To help you understand the headline better, I’ll give you an example of QSaltLake’s ironclad softball-team strategy. Now, you may think it’s cheating, but we are really just a bunch of girls who just wanna have fun! When we come head-to-head with Team Try-Angles (for which we shiver with wanton excitement), we make a deal that if we throw the game, then Gene will by our team a round of Patron — which, of course, we do. Seriously, we have no shame. We do take the game very seriously, as it is apparent in the photo on facebook.com/pridesoftballslc where I look like a five-year-old pretending to be an airplane. Weeeeeee!
24thursday — The 2010 Utah Arts Festival opens with headlining performances from the Cowboy Junkies and Michelle Shocked. The festival also welcomes more than 200 visual and performing artists and offers children’s activities, culinary arts, 5K race, the Fear No Film shorts festival and more. Two visual art exhibitions new to the festival this year are Eclectic Paintings and Automata featuring Edie Roberson and the Higher Ground Learning Gallery of Urban Art.
Noon–11 p.m., through Sunday, Library Square, 210 E. 400 South. Tickets $5–10/per day at the festival, visit uaf.org for ticket discounts and ticket packages.
25friday — The Egyptian Theatre proudly presents their production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. This fabulous musical centers around a tribe of friends speaking out against war and repression, and singing out about love and freedom. The lovely, talented and good-looking Jerry Rapier directs … yes, I’m shamelessly (just as I do in softball) trying to get a part in one of his shows.
8 p.m., through July 25, Egyptian Theatre, 328 S. Main St., Park City. Tickets $22, 435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org.
Sugar Space presents Now the Show which includes works by the company’s “Now Practice” workshop participants, as well as by New York-based Brandin Steffensen and Salt Lake City’s own Graham Brown. This improvisational performance will share the experience of an improviser as the judging mind quiets and the moment takes over. In this state, the dancers are taken by surprise as their bodies embrace new and unfamiliar territory.
8 p.m., Sugar Space, 616 E. Wilmington Ave. Tickets $10/adv. or $12/at the door, 1-888-300-7898 or thesugarspace.com.
26saturday — Join Wasatch Community Gardens for their First Annual Early Bird Brunch. There will be locally raised eggs (by two daddies) and locally grown and prepared food. They will have chicken T-shirts (one size fits all chickens) designed by Leia Bell for sale, a drawing to win tickets to the Jack Johnson concert in August, a custom built coop (for when you’ve been cock-blocked) and tour guides for the Tour de Coops (the annual chicken unicycle race).
9–11 a.m., Squatters Pub Brewery, 147 W. Broadway. Brunch is $15 per person, registration is suggested as space is limited, wasatchgardens.org.
After you’ve had Camilla the Chicken, the love of Gonzo’s life, for brunch … cruel bastards! Please, I eat the feet! Anyhoo, join the Lambda Hiking Club for the Full Moon Hike on Black Mountain. This is an intermediate hike, about 4.5 miles each way. Please take rain gear, plenty of water and snacks (I recommend chicken pot pie), a flashlight and spare batteries.
8 p.m., hikers will meet at the Chevron parking lot on the corner of 200 S. 700 East. For more information, contact David Vickery at 801-503-8709.
27sunday — Last season, the night before the QSaltLake versus Paper Moon game in the Pride Community Softball League, Team QSaltLake attempted to get the girls of Team Paper Moon sloshed at a party. Unfortunately, as Team QSaltLake can be lushes, the Paper Moon girls outwitted us by pretending to swallow the Jell-O shots but were actually hiding them in their pockets. Kind of obvious right? Sufficed to say, the next morning not one member of Team QSaltlake could locate his or her underwear, nor remember what they were supposed to do that day. Not goin’ to happen this year Moonies!
1 p.m., Jordan Park, 1060 S. 900 West. Free.
30wednesday — Salt Lake Acting Company presents Saturday’s Voyeur 2010: The Year That Was. This year’s show is ripped from the headlines of Utah newspapers over the last 15 months. Headlines satirized include: “Men arrested after kissing on Main Street Plaza,” “Orrin Hatch, a Mormon, pens Hanukkah song,” “Congressman Chaffetz seeks to ban whole-body imaging at airports,” “‘Maverick’ Sarah Palin to sign new book at Salt Lake City Costco,” “Kevin Garn resigns in wake of hot tub confession,” “Wife blindfolded husband for ‘surprise,’ and beats him with hammer” and many more.
7:30 p.m., through Sept. 5, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North. Tickets $39–54, 801-363-SLAC or saltlakeactingcompany.org.
3saturday — Utah Symphony presents Patriotic Celebration. The night’s program includes Morton Gould’s “American Salute,” Antonin Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9: Largo,” Proto Casey at the Bat traditional “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” William Steffe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Edwin Bagley’s “National Emblem March,” arr. Bob Lowden’s (various) “Armed Forces Salute” and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes.”
7:30 p.m., Deer Valley Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr. Tickets $25–65, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
4sunday — If you can pull away from family home evening on this, our country’s birthday, check out the opening of the 2010 St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series with OneRepublic. This chart-topping pop-rock band heats up the mountainside with its distinct, Grammy-nominated and oh-so-fabulous tunes. The Colorado-based group swaps instruments on stage, showing remarkable versatility and musicianship as well as an ability to rock out and have a good time.
7 p.m., Deer Valley Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr. Tickets $35–65, 435-655-3114 or ecclescenter.org.
JUL 16 Paula Poundstone, Rose Wagner
AUG 14 The Cliks, The Complex
AUG 20 Cyndi Lauper, Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, Nev.
SEP 25 Wanda Sykes, Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, Nev.