Inspiring people takes effort—often, more effort than just shouting "You can do it!" to whoever runs to catch that baby stroller. Get inspired by great deeds with this GrouponLive deal to the 2013 Smart Talk Connected Conversations lecture series at the State Theatre. Choose from the following seating options in the orchestra or balcony sections:
- For $14, you get one balcony-gallery ticket (up to a $28 value, including all fees).
- For $16, you get one mid-balcony ticket (up to a $33 value, including all fees).
- For $26, you get one mid-orchestra ticket (up to a $53 value, including all fees).
- For $31, you get one premium-orchestra ticket (up to a $63 value, including all fees).
For each option, choose from the following lectures:
- Lara Logan on Tuesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m.
- Bonnie St. John on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.
- Dr. Ruth Westheimer on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.
- Marie Osmond on Monday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Doors for each show open at 6 p.m. Elevators are not available at State Theater, and the balcony-level seating is only accessible by stairs.
A seasoned journalist with CBS, Lara Logan built a two-decade career on up-close reports from the midst of dangerous warzones. In recent years, Logan has reported from the frontlines of Afghanistan, from inside Baghdad while the US military was invading the city, and from the streets of Egypt during the revolution of 2011. No stranger to peril, Logan has experienced many of war’s horrors firsthand, but she continues to draw a profound appreciation for life from these tragedies.
Bonnie St. John
In 1984, Bonnie St. John made sports history as the first African American to take home a medal in ski racing when she won a silver and two bronzes at the Winter Paralympics. Never content to stop improving herself, the enterprising athlete went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard and earn a Rhodes Scholarship to Trinity College at Oxford. St. John was later appointed Director of the National Economic Council for the Clinton White House, and has built a booming empire of inspirational books including Live Your Joy and How Great Women Lead.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Almost everybody knows Dr. Ruth—but not everybody knows how much history her 4-foot-7 frame holds. Born in Germany, Westheimer escaped the Holocaust at age 10 and spent her late teens as a freedom fighter in Israel. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the doctor began dispensing sex advice to a mass American audience, having discovered an interest in the subject while working at Planned Parenthood. A radio and TV host, author, and newspaper columnist, the pioneer of popular psychology also spent some time moonlighting as the tooth fairy for her two children.
A magnet for the limelight since her national debut on The Andy Williams Show at age 3, Marie Osmond now presides over a media empire of country crooning, TV hosting, and dancing with the stars. Connecting with an enormous audience through her down-to-earth charm, Osmond readily explores her own life experiences to unearth universal lessons. Whether drawing inspiration from the positive, such as her brand-new talk show, Marie, and her four decades of charting albums, or learning from the negative, such as her divorce, Osmond shares the secrets of a woman who has constantly reinvented her career without losing touch with herself.
The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.
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