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Shirley, I Jest! It’s Cindy Williams @ the LARE!

th 1630760129 th-1 th-4 th-2Tuesday, June 16-7:30 pm- Shirley, I Jest! It’s Cindy Williams in person @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Tuesday nights on ABC used to be such a big deal when I was growing up. Happy Days, Three’s Company, & Laverne & Shirley!

There are nights you know are always going to be special and this is going to be one them and it happens to be on a Tuesday!

Very very thrilled to welcome Cindy Williams in person to the LARE. Cindy will join us for an episode of Laverne & Shirley, a Q & A with author &  Classic Television Preservation Society’s Herbie J Pilato and a signing of her brand new autobiography, “Shirley, I Jest”. Don’t miss your chance to watch classic television w/ a classic star & then hear behind the scenes stories about all your favorites.

Want to guarantee a seat for this awesome evening ? Just give us a call and order a copy of “Shirley, I Jest” and a chair will be yours until we are full up. Have to work the late shift at the Shotz Brewery? Well, we can get a signed copy of “Shirley, I Jest” sent your way.

Here’s a little more about the book:

Cindy Williams, half of the comedic duo of Laverne & Shirley, has had a wild and lively career in show business. This book is an engaging and heartfelt journey from Williams’s blue collar roots to unexpected stardom—from being pranked by Jim Morrison while waiting tables at Whisky a Go Go to starring in one of the most iconic shows on television. With wit and candor, Cindy tells stories of her struggles as a child growing up with meager means and dreaming of becoming an actress. She also shares many misadventures and amusing anecdotes about some of the most famous actors in Hollywood. Never taking herself too seriously, Cindy finds humor and irony in the challenging world of show business.

the Doctor is In! It’s a Dr. Ruth house call for Live Talks Los Angeles!


Monday, June 15, 2015 8:00 pm

An Evening with Dr. Ruth Westheimer- The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre

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

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Section seats/ $43 Includes Dr. Ruth’s book + Reserved Seats

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who came to national attention in the early 1980s with her live radio program, Sexually Speaking. She went on to have her own TV program. She is the author of thirty-seven books. A one-woman show about her life, Dr. Ruth, All The Way, is currently touring. Dr. Ruth teaches at Columbia’s Teachers College. She lives in New York and has two children and four grandchildren. Visit her website.

America’s best-loved therapist, Dr. Ruth, is known for her wise counsel on all matters of the heart. In her new book — part memoir, part life manual — Dr, Ruth shares private stories from her past and her present, and her insights into living life to the fullest, at any age. Everyone knows Dr. Ruth as the most famous and trusted sex therapist, but few people know she narrowly escaped death from the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, or that she was a sniper during Israel’s War of Independence. After years spent as a student in Paris, Dr. Ruth came to America dreaming of a new life though never expecting the dramatic turns that would take place. And at the age of eighty-seven, she is as spirited as ever. Dr. Ruth sheds light on how she’s learned to live a life filled with joie de vivre. And she shows readers how they too can learn to deal with tragedy and loss, challenges and success, all while nourishing an intellectual and emotional spark, and, above all, having fun!


Cari Beauchamp’s My First Time In Hollywood !

MFTH Invitation

Cari Beauchamp has been a friend to the LARE for some time & we are very very excited to be a part of this special evening for the release of her new book, ” My First Time In Hollywood” at the EarthWe Studio at Bergamot Station next Tuesday, June 9th . (7-9 pm)

A wonderful cast of characters including Nancy Olson Livingston, Suzanne Lloyd & Felicia Farr Lemmon will read the autobiographical accounts of a wonderful cast of characters like Frances Marion, Mary Pickford & Colleen Moore.

The event is free but space is limited and there are only a handful of spots remaining.


in advance to attend & reserve a book.


