Gay Agenda

Pride, Heels and ‘Ride Me’

Because I had to be Atlas last year shortly after the Pride Parade, balancing the weight of a 25-foot super hero on my shoulders for the two-mile ride back to Michael’s house, we have decided that this year the QTowers will be locked up and deserted for an entire week after the festival … it’s just too hard to be that faaabulous all weekend long and then try to go back to work. Ick! So that means the next issue of QSaltLake will not hit the streets until June 23. Ha! Plus, I’ll be in Cali during that week. Ha Ha!

26thursday — Hot on the heels of the New Directions show choir is the hot, crooning Salt Lake Men’s Choir. Along with their singing talent, they are adding dance moves to a few of their numbers, and it’s … well, like drunk puppeteers putting on a show. Tehehe! I’m kidding, these boys rock. Sister Dottie S. Dixon once again joins the boys for their spring concert, Hey Look Us Over. This fabulous two-night performance showcases the choir members “as who they are.” So look ’em over, choose your favorite and enjoy a night of intense pleasure.
6:30pm tonight & 7:30pm Friday, The State Room, 638 S. State St. Tickets $15–45, 800-838-3006 or saltlakemenschoir.org.

27friday — Pygmalion Theatre Company presents a special limited cabaret engagement, Madame X, an original show by Janice Hall, a classical opera singer who is now focusing on cabaret in New York City. Hall will give insight into the glamour and pain of Hollywood through music, film clips and personal stories.
Hours vary, through May 29, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $25, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

Meat & Potato Theatre Company presents The Odyssey: A Journey Home, an adaptation of Homer’s timeless classic poem. Twenty years after leaving for war, the hunky and deceptive Odysseus struggles against gods, monsters and soul-killing temptations to finally reach home after a 10-year trek. Hmm, this rings true of all-too-infrequent trips to and from Las Vegas.
8pm, through June 12, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

Utah Symphony and conductor Thierry Fischer bring in The Rite of Spring, an experience of the rhythms and energy that inspired fistfights and riots at the 1913 premiere of the now-beloved music of Stravinsky’s composition.
8pm, through Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $15–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

28saturday — Kicking of their Utah Pride 2011, Ulysses Salon, and drag extraordinaire/curator Princess Kennedy, host gay photographer David Newkirk’s first gallery showing with From Boys to Men. The collection explores queer utopian fantasies of gender heretics and trangressive masculinities. Tonight’s opening reception includes the sounds DJ Jesse Walker.
7–10pm, exhibit runs through June 16, Ulysses Salon, 629 S. State St. Free, 801-953-0954 or facebook.com/ulysses.salon.

1wednesday — Brolly Arts presents The New Works Theatre Machine’s original theatrical experiment, RIDE ME: a play with Cruel Intentions, based loosely and indirectly on the the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses. If you’re not aware NWTM’s inugural production a few months back was shut down mid-run by fire marshals for “bureacratic reasons.” That’s freakin’ hot! No pun intended. I can’t wait to see what happens with Ride Me.
7:30pm, through June 5, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $8, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

2thursday — Everyone is pretty in pink … well, except for redheads. Just sayin’! Anyhoo, join Hotel Monaco, Bambara Restaurant and the Utah AIDS Foundation for the fifth annual Pink Party. Fabulousness: pink boas, pink champagne, pink nipples, Pinky Tuscadero … but not pink eye, pink lemonade, pinky swearing or Pinky and the Brain. Again, just sayin’!
5:30–8pm, Hotel Monaco, 15 W. 200 South. RSVP by June 1 to 801-487-2323 or utahaids.org.

Beginning today and running through October is every gay man’s favorite fish (we really only like the one), The Little Mermaid. And beginning June 9 and also running through October is every gay man’s favorite leather outfit, Grease. If you are a traveling to Southern Utah this summer, stop in St. George and check out these fabulous shows outdoors under the most beautiful skies in the state.
8:45pm, through Oct. 21, Tuachan Amphitheatre, 1100 Tuachan Dr., Ivins. Tickets 23–59, 1-800-746-9882 or tuachan.org.

