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Halloween Costumes: Flashy or Flasher?

My memory isn’t as extensive as Kate Gosselin’s birth canal, but I do remember a few of my Halloween costumes from recent years, which I’m sure you’re riveted to hear about: a goth ballerina, Judge Judy, a bloodied hospital patient, Agent Fox Mulder (The X Files), Kelly Garrett (Charlie’s Angels) and yes, even a flasher. But this year, after much consideration, I’m going as Balloon Boy.


29THURSDAY — Direct from a hit off-Broadway run, the acclaimed musical Fabulous Divas of Broadway starring Alan Palmer is a rapid-paced show business tale about legendary Broadway divas ranging from Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland, to Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth and most honorably, Tony Hobday (tehehe!). They’re all brought to life with hilarity, songs and gorgeous costumes, showing us exactly why they’re all called divas.
7:30pm, through Friday, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $22, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

The Tower Theatre once again presents the screening of one of America’s Halloween cult classics, The Rocky Horror Picture Show starring Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry. Instead of going to the movies with popcorn, nachos and Junior Mints, the Horror is all about toast, water guns, rubber gloves and more … sounds like the perfect date. However, these props may not be brought in, only purchased at the theater. It includes a live pre-show performance and sing-along presented by Salt Lake’s Latter Day Transvestites.
10pm tonight, 8pm & midnight Friday and Saturday, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets $10, saltlakefilmsociety.org.
30FRIDAY — The Utah Pride Center presents Hallow’s Eve: Circus of Sorts. This free event includes magicians, pyschics, jugglers, fire performers, an art show, raffle and costume contest. Note, however, that the venue prohibits masks, full face paint or weapons in Halloween attire … what if I want to come as a flasher?
8pm–midnight, Trolley Square, 600 S. 700 East. Free, 801-539-8800 or utahpridecenter.org.

31SATURDAY — If you’re still torn about your Halloween costume this year here are some popular choices: Voldemort, Dementor (Harry Potter characters); Queen Elizabeth, Farrah Fawcett (powerful women); Wolverine, Fembot (sexy non-humans); ‘Officer Frisk Me,’ ‘Sexy Naughty Santa’ (dirty whores). I do, however, recommend you refrain from the ‘Naughty Rainbow Brite’ costume — I know of one person going as such and that’s enough to make your eyeballs bleed.
Have a thrilling, safe and happy Halloween from the old trolls of QSaltLake.

1SUNDAY — If you didn’t get enough of Halloween night then check out Club Karamba’s Nightmare Halloween Fashion Show, sponsored by the Nightmare on 13th Haunted House. The night includes a costume contest with more than $1,000 in prizes … woohoo! I’m definitely going as a flasher to this party.
9pm, Pachanga Night at Club Karamba, 1051 E. 2100 South. No cover until 10pm, 801-637-9197.

2MONDAY — Self-identified bisexual, industrial goth artist Emilie Autumn comes to Salt Lake City. Her vaudeville show is part Broadway musical, part Victorian-era play and part circus side show. It’s filled with aerial acrobatics, tea & cookies thrown into the crowd, fire eating, Emilie and her Bloody Crumpets in corsets making out, badass violin solos, fan participation, flaming hula-hooping, and dancing on five-foot stilts.
7:30pm, Murray Theater, 4961 S. State St. Tickets $13, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

Promoting his latest album Draw the Line, alternative-folk rock artist David Gray returns to Salt Lake City. Enjoy live performances of such hits as “Babylon,” “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye,” “Sail Away” and “Fugitive.” If nothing else, Gray’s rugged good looks and deep-sea voice will have you swooning the entire night. Lisa Hannigan opens.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $32, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.

3TUESDAY — The Utah Pride Center hosts a lovely evening of outdoor Community Ice Skating. So pull out your blades and do your best Jeremy Abbott triple toe loop, or best Paul Wylie camel spin, or best Evan Lysacek combination jump. Also, enjoy hot chocolate, conversation and ice fishing … oops, sorry, my mind drifted to cold holes.
7–9pm, Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St. Admission $3–5, rentals $3, 801-539-8800 or utahpridecenter.org.

6FRIDAY — Set in the heart of Southeastern Utah, to the backdrop of stunning redrock landscape and an endless, majestic sky is the incomparable event with “a community-minded spirit” known as the Moab Folk Festival. Artists include Bill Nershi (bluegrass), Indigie Femme (roots/folk), Blame Sally (indie folk-rock), Darol Anger (acoustic jazz), Harry Manx (Hindustani) and The Burns Sisters (Celtic-folk).
Hours and venues vary, through Sunday, Moab, Utah. Tickets $30 and $115, moabfolkfestival.com.

7SATURDAY — I don’t like reality shows; they’re annoying as hell. Well, except that I kind of like American Idol, but what’s up with Ellen DeGeneres replacing Paula Abdul? Just because Ellen likes to dance doesn’t mean she knows singing. I digress. Anyhoo, the Top 10 dancers of a hit reality tv show are in town tonight. The So You Think You Can Dance Tour features season five’s winner Jeanine, and Kupono, Evan, Jason, Janette, Kayla, Ade, Randi, Melissa and Utah’s runner-up Brandon.
7:30pm, E Center, 3200 W. Decker Lake Dr. Tickets $38.50–56, ticketmaster.com.

9MONDAY — The SLC Film Center presents Chris & Don: A Love Story, the true-life story of the passionate three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood and American portrait painter Don Bachardy, 30 years his junior. With Isherwood’s status as an out-and-proud gay maverick, and Bachardy’s eventual artistic triumph away from the considerable shadow of his life partner, the film is a joyous celebration of an extraordinary couple.
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Free, 801-746-7000 or slcfilmcenter.org.

11WEDNESDAY — Spy Hop Productions presents the seventh annual PitchNic World Premiere, featuring four films from its critically acclaimed youth film program. The films: Destination:SLC, a documentary detailing a refugee’s journey to make a new home from Africa to SLC; Brains, chronicling the story of two brothers making a zombie survival guide; Brother of Mine, a documentary accounting the personal story of Ethan Pullan’s (film co-creator) brother who died from leukemia; and The Antagonist, following a character’s struggle against his writer to change his murderous fate.
7–9pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $5, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS
NOV. 20    Elton John & Billy Joel, ESA
NOV. 21    Kathy Griffin, Abravanel Hall
NOV. 24–25    David Archuleta, Abravanel Hall

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