My friend Steve, who’s celebrating a birthday this month, and his partner (whose birthday was last month) recently exchanged gifts of a Nissan Pathfinder and a 24-foot travel trailer. For my birthday last year, these thoughtful boys gave me the skull of a dead animal. What’s up with that? Such damn tight wads. But I love ‘em anyway. Happy B-day Steve!
Odyssey Dance Theatre, honoree of the Best of State in Dance 2007 and Best in of State in Arts & Entertainment 2007, open the new season with their spooky Fall classic Thriller. You’ll be shocked and amazed by Frankenstein’s double-jointed mystique and the Mummy’s unraveling free spins.
7:30pm, through Oct. 31, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $20–40, 581-7100 or odysseydance.com. A production is also running Oct. 18-20 at the Eccles Center, Logan.
It’s Magic! In the Garden After Dark. Join Red Butte Garden for an enchanted evening filled with radiant lights, magic shows, fortune tellers, henna, bubbling cauldrons, pumpkin painting, storytelling, face painting, great food and hot drinks. A great time for kids of all ages including Michael’s.
6-9pm, Mondays and Thurs.–Sat. through Oct. 29, Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, UofU. Admission $5–7, 581-4747 or redbuttegarden.org.
The University of Utah shapes some of the finest dancers I’ve had the pleasure to watch including those of its Performing Dance Company. This year’s annual Fall concert Seduction, Virtuosity, Dance and Media is sure to be no exception. Check out great works by esteemed faculty members and guests such as Ellen Bromberg, Victoria Marks, Eric Handman and Kaye Richards.
7:30pm, through Oct. 27, Marriott Center for Dance, 330 S. 1500 East, UofU. Tickets $7–10, 581-7100 or kingtix.org.
Well twist my rind, pour sugar over it and call me “lemon”-ade, someone’s feeding the Utah Bears at the Food You’d Bring To a Lesbian’s House dinner. I believe this is a private feeding for the Utah Bear Alliance, but I just had to add it because I love the lesbian and her sweet-n-sour Lemon hosting the event. Anyone for spice cake?
7–9pm. For more information call 386-7933 or visit utahbears.com.
As part of the Taiwan Cultural Festival, the SLC Film Center offers a screening of The Wedding Banquet, the 1993 film directed by Oscar winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain). Wei-Tung, a gay Chinese immigrant, caves to his parents’ pressure to marry … a woman. Much to his and his lover Simon’s dismay, Wei-Tung’s parents decide to visit him and his new bride.
10am, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Free, 746-7000 or slcfilmcenter.org.
Plan-B Theatre Company opens the new season with the sociopolitical Exposed. The state of Utah was downwind of many of the 928 nuclear bombs the U.S. government exploded in the Nevada desert between 1951 and 1992. The show explores the human consequence of the nuclear history of our state and our nation.
8pm, through Nov. 4, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $18, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Blue Medusa Fashion and SKS Film Productions present the fabulous fund raising event An October Evening full of stilt walking, art, photography, film, fashion designs, a hypnotist and a musical performance by The Red King. Proceeds benefit Shriner Hospital and a young girl named Zelah.
7pm, Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple. Tickets $9/adv.–$10/day of event. Tickets available at Obscura Clothing and Arsenic Fashions.
The Utah Arts Alliance is currently exhibiting GLOW PEOPLE, PROJECTION PEOPLE & GLITTER PEOPLE, an illuminating photographic series by executive director Derek Dyer. Dyer will be on hand tonight during a special reception from 6–9pm.
Hours vary, Tues.–Sat. through Oct. 27, Utah Arts Alliance, 2191 S. 300 West. Free, 485-2105.
With the expansion of the Tea Grotto in Sugar House comes their first Gallery Stroll featuring the vibrant landscape and nature photographs of award-wnning Tiffany Daines. There will also be live jazz music and free tea tasting.
6–9pm, Tea Grotto, 2050 S, 900 East. Free, 466-8255.
SF Recycled takes a colorful and imaginative look at the impact of post-consumer waste through an investigation of artwork made from discarded objects, materials and packaging by participants in the Artist In Residency Program at SF Recycling and Disposal, Inc. in San Francisco. This exhibition features eight of the 60 or so artists who have participated in the program since it was launched in 1990.
11am–6pm, through Jan. 26, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Free, 328-4201 or slartcenter.org.
The Utah Humanities Council celebrates the 10th annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. This year’s week long event includes readings and signings by many authors including William Kittredge, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Jane Hamilton, and Eboo Patel. There will also be panel discussions, film screenings, games and children’s activities.
Hours and locations vary through Oct. 28. Free, for full schedule call 359-9670 or visit utahhumanities.org.
The last flight I took was to Norfolk, Va. via a three-hour layover in Dallas. Talk about being in a bad mood by the time I reached my final destination. Anyhoo, Around the World in a Bad Mood is a one woman show written and performed by real-life flight attendant Rene Foss. It’s a humorous look at the profession and the air travel industry through flight debacles, security strip teases, pistol packing pilots, a six-week unpaid training program and a brief historical overview.
7:30pm, through Nov. 11, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $30, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
On the shortlist of the world’s great guitarists, Manuel Barrueco strives to make his instrument sing by playing every note “with character.” His sensuous expressiveness will give way to Hector Berlioz’s defining work Symphonie Fantastique, a revolutionary symphony that begins with “dreamy melancholy” and ends by hurtling headlong into a clamorous fit of despair.
8pm, through Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $12–48, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
It’s a Halloween classic, but if you don’t want to be dubbed a “weenie”, then I suggest you see The Rocky Horror Picture Show sometime other than Halloween night … perhaps this weekend. There will be a live pre-show performance and a sing-along during the show presented by Salt Lake’s Latter Day Transvestites. Prop kits will be sold at the theatre, so no outside props are allowed.
7:30pm, Tonight & Saturday, and Midnight, Oct. 31 (for all you weenies), Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets $10, on sale now, 321-0310.
Well dress me in a red, white and blue lamé jumpsuit, set me up on a date with Madonna, cast me in ultra stupid movies and call me Vanilla Ice, the oh “so white-white baby” gangsta/rapper. Yep, urine Ogden!
8pm, Teazer’s Bar & Grill, a private club for members, 366 36th Street, Ogden. Tickets $7.50/adv–$10/day of, 467-8499 or smithstix.com.
If you’re just kickin’ it at home this Halloween night with your lights and TV turned off to ward away those pesky little trick-or-treaters, then tune your radio to KUER FM90 for Plan-B Theatre Company’s third annual Radio Hour. This year’s show features two ghostly scripts by Matthew Ivan Bennett and features Jay Perry, Teresa Sanderson and Chelsi Stahr.
11am & 7pm, KUER FM90. For more info visit planbtheatre.org.
Nov. 2–4 — Moab Folk Festival, Moab
Nov. 17 — B–52s, The Depot
Nov. 29 — Tori Amos, E Center
Dec. 15 — Paula Cole, Park City
Mar. 15 — Rufus Wainwright, Park City