July 6, 2011
BOOKS Meghan Daum L.A. Times columnist Meghan Daum will moderate a panel about fiction and narrative nonfiction at Skylight Books. Those answering the questions are local memoirists and novelists James Brown ("This River"), Seth Greenland ("Shining City"), Diana Wagman ("Spontaneous") and Leslie Schwartz ("Angels Crest"). The discussion is sure to be lively and timely. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175; skylightbooks.com . EVENTS LA Comedy Fest 365 This year-round comedy series highlighting up-and-coming comedians and filmmakers presents two shows by local improv groups: the trio Circle One and the colorfully named Yellow-Bellied Marmots.
June 12, 2011
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich SUNDAY J.J. Abrams and Michael Giacchino : The Hammer Conversations series presents Abrams, the co-creator of the series "Lost" and creator of "Felicity," "Alias" and "Fringe," in conversation with film composer Giacchino ("Up," "Ratatouille"). Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. Steve Almond : The author of "Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life" will read and sign his self-published books: "This Won't Take But a Minute, Honey," "Bad Poetry" and "Letters from People Who Hate Me. " Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free.
April 25, 2011
MUSIC The Head and the Heart Sub Pop's new darlings have a large cast of players all devoted to big ideas about modern folk, misty indie rock and harmonies that will tug at, well, head and heart alike. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $15. http://www.troubadour.com. Robert Plant and Band of Joy Plant had a breakthrough collaborative folk album with Alison Krauss, but here he strikes up his new ensemble to tackle standards and cover songs by unlikely writers (including the minimalist indie band Low)
April 12, 2011
BOOKS Rebecca Skloot Science writer Rebecca Skloot will read from and discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a deeply reported exploration of the life and legacy of a poor black woman who died of cancer in 1951 but whose cell samples, taken without her knowledge, allowed for countless medical breakthroughs, including the polio vaccine. Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org . Deborah Vankin and Jen Wang Two debut graphic novelists will be on hand to present their works, both of which capture the indirection and heedless energy of youth.
January 18, 2011
MOVIES Guillermo del Toro The acclaimed Mexican-born filmmaker who brought his imaginative visions to life in such films as "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Hellboy" joins Zócalo Public Square to discuss his work, his vision and why his monstrous images resonate so deeply. Rick Kleffel, host of the radio show "The Agony Column," will moderate. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free, reservations recommended. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org . BOOKS Tom Rachman The author of "The Imperfectionists" discusses his witty novel about the ragtag staff of an English language newspaper in Rome facing financial ruin with L.A. Times book blogger Carolyn Kellogg.
November 9, 2010
Armistead Maupin reads and signs his latest novel, "Mary Ann in Autumn. " When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. For more information: (323) 660-1175 or http://www.skylightbooks.com.