107.9 The Mix broadcasts a weekly Thursday night segment called The Gayborhood between about 8 and 9:30 p.m. (I say “about” because it’s on gay time.) Anyhoo, Jake Your Booty and Curious George discuss, with callers, such hard-hitting topics as should gay guys really ever perm their hair, and do jeans look better bedazzled or not. So, I was a guest on it last week — mind you I’ve never been on the radio before — and we were determining “what kind of gay or lesbian” is each caller. We had a tranny twink, a lipstick lesbian and a high school coach lesbian. Plus, I perceptively determined that the hot host, Wes, is a total closet-case gay … ooolala!
15friday — If you happen to think Little Shop of Horrors is Michael’s underwear drawer, you’re not only mistaken, you also obviously don’t know he doesn’t wear skivvies unless his mama comes over. Isn’t he a sweet boy? Anyhoo, the South Jordan Community Theater brings this classic musical to the Utah stage.
7pm, through Nov. 1, South Jordan Community Center, 10775 Redwood Rd. Tickets $9, sjtheatre.org.
16saturday — Local fashion designers Keith Bryce, McKell Maddox, Jordan Halversen, Rachael Domingo, Rebekah McKinney and Krista Nielson will premiere their exclusive lines at the Art Meets Fashion 2010 event. There will be a live fashion photo-shoot, fashion art installations from SLCC Fashion Institute and an eclectic mix of performance art and entertainment. The evening will also offer exquisite tasting stations from fine local restaurants and beverage purveyors. Proceeds benefit the Human Rights Campaign and the Salt Lake Art Center.
6pm, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Tickets $35–50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Romance and tragedy … well, duh! … unfold in Bohemian Paris as Utah Opera presents La Bohème, one of the most popular operas of all time. Handsome poet falls in love with flirtatious seamstress, who is fatally ill … need I say more?! However, it is a fabulous opera, check it out!
7:30pm, through Oct. 22, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $30–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Crafting upbeat, cheerful rock and roll tunes, JP, Chrissie and The Fairground Boys crank out catchy choruses and infectious vibes. The band’s, featuring The Pretender’s Chrissie Hynde, debut album Fidelity tells the story of two people who fall in love but realize their future is doomed by a 30-year age gap.
7pm, Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City. Tickets $18–65, 435-655-3114 or ecclescenter.org.
19tuesday — In honor of our Literary Issue … and because sometimes books are just more pleasurable than sex, I encourage you all to take part in the Utah Humanities Council’s annual Book Festival. Featured authors, poets and special guests include Treat Williams, Katherine Coles, Tess Gerritsen, George Handley, Amy Irvine, Patrick Madden and many, many more!.
Hours vary, through Oct. 23, Salt Lake Main Library, 210 E. 400 South. Free, utahhumanities.org.
21thursday — Local artist Trevor Southey gives prominence to four life passages that have defined Southey’s character and art, in the exhibit Reconciliation: his youth in Rhodesia and education in England; his life as a married, practicing Mormon and his desire for a utopian lifestyle created around family, farming, and art; Southey’s decision to acknowledge his homosexuality in 1982, which coincided with the first major public awareness of the AIDS epidemic; and the reconciliation of his life decisions as expressed in his revised artistic approach to the human form.
Hours vary, through Feb. 13, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Dr., UofU. Tickets $5–7, 801-581-7332 or umfa.utah.edu.
Pygmalion Productions Theatre Company presents the world premiere of The Coming Ice Age by Deseret News reporter Elaine Jarvik. It’s about downsizing from the family home into a “senior citizen” setting. It explores how some people get stuck, and others can move on. It is a gentle, charming, yet provocative and funny show about aging.
7:30pm, through Nov. 6, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets, 20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Celebrate Halloween at Garden After Dark: Haunted Holidays Around the World, a unique celebration of different cultures and traditions from around the globe. Learn about Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico while decorating your own skeleton mask or mix up an Eastern European potion after hearing about Romani gypsy groups. Other activities include pumpkin painting, spook alley, face painting and storytelling.
6–9pm, through Oct. 30. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way. Tickets $6–8, 801-585-0556 or redbuttegarden.org.
22friday — Co-directors/screenwriters Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman of Sundance Film Festival’s smash-hit Howl beautifully and creatively weave three aspects to the film: how Ginsberg’s life experiences led to the writing of Howl, an animated telling of the poem while being read by Ginsberg in a smoked-filled room to other counterculture beatniks, and the courtroom testimonies during its 1957 obscenity trial. This is a great film that stars the I-want-a-piece-of-that, James Franco.
Hours vary, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South. Tickets $6–8.50, 801-746-0288 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.
23saturday — Historic 25th Street will come alive with bewitching fun during Ogden’s first Witchstock. The festivities include a parade of witches, a scavenger hunt, ghost tours, magicians, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance lessons … this is reason enough to go!, palm readers, fortune tellers, street performers and more. Attendees who go dressed in costume will be eligible to win prizes in various contests.
3–10pm, Historic 25th Street and Union Station, Ogden. Free, except for The Witches Tea Party ($20) and the Witches and Warlocks Twilight Morp ($10), 801-393-9890.
25monday — The Westminster College campus Art Crawl is a collaborative event showcasing the work of Westminster faculty, staff, and alumni. There will be opening receptions at four locations on campus, featuring gourmet food and beverages. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the beautiful campus on a fall evening, and mingle with members of the college and surrounding community.
6-8pm opening reception, through Nov. 23, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East. Free, for more info contact [email protected]
26tuesday — Thirty-year-old sing-songwriter from Staten Island, N.Y., Ingrid Michaelson, returns to the Utah stage. Her indie pop/folk music has been gaining momentum since her debut album in 2005. And please, the woman plays the ukulele … that’s freakin’ hot! Guggenheim Grotto will also perform.
7pm, In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West. Tickets $16/adv–20/day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
NOV 2 Lady Antebellum, Rail Event Ctr
NOV 15 Lifehouse, In The Venue
NOV 17 Brandon Flowers (of The Killers), The Depot
DEC 8 Jay Brannan, Urban Lounge
DEC 12 Jeffree Star, The Complex
APR 11 Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall