Last week a couple of my friends informed me, in so many words, that my birthday is a big pain in the ass. Boy, I sure know how to pick ’em, don’t I? Honestly though, I do see their conundrum — my birthday is New Year’s Eve, the biggest party day of the year … well, except for Super Bowl Sunday, Halloween, the Big Gay Fun Bus Saturdays, Easter, President’s Day, Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s Day, the week of Christmas and Tuesday (Glee, duh!). My friends don’t know what to do with me on my birthday — they can’t take me out on the town because not a one of them can deal with me sober, and they don’t like me going to their homes because the glitter and boa feathers take months to clean. So they have moved my birthday to March 31 — at least I’ve regained three months of my youthful beauty.
9thursday — Odyssey Dance Company’s unique take on the classic holiday film, It’s A Wonderful Life, returns. Now in its 6th season, this creative work is quickly coming to be, itself, a popular local tradition. Driven by circumstances to the point of no return, George Bailey gets the chance to see the world as it would have been without him, and he realizes his ordinary life is really extraordinary.
7:30pm, through Dec. 11, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $20–40, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
10friday — Join the Utah Symphony for a holiday concert guaranteed to make the season merry. Holiday Celebration with Jerry will be a seasonal stroll through your favorite holiday melodies, and featuring music from The Polar Express. The lovely Jerry Steichen conducts.
8pm, through Dec. 11, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $35–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
The Salt Lake Men’s Choir will have you “swingin’” from the garland with only a wreath over your yahoo during their annual Christmas concert. Swingin’ to the Sounds of Christmas will include classic songs from the sublime (much like Dennis ….rrrr!) to the silly (much like Michael … tehehe!). The choir will be accepting nonperishable items at the door for the Utah AIDS Foundation Food Bank.
7:30pm, through Dec. 11 & 4pm, Dec. 12, First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 East. Tickets $10, 800-838-3006 or saltlakemenschoir.org.
11saturday — Music in the Box presents the Celtic group Stonecircle for their 7th annual Winter Solstice — a celebration of the many gifts of the changing season, and a magical musical experience that will stay with you through the holidays. Stonecircle is: George Shoemaker, Mary Johnston-Coursey, Tiffany Draper, Bronwen Beecher and Nina Cooley. This year’s special guests are Mark Cantor and Stephen Keen.
7:30pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
The Salt Lake Film Society proudly presents two holiday Sing with Maria screenings of The Sound of Music, with gift bags, complimentary tea and cookies, and emcee performers. Ticket proceeds benefit SLFS family programs. Arrive early as seats are first-come-first-served.
2pm & 6:30pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Admission $15, 801-359-5158 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.
Well put me in Jesus jammies and a platinum-blond wig with dark roots and call me Sister Dottie S. Dixon! The popular Mormon mom and gay activist, who is bridging the gap (with her deliriously ample bosom) between the LDS Church and the gay community is putting on a Holiday Extravaganza. Join this lustrious lady for light refreshments, beer and wine (love the sinner, not the sin) and a performance by our Lady of Love(The Gays). Also, there will be a fabulous holiday sweater contest and book signing. Woohoo!
6:30pm reception & 8pm show, Union Building Ballroom, Weber State University, Logan, Utah. Tickets $75–125 reception and show, $10–20 show only, 1-800-WSU-TIKS or weberstatetickets.com.
12sunday — A Jack(lyn) of All Trades, Jeffree Star returns to the Utah stage, as part of the Fresh Meat Tour, for another astonishing night of entertainment. Enjoy Pussy Tourette-esque screwball songs such as “Straight Boys,” “Love Rhymes With Fuck You,” “Size of Your Boat” and “I’m In Love(With a Killer).” I’ll probably be impaled with one of her stilletos for comparing her to Pussy, but I’m an edge seeker.
6:30pm, The Complex, 536 W. 100 South. Tickets $15/adv.–17/day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
13monday — In the 2007 gay flick Breakfast with Scot, Eric and his lover, Sam, are pushed into becoming temporary parents to an 11-year-old boy with a fondness for gold chains, lace and the color pink while Eric’s brother — the boy’s father — is out of the country. Neither man ever saw himself as a father, but having such an undeniably colorful child around the house has a funny way of changing their minds.
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Free, 801-359-5158 or slcfilmcenter.org.
16thursday — So here’s a man who’s been around the nativity scene a few times; Kurt Bestor, a Utah-based composer and performer offers good tithing this season with his innovative interpretations of classic Christmas carols. Featuring 45 musicians on stage, sophisticated sound and lights, and special guests, combined with warm storytelling and humor, Bestor creates an intimate rapport with concert-goers.
7:30pm, through Dec. 18, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $17.50–37.50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen presents a full evening of her distinctive and compelling work in Cipher. This performance will feature the premiere of her multi-media project in collaboration with Utah author David Kranes and architect Nathan Webster. They will illuminate — through dance, story-telling and the continuous morphing of stage spaces — moments of personal choice and revelation made at a critical young age relating to madness. Please, girl … they could just put me up on stage alone with a Rubik’s Cube and no booze if they want madness, just sayin’.
7:30pm, through Dec. 18, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $30, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
17Friday — Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis (Love her!) of That 70s Show play star-hungry ballerinas in the new pyschological thriller Black Swan. Featured dancer, Nina (Portman), finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue, and locking lips, with a new rival, Lily (Kunis), at a New York-based ballet company.
Times vary, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South. Tickets $6–8.50, 801-746-0288 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.
18saturday — Dega Giovanni Christie and Jessica Debonair Christie, the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire’s reigning Prince and Princess Royale present Snow Ball 2010: A Cabaret Christmas. Snow Ball is an annual celebration benefitting the People with AIDS Christmas Fund. There will be a live auction, buffet dinner, limited open bar and of course, a cabaret show. That’s foam T&A, baby!
6pm, Studio 27, 602 W. 100 South. Tickets $20 at the door, 801-363-2200 or studio27slc.com.
DEC 31 Jewel, Eccles Center, Park City
FEB 18 Kei$ha, In The Venue
APR 16 Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall
APR 20 David Sedaris, Kingsbury Hall