Laugh w/ Live Talks Los Angeles, Dave Barry & the LARE!

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Join us next Thursday as we laugh it up with Dave Barry on the Westside. Always enjoy an evening at the William Turner Gallery!

Thursday, May 1, 2014-(Reception 6:30-7:30 pm)8:00 pm

 

An Evening with Dave Barry

YOU CAN DATE BOYS WHEN YOU’RE FORTY:

Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About

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

PURCHASE TICKETS-$20 General Admission/$45 Includes Barry’s book + Reserved seat/$95 Includes pre-reception + Barry’s book + Reserved Seat

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Dave Barry is the author of more than thirty books, including such national bestsellers as the nonfiction I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry’s Money Secrets, Dave Barry Turns 50, and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys, as well as the novels Insane City, Tricky Business, Big Trouble, Lunatics (with Alan Zweibel), and his Peter Pan prequels (with Ridley Pearson).  Two of his books have been made into movies (Big Trouble and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys), and a play based on his first Peter Pan book, Peter and the Starcatcher, is currently on a national tour after winning five Tony Awards on Broadway. For a while, his life was even a television series, Dave’s World.  He plays guitar in the all-author rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. For many years he wrote a nationally syndicated humor column, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Dave Barry’s new book is a brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families. In his New York Times–bestselling I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry embarked on the treacherous seas of adulthood, to hilarious results. What comes next? Parenthood, of course, and families.

In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating—February 24, 2040—I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).

Let’s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide!

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Bob Saget is “Dirty Daddy”! It’s Live Talks Los Angeles @ the AERO!

 

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Thursday, April 17 , 2014 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Bob Saget in conversation with Kelly Oxford

Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian – The Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS:$20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats /$40 Includes Saget’s book + Reserved seat/ $95 Includes Pre-event reception + Saget’s book + Reserved Seats

Tickets at: http://livetalksla.org/

Bob Saget is a Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer, producer, and television host who has been performing for more than thirty years. In his memoir, Saget, the decidedly irreverent stand-up comedian and beloved TV star, delivers uproarious, uncensored, and heartfelt stories from a life in entertainment and beyond. Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. And then there are the legions of fans who can’t get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO’s Entourage and the hit documentary The Aristocrats. In his bold and wildly entertaining publishing debut, Bob continues to embrace his dark side and gives readers the book they have long been waiting for—hilarious and often dirty yet warm and disarmingly sincere. Bob talks about the connection between humor and pain, offering insights into his own life, including the deaths of his beloved sisters. He pays homage to the people who shaped and inspired him: his mom, Dolly; his father, Ben (the comedy influence who instilled his love of “sick silliness”); and the teacher who told him, “You need to make people laugh,” as well as legendary comedians such as Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams. Bob believes there’s a time and a place for filth and immature humor—and for gentle family comedy. Dirty Daddy is packed with both, from his never-before-heard stories of what really went on behind the scenes of two of the most successful family shows of all times, with costars like John Stamos, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Ashley Olsen, to his liberating experience in The Aristocrats, his Comedy Central roast, and his role of playing an extreme version of himself on Entourage. Bob opens up about his career, his reputation for sick humor, his pride and love for Full House, and how he’s come to terms with the fame of being DT—”Danny Tanner.” Throughout, he shares tales of close friends and colleagues like Rodney Dangerfield and Don Rickles, and recalls his experiences with show business legends, including Johnny Carson and George Carlin. The book is a blend of silliness, vulgarity, wit, and heart, Dirty Daddy reveals Bob Saget as never before—a man who loves being funny and making people laugh above all else.

Kelly Oxford is the bestselling author of Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar which Interview magazine called, “a hilariously mortifying memoir.” Kelly has written for such publications at GQ, Playboy, Variety, and Flare (Canada) and has sold multiple screenplays that are in development with, NBC, FOX, CBS, Anonymous Content, Legendary, and Warner Brothers. On screen she recently filmed cameos for a forthcoming untitled Cameron Crowe film and the Syfy Network’s Sharknado 2; she fully expects her scenes to be cut from both. Originally from Edmonton, Canada, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. Follow Kelly on Twitter and Instagram (@kellyoxford) and Tumblr (kellyoxford.tumblr.com)

 

 

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It’s “John Wayne-the Life and Legend” w/ author Scott Eyman pilgrim!

