Forgive me if my headlines have been a bit dopey lately — I’ve been doing this for about four years and clever headlines are harder to come by these days. Anyhoo, I’m going to spell ‘androgynous.’
P-E-N-I-N-A. No, I think that’s a type of bread. V-A-G-I-N-I-S. No, that’s a type of cocktail I believe. Oh hell, I don’t know, I guess I don’t get that date with Sac Efron.
4THURSDAY — Whether dangling high above the stage or simultaneously spinning 100 plates on bamboo sticks, the Peking Acrobats know how to make the impossible appear effortless. This is why they fly into Salt Lake with only the use of propeller beanies just to perform fabulous shows for us each year. So don’t miss it!
7:30pm, through Friday, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $21.50–29.50, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
“The word is ‘pennies.’” “Pennies, P-E-N-I-S, pennies,” I respond, and the crowd roars in laughter. That’s how it went at my first and obviously last spelling bee. Anyhoo, Pinnacle Acting Company presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This hilarious musical tale of overachievers’ angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
7:30pm, through Feb. 20, Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 W. Center St. Tickets $13–15, 801-309-8934 or pinnacleactingcompany.org.
5FRIDAY — In the 2009 period-drama, Me and Orson Welles, tells of a teenager hired to perform in Orson Welles’ production of Julius Caesar, where he becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant. The flick stars Zac Efron, Claire Danes and Christian McKay. If you’re not revolted at the thought of seeing another movie so soon after Sundance, then this is a film to see.
8pm tonight & Saturday, 6pm Sunday, Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., Park City. Tickets $7, 435-615-8291 or parkcityfilmseries.com.
Established fine art photographer J.M. Post, who recently completed his Master’s of Fine Arts at Utah State University, is showing works from his collection Studies of Gender In Art History. He often begins by incorporating gender-specific art history references, then alters their metaphors, and sometimes even neutralizes their original gender specificity to produce androgynous pieces as visual commentary on the social evolution which has changed our view of gender, roles and sexuality.
6–9pm opening reception, regular gallery hours vary, through Feb. 27, Utah Arts Alliance, 127 S. Main St. Free, 801-651-3937 or utaharts.org.
Tonight, the iconic transsexual entertainer Amanda Lepore joins forces with openly gay rapper Cazwell on the Amanda Lepore/Cazwell Performing Live Tour. Get your groove on to wacky hits like “Champagne,” “Cotton Candy” and “I Seen Beyoncé at Burger King.”
Time TBA, Gossip at Club Sound, 579 W. 200 South. Cover $10, call 801-671-1154 for VIP entrance.
6SATURDAY — Earth Erotics is proud to be the first and only “green-certified” adult boutique in the United States. Get green at the first Earth Erotics Party in Utah where you will taste, touch, and feel delicious bedroom goodies that will rock your sex life! The non-toxic products are chosen based on health considerations, the environment and social equity and will light up your erotic senses.
4–5:30pm, Utah Pride Center, 351 N. 300 West. Free, but rsvp to 503.515.5359 or [email protected]
The talented and highly popular local indie-rock group, The Debi Graham Band, takes the stage in Park City tonight for another explosive concert. Many, many lesbians love them, and you gay boys, don’t be frightened by songs like “Like Lucy’s Fur” — the bite is there, but you won’t bleed!
9:30pm, The Sidecar Bar, 333 Main St., Park City. For more info, visit parkcitylivemusic.com.
12FRIDAY — It’s murder in the first degree, and 12 nameless jurors are given the grave responsibility of separating fact from fallacy. The powerful stage drama, Twelve Angry Men, examines the prejudices and personal struggles that lie between truth and justice. Local actors Tobin Atkinson and Paul Kiernan co-star.
7:30pm, through Feb. 27, Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $22–40, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.
Ballet West’s classic tradition, Swan Lake, is back. It tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse, which is based on Russian folklore. In conjunction with our performances, Ballet West offers Warm-Ups. These informative discussions are free to ticket holders and begin one hour prior to each evening and matinee performance.
7:30pm, through Feb. 20, Capitol Theatre, 50 W, 200 South. Tickets $17–71, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
13SATURDAY — After the last trip to Wendover when I forgot to get back on the bus and had to hitch hike home, I’m a bit nervous about going again. But since the theme of this Big Gay Fun Bus to Wendover is Mardi Gras, I have to go to check out all the boys’ junk. I just hope none of their junk is bedazzled … been there, done that!
11am–8pm, pick-up at Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. Tickets $21, includes free buffet, 800-838-3006 or biggayfunbus.com.
In their search for Utah’s Iron Man Choreographer, Repertory Dance Theatre’s Charette runs amuck with bribery, witty improvisational choreography and mingling with celebrity judges. This dance competition is fast, fun and a fabulous fundraising event.
7pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
14SUNDAY — Young, fiery alternative pop singer Reni Lane hits the stage in Salt Lake City. Known for her eccentricity, one of which is impersonating David Bowie.Her first single “Place For Us” an up-tempo, memorable track emphasizes a universal theme of acceptance. Also, The L Word featured the song on the 2009 season premiere.
8pm, Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Ct. Tickets $6, 801-320-9887 or kilbycourt.com.
FEB. 23 Sarah Bettens, The State Room
MAR. 13 Brothers & Sister, SL Men’s Choir and Sister Dottie Dixon
MAR. 31 Michael Bublé, E Center
APR. 5 Muse, E Center
APR. 25 Ani DiFranco, Kingsbury Hall