Gay Agenda

’Tis A Swell Season

If you’re like me and my friends who spend Christmas together as a family — siphoning overspiked egg nog and feasting on everything from deviled eggs to lamb with cactus jelly, then you’re aware of how expensive it can be. My family keeps costs down by picking a theme for gifts and using ‘Secret Santa.’ Here are some suggestions for themes we’ve used in the past: Gelatinous, Leather, Role Playing Games, Smut, Lubricating Agents, Rubber, Rubber Underwear … hmmm! I suddenly sense a pattern here. Happy Holidays!

27FRIDAY — Odyssey Dance Company’s unique take on the classic holiday film, It’s A Wonderful Life, returns. Now in its fifth run, this creative work is quickly coming to be, itself, a popular local tradition. Driven by circumstances to the point of no return, George Bailey gets the chance to see the world as it would have been without him, and he realizes his ordinary life is really extraordinary.
7:30pm, through Dec. 5, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $25–45, 801-581-7100 or

28SATURDAY — Have you had the chance to see the simply shot, but incredibly endearing independent film Once? In my book it was one of the best films of 2007 — I had never seen anything like it; the enchanting soundtrack was the movie, brilliant! The song “Falling Slowly” won an Oscar. Anyhoo, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (who starred in the film) are The Swell Season. The duo is on tour promoting their new release Strict Joy. This could be one of the most intriguing concerts of the year.
8pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $42, 801-581-7100 or

The Utah Arts Alliance presents Masquerade, a fundraiser offering music, dancing, raffles and prizes — like most fundraisers. But here, masquerade attire is required! A brown paper bag will do, though.
9pm, Utah Center for Arts, 2191 S. 300 West. Suggested donation $20, 801-651-3937 or

2WEDNESDAY — In support of World AIDS Day, the Utah AIDS Foundation is sponsoring a free screening of Pedro, written by openly gay Dustin Lance Black (Milk). The film celebrates the extraordinary life of Pedro Zamora (The Real World), a young man who, when he found out he was HIV positive at 17, made the courageous decision to dedicate his life to speaking out about his condition in an attempt to raise awareness about the disease in his community.
7pm, Main Library Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South. Free,

Support local artists and find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts during a fun-filled Holiday Trunk Sale at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Listen to music, nibble on snacks and stock up on unique, hand-made items from over 15 of Salt Lake City’s finest consignment artists. Choose from jewelry, pottery, wearable works of art and a variety of other gifts inspired by art and culture from around the world.
4–8pm, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Dr., UofU. Free, 801-585-6961 or

4FRIDAY — The alternative/acoustic rock band Dashboard Confessional returns to its roots. The band originated in 1999 as a solo project by frontman Chris Carrabba. Tonight, Carrabba returns to the stage, alone, for an evening of his memorable past, his successful present and his beautiful future.
7pm, In The Venue at Club Sound, 219 S. 600 West. Tickets $25/adv–$29/day of show, 801-467-8499 or

Pioneer Theatre presents a production of my favorite classic holiday film A Christmas Story. I know, it’s not as though-provoking and inspirational as Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life, but it makes me giggle … a lot! It’s about a young boy who wants a B-B gun for Christmas and he’ll do just about anything to get it. The goofy kid gets his mouth washed out with soap and his tongue froze to a flagpole — it’s like they ripped it right from my childhood.
7:30pm, through Dec. 19, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $22–40, 801-581-6961 or

5SATURDAY — Decorating for Christmas is so gay sheik, I just love it. It’s even more fantabulicious when you create your own decorations. To help you along, Red Butte Garden is offering a Wreath Workshop, where they’ll help you create wreaths that’ll make your front door pop with merriment. I know most gay men don’t need help with their creative outlet, but like with my lesbian friends, Michelle and Donna, a wreath constructed of beer-can tabs and fishing lures ain’t all that festive — they need Red Butte!
9am–Noon & 1–4pm, through Sunday, Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. Registration required, $50/members–$60/nonmembers, 801-581-8454 or

Gearing up for the gay ski season, SkiOut Utah is holding a fundraiser tonight. This winterized social group is a fantastic outlet to meet other like-minded individuals — those who play with their greased apparatuses. Join them for WinterJam, an evening of food, fun and mingling.
9–11pm, Jam in the Marmalade, 751 S. 300 West. Cover $10,
8TUESDAY — It’s time again for Utah Pride Center’s Pride in Pink: After Hours. This debonair networking event is for members and allies of Utah’s LGBT community. Be a part of this urbane gathering. Mix and mingle. Nosh and imbibe. But most importantly: Wear pink and be fabulous. “Fierce” prizes will be given away, too!
5–7pm, Oyster Bar, 54 W. Market St. Donations suggested, rsvp to Marina Gomberg, 801-539-8800 ext. 20.

I bet most of you did not know Michael Aaron was once a struggling wedding singer. Well, if you’ve ever heard him sing karaoke, then “struggling” isn’t such a stretch. Anyhoo, on that note, New Space Entertainment presents a production of the musical The Wedding Singer, based on the 1998 movie. Three weddings, a bar mitzvah and a wild trip to a Vegas “chapel of love” keep things hopping in this affectionate look back at the ’80s.
7:30pm, through Dec. 13, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $25–55, 801-581-7100 or

9WEDNESDAY — Openly-gay writer/director Gus Van Sant’s (Milk) first film in his “Death Trilogy” called Gerry stars Matt Damon and the incomparable Casey Affleck (way more talented than his brother). The film is loosely based on a real-life tragedy. Partially filmed on the Utah Salt Flats, it follows two friends on a doomed hiking trip.
6pm, Utah Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium, 410 Campus Center Dr., UofU. Free, 801-585-6961 or EVENTS
DEC. 11-12    SLMC Holiday Concert, First Baptist Church
DEC. 12    RCGSE Snow Ball 2009, Rose Wagner Ctr.
DEC. 31    Rufus Wainwright, Park City
JAN. 12    Howie Day, The State Room

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