There are a ton of great entertainment options this week, from rock 'n' roll legends to underground films. We'll clue you in to some more later in the week, but here are a few that might need a little preemptive planning on your part to take full advantage.
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, USANA Amphitheatre, Wednesday, 8 p.m., $20–$58
First things first: Clearly Ringo Starr has a looser definition of a musical "All-Star" than the rest of us. This year's version of Starr's touring band includes ex-Santana and Journey member Gregg Rolie, former Toto guy Steve Lukather and Richard Page, singer for the oh-so-forgettable Mr. Mister. I can only assume the rest of the guys from Wang Chung were too busy to join the party. That said, we are still talking about the chance to see a Beatle do his thing live, drumming along to his fellow band members' hits and singing a few of his own, like "It Don't Come Easy" and "Little Help From My Friends." And with $20 lawn tickets available, the price is certainly right.
Underground Gypsy Cabaret/Juana Ghani CD release party, Bar Deluxe, Friday, 9 p.m., $7
Having established a vibrant community of musicians, writers, dancers and other artists, local band Juana Ghani now has a brand-spanking-new CD of its distinct, gypsy-influenced sound so fans can appreciate the musical chops and lyrical complexities of Juana Ghani's members outside the sphere of their wild live shows. Shall We Live Forever manages to incorporate sounds from around the world in its nine songs, and you can hear them live when the band takes part in the Underground Gypsy Cabaret on Friday, which is also serving as the CD release party. Also on the bill is South of Ramona, a preview performance of the Black Box Belly Dance Affair and a slew of special guests.
Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Friday–Sunday, various times, $4 per film
The Intermountain West's only LGBT film festival, the Utah Film Center's Damn These Heels fest is bringing no less than 11 films to town, all of them running through the weekend at the Rose Wagner. The one that caught my eye is Wish Me Away, a documentary about mainstream country singer Chely Wright's brave decision to risk losing her audience, and the support of her family, when she came out in a well-received autobiography. The film earned the Best Documentary award at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival, among a slew of other awards at festivals around the country. Wish Me Away plays Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and that's just one of the strong choices available for this year's Damn These Heels.
Dan Nailen has written about music, arts and culture in and around Salt Lake City for Salt Lake magazine, The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake City Weekly since 1998. Now, he contributes to saltlakemagazine.com and you can find him at SLCene.com.