Ray Bradbury week in Los Angeles: Something special this way comes

Aug. 13, 2010 | 3:43 p.m.

Ray Bradbury, a true lion of literature and an icon of the national bookshelf, is turning 90, and the milestone is being marked in Los Angeles with an impressive array of events. You can find a list below. I’m enthused to be part of the programming — I’ll be interviewing Bradbury and Hugh Hefner together on stage on Aug. 24; I hope to see a lot of Hero Complex readers there, and please do say hello if you get a chance. All the events below are free and open to the public. For more information go to the Ray Bradbury Week Facebook page where you can RSVP for each event, which is a must. — Geoff Boucher

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A birthday party for Bradbury at Mystery & Imagination Bookshop at 238 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. There will be an open microphone for roasts and toasts to the guest of honor.


The Los Angeles City Council will consider the resolution for official declaration of “Ray Bradbury Week.” Louis Friedman of The Planetary Society and Steven Paul Leiva, the driving force behind the Bradbury events, will be among the speakers appearing on behalf of the resolution. City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, 3rd Floor.

MONDAY, AUG. 23, 7 P.M.

The Diversity Department of the Writers Guild of America, West presents a stage reading of Bradbury’s one-act play “The Better Part of Wisdom,” starring James Cromwell. At the  Shavelson-Webb Library at the Writers Guild offices, first floor, 7000 W. 3rd Street.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 24, 7 P.M.

The Playboy Foundation presents a special screening of “Fahrenheit 451” preceded by a discussion with Bradbury and Hugh Hefner, moderated by Los Angeles Times writer and Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher. At the Writers Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. A selection of Bradbury’s books and books about Bradbury will be on sale. The author may autograph some of these books on-site and, if not, some pre-signed books will be available for purchase.


The City of West Hollywood and Green School of Hollywood present a play based on “Fahrenheit 451,” adapted for and performed by children. Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park, 1200 N. Vista St., West Hollywood.


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The downtown Central Library will host a special screening of Bradbury’s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998), starring Joe Mantegna, Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos and Clifton Collins Jr. Special guests: Mantegna and Collins.  Also, “architecturally inspired” ice cream sandwiches will be sold out front by Coolhaus. At Richard J. Riordan Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th Street.


The Paley Center for Media presents Ray Bradbury on Television, three television productions based on works by Bradbury — Ray Bradbury Theater: The Banshee (1986), starring Peter O’Toole; American Playhouse: Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby Is a Friend of Mine (1982), starring Fred Gwynne; and The Electric Grandmother (1982), starring Maureen Stapleton. At the center at 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.


Dark Carnival

Ray Bradbury’s “Dark Carnival” and painting with words

GUEST ESSAY: Searching for Bradbury

“Fahrenheit 451” and the credibility of comics

PHOTO GALLERY: Bradbury’s 89th birthday at Clifton’s

Ray Bradbury dreams of a different downtown

Hugh Hefner remembers his first true love

Photos: Ray Bradbury through the years. Credit: Courtesy of the author


5 Responses to Ray Bradbury week in Los Angeles: Something special this way comes

  1. Chris Broderick says:

    In 2120, the 200th birthday of Ray Bradbury will be celebrated by the old and the young, by the literary set and the 22nd century pop culturists. They will gather to honor the memory of Ray and his timeless storytelling, evocative prose and soaring imagination. The Twilight books, the schlock SciFi and the parade of dumb films that Hollywood churns out will be largely forgotten — a dim memory compared to Bradbury's shining works of skill and wonder. Happy birthday Ray — at age 90 you are still 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding at heart. And your writing will live forever.

  2. Milt Timmons says:

    The Pasadena Star News printed a notice several days ago that there will also be a screening of "Something Wicked This Way Comes" at the South Pasadena public library on August 19th at 8 p.m. in honor of Ray Bradbury Day. There is no mention of that in any of these stories.

  3. The one-and-only Ray Bradbury is also expected at the South Pasadena Library at 8:00 p.m. on August 21 in addition to the screening of SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. It's free and there will be birthday cake for 200. Lots of special surprises too. South Pasadena Public Library Community Room.
    1115 El Centro Street. Lots of parking in the Unified School District lot across the street. A giant screen TV will be set up in the Library Park and two large plasma screens will be set up in the Community Room. Come one, come all.
    Steve Fjeldsted
    City Librarian
    South Pasadena Public Library

  4. Mike says:

    UCLA has created a Tribute Site for Ray Bradbury with exclusive content and videos from Ray where he shared highlights from a remarkable life. He also sends a special birthday message to his fans.
    Check it out:

  5. Hector says:

    I met Mr. Bradbury for lunch once when I was a young reporter about 20 years ago. He was so pleasant and nice enough to mail me a thank you note after I wrote a short article about meeting him. I still have it tucked away somewhere. And he's still one of my all time favorite writers.

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