I’m not a pack rat, but when it comes to The X-Files — a cult-hit television series from 1993-2002 — I have more paraphenalia than Mary Louise-Parker, including agents Mulder and Scully barbie dolls. How ‘gay geek’ is that, Joselle? Anyhoo, the new flick The X-Files: I Want to Believe is damn good. There’s paranormal activity, intrigue, romance and major creepiness. Even if you are not an X-Phile, the storyline is mostly independent of the series, so you won’t be confused — just frightened of the two-headed dog.
THursday — Salt Lake Shakespeare returns with Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy with a cast comprised of alumni and students from the U’s acclaimed Actor Training Program and a few special guests. Whether you’re a Shakespeare enthusiast or you’re experiencing him for the first time, this amazing acting troupe will guide you, laughing, through every plot twist and turn.
7:30pm, through Aug. 9, Babcock Theatre, 240 S. 1500 East, UofU. Tickets $10–$15, 581-7100 or kingtix.com.
FRIDAY — What do you get when you put cigar smokers, men in uniform and leather daddies in a room together? A real feeling of bondage among them. But you also get the Utah Rebellion. In "the spirit of inferno and smokeout," join these high-n-tighties for a pre-party tonight and then a fair, barbecue and block party tomorrow.
9pm tonight & 2pm Saturday, Club Try-Angles, a private club for members, 251 W. 900 South. Free to members, 364-3203.
Q Salt Lake City painter Jared Gillett opens a solo art show today in Park City. He will also be demonstrating during the Park City Arts Festival. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Tracy Aviary, home to many of the subjects Jared paints. Join him for the opening, enter a raffle to win one of his paintings and get painting tips from an expert.
6–9pm reception tonight, exhibit runs through Aug. 15, Phoenix Gallery, 508 Main Street, Park City. Free, 435-649-1006 or phoenixgalleryparkcity.com.
SATURDAY — Enjoy great art, food and drink on historic Main Street in the heart of Park City at the 39th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival. With 225 artists, live music, and three beer and wine gardens, this year’s festival promises to be the best ever. This year also inaugurates the Run for the Arts 5K to be held today. Register at runnercard.com.
9am–6pm, through Sunday, Main Street, Park City. Tickets $8 or $10 weekend pass, 435-649-8882 or kimball-art.org.
Q As part of the Deer Valley Music Festival, the Utah Symphony presents Broadway Rocks! So make way for the great white way as guest artists from Broadway’s hottest shows joins them for a sparkling evening of your favorite show tunes.
7:30pm, Snow Park Lodge, Deer Valley Resort. Tickets $12–65, 888-451-2787.
SUNDAY — The ultra hot drag king troupe the Salt City Kings kick off their 7th anniversary with a fabulous performance tonight. So get out there and show your support for Sean LiQue, Bo Flex and the rest of the kings and all that they do for our community.
7pm, Paper Moon, a private club for members, 3737 S. State. Free to members, 713-0678.
MONDAY — Now these are real heroes to look up to … or at least their ingenious fashion sense. The Spanish documentary Super Amigos introduces us to five real-life "social wrestlers" (Super Gay, Super Animal, Super Barrio, Ecologista Universal and Fray Tormenta) who have capitalized on the popularity of Mexico’s larger than life Lucha Libre wrestlers to fight for social justice rather than trophies. 7pm, City Library, 210 E. 400 South. Free, 746-7000.
WEDNESDAY — No Fog West Theater Company was founded in December 2006 by a group of freshman students at Vassar College. After a successful production of The Laramie Project in 2007, they’re returning to the Rocky Mountain West with Talking to Terrorists. This verbatim play is compiled from interviews with terrorists from around the world, foreign service workers, hostages and others whose lives have been affected by terrorism.
8pm, through Aug. 9, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $10, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
THURSDAY — The ’80s were definitely a great decade for music — it was light and fun and carefree. Now a few of those great era artists introduce The Regeneration Tour. Join Human League, ABC, Belinda Carlisle and Naked Eyes for an evening of fabulous ’80s hits.
7pm, USANA Amphitheatre, 5400 S. 6200 West. Tickets $29–49, 487-4899 or smithstix.com.
FRIDAY — So a couple of my girlfriends attended the first Women’s Redrock Music Festival last year and said it was freakin’ hot. From what I understand, this year hosts great musicians like Mary Tebbs, Kathryn Warner and Gearl Jam, and there’s art booths and most importantly, tent-hopping.
5pm, through Saturday, Robber’s Roost Bookstore, Torrey. Tickets $20–45, redrockwomensfest.com.
SUNDAY — I go to Lagoon for the train ride and bumper cars. Not to say I haven’t weathered some of the scarier rides like the Catapult … umm, never ever again! However, I really enjoy the Cliffhanger, possibly because I like being wet. But whatever your level of wussiness, Q Lagoon Day is a helluva lot fun. Wear red, play bingo, eat, drink and ride — everyone likes a good ride.
11am, Oak Terrace, Lagoon, 375 Lagoon Drive, Farmington. Discount tickets $33.50, 649-6663.
MONDAY — American Idol winner Jordin Sparks comes to Salt Lake with cotton-candy boy, Jesse McCartney. This just feels like an odd combo. Sort of like Reba and Kelly Clarkson, but at least both of them can sing. I wonder if sexy Chris Brown will be there for Jordin’s "No Air" duet — he alone would be worth the ticket price.
7:30pm, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $39.50–49.50, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
AUG. 20 KT Tunstall, Red Butte Garden
Aug. 25 Sheryl Crow, USANA Amphitheatre
Sep. 18 Alicia Keys, Abravanel Hall
OCT. 20 David Sedaris, Abravanel Hall
Nov. 21 Celine Dion, ES Arena
Nov. 22 Coldplay, ES Arena