I don’t know what to say here except for that I’m attempting to quit smoking. So in reality my creativeness, ingenuity, wit and zest for life are currently snubbed out. I’m so bitchy these days — yes, more so than usual Stan and Big Momma — that I’ve decided to extend my apparent vow of celibacy until snapping rubber bands against my extremity as behavior modification to help me quit smoking no longer stings like a banshee.
8THURSDAY — You’re a liar if you don’t think Zac Efron is a total dream boat. But wait until you meet Zack Teflon, the rebellious teenager in Desert Star’s Home School Musical … in your face Vanessa Hudgens! Anyhoo, Zack and his buds, including Linoleum Dynamite, attempt to save the home school program from becoming defunct by a psychotic congressman. Shit, that bitch ain’t gotta chance gettin’ up in Zack … what?
7pm, through Mar. 21, Desert Star Dinner Theatre, 4861 S. State Street. Tickets $8.95–14.95, 266-2600 or desertstar.biz.
9FRIDAY — His “From Fairy Queens to Warriors” exhibit is currently showing at the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery in Park City, but Trevor Southey will be in person tonight at this special wine & cheese reception benefitting Equality Utah. Southey, a BYU alum, has been an artist for over 40 years, and his many works have been commissioned not only within the United States, but abroad as well.
7—9pm, Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery, 444 Main Street, Park City. Free, djfa.com or trevorsouthey.com.
So I checked out tid-bits of comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer on YouTube and I have to say the woman is damn funny. She pokes at her girlfriend(s), gay boys, lesbians, her parents and just about any experience she’s ever had with improvisational wit and goofy expressions. Almost exactly one year to the day she returns to Salt Lake to once again make the homos laugh.
8pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $27.50–34.50, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
10SATURDAY — I can’t believe it’s already time again for the Fabulous Fun Bus to Wendover. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a total freakin’ hoot, but it also wears you out like a pair of Brad Pitts’ undies … what? Anyhoo, come play with the big boys and girls — I hear Rusty Faucet will be joining us, woohoo!
Noon–9pm, pick up at Club Try-Angles, a private club for members, 251 W. 900 South. Tickets $21, 1-800-838-3006 or gaywendover.com.
12MONDAY — Lesbian singer/songwriter Sarah Slaton hits the Salt Lake stage as a solo artist. Check out her very unique voice and silly sense of humor… hopefully she’ll do her cover of “Ice, Ice Baby” or maybe she’ll make the audience play musical chairs … who knows what this zany chick’s going to pull. Coles Whalen opens.
7pm, Poplar Street Pub, 242 S. 200 West. Tickets $5 at the door, 364-1061.
14WEDNESDAY — Equality Utah wants you to Film your Common Ground Initiative story. If you’ve been fired or evicted for sexual orientation or gender identity or if you want your gay or transgender child to be able to be part of a Domestic Partner Registry, go and share your story. Tell Utah in 30-60 seconds why these bills affect you and yours.
7–9pm, Cafe Marmalade at Utah Pride Center, 361 N. 300 West. Free, 539-8800 or utahpridecenter.org.
15THURSDAY — Nine gay men at a birthday party in an Upper East Side New York apartment … oh, the anarchial sexcapades … what? Anyhoo, Wasatch Theatre presents The Boys in the Band, a “truly honest portrayal of the lives of contemporary homosexuals,” even though it takes place in the 1960s.
8pm, through Jan. 31, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
The Sundance Film Festival starts today, and there are plenty of great films to be seen. But there’s more than just movies — stargazing, freezing your tush off, parties at Queer Lounge, parties in the street, parties in your pants … what? Don’t miss this event, you have a chance of meeting flamers, I mean famers such as Tilda Swinton, Rex Lee and even Chris Lemon … holy shit!
Times, venues & events vary, through Jan. 25, Park City. For more information and ticketing, visit sundance.org, queerlounge.org and slamdance.com.
16FRIDAY — Daren Young, who also holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah, says, “One of the myriad aspects of my identity is that I am a gay man. Being gay has always been an important element of the work I produce and is the focus of the art I created during my graduate work. While my experiences as a gay man are not unique, the way I express these experiences is what sets me apart as an artist.” Join Daren during tonight’s reception of the opening of his new exhibit, HOMO/Evocative.
6–9pm reception, 10am–6pm regualr gallery hours, exhibit runs through Feb. 13, Art Access Gallery, 230 S. 500 West. Free, 328-0703 or darenyoung.com.
17SATURDAY — Plan-B Theatre Company, SB Dance, Salt Lake Acting Company and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company join together to support Equality Utah’s Common Ground Initiative with the event CELEBRATING COMMON GROUND: THE ARTS COMMUNITY CELEBRATES EQUALITY to kick off Human Rights Weekend. The evening features dance pieces by SB Dance and Ririe-Woodbury; letters-to-the-editor from various publications read by actors from Plan-B/SLAC; and the world premiere of a new, 10-minute play entitled What You Get by local playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett.
8pm, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Suggested donation $10, equalityutah.org.
Based on the play The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman, the American opera Regina is set in the Deep South in the year 1900, and chronicles the demise of a wealthy southern family torn apart by greed. Regina Giddens schemes and double-crosses until she is left with only her wealth and loneliness.
7:30pm, through Jan. 25, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $15–72, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
19MONDAY — Of A Revolution, more commonly known as O.A.R., hits Salt Lake tonight. The sexy six-member band has been rocking the house since 1996 … although whose house? They hadn’t really seen the limelight until the single “Shattered” hit the airwaves. Whatever, six sweaty guys bangin’ … stuff on stage is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious … what?
8pm, The Depot, 400 W. South Temple. Tickets $25/adv–$27.50/day of show, 467-8499 or smithstix.com.