- Steve Conlin
Miss City Weekly Pride Pageant
As a recent wedding in the U.K. proved, Americans continue to be fascinated by royalty. Of course, there's a very different kind of majesty and glamour involved in the world of drag queens, but there's still a special something required to be worthy of a crown.
For the ninth year, Salt Lake City Weekly kicks off Utah Pride events with the Miss City Weekly Pride Pageant, crowning one of the state's finest performers. Nine finalists are set to put their best foot, gown and attitude forward, hoping to take the title: Aphrodeity, Cooper, Jafabulous, Marrlo Suzzanne, Rose, Edgar Alexa, Eva Chanel Stevens, Delta Rae Dixon and Andromeda Corinthia. They hope to follow in the tradition of 2017's reigning champion Roary Hollace, who believes the key to winning last year was an aerial silks performance in full drag. "I think I really went over the top with my talent performance," Hollace says.
It might also be wise to heed Hollace's words of wisdom, since the 2017 queen is one of the evening's four judges (along with City Weekly editor Enrique Limón, Miss Gay Utah Gia Bianca Stevens and "cross-dressing Mormon anarchist" Paul Duane). "I'm looking for something novel, something really unique and interesting," Hollace says. "I think polish and craftsmanship are important, but I really want to be entertained, shocked, surprised. I also think Miss City Weekly needs to be friendly and personable, not bitchy or cutthroat." Keep that in mind as you watch those who seek to have Hollace pass them the scepter. (Scott Renshaw)
Miss City Weekly Pride Pageant @ Metro Music Hall, 615 W. 100 South, May 31, 10 p.m., $10 advance; $15 day of show, 21+, cityweekly.net
- Bryan Butterfield
Ogden 25th Street Car Show
The Ogden automobile community fills 25th Street with their vintage Model Ts, lovingly preserved Volkswagens and restored Corvettes during the Historic 25th Street Car Show. And, in addition to the community outpouring, the Union Station's Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum is joining the fun for the first time in the event's 16-year history. They're displaying part of their collection on the plaza at the west end of 25th Street. The show attracts more than 300 vehicles every year, with a few dozen winners chosen by various Ogden business owners, officials and event sponsors.
Kim Bowsher, executive director of Ogden Downtown Alliance, says the show is not only a fun way to meet and connect with people, but also to showcase the city. "Our show is a great way to introduce people to who and what Ogden is," Bowsher says. "Some people still have a negative opinion of the city. But Ogden has grown up."
The evening isn't just for car lovers. Visitors can participate in Ogden's monthly Art Stroll, happening concurrently from6-9 p.m.while listening to live music from Tony Holiday and the Velvetones. Shops and restaurants on the historic street extend their hours to meet the crowds, while food vendors line the streets. The evening's proceeds benefit the Lantern House, a local homeless shelter and soup kitchen, as well as providing funds to other community events in downtown Ogden.
For those who have a historic car that they'd like to enter, there's still time. Registration lasts until2 p.m. day of the event, limited only to space remaining and payment of a $15 entry fee. (Kylee Ehmann)
Historic 25th Street Car Show @ 25th Street, Ogden, 801-610-9422,June 1, 5-9 p.m., free, historic25.com/carshow
- Steven Winslow
Part Harry Houdini, part Doug Henning and part Siegfried & Roy—with enough immediate family involved to overtake the Osmonds—escape artist, illusionist, animal tamer and master musician Jay Owenhouse has built an impressive enterprise through his feats of skill and appealing presentation. Having gained fame over the airwaves after starring on the Fox network series Masters of Illusions and being profiled on a TV special Magic on the Edge, his performance went on to be voted "Best Family Touring Show in Asia." However, after witnessing his feats of skill and suspense, American fans appear to share a similar sentiment.
Like many kids, Owenhouse acquired his interest in magic early on, performing his first magic show for his third-grade class. Majoring in psychology in college apparently gave him insight into how much the human mind can accept, understand and be duped, allowing Owenhouse to turn his fascination with fantasy into a full-time occupation. Give him credit: The hardest trick of all is turning a hobby into a big stack of cash.
Owenhouse's latest extravaganza is titled Dare to Believe, a show that involves audience participation through levitation, sawing people in half, making them disappear, and enabling others to foresee the future. We personally prefer the latter, which seems more enticing than the other options. We'll keep the line open to a money manager should a move in the market figure as part of a prediction. (Lee Zimmerman)
Jay Owenhouse @ Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, June 2, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m., $29-$89, artsaltlake.org
- FireLight Films
Juneteenth Kickoff Celebration
On June 19, 1865, news of the Civil War's end finally reached Galveston, Texas, brought by Union soldiers whose words meant that slavery was no longer legally protected and all African people being kept as slaves in the U.S. were free. This date marked a step toward a more truthful version of a declaration that "all men are created equal" in a country built by and on the backs of slaves. These newly freed men and women celebrated the change, naming the celebration after a contraction formed from the date itself. Juneteenth remains a major celebration in Texas and has also spread throughout the country.
In Utah, the tradition of Juneteenth is celebrated on the third Saturday of every June. "The Juneteenth Festival brings communities together from all walks of life to honor our past, celebrate the richness of African and African American arts and culture, and embrace our future." said Betty Sawyer, director of Juneteenth Festival's organizer Project Success and Weber State University Community Involvement coordinator, in a news release.
The kickoff for Utah's Juneteenth Festival takes place June 4, where attendees can enjoy music, art, food and games. Mr. and Ms. Juneteenth 2018 will be crowned and essay contest winners will also be announced. Other events include a June 15 town hall meeting on "The State of Black Utah," the Juneteenth Festival itself on June 16 at Ogden's Union Station, a Health & Heritage fair on June 19, and screening and post-film discussion of the film Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (pictured) on June 20. (Casey Koldewyn)
Juneteenth Heritage Festival Kickoff @ The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 801-535-6110, June 4, 6-9 p.m., free, projectsuccessinc.org