SAT MARCH 23
“SELECTED SHORTS 2013: PASSIONS AND PURSUITS”
The popular public-radio series is back with live performances, featuring actors from stage and screen — including Leonard Nimoy, Josh Radnor and Parker Posey — reading classic and new short fiction about the pleasures and travails of everyday activities, from baking to ballroom dancing, card playing to movie watching, and knitting to sex. “The Waltz” by Dorothy Parker, “Anaconda” by Martha McPhee, “The Grid” by Rick Moody and “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” by Delmore Schwartz are among the works brought to life during this program. Actress Jane Kaczmarek hosts. Sat. 3 p.m. $20 (general), $15 (seniors and students). Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.
Author, restaurateur and host of KCRW’s “Good Food,” Kleiman appears in conversation with multimedia sculptor and designer Peter Shire. Complementing Craft in America’s exhibition, “Good Enough to Eat: Food as Subject for Craft,” which explores work by innovators who are redefining craft and the new role that it serves in an increasingly food-centric culture, Kleiman and Shire discuss design, politics, memory and the expressive potential of food. Sat. 6 p.m. Free (e-mail reservations to email@example.com). Craft in America Study Center, 8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610. craftinamerica.org.
“GOD PLANS, AND WOMAN LAUGHS”
Jewish Women’s Theatre stages the world premiere of a show about how strong women deal with life’s unexpected twists and turns. A Q-and-A with the play’s talent and a dessert buffet follow. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Through March 24. $20 (presale), $30 (door). NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (855) 592-7218. jwcsc.org/god-plans-woman-laughs.
TUE MARCH 26
A Caribbean native and Jew by Choice, author Kincaid discusses her new novel, “See Now Then,” with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s “Bookworm.” Kincaid’s first book in 10 years, “See Now Then” is a work of fiction that examines a New England couple’s failing marriage and looks at how the passage of time operates on the human consciousness. A Q-and-A and book signing follow. Tue. 7 p.m. $20 (general admission), $25 (premium general admission). New Roads School, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 314-4635. kcrw.tix.com.
WED MARCH 27
Paris-born actor Clary was a promising singer when he was deported to a Nazi concentration camp in 1942 at age 16. After surviving the Holocaust, the actor was cast as Cpl. LeBeau in “Hogan’s Heroes,” a sitcom set in a German prisoner-of-war camp. Clary signs copies of his book, “From the Holocaust to Hogan’s Heroes,” and discusses his life and career between screenings of “New Faces” (1954), a musical revue starring Clary, and the speculative thriller, “The Hindenburg” (1975). Wed. 6:30 p.m. (book signing), 7:30 p.m. (double feature). $11. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-1528. americancinemathequecalendar.com/aero_theatre_events.
THU MARCH 28
The USC Shoah Foundation’s 2013 Student Voices Short Film Contest has enabled USC students to join the conversation about genocide and human rights by using the foundation’s Visual History Archive — which contains nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors — to craft visual arguments around these topics. Awards for the annual contest are announced today, followed by a screening of the best short films and a panel discussion with honorees and faculty. This year’s contest is part of a series of activities commemorating the 20th anniversary of “Schindler’s List” and the establishment of the USC Shoah Foundation. Thu. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts 108, Los Angeles. (213) 740-6001. sfi.usc.edu.
YOUNG EAST SIDE JEWS COMICS CLASS
Ariel Schrag achieved critical acclaim at an early age for her graphic novels “Awkward,” “Definition,” “Potential” and “Likewise,” and served as a writer on HBO series “How to Make It in America” and Showtime’s “The L Word.” Renowned cartoonist Schrag teams up with nondenominational collective East Side Jews to lead a comics class, which is open to teens (13-18). East Side Jews heads to Silver Lake’s acclaimed comic-book shop The Secret Headquarters for this edition of its monthly forum. Lasagna cupcakes served for dinner. Thu. 7-9 p.m. $10 (per teen for art supplies and dinner). The Secret Headquarters, 3817 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. eastsidejews.com.
FRI MARCH 29
“PHILIP ROTH: UNMASKED”
The PBS biography series “American Masters” features Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning novelist Philip Roth discussing intimate aspects of his life and art. Airing shortly after his 80th birthday, “Philip Roth: Unmasked” interviews the reclusive and diffident Jewish-American writer while following him for 10 days in Connecticut and New York. The 90-minute documentary also features Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Franzen, Mia Farrow and Martin Garbus reflecting on Roth, and explores the stories behind novels such as “Portnoy’s Complaint” and “American Pastoral.” Fri. 9 p.m. KOCE Channel 50. pbs.org.