Over coffee the other morning at Off Trax, Jesse confessed to me that he’s a charitable Skype whore … in other words he’s a 21st century virtual slut. And don’t get me started on Jimmy next door – if Grindr didn’t exist, I don’t know what he’d do with his hands all day. Those boys are so freakin’ gay, they probably shoot feather boas … just putting it out there, do with it what you will.
21friday Each third Friday of the month, there’s a fundraising evening of bingo – hence the name Third Friday Bingo – hosted by camp-drag troupe The Matrons of Mayhem. I, however, refer to them as the Mattresses of Mayhem because, well frankly, I’ve slept with them all … strictly platonic of course. They do cause a raucous though in their sleep. For instance Ruby Ridge chews on her nails and incessantly beseeches Miley Cyrus for her hairdresser’s phone number. This month, The Matrons will be raising money for QSaltLake‘s ‘Save Q’ program. Michael Aaron will be available for $2 spankings to any who have the urge. I’ll be first in line with $80, just sayin’!
7pm, First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 East. $5 bingo cards.
Fifteen-year-old Vernon, troubled and misunderstood, flees his small-town Texas home when his friend commits suicide after killing 16 bullying classmates and the town’s suspicion and vengeance falls on him. This stage adaptation of Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre’s debut Booker Prize-winning novel, is a provocatively satirical, riotously funny look at violence, materialism and trial by the American media.
7:30pm, through Sept. 30, Babcock Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $8-15, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
Jason Metcalf is a twentysomething artist recently graduated from BYU. In his new exhibition called ABRACADABRA, Metcalf has researched, re-enacted and refreshed languages of superstition long forgotten from day-to-day vernacular rooted in places as far as Haiti and as near as the Sanpete Valley. He says, “These actions are intimate and immediate, and have the potential to transcend their designation as art.”
Regular gallery hours, through Dec. 22, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple. Free, 801-328-4201 or utahmoca.org.
28friday The second annual Moab Pride Festival includes a Friday night Moulin Rouge-inspired Orange Party, a visibility march on Saturday morning and the festival itself Saturday afternoon, followed by an after party with DJ Jen Woolfe at Woody’s Tavern. Special guest speaker is Zach Wahls, author of My Two Moms.
Times and venues vary, through Sept. 29, Moab, Utah. For more info visit moabpride.org.
29saturday Moved to a more intimate venue this year, the X96 Big Ass Show is bound to be a groping of porn industry magnitude. This year’s incredible lineup, on two stages, includes Neon Trees, The Used, Grouplove, AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons, Eve 6, The Wombats, Dead Sara, and Twin Atlantic.
1pm, Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St. Tickets $25-30, 801-487-8499 or smithstix.com.
3wednesday I was in my high school’s Geography Club; we talked endlessly about how the Metro XSi model lacked horsepower and that come-hither quality, and how the Storm’s bucket seats were actually quite accommodating for gay sex … but I digress! Brent Hartinger’s Geography Club is a fast-paced, funny and incisive play about contemporary (LGBT) students who form sort of a secret-society club. This sounds like Dead Poet’s Society but with better outfits.
7:30pm, through Oct. 7, Studio 115, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU. Tickets $11-13, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
4thursday Repertory Dance Company presents Embark, an evening of innovative and revolutionary dance. A Utah premiere of Merce Cunningham’s 1965 “How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run,” delivers a string of stories and anecdotes, a mix of quirky poetry, zen proverbs and family history. Also, dancers will “embark” on a new project — creating choreography by incorporating movement phrases contributed by the community … Come enjoy your “eight seconds of fame.” Oooo … sounds sexy, like riding a mechanical bull.
7:30pm, through Oct. 6, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
5friday Los Angeles-based comedian Thai Rivera is gay, or as he says “a fag, but not a fag comic” and he’s here in Salt Lake for an evening of politically incorrect humor, as only he can do. He has performed on the Jo Koy Comedy Tour, and he has been featured on Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham and Logo’s One Night Stand Up.
7:30pm, The Vibe @ The Complex, 536 W. 100 South. Tickets $7-10, 801-660-2295 or thecomplexslc.com.
6saturday The Salt Lake Men’s Choir is now a collective old troll. In celebration of 30 years of singing and dancing and comedy, the choir presents Brothers, Sing On!, a collection of music and costumes from their “rainbow-hued” history.
7:30pm, Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple. Tickets $15, saltlakemenschoir.org.
7sunday Corin Tucker, a bisexual singer and guitarist, is best known for her work with Sleater-Kinney, a riot grrl band she formed in 1994. She went on to other bands and eventually formed The Corin Tucker Band, a solo act, in 2010. With one album out to date, she will be playing off this “middle-aged mom record” tonight for all the riotous grrls in Utah.
9pm, Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East. Tickets $10-12, 24tix.com.
8monday Living the past, and I’m OK with this, is the new wave/post-punk rock group The Psychedelic Furs, who had a great run of recordings from the ’70s to the early ’90s — my formative years. Their music combined poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Some of their bigger hits include “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink” and “The Ghost In You.”
8pm, The State Room, 638 S. State St. Tickets $35, 800-501-2885 or thestateroomslc.com.
9tuesday Hailing from New Zealand, Kimbra, 22, is one of the most talked about new singer-songwriters in the U.S. Her electric pop/soul/jazz melodies are catchy and offer something that is very much her own. However, her collaboration with Gotye on “Somebody That I Used to Know” is what prompted her notoriety.
8pm, The Depot, 13 N. 400 West. Tickets $17.50 adv/$20 day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
13saturday Love is never simple when a gypsy’s curse is involved. Il Travatore is a lively story of romance, obsession, and revenge. The turmoil and rage that unfold after a gypsy’s unthinkable act climax into one of opera’s greatest finales – an act filled with sword fights, death, revenge and ultimately regret. Sung in Italian, presented by the Utah Opera.
7:30pm, through Oct. 21, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $15-83, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
18thursday Filmed at a 2008 performance in London, Sigur Ros: INNI is a musical portrait of the Icelandic band’s unique genre. Captured in a dreamlike haze of throbbing black and white that mirrors the band’s haunting, otherworldly songs, this eccentric profile is a shimmering example of what it means to show rather than tell. Presented as part of the Damn These Heels Year-round Film Series.
7pm, Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S. 200 West. Free, 801-355-5500.
In London during the late 19th century there was a goodhearted doctor who loved his father so much that he went to extremes to cure him of his mental illness. What ensued was the loss of the doctor’s own mental capacity. Welcome to Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical. Presented by Dark Horse Company Theatre, this show is a sinister yet lyrically charming show about the fight between good and evil in all of us.
8pm, through Oct. 28, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Tickets $25–45, 435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org.
20saturday Hey all you Wendover Will’s willy wonkers, it’s the first Big Gay Fun Bus of the season, yaaaaaay! Don’t miss out on this Halloweenie-themed charter to Very Little Vegas. There will be bingo, prizes, libations and candied corn … oh wait, those are actually Ruby’s breasts, never mind.
Noon–9pm, pick up at Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. Tickets $25, 1-800-838-3006 or biggayfunbus.com.
@Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover