Gay Agenda

Bible thumpers and fur trappers

Well, do I feel like a heel or what? In the last issue I proudly mentioned my pair of rabbit-hair cowboy boots, and now the beautiful drag queens of Utah are doing an anti-fur fashion show. Although, in retrospect, their makeup was probably tested on animals, but I digress … this is about me! To atone for my sin against cute little bunnies and the movie Hop, I’m going to donate my back hair to fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and to wig makers.

31thursday — Eric Samuelsen, local playwright and the head of the playwriting program at Brigham Young University, explores fictional “Borderlanders” in the play Borderlands, which is “about ‘coming out’ (in many different ways) in Mormon culture — stepping forward, admitting who you are, telling the uncomfortable.”
8pm, through April 10, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

Repertory Dance Theatre presents PLACE: Dancing The Green Map, which is inspired by Green Map icons©; beautifully designed symbols representing our life, our history, and our economy that help people identify and become more aware of the importance of sustainability … living, eating, working and playing in ways that will not jeopardize the health of the planet or the quality of life for all cultures, species or generations to come.
7:30pm, through April 2, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

1friday — “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet,” The Kinsey Sicks, perform both original music and lyrics as well as parodies of well-known songs. Their work, while extremely comedic, is often highly politically charged. These gals are freakin’ hilarious, go see them!
7pm, Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State St. Free, but a $5 donation is suggested, for more info call Tyler at 801-957-4134.

The Temple Squares hosts the second annual fly-in event, Pioneer Promenade II. This is a three-day extravaganza of square dancing with Mainstream to higher level dancers from everywhere attending. On Saturday they will offer a dinner and a “Taste of Square Dancing” for those who’d like to try it for free. I’d like to “ho” for three days, wouldn’t you? (Just not in rabbit-fur cowboy boots!)
Hours vary, through April 3, Columbus Community Center, 2498 S. 500 East. Registration $90, templesquares.org.

Robert Fontenot, a gay L.A.-based artist, brings in his exhibit The Place This Is, which celebrates the great state of Utah and addresses notions of place, history and perception in this mixed media exhibition that includes bread dough renderings of over 100 iconic Utah landmarks and symbols; watercolor portraits of Utah politicians and culturati; and embroidered texts from voices in American history.
Members preview 6–8pm, open to the public after 8pm tonight, regular gallery hours through June 1, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Free, 801-328-4201 or slartcenter.org.

2saturday — Princess Kennedy and the lovely Systeen Chapelle host Fur is a Drag!, a PETA anti-fur fashion show. There will be live performances and “DJ Justin Strange will be doing his best to get everyone naked and a whole bunch of other stuff n junk.” Bring your fur and get in free — No Michael, the fur growing out of your ears doesn’t count!
7–9pm, Metro Bar, 540 W. 200 South. Call 801-580-2491 for more information.

The Cathedral Church of St. Mark’s Library Committee, Tull Lecture Series, hosts a screening of the 2007 documentary For the Bible Tells Me So, in which five Christian families, with a gay or lesbian child, talk about their marriages and church-going, their children’s childhoods and coming out, their reactions, and changes over time. It also explores how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. A potluck dinner will be served at 5:30, and the film will be followed by audience discussion lead by Arthur Reilly. A panel discussion on the movie will also be held April 3, 1pm.
6:30pm, St. Mark’s Cathedral, 231 E. 100 South. Free, stmarkscathdral-ut.org.
4monday — Equality Utah presents a special benefit recital featuring Walter Haman and Heather Conner; he, a Utah Symphony cellist, and she, a pianist and U of U music professor. These two remarkable musicians are donating their time and talents in support of Equality Utah’s unrelenting effort to rid our state of discrimination against LGBT people.
7pm, Dumke Recital Hall, 1375 E. President’s Cir., UofU. Tickets $25, equalityutah.org.

6wednesday — Commissioned by Plan-B Theatre Company and the Utah AIDS Foundation is the annual Script-In-Hand Series, a reading of 15-minute plays about HIV/AIDS created by local talent. This year features four unique, modern plays by Daniel Beecher, Carleton Buford, Isabella Isella and Jim Martin.
6pm & 7:30pm, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W, Broadway. Free, but must RSVP time and number of seats to [email protected]

8friday — Ballet West presents Bolero, a program featuring three major Utah premieres. Opening with the courtly elegance of George Balanchine’s classic “Chaconne,” it moves to the life-affirming splendor of Jiri Kylian’s “Sinfonietta” and finally climaxes with the sensual power of Nicolo Fonte’s pulsating “Bolero,” set to the famous Ravel score.
7:30pm, through April 16, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $18–74, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

After a long absence, Utah Ballet returns to the stage. The talented student performers from the UofU’s Ballet Department will perform An Evening of Ballet, featuring Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” the iconic work based on Russian folk tales of a magical glowing bird that is both a blessing and a curse to its captor. Other works include “Bound” by Sayoko Knode and “Risig” by Rick Tjia of Cirque du Soleil.
7:30pm, through Saturday, Kingsbury Hall, 1375 E. President’s Cir., UofU. Tickets $10–20, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.

10sunday — The internationally renowned a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock, has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C., and in communities of conscience around the world. Sweet Honey possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation. Plus, I understand the lesbian community loves them — but that could be because of their name … just sayin’!
7:30pm, Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City. Tickets $18–65, 435-655-3114 or ecclescenter.org.

13wednesday — A motley crew of wannabe actors join an adult creative drama class in rural Vermont in Circle Mirror Transformation, a witty and poignant comedy by Annie Baker. Set in a dance studio, four students and a free-spirited teacher gain, through a series of seemingly silly theatrical games, insight into their own lives and the lives of their unlikely peers.
7:30pm, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North. Tickets $15–41, 801-363-7522 or saltlakeactingcompany.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS
APR 16    Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall
APR 20    David Sedaris, Kingsbury Hall
JUL 16    Lisa Lampanelli, Wendover
JUL 25    Katy Perry, ESA
AUG 13    Josh Grobin, ESA

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