Here’s a little more information about the book :

Over forty legends of the film business recount their first trip to Hollywood. Actors, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and editors-half of them women-recall the long joinery, their initial impressions, their struggle to find work, and the love for making movies that kept them going. Drawn from letters, speeches, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies-and illustrated with over sixty vintage photographs and illustrations-each story is intimate and unique, but all speak to our universal need to follow our passions and be part of a community that feeds the soul. This anthology is edited and annotated by award-winning author and film historian Cari Beauchamp, the only person to twice be named as an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholar. Of MY FIRST TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, Academy-Award-winning film preservationist, historian, and author Kevin Brownlow writes: “What every film fan years for-first-hand, eyewitness accounts of a Hollywood none of us can remember and all of us wish we’d known. Completely fascinating.” And film critic and historian Leonard Maltin writes: “What a priceless parade of evocative and highly entertaining memories. Once you start reading you won’t want to stop.”

We also recommend this article by Susan King about the book:

As always, if you can’t attend, we’ll be glad to get Cari to sign it up & we’ll send it your way. cover64054-medium

Laughter & Lit & Live Talks! Ali Wentworth & Jackie Collins!


HappilyAliAfter-hc-c- Thursday, June 11, 2015- 8:00pm

William Turner Gallery Bergamot Station Arts Center

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Ali Wentworth in conversation with Jackie Collins

Happily Ali After: And More Fairly True Tales

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


*Jackie Collins’ new novel, The Santangelos, will be available for sale at the event.




Ali Wentworth made a name for herself on the comedy show In Living Color, and has appeared on such television shows as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; Seinfeld (playing Schmoopie in the “Soup Nazi” episode); Head Case (which she created, wrote, and executive produced); and The Oprah Winfrey Show, for which she was a correspondent. Her film credits include Jerry Maguire, The Real Blonde, Office Space, and It’s Complicated.

Her first book is the New York Times bestseller Ali in Wonderland. A native of Washington, D.C., Wentworth lives in New York City with her husband, George Stephanopoulos, and their two girls. Visit her website. The actress and comedian picks up where she left off in Ali in Wonderland, dissecting modern life—and this time, on a mission of self-improvement—in a series of laugh-out-loud comic vignettes. Moved by a particularly inspirational tweet one day, she resolves to live by the pithy maxims she discovers in her feeds. What begins as a sort of self-help project quickly turns into something far grander—and increasingly funnier—as the tweets she once viewed with irony become filled with increasing metaphysical importance. And thus begins her “Unhappiness Project.” It’s not long before Ali expands her self-improvement quest to include parenting, relationship, fitness (or lack thereof), and dieting advice. The results are painfully (at times literally) clear: when it comes to self-help, sometimes you should leave it to the professionals.

Jackie Collins is the author of thirty New York Times bestselling novels. More than 500 million of her books have sold in more than forty countries. From Hollywood Wives to Lady Boss, from Chances to Poor Little Bitch Girl, Jackie Collins has chronicled the lives of the rich and famous with “devastating accuracy” (Los Angeles Times). Visit her website. Her next novel, The Santangelos, will be released on June 16, 2015. A vicious hit. A vengeful enemy. A drug addled Colombian club owner. A sex crazed Italian family. And the ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all, while Max—her teenage daughter is becoming The “It” girl in Europe’s modeling world. And her Kennedyesque son, Bobby, is being set up for a murder he didn’t commit. But Lucky can deal. Always strong and unpredictable with her husband, Lennie, by her side she lives up to the family motto—Never fuck with a Santangelo. Lucky rules. The Santangelos always come out on top. An epic family saga filled with love, lust, revenge and passion.



Altruism w/ Matthieu Ricard & the Art of Stillness w/ Pico Iyer!



Tuesday, June 9, 2015 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)Screen-Shot-2015-01-11-at-10.56.50-AM

Matthieu Ricard in conversation with Pico Iyer

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World

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

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Please note that we are also hosting Matthieu Ricard in our morning Live Talks Business Forum on June 10.

To purchase tickets to the morning event visit here:

PURCHASE TICKETS: $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Section Seats/ $43 Includes Ricard’s book + Reserved Section Seats $95 Includes pre-event reception and + Reserved Seats + Ricard’s book as well as Iyer’s book.

This event presented in association with InsightLA.



