Well spritz and powder my yoohoo and call me Gene Naté, it’s time for his damned birthday again. He’s blown more candles than Margaret Cho … or George Michael … has sailors. Anyhoo, my yoohoo and his yoohoo will be on Yahoo doing the Chattanooga Choo Choo on the night of his birthday bash, Sept. 17. But you can also catch a live performance of it at Club Try-Angles later that same night … woohoo!
15thursday — Centerpoint Legacy Theatre presents openly gay composer Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, a fun-loving musical hit, from 1934, combining stowaways in disguises, mobsters, lounge singers and evangelists, and contains some of the most popular Broadway songs like “De-Lovely” and “I Get A Kick Out Of You.” Plus it has a happy ending, and who doesn’t love happy endings.
7:30pm, through Sept. 30, Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville. Tickets $15–18, 801-238-1302 or centerpointtheatre.com.
16friday — Pioneer Theatre Company opens the 2011-12 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Next to Normal. The rock musical is a moving story about a family — a mother with bipolar disorder, a father fighting bouts of depression, an anxious do-good daughter and a son looking out for all of them. It has received accolades for its tender, insightful, funny and heartbreaking portrayal of a family trying to come to terms with life, love and loss.
7:30pm, through Oct. 1, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $36–62, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.
A month-long celebration of the bisexual Mexican painter Frida Kahlo kicks off today with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Viva Frida! art exhibits and a gallery stroll treasure hunt. Ole! The celebration also includes a kids art contest, art classes, health fairs, a look-alike contest, and films and discussions by local and international scholars on Mexican art and culture.
Times & venues vary, through Oct. 20. vivafridautah.org.
17saturday — This is a little out in left field, but it is Tony-esque. Recently I watched an episode of MTV’s Awkward., a half-hour, high school comedy. It was freakin’ funny … love the neurotic school counselor. The episode included a mock DUI accident, which isn’t a funny subject, but the lesbian-like life-saving force made me giggle. Anyhoo, this year’s 9th & 9th Street Festival, along with food, dancing, live music, crafts and art, will also include a Mock Emergency Disaster at noon. Watch for the all the gay boys racing to save the naked mannequins in Cahoots from an earthquake.
10am–6pm, 900 South and 900 East. Free, 9thandothstreetfestival.com.
19monday — She was the supremest Supreme, she has the rattiest hairdo, she wears fabulous gowns and she is a knockout-dragdown incredible singer; she is Diana Ross. The 12-time Grammy-nominated artists hits the Utah stage for an evening of great Motown R&B, with a little bit of soul and jazz.
7:30pm, Energy Solutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple. Tickets $35–95, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
The Seattle-based indie rock band Ivan & Aloysha opened for Brandi Carlile a few weeks back at Red Butte Garden, and they were fantastic … something out of the ordinary. The name of the band is based on the main characters of Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov who discuss the existence of God, and this discussion resonates through the band’s music … without being preachy, thank god!
7pm, Kilby Court, 750 S. Kilby Court. Tickets $8/adv.–$10/day of show, 24tix.com.
22thursday — Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s Polychromatic showcases four unique works. The premiere of “Grid” is Brook Notary’s visually mesmerizing and physically charged work. The New York Times has proclaimed her “adept at theatrical conjuration.” “Happiness” is an intriguing new work that explores “…the mental state of well-being characterized by positive emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” Larry Keigwin’s “80’s Night” is an entertaining look at popular culture in the 1980s. In contrast, “Spurts of Activity before the Emptiness of Late Afternoon” by John Jasperse, is a reflective exploration of time and accidental behavior.
7:30pm, through Saturday, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $30, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
23friday — The controversial lesbian film Circumstance won the US Dramatic Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It is a suspenseful tale of love and family upended by obsession and suspicion; a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman’s most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets.
Hours vary, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. Broadway. Tickets $6.25–8.75, 801-746-0288.
24saturday — The Old Lyric Repertory Company calls it “a mile-a-minute, thrilling comic spy story, where Hitchcock meets halirty.” They proudly present the Tony award-winning The 39 Steps. Based on the 1935 film, a man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent, but when the agent is killed and he stands accused, he goes on the run to save himself and some top secret information.
8pm tonight & 6pm tomorrow, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $12–30, 435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org.
25sunday — Gail-force winds forced the Salt Lake Men’s Choir to exit the stage at the Utah State Fair halfway through their concert, but you can see what everyone missed at a special fundraiser concert The Fruit of Love to combat violence against our community.
7pm, First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 East. Suggested donation $20 at the door. saltlakemenschoir.org.
28wednesday — The last time I saw Erasure in concert was in 2006, an intimate acoustic concert at Kingsbury Hall; the band was promoting their first acoustic album Union Street. It feels like only yesterday! I’m ecstatic they are returning to the same venue for what I can only assume will be another kick-ass concert, don’t miss it. British electropop artist Frankmusik (Vincent Frank opens).
8pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $39.50–60, 801-581-7100 or kingsburyhall.org.
The Salt Lake Film Center presents An Evening with Geena Davis, a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Thelma and Louise. Along with a screening of the film, Ms. Davis will be interviewed about her life and career, and there will be a Q-and-A with the film’s producer, Mimi Polk Gitlin.
7pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
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