from us!

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Martin “I Must Say” Short w/ Steve Martin & Live Talks Los Angeles!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 7:30pm (reception, 6:00-7:00pm)

Martin Short in conversation with Steve Martin- I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend

The Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA 91203

EVENT IS SOLD OUT! How excellent will this be?

Most excellent!

Even though the night is SOLD OUT , it doesn’t mean you can’t order a signed book  from your friends here at the LARE. Perfect holiday gift!

Video will be posted in the week after. Proceeds from the reception support the Live Talks LA “Newer Voices” series.”) *At check in, you will get a ticket that gives you access to a seats in the reserved block of seats based on ticket type purchased.

A book signing follows the event. Martin Short, is an Emmy and Tony award-winning Canadian-born actor and comic, adored for his work on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, as well as such great comic movies as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride, not to mention dozens of memorable talk show, prime-time, and theatrical appearances, from Damages to his one-man Broadway hit Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. In his memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funny men.

His memoir is rich, hilarious, and occasionally a heart breaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride. He reveals how he created his most indelible comedic characters, among them the manic man-child Ed Grimley, the slimy corporate lawyer Nathan Thurm, and the bizarrely insensitive interviewer Jiminy Glick. Throughout, Short freely shares the spotlight with friends, colleagues, and collaborators, including Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Gilda Radner, Mel Brooks, Nora Ephron, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Shaffer, and David Letterman.

But there is another side to Short’s life that he has long kept private. He lost his eldest brother and both of his parents by the time he turned twenty, and, more recently, he lost his wife of thirty years to cancer. In I Must Say, Short talks for the first time about the pain that these losses inflicted and the upbeat life philosophy that has kept him resilient and carried him through. We welcome Steve Martin back to Live Talks Los Angeles. He interviewed Tina Fey when her book Bossypants was released. Here’s the video. As an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician, Steve Martin is one of the most diversified performers and acclaimed artists of his generation. With a list of credits too numerous to mention, Martin has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history—appearing in more than 50 films over the course of his career. As a compadre of Martin Short’s in The Three Amigos, he’s the perfect person to lead this conversation. Visit his website for information on upcoming concert dates with The Steep Canyon Rangers and Eddie Brickell.

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“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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