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Currently on exhibit at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts is Power Couples: The Pendant Format in Art that explores works of art conceived as pairs and examines how timeless pairings from sixteenth-century Europe to contemporary Utah illuminate of-the-moment ideas.

Curator Leslie Anderson conceived and organized the exhibition, the first of its kind devoted to a comprehensive look at the pendant format and the artistic strategies at play in such works. Drawing chiefly from the UMFA’s dynamic collection, Power Couples explores how artists have used the pendant format across media, cultures, and time periods to explore gender roles and social status; to present moments of before-and-after, cause-and-effect and departure-and-return; and to compare and contrast familiar stories and ideas.

Visitors are encouraged to engage with these concepts through a variety of in-gallery experiences such as dressing up to create your own pendant, a magnet board that allows you to change and disrupt the gender roles of Barthel Bruyn the Younger’s Portrait of a Gentleman and Portrait of a Lady (ca.1555–1565), and more.

19Thursday — Power Couples: The Pendant Format in Art
UMFA, 410 Campus Center Dr., UofU, times vary through Dec. 8. Tickets $12.95, plus October special of BOGO Friday nights,


Longtime LGBT ally Sara Bareilles returns to the Utah stage. Earlier this year, Chris Azzopardi interviewed her about her “own be-bold guidance for her fifth solo album, Amidst the Chaos, making timely feminist assertions (“Armor”) and using coded language to write songs that could be about love but were actually written, mournfully, longingly, with a specific loved one in mind: Barack Obama”. See full interview here: QSaltLake.

Acclaimed duo Shovels & Rope will perform at The Commonwealth Room in support of their new album By Blood. Known for their honest, literate and narrative-driven songwriting, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent inject raw and fiercely passionate emotion into the 10 new tracks on the album. The husband and wife team have built a reputation as boldly honest, heart-on-sleeve artists who put everything into their craft and their incendiary live performances. They are fabulous!

19Saturday — Sara Bareilles
Maverik Center, 3200 Decker Lake Dr., WVC, 8 p.m. Tickets $39.95-95,

23Wednesday — Shovels & Rope
The Commonwealth Room, 195 W. 2100 South, 7 p.m. Tickets $75 and up,


Repertory Dance Theatre presents Inside Outside by renowned classic and contemporary dance-makers Doris Humphrey, Lar Lubovitch, Andy Noble, Noa Zuk, and Ohad Fishof who present highly technical choreography, and quirky invention laced with rhythmic humor and deeply humanistic voices. This show will turn you inside outside, so don’t wear anything too fancy, just sayin’!

3Thursday — Inside Outside
Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, 7:30 p.m., through Saturday Tickets $30,


The Royal Court of The Golden Spike Empire proudly presents The Fire and Ice Ball, a drag benefit show. This one-night only performance includes a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres prior to the show. There will also be a cash bar and live auctions throughout the night. So join the new reign of Utah’s best drag entertainers. As Utah’s oldest LGBTQ+ nonprofit organization they have been raising money and awareness for the community for 44 years. This production benefits the RCGSE Cancer Fund.

13Sunday — The Fire & Ice Ball
Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, 6 p.m. Tickets $20,


On Saturday, Sep. 21, check out the grand opening of Punch Bowl Social Salt Lake City, presented by Night Out. Join your fellow do-gooding, fun-hunting friends by purchasing your ticket to this exclusive event at which 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Encircle LGBTQ+ Family and Youth Resource Center. Ticket purchase includes great food, next level gaming, live art installation and a special drink menu available for purchase.

Support Red Butte Garden at their annual Fall Bulb and Native Plant Sale fundraiser the last weekend of September. You will find spring flowering bulbs (such as Daffodils, Fritillaria, and Flowering Onions, as well as a diversity of early blooming miniature bulbs), organic garlic bulbs, native and water-wise plants, ornamental grasses, flowering perennials, and more. There will also be a wide selection of flowering perennials, including selections for both sunny and shady locations, and a variety of own-root roses.

21Saturday — Punch Bowl Social
The Gateway, 6 N. Rio Grande St., upstairs, 7-10 p.m., 21+ only. Tickets $20,

27Friday — Fall Bulb and Native Plant Sale
Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, UofU, times vary through Saturday. Admission varies,


The State Room presents multi-talented singer, actor, director, choreographer, and YouTube personality, Todrick Hall who rose to prominence on American Idol. His popular YouTube channel has upper of 510 million channel views consisting notably for original songs, choreographed flash mobs for Beyoncé, musical collaborations, and appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race as a guest judge.

29Tuesday — Todrick Hall
Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25-45,

Photo of Shovels & Rope by Todd Cooper

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