Before the platinum records or the Super Bowl half-time show or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joe Perry was a boy growing up in small-town Massachusetts. He idolized Jacques Cousteau and built his own diving rig that he used to explore a local lake. He dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. But Perry's neighbors had teenage sons, and those sons had electric guitars, and the noise he heard when they started playing would change his life. The guitar became his passion, an object of lust, an outlet for his restlessness and his rebellious soul. That passion quickly blossomed into an obsession, and he got a band together. One night after a performance he met a brash young musician named Steven Tyler; before long, Aerosmith was born. What happened over the next forty-five years has become the stuff of legend: the knockdown, drag-out, band-splintering fights; the drugs, the booze, the rehab; the packed arenas and timeless hits; the reconciliations and the comebacks. Rocks is an unusually searching memoir of a life that spans from the top of the world to the bottom of the barrel--several times. It is a study of endurance and brotherhood, with Perry providing remarkable candor about Tyler, as well as new insights into their powerful but troubled relationship. It is an insider's portrait of the rock and roll family, featuring everyone from Jimmy Page to Alice Cooper, Bette Midler to Chuck Berry, John Belushi to Al Hirschfeld. It takes us behind the scenes at unbelievable moments such as Joe and Steven's appearance in the movie of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (they act out the murders of Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees).
1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Boulevard Women is a collection of braided short stories about the lives of several women, including a teenager, a forty-something widow, and a seventy-something traditionally Southern-minded lady, who are neighbors on Boulevard, a historic avenue in Athens, Georgia, that has seen better times. As the characters discover what growing up—and growing old—entails for contemporary American women, their lives reveal the complicated relationships between race, gender, and religion in our modern-day lives.
8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069
The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors. Some of the greatest heroes and villains of history were thrown together in these turbulent times, from Joan of Arc to Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the high point of the medieval monarchy, and Richard III, who murdered his own nephews in a desperate bid to secure his stolen crown. This was a period when headstrong queens and consorts seized power and bent men to their will. With vivid descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet king was slain, this dramatic narrative history revels in bedlam and intrigue. It also offers a long-overdue corrective to Tudor propaganda, dismantling their self-serving account of what they called the Wars of the Roses. (Viking Books)
15601 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
The Chautauqua Series - Over the last 30 years, amphibian populations have declined globally, including the local California newt. Though this newt is quite popular, very little is known about its ecology, and how populations respond to climate change and introduced predators. This evening we’ll discuss the critical components to understanding the ecological and evolutionary importance of our local newts. Presented by Gary Bucciarelli, Ph.D. candidate at UCLA. Meet at Woodland Hall. 1.5 hours.
1104 WILSHIRE BLVD, Santa Monica, CA
5:00pm to 11:00pm
For three nights only (October 22nd- 24th), Eric Frechon, the three-Michelin star chef of the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris, will take over Josiah Citrin’s kitchen at Melisse. Recently awarded France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, Chef Frechon will present guests with a seven-course meal inspired by his restaurant in Paris for $195 per person, including dishes such as Caviar from Sologne; Glazed Wild Duck Smoked with Juniper Wood; and Line-Caught Black Bass En Croute, among others. The full menu may be viewed online.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling 310.395.0881. Please note Friday, Oct. 24th is already sold out, but reservations are still being accepted for Wednesday, Oct. 22nd and Thursday, Oct. 23rd.
695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
Shakespearean scholar and crime solver Kate Stanley is back, this time as the director of Macbeth, Shakespeare's darkest (and possibly cursed) tragedy. Aging actress Lady Nairn's production will feature her own return to the stage, props and objects with historic associations to both the play and the actual Scottish king for whom it is named, and an early version of the script said to include actual magic rites, assuming Kate can find it. Quickly, the play's supposed curse begins to stir, leaving a series of grisly signs in its wake - including a severed thumb and an apparently sacrificed body - and Kate finds herself labeled as the prime suspect.