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Conviction: The Moth in Los Angeles
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KCRW’s festive celebration of inspiring, harrowing, and courageous storytellers is coming back to LA. Five hand-picked Moth Mainstage all-stars will tie together the brilliant and the absurd for a spellbinding evening at the historic Avalon Hollywood.

We’re thrilled to have Streetsblog founder Aaron Naparstek, teacher, writer and Moth heavyweight Micaela Blei, and actor Andy Fischer-Price confirmed for the night.

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Top level ticket holders get access to the official after-party at Bardot.
Sip complimentary beer and wine, meet The Moth storytellers,
and enjoy live music spun by KCRW DJ Valida!


Please note: This event is 21+. Any ticket holder unable to present a valid ID will not be admitted to this event and will not be eligible for a refund.

BRIAN FINKELSTEIN is a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and is also a regular host/storyteller for The Moth. He has also performed eight solo shows in a variety of venues, from the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen to the 2014 Summer Nights Festival in Perth, Australia and New Zealand. Brian’s told stories on public radio shows including Good Food, The Business, UnFictional, Marketplace and many more. He has written for The Huffington Post and is currently working on his first book of personal essays. He also writes for TV and film and has been nominated for two Emmy’s. Follow him on Twitter @bsfinkelstein.

MICAELA BLEI was a classroom teacher for 8 years. She’s a two-time Moth NYC GrandSLAM champion and has been teaching storytelling since 2011. Her solo show, “The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher,” sold out at The NYC International Fringe Festival and played in the Fringe Encore Series in October. She spent a huge amount of her childhood vacation time in Sherman Oaks, on Ventura right around Woodman. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

AARON NAPARSTEK is a journalist, interactive media producer and the founder of Streetsblog, an online publication covering urban planning and transportation policy. Since its launch in 2006, Streetsblog has been instrumental in building and inspiring a Livable Streets movement that is bringing a more human-centered, less automobile-oriented design approach to cities across North America and around the world. Aaron was a 2012 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and is the author of Honku: The Zen Antidote for Road Rage, a book of poetry inspired by the unique brand of motorist sociopathy observed from his apartment window. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Joanne Nerenberg, their two sons, a new puppy and many bicycles. You can find him on Twitter.

ANDY FISCHER-PRICE is a musician and an actor who – for now – lives in Los Angeles. He plays bass and sings in the psychedelic rock group Smoky Knights, is a founding member of folk trio The Good Mad, and occasionally tours with pop-duo Heffron Drive. His most recent work as an actor includes playing a Christian rock singer on ABC’s Modern Family and playing a woman in Cameron Fife’s Killing Diaz, a dark comedy feature due out in 2017. Andy and his sister, Katie Rose, are currently working with San Diego nonprofit SherpaCares.org to rebuild the Himalayan English Boarding School in Lukla, Nepal after it was destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes. The new school will be dedicated to their late father, Seattle mountaineer Scott Fischer. You can find him on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram at @mr_afp.

SUZI RONSON has worked in various capacities for well-heeled individuals as a household manager, music producer and consultant in New York City, the Hamptons, Florida and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. She is a singer-songwriter who performs only for friends. She also loves horses and traveled on the horse riding circuit in the U.S. with a young girl who was competing. Suzi lives in the West Village of New York City, while her daughter and the rest of her family live in London. She swears she’ll go back one day.

M. REZA BANKI, PhD, MBA, previously worked at the New York office of McKinsey & Company and with Fortune 500 companies focusing on mergers and acquisitions with pharmaceuticals and medical products. Born in Tehran, Reza left his family and Iran after high school for the promise of the American Dream and has been a US citizen for 20 years. He graduated with double bachelors from UC Berkeley in Applied Mathematics and Chemical Engineering and went on to get his PhD from Princeton University in Chemical Engineering. He has published a biotech book and most recently graduated from the MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management with a focus on Finance. You can find him on Twitter @MRezaBanki, or on Facebook.

ANDREA BAKER is a music performer and educator who works in both classical and modern music styles, including rock, blues, Scottish, and Middle Eastern. Andrea has performed on national television on the reality show America’s Next Great Band, as well as on several live radio shows. She performs solo and in several bands and ensembles, and has toured internationally with an alt-country band and a theater troupe. Andrea is passionate about exploring people and their music in cultures around the world, and in sharing the expression of our collective human experience through the vehicle of music.







Avalon Hollywood is located at 1735 N. Vine Street, Los Angeles CA 90028, between Yucca Street and Hollywood Boulevard.

A number of public parking lots are located in the nearby area.  Limited self-parking is available in the public parking lots located north and south of the Avalon off Vine Street and rates range between $15-$30 (cash only).  Please note: rates are subject to change.

Email [email protected] with any questions.

How much are tickets for this event?
All seating is general admission by section, no reserved seating
$79.00 – Floor Front: premiere seating (theater-style folding chairs) – includes after-party!
$69.00 – Floor Mid: theater-style folding chairs + cocktail rounds – includes after-party!
$59.00 – Floor Rear: theater-style folding chairs, high stools + cocktail booths
$69.00 – Balcony Front: couch seating – includes after-party!
$39.00 – Balcony: theater-style folding chairs + high stools

What if I am late, will I still be able to be seated?
Latecomers will be seated at the first suitable break.

How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available online only through KCRW.com/themothlive

Will drinks be available?
Yes. There will be bars on site. Drinks will be available for purchase.
If you have purchased after-party tickets, this event will be held at Bardot, the nightclub located upstairs from the Avalon. Your ticket price includes complimentary beer and wine at the after-party only.

Where do the proceeds go?
Proceeds support KCRW and The Moth.

What happens after I order my tickets online?
At the completion of your order, you will be sent an email from tix.com, confirming your order.

 When will I get my tickets?
You will have the choice of two methods for receiving your ticket(s) at the completion of your purchase.
$3.00 – Hard tickets will be mailed to your shipping address, via First Class Mail. This option will end on Tuesday, November 22.
$1.00 – E-ticket option will allow you to print your tickets out yourself. Please note, you must print out your tickets, our scanners cannot read the bar code from your mobile phone.

Where is KCRW will-call?
KCRW will-call is located at the front entrance of the Avalon. Your valid I.D. is required to pick-up will-call tickets.

When is KCRW will-call open?
KCRW will-call is open the day of the event only, Tuesday, December 6, beginning at 6:30pm. Will-call will close approximately 30 minutes after the performance begins (8:30pm).

May I have my tickets left at KCRW will-call instead of having them mailed?
No. Will call is not an option for this event. Please choose our e-ticket option if you don’t want your tickets mailed.

What can I do if I am having trouble placing my order online?
You can email [email protected].

May I take photographs or video the event?
No. Cameras and recording equipment are not permitted inside the venue.

Can I have my tickets mailed to an address other than my billing address?
Yes. Please complete the “ship to” detail on tix.com when purchasing tickets.

Can I add to my order?
No, there is an 8 ticket limit per transaction.

 Once I place an order, can I change the credit card number to be billed?
Unfortunately, once an order is processed, we cannot change the credit card number

Can I cancel my order?
No. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

 Is the ticket price tax deductible?
Tickets are partially tax-deductible. The portion of your ticket purchase price that exceeds the fair market value of the event is tax-deductible. For more information please contact KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday at (310) 314-4635.