Gay Agenda

Backstreet’s Back … Oh Lord!

I couldn’t call in gay the day after Pride because of damn publishing deadlines. So I’m writing this on a very few hours of sleep and sore feet (from walking in the parade as “Super Slut”). Yes, it was rather tragic. But I was a real superhero when our 28-foot superhero “float” started to fall off Michael’s Jeep, and a large sycamore tore its arm off. I had to hold up the wounded superhero using only my bulging biceps for about eight blocks traveling at about eight miles per hour. It burned, I wept, then I drank a lot. Seriously, never a dull Pride!

12saturday — Grammy Award-winning British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap returns to Salt Lake City to work her unusual but fabulous musical magic using such unique instruments as the Hang, array mbira and keytar to create great pop tunes with elements of rock, dance and electronica. Sure to be “heaping” with excitement.
7pm, Rail Event Center, 235 W. 500 North. Tickets $21.50, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

The queen of insults, Lisa Lampanelli is taking her act to Wendover, where I’m sure she’ll be able to pick up some great material. She’s raunchy, crude, rude and fucking flippin’ funny: “Eeek!!! Did you see that sinkhole in Guatemala? I haven’t seen an opening that wide and deep since I shared a changing room with Precious!”
7pm, Peppermill Concert Hall, 680 Wendover Blvd., Wendover, Nev. Tickets $55–80, 800-537-0207 or wendoverfun.com.

The Salt Lake Men’s Choir is taking over our amber waves of grain and fruited plains … how rude! Anyhoo, from sea to shining sea, you’ll be able hear and see these sexy guys belting out “over 200 years” of Americana music in red, white and blue-sequined vests at their This Is My Land concert. That’s hot! Hopefully Dennis won’t have a shirt on underneath. That’s hotter!
7:30pm, Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 President’s Cir., UofU. Tickets $18, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.

15tuesday — Robbie is the Wedding Singer who makes beautiful music for everyone except himself. Why can’t he find love? Why is he in the trash dumpster? It’s hilarious, spunky and sweet … loaded with great 1980s music and fabulous dancing. The musical was nominated for five Tony awards … and I think Adam Sandler won an X96 Boner award for his hairdo in the movie version.
7:30pm, through July 31, Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Dr. Tickets $16–26, 801-984-9000 or halecentretheatre.org.

16wednesday — Queereads, Sam Weller’s monthly LGBT book club will be discussing comedian Eddie Sarfaty’s Mental: Funny in the Head, a collection of hilarious short stories. Fellow comedian Bob Smith says, “Eddie Sarfaty combines humor  and poignancy as skillfully as he writes about being Jewish and gay. This book proves that in addition to being a talented stand-up comedian, Eddie’s also a  wonderful writer.”
7:30pm, Sam Weller’s Bookstore, 254 S. Main St. Free, 801-328-2586.

17thursday — Spotlight Production presents Jane Eyre: The Musical. Based on Charlotte Bronte’s classic romance, this is the story of a poor orphan, abandoned by her cold-hearted aunt to be raised in a charity school. After surviving eight years of privation and illness, she gains employment as a governess at an old, gloomy manor. There, she takes well to her new life, but a series of mysterious incidents reveal that the house is full of secrets.
7:30pm, through June 26, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $12, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

18friday — At the tender age of 23, R&B sensation Joss Stone has sold over ten million albums worldwide, garnered a Grammy award and hit the small screen in Showtime’s The Tudors. Also, in 2008, Stone landed the role of a lesbian in the British romantic comedy Snappers. “I just wanted to challenge myself. There are things in the film that are going to really push the boundaries, and that excites me!” Tonight, check out this stone with a lot of soul.
8pm, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way. Tickets $45–62, 801-585-0556 or redbuttegarden.org.

19saturday — Dubbed “the bad boy of cuisine” for his rock star looks, Anthony Bourdain is an internationally acclaimed chef, author and host of Travel Channel’s No Reservations. His blunt observations about the world of restaurants, chefs and cooking is opinionated and sometimes controversial. In his uncensored, live appearances, he shares the fascinating, hysterical and sometimes shocking stories behind his life, books, travels and his hit show.
8pm, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $32.50–48.50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

23wednesday — Backstreet’s back!” … Oh lord, really?!!?. Nick, AJ and those other two, the Backstreet Boys, are together again touring this great land of ours, and they’re stopping in Salt Lake City to … what? Try and jumpstart their career? They’re not “Larger Than Life” anymore, but they did have some pretty catchy dance tunes back in the day, so it could be a pretty fun concert. Don’t tell anyone I said that!
7:30pm, Energy Solutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple. Tickets $35, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

Join Spy Hop Productions for a night of artist-designed miniature golf at the Salt Lake Art Center, featuring 18 fully-playable works of contemporary art by top local and national artists like you’ve never seen before. The Spy Hop on the Green event features DJ Jesse Walker, and food and beverages will be served. Prizes will be awarded for best individual and team scores, as well as the best Caddy Shack-inspired attire. Fabulous!
7–9pm, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Tickets $25/single player or $80/foursome, 801-532-7500 or spyhop.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS
JUL 4     One Republic, Deer Valley
JUL 16    Paula Poundstone, Rose Wagner
AUG 20    Cyndi Lauper, Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover
SEP 25    Wanda Sykes, Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover

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