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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


Coffee with Carl! It’s Carl Reiner at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!



SUNDAY,MARCH 29th- 11:30 am – 1 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop-It’s COFFEE w/ CARL! Sometimes you ask someone you really admire if they’ll make an appearance for you & then they say yes! Carl Reiner is a national treasure & it is my honor to welcome Carl here at the LARE for this special Sunday morning signing. Carl will read from & sign his latest release, ” I Just Remembered”. So, come on down & have a cup of joe w/ Carl & get a signed copy of, “I Just Remembered”. Don’t make me get the elevator killer!

Those who pre-order a copy of “I Just Remembered” can reserve a seat while supplies last.

DownloadedFileFor over half a century, millions have appreciated Carl Reiner’s work as comedian, actor, director, TV writer, and author. Winner of numerous accolades, including twelve Emmy wins and one Grammy award, Carl Reiner once again brandishes his literary talents to tell the story of his life in I Remember Me. Reiner reminisces on ninety years of love and laughter, highs and lows, mistakes and triumphs. Told with a warm heart and an occasional touch of nostalgia, Reiner draws from decades of family, friends, and fun to illuminate his life and career as one of America’s most loved and memorable figures. I Remember Me weaves an American tapestry of colorful tales, beginning with the timid musings of a young boy on the verge of becoming a man in the Jewish section of New York’s Bronx neighborhood, and bringing us up to date with the mature insight of a man whose remarkable trajectory has sent him to the top of Hollywood’s elite and sparked the careers of dozens of household-name entertainers.

Along the way, Reiner treats his loyal readers to everything from the ordinary to the truly unforgettable: a family trip to a nude beach, French lessons with Mel Brooks, a chapter dedicated to Rinnie the dog who unfortunately mistakes a skunk for a cat, a surprise early-morning visit from the McCarthy-era FBI, a heart-wrenching story of loss describing the day of his wife’s passing, and then, in a revealing chapter of Reiner’s character, he describes “the most theatrically triumphant day” of his young career. Through his memoir, we meet the man behind the success in roles rarely seen before: son to Romanian immigrant, Irving Reiner; husband to fellow Bronx native and renowned singer, Estelle Reiner; father to Rob Reiner, the prolific filmmaker, Dr. Annie Reiner, a psychoanalyst and gifted singer, and Lucas Reiner, a globally recognized fine artist. Written with the same combination of playful jest and modest humility that has garnered the love and respect of fans for generations, I Remember Me remembers the creative and inspiring journey of one of the most revered comedic icons of the past hundred years. Ever wonder how the mind of a Hollywood elite works? In I Remember Me, Carl Reiner brings wit and humor to the tale of his world-changing life that has spanned almost a  220px-Russians_are_coming










Here on Gilligan’s Island w/ Dawn Wells @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

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WEDNESDAY,MARCH 25 @ 7:30 pm-DAWN WELLS in person here on Gilligan’s Island!

Where? Larry Edmunds Bookshop-6644 Hollywood Boulevard

A 3 hour tour? Well, not quite, but it will be a great night here at the LARE when we welcome our special guest for the evening, Mary Ann herself, the beautiful Dawn Wells! Dawn will be selecting an episode of Gilligan’s Island to watch with a group of lucky fans here at the LARE! How can you get in on this super-cool idea?

You can call us here at Larry Edmunds Bookshop and pre-order a copy of Dawn’s book, “What Would Mary Ann Do ? ” A book order gets you a reservation to join us here on the the isle until seats run out.  Dawn will also be signing photos and greeting fans too.Don’t miss out on this super cool opportunity, make your reservation today.

Here’s a little bit more about the book:

So, what would Mary Ann do? As the sweet, polite, and thoughtful Mary Ann Summers from Kansas in the hit series Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Wells created an unforgettable and beloved character that still connects with people fifty years from the show’s debut in 1964. As the “good girl” among the group of castaways on a tiny island, she was often positioned against the glamorous and exotic Ginger Grant, played by Tina Louise, prompting many to ask: Are you a Ginger or a Mary Ann? This book not only helps readers answer that question for themselves but also sends the inspirational and heartwarming message that yes, good girls do finish first. Part self-help, part memoir, and part humor—with a little classic TV nostalgia for good measure—What Would Mary Ann Do? contains twelve chapters on everything from how Mary Ann would respond to changes in today’s culture to addressing issues confronting single women and mothers. Wells brings along her fellow characters from Gilligan’s Island to illustrate certain principles, such as incorporating the miserly Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus) in a discussion on money. Anecdotal sidebars also describe fascinating facts and compelling memories from the show, as well as some trivia questions to challenge fans and followers. Illustrated with photographs from Wells’s private collection, this book provides inspiring lessons from TV’s favorite good girl.

ALTMAN IN THE ’70S- 40th Anniversary! w/ Kathryn Altman @ the AERO!

th-2th-4ALTMAN.FOURTH.COVER.inddIt’s 3 nights of ALTMAN including 2 nights with special guests  Kathryn Altman & Giulia D’Agnolo signing the “it should be in your collection” book , “ALTMAN” and introducing the films.

Join us the AERO for this special weekend in salute to an original iconic voice with some of his finest work.

Friday night, “The Long Goodbye” & Saturday’s 40th Anniversary salute to “Nashville”.

FRIDAY night is free if you are an American Cinematheque member!

Join today and support the American Cinematheque and enjoy the benefits.

About the book : For decades, Robert Altman fascinated audiences with pioneering films—among them M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Player, and Gosford Park—that combined technical innovation with subversive, satirical humor and impassioned political engage­ment. His ability to explore and engage so many different worlds with a single, coherent vision changed the landscape of cinema forever. This signature “Altmanesque” style is, in the words of Martin Scorsese: “as recognizable and familiar as Renoir’s brushstrokes or Debussy’s orchestrations.” Now, the Altman estate opens its archive to celebrate his extraordinary life and career in the first authorized visual biography on the iconoclastic director. Altman, by Altman’s widow Kathryn Reed Altman and film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, brims with photographs and ephemera, many culled from private family albums, and personal recollections of the director.

Alongside the intimate illustrated story is a complete visual, historical, and critical narrative of Altman’s films and his process. To honor the Altman trademark of using a wide cast of characters, Altman also features contributions from his collaborators and contemporaries including Frank Barhydt, E. L. Doctorow, Roger Ebert, Jules Feiffer, Julian Fellowes, James Franco, Tess Gallagher, Pauline Kael, Garrison Keillor, Michael Murphy, Martin Scorsese, Lily Tomlin, Alan Rudolph, Michael Tolkin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

About the author Kathryn Reed Altman met and married Robert Altman in 1959 and was an active participant in Altman’s professional life. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles. Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan is a film writer, curator, and programmer who has published numerous books on American cinema, including monographs on Clint Eastwood and William Friedkin. She lives in New York City.

And about the movies:

FRIDAY,MARCH 20-6:30 pm book signing/7:30 movie

This event is free to all current American Cinematheque Members, with regular pricing for non-Members. Introduction by Kathryn Altman, who will sign her book Altman in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

THE LONG GOODBYE 1973- Dir: Robert Altman

Robert Altman deconstructs the private-eye genre while somehow remaining faithful to the spirit of the original Raymond Chandler novel (aided by screenwriter Leigh Brackett, who helped adapt Howard Hawks’ THE BIG SLEEP). Elliott Gould is a smart-aleck, slightly inept Philip Marlowe, a detective seemingly more concerned about feeding a cat than solving a case. He gets drawn into a labyrinth of deceptions and double crosses by friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton), a beautiful rich woman (Nina Van Pallandt) with a drunken, genius writer of a husband (Sterling Hayden in a tour de force portrayal), a quietly menacing psychiatrist (Henry Gibson) and a sociopathic gangster (Mark Rydell). Altman rips aside the slick veneer of the Southern California good life revealing the smog-drenched, corrupt underbelly like few other directors before or since.

