I went to my friend OB’s surprise birthday party last week at the Organ Loft, and surprise, surprise, there were plenty of lofty organs to be played with. One of the things I love most about OB is his flashy personality; when everyone yelled “Surprise!” to him as he walked through the door, his reaction — or surprise — was as unmoving as a Keanu Reeves performance. But on the inside his heart was frolicking about like a smittened schoolgirl. He is one of the friendliest straight boys I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.
18THURSDAY — Sugar Space Artist in Residence Recipient Laura Blakely presents Warm Heart Dark. This dance explores the metaphoric side of the heart — its kitschy uses as a symbol of love and passion and beyond that, aspects that are often neglected through the shadows and darkness found within it. The performance explores some of these ideas, revealing that part of loving is dark and even painful at times. Hmmm … a real pick-me-up for those single and alone for the holidays.
8pm, through Saturday, Sugar Space, 616 E. Wilmington Ave. Tickets $10–12, 888-300-7898.
19FRIDAY — Yes, I’m showing my age here, but I’m still younger than most people I know … and cuter, tehehe! Anyhoo, Neil Diamond is a fabulous pop singer and had had many hits during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Even today he has a huge following. Some of his hits include “Sweet Caroline,” “Song Sung Blue” and “Heartlight.” Don’t miss this extraordinary night, plus he usually has a very shiny wardrobe … absoultely fabulous!
8pm, Energy Solutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple. Tickets $27.50–120, 866-448-7849 or ticketmaster.com.
Q Ski Out Utah is a social club of skiers and snowboarders who often “frolic in the snow,” but tonight they’ll be frolicking about at Club Jam during the Winter Avalanche Party. I believe the night will be filled with waxing and plowing and freeriding … ooh lala.
9pm, Club Jam, 751 N. 300 West. Free, visit skioututah.com.
20SATURDAY — Apparently Club Try-Angles doesn’t have $22 million to spend on hate, but dammit Gene, you better have at least $5 million to spend on my birthday gift. Anyhoo, in celebration of all the fabulous donations received for the “fill Club Try-Angles patio” food drive (which ends today) the bar is hosting their very popular Underwear Night. All donations go to the Utah AIDS Foundation.
9pm, Club Try-Angles, a private club for members, 251 W. 900 South. Free to members, donations encouraged, 364-3203 or clubtry-angles.com.
Q It’s that time of year again for those cream-filled, coconut-endowed sweeties of the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire to host their annual Snowball fundraiser … I’m not even sure if I get it. Anyhoo, this is a wonderful, frolicking night themed “An Evening of Traditional Elegance” and includes dinner and a show, but most importantly it benefits people living with AIDS.
6pm, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
21SUNDAY — TRASA Urban Arts Collective presents their second annual patron appreciation Solstice Celebration and Fundraising Gala. They will celebrate the darkest day of the year in anticipation of the returning light with a preview of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, a performance and art installation under the direction of Gary Vlasic and artist, Colour Maisch.
6–10pm, Pickle Company, 741 S. 400 West. Free, festive attire encouraged, 450-8977 or thepicklecompany.org.
26SATURDAY — For all of you that are ready to party the day after Christmas — usually I just need the ‘morning after’ drug — Gossip is throwing a Holiday Wish party. DJs Naomi and Tony Marino light the dance floors on fire. Plus, Nova Starr (I bet her Christmas wish came true … more than once) presents “The Last Dance of 2008.”
10pm, Gossip at Club Sound, a private club for members, 579 W. 200 South. Free to members, myspace.com/gossipslc.
27SUNDAY — In observance of Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration of African-American tradition and American customs, UMFA hosts the annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Participate in children’s art workshops, music, dance and poetry from around the world and enjoy great food. They will also be showing an exhibition of Kente Cloth during the celebration. Free admission to the museum today, but food donations are encouraged for the Utah Food Bank.
Noon–4pm, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, UofU. Free, 585-7163 or umfa.utah.edu.
Q For all the gay guys out there who don’t have family to share this holiday season with, check out The Village’s annual Homo for the Holidays event. This will be a potluck event, but hor d’oeuvres, eggnog, hot chocolate and ciders will be provided. There’s also a “recycled” White Elephant gift exchange, Holiday caroling, speed meeting, and ‘wear your ugliest sweater’ theme.
7–11pm, venue to be announced. Free, 487-2323 or utahaids.org.
30TUESDAY — Not that I’m a fan of the television show that this tour is representing, but I feel it somewhat necessary to show support for Lance Bass; I mean the poor fag is no longer in a boy band, he only garnered third place in the competition and he didn’t get to go into outer space. Anyhoo, the Dancing with the Stars Tour hits Salt Lake tonight, go show your support for ex-Mrs. Reichen.
7:30pm, E Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Dr. Tickets $52.50–$195, 801-988-8800 or theecenter.com.
Q I don’t know if the members of Ski Out will be frolicking on the Big Stick in Deer Valley tonight, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun. The annual Deer Valley Torchlight Parade will be held on Big Eagle Mountain this year. Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served. The Big Stick is best viewed from the upper deck of Snow Park Lodge.
6pm, Deer Valley Resort, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, Park City. Free, 800-424-3337 or deervalley.com.
31WEDNESDAY — Before you go out partying tonight for New Year’s Eve, say at, Babylon’s Prom Night or Try-Angles or Paper Moon or Gossip or W Lounge or Club Jam or downtown’s First Night, I highly suggest you first stop at one of the following locations to pick out my birthday gift (I’ve registered at each one): Mischievous, Cahoots, Blue Boutique, All for Love and Victoria’s Secret. Thanks and many luvs!