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Tony’s Gay Agenda

gay agenda february 14-28
Written by Tony Hobday
FUN FUNDRAISERS

The Matron’s of Mayhem have entertained thousands during their decades-long Third Friday Bingo fundraisers. Well, I only say decades-long because I’m going off of how much pancake mix they use on their faces.

This month, the Matrons will surely raise bundles for The Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue. And from what I hear, Petunia Pap Smear will enter the church riding on one such Great Dane. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t that sound wrong?

15Friday — Third Friday Bingo
First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 East, 7 p.m. Bingo cards $6 plus additional cash fines for shamefulness 

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS

Park City’s Egyptian Theatre hosts a four-night performance concert by Shawn Colvin. Now, some of the younger gens may ask “who dat?” Well, she is a three-decade recording artist of Americana/Folk music … and a Grammy winner … and her chops will make your ears bleed honey.

21Thursday — Shawn Colvin
Eygptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City, times vary through Sunday. Ticket prices vary by performance, egyptiantheatrecompany.org

SYMPHONY

Utah Symphony welcomes Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman, an extraordinary artist whose performances have been heard around the world. Gluzman will play Brahms’ Violin Concerto on the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari.

Brahms’s only violin concerto at the time, pushed the envelope of musical and violin technique and was not initially welcomed. Come hear why it soon became a high point of violin repertoire as the piece spans the scope of flaming ferocity and peaceful introspection.

22Friday — Brahms’ Violin Concerto
Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 7:30 p.m., through Saturday. Tickets $15-84, artsaltlake.org

THEATRE

For Valentine’s Day (and a couple weeks longer, The Grand Theatre Company invites all couples … and “SAD” singles to First Date.

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. In a delightful and unexpected twist, restaurant patrons transform into Casey and Aaron’s inner critics like supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers, and potential conversational land mines.

“I guarantee you there will come a time when your name won’t ring a bell among the living.” This teaser line from Elaine Jarvik’s new play, An Evening with Two Awful Men, references (at least in Jarvik’s mind) to the original worst-President-ever (and possibly gay) James Buchanan and actor-assassin John Wilkes Booth defend their (in)actions before a live studio audience.

In the production by Plan-B Theatre Company, Buchanan is played by Jason Bowcutt. Aaron Adams plays John Wilkes Booth, the swashbuckling, rash assassin of Abraham Lincoln. Harriet Tubman (played by Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin) also shows up. And there is a woman named Emily (played by Emilie Starr) in this dark comedy about race, privilege, and legacy.

Pygmalion Productions and Julie Jensen present Wait, a summer-sizzling new play in the wintertime. In it, Wendy Burger stands on the edge of a summer that will change her life forever.

It’s the summer she moves out of her father’s house (and into a UPS truck). The summer she starts a theatre with the guy she used to date (no one else would have them). The summer she performs her first acting role (Lisa in Hamlet — with a flickering blue light playing the lead, à la Tinkerbell). The summer when she gets tips from the actress, Floating Piñata Head. But most of all it’s the summer when she meets O Vixen My Vixen, who is both beautiful and oh-so-deep. It’s the summer that changes everything in Wendy’s life.

Kicking off its 2019 season, The Ziegfeld Theater is thrilled to bring ABBA’s glittering musical, Mamma Mia!, to Northern Utah.

If your a clueless homo, here’s the synopsis: The winner takes it all. A young girl’s search for her birth father takes an hilarious turn as it brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek Island they last visited 20 years ago. This charming trip-down-the-aisle tale is chock full of explosive dance numbers, ABBA’s best hits and non-stop laughs. An Opening Night Gala on Feb. 22, and Feb. 23 is $5 Student Night.

14Thursday — First Date
Grand Theatre, Salt Lake Community College, 1575 S. State St., times vary through March 2. Tickets $10-20, grandtheatrecompany.coma

21Thursday — An Evening with Two Old Men
Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, times vary through March 3. Tickets $22, artsaltlake.org

22Friday — Wait
Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, times vary through March 9. Tickets $20, artsaltlake.org

— Mamma Mia!
Ziegfeld Theater, 3934 S. Washington Blvd., Ogden, times vary through March 14. Tickets $17-19, theziegfeldtheater.com

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