SATURDAY,MARCH 21-6;30 pm book signing/7:30 movie


Introduction by Kathryn Altman

NASHVILLE 1975, Paramount, 159 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman One of Robert Altman’s greatest pictures is this sprawling, nearly-out-of-control mosaic of a movie, a loosely linked series of sagas following numerous colorful characters in Nashville on the occasion of a political convention and a music festival. Somehow, as if by magic (and aided by Joan Tewksbury’s script), Altman pulls together all the seemingly disparate threads, making everything cohere in a funny, sad, poignant and exhilarating totality. The cast includes Karen Black, Ronee Blakely, Lily Tomlin, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, Ned Beatty, Barbara Baxley, Gwen Welles, Henry Gibson, Robert Doqui, Allen Garfield and more Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actresses (both Tomlin and Blakely). Carradine received an Oscar for Best Original Song, “I’m Easy.”

Better Than Before w/ Gretchen Rubin & Live Talks Los Angeles!


I am always in the mood for learning how to be the master of my own destiny as much as is possible. Looking forward to get some pointers from NY Times best selling author Gretchen Rubin who will be in conversation w/ one of the LARE’s favorite folks, KCRW’s Lisa Napoli!

Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

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

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



Gretchen Rubin is a thought-provoking and influential writer on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Happier at Home and The Happiness Project. Her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages, and on her popular daily blog, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. Rubin started her career in law, and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer.

In her upcoming book, Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin tackles the critical question: How do we change? Her answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives. So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits? Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation. Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore: • Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do? • Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why? • How quickly can I change a habit? • What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit? • How can I help someone else change a habit? • Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me? As Better Than Before makes clear, and as we all know from practical experience, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. To change our habits, we must first figure out ourselves. Some people do better when they start small; others, when they start big. Some thrive with occasional breaks from good habits, while others do better when they never break the chain. When we choose the strategies that work best for us, going to the gym can be as automatic as putting on a seatbelt. Filing expense reports or passing up that piece of chocolate cake won’t drain us. With a foundation of good habits, we can build a life that reflects our values and goals.

Lisa Napoli is a career journalist who has worked at The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and now covers arts and culture for KCRW. She’s the author of the book, Radio Shangri-La, about her time in and around the kingdom of Bhutan, where she went to start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule. She’s currently at work on a biography of the late philanthropist, Joan Kroc. She is the proud recipient of the 2014 Halo Award from the Deutsch Family Foundation for a monthly volunteer cooking group she leads at the Downtown Women’s Center on Skid Row.Screen-Shot-2015-02-10-at-11.24.00-AM

Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid w/ author Paul Seydor @ the AERO!

the-authentic-death-and-contentious-afterlife-of-pat-garrett-and-billy-the-kidWe’ll be knockin’ on heaven’s door on Sunday, March 15 @ the Aero Theater when we welcome author Paul Seydor to sign, “The Authentic Death & Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid” before a screening of the Peckinpah classic. 6:30 for books & 7:30 for the film.

We’ll send a signed copy from the wild wild west if you can’t make it .

PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID 1973, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Director Sam Peckinpah’s take on the famous outlaw’s rise and fall is nothing less than magnificent – a sprawling, plaintive, achingly exquisite reflection on loss of all kinds. Billy (Kris Kristofferson) and his loose-knit gang (among them Bob Dylan, who also supplied the beautiful score) butt heads with cattle industry interests devouring the countryside, something that steers them onto a collision course with old comrade and new sheriff, Pat Garrett (James Coburn). Watch for the “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” sequence with Sheriff Baker (Slim Pickens) and his wife (Katy Jurado), one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful women in the history of Western cinema. With Harry Dean Stanton, R.G. Armstrong, Donnie Fritts, L.Q. Jones.

The Book:


The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid The Untold Story of Peckinpah’s Last Western Film Long before Sam Peckinpah finished shooting his 1973 Western, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, there was open warfare between him and the studio. In this scrupulously researched new book Paul Seydor reconstructs the riveting history of a brilliant director fighting to preserve an artistic vision while wrestling with his own self?destructive demons. Meticulously comparing the film five extant versions, Seydor documents why none is definitive, including the 2005 Special Edition, for which he served as consultant. Viewing Peckinpah’s last Western from a variety of fresh perspectives, Seydor establishes a nearly direct line from the book Garrett wrote after he killed Billy the Kid to Peckinpah’s film ninety-one years later and shows how, even with directors as singular as this one, filmmaking is a collaborative medium. Art, business, history, genius, and ego all collide in this story of a great director navigating the treacherous waters of collaboration, compromise, and commerce to create a flawed but enduringly powerful masterpiece.

About the Author Paul Seydor is an Oscar-nominated film editor and a professor in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in California. He is the author of Peckinpah: The Western Films—A Reconsideration (1997).

Quotes “A superlative achievement. This exceptional and engrossing book explores the genesis of a particular film while describing the turmoil in film production that we like to call “collaboration.” I cannot call to mind another book that is so illuminating on the great variety of pressures on a film idea that begins in the writing and the shooting, but may climax in the internecine warfare that carries the footage to the screen. In addition, we get a rich portrait–as good as has been achieved–of Peckinpah, the unruly genius who made many enemies but reserved first place on that team for himself.” —David Thomson

“Sam Peckinpah was a brilliant and self-destructive cinematic poet, and no one has studied his work more thoroughly than Paul Seydor. This book is an intimate and haunting portrait of the artist and his last Western, and it is a must-read for those who care about Peckinpah and the genre.”—Glenn Frankel, author of The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend “

In Paul Seydor’s fascinating book on Peckinpah’s classic, we discover how a fastidious novelist, a maverick screenwriter, and a genius filmmaker all drew from and reshaped the Kid’s legend, the end result being the best Billy the Kid movie ever made.” —Mark Lee Gardner, author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West.


Kim Gordon is Girl In A Band & in conversation w/ Aimee Mann!


Thursday, March 5, 2015 8:00pm

Kim Gordon in conversation with Aimee Mann discussing her memoir Girl in a Band

The Aero Theatre  1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats /$43 Includes Gordon’s memoir + Reserved Seats


Kim Gordon is a musician, vocalist, visual artist, record producer, video director, fashion designer, and actress. Gordon, who started out as a visual artist, rose to prominence as the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist of alternative rock band Sonic Youth, which she formed with Thurston Moore in 1981. In 1990, Gordon and Spike Jonze co-directed The Breeders video “Cannonball.” In 1993 she launched her own fashion line, X-Girl, and continues to work in fashion from time to time. She has appeared in several films, including Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, as well as episodes of Gossip Girl and Girls.

In 2012, after the breakup of Sonic Youth, Gordon formed Body/Head with friend Bill Nace. In June 2015, the 303 Gallery in New York will feature a show of her work. In her memoir, Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon tells her story — of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll. She opens up as never before, telling the story of her family, growing up in California in the ’60s and ’70s, her life in visual art, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music, and her band. Gordon takes us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and ’90s that gave rise to Sonic Youth, and the Alternative revolution in popular music. The band helped build a vocabulary of music—paving the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and many other acts. But at its core, Girl in a Band examines the route from girl to woman in uncharted territory, music, art career, what partnership means—and what happens when that identity dissolves. Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a transformative life, Girl in a Band is the fascinating chronicle of a remarkable journey and an extraordinary artist.


