September is brooding in mysticism, satanism, crystal balls, black eyeliner, alien autopsies, quidditch, moonwalking, Murder, She Wrote … ummm, I may have added one too many eye of newt to my cauldron of booze. Anyhoo, the following are full of music, dancing, vampires, zombies, chainsaws, garden shears, Shirley Maclaine … definitely too many eye of newt.
11Friday — Dark Arts Festival
Area 51, 451 S. 400 West, through Sunday, times vary. Three-day pass $30, 24tix.com
25Friday — Thriller
Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City, through Oct. 11, times vary. Tickets $23-35, egyptiantheatrecompany.org
Aptly named, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company opens with “Fall Season,” an exhibition of choreography by three “kinetically charged” choreographers: Daniel Charon, Adam Barruch and Doug Varone. The show is a mixed bag of intensity, solitude, sensory overload and physical fluidity.
17Thursday — Fall Season
Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, through Saturday, 7:30pm. Tickets $17.50-30, arttix.org
Like their predecessor, Howard Jones, who was a pioneer in new wave and synthpop music in the 1980s, LDS heartthrob Brandon Flowers and the Aquabats bring their own styles of the genres — although the Aquabats add comedic antics and costumery … Holy Toledo, Batman! Among the grunge and punk rock music are the fabulous Babes in Toyland and The Home Team. Last but not least is country girl-turned-chic, Taylor Swift … shake it off gurl, there’s no shame in making your own clothes!
1Tuesday — Babes in Toyland
Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 8pm. Tickets $22, 24tix.com
2Wednesday — The Home Team
The Loading Dock, 445 S. 400 West, 6:30pm. Tickets $10, 24tix.com
4Friday — Howard Jones: The Songs, The Piano & The Stories
Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City, through Sep. 6, times vary. Tickets $39-65, egyptiantheatrecompany.org
— Taylor Swift
Energy Solutions Arena, 301 S. Temple, 7:30pm. Tickets $36.50-136.50, smithstix.com
26Saturday — Aquabats
The Depot, 400 S. Temple, 7pm. Tickets 21+: $20 Adv/$25 Day Of. Under 21: $22 Adv/$27 Day Of, smithstix.com
28Monday — Brandon Flowers
The Depot, 400 S. Temple, 8:30pm. Tickets $35, smithstix.com
Premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Grandma is a comedy drama coming-of-age story of sorts starring the iconic comedian Lily Tomlin. The film also stars Laverne Cox, Marcia Gay Harden and Judy Greer. What an amazing cast of groundbreaking and talented actresses!
25Friday — Grandma
Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. Broadway, times vary. Tickets $6.75-9.25, saltlakefilmsociety.org
Utah’s Pioneer Theatre Company and Broadway Across America stage classic musicals this September that are set during social and economic turmoil in different parts of the world. Fiddler on the Roof delves into Jewish beliefs and traditions in Imperial Russia; and, 42nd Street takes a lighthearted look at the unwavering American dream of success and stardom during the Great Depression.
18Friday — Fiddler on the Roof
Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, UofU, through Oct. 3, times vary. Tickets $40-62, pioneertheatre.org
22Tuesday — 42nd Street
Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, through Sep. 27, times vary. Ticket prices TBA, arttix.org