Let's get the first frosty weekend of November off to a proper start by raging against the dying of the light, or at least the dying of decent temperatures. Here are some options for ya.---
The McGrew Studios are hosting a show called 2nd Skin Leather: The Art of Identity, and it features some of the coolest and creepiest masks you'll ever see.
Standup comedy fans will want to flock to Wiseguys Trolley Square this weekend for a show by the wonderfully demented Anthony Jeselnik, who never met an audience he couldn't make feel incredibly uncomfortable, even as they laugh.
We've lots of goodies on the music front Friday night. The State Room hosts Utah talent Joshua James (pictured), who's been touring all over the country the past few months; he'll play with Honeyhoney. The Maverik Center in West Valley City hosts what is alleged to be the farewell tour of the metal gods in Judas Priest, who will be joined by Black Label Society and whoever is calling themselves Thin Lizzy these days. And Utah faves They Might Be Giants headline at The Depot Friday night at 8 p.m.
Rico's is also throwing its 10th annual Day of the Dead celebration Friday night, where you can enjoy all manner of tasty treats, great music and a cash bar.
Comic/actress Anjelah Johnson brings her show to Kingsbury Hall Saturday night; you can catch the former MadTV regular at 7:30 p.m.
The annual Ballet West Gala is Saturday night at Capitol Theatre, a fine way to support one of the city's signature arts organizations.
Pioneer's The Tempest winds up its run, while Plan-B Theatre's Lady MacBeth does the same at the Rose Wagner. People Productions' For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf is being produced at the Sorenson Unity Center.
Musically speaking, there's a great show at The State Room featuring the "quiet brother" of the Black Crowes, Rich Robinson, doing a solo tour in support of his new album, Through a Crooked Sun.