I’ve told you a little about my friend Jeremy who raises chickens in rural Nebraska. Well, he was in town last week for a quick visit before jetting off to some pretentious 3-week cruise from Chile to Easter Island to the Philippines. Who knew cock is so freakin’ valuable! Anyhoo, it was fabulous to see him even though he griped incessantly about forgetting his jewelry and how much usage he was getting from his phone. God forbid he spare his friends gaudy bling-bling and just revel in how loved he really is. I adore the man, but he better bring me home an Easter egg.
4friday The Utah Symphony presents Water Music, a celebration of George Frideric Handel. Water Music is a beautiful collection of orchestral movements divided into three suites. The program includes other enchanting pieces by Bach, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn. Nicholas McGegan conducts.
8pm, through Wednesday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $27-67, 801-355-ARTS or attix.org.
The Wasatch Men & boys of Leather have really made a name for themselves among fetishists and other alike with their monthly Leather and Gear Night. The social event has grown leopard-prints and bondage over the last year. So, put down that boring vanilla ice cream … or take it with you, cause tonight’s gonna get kinky!
9pm, Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 S. No cover with food donation at the door to benefit UAF, 801-364-3203 or clubtry-angles.com.
5saturday Deny it all you want but I know you’re secretly in love with Justin Bieber … please, he’s a young, skinny twink with a lot of money, who can blame you! Plus, he’s a momma’s boy, and like you aren’t — pshaw! So go to the show, it’ll be fun and exhilarating just knowing you’re there under false, sexual pretense. I predict JB will be the next JT, just sayin’! BTW, do you agree that David Willeitner looks almost twin-like to JB? Hmmm!
7pm, Energy Solutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple. Tickets $36.50-76.50, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
9wednesday As a precursor to the Sundance Film Festival, over 25 musicians and bands will land in Park City and Salt Lake City for three days of music revolution. The Lunar Independent Music Festival includes such artists as The Upset Victory, Neverwake, K’Sandra, Covela and Shyboy.
Times and venues vary in Salt Lake City and Park City. Tickets $5-10 or $50 festival pass, lunarmusicfest.com.
10thursday I think short is the new sexy. I mean look at Elmo and Danny DeVito … oh, and hobbits! Some have been anticipating The Hobbit flick because, they’re spry, short and have big feet, duh! But Desert Star is taking our love for these tree-dwellers to a new level with Kicking the Hobbit, Bored of the Rings. I’m not sure whether to be hurt or to giggle. Anyhoo, this parody, slightly derived on the Peter Jackson films is sure to make us laugh even though it’s rude to pick on midgets … huh!
Times vary, through Mar. 23, Desert Star Playhouse., 4861 S. State St., Murray. Tickets $9.95-17.95, 801-266-2600 or desertstar.biz.
11friday The cute guys of the indie rock band Augustana, with new member David Lamoreaux, return to Salt Lake City tonight, offering an acoustic concert … hot! With four albums under their belt and hit singles like “Boston” and “Steal Your Heart,” this is sure to be a fabulous concert. Lauren Shera opens.
9pm, Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East. Tickets $15, 24tix.com.
12saturday Hey all you Bendover Bettys, it’s the second Big Gay Fun Bus of the season, yaaaaaay! Don’t miss out on this New Year-themed charter to Wicked Wendover of the West. There will be bingo, prizes, libations and an all-around resolution to not lose our shirts, shoes, socks and skivvies, unless for a good laaaaay!
Noon–9pm, pick up at Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South. Tickets $25, 801-997-9763 or biggayfunbus.com.
13sunday Equality Utah’s 12th annual Jazz Brunch fundraiser features the Jennifer Leitham Trio. The renowned bassist recently fully transitioned MtF, and she is the subject of the new documentary film I Stand Corrected. The event will also hold a silent auction.
11am-3pm, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Limited-seating tickets $65, 801-355-3479 or equalityutah.org.
16wednesday Academy Award-winning actor and multiple Grammy Award-winning performer, Robin Williams sits down to “chat” with his old friend, comedian, actor, director and author David Steinberg. Steinberg and Williams will discuss a variety of topics such as his films, Mork & Mindy, Hollywood anecdotes, the world of stand up comedy and his own life, all of which will be given the very funny and poignant Robin Williams treatment.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $80-150 or VIP $375, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
19saturday The New-York based Public Theater’s Tony-winning production of Hair is on tour across the nation. This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time strikes a resonant chord with audiences young and old. Hair features an extraordinary cast and unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In” and “Good Morning, Starshine.”
Times vary, through Sunday, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $30-57.50, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
The Utah Opera presents Florencia en el Amazonas, an two-act opera composed by Daniel Catán. It contains elements of magical realism, in the style of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Spoiler Alert: Amazon River, steamboat, cholera.
7:30, through Jan. 27, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 S. Tickets $15-83, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
20sunday Nova Chamber Music Series presents New Horizons, Then and Now. This concert celebrates the centennial of the premiere of the late composer Arnold Schoenberg’s expressionistic tour de force, Pierrot Lunaire. Schoenberg’s seminal work is paired with a brilliant and moving cycle by American composer Jason Eckardt for soprano and instrumental ensemble. Also, there’s a special guest appearance by world-renowned interpreter of new music Tony Arnold.
3-5pm, Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $15–18, 1-801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
25friday The Beast of SB Dance is a sampler concert of highlights from past shows and shows that they are currently creating. It’s a taste test of their “beasts” – funny, terrible and feisty little pieces, performed by an amazing pick-up crew of top dancers and actors. Always a crowd-pleaser.
Times vary, through Jan. 27, Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $15, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
30wednesday The classic French farce of marital mayhem, A Flea in Her Ear, is Georges Feydeau’s masterpiece of mistaken identities. A wife suspects that her husband is having an affair. With the help of her best friend, she concocts a plan to expose Victor’s dalliance at the Hotel Coq d’Or to confirm her suspicions. The plan misfires and sets in motion a plan that turns into pandemonium and comic disaster, erupting into a barrage of hilarity and romantic turmoil.
7:30pm, through Feb. 10, Babcock Theatre, 300 S. 1400 E., UofU. Tickets $15, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
31thursday The Pickleville Playhouse, located in lovely Garden City, Utah (just a horse’s neigh from the shore of Bear Lake), is mozying to Salt Lake City with The Hanging of El Bandito. This musical comedy follows the adventure of the “most guapo villain in the world,” as he seeks revenge after nearly meeting his end at the hand of a brave western lawman. Wow, this would make a fabulous Beiber/Timberlake film!
Times vary, through Feb. 2, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $17-21, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.og.