So I made it through this year’s Sundance Film Festival without being served a restraining order filed against me by Channing Tatum. Although I’m pretty sure he and his security detail were unaware that I kept following him into public restrooms … you see, I’m stealthily quiet as a lion stalking its prey. Other than that, the festival seemed a bit sleepy compared to previous years … but hey, as long as I keep having exciting bathroom memories, I’m all good!
3thursday — Join the SLCC Community Writing Center and the SLCC Grand Theatre for Remembering the Poetry of Tennessee Williams. This public reading will highlight the works of local poets who participated in the Putting Life into Words writing workshop, and will feature other local writers reading the works of the gay poet.
6–8pm, Main Library, 4th floor conference room, 210 E. 400 South. Free, 801-957-7522 or slcc.edu.
5saturday — Salt Lake City will host the I AM EQUAL Project, an unprecedented human rights global photo campaign from commercial fashion photographer Matt Spencer and Jason Beckett. To participate, people are asked to be creative, wear a brightly colored shirt and come to the event ready for their photo with hair and makeup complete. The project is driven by social sharing of the photos through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, blogs and more. Come on girls, get your sexy on for equal rights!
11am–9pm, Sheraton Hotel, 150 W. 500 South. Donation of $20 suggested, iamequalproject.org.
6sunday — Well red dog my end zone and call me a wide receiver, it’s time for Super Bowl XLV. The Pittsburgh Steelers go up against the Green Bay Packers — I’m betting on the Packers … no, not just because of their name, but also because I want to experience some “unecessary roughness” with Aaron Rodgers … yeah, baby! Several of our local hangouts will be showing the big game, such as The Trapp, Club Try-Angles and Paper Moon, so join the party and enjoy the game. Kick-off is at 4:30 p.m.
10thursday — Sugar Space presents SUITE: Women Defining Space highlights three local emerging women choreographers Joan Mann, Emily Haygeman and Elise Williams. The performance addresses the misconception that men make dances and women perform them. Oooo, does this mean there will be a plethora of hot male dancers? If so, cha-ching!
8pm, through Feb. 12, Sugar Space, 616 E. Wilmington (2190 South). Tickets $10/adv–12/at the door, 1-888-300-7898 or thesugarspace.com.
11friday — A commemoration of true love — Ballet West’s The Sleeping Beauty comes alive with the enduring story of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince and the triumph of good over evil. Set to Tchaikovsky’s stirring score, this timeless classic will add a touch of romance to your Valentine’s season beginnings, even if you’re a perpetually single person.
7:30pm, through Feb. 19, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $18–74, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail. It tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers will spin your head off, but don’t worry it’s only a “flesh wound.”
8pm, tonight and Saturday, 6:30pm on Sunday, matinees on Sat. & Sun., Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $37–64.50, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
12saturday — In their search for Utah’s Iron Man Choreographer, Repertory Dance Theatre’s CHARETTE runs amuck with bribery, witty improvisational choreography and mingling with celebrity judges. This dance competition is fast, fun and a fabulous fundraising event.
7:30pm, Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $35, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
The dance form danzón is a cultural hybridization dating back to the mid-1800s and was was initially regarded as scandalous, especially when it began to be danced by all classes of the Latin society. Apparently, the danzón, which later became an insipid dance for older couples, was at first danced with “obscene movements” of the hips by young couples in close embrace, with bodies touching, and by couples who might come from different races. Danzón – Luna Negra Dance Theater with the Turtle Island Quartet present an evening of this intriguing Latino artistic movement.
7:30pm, Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City. Tickets $18–65, 435-655-3114 or ecclescenter.org.
Another dance form of African origin is the Brazilian Samba, and the best part of this dance is the costumery — have to love all the beads, feathers and glitter — drag queens (and girly boys like me) love it. And that’s why Samba Fogo Dance Company is looking for both guys and dolls to enter their annual Samba Fogo Samba Queen competition. Girlfriend, I’ve got this in the bag!
9pm, Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East. Tickets $10, 24tix.com or at the door. To register for the competition, visit sambafogo.com.
13sunday — Artists Richard Salcido, Frank Gonzales and Anthony Granato will have their artwork displayed for auction during the Human Rights Campaign-Utah’s Fundraiser. The artists will also be present the night of the event to talk about their work, and personally sign their pieces for the auction winners.
6pm, Silver Queen Fine Arts, 577 Main St., Park City. Free, bids can be placed ahead of the event by calling the gallery at 435-649-6555, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
14monday — Even though she canceled the Utah stop of her Lilith Fair last summer, I still love Sarah McLachlan. Her voice turns me to butter and sometimes straight, too. OK, not really … I’m a 5.99999 on the Kinsey scale. Anyhoo, seeing her in concert would be the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day. Many loves to all my readers, you’re awesome.
7:30pm, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., UofU. Tickets $40–65, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
A decorated Marine officer unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp, but when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them. The film A Marine Story highlights the absurdity of the military ban on gays through the personal story of one courageous woman.
7:30pm, Tower Theatre, 831 E. 900 South. Free, 801-359-5158 or slcfilmcemter.org.
Pleasantly plump Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad is delighted when she wins a spot as a dancer on her favorite local TV program, The Corny Collins Show. But when Tracy tries to end the unfair practices of the show’s producer, she learns there’s more to 1960’s America than just singing and dancing … it’s all about the Hairspray. Presented by the new arts organization CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, this production is boasted as “Broadway magic, Utah style.”
7:30pm, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville. Tickets $15-18, 801-298-1302 or centerpointtheatre.org.
15tuesday — Local openly gay singer-songwriter Andy Livingston had reluctantly agreed to take piano lessons as a child, but it wasn’t until he discovered the likes of Tori Amos, Elton John, Billy Joel and Enya that “I knew I had had enough of dead composers.” From the playful cabaret-stylings of “Good Old What’s His Name” to the lyrically haunting “Indigo Winter” and “Strangers Who Double As Lovers,” the songs “come from deeply personal places, and it shows when I perform them.”
7pm, Kilby Court, 750 S. Kilby Ct. Tickets $6, 801-364-3538 or 24tix.com.
MAR 12 Pilobolus, Park City
APR 16 Lily Tomlin, Kingsbury Hall
APR 20 David Sedaris, Kingsbury Hall
JUL 25 Katy Perry, ESA