Gay Agenda

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As you can see I’ve changed my profile photo. In it with me is my dear friend Richard Cocks, and in it I’m consoling him as he was recently fired from his job at Wheeler Farm, arousing people in bed. See, he’s been partying late into the night and then neglecting his cock-a-doodle-doo at sunrise. However, I am happy to say he’s in line for positions at McDonald’s as Chicken McNugget quality-control manager and as the MWFFL’s assistant cock blocker. So, if you like Cocks as much as I do, follow his shenanigans on his Facebook page.

22thursday — Local painter Jared Gillett’s new exhibit ‘Nostalgia’ ranges from precise representations of local Park City and Salt Lake urban settings to beautiful and nostalgic representations of childhood. As a commissioned artist, Gillett says of his work, “In my artwork I typically make maps of family relationships. Most commissions I’ve done have been about someone else’s family. Others have been a narrative surrounding a person or couple.”
Regular gallery hours, through Apr. 11, 2011, Phoenix Gallery, 508 Main St., Park City. Free, 435-649-1006 or phoenixgalleryparkcity.com.

23friday — If I remember correctly, the first film that was purchased at the Sundance Film Festival 2010 was The Kids Are All Right. It’s a family drama involving a lesbian couple, their two children and the sperm-donor father. The movie is witty and funny and moving. The simplicity of the story line, the commonality of the American family unit is brilliant — whether mainstream or alternative, it develops the same way. Plus, Annette Bening is spectacular.
Times vary, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South. Tickets $6–8.50, 801-746-0288 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.

26monday — Steven Fales (Confessions of a Mormon Boy) returns to Utah for a special engagement of Mormon American Princess where he transforms from princess to cowboy in 60 minutes … I can do a cowboy in 6 minutes! Take that Steven … oh wait, that’s not gloat worthy. Anyhoo, this hilarious and touching cabaret mines Fales colorful life with the help of renowned jazz vocalist Melissa Pace Tanner as his “Higher Power.”
7pm, Tavernacle, 201 E. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-519-8900 or mormonboy.com.

28wednesday — In 1995 a Swedish band formed and has now become one of the largest ABBA tribute bands in the world. Arrival-The Music of ABBA is a 12-member performance band that really feels like the reincarnation of the original pop/glam-rock band of the 1970s and ’80s; every song is sung live and they wear exact replicas of the band’s costumes. This show should turn everyone into a ‘Dancing Queen.’
8pm, Sandy Amphitheater, 1245 E. 9400 South. Tickets $15–25, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

30friday — Rick DellaRatta, who heads JAZZforPEACE, is considered to be one of the finest singer/pianists performing today. The band is going to provide a benefit concert at Snowbird to support the Samburu tribes-people of Kenya. The money raised will help the 19-year struggle for the advancement of their people in areas of education, health, the empowerment of women and more.
7pm, Snowbird Resort, 9600 E. Little Cottonwood Canyon. Tickets $35, 801-942-6477 or jazzforpeace.org.

31Saturday — Utah Symphony presents Bravo Broadway: Broadway Divas! with openly gay conductor Jerry Steichen and special guest artists Lisa Vroman, Susan Egan and Jan Horvath. The program includes such favorites as “Let Me Entertain You” from Gypsy, “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide, “Big Spender” from Sweet Charity and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from Evita. Fantabulicious!
7:30pm, Snow Park Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Deer Valley. Tickets $30–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

1sunday — The five-time Grammy winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter, blends folk, rock and country; all intertwined with her own original melodies and lyrics. Carpenter has always chosen her own path. From her first gigs as a rising star on Washington D.C.’s folk scene in the early 1980s, she has made a reputation as both a singer and songwriter. Over the course of an 11-album recording career, Carpenter has and sold over 13 million records.
7pm, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way. Tickets $38–45, 801-585-0556 or redbuttegarden.org.

I like doubleheaders, though sometimes they put a kink in my neck … tehehe! At the crack of dawn this morning Team QSaltLake takes on its arch nemesis Team Try-Angles in the Pride Softball League. Now, they have always beaten us … not in the good way, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, that’s because Gene pays us well. If you like watching kittens being slaughtered, come out and watch the game; if you don’t, like I, then come watch kittens getting blotto on the Club Try-Angles patio after the game … thanks Gene Nate!
10am slaughter time, Jordan Park, 1060 S. 900 West & 2pm blotto time, Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South.

4wednesday — Wine, food and animals — a perfect combination! Have you ever seen an orangutan after too many martinis? … It’s much like seeing me after too many martinis: falling out of trees, drunken bellowing and stumbling around bow-legged. Anyhoo, Hogle Zoo presents Wild About Wine, a two-night wine tasting and pairing. While nestled in the zoo’s Asian Highlands exhibit, you will enjoy 15 different wines paired with appetizers from Taste of the Wild Catering. I hear mosquito-rubbed tree bark will be on the menu.
6:30–9pm, tonight & Aug. 11, Hogle Zoo, 2600 Sunnyside Ave. Tickets $40, 801-584-1769 or hoglezoo.org.

Over her 28-year career Natalie Merchant has earned a place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating performer. In 1994 Merchant began her solo career with, Tigerlily, which astounded the music industry by selling 4 million copies. Other notable albums include: an independently released album, in 2003, of traditional and contemporary folk music, The House Carpenter’s Daughter; and the recently released Leave Your Sleep, a collection of songs adapted from the works of various classic and contemporary poets, which Merchant has been researching, writing and recording for the last six years.
7:30pm, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way. Tickets $44–51, 801-585-0556 or redbuttegarden.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS
AUG 14    The Cliks, The Complex
AUG 20    Cyndi Lauper, Wendover, Nev.
SEP 25    Wanda Sykes, Wendover, Nev.
OCT 16    Spencer Day, Rose Wagner
APR 11    Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall

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