Christmas 2011 was a bit more unusual than what is typical. You see, my parents were getting new family-room furniture for Christmas and apparently it was to be delivered before Christmas so they proactively had the old furniture removed and chose not to put up the Christmas tree. I found it perplexing; I asked myself, why would Santa bring Christmas early and how could he possibly get the furniture down the chimney? Then, on Christmas day I scuttled downstairs at 5 in the morning and found, under the imaginary Christmas tree in the barren family room, nothing but several non-wrapped, cardboard UPS shipping boxes, and no new furniture … it was more perplexing! Plus, I think the cat drank the White Russian I left for Santa.
19thursday — Five Broadway stars light up the stage for 100 Years of Broadway. Sandra Joseph, Andrea Rivette, Chuck Wagner, Danny Zolli and Lawrence Clayton recreate favorite moments from some of the best Broadway musicals from over the last century, including Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady. Sounds gayer than a two-headed penis … arrgh, I mean penny.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $19.50–29.50, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
Returning to the Jewish Community Center is another dose of Dine with Wine. Hostess Judith Christensen will guide guests through an evening of food and wine pairing, cooking and socializing. After a cooking demonstration, enjoy great food, wine and company. Plus, learn some creative new recipes and which wines complement the dishes. Personally, I like a good Chianti with frozen fish sticks, just sayin’!
6:30pm, Jewish Community Center, 2 Medical Dr., UofU. Tickets $35–50, call 801-581-0098 to register.
20friday — Highlighting work that pushes the boundaries and the moving image, New Frontier at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, formerly the Salt Lake Art Center, celebrates the convergence of film, art and new media technologies as a hotbed for cinematic innovation. As part of Sundance Film Festival, the program presents ongoing media installations as well as multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, artist lectures and more. Featured artists include Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison, Marco Brambilla, Nonny de la Peña, Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair, and more.
Hours vary, through May 19, UMOCA, 20 S. West Temple. Free, 801-328-4201 or utahmoca.org.
21saturday — Taking place in 16th century Italy is Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto; an intriguing piece of operatic theater featuring a duke, a countess, a huncbacked jester, an assassin and a curse. The Utah Opera brings this tragic story to the Utah stage for a limited engagement. If you miss it, the curse is on you!
7:30pm through Jan. 27 & 2pm on Jan. 29, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $16–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Join producers Sugar Space and SB Dance for the 4th annual The Sugar Show. This adjudicated series of works by five emerging artists is presented by dance-makers of unique backgrounds and styles. The audience and a panel of experts give feedback and vote to choose the winner. The series provides opportunity, exposure, mentorship, support and financial awards to performing artists making new works. This year’s artists are Efren Corado, TransfusionHype, Nell Suttles, Joni Tuttle, and fivefour/Cortney Mcguire and Leah Nelson.
8pm, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
24tuesday — The cute guys of the indie rock band Augustana, with new member David Lamoreaux, are in Salt Lake City tonight. With four albums under their belt and hit singles like “Boston” and “Steal Your Heart,” this is sure to be a fabulous concert.
7pm, In The Venue at Club Sound, 219 S. 600 West. Tickets $15.50 adv/$18.50 day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
27friday — Join SB Dance for the return of last summer’s hit The Beast of SB Dance. In this “remix,” the incredibly talented cast, including Juan Claudio Carlos, Kate Crews and Nathan Shaw, reinvent some of the fast-paced, intrinsic pieces as well perform new numbers that are sure to leave you awestruck. Please … there’s mild nudity, who wouldn’t be awestruck. Tehehe!
8pm through Saturday & 4pm on Sunday, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $12, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Experience the “Victoriandustrial” sound of Emilie Autumn on her Fight Like A Girl Tour that’s in Salt Lake City tonight. This self-identified asexual, glam rock singer, musician and poet will wow the crowd with her talents on the piano and violin, as well as with her dramatic vocal range. Plus, she wears exciting diva-esque outfits.
8pm, The Complex, 536 W. 100 South. Tickets $18 adv/$20 day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
When it comes to cunning, clever and sometimes creepy-crawly characters, Glenn Close is the go-to-gal. The award-winning actress is going all manly, (big stretch) in the new flick Albert Nobbs … tehehe, nobs! Anyhoo, Close (who also co-wrote the screenplay) plays a woman passing as a man in order to work as a waiter in a hotel and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some 30 years after donning men’s clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making when she falls for a younger woman. The sexy Johnathan Rhys Meyers costars.
Opens today, hours vary, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. Broadway. Tickets $6.25–8.75, fandango.com.
29sunday — In celebration of Bisexual Awareness Month, Bi-Utah, a social and community-action group, is throwing a Coming Out Party. For all those Utahn out there that identifuy as bisexual, b-queer, bi-burious, transgender-bi, bi-friendly and questioning, and their fabulous allies, this is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and to celebrate, with oodles of pride, the best of you.
6–9pm, Utah Pride Center, 355 N. 300 West. Free, utahpridecenter.org.
31tuesday — Made in collaboration with New York-based filmmaker Petter Ringbom, the exhibit Karl Haendel: Questions for My Father is a document of the inquiries, doubts and reservations of a generation of men who came of age in the late 20th century. Arranged like a series of portraits on a black, studio backdrop, the subjects of the film face the camera and, with a direct, even delivery that belies the emotional topics, ask things they always wanted to know about their fathers but never voiced.
Hours vary, through May 17, UMOCA, 20 S. West Temple. Free, 801-328-4201 or utahmoca.org.
1wednesday — Kicking off the spring season earlier this year, to accommodate their European tour, is Odyssey Dance Company’s annual Shut Up & Dance. The moving and remarkable “Romeo + Juliet” returns with So You Think You Can Dance stars Tadd Gadduang and Ryan Di Lello, as does the popular “Sledgehammer!” program. This year’s “Dancescapes” highlights five pieces by renowned choreographers Dee Caspray, Mandy Moore and Justin Giles.
7:30pm, through Feb. 11, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $20–40, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
Foster The People
“8” The Play (reading)
Rose Wagner Center