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.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

3:00 p.m.

“Drama at Dinner”

Cast includes Michael Imperioli, Amber Tamblyn.

“The Year of Spaghetti” by Haruki Murakami

Translated by Philip Gabriel and Jay Rubin

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

The famous foodie’s memoir through cookbooks.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Cast includes Robert Sean Leonard, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Pickles


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

Characters take tea in Wonderland.

A selection from Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Translated by Lydia Davis.

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

“Feathers” by Raymond Carver

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

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

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.
The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum’s mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.
Visiting the Getty Center
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Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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