I’m agnostic teetering on atheism, and even after watching Bill Maher’s documentary Religulous the other night — I fell off the couch in hysterics, mind you — I am still agnostic teetering on atheism. However, the film did confirm my belief that all too many two-legged sheep aimlessly follow each other in circles. I’m glad I’m not one of them, mostly because wool is too itchy but also because to be one would be boring and nauseating.
5THURSDAY — A unique quality to film and video in the visual arts is the timed sequence, which allows for the construction or deconstruction of narrative. Mexican video artist Ximena Cuevas explains, “My favorite game [as a child] was to climb over fences, to hide under tables, and to listen to the everyday conversations of strangers. From that invisible perspective, I would reconstruct the lives of those people.” In Someone Behind the Door, Cuevas assumes the role of unseen ‘eavesdropper of the visual,’ collecting and combining fragmentary moments from lives as seen through the camera.
Hours vary, currently through Mar. 14, Salt Lake Art Center Projects Gallery, 20 S. West Temple. Free, 801-328-4201 or slartcenter.org.
7SATURDAY — Writing isn’t easy, but it is easy to ramble, insult, plagiarize, whine, sound stupid, defame, ridicule and rant. See how I did that. Anyhoo, like so many wirters I need to Get in Control: Managing the Writing Process. This three-day workshop will help with writing management systems (from writer Don Merrill). The workshop also includes publisher Brenda Rogers, who will share tips on organizing the self-publishing process.
1–3pm, today, 14th and 21st, SLCC Community Writing Center, 210 E. 400 South, Ste. 8. Fee $40, 801-957-4992 or slcc.edu.
Returning for its fourth year is Repertory Dance Theatre’s Charette, a wildly entertaining dance competition. Guest choreographers including Cynthia Fleming, Aaron Wood and Marilyn Berrett go head-to-head to create the most fabulous dance number in “record time,” which probably means less than 10 minutes since it’s a one-night competition. Talk about something not being easy … I feel like a wussy little writer.
7pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
8SUNDAY — If you missed seeing the local short film Vapid Lovelies at Slamdance this year, tonight you’ll have another chance during the Cans-n-Reels Fundraiser. By the way, the movie won the Spirit of Slamdance Award, which is great because it’s a very spirited film directed by cutie-patootie Frank Feldman and stars the charming Chris Lemon, David Luna and Daniel Beecher. Also being screened is Frank’s documentary Natural Family Values. Donations go to Equality Utah, the Pride Center, Utah AIDS Foundation and Bridge.
8pm, Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S. 200 West. Suggested Donation $5 and canned food items, 801-870-8352.
13FRIDAY — Friday the 13th two months in a row. How creepy! Well, for the gay boys this event may seem a little creepy, too. But it’s a helluva lot of fun. Paper Moon’s Pink Party & Bra Auction is back. People and organizations decorate bras that are then auctioned and the money raised goes to breast cancer research. Plus it’s Toni’s birthday … yay! So go bid on QSaltLake’s Rah-Rah Bra.
7pm, through Saturday, Paper Moon, a private club for members, 3737 S. State Street. Tickets $6–8, 801-713-0678 or myspace.com/thepapermoon.
Closing out the University of Utah College of Fine Arts’ 60th Anniversary Gala Celebration is The Arts Unfolding. This landmark celebration, Mar. 7–13. features music, dance, theatre, film and visual art. The showcase piece of this evening will be the premiere of Ziji, a commissioned work. Acclaimed composer Patrick Williams will create the score for the 25-minute work choreographed by Edgar Zendéjas. Students from the Departments of Ballet and Modern Dance, and the School of Music will perform the piece.
8pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $10–15, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com. For full lineup of daily events, visit finearts.utah.edu.
14SATURDAY — The sequel to The Barber of Seville is Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Set in a castle in Seville, Spain in the late 18th century, this is an opera of love triangles. Figaro is set to marry the beautiful Susanna. Susanna is constantly repelling the repeated advances of the Count. A creditor of Figaro, Marcellina, plans to advert Figaro’s nuptials and allow him to settle his debt by marrying her. Cherubino, the page, is lovesick over the Countess. And the Countess seeks to re-attract the attentions of her husband. Oh lord!
7:30pm, through Mar. 22, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $13–72, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
17TUESDAY — Gene at Try-Angles will be serving corned beef and cabbage in corn-rolls and a bunny suit this St. Patrick’s Day. Club Jam will be offering green beer for a buck. Trolley Wing Company will serve a traditional Irish stew. So let someone make a wish on your four-leaf clover tonight and I guarantee you’ll find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Don’t Drink and Drive!