Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, April 30-May 6

Billy Porter at the Eccles, a “Star Wars” art event, and an opera inspired by Steve Jobs.

(Evan Agostini | Invision/Associated Press file photo) Actor, singer and icon Billy Porter, seen here in 2020, is scheduled to perform as part of his concert tour, "The Black Mona Lisa: Part 1," on Monday, May 1, 2023, at the Eccles Theatre in Salt Lake City.

May 1

Billy Porter, resplendent

It’s difficult to write a short description of Billy Porter, because he’s done so much: Pop singer, TV star (“Pose”), Broadway actor (“Kinky Boots”), fashion icon, LGBTQ activist, and only an Oscar away from an EGOT. Porter will land in Salt Lake City on Monday, as part of his concert tour, called “The Black Mona Lisa: Part 1.” The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre, 131 S. Main, Salt Lake City, Tickets are available at ArtTix.org.

May 4

In a gallery far, far away

Thursday is International Star Wars Day — “May the Fourth Be With You:” — and the Urban Arts Gallery, at 116 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City (in The Gateway) will throw its annual “Star Wars”-themed event from 6 to 9 p.m. It includes a costume contest, themed snacks, a fan art show and prizes. The event is for people of all ages. Admission is free.

May 6-14

The Apple of his eye

With the Grammy-winning opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell explore the life and creative spirit of the late Apple CEO — though, as Utah Opera points out, it’s not authorized by Jobs’ family or estate or by Apple. Utah Opera will present the 2017 work (which it jointly owns with the Atlanta Opera, Austin Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Calgary Opera Association) starting Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. More performances are set for May 8, 10, 12 and 14. Tickets are available at UtahOpera.org.