A couple of weeks ago my friends dragged me by what little (contrary to popular rumor) hair I have on my rear end to Shoe Carnival where I ran into Dennis McCracken — you know, the Salt Lake Men’s Choir guru. Anyhoo, he was dressed in a clown costume, and though he explained that he had just come from entertaining at a Boy Scouts of America jamboree, I was suspicious that he may actually moonlight at the Carnival. In any case, he was so excited that as he hugged me his tiny trick flower spit on me … and then he bought me dinner!
1thursday — Sugar Space proudly presents Suite: Women Defining Dance, an annual series supporting local female choreographers. Featured this year are fivefour/Cortney McGuire and Leah Nelson, Erica Womack and Laura Blakely. Enjoy an evening of thoughtful, unpredictable and diverse choreography, ranging from the disjointed and hopeful world of daydreams to our struggle to communicate despite best efforts and the surge in technology and social media.
8pm, through Saturday, The Sugar Space, 616 E. Wilmington. Tickets $12–15, 888-300-7898 or thesugarspace.com.
2friday — Five-time Tony-award nominee Rock of Ages is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting 1980’s hits from such artists as Pat Benatar, Journey, REO Speedwagon and Asia — I loved Asia until I realized Jainism is not the “nectar of the wanker.” But I digress. A small town girl meets a big city rocker on the Sunset Strip and then in L.A.’s most famous rock club they fall madly in love to the decade’s greatest songs. Ahhhh … I miss big hair and Jainism!
8pm, through Saturday, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $35–62.50, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
Weber State University Department of Performing Arts presents Moliere’s classic French comedy Tartuffe. The play was first staged in 1664 and although the public and King Louis himself loved the play, it upset the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and members of upper-class society — that’s reason enough to see this show. Jennifer Kokai, director of the production, says, “Along with the hilarious comedy story, our Medicine Show has singing, dancing, magic, juggling and many surprises.”
7:30pm, through March 10, Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. Tickets $8–11, 800-WSU-TIKS or weberstatetickets.com.
5monday — Five-time Tony-award winner The Drowsy Chaperone is a hilarious musical comedy stocked with the finest libations: Hot gangsters, hot showgirls, hot oil, hot oil tycoons and a hot British butler — I loved the hot Mr. Belvedere until the end of the face-melting ’80s. Oh yeah, what about Benson … ooolala! Apparently I have a thing for manservants … where’s Dennis McCracken???
7:30pm, through Mar. 31, Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville. Tickets $20, 801-298-1302 or centerpointtheatre.tix.com.
I loved the ’80s: I graduated high … middle school; I lost my virginity; and parachute pants were in style. Anyhoo, the 1988 film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a Spanish black comedy from gay filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. It’s the story of a jilted actress, a mentally unstable ex-girlfriend, a possible female terrorist and a suspicious lady lawyer, and how their paths cross, all leading to the same dude … been there, done that! The Westminster Film Program hosts this free screening.
7pm, Tower Theater, 876 E 900 South. Free, 801-321-0310.
7wednesday — Check out the U.S. premiere screening of Love Never Dies (it’s not a James Bond flick), the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless love story, Phantom of the Opera. This one-night, special-engagement screening includes an introduction from Webber, discussing the creative process and stumbling blocks of developing the story, as well as behind-the-scenes content.
Times and theaters vary. Tickets available at fandango.com.
8thursday — In Colonial America, The Third Crossing of black and white bloodlines was believed to yield white children. The relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings — whose children were the third crossing but remained slaves — is the springboard for examining interracial relationships in America. This Plan-B Theatre production, by Debora Threedy, is “racial profiling redefined.”
8pm, through March 18, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets $20, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
A country kid from Iowa, Trevor McFedries aka DJ Skeet Skeet had a successful run playing high school football, shredding in hardcore bands and being awkward around girls … my life incarnate, except I was playing high school footsies, shredding lettuce and being awkward around my Spanish teacher Señor Thomas. Anyhoo, Skeet has been spinnin’ remixes for gay faves like Katy Perry, Fergie and Boys Like Girls, so this should make for a fabulous evening.
9pm, Metro Bar, 540 W. 200 South. Tickets $10, 801-467-8499 or smithstix.com.
9friday — The UofU Performing Dance Company’s Spring Concert highlights Twyla Tharp’s piece “Sweet Fields.” The performance also will feature innovative premieres by faculty members including a piece set to Bolero, and will be performed with live accompaniment by the University Philharmonia and other musicians from the School of Music.
7:30pm, through Saturday, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, UofU. Tickets $10–20, 801-581-7100 or kingtix.com.
10saturday — The Utah Opera presents The Elixir of Love, by Gaetano Donizetti. Set in 18th century Italy, this comic opera involves a poor peasant and a wealthy landowner named Adina. When the peasant, Nemorino, learns of Adina’s impending nuptials he seeks the help of a quack salesman who provides him with a “love potion” to win the heart of the bride-to-be.
7:30pm, through March 18, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. Tickets $16–85, 801-355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Art Access Gallery is trying something new: A Studio Spring Cleaning Sale. The benefit for you: Original fine art at reduced prices. The benefit for the artists: Cleaned out studios. The benefit for Art Access: A portion of proceeds will fund Art Access programs. Participating artists include Anne Becker, Linnie Brown, Marian Dunn, Heidi Evans, Shilo Jackson, Kristina Lenzi, Chris Miles, Dottie Miles, Karl Pace, Jody Plant, Steven K. Sheffield and more.
10am–1pm, Art Access Gallery, 230 S. 500 West. For more information go to accessart.org.
As part of the At Work Film Series, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts is screening the fabulous 1980 comedy 9 to 5. Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, the film centers around three disgruntled colleagues who fantasize about taking revenge on their boss. The film is presented in conjunction with the At Work: Prints from the Great Depression exhibition — I don’t see the correlation between the two, unless we’re talking about Dolly’s cleavage.
2pm, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Dr., UofU. Free, 801-581-7332 or umfa.utah.edu.
14wednesday — The Celebration of Art & Soup is Salt Lake City’s world-class fundraising event for Community Nursing Services Home Health and Hospice. This unique two-day event shares creative artwork by some of Utah’s finest artists, along with soup samplings and desserts from local restaurants. The admission, art exhibit, auction and sale support CNS’s charitable care program. BTW, this is one of Michael Aaron’s fave events — he’s probably just fishing for free hospice care since the need is right around the corner.
11am–2pm and 5–9pm, through Thursday, Sheraton Hotel, 150 W. 500 South. Tickets $15 at the door, cns-cares.org.
The State Room
In The Venue
Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover
Foster The People
“8” The Play (a reading)
Rose Wagner Center