I hope you all had a happy Easter. I did … though it was also a bit strange. My friend V made these cinnamon apple shots: she dipped the glasses in cinnamon sugar — picture that in your mind. We’ve named them Dirty Rim Jobs. Then Jake was so intoxicated from the Rim Jobs that he started removing the shells and coloring the naked eggs, and Matty shaved his head so we could color it too … I need new friends!
16FRIDAY — Based on Stieg Larsson’s international bestselling trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes to the big screen. I’ve read the book, and it’s one of the best thrillers I’ve had the pleasure of picking up. The characters are complicated and have both common and unusual flaws. The story is beautifully detailed, with a dark, edgy ending — it will blow your mind. This is a Swedish film, with subtitles, and hopefully it will hold true to the book.
Opens today, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South. Regular theater ticket prices, 801-321-0310, saltlakefilmsociety.org.
The second installment of the Sugar Space series After Dark promises to respond to Salt Lake’s need for diverse performing arts better suited for a nightclub than an opera house. Amidst a cash bar and tunes spun by DJ Tidy, Monica Campbell has curated Chelsea Ellis Hip Hop Crew (Ellis was also curator and producer of Gender Neutral, a collaboration of artists expressing gender representation in the Arts), Revolve Aerial Dance, ToySoup Improv Comedy and Samba Fogo in a night that is certain to entertain.
8pm and 10:30pm, Sugar Space, 616 E. Wilmington Ave. Tickets $12, 888-300-7898 or thesugarspace.com.
17SATURDAY — For over 80 years, the name Martha Graham Dance Company has been synonymous with American modern dance. Performing one of Graham’s classic works, Appalachian Spring, this internationally acclaimed company, called “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” by the Washington Post, celebrates both the past and future of this distinctly American art form.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $29.50–44.50, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
It’s the return of Raw Couture, the Salt Lake Community College’s Fashion Institute fashion show. A reception will be held in the theater lobby to meet the designers and view the best of the best from the Fashion Institute’s programs. So pull out your best Louis Vuitton, and be sure to accessorize — I hope it’s going to be a little Drag Race-y.
7:30pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $10–19, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
20TUESDAY — Utah Contemporary Theatre’s annual fundraiser event The Hope Chest returns. This year 12 local actors are reaching into their “hope chests” to pull out a performance they’ve always loved but would never be cast in: wrong age, wrong gender, wrong race, or just plain wrong! it’s the chance of their lives! I’d play Oprah Winfrey’s part of Sofia from The Color Purple: wrong age, wrong gender (somewhat), wrong race … but just the right amount of underarm flab. “Pass me them peas, boy!”
7pm, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
22THURSDAY — Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presents Propel, a contemporary dance performance that stretches the boundaries of both dance and theatre with works by four choreographers, including a world premiere by John Jasperse. The audience will be challenged with abstract styles, the significance of love and the darker side of life.
7:30pm, through Saturday, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $30, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
In celebration of Earth Day, the first outdoor concert this year at the Gallivan Center is Earthfest, featuring Train, Hey Monday (power pop, punk), Karl Wolf (soul, fusion) and Vita Chambers (pop, rock). An afterparty will be held at Keys On Main.
5pm, Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St. Tickets $15, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
Park City celebrates the 10th anniversary of Park City Follies. It’s an evening of lampooning everything Park City, from news events, local personalities and landmarks to historical events and traditions. So are they going to make fun of Wilfred Brimley? Is nothing sacred? Just my fucking underwear drawer, goddammit! Sorry … Tourette Syndrome has finally set in.
8pm, through May 1, Egyptian Theatre, 350 Main St., Park City. Tickets $25–35, 435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org.
23FRIDAY — Twenty-five pages, 10 dance numbers and six songs to learn in 36 hours. That’s the plight of Peggy, a small-town chorus girl arriving fresh off the bus at 42nd Street in the Big Apple. With determination, a little luck and the lullaby of Broadway propelling her, this bright-eyed gal has the talent and heart to become a star. Bite me, Peggy, you slutty sow … lord, this Tourette’s a real curse.
7:30pm, through May 8, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $30–49, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.
25SUNDAY — She has captured the imagination of legions of followers, and has jammed with folkies, orchestras, rappers, rock ‘n’ roll hall-of-famers, jazz musicians, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and a martial arts legend (Julie Newmar). She is the incomparable, hairy-armpitted Ani DiFranco. Her new album, Red Letter Year, was conceived, sculpted and refined over the course of two years and is an impeccably crafted, multi-layered sonic achievement.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $28–35, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
28WEDNESDAY — Spy Hop Productions’ biggest fundraising event, The Annual Benefit, helps raise money to fund its four core programs: the PitchNic Young Writer and Director program, the Multimedia Apprenticeship program, Youth Documentary Arts program, and Loud and Clear Youth Audio program. This year enjoy student-produced multimedia, food and drink, a live auction and guest Doug Fabrizio.
6–9:30pm, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $50–75, rsvp to 801-532-7500 or spyhop.org/benefit.
MAY 7 Sugarland, E Center
JUN 10 Sting, USANA
JUN 12 Lisa Lampanelli, Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover
JUN 12 Olivia Newton-John & Colbie Caillat, ESA
JUL 16 Paula Poundstone, Rose Wagner
AUG 20 Cyndi Lauper, Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover