Michael and his Chilean boyfriend Guido … or Guadalupe, I forget, and my sister Jake and his boyfriend Joey Puddin’, and my lesbos and I went to Nightmare on 13th last weekend. Now, I’m not much for scary things … even though I use Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the new version) as a lullaby when I can’t sleep — go figure! Anyhoo, this haunted house was pretty damn scary and fun. So scary, in fact, those rough-n-tough lesbos were too frightened to go through the whole house — wusses! Plus, Jake peed a little.
30thursday — Whether in lakes, rivers, oceans or swimming pools, water is the earth’s most precious and vital resource, especially when it comes to bubble baths. Anyhoo, Repetory Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Brolly Arts, presents H20, a sensuous journey inspired by the rhythm of the tides and the precarious ribbon of life in the desert. Featured works include Zvi Gotheiner’s “Glacier,” Ford Evans’ “Watermark” and Francie Lloyd’s “The Lady of the Lake.”
7:30pm, through Oct. 2, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Written in 1978 by Lanford Wilson, a gay American playwright, Fifth of July is the first in a trilogy about a rural Missouri family. Kenneth Talley, Jr. is a gay paraplegic Vietnam veteran living in his childhood home with his boyfriend Jed. When a houseful of family members and friends come for a visit, several ulterior motives for being there come to light.
7:30pm, through Oct. 3, Studio 115 Theatre, Performing Arts Building, 240 S. 1500 East, UofU. Tickets $5 at box office or $6.50 when purchased at 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
1friday — Do you want to see some hot girl go-go dancers, called sinrGy, in sexy go-go gear by B_Rich, Savage Martini and SinrGy Gear, and listen to the steamy spinnings of Nico Caliente and Jus Jack? Well then, join all of them at this Pre-Halloween Dream Compression Costume Party. This two-night event will also include a fabulous fashion show. Don’t miss it!
TBA, tonight at Studio 27 & Sunday at Club Edge. Tickets $10 at the doors, for more info call 801-363-2200 or 801-410-4367.
Art photographer Teri Ockey of Photography Your Soul Studio kicks off a month-long exhibit of her “sensual, often abstract, and tastefully provocative, one-of-a-kind human form art. Join “TeriO” at this Opening Night party full of libations and oodles of fun.
7–10pm, Club JAM, 750 N. 300 West. Free, call 801-290-2766 for more information.
5tuesday — Based on the book by Bob Martin and Don McKeller, the 2006 multi-Tony award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone returns to the Utah stage. The show-within-a-show centers on a vain show girl, who is about to marry a man she only just met. Audiences will be immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day.
7:30pm, through Nov. 27, Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Dr. Tickets $15–26, 801-984-9000 or halecentretheatre.org.
6wednesday — Can you believe they can make a seven-hour play about gays? Holy banana boat! It’s a bit depressing, and yet, extremely moving. Salt Lake Acting Company presents Angels in America: Millenium Approaches. This first act introduces the characters: A neurotic gay Jew, his AIDS-infected boyfriend, a closeted Mormon (there’s a stretch), his agoraphobic wife, and another closet case. Dubbed ‘A Gay Fantasia on National Themes’, Tony Kushner’s play is probably the most notable and cherished in our community.
7:30pm, through Oct. 31, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North. Tickets $15–41, 801-363-7522 or saltlakeactingcompany.org.
8friday — Sugar Space is laughing its ass off. Sketchophrenia is a live sketch comedy show starring local comedians Andrew Jensen, Troy Taylor, Christopher Stephenson and Jimmie Morgan. The show combines live sketch comedy with digital short films and musical numbers. These boys are hot, hilarious and into hanky-panky. The band Moon Water assists.
8pm & 10:30pm, Sugar Space, 616 Wilmington Ave. Tickets $10/adv.–12/door, 888-300-7898 or thesugarspace.com.
The entrancing documentary, Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis, is based on gay performance artist, photographer and underground filmmaker Jack Smith. Photographs and rare clips of Smith’s performances and films punctuate interviews with artists, critics, friends and foes to create an engaging portrait of the artist. Widely known for his banned erotica film Flaming Creatures, Smith was an innovator and firebrand who influenced artists such as Andy Warhol and John Waters.
7pm, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Free, 801-746-7000 or slcfilmcenter.org.
In Vox Lumiere–Phantom of the Opera, a disfigured musical genius hides in the depths of the Paris Opera House. What could he want? What is his dark secret? The singers, dancers and musicians of award-winning Vox Lumiere combine new music, theater and the classic Lon Chaney silent film to uncover the mysteries of the Phantom in an explosive entertainment experience that brings this silent movie masterpiece to life.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $29.50, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.org.
10sunday — So one day a year, we as gay peeps are encouraged to come out to someone. But if you’ve been out of the closet since sprouting pubes than it’s somewhat difficult to find someone in whom to come out. Here are some suggestions: Perhaps a homeless person, your pet goldfish, Dr. Phil (oh god, no!), the person you’re sleeping with (but don’t want to be) or the person sitting next to you at the Pride Center’s National Coming Out Day brunch. Nice segue, yes?
11am, Sheraton Hotel, 150 S. 500 West. Registration $35, 801-539-8800 or utahpridecenter.org.
11monday — Gore Vidal’s controversial, taboo-shattering, razor-sharp satirical novel became a movie, of the same title, that many people didn’t think was possible to film. Myron Breckinridge (film critic Rex Reed) travels to Europe to undergo a sex change and comes back to America as the sexy, man-hating Myra (Raquel Welch). Look fast for Tom Selleck and Farrah Fawcett in small roles.
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Free, 801-746-7000 or slcfilmcenter.org.
13wednesday — Whether you’ve seen Odyssey Dance Company’s Thriller each year for the past 12 years or you’ve only been once, there is absolutely nothing you will see that you’ve already seen in entirely the same way. Once again this “Halloween Spectacular” will showcase returning numbers such as “Curse of the Mummy,” “Children of the Corn,” “Jason Jam” and “Lost Boys.”
7:30pm, through Oct. 31, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $20–40, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
NOV 2 Lady Antebellum, Rail Event Ctr
NOV 15 Lifehouse, In The Venue
NOV 17 Brandon Flowers (of The Killers), The Depot
APR 11 Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall