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Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
May 16-May 20, 2013Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is excited to announce the 2013 Keynote Speaker will be author, birder and shorebird expert Kevin Karlson. Kevin says his recent experience with Super storm Sandy brought him closer to nature than he wanted to be. He had ocean water lapping on his front lawn. Visiting Great Salt Lake next May will be a better way to interact with salt water. Kevin has been to Utah previously, but as a tourist to our red rock country so he is excited to be part of the Festival in northern Utah. In addition to giving the Keynote address, Kevin will also guide a few fieldtrips and sign books. The Festival is excited to let Kevin do what he does best- inspire people of all ages to enjoy bird watching more!
Pioneer Theatre Company
May 3-June 1, 2013
In 2007, PTC's production of Les Miserables played for 10 sold-out weeks. Now the epic musical masterpiece is back! Victor Hugo's story of Jean Valjean, an escaped prisoner who redeems his life through selfless acts of love even as he is pursued by the implacable Inspector Javert through some of the most tumultuous years in French history, has thrilled millions of theatergoers all over the world.
Meat and Potato Theatre
May 23-June 9, 2013The Farndale Avenue ladies don't shy from a challenge--though they probably should. Their current entry for the annual Guild Dramatic Society is a bold interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Despite that fact that Lady Macbeth now lost somewhere on the wrong bus and the props, sound effects, and light cues are rarely in the right place, the Farndale Avenue ladies are going to make it to that curtain call, by golly, if it kills you.
May 15-May 26, 2013When the matriarch of a Utah County Mormon family expresses her desire to marry a man outside their faith, the younger women of the extended Pratt family are sent into a frenzy of reactions.
Exploring themes of authentic and real lives, the meaning of love and the pressure humans put on each other to conform to a narrow idea of whom to marry, The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County, the world premiere of a play by Miguel Santana, will run May 16-26 at the Post Theater.
"I grew up Mormon so I was particularly attracted to the story of a Mormon widow struggling to choose between her desire to share her life with the person she loves, and the expectations of her family and church," said Santana. "I see the direct correlation between her conflict and the question of marriage equality for gays and lesbians."
Alexandra Harbold, the play's director said, "I wanted to direct the play for many reasons including the quest at the heart of Miguel's play: To seem or to be? The title not only captures Miguel's irreverent humor in the play, but it also gets at that core question, how do we align our inner and outer lives so that we get to be righteous and very real?"
Question and answer discussion with the director, playwright and cast will follow the opening performance on Thursday, May 16.
Utah Pride Center
May 30-June 2, 2013
Every year, a committee of volunteers, staff and community organizations work together to produce the Utah Pride Festival during the first weekend of June. Begun in 1983, the annual event has grown dramatically from those small and rather secretive first gatherings to a festival with national headliners. Recent attendance has reached to well over 28,000 people, including those from the LGBTQ community and their allies found among their families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. As one of the premiere Pride Festivals in the Western United States, we welcome people from Logan, Park City, Provo/Orem, St. George, Moab, our rural communities, and surrounding states of Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, and Idaho to join us for the Utah Pride Festival.
The Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition will host the 12th annual Pride Interfaith Service on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7 pm at Congregation Kol Ami. In harmony with this years Pride theme "Gotta Be Real", Utah Pride Interfaith's theme for this year's service is "REALize, You're Sacred!" We honor the holiness and the wholeness of each and every member of our community. Your real self is wholly holy.
The Grand Marshal Reception will be Friday, May 31 from 7-9:30 pm on the 3rd Floor of The Leonardo. Please join us as we honor David Testo as the 2013 Grand Marshal. We will also recognize Brandie Balken and Charles Lynn Frost for the Dr. Kristen Ries Community Service Award, Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck for the Pete Suazo Political Action Award and Jackson Carter for the Local Hero Award. Kickoff the weekend’s festivities with friends, savory hors d’oeuvres, conversation, and a cash bar serving beer, wine, special Pride beverages.
Saturday's festivities kick-off with the 4th annual Salt Lake City Pride Day 5K which begins at 9 am. Runners, joggers and walkers of all stripes are invited to participate. Participants will start the race on Capitol Boulevard (which is directly East of the Utah State Capitol building). Day-of registration and packet pickup will begin at 7:30 am, and be located directly South of the starting line area.The 5K course will take participants past Salt Lake's beautiful Capitol building, City Creek Canyon, and finish in Memory Grove. A portion of each race registration fee benefits the Utah Pride Student Scholarship Program to award two Utah students (one traditional and one non-traditional) with higher education scholarships. The Pride Day 5K is produced in partnership with Sports-AM.
The annual Dyke and Trans* Rally & Marches begin at 2 pm. The Dyke March will convene on the Utah State Capitol’s southern lawn for a short rally before beginning the March. Location of the Trans* March is TBA. When speeches end, the two marches will join and process down to the main Festival Grounds at Washington Square.
The Festival grounds open at 3 pm. Join us for more than 175 vendor and food booths, entertainment and fun! Enjoy special family hours from 3-6 pm. Entertainment on the Main Stage begins at 3 pm with Opening Ceremonies. Alex Newell, who was discovered on Lifetime's reality TV show The Glee Project and currently appears as as the transgender teenager Unique / Wade Adams, will take the stage at 4 pm. At 7 pm, Ivy Winters & Pandora Boxx, both of whom competed on the hit reality TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, will perform. DJ Jen Woolfe will host The Dance Party beginning at 9 pm.
Sunday kicks off with the annual Utah Pride Parade at 10 am. Get there early for the best seats along 200 South in downtown Salt Lake City. The Festivals open at 11 am. Enjoy entertainment on three stages, visit vendor booths, taste local fare and see all of your friends. Pop/Disco/Motown/R&B and Grammy winning music legend Thelma Houston begins her set at 4 pm. She has been in the spotlight since her first record release in 1966, and belted her way to a Grammy in 1977 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes "Don't Leave Me This Way." Entertainment will continue until 7 pm when the 2013 Utah Pride Festival closes its gates on another great event!
Utah Pride Festival is a program of Utah Pride, a community-based organization that provides support, education, outreach and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals and their allies, through programs, services and resources.
SLCC Grand Theatre
May 9-May 25, 2013A son brings his fiancee's conservative parents home to meet his flamboyant family. A farcical romp, garnering six Tony Awards and a Laurence Olivier Award, this crowd pleaser entertains with a witty book, physical comedy and a sweet reminder that no matter what, a family sticks together.
Utah Children's Theatre
May 3-May 25, 2013After sparing the life of a baby piglet almost slaughtered due to his status as runt of the litter, a little girl named Fern Arable adopts it and nurtures it lovingly, naming it Wilbur. However, she is crushed when the piglet matures enough to be separated from his mother, and Wilbur is thus sent to reside on a farm owned by Fern's uncle, Homer Zuckerman. Her powerful attachment to Wilbur mutual, the pig is left yearning for companionship but is snubbed by other barn animals. However, he is welcomed by an unseen voice who promises to befriend him, vowing to reveal itself to him in the morning.
Sandbox Theatre Company
May 6-May 25, 2013The Sandbox Theatre Company proudly presents the regional premier of Monty Python's Spamalot, 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Spamalot is directed by Karyn Tucker and brought to you by the same production team that produced Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Annie, and The Sound of Music at the Murray Park Amphitheater.
Shaping Sound Dance Company
May 25, 2013The dance dream that spawned Oxygen's hit show All The Right Moves goes from screen to stage: Shaping Sound premieres its first-ever live national tour! Experience the exhilarating collaboration of dance's new visionaries as they mash up music genres and styles in one explosive performance. Emmy- nominated choreographers and So You Think You Can Dance superstars Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson lead a dynamic company of contemporary dancers from SYTYCD, Dancing With The Stars, and international tours with recording artists and world-renowned dance companies. A visually stunning showcase of movement, speed, physical strength, and pure passion ? don't miss the brand new live experience that is Shaping Sound.