Writer’s block sucks! The brain is just empty … I’m sure you’re saying to yourself “oh big stretch, Tony,” but let me tell you, it’s like being celibate … completely celibate … for more than two days — it’s maddening, and lonely. I’m just glad both my occasional writer’s block and celibacy don’t last long … like the movie Avatar, that’s just too long … and maddening.
20thursday — The Sundance Film Festival starts today, and there are plenty of great films to be seen. But there’s more than just movies — stargazing, freezing your tush off, parties sponsored by Queer Lounge, parties in the streets, parties in your pants … what? Don’t miss this event, you have a chance of meeting flamers, I mean famers such as Ashley Judd, Thomas Dekker (yum!), Rob Lowe and even Miss Ross … holy shit!
Times, venues & events vary, through Jan. 30, Park City. For more information and ticketing, visit sundance.org, queerlounge.org and slamdance.com.
21friday — Sugar Space and SB Dance Company present The Neta Dance Company: 2280 Pints, which is inspired by “A Day Like Any Other,” a retrospective of Brazilian visual artist, Rivane Neuenschwander. The production will feature 30 performers, 80 buckets, wild music, hot action and bucket magic … hmmm, I’m oddly turned on by it.
8pm, through Saturday, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $12, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
22saturday — MOMIX, a dance company known for its exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, presents Botanica, which transforms the theatre into a breathtaking fantasy land, delighting the audience a special brand of stage magic. Using spellbinding choreography, large-scale puppets and larger-than-life props Botanica evokes a vivid landscape of childlike wonder brought to life by a cast of dancer-illusionists.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $16.75–39.50, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
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. Gain insight into this retrospective exhibition during Conversations with Artist Trevor Southey, and get a chance to meet this amazing and talented artist.
2pm, today and Jan. 29, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Dr., UofU. Free, 801-581-7332 or umfa.utah.edu.
24monday — Returning for a third season is RuPaul’s Drag Race, featuring a dozen drag queen extraordinaires wigging out (no pun intended) on camera and being catty on the runway, trying to win the the coveted title. I’m shooting for Delta Work or India Ferrah (she looks like Alexis Colby). Catch the new season on the big screen at Club Try-Angles starting tonight, hosted by drag bartender extraordinaire Divine Wilheitenpleasure.
7pm, Mondays throughout the season, Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. Free, 801-364-3203.
25tuesday — There’s a “new way to think about dance in Salt Lake City;” it’s called loveDANCEmore, and their new presentation dance-dance: a gallery of video is a new film event that features dance films and videos from choreographers across the globe. these projects span a wide variety of genres. some are award winning, some are new, some are traditional, some are experimental, some are old, some are projected, some are on i-phones & old tv players.
Times vary, through Jan. 30, Hive Gallery at Trolley Square, 367 S. 700 East. Tickets $5–10 at the door, lovedancemore.org.
27thursday — Keith Lockhart returns to conduct the Utah Symphony in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, a witty, neo-classical piece composed in 1920. The performance will also include Bizet’s Carmen Suites and Adamo’s beautiful and virtuosic Harp Concerto.
10am today, 8pm Fri. & Sat., Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $15/Thurs. and $15–85/Fri. & Sat., 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
28friday — Where can you find 200 white balloons, 24 hula hoops, 18 bouncing volleyballs and one giant weather balloon all in one place? Miss Ross’s hair!?! Tehehe … actually with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. This family friendly performance of Circle Cycle revolves around anything round. Life is not only full of circles but cycles … endless cycles of life. Beginnings becoming endings, endings becoming beginnings.
7pm, through Saturday, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $30, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
1tuesday — Thirty-two-year-old musician Amos Lee returns to the Utah stage, and I’m so excited about it. I saw him the last time he was here, and the boy can freakin’ sing, girl! His style is a mix of folk, R&B and jazz … it’s fabulous. He’s here promoting his fourth album Mission Bell. Go check him out, it’s totally worth it.
8pm, The Depot, 400 W. South Temple. Tickets $21/adv.–$26/day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
Unfortunately this band that I absolutely adore is playing the same night … poopoo! Anyhoo, The Plain White T’s is a Grammy-nominated pop rock group whose hit songs include “Hey There Delilah,” “Natural Disaster” and “Rhythm of Love.” This concert will probably be worth it too, so I’ll leave it to your discretion … mwah!
6pm, In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West. Tickets $17/adv.–$20/day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
Gay composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim is the most important artist to work in American musical theater during the past half-century. In this intimate conversation, An Evening with Stephen Sondheim, he offers a personal and engaging view of his career, the state of American musical theater and his own creative process, from early collaborations to masterworks.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. President’s Cir., UofU. Tickets $20.50–$75, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
2wednesday — Salt Lake Acting Company presents the world premiere of Kathleen Cahill’s The Persian Quarter, in which a diplomatic crisis and a chance encounter trigger revelations of a shared past. The play unfolds on the final day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1980 with Anne, an American hostage and Shirin, an Iranian revolutionary student who is one of her captors. Thirty years later, their daughters meet accidentally in an empty classroom at Columbia University during the visit of Iranian President Ahmadinejad.
7:30pm, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North. Tickets $15–41, 801-363-7522 or saltlakeactingcompany.org.
FEB 14 Sarah McLachlan, Kingsbury Hall
MAR 12 Pilobolus, Park City
APR 16 Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall
APR 20 David Sedaris, Kingsbury Hall