It's unclear how we got quite so lucky, but indie film's most famous mug, Parker Posey, will read for Art and Letters Live's 2014 Texas Bound series. The popular showcase pulls well-known actors (Tommy Lee Jones, Kathy Bates and Larry Hagman have all previously lent their voices) to read short fictional works by Lone Star authors.
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Posey's contribution comes as part of Danger and Desire: Tales of Hopper's City, where she, David Straithairn (Good Night, and Good Luck, LA Confidential) and Kaneza Schaal will bring "Hopper's poignant and evocative noir themes and settings to life in stories on stage." Sounds pretty sexy. Currently, Posey's set to read The Working Girl by Ann Beattie, but stories are subject to change. The event's a KERA and DMA tagteam effort and it happens on Saturday, January 25, 2014.
Get your tickets now, or hold off until Thursday, December 12, when Arts and Letters hosts a Season Preview and Open House in the DMA's C3 theater. It's a little gab fest on who's coming, when, and what you must-see -- offered in two, hour-long hangouts. The first is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, and the other is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Last year's Arts and Letters highlights included visits from George Saunders and Margaret Atwood. This year's big names are Amy Tan (Joy Luck Club), Ruth Reichl (Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth), Dave Barry (You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About), Daniel Woodrell (Winter's Bone) and even a stopover by The Office's favorite temp, B.J. Novak, who's promoting his new book of shorts, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.