3friday — As part of the inaugural Musicals on Main series, a collaboration among local theatre companies to bring a little “Broadway” to Park City is the return of Plan-B Theatre’s comedy hit, Gutenberg! The Musical!. Receiving rave reviews in 2007, this two-man, show about a pair of aspiring playwrights trying to find financial backing for their show about the inventor of the printing press, is goofy, beautiful fun. The adorable and talented Jay Perry and Kirt Bateman reprise their roles as Bud and Doug.
8pm, through June 19, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $18–25, 435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org.

10friday — The last time I saw Rent on stage was in 1998, a touring company production at the Capitol Theatre. I remember clearly how moved I was at the time. And though the subsequest film version left something to be desired, I’m really looking forward to seeing Pioneer Theatre Company’s production. I hope to be moved again. Jonathan Larson’s rock opera set in New York is semiautobiographical, and the tone is set under the shadow of the discovery of HIV/AIDS.
7:30pm, through June 25, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $34–54, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.

11saturday — In celebration of their first 10 years, SB Dance is doing a compilation of their favorite performances over the last decade. The Very Beast of SB Dance is a selection of pieces by Utah’s most controversial choreographer, and be prepared to see dances that are sublime and subversive, political, physical and genre-busting. The final scene contains nudity … apparently that’s why there’s “some assembly required.” I guess we should all take a screwdriver or wood glue. Plus, tonight only, an after-party will be held at the Salt Lake Art Center.
8pm, and June 17 & 18, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

They’re back and as fresh as born-again virgins! The comedy team Skecthophrenia has an all-new show ready to make you laugh so hard that you pee a little. Check out Andrew Jensen, Troy Taylor and Christopher Stephenson in this new show that combines live sketch comedy with digital short films, musical numbers and hopefully some skimpy costumes … Yeah, I’m talkin’ to you Troy “Toy” Taylor.
7pm & 9:30pm, Post Theater, 245 S. Fort Douglas Blvd., UofU. Tickets $10/advance–$15/at the door, brownpapertickets.com.

Celebrating 80 years, the Salt Lake Art Center is hosting the party of the year. The Not Just Another Pretty Face gala will be a blakc-tie optional, tented affair with a live, silent and art auction, and a fabulous afterparty featuring the music of DJ Flash N Flare. Also experience the creations of internationally recognized artist collective Fallen Fruit. There exhibition here, Fallen Fruit of Utah, will explore how fruit symbolized an opportunity for self-sufficieny and earthly paradise to Utah pioneers … I knew the gays for good for something.
6pm-Midnight, Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple. Tickets $30-150, 801-328-4201 or slartcenter.org.

17friday — NewSpace Entertainment (Broadway in Utah) proudly returns Mamma Mia! to the Utah stage. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years earlier. And it’s all done to the fabulous music of ABBA.
8pm, through June 19, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $37.50–67.50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

Artist Anthony Ithurralde, a Utah native, returns to Salt Lake with the new summer edition of his A Paradise Under the Stars show. You may have been privy to Ithurralde’s acrylic works, that are inspired by old travel posters of the ’20s and ’30s, last spring during the PDA Show. If not, check his works out this time, they’re fabulous!
6pm, Oasis Cafe, 151 S. 500 East. Free, 801-322-0404.

Utah’s LGBT film festival Damn These Heels! kicks off (no pun intended) today. From documentaries like We Were Here to Sundance hits like Gun Hill Road to lesbian wackiness like Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, the 14 films included in this year’s festival should be damn good, so kick off your heels and enjoy.
Hours vary, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets $5 per film or $25 package, 801-359-5158 or damntheseheels.org.

19sunday — Grammy-winning and hairy-armpitted Ani DiFranco returns to Salt Lake City to get all the lesbians riled up with her folk-rock style and perky … well, you know (some way better than I do). Many of her songs deal with “contemporary social issues such as racism, sexism, sexual abuse, homophobia, reproductive rights, poverty and war.” Well, that ain’t a downer. Greg Brown opens.
7pm, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way, UofU. Tickets $35–40, 801-585-0556 or redbuttegarden.org.

upcoming events
JUNE 24
Sheryl Crow
Red Butte Gardens
JULY 16
Lisa Lampanelli
West Wendover
JULY 18
Indigo Girls
Kenley Amphitheater
JULY 25
Katy Perry
ESA
AUGUST 2
kd lang
Red Butte Gardens
AUGUST 13
Josh Grobin
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