We rented a “luxury home” in of Heber last weekend for my friend Chelle’s birthday. She turned 40, but her skin turned 62. Anyhoo, there were 40 helium balloons strewn about the house that were eventually used, along with my half-naked hairy body, to create a static charge, and then everyone lifted and tossed me against the wall, where I stuck to like I was velcro. Sufficed to say I came home and immediately purchased an electric shaver … now I look like a strawberry patch!
28FRIDAY — Reputable painter and ex-gay failure Randall Lake shares an exhibit where he’s tapped into rage and wrath. The results are important and though-provoking paintings, relating to his feelings of being fed up with being an outcast in a religiously hypocritical, don’t-ask-don’t-tell society. The Bread and Blue exhibition reminds us that it’s the struggle that brings people together, and not perfection.
6–8pm, Artist Reception, exhibit runs through June 17, regular gallery hours, Gallery MAR, 580 Main St., Park City. Free, randalllake.com.
Meat & Potato Theatre, a Fabby award nominee, presents Everyman & Judgment Day. Miracles for the Modern Age is a decidedly modern (and humorous) take on two medieval morality plays that reveal just how little has changed in the human condition in 500 years.
7:30pm, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Born in the Black Rock Desert at the Burning Man Arts Festival, the Mutaytor has gone on to record three critically acclaimed records, and performed to packed houses and giant festivals all over the country. They’ve traveled the country as one of the most bombastic and unique visceral experiences in modern entertainment — combining an 11-piece modern analog and electronic dance orchestra, with 15 physical performance artists. The vibe is ecstatic, friendly and all-inclusive, and each show is an explosion of immersive, vivid art; both on and off the stage.
8pm, through Saturday, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $18/adv–20/at the door and $25/cabaret table, 435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org.
The Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire invites you to Coronation XXXVII. Over Memorial Day weekend, the drag queens will host several events including the PR Ball, Empress Tea Party, Victory Brunch and Alaska Water Party. Who will be crowned this year? From what I understand only RuPaul and “Tyrannt” Sanchez really know.
Hours and locations vary. Visit rcgse.org for complete information.
31MONDAY — The freaky five-some from San Francisco, Sugar & Gold, undulate somewhere between sexy & mischievous minimalism and exuberantly intricate pop-production aesthetics. The experience stretches farther than mere dance-all-night hedonism, touching on melancholy smooth R&B as well as slipping a finger or two into the post punk-tinged pie of dub (hmmm! that sounds nasty) and European experimental club music.
9pm, Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East. Tickets $7, 801-832-1000 or 24tix.com.
2WEDNESDAY — Join Hotel Monaco, Bambara restaurant and the Utah AIDS Foundation for the fourth annual Pink Party. This is the party before the Pride party weekend to thank the LGBT community for their support. Enjoy themed drinks, appetizers, pink boas, prizes and a silent auction. Pink attire highly encouraged, and we all have enough pink, so don’t miss it!
5:30–8pm, Hotel Monaco, 15 W. 200 South. Packages starting at $20 at the door, please rsvp to [email protected] or 801-487-2323 by June 1.
3THURSDAY — The Sundance Institue Film Series presents the Winner of the Documentary Audience Award, Unzipped. It is part performance, part cinema vérité, and pure delight as the film follows world-famous gay fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi as he creates his 1994 New York fall fashion show.
7pm, Tower Theare, 876 E. 900 South. Free, saltlakefilmsociety.org.
4FRIDAY — International celebrities descend on Utah Pride 2010 Nightlife all weekend long as Püre announces Ms. Janice Dickinson, Recording Producer Wendel Kos, The DC Cowboys, drag diva Arione Decardeza, Tina Turner impersonator Caress and more to rock the house. A great way to start and end Pride weekend.
9pm doors open, Püre Club, 235 N. 500 West. Cover $6, for more info call Eric Turner at 801-657-2047 or John Griffin at 801-548-2145.
5SATURDAY— Not only are these sexy cowboys strutting their hot stuff at the Pride festival on both Saturday and Sunday and at Püre on Friday night, but also you can get another chance to drool over the DC Cowboys tonight at the newly opened Studio 27. This dance troupe has been characterized as “Brokeback Meets Broadway.”
TBA, Studio 27, 615 W. 100 South. Cover $5, 801-363-2200 or studio27slc.com.
Pop diva impersonator extraordinaire Derrick Barry comes to Salt Lake during Pride weekend to show off her more believable Britney Spears talent than that of Britney herself. Barry will also take on as Lady Gaga, but it’s going to be damn hard to beat Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) impersonation on Glee.
9pm, In The Venue, 214 S. 600 West. Cover TBA, derrickbarry.com.
Before heading off to get hog-tied by a DC Cowboy or for a little ooolala from Lady Gaga, join the Salt Lake Art Center for their annual Not Just Another Pretty Face Gala & Exhibition. Hosted by Chris Vanocur, the black-tie gala will be catered by Lortsher/Vlassic Catering, and set to the music of DJ Jesse Walker and the band Solid Gold. A silent auction will also be held. Artists in the exhibition include John Bell, Pilar Pobil and Frank McEntire.
6:30pm Gala, exhibition through July 24, regular gallery hours, Salt Lake Art Center, 123 S. West Temple. For ticket info please call 801-328-4201 or visit slartcenter.org.
9WEDNESDAY — The SLCC Community Writing Center’s DiverseCity Writing Series builds connections across the differences in Salt Lake through story. Join the CWC the launch of the 13th publication of the community writing series: sine cera. Writers from 10 different DWS community writing groups will share stories, poems, opinions and reflections on life in this moving event. This event, celebrating the anthology, Small Talk with a Winter Sky, will provide glimpses into the life experiences of veterans, teachers, senior citizens, mothers, students and many people who make up our city.
7–9pm, City Library, 210 E. 400 South. Free, slcc.edu/cwc.
JUN 12 Lisa Lampanelli, Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover
JUN 12 Olivia Newton-John & Colbie Caillat, ESA
JUL 4 One Republic, Deer Valley
JUL 16 Paula Poundstone, Rose Wagner
AUG 20 Cyndi Lauper, Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover