Gay Agenda

Pride. Voyeur. Ask Not.

I just read a book about a gay male nanny called The Manny Files. It kept conjuring up my childhood with my own nanny, a female, named Angel. She was fun and fabulous. However, when I was about 6, my mother learned Angel still hadn’t taught me how to tie my shoes, which sent her into a tailspin and Angel had to fly away. I thought she was the best nanny in the world, but we can all now understand my tribulations of putting gas in the car, and washing my socks and underwear.


29FRIDAY — Go Backstage with Becker for this important fundraising event for Mayor Ralph Becker. The evening is a celebration of the arts in utah, and a discussion of the future arts and cultural district in Utah. Also enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and some great performances by local band Zions Tribe and the Utah Opera Singers, plus more.
6:30pm, Utah Opera Production Studios, 336 N. 400 West. Tickets $100 & $1000, 801-597-8888 or ralphbecker.com.

 

If Ralph isn’t exactly your “golden boy,” then check out the return of Gossip’s Golden Boy Contest. Heavenly, half-dressed guys compete for a lot of mula, as well as other prizes from Mischievous Pleasures and Static Hair Salon. Even one lucky stud will become the cover boy for Gossip.
10pm, Gossip at Club Sound, a private club for members, 579 W. 200 South. Free to members, gossipslc.com.

30SATURDAY — Rock and roll fans, prepare to genuflect: hot Canadian trio The Cliks are touring with glam gender-blender legends the New York Dolls — considered one of “the best hard rock bands since The Rolling Stones.” I think this calls for a little water-resistant makeup, a tutu and dog collar … just like on Mother’s Day!
8pm, The Depot, a private club for members, 400 W, South Temple. Tickets $25, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

Jerry Rapier … that little rascal, has decided to combine two fabulously wacky fundraisers into one, aptly called And the Banned Slammed On. The evening features five 10-minute plays, created in 24 hours, celebrating the First Amendment. Just to go off on a tangent for sec: I’m all about the freedom of the press … duh! Yet, I can’t help but want to bitch-slap every so-called journalist on TMZ. Maybe next year I’ll make a 10-minute play about torturing the paparazzi.
8pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $25–40, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

31SUNDAY — Team QSaltLake of the Pride Community Softball has not beat Team Try-Angles in the last three years. We’ve tried everything: getting them loaded on tequila shots the night before the game, getting ourselves loaded on tequila shots before the game, then finally getting Gene to give us free tequila shots to purposely throw the game. I think he got the short end of the stick on that one. But anyhoo, today we’re just going out on the field in our little pink socks and do our best. Come support us, it’ll be a freakin’ hoot!
11am, Jordan Park, 1060 S. 900 West. Free, visit prideleague.com for complete schedule.

3WEDNESDAY — This year’s Saturday’s Voyeur mantra, in the infamous words of Chris Buttars, is “Anything Goes.” The ‘radio hour’ show, set in Lehi, touches upon dancing queer missionaries, Amish hats and hos, four-hour foot longs, Good Times Utah and the Hotter-day Saints calendar. You’ll get to know Happy Valley’s nuttiest nuclear family, the Freebes, and their daughter Baby Doll, who looks suspiciously like Gary Coleman.
Times vary, through Aug. 16, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North. Tickets $39–54, 801-363-SLAC or saltlakeactingcompany.org.

Sundance Institute Film Series presents a free screening of the legendary documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, which was a film featured in the first Sundance Film Festival 25 years ago. Following the screening is a discussion with director Robert Epstein.
7pm, Jim Santy Auditorium, Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., Park City. Free, parkcityfilmseries.com.

4THURSDAY — Overflowing with heart, soul and laughs, Souvenir tells the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York socialite and tone-deaf diva who thought she was a great soprano. Utah Contemporary Theatre presents this heartwarming, comic look at self-perception … please, being a diva isn’t about how fabulous you sing, it’s all in the hips, baby!
7:30pm, through June 14, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W, Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

Join Hotel Monaco, Bambara restaurant and the Utah AIDS Foundation for their third annual Pink Party. This is the party before the party weekend to thank the LGBT community for their support. Enjoy themed drinks, appetizers, pink boas, prizes and a silent auction. Pink attire highly encouraged, and we all have enough pink, so don’t miss it!
5–7:30pm, Grand Ballroom, Hotel Monaco, 15 W. 200 South. $15 suggested donation at the door, please rsvp to [email protected] or 801-487-2323.

5FRIDAY — OMG … Utah Pride Festival again!!?! Don’t get me wrong, love it like my KY Intrigue, but it seems to come around more often than the lube’s usage. Anyhoo, the theme is ‘Pride. Voice. Action.’ Who better to be our Grand Marshal than Cleve Jones — author, lector and human rights activist — to represent such a theme. Celebrate with Cleve, at the Grand Marshal Reception, for all he has accomplished for the LGBT community.
6pm, Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S. West Temple. Tickets $75 or $150 includes After Party, 801-359-8800 or utahpridefestival.org.

6SATURDAY — The day’s Pride events include the Interfaith Service, Dyke March, Opening Ceremonies with Lisa Duggin, Troy Williams and Missy Bird, and of course, the great comedic talent of Paula Poundstone at 7pm. Then dance your little tush off to Voodoo Box until grounds closing.   
4pm festival grounds open, Washington Square, 451 S. State Street. Tickets $10, 801-359-8800 or utahpridefestival.org.

If you choose to hold out until Sunday’s Pride festivities, since that’s the biggest day, then obviously you are just another pretty face. So instead go to Not Just Another Pretty Face, the Salt Lake Art Center’s annual fundraising gala and exhibition. Featured artists include Hadley Rampton, John Bell, Tom Bettin and Jennifer Singleton.
6:30pm, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Tickets $150, 801-328-4201 or slartcenter.org.

7SUNDAY — The Pride Parade route has been shortened this year, so if you wake up late there’s a good possibility you’ll miss the whole thing. But then again, there’s some great acts all day including Sister Wives, Debi Graham, Kid Madusa and the festival’s staple act, Saliva Sisters.   
10am festival grounds open, Washington Square, 451 S. State Street. Tickets $10, 801-359-8800 or utahpridefestival.org.

8MONDAY — Reg Vermue is an openly gay indie rock singer/songwriter who goes by the name Gentleman Reg. You’ve probably heard his music on Queer as Folk and the semi-porn flick Shortbus. If you haven’t heard his music, it’s worth a listen. He’s hailing from his hometown in Canada and sharing the stage with The Cardigans, Shudder To Think and Atomic Swing.   
7pm, Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West. Tickets $10/adv–$12/day of, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

10WEDNESDAY — Returning for it’s sixth year is the Damn these Heels Film Festival. Featuring LGBT-genre films, and presented by the SLC Film Center, Salt Lake Film Society and Utah Pride Center, the festival celebrates the depth and breadth of the queer experience through film. Opening night features an advance screening of Valentino the Last Emperor. Other films include Breakfast with Scot, Were the World Mine and Ask Not.   
Times vary, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets TBA, slcfilmcenter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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