Winter really makes me ornery, I’m from Texas for hell’s sake. I’d rather swim with sharks or make whoopee with Debbie Gibson or have my testicles tied into a bow — actually I’ve tried this last one before, it’s not so bad — than deal with the snow. But one thing I do enjoy about this time of year is when my friends and I get together for our annual “family” Christmas party. This year the theme is ‘Batteries Not Included,’ because they’re just too hard to recycle. We are so environmentally conscious. You’re welcome! BTW, for you nonbelievers, Texas is, unfortunately, a State of the Union.
26saturday — I fondly remember the premiere of Steven Fales’ one-man autobiographical play Confessions of a Mormon Boy nearly a decade ago. I laughed, I teared up, I ogled Fales’ smooth, bare chest and I cheered at the final act. Fales expertly recounts the events that encompassed coming to terms with his sexual-identity: marriage & divorce, excommunication by the LDS church, reparative therapy, male prostitution and drug abuse. It’s been a smash hit across the country, and it’s one worth seeing!
8pm, The Complex, 536 W. 100 South. Tickets $15 Adv/$20 Day Of, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
1thursday — One of the hottest parties of the year is Hotel Monaco’s Red Party, commemorating World AIDS Day and benefitting the Utah AIDS Foundation. This year’s theme is “Seasons of Love,” and will include live performances by Titus Productions Rent, themed food and drinks, a live auction, prizes and feather boas.
5:15–8pm, Hotel Monaco, 15 W. 200 South. Tickets start at $35, R.S.V.P. by Nov. 30 to email@example.com or 801-487-2323.
Sallie Cooper, Greg Near and Matthew Ivan Bennett are just a few of the great, talented local writers partaking in Wasatch Theatre Company’s annual Page-to-Stage Festival. In addition to the production of original 10-minute scripts, the festival features staged readings of longer pieces and several workshops of interest to performing artists.
8pm, through Dec. 17, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
2friday — Leapin’ lizards! America’s most beloved orphan is onstage at Pioneer Theatre Company for the first time. The seven-time Tony award-winning musical Annie is here. Annie’s adventures at Christmastime with her dog Sandy, the wicked Miss Hannigan and Daddy Warbucks are sure to warm your heart for the holidays.
7:30pm, through Dec. 23, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $36–62, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.
Salt City Boi-Lesque presents the first annual Boi-Lesque Revue — A Night of Drag and Burlesque. Performances by some of Salt Lake’s best burlesque troupes and drag performers, as well as special guests from Las Vegas, will make this a fabulous party. Performers Fever! Burlesque, Duchess Burlesque and Champagne Starr. Salt City Boi-Lesque celebrates boys as girls, girls as boys, and gender bending in no-bras-barred sexually charged stage show created by these wonderful and talented performers.
8pm, Paper Moon, 3737 S. State St. Cover $6, 801-713-0678.
3saturday — Tonight there is a fundraiser that is exactly WTF you’d expect from SB Dance: Wine paired with food paired with live performance. But WTF (Wine, Theater, Food) is a whole lot more: silent auction, photo booth, mahogany bar, raffle, and big ole disco ball. It’s a ginormous party to kick off our 15th year and you get to dance … but not naked … bummer!
7:30pm, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Well slap me like a dirty whore and throw me on the Big Gay Fun Bus to Wendover because, you know girls, I’s ready to party, gamble, flirt, frolic and sit on Ruby Ridge’s face … what?!!? Anyhoo, join us for big gay fun, big gay bingo and big gay prizes. Yippeee!
11:45am–9pm, pick up at Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. Tickets $25 with $5 cash back, 801-649-6663 or brownpapertickets.com.
4sunday — The electric violinist and rap, rock, indie-folk artist Bitch has had her music featured in the movie Shortbus and the hit TV series, The L Word, and now she’s returning to Salt Lake on her latest tour. Bitch reflects on her previous performances in Utah: “You can drink a lot beer there because there’s no alcohol in it. Your city has a very mystical feel. When I first visited, there was an incredible sense and feel to the show. Because there’s a reputation to the city with the religion and whatever, I was blown away by the powerful underground scene and the energy of the show.”
5pm, Paper Moon, 3737 S. State St. Tickets $10, 801-713-0678.
7wednesday — Support local artists and find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts during a fun-filled Holiday Market at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Listen to music, nibble on snacks and stock up on unique, handmade items from Salt Lake City’s finest consignment artists. Choose from jewelry, pottery, wearable works of art and a variety of other gifts inspired by art and culture from around the world.
4–7:30pm, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Dr., U0fU. Free admission, 801-585-6961 or umfa.utah.utah.
Salt Lake Men’s Choir