I’ve become addicted to a game on my phone called Text Twist 2 — it’s kind of like Angry Birds … but for smart people. OMG! That was freakin’ rude. Really, I’m just yanking your chains. I’m just bitter and humiliated because I never successfully made it past the first level of Angry Birds — the constant ‘Level Failed!’ popping up on the screen every 15 seconds really shucked my corn. Anyhoo, happy holidays, and thank you for following the Gay Agenda; you are all beautiful peeps.
8thursday — Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presents Prism, showcasing artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen’s fascinating choreography. Three pieces will be performed: The world premiere of But Seriously, a comedic exploration of the similarities between stand-up comedians and dancers — includes a cameo by Star Trek’s Ethan Phillips; West examines the associations with the region as a place and a state of mind; and the return of the award-winning Push explores the choices we make.
7:30pm, through Dec.10, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $30, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
So here’s a man who’s been around the nativity scene a few times — Kurt Bestor, a Utah-based composer offers good tithing this season with his innovative interpretations of classic Christmas carols. Featuring 45 musicians on stage, sophisticated sound and lights, and special guests, combined with warm storytelling and humor, Bestor creates an intimate rapport with concert-goers. The performances include Grammy-award winner Melissa Manchester.
Times vary, through Dec. 10, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $17.50–33.50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
9friday — This year’s Holiday Concert: Fa-La-La-La-La features music ranging from traditional to classical, swing to contemporary, haunting to camp — just the way you’d expect the Salt Lake Men’s Choir to celebrate the season. You’ll also hear audience favorites “Prayer of the Children” and “Breath of Heaven;” and what would a Christmas concert be without “The Twelve Days After Christmas,” “Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl,” and the “Wassail Song.” Also, look for the choir’s new Christmas CD — perfect for a stocking stuffer … or better yet, a dog frisbee!
7:30pm tonight & Saturday and 4pm Sunday, First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 East. Tickets $10, 800-838-3006 or saltlakemenschoir.org.
10saturday — Kilby Court is hosting a fundraising concert for the Utah Pride Center. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Center’s many wonderful resources. The local lineup for the Gay Rocks concert includes Exit Strategy, Grey Fiction, Bus People, The Young Electric and more. This is mostly a friends/allies concert for the LGBT community, which is the bumpity-bump don’t you think?
4pm, Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court. Tickets $6–8, 24tix.com.
In support of the homos in Northern Utah, especially now that they lack trees, chickens and garage doors, the lovely and freakin’ funny lady Sister Dottie S. Dixon is throwing a Hilarious Holiday Hullabaloo fundraiser. The evening, of course, includes our favorite Spanish Fork Mormon mother with a gay son, a speech impediment and weird hair; other entertainment includes members of the Associated Actors and Technicians of Weber State University, local actor Jennifer Perry and the winner of ‘Dottie Idol.’ X96’s Bill Allred hosts, and be sure to wear your ugliest holiday sweater.
6pm, Kimball Visual Arts Center, WSU campus, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. Tickets $10–100, 1-800-WSU-TIKS or weberstatetickets.com.
Who wouldn’t want to learn to be a pirate? I mean all that fabulous makeup … oooooh, and an eyepatch, how hot is that? Anyhoo, Salt Lake Acting Company presents the family friendly How I Became a Pirate, a rollicking musical perfect for any age. From scary pirates to wicked storms to a soccer ball named Wilson, this show has something for everyone. Cast includes Alexis Baigue, J. Michael Bailey, and Shannon Musgrave. Proceeds from today’s noon performance benefit the People with AIDS Coalition of Utah.
Times vary, through Dec. 30, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North. Tickets $15–26, 801-363-7522 or saltlakeactingcompany.org.
11sunday — The Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire, along with Prince Johnny Disco & Princess Royale Midori Me’lon, present Snowball 2011. The theme this year is Babes in Toyland. This event raises funds for the People with AIDS Coalition of Utah, so dress to impress, don’t digress and even though it’s at a bar, don’t turn into a mess. Looky there, I’m a poet!
6pm, Metro Bar, 540 W. 200 South. Tickets $20/adv–25/day of, [email protected] or [email protected]
12monday — Mixed reviews will “trigger” the success — or the demise — of the Canadian film Trigger. Considered a talkathon, two once-best friends and bandmates reconnect after a decade to air out their dirty laundry — basically drugs and alcohol dependencies. There are hints of lesbian eroticism in the film, but apparently it’s just about a couple of junkies babbling … but you be the judge.
7pm, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. Free, 801-359-5158 or utahfilmcenter.org.
14wednesday — Mercator Productions announces its inaugural production, the Utah premiere of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi. This play is a controversial story of Joshua (a modern day Christ-like figure), who is gay and in love with a rebel named Judas. As with Jesus Christ before him, Joshua is born to a “Virgin Mary” and faced with a grim destiny. He goes out preaching his radical gospel of gay and lesbian equality and free love, and recruits 12 disciples to spread the word of God. HMOG! This sounds like a best-selling nightstand book. Bryan Glick directs.
7:30pm, through Dec. 18, Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 West. Tickets $10–16, 801-535-6533 or sorensonunitycenter.com.
15thursday — On the slightly lighter side of the biblical stage hierarchy is Jesus Christ Superstar. This rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber is based loosely on the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem, and ending with the crucifixion. Ted Neely reprises his renowned role as Jesus.
8pm, through Dec. 31, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $40–70, 435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org.
16friday — The daredevils of Cirque de la Symphonie return with a new twist — holiday music! Join the celebration with the Utah Symphony as they share their acrobatic, gymnastic talents including violinists (because they’re so small) being shot out of a tuba, piano-playing contortionists and juggling music stands. This is just what I’ve heard, and I am the epitome of accurate information as we all know. Enjoy!
8pm, through Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $27–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
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