Gay Agenda

A run for the Oscars

My birthday is a few weeks off and my friend Jake, who lives in Boston, told me to book a ticket to Montreal – that that’s where we’re going to spend a fabulous New Year’s Eve. I thought, how unusual and rural, and excitedly said, “OK, is it near Fargo, cause that movie was awesome?” He replied, “In Canada, you tallywacker!” (Of course, he used a much more colorful word, but I’ve been bettering myself through Mr. Manners.) I laughed it off, but then reminded him that I don’t speak German. Abruptly, our phone conversation was cut off; I attributed it to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I’ll call him back later.

1saturday SB Dance Company’s annual “fund-rager,” WTF 2012, includes food from more than five top restaurants, including fine beverages; as live performance, up close and personal; silent auction; and a humongous party with a set by Cleopatra and DJ Tidy. You’ll have a helluva good time while support the cause.
7pm, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $75 or 2 for $125, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is ending the year with a magical, holiday tree exhibit that overflows from the art gallery throughout the entire facility. The Trees of Diversity exhibit showcases not only more than 25 decorated trees by different ethnic arts groups , but also gingerbread houses, wreaths, nativities and “window-shopping” style holiday scenes. Plus, today only, the center is hosting a Winter Market, with 30 artist booths showcasing handcrafted arts and ethnic products.
9am-6pm, Mon-Thurs, through Dec.29, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 S., WVC. Free, 801-965-5100 or culturalcelebration.org.

Written by openly gay Tony Kushner (Angels in America), the film Lincoln should likely be a nominee for an Oscar. As the Civil War rages, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Starring a favorite among gays, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones.
Now playing. Check your local area theaters for times or at fandango.com.

Academy award-winning director for Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee, directs Life of Pi, based on the unusual and inspiring fantasy novel by Yann Martel. A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor … a fearsome Bengal tiger. I have high hopes for at least one Oscar for this film.
Now playing. Check your local area theaters for times or at fandango.com.

6thursday   Calling all Bat-Boiz and Bat-Gurrrls … Don’t miss a night with costume-clad crime fighters The Aquabats when they bring their super power synth, aquabeat music and zany antics once again to the Utah stage.
7pm, The Depot, 400 W. South Temple. Tickets $17 adv/$20 day of  show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

7friday   Now as campy as the choir can usually be, this holiday concert, We Wish You Christmas, will surely feature them wearing plastic elf ears and little red-lighted noses and fishnet stockings. But that’s OK, because the Salt Lake Men’s Choir is spilling over with talent, beauty and mid-life crises. Hot!!
7:30pm, tonight & Sat, 4pm on Sun, First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 E. Tickets $20 plus canned food donations please, saltlakemenschoir.org.

8saturday   Get ready for a night of fast melodic riffs when West Coast punk band NoFX hits the stage in Utah. This somewhat controversial band is LGBT friendly if you don’t take them to seriously. Really, all they want is more inclusion – so get your punk on and support the BDSM community. Frontman Fat Mike said in an interview, “I’m a punk rocker, and I’m an S&M-er. We won’t be added to LGBTQIA because our lifestyle isn’t considered genetic. It’s more of a choice.”  Awwww!
7pm, The Grand at The Complex, 536 W. 100 S. Tickets $22 adv/$32 day of show, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

9sunday   Join Prince and Princess Royale 37 at the RCGSE Castle for Home for the Holidays Snowball 2012. The money raised on this eventful evening benefits the People With AIDS Christmas Fund and will help ensure that as many individuals as possible living with HIV/AIDS in the state of Utah will be honored and supported this Christmas season.
5pm, Metro Bar, 540 W. 200 S. Donations $20 at the door.

10monday   The Utah Symphony presents The Florencia Festival, a three-part symphonic montage of styles and sounds that inspire such works as Florencia en el Amazonas. In this first “act,” pianists Jason Hardink and Heather Connor, cellist Walter Haman, and violinist Claude Halter are doing The Music of Piazzolla, who was an Argentine tango composer and who inspired the nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music.
7pm, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $10, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

13thursday  The beloved Utah holiday concert A Kurt Bestor Christmas returns for its historic 25th anniversary. The boisterous LGBT-allied singer draws more than 20,000 delighted fans every year. Featuring an all-star band, a world-class chamber orchestra, and special guests, combined with storytelling and humor, Bestor creates an intimate rapport with concertgoers.
Hours vary, through Dec. 15, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $17.50-33.50, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

14friday  In the trilogy prequel to Lord of the Rings, Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson returns us to the fantastical realm of Dodo and Precious (that one black chick, right?) Anyhoo, in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a group of dwarfs (Sleepy and Dopey included) to reclaim a treasure stolen by the dragon Smaug. BTW, you know what they say about hobbits with huge, furry feet, don’t ya?
Opens today. Check your local area theaters for times or at fandango.com.

15saturday  Many of us know and love the deejay Kaskade, but some on the other hand may not realize he’s also part of a house group called Late Night Alumni. They are primarily known for mixing dance music with strings and soft trance-like vocals from lead singer Becky Jean Williams. Sounds kinda hot!
9:30pm, The Depot, 400 W. South Temple. Tickets $20, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.

18tuesday Plan-B Theatre Company’s “Radio Hour” returns with a holiday whodunnit. Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle is an adaption, by Matthew Ivan Bennett, of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story and is performed as a radio drama. In it, the brilliant British investigator uses deductive reasoning to find the source of a Christmas goose etherized by a stolen rare gemstone. Obviously, Holmes is going to cook someone’s goose!
7pm & 8:30pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.

22saturday In this edgy potpourri of dance, live music, aerialist acrobatics, visual effects and fashion is pure, sensory mayhem. Fusing movement, sound and technology, Quixotic Fusion harnesses light, rhythm and expressive emotion.
7:30pm, Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City. Tickets $20-67, 435-655-3114 or ecclescenter.org.

25tuesday  Barbra Streisand returns to the silver screen this Christmas in Anne Fletcher’s (The Proposal) The Guilt Trip. Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, and who better to accompany him than his overbearing mother Joyce (Streisand). Across 3,000 miles, he is constantly aggravated by her antics, but over time he comes to realize their lives have more in common than he originally thought. Will Babs be showered with gold a third time? Hmmm…that’s sounds oddly titillating!
Opens today. Check your local area theaters for times or at fandango.com.

31monday  The Broadway, film and television diva Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Glee, GCB) takes the stage in Park City this New Year’s Eve, sharing her dazzling soprano and enchanting style. Opera-trained, Chenoweth, 44, draws from her extensive Broadway repertoire, her latest country-tinged album (Some Lessons Learned) – and virtually any genre in between. She sings. She dances. She mesmerizes.
8pm, Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City. Tickets $30-160, 435-655-3114 or ecclescenter.org.

Upcoming Events
Jan. 5
Big Gay Fun Bus
@West Wendover

Mar. 9
Joan Rivers
@Kingsbury Hall

Mar. 28
KMFDM
@The Depot

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