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"The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words" talk, book signing and walking tour

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Bruckman Rare Book Friends Talk: Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on "The Kept Girl"

Bruckman Rare Book Friends present Kim Cooper discussing and signing copies of her latest book, The Kept Girl, a 1920s mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler, his devoted secretary and the real-life Philip Marlowe all on the trail of a murderous cult of angel worshippers.

Haunts of A Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles

"[This tour is] a poetic journey full of rare insight into the life of a man who's come to represent the ghettoized contingency of the City of Angels.” - Tanja M. Laden, Flavorpill

start time: 
Sat, 11/01/2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Bhagavad Gita Study Class

The Bhagavad Gita, "Song Of God," is a fundamental text in the Hindu Upanishads, and a cornerstone in the body of ancient and timeless works upon which the Theosophical Movement is built. Predicated on the three fundamentals: a universal Brotherhood, an infinite, unknowable universe, and the cyclic pilgrimage of the soul through a multitude of lifetimes steered by the laws of Karma, this challenging, complex and multidimensional path to spiritual devotion is exemplified in the tightly woven, rich text of the Gita's 18 books.

Lecture: Bones, death, and other fun stuff with Paul Koudounaris at the Brand Library

For the past decade, Dr. Paul Koudounaris has been documenting famous macabre sites and researching our cultural relationship with death, producing two books, Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies, which have found great acclaim and a cult following. Those books were mostly confined to Europe, however.

start time: 
Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

(Postponed) LAVA's 41st Sunday Salon

An important message from LAVA - September 9, 2014

Dear friends,

It is with no small amount of regret that we are putting the monthly LAVA Sunday Salon and Broadway on My Mind walking tour series on hiatus, effective immediately. Both events take place at Les Noces du Figaro restaurant, which is closing down for several months of renovations.

start time: 
Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Femme Fatales, Hardboiled Dames and Dragon Tattoos: Examining and Expanding the Female Archetype in Noir panel

WeHo Reads' A Day of Noir celebrates National Literacy Month with a panel "Femme Fatales, Hardboiled Dames and Dragon Tattoos: Examining and Expanding the Female Archetype in Noir" moderated by Paula Woods ("Strange Bedfellows") and featuring authors Steph Cha (“Beware Beware”), Kim Cooper (“The Kept Girl”), Christa Faust (

start time: 
Sat, 09/27/2014 - 5:30pm to 6:15pm
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