I was honored with an invitation to finally meet Sister Dottie S. Dixon in person last week. Actually, it was her more-submissive male personality, Charles Lynn Frost; yet, when the conversation turned impassioned (as when we discussed Troy Williams) out popped Dottie like the rascally gopher in Caddyshack … but with an angelic grin. It was a real treat! She could be my god-fearing, gay-loving Mormon mom any day.
10FRIDAY — Featured beboppers at the Salt Lake International Jazz Festival include Mehmet Okur, Ronnie Brewer, Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver (his ass is totally smokin’!) … oops, wrong peeps. How about Great Basin Street Band, SLC Jazz Orchestra, Big Band Jam, Fat Soul and Tower of Power (their brass is totally smokin’!).
3pm, through Sunday, Washington Square, 450 S. 200 East. Tickets $16 per day or $30/three-day pass at the gates.
Utah has a whorehouse in it! Well, that is besides mine. Anyhoo, Dark Horse Company Theatre presents their inaugural staged musical production with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Not sure if anyone can stand up to Dolly Parton, but hell, the songs alone will be worth the ticket. Follwing each show The Voodoo Darlings perform. This certainly isn’t “your parents’ theater company.”
7:30pm, through Saturday & July 17–19, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $10, 435-649-9371 parkcityshows.com.
The Snowbird Renaissance Center proudly presents the inaugural Snowbird Mountain Music Festival, featuring national Americana artists, local favorites and a variety of free musical events (banjo competition, harmonica workshop, etc.). Escape the dry blistering heat this weekend; and tonight, check out The Cowboy Junkies and Justin Townes Earle. Other musical performances over the weekend include Band of Annuals and T.R. Ritchie.
Hours vary, through Sunday, Snowbird Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon. Tickets $35/adv–$45/at gate per day or $75–$85/full-festival pass, 801-933-2215 or snowbirdrc.org.
11SATURDAY — The Utah AIDS Foundation is holding their annual Rummage Sale fundraiser today. So donate those things you don’t use anymore like deodorant, dental floss, rubber sheets, nose hair trimmers, nipple gel … no, seriously, they’ll accept items such as furniture, appliances, books, electronics, kitchenware and children’s items, but no clothing. Take your donations to the Masonic Temple June 10, after 2 p.m.
7am–Noon, Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple. Free, unless you buy something, and you better. utahaids.org.
Gene Naté is spent from drooling over your stuffed tighty-whiteys, so he’s trying something new — his inaugural Uniform Night. Be your sexiest uniformed character like a naughty nurse or a skanky cheerleader or a fireman with a gigantic hose. I’m going as a slutty schoolgirl … big stretch, right?
9pm, Club Try-Angles, still a private club for members, 251 W. 900 South. Free to members, 801-364-3203.
13MONDAY — Folk singer/songwriter, Joan Baez, takes the stage tonight. She’s a gay rights activist and she had performed at benefit concerts to defeat Proposition 6, which proposed banning homosexuals from teaching in California public schools. She also participated in memorial marches for Harvey Milk. Musically, she has a three-octave vocal range and a distinctively rapid vibrato. Hell, anyone who played Woodstock and bangs the headboard with Bob Dylan is worth the ticket.
8pm, Ed Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Dr., Layton. Tickets $28-48, 801-546-8575 or thedavisarts.com.
14TUESDAY — Adam Lambert’s gay?!!?? I just don’t buy it … damn poser. Anyhoo, it’s another year of the American Idols Live Tour. The top 10 contestants include Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre.
7pm, E Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive. Tickets $40.50–69.50, ticketmaster.com.
17FRIDAY — Lambda Hiking Club has organized their annual car camping weekend to Granite Hot Springs. Enjoy hiking during the day, and then soak in the developed hot springs before dinner. Doesn’t that sound perfectly delightful?
Through Sunday, Granite Hot Springs, Wyo. For more info and to rsvp, visit gayhike.org.
I met actor Joshua Leonard at Queer Lounge this year during the Sundance Film Festival. Super nice guy … for a straight man. Anyhoo, he stars in Humpday, a side-splitting comedy about two staight college buddies who decide to enter an amateur porn contest. Their niche? They’re going to have sex with each other. It is a super witty and crazy-ass film. Hell, just watching them try to out-hetero each other is worth the ticket.
Opens today, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South.
18SATURDAY — Renowned ABBA cover-band, Waterloo, hits Deer Valley with the Utah Symphony for an explosive concert, ABBA: The Symphonic Hits. Revisit the hits “Take a Chance on Me,” “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen” and more — with a twist!
7:30pm, Snow Park Amphitheater, Deer Valley. Tickets $15–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Denver-based piano-rock band, The Fray, comes to Salt Lake City for an outdoor concert you don’t want to miss. Playing the mega-hit “How to Save a Life” and others like “Over My Head” and “All at Once,” it’s sure to be a hoot. Jacks Mannequin opens.
7pm, USANA Amphitheatre, 5400 S. 6200 West. Tickets $19.50–64.50, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
19SUNDAY — Singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan gracefully bears the burden of being the youngest child of the legendary Bob Dylan. His stubborn will to have his music judged on it’s own merits helped The Wallflowers create a sound of rootless roots music that’s vaguely retro country-folk rock with plenty of ’60s antecedents. Hell, knowing his daddy’s banging the headboard with Joan Baez is worth the ticket.
7pm, Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. Tickets $25–35, 801-585-0556 or redbuttegarden.org.
20MONDAY — Many gay boys are sinfully attracted to Tori Amos. Ergo, her Sinful Attraction tour. Perhaps the gay attraction is her many idiosyncracies, but it also could be her unconventional songs like “Crucify,” “Cornflake Girl” and “Silent All These Years.” Whatever the attraction — like boys attracted to boys — it’s worth the ticket.
7:30pm, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $38, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
AUG. 5-9 Saltimbanco, Cirque Du Soleil, E Center
AUG. 25 Depeche Mode, E Center
SEP. 01 Dave Matthews Band, USANA
SEP. 26 The Killers, E Center
NOV. 20 Elton John & Billy Joel, ESA
NOV. 21 Kathy Griffin, Abravanel Hall