I feel like a louse — a big, gay, sick-minded louse. I’ve been exuding this primal urge to mate with Paul Ryan every time I see him on TV, aaannd I start to perspire in sexual frenzy when he stands ever so intimately alongside Mitt. What the Jesus freak is the matter with me? Before I know it this run of abstinence I’m on will land me behind the counter of a Chik-fil-A (sorry Michael) and joining an ex-gay therapy group … ummm, called ‘Y U B all up in my butt’.
24friday The charity outreach group of male impersonators, the Salt City Kings, is hosting a Kings for a Cause national event, in celebration of their 10-year anniversary. The spirited troupe of women raise funds for local organizations as well as for individuals in crisis by putting on shows with artistic ingenuity and humor. Tonight’s event is in support of the national It Gets Better Project and will also raise funds for local beneficiaries.
9pm, Paper Moon, 3737 S. State St. Tickets $10 at the door.
Snowbird’s Oktoberfest is already in full swing, celebrating its 40th year with new games, expanded grounds and new food and wine options. The festival of all things German includes live music, arts and crafts, apple strudel, yodelers and accordian players, a lot of freakin’ beer, and the Alp horns will chorus the festivities daily at 3:15 p.m. from Hidden Peak. Guten Mutes!
Noon–6pm, weekends through Oct. 7, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon. Free, snowbird.com.
25saturday The charity outreach group of female impersonators … yes, drag queens, the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire, is hosting a Car Wash & BBQ, to kickoff efforts to fill the purse of their People With AIDS Christmas Fund. While your car is being hosed and polished by scantily clad men in bikinis and fire-proof wigs, you can mac down on wieners and patties with condiments and good cheer … well, that’s if Gene Naté refrains from wearing a bikini. Eeeww! This is an all-age event.
Noon–3pm, Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. The cost depends on how much stain remover they need to use on your vehicle’s upholstery. Ha!
1saturday The hills of Deer Valley are alive with the Sound of Music Sing-Along. Oh lord, those poor bastards who own condos up there — besides the constant threat of wildfires and smoke inhalation, now they will be subjected to a cackle of Julie Newmar look-alikes … it is Julie Newmar, right? Anyhoo, come dressed as your favorite character, object or song and sing along with every song .. you know the words, you know it’s true-ue-ue!
6pm, Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 2250 Deer Valley Dr. S., Park City. Tickets $15–25, 435-655-3114, ecclescenter.org.
Six local performing arts companies join forces for The Rose Exposed, an epic, first-ever day of the best dance, theater and music in Salt Lake City, and concluding with a fabulous variety show — a unique opportunity to sample the 2012/13 seasons of Gina Bachauer, Plan-B Theatre Company, Pygmalion Theatre Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and SB Dance.
7 & 9pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $10, 801-355-ARTS, arttix.org.
I guess David Willeiturhiney (or whatever his last name is) with ultraviolet rays tonight for the Black Light White Party. The Try-Angles mixologist extraordinaire (he paid me to write that) wants to attract more than just the insects from under his shower cap (I paid him to write that) to trip the lights fantastic. This is your last chance to wear white for a time, unless of course your Jackie O. or Elvis or … David, cause he’s a god among mites!
10pm, Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. For info call 801-364-3203.
6thursday Some of Utah’s finest restaurants, caterers and breweries will serve up delicious food at the wildest party in town, the annual Zoo Rendezvous. There will be a silent auction, featuring one-of-a-kind zoo items, plus live music by Sensations. Renowned wildlife artists Fred Krakowiak will be onsite creating a work of art. All proceeds from the event are dedicated to animal care and exhibit.
6–11pm, Hogle Zoo, 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave. Tickets $150/adv–175/day of, must be 21 or older, 801-584-4546 or zoorendezvous.org.
7friday Best known for his role in the Broadway musical Movin’ Out, Michael Cavanaugh is a singer, pianist and actor who’s earned a Grammy and Tony nomination. He’s worked with the Boston Pops and he’s touring his orchestra engagement show The Songs of Billy Joel & More. In collaboration with the Utah Symphony, and conducted by Jerry Steichen, this should be a night to remember.
8pm, through Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $29-85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Artes de México en Utah presents Mexico Then & Now, a special exhibition that examines the history and national identity of Mexico through the photographic works by the late Mexican photographer Agustin Victor Casasola, and mixed with current day photographs by Salt Lake community members. The Casasola Archive contains powerful photographs depicting the treatment of LGBT individuals in Mexico during the first part of the past century. This portion of the exhibit, called The Night/La Noche will be on display at the Utah Pride Center, with an opening reception, Sept. 10, 7–9p.m.
Venues & times vary, through Oct. 4. Free, for venue information visit artesdemexicoenutah.org.
9sunday For 60 teenagers from 30 regional competitions — it’s Broadway or Bust this fall on PBS. To compete, they beat out 50,000 performers from 1,000 high schools across the U.S. in a nationwide casting call of regional competitions. They descend on New York for a week of intense “theatrical boot camp” and a shot at Broadway stardom and scholarships. The kids hail from such cities as Dallas, San Diego, Memphis and Salt Lake City. Featured coaches and experts include Leslie Odom Jr. (Smash, Rent) and Michael McElroy (Rent, Miss Saigon). Two winners of this fast-paced competition will be crowned after only three episodes.
7pm, Sundays through Sept. 23 on PBS. Check your local listing.
Five years ago singer/songwriter Sheena Easton graced a Utah Pride Festival stage; now she’s back in Utah — at the State Fair. She’ll be among many great acts seen only at the fair like The Fritters, Captain Arr and Barrel Racing. Ummm, I don’t think I’ve done her justice, here. Anyhoo, catch her act, catch a chicken, catch Clown High-diving action, but don’t catch the swine flu. HA!
7:30pm, Grandstand at the Utah State Fairgrounds, 155 N. 1000 West. Tickets $7–10, 801-538-8400, utahstatefair.com.
13thursday Over 13 million American kids (and possibly one bus monitor) are bullied on the school bus, online, at school, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. Bully is the first feature documentary film to show how we’ve all been affected by bullying. Directed by Lee Hirsch, the film depicts the effects of bullying on the victims; those that do the bullying and those that stand by and do nothing about it.
7pm, Jim Santy Auditorium, Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., Park City. Free, 435-615-8291 or parkcityfilmseries.com.
14friday The 2008 Best Musical Tony Award-winner, In the Heights, opens the 2012/13 season of Pioneer Theatre Company. BTW, this show was my top choice when I filled out PTC’s annual survey distributed at the end of last season. All of a sudden I feel like Donald Trump in a tutu. Anyhoo, the story explores three days in the lives of a group New York City Dominican-Americans who live in the barrio called Washington Heights. The show has been heralded “a collective joy,” “exciting choreography” and “an uncalculated charmer.”
7:30pm, through Sept. 29, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $38–64, 801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org.
19wednesday Last year, bounce rapper/deejay Big Freedia graced a Utah Pride Festival stage with his signature gay rap movement known as Sissy Bounce … hey that’s what I call it when I’m jumping on my bed naked or with pom poms, just sayin’. Check out Big Freedia in a return performance, that’s sure to knock your Bounce-scented socks off.
9pm, Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East. Tickets $15, 24tix.com.
20thursday Celebrating 50 years, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s season holds four productions titled numerically in descending order, perhaps as a countdown to the departure of artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen. Opening the season is Four, and features the works of nationally and internationally recognized choreographers Brook Notary, Ann Carlson and John Utans. Don’t miss out on this end of an era!
7:30pm, through Sept. 22, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $30, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Moab Pride Festival
@Old City Park, Moab
@Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover