Well squeeze, mold and harden me, then stuff me in a jockstrap and call me Gabe “The Babe” Kapler’s Mongo NuttyBuddy sports cup. Team QSaltLake won their first softball game of the season, 28-2. And no, we didn’t cheat, unless you consider Miller Lite a steroid.
30THURSDAY — A Southern Gothic comedy, The Sugar Bean Sisters is riddled with romance, murder and alien abduction. It’s about two spinster sisters in Sugar Bean, Fla.; one waiting for martians and the other her Mormon prince charming (please, please, please let it be Horatio Caine). They are visited by a mysterious stranger, the identity of whom sets into motion a series of events that includes venomous snakes, a reptile woman, an outhouse, spontaneous combustion, and of course, a UFO.
8pm, through May 16, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Celebrating “A Decade of Empowering Youth through Multimedia,” Spy Hop Productions Annual Benefit should be one of its best, yet. The evening includes live student performances, new youth media, live auction and prize giveaway. Enjoy fabulous morsels from area restaurants such as Sage’s Cafe and Bambara. Special guest is actor Edward Hermann (The Lost Boys, Gilmore Girls).
6–9:30pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $40–60, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
1FRIDAY — “Demurely militant, passionately outspoken, she’s Dottie Dixon — LDS crusader, activist and devoted mother of [homo son] Donnie.” Based on the KRCL radio show, The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon, this is the first live appearance of the hot Mormon mom … can you say, wubba, wubba, wubba!
8pm, through May 16, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
In a war-torn land, two lovers find each other, lose each other and find each other again one last time in this heart-wrenching musical Miss Saigon. Pioneer Theatre’s brings this epic story of star-crossed lovers set in the closing days of the Vietnam War. Contains occasional strong language and mature themes.
8pm, through May 16, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $30–49, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.
2SATURDAY — After two years Cirque Éloize returns to Salt Lake with the final chapter of Daniele Finzi Pasca’s Sky Trilogy, called Nebbia. Eleven performers (of seven nationalities) are on stage at any given time; jugglers, hand-to-hand and trapeze artists, and trampoline and aerial artists. The entire group sings and acts and play instruments, including the flute, violin and flugelhorn. This is bound to be a wild, entertaining performance.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $19–45.50, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
The local band Mury garnered a few nominations for QSaltLake’s 2009 Most Fabulous Local Band. Tonight, decide for yourself (or at the X96 Big Ass Show, May 29) if they are worthy of the highest honor in the state — A QSaltLake Fabby award. The four-man pop/rock band pride themselves on writing genuine music with honest lyrics and performing high-energy shows. I don’t think any of the members are gay — the muscle tension in their faces is a little droopy. A little something I learned from TV, the best educational source.
6:30pm, Avalon Theater, 3605 S. State Street. Tickets $10, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
Get your dancing shoes on because Dance is a Feeling at W Lounge the first Saturday of each month. Join deejays Danny Dance and Nick James as they spin the “best house music” in Salt Lake City. Have a Danny Dance card? Get in free. If not, get one at danceisafeeling.com.
10pm, first Saturday of each month, W Lounge, a private club for members, 358 S. West Temple. Free before 11pm with card, or $5, danceisafeeling.com.
3SUNDAY — Brolly Arts H2O, in conjunction wih Water Week, is a nine-day celebration of the precious natural resource through music, dance, poetry, art exhibitions and installations, speakers and film. Today’s event includes Billy Curmano performing and presenting films about three water-related projects, SLC Film Center screening of Blue Gold: World Water Wars, music by Ravenhorse, visual art exhibit by city and county employees and a raffle.
5–10pm, Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S. 200 West. Free, brollyarts.org.
6WEDNESDAY — Four young Latino men, a chance meeting at Burrito World in Omaha, Neb., and a beautiful woman named Maria erupts into one of the most evocative Latin musicals ever written and is brimming with the zest of life intrinsic to the Latino culture. The Grand Theatre presents Four Guys Named Jose and A Una Mujer Named Maria, sprinkled with humor and romance, and performed in English and Spanish … muy bien!
7:30pm, through May 16, Grand Theatre, SLCC, 1575 S. State Street. Tickets $10–24, 801-957-3322 or the-grand.org.
8FRIDAY — Brolly Arts H2O, as part of Salt Lake City’s Water Week Celebration, presents a Sugar House Art Stroll. Stroll the district, and enjoy art, live music, and support local businesses, like QSaltLake … yay! Artists working in an array of disciplines join together with local merchants to transform the streets of Sugar House.
5–10pm, businesses around 2100 South and 1100 East. Free, brollyarts.org.
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 is typically called “classic Tchaikovsky” with its well-crafted, colorfully orchestrated and memorable melodies — Utah Opera brings the classic alive with Tchaik’s Big 5. Also, violinist Baiba Skride will perform Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2. This piece is complete with graceful, flowing violin melodies contrasted with the clacking of castanets.
8pm, through Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $16–51, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
9SATURDAY — Water sports … ahhh, week continues with Art in Hidden Hollow Nature Park (Sugar House business district). The park comes to life with a multitude of visual arts installations, education groups, community booths and performances on the theme of water.
Noon–5pm, Hidden Hollow Nature Park, 2160 S. 1255 East. Free, brollyarts.org.
12TUESDAY — I like bands that use a piano in their music (the piano is a hot instrument), like Coldplay and Keane. This trio piano pop/rock group from England plays Salt Lake tonight. With hits like “Somewhere Only We Know,” “Is It Any Wonder?” and “Spiralling,” this concert has all the makings of a fabulous evening.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $37.50, 801-587-5100 or kingtix.com.
JUN. 20 B-52s, Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover
JUL. 13 Joan Baez, Ed Kenley Amphitheatre
AUG. 25 Depeche Mode, E Center
SEP. 01 Dave Matthews Band, USANA
NOV. 20 Elton John & Billy Joel, ESA