 

 

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MONDAY,APRIL 14th @ 7 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

We’re very happy to welcome acclaimed Hollywood author and NY Times bestseller Scott Eyman to the Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

As a book buyer, I have been ordering Scott’s books for years and he always tackles big subjects like DeMille, Ford & Mayer, or in this case the Duke.

Join us Monday evening as Scott brings “John Wayne-the Life & Legend” to the Lare, and if you can’t make it, we’ll send a copy across Monument Valley until it gets to you.

John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. He epitomized the Western film, which for many people epitomized America. He identified with conservative political causes from the early 1930s to his death in 1979, making him a hero to one generation of Americans and a villain to another. But unlike fellow actor Ronald Reagan, Wayne had no interest in politics as a career. Like many stars, he altered his life story, claiming to have become an actor almost by accident when in fact he had studied drama and aspired to act for most of his youth. He married three times, all to Latina women, and conducted a lengthy affair with Marlene Dietrich, as unlikely a romantic partner as one could imagine for the Duke. Wayne projected dignity, integrity, and strength in all his films, even when his characters were flawed, and whatever character he played was always prepared to confront injustice in his own way. More than thirty years after his death, he remains the standard by which male stars are judged and an actor whose morally unambiguous films continue to attract sizeable audiences.

 

 

 

Scott Eyman interviewed Wayne, as well as many family members, and he has drawn on previously unpublished reminiscences from friends and associates of the Duke in this biography, as well as documents from his production company that shed light on Wayne’s business affairs. He traces Wayne from his childhood to his stardom in Stagecoach and dozens of films after that. Eyman perceptively analyzes Wayne’s relationship with John Ford, the director with whom he’s most associated and who made some of Wayne’s greatest films, among them She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers. His evaluation of Wayne himself is shrewd: a skilled actor who was reluctant to step outside his comfort zone. Wayne was self-aware; he once said, “I’ve played the kind of man I’d like to have been.” It’s that man and the real John Wayne who are brilliantly profiled in Scott Eyman’s insightful biography of a true American legend.

Scott Eyman has written eleven books, including biographies of Hollywood legends such as John Ford, Ernst Lubitsch, Cecil B. DeMille, and Louis B. Mayer. He also collaborated with Robert Wagner on two books. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he is the literary critic for The Palm Beach Post. He lives with his wife, Lynn, in West Palm Beach.

 

TCM Film Festival 2014! The Lare is there w/ William Friedkin & Richard Corliss!

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It’s already that glorious time of year again, spring has sprung and the mighty TCM Classic Film Festival has rolled in from Atlanta. So many great guests like Kim Novak, Maureen O’Hara, Jerry Lewis & Mel Brooks, so many great films those here will have a hard time choosing.

Well , we’re going to do our best to not make it any easier for you . We are thrilled to once again be involved with this celebration of cinema and we’ll be heading down to the world famous Blossom Room at the Roosevelt Hotel, a.k.a. CLUB TCM for 2 great signings this week and we hope to see you there.

First up, the pleasure of the company of  WILIAM FRIEDKIN once again. Few guests have ever been so kind to me , and besides being a fan of his work, I’m a fan of his great read, “The Friedkin Connection”. Just the chapter on the “The French Connection” alone makes it a worthwhile look at the process behind the maikng of a film.

FRIDAY,APRIL 11 @ 4 pm – CLUB TCM @ the Roosevelt Hotel-WILLIAM FRIEDKIN !

Join William Friedkin in conversation w/ L.E.B. pal and czar of noir, Noir City’s Eddie Muller for a discussion about Friedkin’s career & well, whatever Mr. Friedkin,(call me Billy),wants to talk about. There will be no shortage of inspired conversation that’s for sure.

Then, get yourself a signed copy of , “The Friedkin Connection”.

This event is for TCM attendees only, but we can still get you a signed book. Just give us a call.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 12th @ 12:30 pm- CLUB TCM @ the ROOSEVELT HOTEL-RICHARD CORLISS!

MOM AND THE MOVIES: A CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD CORLISS

We’ve got the perfect gift for all you mother-lovers out there, or the perfect gift for Mom herself.

Author & film critic Richard Corliss brings “Mom In The Movies” to Club TCM Saturday afternoon. I think it is the perfect gift to get your movie loving Mom for Mother’s Day! If you’re not a TCM attendee, give us a call we’ll get Mom on the way.

Time magazine movie critic and film historian Richard Corliss will be on hand for the official book launch of his brand new book Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate), from TCM and Simon & Schuster. Corliss will discuss the process of writing the book, while also touching upon his lifelong fascination with the movies and his career as a renowned critic. After the conversation, he will sign copies of Mom in the Movies.

For those of you that are here, enjoy the Festival and we hope to see you this weekend when you step into the light from the glorious dark!

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY with SHIRLEY! C’mon get happy & meet SHIRLEY JONES @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

 

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SUNDAY,APRIL 13th 11 am- 1 pm @ LARRY EDMUNDS BOOKSHOP

This Sunday!

If you’re going to the  TCM Classic Film Festival you may be going to see Shirley Jones at the premiere event Thursday night when she appears at the Chinese Theater for the classic, “Oklahoma”.

You can see her on screen, but,

How would you like to meet Shirley this weekend as well? Now you can! Come on down for a special treat this Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm and meet Shirley Jones. Shirley will be signing her book, “Shirley Jones-A Memoir” . Photos, dvds and other merchandise will be available for sale too! Don’t miss your opportunity to meet a legend this weekend!

Meet SHIRLEY JONES at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

SUNDAY with SHIRLEY! Honored & lucky to welcome Shirley Jones to our humble home in Hollywood. Join us as we welcome one of the great voices & great talents of stage and screen (large & small) for a special 2 hour appearance here at the store. Shirley will be signing, “Shirley Jones-A Memoir”.  C’mon, get happy & meet Shirley Jones!

 

She sang her way into America’s heart in classic films like Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The Music Man. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Elmer Gantry. And she played one of television’s most beloved moms in the iconic 1970s sitcom, The Partridge Family. From golden-voiced ingénue to bus-driving mother of a pop band, Shirley Jones has always seemed as pure and wholesome as her squeaky-clean image. But now in SHIRLEY JONES: A Memoir    she is ready to set the record straight—in a book as shockingly candid, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank as the star herself.
This is the real Shirley Jones: a small-town girl from Pennsylvania with a rebellious nature, radiant smile, and rare talent that grabbed the attention of Broadway legends Rodgers and Hammerstein—on her very first audition. Shirley’s meteoric rise put her in the company of major movie stars like Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, and Burt Lancaster. But it was the dashing, charismatic, and deeply
troubled actor Jack Cassidy who stole Shirley’s heart—and unlocked her highly charged sexuality. For the first time, she reveals the stunning details of their rocky marriage and adventurous life: the infidelities, the costar crushes, the sexual experimentation. She talks openly about her relationship with stepson David Cassidy, her cult status with The Partridge Family, and her second marriage to wacky TV comedian and producer Marty Ingels. Most of all, she reveals a side of Shirley Jones we’ve never seen before. . . .
As always, if you miss the Partridge Family bus, we’ll get a copy signed for you and sent your way.
Thanks everybody, hope to see you soon.
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1 DIVINE NIGHT! “I Am Divine” DVD release party!

 

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THURSDAY,APRIL  10 th @ 7:30 pm @ LARRY EDMUNDS BOOKSHOP

“I AM DIVINE”-DVD Release party w/ director Jeffrey Schwarz & very special guest HOLLY WOODLAWN!

We will gather to celebrate the DVD release of “I Am Divine” the latest documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz. Jeffrey has compiled interviews & classic footage  and his own special touches to make this a must have , one of a kind look at a one of a kind star, Divine!

It will be a splendid night of clips & conversation w/ Jeffrey as well as a visit from Divine friend & Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn, who will share stories of her friend and join in the celebration of  an unbelievable talent who defied all the rules and truly was bigger than life

Don’t make us get Dawn Davenport to stomp upon you in a new pair of cha cha heels, this will be a night to remember and we hope you can join us this upcoming Thursday, April 10th.

If for some reason, you’re stuck in Baltimore and can’t make it, we can get Jeffrey to sign a DVD and we’ll get it in the mail to you.

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“Divine was my close friend and fearless muse. Who else could convincingly turn from teenage delinquent to mugger, prostitute, unwed mother, child abuser, fashion model, nightclub entertainer, murderess, and jailbird? All in the same movie? That’s why I am giving my full blessing to a new documentary feature film, I AM DIVINE, to be directed by award-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.”  — John Waters 10151955_10152135802133075_475814641_n

Hello, moviegoers!

We are beyond excited to present to you a brand new documentary about the most beautiful woman in the world… the filthiest person alive… the legendary, the outrageous, the one and only… DIVINE!

I AM DIVINE is a definitive biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, and honors him in just the way he always craved — as a serious artist and immortal star. Divine’s entire story is told, from his early days as a misfit youth in Baltimore through his rise to infamy as a cult superstar. Like the characters he portrayed in numerous films, Divine was the ultimate outsider.

He transformed himself from a bullied schoolyard fat kid to a larger-than-life personality and underdog royalty as his alter-ego Divine. Divine stood up for millions of gay men and women, female impersonators, punk rockers, the ample figured, and countless other socially ostracized people. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality and revolutionized pop culture.

As outrageous and fun as its subject, I AM DIVINE combines movie clips, rare home movies and photos, television appearances and live performance footage with brand new interviews with John Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Tab Hunter, Holly Woodlawn, Michael Musto, Bruce Vilanch, mother Frances Milstead (who provided her final interview just months before she passed away), and many more of Divine’s family, friends, colleagues, and devotees.

 

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Twitter Time w/ co-founder Biz Stone & Live Talks Los Angeles !

  Wednesday, April 9, 2014 , 8 pm (Reception: 6:30-7:30 pm)                                                                               Biz-Stone-book-jacket

Biz Stone -Co-founder, Twitter-Co-founder & CEO of Jelly

in conversation with Larry Vincent,Executive Director, UTA Brand Studio

Things a Little Bird Told Me:Confessions of the Creative Mind

United Talent Agency

9336 Civic Center Drive,Beverly Hills, CA 90210

PURCHASE TICKETS

$20 General Admission/$40 also includes Stone’s book/$95  Pre-event reception, plus Stone’s book

Tickets at: http://livetalksla.org/

Biz Stone became an Internet entrepreneur in 1999. He went on to work for Google, helped to create both blogging and podcasting, and then co-invented Twitter. Before he was a tech star, Biz wrote books and articles about the social aspects of technology in the nascent days of the web. He regularly addresses large audiences as a visiting scholar at colleges or keynote speaker for companies and conferences. Most recently, Biz is founder and CEO of his newest venture, Jelly. He lives near San Francisco, California, with his wife and son.

Now, Stone tells fascinating, pivotal, and personal stories from his early life and his careers at Google and Twitter, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today. In Biz’s world:

-Opportunity can be manufactured

-Great work comes from abandoning a linear way of thinking

-Creativity never runs out

-Asking questions is free

-Empathy is core to personal and global success

In his upcoming book, Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind, he also addresses failure, the value of vulnerability, ambition, and corporate culture.

Larry Vincent is executive director of UTA Brand Studio. Over the past two decades, he has developed brand strategies for some of the world’s most beloved brands, including CBS, Coca-Cola, Four Seasons Hotels, MasterCard, Microsoft, the National Football League, Sony Playstation, The Home Depot and vitaminwater.

