Ray & Joan w/ Lisa Napoli!

THURSDAY,JANUARY 26th @ 7:30 am-Los Angeles Athletic Club-431 West Seventh St.

RISE & SHINE! Want to join us at the Los Angeles Athletic Club for “Coffee Break” lecture event with author Lisa Napoli?

Lisa will be signing & discussing her book, “Ray & Joan-the Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away”.

You don’t even have to be a member to join us, you can e-mail us here and we’ll make sure you get on the guest list to hear this most interesting story of this most dynamic couple.

Can’t make it, but want to order a signed book? You know we can do that for you.

ABOUT RAY & JOAN : This  past fall, the movie The Founder, starring Michael Keaton,  focused the spotlight on Ray Kroc, the man who amassed a fortune as the chairman of McDonalds. But what about his wife, Joan, the woman who became famous for giving away his fortune? Lisa Napoli tells the fascinating story behind the historic couple. Ray & Joan is a quintessentially American tale of corporate intrigue and private passion: a struggling Mad Men–era salesman with a vision for a fast-food franchise that would become one of the world’s most enduring brands, and a beautiful woman willing to risk her marriage and her reputation to promote controversial causes that touched her deeply. Ray Kroc was peddling franchises around the country for a fledgling hamburger stand in the 1950s—McDonald’s, it was called—when he entered a St. Paul supper club and encountered a beautiful young piano player who would change his life forever. The attraction between Ray and Joan was instantaneous and instantly problematic. Yet even the fact that both were married to other people couldn’t derail their roller coaster of a romance. To the outside world, Ray and Joan were happy, enormously rich, and giving. But privately, Joan was growing troubled over Ray’s temper and dark secret, something she was reluctant to publicly reveal. Those close to them compared their relationship to that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. And yet, this volatility paved the way for Joan’s transformation into one of the greatest philanthropists of our time. A force in the peace movement, she produced activist films, books, and music and ultimately gave away billions of dollars, including landmark gifts to the Salvation Army and NPR. Together, the two stories form a compelling portrait of the twentieth century: a story of big business, big love, and big giving.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Lisa Napoli has lived for the last dozen years in southern California, where she was inspired to write this book by a public artwork with a mysterious provenance. In her three decades as a journalist, she’s worked for The New York Times, MSNBC, the public radio show Marketplace, and a variety of other outlets. She’s covered everything from presidential campaigns, to hacker conventions and a hostage standoff, to the dawn of the World Wide Web. Her first book, Radio Shangri-La, is about the impact of media culture on the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan, where she was invited to help start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule. A graduate of Hampshire College, Lisa leads an award-winning volunteer cooking group at the Downtown Women’s Center on Skid Row in Los Angeles. She’s also the founding board chair of the Bhutan Media Society, an all-volunteer news outlet created by Bhutanese refugees in diaspora.

Michael (Lewis) & Mindy (Kaling) Live Talk about “The Undoing Project”

Wednesday, January 25, 2017- 8pm

Michael Lewis in conversation with Mindy Kaling discussing , The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS — SOLD OUT

Will be live streamed on the Live Talks Los Angeles Facebook page

Michael Lewis’ bestsellers include Flash Boys, The Big Short, The Blind Side, Liar’s Poker and Moneyball. Michael Lewis previously appeared with Malcolm Gladwell at Live Talks Los Angeles discussing his book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.

Watch the video. “I read Lewis for the same reasons I watch Tiger Woods. I’ll never play like that. But it’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like.” — Malcolm Gladwell

In The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, Lewis brings his narrative gift to the fascinating collaboration between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, whose Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality. Kahneman and Tversky showed the ways in which the human mind errs, systematically, when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. By undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process, Kahneman and Tversky’s breathtaking work created the field of behavioral economics, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made possible much of Lewis’s own writing, on topics from business to baseball. The characters at the center of this story have the dramatic complexity of great literary figures, heroes both in the university and on the battlefield. Their breakthrough ideas were deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences, and their findings might well have changed, for good, mankind’s view of its own mind.

Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series The Mindy Project, which she also writes and executive produces. The show centers on Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a successful OB/GYN whose love of romantic comedies is wreaking havoc on her personal life. Before The Mindy Project, Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show The Office. In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy nominated episode “Niagra.” She is currently in production on Ocean’s 8 alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. She will next begin production on A Wrinkle in Time for Disney. Aside from her work in film and television, Mindy is the author of the comedic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), and her second memoir Why Not Me? was released in September 2015 — both New York Times’ best-sellers. She appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles in September 2015. 

Little By Little-Rich Little in Santa Monica!

Monday, January 23rd @ 6 pm-Santa Monica Public Library-601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Join us next Monday for a special evening filled with some of your favorite celebrities. Wait, they’re all the one & only Rich Little!

Rich Little will be the special guest on Monday, January 23rd at the Santa Monica Public Library where he will discuss & sign his new book, “Little By Little-People I’ve Known  Been”.

We are happy to make the trip to the Westside for some quality time w/ Rich & all his “friends”

Attendance is free, but you do need a ticket. More information can be found at :  smpl.org

As always, signed books are available for those who can’t join us.

LITTLE BY LITTLE By Rich Little

RICH LITTLE is THE master mimic of more than 200 voices. With an impressive touring schedule throughout the United States and Canada, he has a voice for every administration, including U.S. Presidents: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, both George Bushes and Barack Obama. In fact, infamous for his skewering of political figures, Little has charmed, amused, intrigued and gotten the best of politicians from here to his native Canada. He entertained at both of Reagan’s presidential inaugurations, and President Reagan was reported to have said, “You do me better than I do.” A professed classic movie buff, he’s particularly fond of doing Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart, but Little has also latched on to baby boomer-friendly characters, such as Paul Lynde, Kermit the Frog, Andy Rooney and Dr. Phil, to name a few. Some of his favorite current impressions are of stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood. “They’re easy to do,” he says. “They are larger than life.”

In January 2010, Little became a United States citizen and was sworn in, with a suggestion from the judge to do it as John Wayne! His wife at the time, Marie, passed away that year. In her honor, Little created the Marie and Rich Little Foundation, which focuses on helping children, the homeless and animals in need. Little is currently working on his latest project, “Little by Little” a self-written, humorous show about his life, featuring over 30 characters & a book of the same title (…Celebrities I’ve Known and Been). Up until now, a little known fact about Little is his other talent as an artist. He started sketching when he was young, drawing his family and friends. To date, he has drawn more than 100 pictures of all the celebrities and politicians he imitates, and displays several of these life-like charcoal sketches in his shows.

“How did I become an impersonator? Perhaps my mother was conceived by a Xerox machine!” says Little. So, how did a kid from Ottawa, Canada, growing up in the ’50s become an impressionist? No one in our family had ever been in show business. No one ever had “show biz” yearnings. His father was a doctor. His mother was a housewife. So where did the desire to become an impressionist come from? Although, often asked this question, he can only offer an early love of the movies. “As a boy, I would go every weekend, sometimes staying to see the show twice. Just going to the movies and getting so involved in the story-telling and the characters made me want to be that person up on the screen, never dreaming that I could turn it into a career,” remarks Little. The glory days of Hollywood and their icons, like no other, have remained as indelible images in our hearts and minds for decades. He, like many, idolized these giants of the screen and comedy, but was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet, work with, and get to know many of them along the way during my career. From the genius of Jack Benny, the unmatched humor of George Burns, the debonair, handsome Cary Grant, the unforgettable John Wayne, the king of late night hosts Johnny Carson, and the former actor-turned-President Ronald Reagan to President Obama and preparing for Trump … just in case. In this gem of a new book are insights into the likes of many of these great people he has had the privilege and fortune to meet and imitate, to shine a new light on our beloved stars. “This is really not a biography,” saysd Little, “but more of a humorous glimpse of the people I’ve impersonated and some of the funny stories that happened along the way.”

 

The Platinum Age of Television w/ David Bianculli!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 , 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Author & television critic DAVID BIANCULLI

Join us as we talk television with a man who has been reviewing & writing about it for over 40 years.

David Bianculli joins us to take a state of the union look at television in what he classifies as the “Platinum Age”, an age of expanded creativity, binge watching & more. We’ll have clips & conversation about many of your current faves & about some of the classics of the past too!

Television shows have now eclipsed films as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by one of our finest critics explains—historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves—how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved. Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli’s theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television—our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls—he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show. In each genre, he selects five key examples of the form, tracing its continuities and its dramatic departures and drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history. Television has triumphantly come of age artistically; David Bianculli’s book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, how this inspiring development came about.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR- DAVID BIANCULLI is a guest host and TV critic on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975. From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News. Bianculli has written three books: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2009);Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992); and Dictionary of Teleliteracy(1996). An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine, TVWorthWatching.com.

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