Screen-Shot-2015-01-09-at-8.39.12-AMAimee Mann is a singer/songwriter known for her early hits with ‘Til Tuesday and her later solo work. She dropped out of the Berklee School of Music to join a punk band, setting off her musical career at an early age. Soon she would co-found ‘Til Tuesday, a new-wave band that found success with its first album, Voices Carry. The title track would become an MTV favorite, propelling Mann and the band into the spotlight. It wasn’t long before Mann struck out on her own, though, leaving the band behind for a solo career. Critical success but commercial weakness marked her early efforts, but Mann found rejuvenation in her soundtrack work for the film Magnolia. She took home an Oscar and a Grammy for “Save Me,” and her output began to ramp up, including such albums as The Forgotten Arm and Charmer.


About the Book

Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith’s Just Kids.  At its core, Girl in a Band examines the route from girl to woman in uncharted territory, music, art career, what partnership means—and what happens when that identity dissolves. Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a transformative life, Girl in a Band is the fascinating chronicle of a remarkable journey and an extraordinary artist. Less For many, Kim Gordon, vocalist, bassist and founding member of Sonic Youth, has always been the epitome of cool. Sonic Youth is one of the most influential and successful bands to emerge from the post-punk New York scene, and their legacy continues to loom large over the landscape of indie rock and American pop culture. Almost as celebrated as the band’s defiantly dissonant sound was the marriage between Gordon and her husband, fellow Sonic Youth founder and lead guitarist Thurston Moore. So when Matador Records released a statement in the fall of 2011 announcing that—after twenty-seven years—the two were splitting, fans were devastated. In the middle of a crazy world, they’d seemed so solid. What did this mean? What comes next? What came before? In Girl in a Band, the famously reserved superstar speaks candidly about her past and the future. From her childhood in the sunbaked suburbs of Southern California, growing up with a mentally ill sibling who often sapped her family of emotional capital, to New York’s downtown art and music scene in the eighties and nineties and the birth of a band that would pave the way for acts like Nirvana, as well as help inspire the Riot Grrl generation, here is an edgy and evocative portrait of a life in art. Exploring the artists, musicians, and writers who influenced Gordon, and the relationship that defined her life for so long, Girl in a Band is filled with the sights and sounds of a pre-Internet world and is a deeply personal portrait of a woman who has become an icon.

A Night with Norman Lear! (& Jane Lynch & Live Talks Los Angeles)


How cool is this going to be? Very cool!


Monday, March 2, 2015  8pm

Norman Lear in conversation with Jane Lynch discussing his memoir, “Even This I Get to Experience”

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

PURCHASE TICKETS- $25 General Admission seat /$35 Reserved Section seat/ $50 Reserved Seats (includes Norman Lear’s memoir)


Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist. He teamed with director Bud Yorkin to form Tandem Productions, and together they produced several feature films, with Mr. Lear taking on roles as executive producer, writer, and director. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1967 for his script for Divorce American Style. In 1970, CBS signed with Tandem to produce All in the Family, which first aired on January 12, 1971 and ran for nine seasons. It earned four Emmy Awards for Best Comedy series as well as the Peabody Award in 1977. All in the Family was followed by a succession of other television hit shows including Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Concerned about the growing influence of radical religious evangelists, Mr. Lear decided to leave television in 1980 and formed People For the American Way, a non-profit organization designed to speak out for Bill of Rights guarantees and to monitor violations of constitutional freedoms. Mr. Lear’s business career continued in 1982, when Tandem Productions and his other company, T.A.T. Communications, were folded into Embassy Communications, which was sold in 1985. He then created and is currently chairman of Act III Communications, a multimedia holding company with interests in television, motion pictures, and licensing. In 1999, President Clinton bestowed the National Medal of Arts on Mr. Lear, noting that “Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.” He also has the distinction of being among the first seven television pioneers inducted in 1984 into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

