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Tributes to MJ and the Manson family

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Last weekend I went on my last camping trip of the summer — and great balls of Metamucil, it was like being on a Shady Pines retreat! The campers included myself, my dear friends Blaine and Steve, and their parents. We talked about difficult bowel movements and orthopedic walking canes, we played gin rummy and connect-the-liver-spots, and we even tried horse shoes but there were too many injuries, most commonly hip dysplasia. All-in-all, it was a blast! The parents are freakin’ amazing and accepting peeps, and I sure love ’em.

29thursday — Fashion Week in Park City is a fabulous two-day event. Tonight, update your fall wardrobe with a “new-to-you” Couture Swap. Bring your fashion-current couture (and handbags), and remember that all items must be freshly laundered and in excellent condition. On the 30th is the Fashion Stroll, in part by Farasha Boutique. The evening is a combination of art and fashion. Park City galleries will be displaying and selling the work of up-and-coming designers, in addition to fine art offerings. Featuring clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoe designers from Utah and abroad.
6–9pm, through Sept. 30, Couture Swap is held at the Kimball Art Center and is $125 per person; Fashion Stroll is held on Main Street, Park City and is free. For more info email [email protected] or [email protected]

30friday — I’ve been waiting, blue-balled, since 2009 for this night to arrive. Who’da thunk Kathy Griffin could make my balls turn blue? Anyhoo, the Emmy-winning, multi-faceted performer with fire wit, and hair to match, is sure to unleash a bounty of chuckles from our “gay army” because, you know, she is our comic “warrior princess.”                                  7:30pm, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $35–75, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

I want to rip their Plain White T’s off and lick their bodies. Uh … what was I doing? Oh yeah, this hot little man band is back in concert. Don’t miss out on their hits like “Rhythm of Love” and “Hey There Delilah.”
7:30pm, SLCC Lifetime Activites Center, 4600 S. Redwood Road. Tickets $10–20, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

4tuesday — Eliza Doolittle, a dirty, common flower girl blossoms into a glorious rose under the tutelage of one Professor Higgins and becomes My Fair Lady … well, not mine exactly, because I’m a raging homo who simply adores musicals. Phffft!
7:30pm, through Nov. 26, Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive. Tickets $15–26, 801-984-9000 or halecentretheatre.org.

6thursday — The Hive Theatre Company presents John Durang’s Baby with the Bathwater, a gender-variant exploration of growing up. Feeling far too polite to check if their newborn child is a boy or girl, a nervous young couple decides it’s a girl and name her Daisy; a decision that could haunt Daisy for the rest of her life.
8pm, through Saturday, The Sugar Space, 616 E. Wilmington Ave. Tickets $10, 888-300-7898 or thesugarspace.com.

Repertory Dance Theatre presents Vanguard, featuring the revolutionary work of America’s groundbreaking leaders of the avant-garde and postmodern dance movements. Pieces include Merce Cunningham’s “Scramble,” and “Trio A” and “Chair Pillow” by Yvonne Rainer.
7:30pm, through Saturday, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

7friday — William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet returns to the Utah stage — but now with the delectable and talented Jesse Pepe as Romeo. I first fell head-over-heels with Jesse when I saw him perform in SLAC’s Dark Play … amazing! So even though we know everything about this tragic love story, Jesse should renew our love for it.
7:30pm, through Oct. 15, Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, WSU, Ogden. Tickets $8–11, 1-800-WSU-TIKS.

8saturday — Beethoven wrote one opera, and the Utah Opera is doing it, baby. Opening the operatic season is Fidelio, which tells the story of how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named “Fidelio,” rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Sung in German with English supertitles.
7:30pm, through Oct. 16, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $16–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

10monday — Pygmalion Productions and the Utah Pride Center present a celebrity reading of openly gay playwright Terrence McNally’s Some Men, a play consisting of a series of interwoven stories which chronicles and contrasts the lives and attitudes of gay men in the U.S. over the past 80 years. Celebrities include Justin Kirk (Weeds) and Josh Stamberg (Drop Dead Diva).
7:30pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $50–300, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

As a precursor to a visit from gay director John Waters on Oct. 13, the Damn These Heels film series is screening Waters’ 1974 dark comedy Female Troubles. Waters dedicated the film to Manson Family-member Charles Watson. Cult icon Divine stars as a spoiled teen who gets pregnant and soon becomes a career criminal … this makes me happy that I can’t get prego!
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Free, 801-321-0310, utahfilmcenter.org.

11tuesday — The queer-friendly alternative rock band Foo Fighters comes to Salt Lake City promoting their latest album Wasting Light. Some of their notable hits include “Walking After You,” “Learn To Fly” and “Rope.”
7pm, Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive. Tickets $36.50–56.50, 801-988-8800 or maverikcenter.com.

12wednesday — For more than a decade Odyssey Dance Company has been spooking the masses with the holiday classic Thriller. This “Halloween Spectacular,” a sort of tribute to the late Michael Jackson, will showcase returning numbers such as ‘Curse of the Mummy,’ ‘Children of the Corn,’ ‘Jason Jam’ and ‘Lost Boys.’
7:30pm, through Oct. 29, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $25–40, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.

Salt Lake Acting Company’s 41st season opener is the six-time Tony award-winning God of Carnage. The story portraits two sets of upper middle class parents having a cordial meeting in reaction to a brawl between their sons. In the immediacy of one afternoon, the play comically pits child against child, couple against couple and finally spouse against spouse.
7:30pm, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North. Tickets $15–42, 801-363-7522 or saltlakeactingcompany.org.

HTBW! (Holy Tornado Bat Woman!) Could it get any gayer? The Grand Theatre is not only mounting a production of the Wizard of Oz, but will also be holding a screening of the movie with a sing-along on Oct. 17. Also on that night is the Grand Ruby Slippers Awards — to learn more about the contest, visit grandrubyslippers.com. I should’ve studied at SLCC, I could’ve been more gay-fabulous than I already am!
7:30pm, through Oct. 29, Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State St. Tickets $10–24, 801-957-3322 or the-grand.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Oct. 13
An Evening with
John Waters
Rose Wagner Ctr

Oct. 22
Big Gay Fun Bus
to Wendover
biggayfunbus.com

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