Arts & Culture

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.

Trans director Yance Ford won a Special Jury Prize for Storytelling at last year’s Sundance Film Festival for “Strong Island,” his intimate and intense documentary. The film will screen 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Lightbox Film Center (formerly International House). The event is free with an RSVP.

MJ Kaufman is one of American theater’s most insistent and crucial new artists — one whose work exists in a time when risk, dare and sociopolitical polemic is a necessity. The genderqueer, trans-masculine author’s identity doesn’t change how audiences should look at the world debut of their play “Sensitive Guys” at InterAct Theatre. It only means you should look harder and with deeper appreciation. We chatted with the playwright ahead of the big premiere.

Theater & Arts

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Walnut Street Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” through Feb. 4, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

 

BodyVox

The innovative dance-theater troupe performs a compilation of its greatest works Jan. 18-21 at Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 267-239-2941.  

 

Copenhagen

Lantern Theater Company presents a dramatic mystery about German physicist Werner Heisenberg visiting his old mentor and Danish counterpart Niels Bohr in 1941 while their countries were at war, through Feb. 11 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow St.; 215-829-0395.

 

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Media Theatre presents the musical adaptation of the Disney classic animated film, through Jan. 14, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100.

 

Finesse Mitchell

The comedian seen on “SNL” performs Jan. 18-20 at Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.; 215-606-6555.

 

The Humans

Walnut Street Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning new play about a family’s holiday turmoil, Jan. 16-March 4, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550.

 

IT

The 2017 horror film based on the Stephen King novel is screened 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888.

 

Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars

The dynamic Cuban musical orchestra performs 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.

 

L.A. Dance Project

Dance Affiliates present the acclaimed contemporary dance company making its Philadelphia headline debut Jan. 12-13 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-3900.

 

Les Misérables

Broadway Philadelphia presents a new production of the Tony Award-winning blockbuster musical through Jan. 21 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-790-5800.

 

Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of European art from the likes of Botticelli, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt and Monet through Feb. 19, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

 

Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and asha bandele

The authors of “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” host a reading 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; 215-567-4341.

 

Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry

The work of acclaimed designer Urquiola, who creates cool, innovative objects for the home and office, is on display through March 4 at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Parkway; 215-763-8100.

 

Peter Pan

Arden Theatre presents the classic children’s story through Jan. 28, 40 N. Second St.; 215-922-1122.

 

The Second City: Look Both Ways Before Talking

The acclaimed improv troupe performs Jan. 19-20 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.

 

Steven Wright

The comedian performs 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at Keswick Theater, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

 

Todd Glass

The comedian seen on Comedy Central, FX and “Last Comic Standing” performs through Jan. 13 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; 215-496-9001.

 

Music

Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven

The alternative-rock bands perform 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-922-1011.

 

Dorothy

The rock band performs 9 p.m. Jan. 13 at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-922-1011.

 

The Legwarmers

The ’80s tribute/cover band performs 9 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888.

 

Avatar

The hard-rock/metal band performs 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at TLA, 334 South St.; 215-922-1011.

 

Passion Pit

The indie electronic-rock band performs 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St.; 215-309-0150.

 

Kick

The INXS tribute band performs 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808.

 

Rufus Wainwright

The out singer-songwriter performs with The Philly POPS and PGMC 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999.

 

Nightlife

Mimi Imfurst Presents Drag Diva Brunch

Mimi Imfurst, Bev, Vinchelle, Sutton Fearce and special guests perform 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 14 at Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.; 215-606-6555.

 

GENDXR – Escape the Binary

Celebrate with an inclusive all-gender naked party 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Jan. 20 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675.

 

Daddy & Friends

NYC boylesque-superstar Chris Harder performs at the monthly showcase’s one-year anniversary show 8-11 p.m. Jan. 19 at L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St.; 215-592-0656.

 

Outta Town

The Running Man

A sci-fi film is screened 9:45 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.

 

Rob Thomas

The rock singer and Matchbox 20 front man performs Jan. 12-13 at The Borgata Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609 317-1000.

 

The Sound of Music

The classic musical-family film is screened 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.

 

Oklahoma!

The classic Western film is screened 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.

 

All Stars of Hip Hop

Rapper Nelly, Ja Rule, Method Man, Redman and KRS One perform 7 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-348-7000.

 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The sci-fi blockbuster is screened 9:45 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228.

 

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