Portraits

I love the art of dance and, last year, I saw an amazing group of performers at the Prince, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. When I heard they were coming back, I tracked down one of the performers to get an inside glimpse. I spoke to dancer Mark Sampson via FaceTime between his rehearsals in a beautiful old building that used to be a library, but now functions as office space for the government Arts Council and Ballet Jazz and a number of different arts organizations. 

David Permut is a staple on the Sundance scene with a film-watching regime that’s hard to imagine. The award-wining film and TV producer has never lost his love of sitting in the theater and watching a story unfold on the big screen. His career spans four decades with more than 40 movies and TV series. Permut’s projects include the blockbuster-action film “Face/Off” and “Dragnet” starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks (if you’re enjoying all your favorite old shows rebooted for the big screen, thank David!). He’s also responsible for indie films like the hit comedy “Punching Henry” and the classic film “Richard Pryor: Live in Concert.” And many of us know him from the acclaimed, Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie “Prayers For Bobby.” Oh, and his film “Hacksaw Ridge” was nominated for six Oscars, three Golden Globes and numerous other awards.

So, 2017 was a pretty crummy year for the country, so I thought it’d be nice to start 2018 with a hearty laugh. “Come, Rainbows” is a comedy show that features local LGBT comics Rebekah Rickards, Molly Hanulec, Domo Jones, Low Hanging Fruit and Hannibal Lickter (Karen E. Johnson). One of the funny hosts is local standup Dan Vetrano. I spoke to the jokester on Facetime. I’m just sorry his expressions can’t be translated to the page. You’ll just have to see him in person Jan. 7.

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