Posts from the ‘Wilshire Ebell Theatre Event’ category

diane-keatonThe Wilshire Ebell Theatre will be home to Vroman’s Bookstore‘s presentation of an author talk with Diane Keaton on Friday, April 25th.

In her newest book, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, Diane Keaton presents a clever and humorous account of her life spent working in a world obsessed with beauty. Keaton encourages readers to fight against society’s conventional standards of beauty, becoming more true to themselves and learning to love who they are both inside and out. Through personal anecdotes and experiences, Keaton discusses how our perception of ideal beauty changes with age, and how living a fulfilling life, not physical appearance, is actually the beauty people are seeking their whole lives.

Admission is $32.00 (+tax) per person and includes an autographed copy of Diane Keaton’s new book, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty.  Books will be handed out the night of the event upon receipt of the book ticket.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and seating is general admission.  Program begins at 8:00 p.m.    Tickets are now available through Vroman’s Bookstore, Vroman’s Hastings Ranch, and Book Soup. Please call Vroman’s Will Call Department at 626-449-5320 for
more information.

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GRAMMY winners Steve Cropper, Barry Mann, Bonnie Raitt, Mike Reid, Jimmy Webb, and Cynthia Weil, and current GRAMMY nominee Gavin DeGraw are the latest performers announced for A Song Is Born, the 16th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert (formerly the Music Preservation Project), to be held during GRAMMY Week on Jan. 23, 2014, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.  Previously announced performers are Skylar Grey, Kris Kristofferson, John Rzeznik, Allen Shamblin, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams, Paul Williams, and Dan Wilson.

A Song Is Born will explore the history and evolution of songwriting and celebrate the various and invaluable contributions of key players behind the music and their impact on the American cultural landscape. The GRAMMY Week concert promotes the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, so that future generations can continue to benefit from an appreciation and understanding of those contributions.

Tickets are $45 per person. For ticket information,visit, or contact 855.235.2867.


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Before embarking on their world tour, recording artists Imagine Dragon made a special appearance at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre as the featured performers for the season finale of Live From The Artists Den.”

Now in its sixth season, the program presents concerts with artists in non-traditional and often historic performance settings across the United States. The episode will not only feature the music of this impressive band, but also introduce the audience to the unique venue and its history.  Our Ebell President, Patty Hill, was interviewed for the episode, and we are all very excited to see how the combination of music, history, architecture, and passion all come together for this incredible show.

Imagine Dragons’ concert is scheduled to air August 11 but other artists featured this season include Mumford & Son, Soundgarden, and the Killers (the season begins July 4 on public television stations.)

(Preview Imagine Dragon Live From the Artist Den at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre)

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The restorations continue at the Ebell of Los Angeles, this time with brand new carpeting in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Referencing images and notations discovered in the Ebell archives, the new carpet throughout the theatre house is as close to original as we could make it.  Check out the before and after images!

The Wilshire Ebell Theatre in need of new carpeting

The Wilshire Ebell Theatre in need of new carpeting

Old carpet gone, ready to install the new..!

Old carpet gone, ready to install the new..!

theatre carpet new

New carpet!


Carpeting inspired by architectural notes from the Ebell archive

And while you’re at it, keep an eye on the Wilshre Ebell Theatre Calendar and come see a show – there’s always something for everyone at the historic Ebell..!

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This Friday, March 9th and Saturday March 10th, The Wilshire Ebell Theatre welcomes Doin’ It For Love, a Broadway-style tribute to musical theater and New York City cabaret.

Hollywood and Broadway award-winners Kaye Ballard, Liliane Montevecchi, and Lee Roy Reams star in the show, also featuring a 10-piece orchestra conducted onstage by David Geist, the show’s music director.  The shows benefit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal’s (PETA) Investigations and Rescue Fund.

Both shows begin at 7:30pm.  Tickets are being sold exclusively through Ticketmaster.

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(CeanOne Photography)

(CeanOne Photography)

(Craig Rucker Photography)

(Michael + Anna Costa Photography)

These images were captured during celebrations for charity endeavors here at The Ebell of Los Angeles: 24-Hour Hollywood Rush supporting The Baby Dragon Fund (Cean One Photography) ; Annual Comedy Night benefiting Peter Boyle Memorial Fund and International Myeloma Foundation (Craig Rucker Photography);  Laughs for Bald Bryan (Michael+Anna Costa Photography).

Have a blissful weekend…

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month.  In honor of the occasion, this week’s blog posts will be themed on music..!  

(recorded here and a frequent soundtrack to our Special Events office!)

“Somewhere there’s music, how faint the tune…”

Last year, the Smithsonian “JAM” event featured Dave Brubeck on their poster, inspiring me to blog about the artist, especially since our Wilshire Ebell Theatre was part of the career launching year for this jazz great when they recorded Dave Brubeck Quartet at Wilshire Ebell (1953).  Indeed in 1953 the Brubeck Quartet won both the Down Beat popularity poll And the Down Beat critic’s poll.

Did you know that Dave Brubeck won a Grammy in 2010 for his collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma?  Learn more about this jazz talent (and see video clips!) by reading the full post


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