Gay Agenda

Tony’s Gay Agenda

ART EXHIBITS

The Brigham City Museum of Art & History presents the exhibition All the World’s a Stage: Costumes From Utah’s Greats currently on display. The exhibition includes costumes designed, made, and used by performing arts companies from around the state including Utah Shakespeare Festival, Ballet West, Utah Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Heritage Theater.

In addition to original costumes, the exhibition features design drawings of some of the costumes, as well as photographs of the costumes and productions in which they were used. Some highlights are the Esmeralda Feast of Fools costume from Utah Festival Opera’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Ghost of Christmas Future from the Heritage Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol.


Additionally, the exhibition will include some sample materials for visitors to touch, and a partially dressed example so visitors can see the structure required for some of the complicated historically inspired costumes.

“A” Gallery opens a new group exhibition Love in the Abstract, featuring incredible works by Brent Godfrey, Jared Walker, and Bruce Christensen. Christensen’s work ranges from formal outdoor public works to figurative and narrative sculptures. He has a passion for materials producing work by traditional methods such as bronze casting and ceramics, but also incorporates methods and materials such as steel fabrication and synthetic materials.

Walker’s paintings begin with a personal narrative, through a process of spontaneity and abstraction, they evolve to express a new visual dialogue open to interpretation. His current body of work uses the human figure as metaphor for the human condition, examining how the human soul fits into the 21st century.

Godfrey uses the painting process to translate objects, figures, and landscapes into physical metaphor.Combining varying degrees of abstraction and representation, he explores identity and memory,
interpersonal relationships, and social conventions.

1Friday — All the World’s a Stage: Costumes from Utah’s Greats
Brigham City Museum of Arts & History, 24 N. 300 West, Brigham City, times vary, through March 16. Free

5Tuesday — Love in the Abstract
“A” Gallery / Allen + Alan Fine Art, 1321 S. 2100 East, times vary through March 2. Free. A special reception will be held Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m.

BALLET

Ballet West returns with Adam Sklute’s critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake. Glorious, heart-melting music by Tchaikovsky and a timeless story of a sad prince, an evil sorcerer, and a beautiful woman turned into a swan.

8Friday — Swan Lake
Capitol Theatre, 151 S. 200 West, times vary through Feb. 23. Tickets $45-102, artsaltlake.org

CONCERTS

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

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

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.

The clock is ticking, the dancers are sweating, the choreographers are frantically creating, and…you and your guests are partying! It must be the soiree of the year, RDT’s Regalia – an annual fundraiser that asks the audience to award a commission based on works created in just four hours. The evening culminates with a lively shindig and dancing on stage to live big band music.

It Gets Better is a newly revamped artistic collaboration with the world-famous San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. The It Gets Better Tour brings the experience and message of the online It Gets Better Project to communities and audiences by blending music, theater, and multimedia into a work for the stage.

The cast brings to life real stories from LGBTA people from around the country.  With the It Gets Better Tour, a small but dedicated ensemble travels to communities nationwide to produce a week of educational workshops culminating in this moving musical theater performance. The week culminates in a Main Stage performance – equal parts wit, whimsy, empowerment and inspiration.

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

9Saturday — Regalia
Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 136 W. 300 South, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $75, artsaltlake.org

— San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus & It Gets Better
Eccles Center Theater, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $29, park city institute

SYMPHONY

Not only is Ballet West celebrating Tchaikovsky but so is the Utah Symphony with “Pathétique”, which means passionate or emotional in Russian, but is sometimes mistranslated to mean evoking pity.

The first performance of Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” was certainly a pity, as Tchaikovsky led it just nine days before his death and 21 days later it was performed in his memory. Declaring he put his “whole soul into this work,” Tchaikovsky introduced a radical new concept deviating from the optimistic model of light over dark, and instead ends the composition in bleak minor chords. Pieces such as “Pathétique” formed a narrative or story to engage listeners, just as it’s sure to engage you.

8Friday — “Pathétique”
Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 7:30 p.m., through Saturday. Tickets $15-68, artsaltlake.org

THEATRE

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.

1Friday — Wicked
Delta Hall, Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main St., times vary through March 3. Tickets $99-229, artsaltlake.org

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

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