Gay Agenda

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I’ve decided it should be illegal to be driving and taking pictures with your phone of the many hot, sweaty, shirtless guys that are walking, biking or jogging along city streets. It’s essentially more dangerous than driving and texting. It’s also wastes on gas because you keep circling the blocks hoping to get a better shot. And it could go on all day — missing work, forgetting to eat — trust me, I’ve done it! I bet you have too; it’s like a caravan of paparazzi zipping through the streets going after the perfect treasure-trail screen saver.

8thursday — Through August the Salt Lake Film Center is offering Movie Under the Stars — free screenings of popular family-friendly films. Tonight is Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, which finds the fabulously fashionable Elle Woods in Washington D.C. fighting for animal rights after her Chihuahua Bruiser’s mother is found incarcerated by a animal-testing cosmetics company. Along the way, “Capitol Barbie” learns that Bruiser is a lesbo in love with a Rottweiller named Leslie … yes, the visual is haunting, but it’s still a great movie.
9pm, Thursdays through Aug. 26, Utah State Capitol, 350 N. State St. Free, slcfilmcenter.org.

9friday — Based on the satirical and controversial hit book by Hunter S. Thompson, the screen adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. When a writing assignment lands a journalist and his sidekick in Las Vegas, they decide to make it the ultimate business trip. But before long, business is forgotten and trip has become the key word. Fueled by a suitcase full of mind-bending pharmaceuticals, the pair sets off on a fast and furious ride through nonstop neon, surreal surroundings and a crew of the craziest characters ever encountered.
11pm, Fri.-Sat., and Noon, Sat.-Sun., Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets $6–8.50, 801-359-5158 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.

11sunday — The openly lesbian, 28-year-old, indie pop rock singer/songwriter, Brandi Carlile, is a petite, sassy songstress with such unique voice control that it leaves you awestruck. From sharp piano ballads to stints of booming country rock to even yodeling, Carlile keeps the crowd in a wild frenzy, like a drug addiction. Seeing Carlile live is incredible; her performance has intense passion as if singing each song for the first time. Katie Herzig opens.
7pm, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way. Tickets $20–35, 801-585-0556 or redbuttegarden.org.

14wednesday — I’ve heard through a commonly unreliable source, Ms. Ross … though this time I had her take a lie detector test … that the Salt Lake Art Center’s new exhibit, a fully playable artist-designed miniature golf course, is pretty difficult but also a lot of fun. Tonight the Salt Lake Film Center hosts Bogey Nights. Attendees compete in a putt-putt tournament on the course and then watch a screening of the 1980 comedy Caddyshack, starring Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. The evening includes dinner and drinks. “I got to get into this dude’s pelt and crawl around for a few days.”
7pm, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Tickets $20/player or $30/doubles, 801-746-7000 or slcfilmcenter.org.

15thursday — After 15 years, local gay poet and illustrator E.D. Pedersen has released his first novel, Enigmatarium. Pedersen calls the book a “metamorphic biography … a clashing of my youth and my maturity,” that is combined with magic and surrealism. Pick up a copy of the book and meet the author at tonight’s Book Signing. A limited supply of hardcover copies will be available for $15, and T-shirts and posters will also be available for purchase.
7pm, Diva’s Cupcakes & Coffee, 1560 E. 3300 South. Enigmatarium can also be purchased at edpedersen.com, amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Borders.

From the late, gay playwright Oscar Wilde comes Pinnacle Acting Company’s presentation of the classic comedy An Ideal Husband. Calling on the Golden Age of Hollywood, actors will be playing multiple roles in a fast-paced approach to this classic. The plot revolves around a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to re-examine their moral standards. Young lovers, society matrons and a formidable femme fatale exchange sparkling repartee in this lively romp.
7:30pm, through July 31, Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 W Center St., Midvale. Tickets $13–15, 801-674-7956 or pinnacleactingcompany.org.

16friday — Quips from comedian Paula Poundstone: “I don’t have a bank account because I don’t know my mother’s maiden name;” “I got my dog three years ago because I was drunk in a pet store. We had nine cats at the time. The cats started hiding the alcohol after that;” and “I don’t have sex because I don’t like it. I’d have to marry a Mormon so someone could cover my shift.” If you missed her at the 2009 Utah Pride Festival, catch her show tonight.
7pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $35.50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

The Coen Brothers’ (Fargo) cult film The Big Lebowski, 1998, is noted for its idiosyncratic characters, surreal dream sequences, unconventional dialogue and eclectic soundtrack. The movie is about a pot-smoking slacker who is commissioned by an elderly millionaire to safeguard his much younger wife from kidnappers, but the plan goes hysterically awry. It stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Tara Reid.
11pm, Fri.-Sat., and Noon, Sat.-Sun., Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets $6–8.50, 801-359-5158 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.

17Saturday — The Utah Pride Center and sWerve present the 6th annual Breast Dialogues; an evening featuring individuals from the LGBT community sharing stories of experiences and feelings about their breasts. The stories are as varied as the storytellers, and are of comedy and tragedy, laughter and tears. A reception will be held of the show with hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
7:30pm, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Suggested donation $10, swerveutah.com.

She is one of only 10 performers to garner an Emmy, an Oscar, a Grammy and a Tony award … Aye, Karamba! She is the incomparable Rita Moreno. Wildly known for her role of Anita in the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, West Side Story, Moreno is a talented singer and dancer. Tonight she brings her one-woman cabaret show to the State of Utah.
8pm, Kenley Amphitheater, 403 Wasatch Dr., Layton. Tickets $21–46, 801-546-8575 or davisarts.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS
AUG 14    The Cliks, The Complex
AUG 20    Cyndi Lauper, Wendover, Nev.
SEP 25    Wanda Sykes, Wendover, Nev.
APR 11    Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall

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