The 80th Annual Academy Awards were just average this year: no extraordinary speeches, no surprises. The highlight of the evening was when the short documentary film Freeheld won an Oscar. The low was when Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor. I mean his nomination should have been immediately stripped when his wife walked onto the Red Carpet in that Dollar Tree gift bag of a dress. What was up with that showerhead between her bosom? Gag!
One of my favorite productions is the American classic musical West Side Story. Though everyone is singing and dancing, it?s dark and ocassionally disenchanting nuances forge a realistic humanism to social injustice in 1950s New York. The show?s continued success over the past 50 years illustrates its relevance to today.
7:30pm, through Mar. 8, Allred Theatre, Val A. Browning Center, 1901 University Cir, WSU, Ogden. Tickets $5-50?8.50, 1-800-WSU-TIKS.
The Bears are getting restless; all this snow is irking them to the point of holding their Bear Jam & Slave Auction. Let?s hope the NAACP doesn?t catch wind of it … unless of course Senator Buttars is auctioned off and ?mauled? by the biggest, snarliest Bear in the alliance. Anyhoo, check out the warm cuddlies at Club Try-Angles, and please keep the urinal dividers intact ? tearing them from the wall is just tacky and will make my beer prices go up. Just say no!
9pm, Club Try-Angles, a private club for members, 251 W. 900 South. Free to members, 364-3203.
The Phoenix Gallery opens the Contemporary Planes exhibition in conjunction with the Park City Gallery Stroll. Two artists are showcased: Ohio-based Michelle Muldrow, a ?landscape? painter and Kevin Box, a sculptor from Santa Fe, NM. Both artists will be on hand at tonight?s opening reception. Live jazz and hors d?ouvres provided.
6-9pm, Tonight, Phoenix Gallery, 508 Main Street, Park City. Free, 435-649-1006 or phoenixgalleryparkcity.com.
Post Fabulous Fun Bus to Wendover is the highly anticipated Gaylywed Game … OK, that may be a bit optimistic. Anyhoo, Michael Aaron hosts the fund raiser benefitting the RCGSE Cancer Fund, and my dear friend Steven is the charismatic announcer (that?s if he refrains from the Jell-O shots on the bus … please, that?s way too optimistic). Come join in the fun and see if the couples last the night or split like a whore?s legs.
9:30pm, The Trapp Door, a private club for members, 400 W. South Temple. Tickets $5 at the door, 533-0173.
Derived from Helen Keller?s autobiography, William Gibson?s play The Miracle Worker is the story of Keller who was blind, deaf and mute since infancy, and her challenge to emerge from her dark and silent prison with the aid of her tenacious, spitfire teacher Miss Anne Sullivan. This is an uplifting story of courage and survival.
7:30pm, through Mar. 22, Academy of Performing Arts, 3188 S. 400 East. Tickets $10?12, 486-2728.
I?ve always enjoyed the music of alternative rock band Lifehouse, but seeing them live on stage during the 2002 Olympic Games turned me into a fanatic. Watching lead singer Jason Wade on stage is hypnotic and his voice makes me want to crawl down his throat and snuggle there forever. Now stay out of the gutter, that wasn?t a sexual innuendo … completely.
8pm, The Depot, a private club for members, 400 W. South Temple. Tickets $18.50/adv?$20/day of, 467-8499 or smithstix.com.
In the tradition of spectacular productions, Cirque Productions has once again reinvented the circus with European flair, imaginative theatrics and world-class acrobatics. CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy is an all-new adventure that takes audiences soaring into a magical forest through the air and on stage. Graceful aerialists, spine bending contortionists, vine swinging characters, strong men and balancers bring this jungle dream to life filled with wild designs, special effects, inventive choreography and puppeteering.
7:30pm, through Wednesday, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $35?49.50, 581-7100 or kingtix.com.
The ACLU of Utah screens the short documentary Freedom to Parent: Lesbian and Gay Families, a highly personal exploration of the rights of lesbian and gay individuals to parent. Equality Utah is sponsoring this film and discussion with Kenneth Choe, Senior Staff Attorney with ACLU?s National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project.
7pm, Salt Lake Main Library, 210 E. 400 South. Free, 355-3479 or equalityutah.org.
Wilma and his hot, large staff once again host Cyber Slut Bingo. Wilma?s the hostess with the mostess and the moistest … well, you can figure it out. Anyhoo, this will be a fabulous night in which you may blackout in more ways than one all to benefit the RCGSE Cancer Fund.
7pm, Club Try-Angles, a private club for members, 251 W. 900 South. Bingo cards $5, 364-3203.
This, without a doubt, will be one of the hottest concerts of the year: Matchbox Twenty?s return to Utah is already generating high-octane anticipation. Rob Thomas is a true stage presence. OK, who?s infatuated to the point of being creepy? That would be me, and proud of it!
7pm, E Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Dr. Tickets $38?55, 467-8499 or smithstix.com.
If you haven?t had enough of estrogen-rich babbling from Lucy Liu and that annoying, pompous redheaded bitch friend of hers on Cashmere Mafia, then you may want to check out Top Girls. This show, which will have no trouble being smarter and wittier, contains a dreamlike sequence in which famous women in history attend a dinner party together and discuss their achievements, their losses and the events that made them ?top girls.?
7:30pm, through Mar. 9, Studio 115, Performing Arts Bldg., 240 S. 1500 East, UofU. Tickets $5?9, 581-7100 or kingtix.com.
Be prepared for a ?breathtaking, passionate and poetic? evening as the Gina Baucher Piano Foundation presents Dimitri Ratser. The Russian pianist will perform pieces by Schumann, Rosenblatt, Rachmaninoff and Liszt, as well as an original piece.
7:30pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Imagine what happens when ten strikingly handsome tenors from Australia … come to my bedroom. Oh, sorry, I digress. Imagine what happens when the Ten Tenors get together to wow audiences with their unparalleled fusion of artistry, musicianship and comedy. Actually see it for yourself, tonight!
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir, UofU. $29.50?42.50, 581-7100 or kingtix.com.
This month?s Gay Movie Night, presented by The Village, screens Brokeback Mountain. I shouldn?t have to give a synopsis since every gay man has likely seen the film, but in case you haven?t, I?ll at least give a tagline: Two gay cowboys and a lot of sheep. There?ll be chili and cornbread for everyone after the show!
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets 2-for-1 general admission, 321-0310.
Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families, the documentary film For the Bible Tells Me So discovers how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child.
7pm, Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East. Free, slcfilmcenter.org.
By age 31 Tania Katan was a two-time breast cancer survivor with the scars to prove it and a sense of humor forged by the unthinkable. Tonight she will read from her memoir My One Night Stand with Cancer, which tells the tale of living through two bouts of cancer, coping with her supportive but neurotic family, running in topless 10K races and pledging to never date a psychotic woman again. Presented by Planned Parenthood.
7pm, Salt Lake Main Library, 210 E. 400 South. Free, 532-1586.
Mar. 15 ? Rufus Wainwright, Park City
Mar. 29 ? Margaret Cho, Las Vegas
Jul. 19 ? The Police, USANA Amphitheatre
Nov. 21 ? Celine Dion, ES Arena