Gay Agenda

Q goes red, then pink

I’m excited for Lagoon Day on the 7th, but I also hope my dear friends won’t bully me this year into riding the really scary rides like Wicked, Samurai, Tidal Wave, Rocket, Wild Mouse and Ladybug Bop … that last one’s a doozie. I’m also excited for Gay Park Silly Day on the 14th — I have a gorgeous pink gown with rhinestones for the drag contest, but unfortunately Jake lost my Dolly Parton wig and boobs last week — he claims he gave them to a homeless man for warmth … in August!

5friday — I’ve kept it a secret for years but my photo above was taken by Annie Leibovitz, the famous portrait photographer, She actually wanted me to be sitting in a wheelbarrow in a silk teddy, but I do have some dignity left. Anyhoo, nice segue to the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, right? This annual festival is sure to be hopping all weekend long with over 230 artists, great live music and plenty of tasty food and libations.
6–9pm today, 9am–6pm Saturday & Sunday, Historic Main Street, Park City. Donations suggest for Friday entrance, Saturday & Sunday $10 entrance fee, kimballartcenter.org.


There’s not really anything gay about the movie (500) Days of Summer, I just think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a real cutie … and he’s a good actor. Plus, it’s being screened for free tonight. When his girlfriend, Summer, unceremoniously dumps him, greeting-card copywriter and hopeless romantic Tom begins sifting through the year-plus worth of days they spent together, looking for clues to what went awry. Tender, right?
8pm, Pioneer Park, at 400 South and 300 West. Free, slcfilmcenter.org.

6saturday — Last week I was swimming at the Little America hotel — I just hopped the fence — and I was practicing back flips off the side of the pool when I realized I’m as graceful in the water as Michael Phelps is in a hookah shop. Nice segue to QUAC’s annual Aqua Aid, a fund raising event that benefits the Utah AIDS Foundation. There will be some great aquatics, some great Speedos, some great swimmer bodies, plus food and cocktails will be available.
3–6pm, the home of Quinn Richins & Kerry Sanford, 3693 Oakview Dr. Tickets available at the event, 801-487-2323.

Four top-notch Broadway vocalists join the Utah Symphony for Broadway Rocks II, performing selections of rock and pop songs from the Broadway stage. Favorite Broadway shows are in the spotlight, featuring songs from rock-inspired Broadway hit musicals such as The Wiz, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mamma Mia, Tommy and Phantom of the Opera. Fabulous!
7:30pm, Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Park City. Tickets $60–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

7sunday — It’s that time again to flood Lagoon with red. QSaltLake’s gay Lagoon Day returns with more and more homos screaming Bloody Mary on the Log Flume and screaming Hail Mary in the public bathroom. A group photo will be taken at 4pm at our pavilion, so be sure to be there … in red.
11am–10pm, Lagoon Amusement Park, 375 Lagoon Dr., Farmington. Tickets $35 with discount coupon, call 801-649-6663 for coupons.

The international street performers of Playing for Change return to Park City for an encore performance, taking the audience on a journey of discovery, featuring street musicians from New Orleans to the Netherlands, capturing an array of musical styles and emotional human moments.
7pm, Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Park City. Tickets $40–65, 435-655-3114 or ecclescenter.org.

Returning to the Utah stage is 34-year-old Amos Lee, an extremely talented singer-songwriter. His music encompasses soul, folk and a litle rock. If you’ve never heard his music before, check out the song “Night Train” on YouTube, it’ll move you. This is a good way to finish off gay Lagoon Day.
7pm, Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St. Tickets $26, 804-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

8monday — In the 2011 Sundance film The Taqwacores, a young Pakistani student moves in with a group of muslim punks in New York. His new “un-orthodox” and sexually-free roommates soon introduce him to Taqwacore — a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene that only exists out west. The film deals with the complexities of being young and Muslim in modern-day America.
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Free, 801-359-5158 or slcfilmcenter.org.

11thursday — He claims he’s too sexy for his toga, and no it’s not Dan Akroyd … scaaaary! It’s Hunk-cules, Desert Star Playhouse’s comic incantation of Greek ero Hercules. Don’t miss out on a man with a hot bod in revealing leather attire, brandishing his swords.
Hours vary, through Sep. 24, Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State St. Tickets $9.95–38.95, 801-266-2600 or desertstar.biz.

12friday — The Center for Women and Children in Crisis presents Break the Silence, an evening of music, song, dance and film. Jenny Jordan Frogley will share the stage with eight of Utah’s most accomplished dance companies as they support the survivors of domestic violence. Performances by Odyssey Dance Theatre, Kalamity Dance, inFluxdance, Easton and Haley Smith (courtesy of Ballet West).
7pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

13saturday — The Utah Symphony is really doing it gay this summer — just a few days ago, a whole concert dedicated to some of the best music ever heard on Broadway and around the globe, and now tonight, The Music of Queen. I’m the happiest girl alive!
7:30pm, Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Park City. Tickets $60–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

This 30-year-old tenor, when he sings, makes you feel like you’re flying on the wings of a dove. I adore being schmaltzy. Anyhoo, Josh Groban returns to Salt Lake City with his Straight to You Tour. Straight to his bedroom, betches! Sorry, my libido just hit the ceiling.
8pm, Energy Solutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple. Tickets $52–92, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

14sunday — One week after gaying up Lagoon with a bunch of red-clad homos, QSaltLake invites you now to join them for their second year of Gay Park Silly Day. Along with the weekly arts and crafts booths and locally grown produce and of course, beer gardens, this Sunday will include a cooking demonstration by Q’s own Drew Ellsworth and a Miss Park Silly Drag Contest. Remember to dress in pink!
11:30am–5pm, Historic Main Street, Park City. Free, parksillysundaymarket.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Aug. 21
Adele
Gallivan Ctr
Aug. 21
Brandi Carlile
Red Butte Garden
Sep. 28
Erasure
Kingsbury Hall
Sep. 30
Kathy Griffin
Abravanel Hall

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