An update on areas of my personal life: I quit smoking a while back, but have since started again because I have as much self control with not smoking as dogs do with not sniffing butts; I recently chopped my shoulder-length hair off, and now I look like Elder Chaz Bono; someone dinged the side of my soccer-mom car and didn’t leave a note, so I called in a favor to the Salt Lake City police to put a BOLO out on any vehicle driven by iPhone-texting drivers who never use their turn signal — it had to be one of them.
25THURSDAY — Utah Arts Festival 2009: Nearly 140 artist booths, Fear No Film Festival, Utah Art Attack 5K run, poetry readings, steamroller prints, food, booze and youth art yard; with musical performances by Andrew Goldring, Deborah Coleman, Sister Wives, plus many more.
Noon–11pm, through June 28, Library Square, 210 E. 400 South. Tickets $7/adv–$10/at the gate or $30/four-day pass, visit uaf.org for more information.
26FRIDAY — On the weekend of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Unitarian Universalist Association will host A Prom For All, a free dance for people 14 and older, celebrating our local LGBT community. Certainly no better reason to dance your little tukis off.
10pm–midnight, Grand Ballroom, Marriott Hotel, 75 S. West Temple. Free, but must have a ticket to attend. Contact Jude McNeil for tickets and more information at 801-539-8800 ext.14.
Once again Club Try-Angles is turning tricks … wait, I mean spokes to raise $5000 during the MS Best Dam Bike Tour. Well, if Ms. Ross and Brenda are going to be straddling bicycles for this fundraiser, Gene may have to actually turn tricks to raise that kind of money. Tehehe! The event also includes a tire-changing contest, volleyball and live music.
Hours vary, through Sunday, Hyrum City. Visit bikeutu.nationalmssociety.org for more information.
27SATURDAY — Michael Aaron, editor of QSaltLake, lover of many Latin guys and avid nekkid camper celebrates his 46th birthday today … I think he’s turning 46. I mean it’s hard to tell with all that gray hair and his sagging moobies. Anyhoo, I want to wish him a happy boofday and I hope his wishing willie … I mean wishing well gives him all he desires this year.
28SUNDAY — Honestly I’m not a golf fan, but I did spend Father’s Day watching the U.S. Open with my parents … yes, I do lead an envious life. Sufficed to say, it kept getting rained out … I thought Mother Nature only hates Utah. Anyhoo, I don’t know if the Utah AIDS Foundation Golf Tournament will be as wet, unless of course the damn queens start shoving each other into the water hazards. That’s freakin’ hot!
10:30am, Stonebridge Golf Course, 4415 Links Drive. Registration fee $60, 801-487-2323 or utahaids.org.
30TUESDAY — Twin siblings, Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, comprise the electro pop-rock duo band The Veronicas. Plus, they are both active proponents for gay rights. Tonight they’ll be bringing down the house with such smash hits as “Untouched” and “Take Me On The Floor.”
7pm, In The Venue at Club Sound, 615 W. 200 South. Tickets $15, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
The acclaimed French documentary film Beyond Hatred is the story of a hate crime’s aftermath. In 2002, three skinheads were roaming a park in Rheims, France, looking to “do an Arab,” when they settled for a gay man instead. Twenty-nine-year-old François Chenu was beaten unconscious and thrown into a river, where he drowned. With remarkable dignity, Chenu’s family fights to transcend hatred and the inevitable desire for revenge.
10pm, Channel 7, PBS television.
1WEDNESDAY — In a new art exhibition, the series describes something or someone that embodies the characteristics and traditions that define us as a nation. Whether with patriotic pride or cautious skepticism, the contemporary artists in All American: Defining Ourselves in a Time of Change incorporate history, symbolism, ideology and their personal insights to explore what it means to be an American.
Opening reception & BBQ, 4–7pm, exhibit runs through Oct. 31, Main Gallery, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Free, 801-328-4201 or slartcenter.org.
2THURSDAY — According to Penetration Inc., the post-punk, indie pop trio band, Plushgun, has struck a chord with queer fans with their debut album Pins & Panzers; especially in regard to the single “Dancing In A Minefield,” which straight frontman Dan Ingala says “is about reacting against these institutions directly through living life, free from subjective ‘morality.’”
6:30pm, SHO Utah, 4969 S. State Street. Tickets $10 at the door, 801-654-6678.
3FRIDAY — Are you ready to start your Independence Day one day early? If so, then head to The Canyons for their annual July 3rd Celebration. They’ve got live music by returning favorite, Disco Drippers, followed by a huge fireworks display.
Venue opens 5pm, music starts 7:30pm, Resort Village at The Canyons, 4000 The Canyons Resort Dr. Free, thecanyons.com.
4SATURDAY — Just follow the bright lights in the sky tonight and you’ll likely find a party. And if you live near the University of Utah, find a way onto your roof and enjoy a free night of The Jonas Brothers — they’re headlining the Stadium of Fire extravaganza. There’s never been a better boy-band in the entire history of the universe! Sarcasm helps keep you from telling people what you really think of them. Aaah, no wonder it’s directed at me so much.
Happy Fourth of July everyone!
8WEDNESDAY — The Utah Festival Opera opens tonight with Carmen, a drama of passion and jealousy under the hot Spanish sun much. Fiery, intense, tender and bold — may be the world’s most popular opera. Also on the schedule: The Mikado, Camelot, and Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci. Visit ufoc.org for additional information.
7:30pm tonight, dates and showtimes for each opera vary through Aug. 8, Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 Main Street, Logan. Tickets $12–74, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
JUL. 13 Joan Baez, Ed Kenley Amphitheatre
JUL. 20 Tori Amos, Abravanel Hall
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