UTAH AIDS FOUNDATION RED PARTY, HOTEL MONACO, Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:15-8 p.m., $35 suggested donation

For eight years, the Utah AIDS Foundation and Hotel Monaco have joined forces to throw one of the most fun fundraisers Salt Lake City has to offer, for a still-important cause. The AIDS epidemic has been going on for more than 30 years now, and despite progress made on treatment and prevention, there are still 56,000 new cases a year in the United States. The money raised helps  the Utah AIDS Foundation treat local AIDS patients and improve their quality of life. It's also a great party, featuring cabaret performances, excellent food from Bambara chef Nathan Powers, and a whole lot of beautiful people adorned in red, mixing and mingling on a school night. An auction with some primo prizes helps raise even more money than the suggested donation at the door. You'll want to RSVP in advance to make sure you can join the fun, by calling Chet at the Utah AIDS Foundation at 801-487-2323, or email Chet@UtahAIDS.org.