It is the day after Pride Day and I’m too exhausted and water-logged (OK, beer-logged, too) to be witty or clever (if you find me to be) in this opening remark. But I will tell you that we, at the Q Towers, love all the wonderful, beautiful messages put up on our Pride Wall at the festival. Thank you for sharing with us and the community.
11THURSDAY — The adjectives used to describe Desert Star Theatres’ new parody is ‘bigger, bolder, blonder.’ Funny, those were the exact adjectives I used to describe my … well, you know, when I turned 14. Anyhoo, adventure, sex and intrigue sweep the stage in James Blonde: Agent 7-11 in Casino Real. Look for death-by-brain-freeze from sucking down a Slurpee. Ooo … even better, look for sexy Real soccer player Tony Beltran playing the evildoer who’s been stalking … me!
7pm, through Aug. 22, Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State St. Tickets $8.95–14.95, 801-266-2600.
12FRIDAY — Ah, the all-too-common story of ‘boy likes girl, but girl is off-limits, so boy dresses up like girl to be her BFF before jumping her bones’ seems to have even dated back to the late 19th century. Although, in Pinnacle Acting Company’s production of Charley’s Aunt, it’s not exactly like that. But however you look at it, a boy dressed in girls clothing is almost always a recipe for success.
7:30pm, through June 27, Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 W. Center St. Tickets $10–12, 801-674-7956 or pinnacleactingcompany.org.
13SATURDAY — So, the Salt Lake Men’s Choir is doing the ’60s with a Twist … but not a shout? Pff! I bet the most twisted thing about this concert will be Michael Aaron in pink Go-Go boots singing “These Boots Were Made For Walking.” And probably the closest thing to the ’60s you’ll notice is Dennis McCracken’s eerie resemblance to Richard Nixon. Tehehe!! In all honesty, it’ll probably be so good you’ll wet yourself — and since it’s the ’60s, no one will care.
7:30pm, Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $12–17, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
It is one of the most beloved musicals today, and it had won 10 Tony awards after its premiere staging in 1964. Also, it is based on gay playwright Thornton Wilder’s The Merchant of Yonkers. Do you know which musical? If you don’t know Hello, Dolly! then you don’t deserve to marry your same-sex partner, bitch! Oops, sorry, I sometimes get riled up. The show is all about meddling, matchmaking and mandolin lessons.
7:30pm, through Aug. 1, Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Dr. Tickets $15–26, 801-984-9000 or halecentretheatre.org.
Celebrate the anniversary of Park City’s incorporation (1884) during their 125th Birthday Bash. The festivities begin with a walking parade down historic Main Street. Miners Park will be programmed with live music, including John Boys Mule, Swagger and Fat Paw. There will be beer gardens to quench your thirst throughout the day. Need I say more? OK, the evening culminates with the exciting sounds of the Sam Bush Band.
11am–9:30pm, Park City Historic Main St. Free, 435-615-5833 or parkcityinfo.com.
14SUNDAY — The Park Silly Sunday Market kicks off it’s third season today. This zero waste festival and open air market features music, kids activities, eclectic local artisans, an expanded beer garden and farmers market. The event provides an opportunity for local independent businesses and farmers outreach for over 80 nonprofit and sustainability groups, and a venue for professional and up-and-coming musicians, performers and artisans.
10am–4pm, Sundays through Sept. 27, Park City Historic Main Street. Free, parksillysundaymarket.com.
19FRIDAY — According to their press release, SB Dance’s newest creation, Drosselmeyer Inc., is part South Park, part The Nutcracker. It’s a play with song and dance meant for audiences of all persuasions. Contains mature humor that will have you laughing like an adjective-plus-noun-not-permitted-in-this-description. Hell, in this fag-rag we can say just about anything — how about … laughing like pot-smoking Michael Phelps.
8pm through Saturday & 4pm, Sunday, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Have you seen those guys running around in blue spandex suits with the letter A emblazoned on the chest. They’re oddly sexually enticing … or else I’m just a slut. Anyhoo, Aquabats’ music is also enticing. Check out MC Bat Commander, Crash McLarson, Jimmy the Robot, Ricky Fitness and Eagle Falconhawk, the greatest crime-fighting rock ‘n rollers ever.
7pm, In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West. Tickets $17.50/adv–$20/day of, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
20SATURDAY — Join many of the prominent movers-and-shakers of the gay community at the fifth annual HRC Gala Dinner & Auction. Tammy Baldwin is keynote speaker, plus Jim Dabakis and Stephanie Pappas will be honored for their dedication and commitment to the battle for equality. Then enjoy performances by Thelma Houston and Kristene W.
6pm, Grand Ballroom, Grand America Hotel, 555 S. Main St. Tickets $75–200, utah.hrc.org.
What can I say about the B-52s except for that they are just plain fabulous — their hair is fabulous, their clothes are fabulous and their music is freakin’ fabulous. So even if though you have to drive a couple hundred miles to see them this time around, it’ll be worth it!
7pm, Peppermill Concert Hall, West Wendover, Nev. Tickets $60–100, 1-800-537-0207 or wendoverfun.com.
CastPartySLC Cabaret, Utah’s premier weekly cabaret theater presents He Said, She Said. The production stars Britani Cavaness, John Jeffrey Rolle, Monique Derr, Jake Anderson and Kevin Christensen. The program explores songs celebrating the battle of the sexes.
7pm, Club Manhattan, a private club for members, 5 E. 400 South. Tickets $10–15, 801-364-7651.
23WEDNESDAY — The Community Writing Center is holding a panel discussion, Talking About Writing: Playwriting. Since The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon was such a huge success, they have invited Troy Williams and Charles Lynn Frost, the madmen behind Sister Dottie to discuss their favorite plays and the emotional appeal from the stage.
6–8pm, Library Square, Suite 8, 210 E. 400 South. Free, 801-957-4992.
JUL. 07 Indigo Girls, Red Butte Garden
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
NOV. 21 Kathy Griffin, Abravanel Hall