Gay Agenda

What’s in a colon?

In punctuation you sickos! And don’t dare say it’s the eyes of a smiley face, I might have to go all Jersey Shore-Sammi on you.

17thursday — The Off Broadway Theatre presents a parody of the musical The Phantom of the Opera aptly called The Phantom of the OBT. Strange deaths happen to those who don’t follow the bidding of the Phantom. Watch the goofiness, through the OBT flair, as love blossoms between a returned missionary and his long-lost love — whom I’m guessing is LaVar Christensen.
7:30pm, currently through March 19, The Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St. Tickets $8–16, 801-355-4628 or theobt.org.

The University of Utah’s Department of Ballet presents Ballet Ensemble performing an excerpt from Val Caniparoli’s Lamberena, as well as several other renowned and award-winning pieces. Directed by Bené Arnold, chair of the Department of Ballet, the company will perform ballets from Peter Christie, Stevan Noakovitch, Shaun Ricks, Edward Truit and Regina Zarhin.
7:30pm, through Saturday, Marriott Center for Dance, 330 S. 1500 East, UofU. Tickets $7–10, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.

18friday — Ok, so she’s not all that popular in the Utah gay community — I’ve heard things like she’s “annoying,” “her lyrics are stupid” and “I can’t stand her!” But you have to admit the songs are catchy and you can’t help but grind to them, right? I’m going to give Ke$ha the benefit of the doubt, and say go see her in concert, you may be pleasantly surprised, and if not then you can egg my car — it’s always parked in the Club Try-Angles parking lot.
8pm, Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Dr., Magna. Tickets $27/adv–30/day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

Jerry Steichen returns with the Utah Symphony, conducting Bravo Broadway: The Wicked Divas!, a sure-fire gay extravaganza featuring stars from Broadway’s cast of Wicked, the fabulous untold story of the witches of Oz. This concert will also include hits from other Broadway favorites including Chicago, Spamalot and The Phantom of the Opera.
8pm, through Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $38–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Bess Wohl’s In, as part of the comapny’s New Play Initiative. Sara is working as a tutor helping the children of wealthy families. She is hired to tutor Jordy, the charming but underachieving son of Pammie, a driven socialite who is determined to see her son admitted to Harvard. As the play progresses, the dreams, ambitions and loneliness of all three come to light as each struggles to get “in” — to belong to something or someone greater than themselves.
7:30pm, through March 5, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $24–42, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.

21monday — Damn! These Heels, Utah’s LGBT summer film festival, presents their annual fundraising event that helps to bring in movies and to organize the four-day June event. This year, think Rocky Horror meets Xanadu, in Tranadu — who would ever forego a sexual revelation on skates? Sweet bejesus! The evening will be hosted by Princess Kennedy, Sister Dottie S. Dixon and others.
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets $15, 801-359-5158 or damntheseheels.org.

22tuesday — Featuring archival footage of the legendary beat author and American icon William Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant and Laurie Anderson, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within is a probing documentary about the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals and spawned queer cultural movements.
11pm, PBS Channel 7. Free, pbs.org/independentlens/burroughs.

24thursday — Los Angeles-based dance-pop duo Ultraviolet Sound have handily won over club kids and the requisite loyal gay fans by churning out melodic, and at times provocative, sweat-eliciting tunes. They’ve shared the stage with Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Sara and Sami “seem to love the provocative and sexified side of pop. Sounds hot!
Time TBA, Metro Bar, 540 W. 200 South. Tickets $18–25, 801-448-1140.

In the two-person, multi-media stage comedy based on actual accounts, Urgent & Confidential: The Nigerian Spam Scam Scam, actor Dean Cameron receives e-mail from a Nigerian con-artist posing as the wife and son of a dead Nigerian leader. After writing back as a sexually confused Florida millionaire whose only companions are his cats, houseboy and personal attorney Perry Mason, Dean embarks upon a nine-month correspondence with the con man.
8pm, through Feb. 26, and 6pm, Feb. 27, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $18–25, 435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org.

Pygmalion Theatre Company presents lesbian playwright Lisa Kron’s Well, that talks to how some people get “well” while other people never do. More importantly it is about mother/daughter relationships, and the play explores personal, interpersonal and community integration. Director Jason Bowcutt says it’s about “a woman being forced to start healing her relation with her mother in a play that she’s written that is not about her mother.”
7:30pm, through March 12, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

26saturday — After the last Big Gay Fun Bus to Wendover, when it was over-sold and Michael made me ride in the luggage compartment, I’m really nervous about going again. Not that the ride out was that bad, but he forgot to let me out of the compartment when the bus arrived … seriously, that’s why nobody saw me the entire time. But because this is a Mardi Gras-themed bus, I want see all the junk in the trunks, so I’ll be there with beads on.
Noon–9pm, pick up at Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. Tickets $24, 1-800-838-3006 or biggayfunbus.com.

27sunday — The Utah AIDS Foundation presents their 21st annual Oscar Night America. This highly anticipated event will include dinner provided by Frida Bistro, music by Jue Muscolino, a silent auction and, of course, the Academy Awards on a large screen. This year the show is hosted by James Franco (yummy!) and Anne Hathaway (love her!). Nominees include Annette Bening for the lesbian-family comedy The Kids Are All Right (nominated for Best Picture).
6:30pm, The Complex, 536 W. 100 South. Individual tickets $120, group-of-10 tickets $1200–1500, 801-487-2323 or e-mail to [email protected]

28monday — Utah Chamber Artists’ choir and orchestra are re-visiting two of their favorite works at their Bernstein & Mozart: The Long and Short of It performance. The long are Mozart’s “Requiem” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and the short are Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” and Bernstein’s liltingly acrobatic “Glitter and Be Gay” from his operetta Candide.
7:30pm, Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $10–55, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS
MAR 12    Pilobolus, Park City
APR 16    Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall
APR 20    David Sedaris, Kingsbury Hall
JUL 25    Katy Perry, ESA

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