He is most recent book, Brand Real, was released in March 2012 and was named one of the best business books of 2012 by Strategy + Business Magazine. It focuses on the strategic behavior that drives the success of the world’s leading brands. His first book, Legendary Brands, was released in 2001 and was translated into seven languages. It focused on the storytelling potential of brand and implications for strategic and creative development.

Prior to joining UTA, Larry headed up strategy teams at several leading brand and marketing agencies, including Siegel+Gale, Octagon Worldwide and Cabana Group. He began his career in the corporate strategic planning group of The Walt Disney Company, where he led projects that leveraged Disney’s brand equity and integrated marketing power with corporate partners such as AT&T, American Express, Coca-Cola and Kodak.

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Mystery Writers hit NOIR CITY! Whodunnit? Maybe it was the LARE!

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SATURDAY,MARCH 29th @ 6:30 pm @ the EGYPTIAN THEATER! Noir Fiction meets Noir City!

Mystery writers in conversation before your Noir City double bill!

SOUTHSIDE 1-1000 / ROADBLOCK Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation 6:30 PM: Before our L.A. noir double feature, join the Southern California chapter of the Mystery Writers of America for an informative discussion on Los Angeles’ noir heritage in film and literature. Panelists include novelists Eric Beetner (Dig Two Graves), P.G. Sturges (the Shortcut Man series), and Steph Cha (Follow Her Home). Book signing in the Egyptian lobby beginning at 6:30 PM, followed by panel discussion.

Rock N’ Roll Hollywood Style!

RBSS-cover1-3079x3617_grandeFRIDAY, MARCH 28 @ 7:30 pm at Larry Edmunds Bookshop-Rock N’ Roll Hollywood Style w/ Robert Landau & Domenic Priore!

It’ll be a “riot” alright, a riot on the Sunset Strip when we bring together authors Robert Landau signing “Rock N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip” & our old friend Domenic Priore signing “Riot On Sunset Strip” for a special night devoted to the the spirit of rock n’ roll Hollywood style. 2 presentations about the culture and history of one of the things that makes Los Angeles (and Hollywood) so great with lots of great sounds, maybe some special guests and 2 experts here ready to talk about the Strip and its impact worldwide. A one of a kind night with 2 great authors. This is one you don’t want to miss!

The Books: Rock N’ Roll Billboards… The Sunset Strip, circa 1967. Buffalo Springfield called it right: “There’s something happening here…what it is ain’t exactly clear.” What was happening then is now absolutely clear. Rock ‘n’ roll and the kids who lived it were coming of age–right there on The Strip. And, as if to define the era, a few independent minds in the music industry posted giant, temporary monuments that said it all. Billboards. Bigger than life. Hand-painted homages to rock. The Doors led the way. It seemed that billboards would chronicle rock forever. In Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip, author/photographer Robert Landau showcases these signs of the time, a time when rock was the most important music ever recorded, when youth, politics, and art merged to turn counterculture into mainstream culture. Landau (watch his video trailer) was right there, a kid destined to be a professional photographer, shooting his first pictures. Decades later, he rediscovered his Kodachromes, the only extensive collection of photographs that document those iconic billboards. Impassioned, he interviewed the artists, record producers, and designers who shaped those placards, bringing fresh insight to the culture of the day and its lasting impact on the world. He tells it like it was, through the people who lived the music, the time, the energy…and the billboards. A must for every rock lover, pop-art aficionado, and socio-culture freak, Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip is a coffee-table book to read and reread, view and review, a book with a beginning and, perhaps tragically, an end. Yes, the true rock ‘n’ roll billboard era ended, but Robert Landau has created a bound museum of its best artwork, a gallery that shows what was happening there. On the Sunset Strip.

