Pick List: ‘Pepperland,’ Noir City, Fran Lebowitz

The week’s best events.

DANCE

For its annual visit to its leader’s hometown, the Mark Morris Dance Group is saluting Sgt. Pepper on its hemicentennial with Pepperland, dances set to Beatles arrangements by composer Ethan Iverson (of The Bad Plus) and to original tunes alluding to the album’s eclectic, referentially voracious style. The Moore, stgpresents.org. $43–$63. 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 16 & Sat., Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Sun., Feb. 18.

BOOKS & SPEAKERS

By now as famous for not writing as for writing, who else but Fran Lebowitz would dare publish an anthology of her work after releasing exactly two books? And who else could thereafter have inspired Martin Scorsese to make a documentary about her? Dry and curmudgeonly, the godmother of the comic essay, now 67 (though in a sense, she was born 67) will be interviewed by The Seattle Review of Books’ Paul Constant. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $35–$56. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 18.

FILM

SIFF presents “One Week of Classy As and Trashy Bs” in its Noir City festival, looking back at film noir of the ’40s. See siff.net for the complete lineup, including Shadow of a Doubt, Mildred Pierce, The Big Sleep, and opening night’s The Maltese Falcon (retro dress encouraged). TCM host Eddie Muller is your guide. SIFF Cinema Egyptian. Single films $10–$15, passes $100–$150. Fri., Feb. 16– Thurs., Feb. 22.

MUSIC

Cincinnati pop-rock quartet Walk the Moon topped three different Billboard charts with 2014’s ridiculously catchy “Shut Up & Dance”—the kind of tune that, when you hear it on the radio in 20 years, will make you scream “OH MY GOD TURN IT UP I USED TO LOVE THIS SONG!!!” You will, you may as well admit it. With Company of Thieves. The Neptune, stgpresents.org. $37–$39. 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 16–Sat., Feb. 17.

FILM

Cary Grant or James Stewart? Whom would you choose? Watch George Cukor’s sparkling 1940 The Philadelphia Story and see if Katharine Hepburn agrees. She plays Tracy Lord, a Main Line socialite who, blackmailed into letting reporter Stewart cover her wedding to keep Dad’s mistress out of the papers, is also being re-besieged by ex-husband Grant. Any other filmmaker would have put his thumb on the scale by casting a Ralph Bellamy against Grant, but Stewart, at the zenith of the sharp-but-boyish charm he patented, makes it a real contest. $13. 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. or both, Sun., Feb. 18 & Wed., Feb. 21; see fathomevents.com for participating venues and exact schedule.

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