KCRW's UpClose event series features KCRW on-air personalities in lively and compelling conversations with some of the leading figures in film, art, politics, literature and pop-culture. Created in 2010, each UpClose event takes place before a live audience.

Upcoming Events
September 30, 2014
Upclose: Unfictional Live
Past Events
June 6, 2014
UpClose: Dan Barber in conversation with Evan Kleiman

October 13, 2013
California Cuisine: What It is and Why It Matters

Ruth Reichl moderates a discussion on California's culinary identity and influence. Panelists include Roy Choi, Joyce Goldstein, Nancy Silverton, Sang Yoon, and Eduardo Ruiz.

September 27, 2013
UpClose: Dori Caymmi

Tom Schnabel in conversation with Briazilian Musician Dori Caymmi.

September 16, 2013
UpClose: UnFictional Live

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May 20, 2013
UpClose: Alan Pasqua

Tom Schnabel in conversation with Jazz Pianist Alan Pasqua.

April 30, 2013
UpClose: Game of Thrones

Elvis Mitchell in conversation with creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Photo credit: Caught in the Moment.

March 26, 2013
UpClose: Jamaica Kincaid

Michael Silverblatt in conversation with author Jamaica Kincaid.

February 28, 2013
UpClose with Lawrence Wright

In the first UpClose conversation of the year, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright and Kim Masters discussed Wright's new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. Read More

Upclose: Art Spiegelman
October 9, 2011
UpClose with Art Spiegelman

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Art Spiegelman and Michael Silverblatt reflected on the 25th anniversary of Maus and Spiegelman's new book MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus.

Upclose: Sapphire
July 24, 2011
UpClose with Sapphire

Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt sat down with poet and author Sapphire for a candid talk about her book, The Kid, the follow up to Precious.

October 14, 2010
UpClose with Alan Ball

Elvis Mitchell talked with Writer/Director/Executive Producer Alan Ball about inspiration and what the success of his hit series "True Blood" means for him personally, professionally and for the future of television.

October 12, 2010
UpClose with Matthew Weiner

Matthew Weiner, Creator and Executive Producer of "Mad Men," spoke with Elvis Mitchell about the groundbreaking series and how casting Jon Hamm furthered Weiner's creative purview.

June 22, 2010
UpClose with Catherine Keener

Actress Catherine Keener spoke with Elvis Mitchell in an open-ended and unscripted conversation about her career.