Last weekend I attended my friend Jake’s 30th Birthday Bash. It was interesting to say the least; though there was enough alcohol to destroy Godzilla’s liver, some partygoers felt it necessary to hide beer under rocks; a Spanish-speaking-only neighbor dropped in, dropped his pants and one partygoer dropped to his knees; Richard Cocks hooked up with bedazzled twin flamingoes … lucky bastard! But the best part was we all got to listen to Kylie Minogue all night long … always a wonderful treat. Love you Jakey Poo!
5thursday — Art has the ability to take on a powerful role within a community to evoke emotion and raise awareness. Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company addresses this topic of Arts and Social Change, with a short dance piece by renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones who has promoted topics on homosexuality and AIDS in his choreography. The preview will be followed by a discussion panel surrounding the topics that Bill T. Jones exposes in his art, and will feature several local community members.
5:30pm, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Free, 801-297-4213 or ririewoodbury.com.
6friday — Well silkscreen my butt and call me Andy Warhol, it’s the 41st annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival. This really is a fabulous festival, though the past three years I’d spent too many hours on the Wasatch Brewery patio, had been detained by police officers for my not-so-concealed sterling silver-handgun belt buckle and had been hit on by a burly, straight-acting biker in the No Name Saloon … what the flip!
6–9pm today, 9am–6pm Saturday & Sunday, Historic Main St, Park City. Donations suggested for Friday’s entrance, Saturday & Sunday $10 entrance fee, kimballartcenter.org.
Event organizers Utah Rox and Master Tiger bring the fifth year of Rebellion, which draws hundreds of leather, BDSM, power play and other enthusiasts to Club Try-Angles for a three-day festival of kink. TitanMen performers Tony Buff and Derek da Silva are the special guests; great prizes will be raffled off; and demonstrations will be shown in Flogging … been there, done that, never again!, in Mummification … what the flip!, in Rope Bondage … please girl, I wrote the book!, and more.
Hours vary, through Sunday, Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. For full event schedule visit utahrebellion.com.
“This year Heidi Fleiss will be opening the Stud Farm, her all-male brothel outside of Las Vegas. This is for women to find men. If you’re a guy looking for a guy, you still have to find it at the airport bathroom.” The Belvedere vodka-swilling hussy really does love her gays. Chelsea Handler whoops it up tonight with a guest performance by Heather McDonald.
8pm, Abravanel Hall, 123 S. West Temple. Tickets $65, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
8sunday — It’s that time again to paint Lagoon red. QSaltLake’s Gay Lagoon Day (the Gay is silent, though) returns with another raucous group of homos screaming bloody mary on the Log Flume and in the public bathrooms. Ah, good times, good times! Don’t forget there will be bingo and a group photo around 4pm-ish. Red Q Lagoon Day T-shirts, that Michael slaved over, are for sale for $5 at the Q Towers office.
11am–10pm, Lagoon, 375 Lagoon Dr., Farmington. Tickets $35 with discount coupon, call 801-649-6663 for coupons.
9monday — In the German lesbian film Four Minutes, Traude, an elderly music teacher who gives piano lessons to prisoners, finds an unexpected prodigy in Jenny, a brooding young inmate, and devotes herself to developing Jenny’s talent in the little time they have together. But while Traude teaches Jenny valuable lessons about music, Jenny herself inspires Traude to examine her own past and the meaning of her life — and what might have passed her by.
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Free, 801-359-5158 or slcfilmcenter.org.
12thursday — I feel slightly ashamed of including this and the photo … but, what the flip, it’s all about hot guys right? The Twilight Saga: New Moon is being screened outdoors for free. Need I say more! Well, beyond Robert, Taylor, Jackson — ooolala!
9pm, State Capitol, 350 N. State St. Free, 801-746-7000 or slcfilmcenter.org.
13friday — This event is definitely scary enough for Friday the 13th. The Egyptian Theatre presents an interactive, improv show, The Awesome ’80s Prom. The audience becomes the characters as the show unfolds. Reminisce about all your favorite ’80s movies with the characters you loved from the snot-nosed geek to the hottie quarterback. What would Prom be without a king and queen? The audience will decide who that honor goes to, all while break dancing … really!?! … to all the retro ’80s hits you love.
8pm, through Aug. 22, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $18–25, 435-649-9371 or parkcityshows.com.
14saturday — Led Zeppelin were a hard rock band of the 1970s, with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. You may remember them by their hit single “Stairway to Heaven.” Anyhoo, the Utah Symphony presents The Music of Led Zeppelin. All that brass and horns playing classic rock songs like “Heartbreaker,” “The Song Remains the Same” and “All My Love” could be really flippin’ groovin’. Larry Baird conducts.
7:30pm, Snow Park Amphitheatre, 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Deer Valley. Tickets $30–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Toronto-based alternative rock band The Cliks is led by transman Lucas Silveira. Their Guts ’n Glory tour lands in Salt Lake City tonight. With pop hooks lacing the rock spines the band is known for, their songs inhabit the specificity of the circumstances under which they were written, all the while appealing to broader audience. Hunter Valentine and Killola open.
7:30pm, The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Tickets $8, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
15sunday — Paint Park City pink with QSaltLake at Gay Park Silly Day. Along with the weekly arts & crafts booths and locally grown produce and of course, beer gardens, this Sunday will include a cooking demonstration by Q’s own Drew Ellsworth and a Miss Park Silly Drag Contest, hosted by Nova Starr. Did you know pink is my favorite color … well, next to mulberry. What the flip, could I be any gayer!
1–5pm, Lower Main Street, Park City. Free, parksillysundaymarket.com.
AUG 20 Cyndi Lauper, Wendover, Nev.
SEP 25 Wanda Sykes, Wendover, Nev.
OCT 16 Spencer Day, Rose Wagner
NOV 26-29 The Rockettes, Maverick Ctr
APR 11 Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall