At this year’s Fabby Awards ceremony we had a confirmed guest list of 180. Woohoo! … Until only 11 showed up … just kidding! For lack of a less appropriate term, the ceremony was faaabulous. Immediately following the awards we went to a graduation bowling-party — decked out in our hottest duds, we were, for lack of a more appropriate term, oddly faaabulous-chic. Then on Saturday, we went to a Kentucky Derby party in Sandy, where I had picked the winning horse, Animal Kingdom, for a $60 purse and a vase of roses, plus I hooked up with a random party-goer — for lack of more descriptive space, it was Saaandalous.
13friday — Since its inception, Ballet West’s Innovations has become a platform for some of America’s most up-and-coming choreographers. This year’s program will spotlight new works by principal artist Christopher Ruud and New York choreographer Avichai Scher. Soloist Thomas Mattingly and Demi-Soloist Christopher Anderson will premiere new works.
7:30pm, through May 21, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $45, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Every time I see a gnome skulking under some chrysanthemum or lilac bush I get the shivers and wet myself a little — the damn things are creepy. But if you love them then check out Lawn Gnomes Eat Your Hearts Out, a community yard-art extravaganza. Hosted by the Salt Lake Art Center and the 337 Project, this is an exhibit and competition. Local artists will show off their innovation, skill and quirkiness in the creation of “our community’s best lawn sculpture.” Sorry, but that’s debatable!
On exhibit through June 17, a map of participating lawns will be posted at slartcenter.org. A bus tour and a bike tour are also scheduled for May 21 and June 4, respectively.
14saturday — Utah Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s last opera and one of only two of his comedies, Falstaff. A large, womanizing knight, Falstaff is a gold-digger, and the women he professes his love for in turn are thirsty for revenge once they learn of his true intentions. Known for its brilliant orchestration, scintillating libretto and refined melodic invention, Falstaff is sure to be a hit.
7:30pm, through May 22, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $15–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Enjoy the warm weather and exotic animals at the zoo! The Gay Escape, a social group devoted to providing a safe and friendly setting to meet other gay men in Utah, is hosting Gay Day at Hogle Zoo. Wear red, ride the train (conductor), feed the animals (members of the Salt Lake Men’s Choir), eat cotton candy (or churros, a bit more phallic) and visit Nature’s Nightmares (Michael Aaron’s underwear drawer).
1–4pm, Hogle Zoo, 2600 Sunnyside Ave. Tickets $8 at the gate, facebook.com/annualgaydayathoglezoo.
Students of The Performer Studio and members of the local alternative rock band Light Vizion perform a Sheryl Crow Tribute Concert, honoring the life, work and philanthropy of the singer and songwriter. Hey, Fox 13’s Big Budah likes Light Vizion, and he’s the top-dog of fabulousness in Utah, no?
2pm & 7pm, Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 West. Tickets $10.50–16, 801-641-4987.
15sunday — Returning to Salt Lake City for a one-night performance, in correlation with Utah Pride, is the hilarious comic Suzanne Westenhoefer. She says that being an openly gay comic is a political move, an activist move; and her act in Salt Lake always holds few great pokes at the Mormons. She’s also been shocked by the large gay community here, saying “I think it’s absolutely great. But then you worry for them. You think ‘how do we get them out?’”
7 & 9:30pm, Paper Moon, 3737 S. State St. Tickets $20/adv.–$25/day of show, facebook.com/thepapermoon.
17tuesday — In the summer of 1961, more than 400 Americans risked their lives as Freedom Riders in defense of Americans’ civil rights. Now, the SLCC Writing Center is offering Freedom Riders: Are We There Yet?. This two-day workshop will help you write your poetry, essay or testimonial as it relates to your experience with civil rights or the change you would like to see. Also, learn to make your piece more engaging through audio recordings.
6–8pm, tonight and May 24, SLCC Community Writing Center at Main Library, 210 E. 400 South. Free, call 801-957-2192 to register.
20friday — Grammy-nominated artist Morgan Page is a hot, up-and-coming progressive and electro house DJ. His remixes include some gay faves like Cazwell’s “Watch My Mouth,” Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl,” Jeffree Star’s “Prisoner” and Adam Lambert’s “If I Had You.”
9:30pm, The Depot, 400 S. West Temple. Tickets $10, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
21saturday — Celebrate Salt Lake City’s urban artistic culture at the Urban Arts Festival, a one-day event benefiting Youth City and Skate 4 Homies foundations. Enjoy live performances by local musicians, dancers, skateboarders, and more. Also, create your own one-of-a-kind decorated skate deck and enter it into a competition to be hung in Gray Wall Gallery for a chance at winning many great prizes.
10am–9pm, Pierpont Avenue between 300 and 400 West. Free, urbanartsfest.org.
24tuesday — With 22 Grammys under their belt … wow, what a package, baby!, and a plethora of hits like “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “I Will Follow” and “With or Without You,” U2 is a force to be reckoned with. Join this powerhouse rock band on their 360° Tour for a fabulous concert tonight. The Fray opens.
7pm, Rice-Eccles Stadium, 451 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $30–250, 801-467-8499 or smihtstix.com.
Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden