Arts & Culture

MOMENTS OF TRUTH: Out British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard comes to the area for his “Believe Me” tour, where he regales audiences with humor, stories and photos about his extraordinary life and times 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at The Playhouse Theater on Rodney, 1007 N. Market St. For more information or tickets, call 844-765-8432.

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.

The poignant romantic drama “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” based on bisexual actor/author Peter Turner’s memoir, recounts his brief but intense relationship with actress Gloria Grahame in Liverpool in 1979 and 1981.

The film, which opens at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Jan. 26, has Grahame (Annette Bening) calling Peter (Jamie Bell) and asking if she can stay with him after she doubles over in pain in her dressing room at a nearby theater.

“It’s just gas,” she tells him, in a lie they both want to believe.

Best known as the author of “The House of Blue Leaves,” “Six Degrees of Separation” and the screenplay for “Atlantic City,” John Guare is an Irish-American playwright with a sense of oddly realistic whimsy that’s only matched by his erudite language and his gutsy pragmatism.

LET’S DANCE!: International Tango superstar German Cornejos brings his renowned Buenos Aires dance-troupe Tango Fire to Philly to light up with sizzling moves 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999.

ROOM FOR IMPROV-MENT: The Second City, the legendary improvisational-comedy troupe that brought attention to stars such as Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Amy Poehler, is stopping in Philadelphia for its “Look Both Ways Before Talking” tour featuring the unique brand of satire and of-the-moment sketch comedy Jan. 19-20 at Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999.

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