Sacramento Speaker Series offers an all-star lineup of talent

Jay Leno will appear Jan. 18 for the Sacramento Speaker Series.
Jay Leno will appear Jan. 18 for the Sacramento Speaker Series. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Comedian Jay Leno, “Wild” author Cheryl Strayed and former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard will headline the Sacramento Speaker Series’ 2016-17 program.

“For our 12th season, we have assembled some of the most entertaining and informative forward-thinkers in America,” said Mitchell Ostwald, managing principal of the series. “We Sacramentans can say we have something unique that’s ours to share.”

The series brings top-tier professionals from the arts, sciences, politics, media and other fields to Sacramento to speak about their careers and issues of the day, and answer questions from the audience.

Each of the events will start at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Community Center Theatre, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Subscriptions are priced at four levels, from $210 to $450. For tickets and more information: 916-388-1100,

Here’s the lineup:

Sept. 28: Michael Lewis is a social commentator and author of “The Big Short.” The film version has been nominated for a best picture Oscar.

Nov. 16: Brian Greene is a theoretical physicist and author of “The Elegant Universe,” which became an Emmy and Peabody award-winning “NOVA” PBS special.

Jan. 18: Jay Leno is the former host of the “Tonight Show” and a collector of world-class vintage autos.

Feb. 27: Fareed Zakaria is a political analyst, author and host of CNN’s “GPS.”

April 5: Julia Gillard captured global attention for her speech in the Australian Parliament on the treatment of women.

May 3: Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail for her memoir “Wild.”

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe