Volume 8, Issue 24  |  March 24, 2023Subscribe

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In-Conversation Series continues at Segerstrom Center with two inspiring writers

An astounding roster of inspiring individuals continues at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, as part of an exciting new In-Conversation Series.

Coming up is author and comedian Fran Lebowitz, who will speak on February 6, followed by author and historian Erik Larson, appearing on March 6. Both In-Conversation events take place Monday evenings at 8 p.m. in Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Three show packages start at $60.

Both authors bring something unique to share with the audience about their books, what inspires them and how their lives have shaped their art. Each of the speakers will have a celebrity host to facilitate conversation and audience involvement.

Fran Lebowitz on Monday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators.

Her essays and interviews offer her views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan.

In Conversation Series Lebowitz

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Fran Lebowitz

A fixture of the NY art scene since the 1970s, Lebowitz gained fame for her books Metropolitan Life (1978) and Social Studies (1981), which were combined into The Fran Lebowitz Reader in 1994.

A fascinating character in her own right, she has once again captured the public’s imagination with the Netflix docu-series Pretend It’s a City, directed by Martin Scorsese. Come spend an evening with this true American original.

Erik Larson on Monday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.

Author and historian Larson is the brilliant mind behind six non-fiction best sellers. Vividly written, meticulously researched gripping narratives have been Larson’s calling card since the breakout success of The Devil in the White City in 2003, which the New York Public Library named one of the 125 most important books of the past 125 years.

In Conversation Series Larson

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Erik Larson

Hailed as “one of America’s greatest storytellers” by NPR, Larson regales us with the captivating stories behind his subjects, how he creates such immersive histories, and what strange and inspiring details show up in the random archive boxes he searches through for a good story.

Rico Gagliano will moderate for Larson. Gagliano is an American journalist, podcaster and radio host. He is best known as the co-host, with Brendan Francis Newnam, of American Public Media’s arts-and-culture radio show and podcast “The Dinner Party Download,” and as a reporter for the public radio business show “Marketplace.” He has served as Senior Story Editor for the Crooked Media podcast “Missing America,” and as co-writer and co-producer of Wondery’s “Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound,” hosted by Taraji P. Henson.

Tickets are available for purchase online at, or at the Box Office, located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

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