Well mummify me in gold lamé and call me Fonda Dixx’s brassiere … she has a nice rack, just sayin’. Anyhoo, this Halloween weekend will be full of gay ghouls and goblins. I don’t want to give the costumes away but I’ll throw a hint or two: Michael Aaron’s will involve fermenting his monstrous grapes; Gene Gieber will have a “fowl” odor; Miss Piggy is going to want to mount Dennis McCracken; and yours truly will be a sexy 90-year-old in a gold lamé track suit, of course.
27thursday — According to the adorable and magnificent Jerry Rapier, Aden Ross’ Lady Macbeth “skewers” William Shakespeare. In this world premiere “mashup,” Ross has taken eight characters from six Shakespeare plays and whipped up a unique new comedy. Full of mistaken identities, gender-bending cross-dressing, near-death experiences, unexpected reunions, character transformation and, of course, a play within a play, this is sure to be a phenom.
8pm, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
The UofU’s Performing Dance Company’s Fall Concert, Deeply Human, insightfully addresses the mysteries and complexities at the heart of human relationships. This profound concert features works from Modern Dance faculty members Juan Carlos Claudio, Abby Fiat, Pamela Geber, Sharee Lane, and a piece by award-winning guest artist Johannes Wieland.
Times vary, through Nov. 4, Marriott Center for Dance, 330 S. 1500 East, UofU. Tickets $7–10, 201-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
28friday — Well obviously, since Halloween is just a few days off, all the world’s doing Rocky … the whore, not Stallone. You can catch the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show at a number of venues this weekend: Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden (costume and dance contest); Club Try-Angles (hosted by Fonda Dixx); Tower Theatre (go dressed in full Rocky Regalia, live pre-show). I just wish Chord Overstreet in gold lamé short-shorts was going to be here … waaa!
Peery’s Theater: 8pm, $12 at smithstix.com; Club Try-Angles: 9pm, 801-364-3203; Tower Theatre: Hours vary through Oct. 31, $10, 801-359-5158.
If you’re not into Rocky … the whore, then join the Speedo team at QUAC’s Halloween Party. The theme is The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas … that’s boobilicious! I’m a dork. Be sure to wear feathers, frills and mustaches. I just wish Burt Reynolds in a gold lamé Speedo was going to be there … waaa!
8pm, Club JAM, 751 N. 300 West. Free, quacquac.org.
30sunday — In awareness of breast cancer, the indie electropop duo, Uh Huh Her, is on their Keep A Breast Tour. Girlfriends Leisha Hailey (The L Word) and Camila Grey make a stop in Salt Lake City tonight to entertain all you lesbians and lesbians-in-gay-boy-bodies. I just hope the girls aren’t flying into our fair city on Southwest Airlines.
9pm, Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East. Tickets $13 Adv/$15 Day Of, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
Throughout the holiday weekend The Trapp is hosting a number of ghoulish events including tonight’s fundraiser Spooky Halloween Feast. The menu, I believe, includes bat tongue, pickled brains, beer-battered toenails and your choice of skewered eyeballs or apricot bisque. Yuummmy! Proceeds benefit the RCGSE. 5pm, The Trapp, 102 S. 600 West. Donation $5, 801-531-8727 or thetrappslc.com.
3thursday — A couple of aging, grumpy vaudevillians make up The Sunshine Boys. Maybe the old bastards should hook up with The Golden Girls … oh wait, that’s kinda perverse. Anyhoo, Neil Simon’s Tony-nominated comedy is being produced by The Pinnacle Acting Company and is directed by Lane Richins. The play takes place in the 1970s, and who doesn’t miss the seductive ’70s?
7:30pm, through Nov. 19, Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 W. 7720 South. Tickets $13–15, 801-634-5802 or pinnacleactingcompany.org.
Pygmalion Productions opens the season with an unforgettable story. I’m such a dork, and you’ll know why in a sec. Julie Jensen’s Last Lists of My Mad Mother is a hilarious, often touching look at the toll Alzheimer’s disease takes on a parent-child relationship. A wicked sense of humor helps Dot maintain her own sanity as caring for her afflicted mother becomes exhausting.
Times vary, through Nov. 19, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Westminster College presents Blake Edwards’ lavish comedy, set to Henry Mancini’s music, the regional premiere of Victor/Victoria. Penniless soprano, Victoria, and gay cabaret performer, Toddy, create a scheme to disguise Victoria as a man named Victor, who entertains as a female impersonator known as Victoria. But when a Chicago mobster gets the hots for Victoria, mayhem ensues. I bet the stage will be puking gold lamé.
7:30pm, through Nov. 12, Courage Theatre, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East. Tickets $10, 801-832-2457 or westminstercollege.edu/campusevents.
5saturday — This event sounds fabulous enough for a gold lamé tutu. Just sayin’ … I own one. Anyhoo, the Utah Arts Alliance and the Grand Theatre present The Big Small World Show. Performances include: Samba Fogo (Afro-Brazilian dance and music), The BBoy Federation (hip-hop, break and street dancing), Electric Brae (Scottish Highland dance) and others.
7pm, Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State St. Tickets $5–15, 801-957-3322 or the-grand.org.
8tuesday — Founded by former Alvin Ailey stars Dwight Roden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, based in New York City, proudly transcends the boundaries of traditional dance, celebrating different styles, cultures, and music to entertain and engage audiences.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $19.50–29.50, 801-581-700 or kingtix.com.
9wednesday — The 10-time Oscar-winning film West Side Story returns to the silver screen in a special engagement event. The 1961 film starred Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno. The West Side Story 50th Anniversary Event opens with a new production featuring a discussion with producer Walter Mirisch, Oscar-winning actor George Chakiris (who played Bernardo) and Natalie Woods’ voice double, Marni Nixon.
7pm, in select theaters. Tickets $9.50–11.50, fathomevents.com.
@ Urban Lounge
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