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A few weeks ago I had mentioned that my friends decided that my birthday was being moved from New Year’s Eve to March 31 because it’s been much too difficult to plan and pull off a fabulous birthday on NYE. I don’t know if they felt bad about doing that or if they just really, really like me, but this NYE, my adorable group of friends threw me a pre-birthday bash at Try-Angles (from 5–7 pm), then guided me out the door to find a white stretch limo (and 10 bottles of champagne) waiting to take a bunch of us to see Jewel in Park City. Then there was a post-birthday bash at my friend Sparkle’s house. Then I ordered a pizza at 3:30 a.m. and passed out before it arrived … oops! Birthday on NYE … woohoo!

8saturday — Local actors between the ages of 13 and 21 will be participating in the annual Student Slam, representing 17 different schools throughout Utah. Plan-B Theatre Company’s annual fund­raiser encompasses the emerging talents of the young and the amazing talents of the veteran professionals in five 10-minute plays that are written, rehearsed and performed in a mere 24 hours.
8pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $10, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

I love taking the Big Gay Fun Bus to Wendover, I really do! Michael puts a lot of work into making it a memorable occasion … however, I just hope that the batch of Jell-O shots he makes this time will not have the consistency of a rubber ball … just sayin’. Anyhoo, join us for a rowdy, sticky, glittery great time.
Noon–9pm, pick up at Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. Tickets $24, 1-800-838-3006, QSaltLake offices at 1055 E 2100 S Ste 206, or ­biggayfunbus.com.

10monday — For those unfamiliar with the bear community, a number of scenes in BearCity will help enlighten about stereotypes and labels in a selfless, and often humorous, way. For those familiar with the bear community, I think you’ll enjoy the colorful characters — their gossipy, bitchy and, often, very sweet natures. It’s an adorable romantic comedy — check it out!
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets $6–8.50, 801-359-5158 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.

11tuesday — Chris Carrabba, the boy-next-door singer/songwriter of the emotionally distraught Dashboard Confessional, brings the acoustic indie-emo rock band to town tonight. Teens of any sexual preference will connect with DC’s uninhibited songs of teenage love. If you’re over the age of 20, you may rather wish to schedule a waxing session. But then again, age and maturity are not exactly congruent in everyone. Chris Conley (Saves The Day) and Lady Danville will open.
7pm, In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West. Tickets $25/adv–28/day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

14friday — Broadway in Utah presents a production of the multi-Tony award-winning musical Spring Awakening. It is a groundbreaking fusion of morality, sexuality and rock ‘n’ roll! Set in late-19th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. Contains mature themes such as sexual abuse, abortion and suicide; not suitable for children.
8pm, through Saturday, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E, Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $25–62, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.

If you’re not into musicals … don’t lie betch!, then check out Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of Black Comedy.The play is a farce set in a London flat during an electrical blackout, and is written to be staged under a reversed lighting scheme: that is, the play opens with a dinner party beginning on a darkened stage, then a few minutes into the show “a fuse blows,” the stage lights come up, and the characters are seen shambling around apparently invisible to one another. Ooo … sounds kinda kinky!
7:30pm, through Jan. 29, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $24–42, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.

Javier Fuentes-León’s first foreign feature film is a romantic ghost story of sorts. Undertow (Contracorriente) takes place in Peru, where Miguel and his pregnant wife seem to be the pillars of respect in their small fishing village and in their church. But Miguel’s been harboring a secret — one that could destroy his life as he knows it. He’s been having an affair with the village outcast, Santiago — an openly gay painter.
Opens today, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. Broadway. Tickets $6–8.50, 801-746-0288 or saltlakefilmsociety.org.

15saturday — Take two lost children and an evil witch, add a pinch of cleverness and combine with glorious music, and you have a recipe for magic. Utah Opera presents Hansel and Gretel, who narrowly escape being baked into gingerbread cookies. Sung in Taiwanese with English supertitles … are you paying attention?
7:30pm, through Jan. 23, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $15–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

It’s being called sWerve’s party of the year … and these gals know how to party. The Black & White Gala is a semi-formal event, and will be offering food, beer, wine and entertainment. Plus, great prizes will be raffled off. The Mistress of Ceremonies is comedian Karen Bayard, and musical guests are Talia Keys, Mary Tebbs and Leraine Horstmanshoff.
7pm–midnight, 15th Street Gallery, 1500 E. 1519 South. Tickets $20/adv–25/at the door, swerveutah.com.

16sunday — Join Equality Utah today for Jazz Brunch — full of mingling, mimosas, merriment and music by The Joe Muscolino Band. Following the brunch guest are invited to the world premier of This is Now, a short play by local playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett — he’s awesome and sexy!
11am–2pm, Squatters loft, 147 W. Broadway. Tickets $40, R.S.V.P. by Jan. 10 to 801-355-3479 or equalityutah.org.

The Utah Human Rights Campaign is celebrating women, and why not, life as we know it would forever change without them. I mean who the hell would we get to help us gay men flirt with straight men and pick up hot one-night stands? Anyhoo, butch, femme, trans, lesbian, drag, straight, bisexual, ally … come as you are to Her HRC Utah for an evening celebrating the diversity of women.
7pm, Club Jam, 751 N. 300 West. Door cover $10, visit utah.hrc.org for more info.

19wednesday — The Grand Theatre presents a production of The Glass Menagerie (which is one of my favorites). It’s a true classic from one of America’s most prolific playwrights in which the truth is presented in the pleasant disguise of an illusion. A story that deals with failure, family, fathers, broken promises and tough decisions people must make.
7:30pm, Grand Theatre, Salt Lake Community College, 1575 S. State St. Tickets $10–24, 801-236-7555 or the-grand.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS
FEB 01    Plain White T’s, In The Venue
FEB 14    Sarah McLachlan, Kingsbury Hall
APR 16    Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall
APR 20    David Sedaris, Kingsbury Hall

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