There are plenty of fun holiday shows and events this season that I could not fit in the agenda because Michael has me in a tight leash … and leather sling. Anyhoo, through the month of December Desert Star’s performing Miracle on 42nd Street and Home for the Holidays; Hale Centre Theatre presents A Christmas Carol; Grand Theatre presents Messiah: A Community Celebration; sWerve’s charitable Giving Fest; and RCGSE’s Winter Wonderland and Sub for Santa shows. So get out and enjoy the month, and remember my birthday’s just around the corner.
5FRIDAY — Making its Utah premiere is a young musical called The Light in the Piazza. Pioneer Theatre Company presents this romantic musical set in 1950s Italy. A beautiful and innocent young American woman has a chance encounter with a handsome young Italian boy in a sun-drenched Italian plaza. But is their fate not to be together? This show has garnered much praise for it’s heavily orchestrated score involving classical and opera.
7:30pm, through Dec. 20, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $26–49, 581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.
Q I’ve seen this sexy five-man band from Salt Lake in the past and they’re pretty damn cool. Tonight Starmy is having a CD release party of their new album Starmaggedon. Check out this gay-friendly indie rock band — they really know how to rock. Will Sartain joins them on stage.
9pm, Urban Lounge, a private club for members, 241 S. 500 East. Tickets $2–5, 24tix.com.
6SATURDAY — A fun free treat for your kids … well, and for you too if you have a Santa fetish, is the Trolley Square Holiday Open House. There will be cookies and milk, and roasted chestnuts and hot cider. They will be offering horse-drawn carriage rides, and screening a lovely holiday movie … I believe it’s Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 4. Tehehe! Come join the fun at this historic landmark/shopping mall.
11am–9pm, Trolley Square, 650 E. 600 South. Free.
7SUNDAY — Cassar Jewelers presents a Human Rights Campaign Social. HRC members, supporters, family and friends are invited to peruse their huge inventory of jewelry and receive a 40 percent discount (this event only). Refreshments will be provided by Jasoh Prime Dining & Brew Pub.
7pm, Cassar Jewelers, 1164 Newgate Mall, Ogden. Please rsvp to 801-394-2090 ext 105 or to [email protected].
8MONDAY — OMG! She’s leaving Brian Viglione behind. Amanda Palmer, the bisexual half of the Brechtian punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls is taking her solo act on the road. And she’s hitting Salt Lake tonight. Can this piano-playing, harmonica-blowing, ukelele lover make it on her own? Or Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
7pm, Avalon Theater, 3605 S. State Street. Tickets $22/advance–$26.50/day of, 24tix.com.
9TUESDAY — Broadway Across America presents a holiday mystery extravaganza. Sister’s Christmas Catechism is “Forensic Files goes to Bethlehem.” Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen.
7:30pm, through Dec. 14, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $25–$37.50, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
10WEDNESDAY — Broadway Across America also presents a holiday music variety tradition. Kurt bestor is “Mr. Christmas on a scooter.” A Kurt Bestor Christmas has been a much-anticipated tradition for audiences throughout the western United States. Featuring 45 musicians on stage, sophisticated sound and lights and special guests (this year is Jenny Oakes Baker), combined with warm storytelling and humor, Bestor creates an intimate rapport with concert-goers.
7:30pm, through Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $17.50–$37.50, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Plan-B Theatre Company presents Literary readings & Live Performances, a free one-night event. Join them for an hour-long creative and amorphous mix of poetry, literary reading and stage performance. Guests include Jean Howard and Katharine Coles, and Plan-B favorites Tobin Atkinson, Jay Perry, Matthew Ivan Bennett and April Fossen.
7pm, The Leonardo at Library Square, 209 E. 500 South. Free, planbtheatre.org.
I fell head-over-heels for Gael García Bernal in the homoerotic films Y Tu Mamá También and Bad Education. And though The Motorcyle Diaries doesn’t have any gay elements, it’s an amazing film. It’s a beautifully wrought account of the dawning of the social conscience of one of the 20th century’s most romanticized revolutionaries. A young Argentine medical student takes an eight month trip through South America, who would become the charsimatic che.
7pm, Jim Santy Auditorium, Park City Library, 1255 Park Avenue, Park City. Free, parkcityfilmseries.com.
11THURSDAY — Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company celebrates the intriguing works of its Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen. Interiors is a full evening of her choreography, featuring a new collaboration with a local graffiti writer, Trent Call. Also restaged will be her multi-media work “Lost” inspired by the artwork of four Mexican gang-members-turned-artists struggling to find their own identity through artistic expression.
7:30pm, through Saturday, and 2pm Saturday & Sunday, Leona Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
12FRIDAY — A tradition for 26 years, Utah’s “other” choir (OK, can we say way-gay) presents its holiday concert sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Sing We Now This Christmas (And the Rest of the Season, too). There will be familiar classics plus a new number, “A New December,” which was written for the West Coast Singers (L.A.-based gay chorus) by Utah local David Frank Long. They will also do a rendition of Kurt Bestor’s hit “Prayer of the Children.” And don’t be surprised if you get caught in a few sing-a-longs.
7:30pm, through Saturday, First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 777 S. 1300 East. Tickets $10, 800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com.