I hope everyone had a fantabulous Independence Day weekend. I celebrated by stuffing my face with sloppy Joes and tater salad all freakin’ weekend. I also went to Saturday’s Voyeur, a pool party and to the fireworks show at Sugar House Park … God bless Walmart! Damn, I never thought those words would pop up in my head. Anyhoo, I also worked for a few hours on the 4th, courtesy of Michael Aaron, my friend, my confidante, my worst nightmare. Tehehe! I actually love the little lawn gnome.
8friday — Closing out the inaugural Musicals on Main Series in Park City is Dark Horse Company Theatre’s production of Gypsy. I carry a soft spot for this show because Broadway devirginized me with it in 2004 at the Shubert Theatre. The phenomenal Bernadette Peters portrayed Rose, the boorish “stage mother” whose own stardom existed vicariously through her daughters’. The music, the dance numbers … everything about it was spectacular; DHCT’s building distinction should make this production a close second, for sure.
8pm, through July 31, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $15–30, 435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org.
9saturday — Welsh singer/songwriter Howard Jones, 56, returns to the Utah stage redefining two of his biggest albums Dream Into Action (1985) and Human’s Lib (1983). Loaded with a number of catchy snythpop and New Wave songs like “Life In One Day,” “No One Is to Bame” and, one of my favorites “Hide and Seek,” this will be a relishing travel back in time.
8pm, Sandy Amphitheater, 1245 E. 9400 South. Tickets $17–27, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
Following Utah Pride Center’s and sWerve’s annual Sex Ed Conference earlier in the day is the annual Tie One On. The evening includes an hour of speed dating and then fabulous dancing, food (probably includes large spreads of pâté), libations and fun. This year’s entertainment is provided by drag troupe Salt City Kings and the Kit Kat Girls.
7pm–midnight, Lumenas Studios, 625 S. 600 West. Tickets $15, swerveutah.com or utahpridecenter.org.
10sunday — First organized in 2007, this unique festival that’s all about “inspiring self-empowerment and providing a venue for women artists that counters the obstacles and discrimination that women often face including sexism, homophobia, ageism and racism.” Ladyfest returns after four years, rejuvenated, and ready to “blow some minds.” Along with workshops throughout the day, musical guests will provide entertaiment, including Lindsay Heath, ESX, Swedish-ish Fish and Libbie Linton.
11am–9pm, Free Speech Zone, 411 S. 800 East. Tickets $5–7 on a sliding scale at the door or through Engrid Olson ([email protected]) or Stephanie Novak ([email protected]).
11monday — Director Julio Medem’s first English-language film, Room in Rome, is an emotionally captivating film set in a hotel room in Rome (was that description helpful?). Two young, beautiful women meet and immerse themselves into a tantalizing, physical encounter. Secrets are shared as only lesbians can secrete … uummm, is that the right word?
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Free, 801-359-5158 or slcfilmcenter.org.
13wednesday — During his All Things Bright and Beautiful Tour, Adam Young will be singing all about me … eat your heart out Michael Aaron. Anyhoo, Young’s current musical project called Owl City, is a revival of synthpop (refer to the Howard Jones entry above), and which has been gaining momentum since this duo’s album release Ocean Eyes, which captured many people’s hearts with the song “Fireflies.” The last time Owl City was here, it was to a sold-out crowd.
7pm, UCCU Center, 800 W. University Pkwy., Orem. Tickets $25/adv–28/day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
16saturday — Gay List #3 (considered euphemisms) by Lisa Lampanelli: “fag, queer, poop-chute Popeye, pudding pusher, stool tool, keester creeper (sounds like a Muppet), gerbil jouster, dung tonguer, turd tickler … and of course, David Archuleta.” And that’s her softer side. Check out the Queen of Comedy Sleaze, as she tells it as she’s seen it and done it … only in Wendover.
7pm, Peppermill Concert Hall, 680 Wendover Blvd., West Wendover, Nev. Tickets $30–60, 1-800-217-0049 or wendoverfun.com.
From “Hotel California” to “Desperado” and from “Lyin’ Eyes” to “Best of My Love,” the Utah Symphony will spread their instrumental wings to The Music of The Eagles. Formed in 1971, the Country rock band has since garnered a huge fan base; tonight the symphony, who also has a huge fan base, will bring a new sound that is sure to leave all soaring high. Larry Baird conducts.
7:30pm, Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Park City. Tickets $60–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
In the first of a trilogy, ex-Mormon writer/actor/producer Steven Fales’ Confessions of a Mormon Boy examines Fales’ marriage and subsequent divorce, his excommunication from the Church, and the descent into the underbelly of prostitution and drugs. Told through song and a lot of humor, Fales’ award-winning one-man show is a fun and interesting look at the Church and his personal life.
8pm, The Complex, 536 W. 100 South. Tickets $15/adv–20/day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
18monday — Amy and Emily just cannot get enough of Utah it seems. The Indigo Girls come perform for all us admiring Utahns practically every year; and why not … nearly 3000 fans, in 2009, sardined Red Butte Garden Amphitheater and overflowed onto the hillside outside the venue’s parameter that overlooks the stage. The crowd will probably be even stronger as the Girls play a little closer to one lesbian hub of the Wasatch Front.
8pm, Ed Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Dr., Layton. Tickets $26–54, 801-546-8575 or davisarts.org.
Red Butte Garden