In addition to People for the American Way, Mr. Lear has founded other nonprofit organizations, including the Business Enterprise Trust (1989- 2000), which spotlighted exemplary social innovations in American business; the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication (2000-present), a multidisciplinary research and public policy center dedicated to exploring the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society; and with his wife, Lyn, co-founded the Environmental Media Association (1989-present), to mobilize the entertainment industry to become more environmentally responsible. Visit his website. In 2001, Lyn and Norman Lear purchased one of the few surviving original copies of the Declaration of Independence. During the decade that they owned it, they shared it with the American people by touring it to all 50 states. As part of this Declaration of Independence Road Trip, he launched Declare Yourself, a nonpartisan youth voter initiative that registered well over four million new young voters in the 2004, 2006, and 2008 elections.

Jane Lynch cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicagoland area. Recent film credits include A.C.O.D, Three Stooges, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, Shrek Forever After, The Post Grad Survival Guide, Paul and Brownie Masters. Past film work includes Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, as well as Role Models, The Rocker, Spring Breakdown, the animated film Space Chimps, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year old Virgin, Margaret Cho’s Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming’s Suffering Man’s Charity, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleepover, and Surviving Eden. Jane can currently be seen in the Ryan Murphy television series Glee on FOX for which she is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for portraying the iconic television character, Sue Sylvester. Some of her other recent credits include the STARZ series Party Down, Lovespring, a Lifetime original series, Desperate Housewives and Weeds as well as the last season of The L Word opposite Cybill Shepherd. She has recurring roles on Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Starting this May, Jane will be featured in the Broadway production of Annie as Miss Hannigan in a limited Broadway run at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in New York. She also will be seen hosting NBC’s newest game show hit, Hollywood Game Night, produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner later this summer.


“Lee Marvin-Point Blank” – the movie & the book!


WEDNESDAY,FEBRUARY 25th, 6:30 pm @ the AERO THEATRE-1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

Always happy to bring copies of the very fine read , “Lee Marvin-Point Blank” by author Dwayne Epstein to any screening opportunity we can.  On Wednesday the 25th join us for the awesome Lee Marvin/ John Boorman double bill, “Point Blank” & “Hell In the Pacific”.

Dwayne Epstein will sign copies of his book Lee Marvin: Point Blank at 6:30 PM in the Aero lobby.

The first full-length, authoritative, and detailed story of the iconic actor’s life to go beyond the Hollywood scandal-sheet reporting of earlier books, this account offers an appreciation for the man and his acting career and the classic films he starred in, painting a portrait of an individual who took great risks in his acting and career. Although Lee Marvin is best known for his icy tough guy roles—such as his chilling titular villain in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or the paternal yet brutally realistic platoon leader in The Big Red One—very little is known of his personal life; his family background; his experiences in WWII; his relationship with his father, family, friends, wives; and his ongoing battles with alcoholism, rage, and depression, occasioned by his postwar PTSD. Now, after years of researching and compiling interviews with family members, friends, and colleagues; rare photographs; and illustrative material, Hollywood writer Dwayne Epstein provides a full understanding and appreciation of this acting titan’s place in the Hollywood pantheon in spite of his very real and human struggles.

MOVIE ALCHEMIST: THE FILMS OF JOHN BOORMAN John Boorman & Lee Marvin Double Feature!



POINT BLANK 1967, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: John Boorman Director John Boorman’s neo-noir is also a brain-twisting deconstruction that changed the look of action films. Lee Marvin, seemingly back from the dead, is out for payback. With John Vernon, Angie Dickinson.

HELL IN THE PACIFIC 1968, Buena Vista Pictures, 103 min, USA, Dir: John Boorman “They hunted each other as enemies…they tormented each other as savages…they faced each other as men!” This tense World War II drama stars two real-life veterans of that conflict, Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune, as soldiers stranded on a Pacific island who must learn to cooperate in order to survive. With minimal reliance on dialogue, director John Boorman’s third feature (and second with Marvin) benefits enormously from Conrad Hall’s cinematography and Lalo Schifrin’s music.

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