Born in France in 1946, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas nearly 40 years ago. He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos and at TED where his first talk on happiness has been viewed by over four million people. His new book is Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World.

His previous books have been translated into over twenty languages and include The Monk and the Philosopher; The Quantum and the Lotus; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill; and Why Meditate?, as well as five photography books. As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives in Nepal and devotes much of his time to the preservation of Tibetan literature and to humanitarian projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal.

Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects as varied as Cuba, globalism, Graham Greene and the XIVth Dalai Lama, and writes up to 100 articles a year for magazines from The New York Review of Books to Harper’s, and Vanity Fair to Wired. He delivered popular TED talks in both 2013 and 2014—his most recent book is a small TED Original on the theme of stillness, and his talk on the nature of home attracted millions of viewers—and he has written a film script for Miramax, done many liner notes for Leonard Cohen and written introductions to more than 50 other books. Born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, he has been based, since 1987, in Western Japan, while traveling widely, everywhere from North Korea to Ethiopia and Yemen to Easter Island.




Art Deco Mailboxes & Skyscraper Souls



Saturday, May 30th at 2 pm, Art Deco Mailboxes & Skyscraper Souls at the Egyptian

Author Karen Greene will discuss the history of the Art Deco Movement  as well as sign her book , “Art Deco Mailboxes” before a screening of “Skyscraper Souls”.

Go back to the the 30’s on May 3oth.

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Here’s some additional info on the book:

A great gift book for lovers of unsung urban decorative art and unique architectural details. Mailboxes and their chutes were once as essential to the operation of any major hotel, office, civic, or residential building as the front door. In time they developed a decorative role, in a range of styles and materials, and as American art deco architecture flourished in the 1920s and 1930s they became focal points in landmark buildings and public spaces: the GE Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Woolworth Building, 29 Broadway, the St. Regis Hotel, York & Sawyer’s Salmon Tower, the Waldorf Astoria, and many more. While many mailboxes have been removed, forgotten, disused, or painted over (and occasionally repurposed), others are still in use, are polished daily, and hold a place of pride in lobbies throughout the country. A full-color photographic survey of beautiful early mailboxes, highlighting those of the grand art deco period, together with a brief history of the innovative mailbox-and-chute system patented in 1883 by James Cutler of Rochester, New York, Art Deco Mailboxes features dozens of the best examples of this beloved, dynamic design’s realization in the mailboxes of New York City as well as Chicago, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and beyond.

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The Lives of Robert Ryan w/ author J.R. Jones & Film Noir Blonde

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Saturday, May 16th -12:30 pm @ the LARE-6644 Hollywood Blvd.

Join us for a special Saturday afternoon edition here at the L.E.B. with author J.R. Jones celebrating, discussing & signing his new book, “The Lives 0f Robert Ryan”, the first in depth and long overdue look at one of Hollywood’s unsung great actors.

We’ll show clips & J.R. will be discussing Ryan’s life & career w/ Film Noir Blonde writer Jacqueline Fitzgerald.

Check out her page too :

The definitive biography of the legendary film noir actor The Lives of Robert Ryan provides an inside look at the gifted, complex, intensely private man whom Martin Scorsese called “one of the greatest actors in the history of American film.” The son of a Chicago construction executive with strong ties to the Democratic machine, Ryan became a star after World War II on the strength of his menacing performance as an anti-Semitic murderer in the film noir Crossfire. Over the next quarter century he created a gallery of brooding, neurotic, and violent characters in such movies as Bad Day at Black Rock, Billy Budd, The Dirty Dozen, and The Wild Bunch. His riveting performances expose the darkest impulses of the American psyche during the Cold War. At the same time, Ryan’s marriage to a liberal Quaker and his own sense of conscience launched him into a tireless career of peace and civil rights activism that stood in direct contrast to his screen persona. Drawing on unpublished writings and revealing interviews, film critic J.R. Jones deftly explores the many contradictory facets of Robert Ryan’s public and private lives, and how these lives intertwined in one of the most compelling actors of a generation.

See you Saturday .

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

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