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Gay Agenda

Tony’s Gay Agenda

gay agenda jan-feb
Written by Tony Hobday
January 18-February 4
CONCERTS

Laura “LP” Pergolizzi is a queer singer-songwriter, whose look and demeanor have been called androgynous, but personally she identifies as a lesbian.

“I feel so ordinary in this feast of diversity we’re having,” she said in an interview. “The look is everything and the look is nothing. I know people that are completely – quote unquote – ‘normal-looking’ that are out of their fucking minds. And I’ve met people that look wild, and it’s like talking to a hairbrush.

LP’s voice has been liked to Stevie Nicks and Cyndi Lauper (will that’s definitely a queer bridge).  Her fifth full length album, Heart to Mouth, released late last year, is the follow-up to her breakthrough album Lost On You that has now garnered over 700 million streams worldwide. 

4Monday — LP
Union Event Center, 235 N. 500 West, 8 p.m. Tickets $25-30, ticketfly.com

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS

Utah Repertory Theater Company presents a staged reading of the new play by award-winning playwright Drew Fornarola (co-author of the off-Broadway hit Straight). The quiet college town of Jefferson City, South Carolina is thrust into the national spotlight when a shocking crime is alleged on campus. Judging Hayden follows a legal case at the nexus of race, class, privilege and gender equality as it plays out under the glare of 24 hour cable news, and explores how the same events look strikingly different when spun by left-wing, right-wing, and mainstream media.

Well, it’s that time again for another live televised incarnation of a beloved Broadway musical that unfortunately fails time and time again (in my humble opinion). Anyhoo, Rent is a groundbreaking, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil.

Robin Becker received the Lambda Award in Poetry for “All-American Girl,” and has held fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard.

A member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of two books of poems: Leaving Tulsa and Bright Raft in the Afterweather. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

18Friday — Judging Hayden (Staged Reading)
Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 136 W. 300 South, 7:30 p.m. Free, no late seating

27Sunday — Rent
Fox Network, 6 p.m.

4Monday — Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series: Becker and Foerster
Adamson Alumni House, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East, 7 p.m. Free

THEATRE

An Other Theater Company presents Edward II, a surprisingly open tale of homosexuality written by Shakespeare’s contemporary Christopher Marlowe in 1594, the newly crowned King Edward II, reunited with the lover his father had banished, now has only the disapproving nobles to stand between him and the man he loves.

Wicked is a renowned tale of the land of Oz, a good witch, and a green-with-envy witch bitch. Spoiler alert: the actual bitch is the lion. Enjoy!

Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA follows an enslaved Nubian princess who finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida must weigh her heart against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people.

18Friday — Edward II
An Other Theater Company, Provo Towne Centre, 1200 Towne Centre Blvd., times vary, through Feb. 2, anothertheatercompany.com

30Wednesday — Wicked
Delta Hall, Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main St., times vary through March 3. Tickets $99-229, artsaltlake.org

1Friday — AIDA
On Pitch Performing Arts, 587 N. Main St., Layton, times vary through Feb. 16. Tickets $12-15, onpitchperformingarts.com

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