Riot On Sunset Strip: On the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles in 1965 and 1966, an electrifying scene appeared out of nowhere, exploded into creativity, and then suddenly vanished. From the moment The Byrds debuted at Ciro’s in March of ’65 – with Dylan joining them onstage – up to the demonstrations of 1966, clubs on the Strip nurtured and broke The Doors, Love, Buffalo Springfield, The Standells, The Mamas & The Papas, and many others. This book captures the excitement of this great artistic awakening and explains its tragic disappearance.

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“I See You Made A Effort” Annabelle! It’s Annabelle Gurwitch & LiveTalks Los Angeles !

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30 pm)

Annabelle Gurwitch in conversation with Jane Kaczmarek

I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

Ann and Jerry Moss Theater Herb Alpert Educational Village New Roads School 3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 9o404

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission $30 Reserved Seats $40 Includes Gurwitch’s book + Reserved seat $95 Includes Pre-event reception + book + Reserved Seats

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Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch is author of the upcoming I See You Made an Effort, a collection of hilarious wickedly funny essays about the hazards of turning 50, surviving menopause, and falling in lust at the Genius bar — the ultimate coming-of middle-age story and and sure to be a fun evening at Live Talks Los Angeles. Is 50 the new 40 or is 50 still 50? The panic began to set in when Annabelle Gurwitch turned 49. Suddenly, new and pernicious health problems began to plague her, solicitations from the AARP began flooding her mailbox, and a marriage proposal on Twitter was abruptly rescinded when the tweeter caught a glimpse of Gurwitch’s age (“You’re older than my mother, eeeeww, gross, I need to shower now”). The nicest thing her hairdresser said to her recently was, “I see you made an effort.” A visit to her gynecologist ended not with one of his usual benign send-offs—stay healthy, stay happy, stay hydrated—but instead with the slightly ominous: “Stay…funny.”

Gurwitch bravely turns an unflinching eye towards the myriad issues women can expect to encounter in their later years. From navigating the extensive—and expensive—anti-aging offerings in at a department store beauty counter, to the assisted suicide of her best friend, and the financial reality of the “never-tirement” generation that leads her to petty theft, Gurwitch proves a wickedly funny writer in her prime (in so many ways). Gurwitch is author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, a self-hurt marital memoir co-written with her husband, Jeff Kahn, now a theatrical play in its third national tour; and Fired! Tales of the Caned, Canceled, Downsized & Dismissed. Her Fired! documentary premiered as a Showtime Comedy Special and played film festivals around the world. Gurwitch gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting the cult favorite, Dinner & a Movie; her acting credits include Dexter, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Melvin Goes to Dinner, The Shaggy Dog and Not Necessarily The News on HBO. Most recently, she starred in the adaptation of Grace Paley’s A Coney Island Christmas by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies at The Geffen Playhouse. Live appearances include New York Comedy Festival, 92nd St Y, Upright Citizens Brigade and story salons in both New York and Los Angeles. She has served as a regular commentator on NPR and a humorist for TheNation. Her writing has appeared in More, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. Gurwitch is a passionate environmentalist, a reluctant atheist, and lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles.

Jane Kaczmarek starred for 7 years on the hit television show MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE for which she received EMMY, GOLDEN GLOBE and S.A.G. Award nominations. Her 30 year career on television spans from THE PAPER CHASE and HILL STREET BLUES to LAW AND ORDER S.V.U. On stage, Jane has performed in both comedy and and drama, including LOST IN YONKERS on Broadway ,THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES at the Taper , RAISED IN CAPTIVITY ( LA Drama Desk Award ) and the premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning DINNER WITH FRIENDS at SCR , GOOD PEOPLE at the Geffen Theatre (Ovation nomination) and KINDERTRANSPORT at the Tiffany Theatre for which she won the Ovation Award. She recently reprised her role in KINDERTRANSPORT for L.A. Theatre Works , which will be broadcast this year. She is the founder of the CLOTHES OFF OUR BACK Foundation which auctioned celebrity red carpet attire raising over 4 million dollars for children’s charities. Jane is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Yale School of Drama. She lives in Pasadena with her 3 children, german shepherd Lucy and guinea pig Eduardo.

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