OK, so I didn’t say “Screw you Labor Day weekend!” Instead, I said, “I want to have your babies, Labor Day Weekend!” I ventured to the Gorge with my lil sister, Jake. When we arrived, it became Flaming Gorge. We went wake boarding, cliff-jumping and jellyfish hunting (we didn’t see any, dammit!). I even scratched a park ranger’s kitty. All right, I can’t lie to you, we actually only played Gin, drank iced tea and took afternoon naps (rubbed down with Ben-gay and wearing pink ‘Sleeping Beauty’ sleep masks); it was like heaven in a vodka bottle.
17friday — There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park in Dark Horse Company Theatre’s production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Pippi is a stripper on the run (the tassels are just a spinnin’), and when she comes between an agoraphobic (that’s the fear of wool) housewife and her less-than-affluent husband, she causes a mighty hurricane. This campy, caustic musical fable has everything from spray cheese to road kill to (or at) Costco.
8pm, Thurs.–Sat., 6pm, Sun., through Oct. 3, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $18–25, 435-649-9371 or parkcityshows.com.
It has been called the greatest play produced in the English language in 400 years, and now Pioneer Theatre is proud to present a production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s part ghost story, part murder mystery, part psychological thriller and part hard-to-understand. Tehehe!
7:30pm, through Oct. 2, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $24–42, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.
In 1988, one of the greatest rock bands formed — The Smashing Pumpkins. Though the band has led a tumultuous career, they are one of the most diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy groups. Their music contains elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, arena rock, electronica and a shoegazer-style production. My favorite is “1979” … yes, I am gay!
7pm, In The Venue at Club Sound, 219 S. 600 West. Tickets $40, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
18saturday — Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy bir …. oh lord, I’m getting as old as Gene Gieber because I don’t remember the rest. Anyhoo, the old fart is celebrating his birthday tonight with an Underwear Party. And the old perv loves Baskits. Love ya long time, Gene!
8pm, Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. For more info, call 801-364-3203 or visit clubtry-angles.com.
Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy bir … shit, I did it again! Anyhoo, The Trapp is celebrating 20 years of supporting alcohol abusers — just kidding … well, sort of, because Jabe serves a drink called the Drunken Tony — I wonder whom that’s named after? Double anyhoo, join Joe Redburn and his clan at their 20th Anniversary Party, it’ll be a freakin’ hoot!
7pm, The Trapp, 102 S. 600 West. 801-531-8727.
19sunday — Equality Utah’s monthly sociopolitical event, Pilsners and Politics, is held on the third Sunday of each month at Squatters. The restaurant has a butt-load of beer to choose from: staples to seasonal brews to limited releases, like Provo Girl, Nitro Cream, Monkey’s Dunkle and Hell’s Keep. EU also has a butt-load of Utah politics to discuss, so be there, get your butt loaded (but don’t drive!) and hear from candidates about their races.
4pm, Squatters Brewery, 147 W. Broadway. Cost $5, 801-355-5020 or equalityutah.org.
22wednesday — Direct from the Las Vegas Strip comes drag sensation Edie. She will perform her solo cabaret show, a fast-paced hour — and then some — of the leggy showgirl singing her favorites, all with her signature ’60s go-go flair. Look out for high-kicking choreography and witty off-the-cuff banter.
8pm, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $25, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
23thursday — Sugar Space’s 2010 Artist in Residence (recipients receive 40 hours of free space, approximately $500 allotted to staff, marketing materials, etc., and artists receive a percentage of the door) recipient, Influx Dance, from SLC/Charlottesville, Va., perform an original dance theatre piece exploring women throughout history based on writing by Margaret Atwood.
8pm, through Saturday, Sugar Space, 616 Wilmington Ave. Tickets $10/adv.–12/door, 888-300-7898 or thesugarspace.com.
Become absorbed in the Configurations of contemporary dance as Ririe-Woodbury explores the depths of the human experience with four cutting-edge choreographers. The performance will feature a newly commissioned work entitled “Duet” by Tony Award-winning choreographer, Bill T. Jones. The uncompromising and unapologetic political and social views of Jones have always laid the foundation for his dances. He has taken considerable strides in merging art with social commentary on topics such as being African American, homosexual, and HIV positive in today’s society.
7:30pm, through Saturday, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $30, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
This event sounds like more fun than a night with Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) … OK, not really! The first annual Powellapalooza is packed with tons of music, games and beach parties. Taking place on the Arizona side of Lake Powell, the four-day festival includes over 50 bands, a golf tournament, poker run, hot air balloon rides and more.
Through Sept. 26 in Page, Az. Tickets $35–105, VIP tix $290. For more information, powellapalooza.com.
24friday — Nestled in the majestic Zion Canyon is an adorable little town named Springdale, and this weekend the adorable little town is host to the Zion Canyon Music Festival. Performers include Thriftstore Cowboys, Sputnik, Mother Hips and Crippled Stripper. And may I recommend that you stay at Under the Eaves Bed & breakfast — the gay couple that owns it are fantabulous!
5pm tonight & 11am Saturday, Springdale Town Park, Springdale. Tickets $15/Friday, $20/Saturday or $30 for both days, zioncanyonmusicfestival.com.
25sunday — “Women fake orgasms because they have excellent time management skills.” That’s a Dottie Dixon quote … I mean Wanda Sykes. Anyhoo, the ultra-hip gay comedian will be bringing down the house in Wendover. Don’t miss it. “Drinking will make you feel like a sexy 26-year-old.” That’s what Michael Aaron believes!
7pm, Peppermill Concert Hall, 680 Wendover Blvd., Wendover, Nev. Tickets $40–70, 800-217-0049 or wendoverfun.com.
OCT 16 Spencer Day, Rose Wagner
NOV 26-29 The Rockettes, Maverick Ctr
APR 11 Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall