This year’s attendance at the film festivals in Park City seems lighter than years past, and the parties a little less bling bling. Thankfully the weather’s been cooperative and that I had the chance to see ‘Humpday.’ It’s a smart, hilarious film about two straight college buddies, now in their 30s, who decide to make an “artistic” porn film in which they have sex with each other and claim “it’s not gay; it’s beyond gay.
22THURSDAY — This East L.A. rock band uses musical molds built on the blues, rockabilly, jazz and Latin; putting it all together instrumentally with saxaphones, mandolins, banjos, harmonicas and more. The five members that make up LOS LOBOS challenge themselves with conscience-raising songs and thought-provoking lyrics. Tonight, they’ll be performing an acoustic concert of their unique, experimental and engaging music.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1361 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $27–47, 581-7100 or kingtix.com.
23FRIDAY — This young artist from England dubs her sound as heartbroken soul. Her name is ADELE and she’s up for four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Chasing Pavements.” Check out this rising star as she breaks her way through the U.S. music charts.
7:30pm, Murray Theater, 4916 S. State Street. Tickets $13/adv–$15/day of show, 467-8499 or smithstix.com.
The five rather good looking members of the pop rock band THE WHITE TIE AFFAIR from Chicago joined last year’s True Colors Tour and will be opening for Lady GaGa on her upcoming summer Tour, so they must be worth seeing, right? Tonight they will share the stage with Secondhand Serenade.
6:30pm, Avalon Theatre, 3605 S. State Street. Tickets $10/adv–$12/day of show, 467-8499 or smithstix.com.
If you didn’t get enough partying in on December 31st, then get your groove on at Gossip’s CHINESE NEW YEAR PARTY. Celebrate the year of the Ox. My animal is the Cock, or more accurately the Rooster … but I like Cock better. Anyhoo, there’ll be plenty of giveaways and goodies including special Gossip fortune cookies. Nova Starr also presents “The Forbidden Kitty” show with her very special guest, and one of my favorite performers, Systine — she can shoot ping pong balls out of her … well, I do have limits.
10pm, Gossip at Club Sound, a private club for members, 511 W. 200 South. Free to members, gossipslc.com or myspace.com/gossipslc.
Maybe you’re more into girls than Cocks, so how about helping Toni and her lovely maidens celebrate at Paper Moon’s 15TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY. It seems that Toni always has something fabulous going on during her special parties, and I’m sure this will be no exception. All of us at QSaltLake send many kudos to Paper Moon for making it 15 years, and surely 15 more to come.
9pm, Paper Moon, a private club for members, 3737 S. State Street. Tickets $5–6, 713-0678 or the papermoon.info.
A new performing arts company named Salt Lake City Ballet opens their debut production, AT CAPACITY, tonight. The show consists of a salute to Harald Lander’s famed Études, re-choreographed by Artistic Director Cristóbal Márquez and named “Estudios en Études.” Following is a mixed repertory consisting of excerpts from such beloved ballets as Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Carmen, Romeo & Juliet, and also features four original contemporary dance pieces choreographed by Kassandra Taylor and Kea Kapahua.
7:30pm, through Saturday, Rowland Hall St. Mark’s Larimer Center Theater, 970 E. 800 South. Tickets $10–15 at the door or 664-4607.
24SATURDAY — Clip those taloned toenails, spread those little piggies and wisk away the webs, and pummel those dry, flaky, cracking heels; it’s time again for another BAREFOOT BOOGIE. Sugar Space presents a community dance to pop and world beat, and the theme is “Good people, good fun. No smoke, no alcohol, no drama.”
7–9pm, Sugar Space, 616 Wilmington Ave. Suggested donation $5–20, 1-888-300-7898 or thesugarspace.com.
27TUESDAY — In honor of Bisexual Awareness Month, the Utah Pride center is holding several events including the screening of BI THE WAY, an entertaining documentary about the changing nature of sexuality and sexual identity in America today and how the next generation is redefining its sexual mores. The directors traveled across the country talking mostly to young people about their new definitions of sexual identity. The film begins to break down our normative dichotomous definitions of heterosexuality and homosexuality.
6:30pm, City Library Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South. Free, 539-8800 or utahpridecenter.org.
28WEDNESDAY — Salt Lake Acting Company presents DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS. Inspired by his teacher’s description of a theatrical game called “dark play,” where one player knows the rules and the other doesn’t even know they’re in the game, a teenage boy begins an online role-playing fiction that tumbles into the real world and ultimately twists the need for love into a dangerous and potentially deadly obsession. A wry and razor sharp tale of rudderless youth looking for real meaning in a virtual world.
7:30pm, through February 22, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North. Tickets $13–34, 363-7522 or saltlakeactingcompany.org.
In February 2008, Lawrence King, a 15-year-old openly gay student at E.O. Green Junior High in Oxnard, Calif. was murdered because of his sexual orientation. Over a decade has passed since the documentary film IT’S STILL ELEMENTARY sparked national momentum to create hate-free safe school environments that encourage respect for all. This moving film is a call to action for parents and educators to continue working for safe, inclusive schools.
7pm, City Library Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South. Free, 746-7000 or slcfilmcenter.org.
30FRIDAY — Alwin Nikolais’ THE CRYSTAL AND THE SPHERE, presented by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, involves an array of strange and humorous characters woven into a colorful Space Fantasy against vibrant light projections and magical black light images. With such delightful titles as “Waddle Birds,” “Outer Space Clown” and “Chess Skaters,” this performance will fire the imagination of all ages.
7pm, through Saturday, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $30, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Castle of Chaos has kicked off a new interactive murder mystery filled with murder, magic and mayhem. Award-winning designer and illusionist, Michelangelo, has created a mystery filled with magic, ghosts and unexpected thrills called THE MYSTERY OF DOCTOR D’ARC. In the show, guests join retired magician, Dr. D’Arc, as he summons seven deadly suspects back to the Castle of Chaos where one year ago, his beautiful wife was viciously murdered. Guests must solve the mystery before the ghost of Mrs. D’Arc takes her terrible vengeance. Instead of sitting in just one room, guests explore many different ones, complete with secret doors and hidden rooms.
7:30 & 9:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays, Castle of Chaos, 3300 S. 120 West. Tickets $11, 461-4444 or castleofchaos.com.
1SATURDAY — The Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire presents the 27th annual UTAH GAY PAGEANT. There will be beauty, intellect (or a lack there of), hot bods and possibly bulimia. Just keep your fingers crossed there won’t be any makeup brush sabotage — that’s just plain unsportsman-like.
7–9pm, Club Sound, a private club for members, 511 W. 200 South. Tickets $6 at the door, rcgse.org.