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Tasty Reads – the Getty Museum Welcomes Celebrity Readers for Food-Themed “Selected Shorts” – Los Angeles art literary event report

Robert Sean Leonard.

Robert Sean Leonard.

Get your taste buds ready! The ever-popular public radio series Selected Shorts returns for a weekend of live performances at the Getty by celebrity readers, offering stories revolving around the theme of food—enjoyed, prepared, devoured, or ignored. Each event includes a small bite culinary selection paired with a special drink tailored to each performance.

The literary feast touches on romances and coming of age stories, mysteries, adventures, marital woes, and the cozy complications of family life. Robert Sean Leonard hosts the series and leads a cast including Jane Kaczmarek, Michael Imperioli, Christopher Lloyd, Joshua Malina, Christina Pickles and Amber Tamblyn reading delectable tales set in kitchens, at dinner parties, behind the scenes at a bakery, at family dinner tables, and even a mad hatter’s tea party.

Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story is produced by New York’s Symphony Space and presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum. These events include special ‘small bites’ menu inspired by short story readings.

First up is “Drama at Dinner”
Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, 2014
3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday;
3:00 p.m. on Sunday
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Tickets: $35.00; includes small bite culinary selection. Pre-purchase tickets here.

*Cast and stories are subject to change.*

Amber Tamblyn.

Amber Tamblyn.

Program:
Saturday, March 22, 2014

3:00 p.m.

“Drama at Dinner”

Cast includes Michael Imperioli, Amber Tamblyn.

“The Year of Spaghetti” by Haruki Murakami
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Translated by Philip Gabriel and Jay Rubin
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Pasta is on the menu in a year of loneliness and lost love.

“The Occasional Pignoli Tart” by Ann Hood.

A young woman dreams of adventure beyond the pastry counter where she works.

“Serial Monogamy” by Nora Ephron
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The famous foodie’s memoir through cookbooks.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Cast includes Robert Sean Leonard, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Pickles

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“A Mad Tea-Party” from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
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Characters take tea in Wonderland.

A selection from Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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Translated by Lydia Davis.

A dinner-dance at a chateau sets Emma Bovary longing for a different life.

“Feathers” by Raymond Carver
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A strange and revelatory dinner party.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Cast includes Jane Kaczmarek, Catherine O’Hara, Joshua Malina.

“Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer” by Lydia Davis.

Passionate advice about peas.

“Soirée in Hollywood” by Henry Miller
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A drunken dinner party initiates the author into the culture of 1940s LA.

“Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl.

A cruel shock before supper turns a happy wife’s world upside down.

“Where You’ll Find Me” by Ann Beattie
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A weekend in the country, with food and romantic entanglements.

Pre-purchase tickets here.

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.
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Theater review for LA Weekly – “I was a Cellist in the Marching Band.”

Dear readers, this week’s theater review for the LA Weekly is of a mildly humorous reading by Sherry Netherlandfrom her book, “I was a Cellist in the Marching Band.

One performance remains at the Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre in Burbank, this Sunday night.

Click here to go to the LA Weekly’s theater page with my review of I was a Cellist in the Marching Band, and then scroll down to find it.

 

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You can just read it here!!

 

Happy reading!

 

I was a Cellist in the Marching Band

Drawing on her stand up roots as well as her book, solo performer Sherry Netherland relates a string of mildly humorous, self-deprecating true stories that display her affable idiosyncrasies and general “cluelessness.”

Reading from papers behind a music stand, with a handheld mic to her lips, Netherland’s relaxed and confident delivery sells the quirky tales that touch on everything from growing up with a butch Mom and a Dad who loved show tunes (outwardly “gay” yet hetero parents) to decoding date signals to a rumination on the mysterious alacrity and demise of lesbian relationships. She occasionally alludes to – but omits – a handful of the presumably juicier tales.

During a handful of pleasant song interludes, Netherland strums her ukulele prettily, at one instance urging a sing along to the refrain of “I Hate People, Don’t You?” Less than successful is a “Rap song for people who read,” where she dons a blingy medallion and newsboy cap over her spiky hair, then finds rhymes for words such as “quotidian.”

 

I Was a Cellist in the Marching Band

Written and performed by Sherry Netherland.

Sundays only through April 29, 2012.

7pm

(818) 763-599

Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre,

10900 Burbank Blvd.,

North Hollywood.