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Mar 28
TV On The Radio

TV On The Radio will be out on tour this spring in support of their latest album, "Seeds."

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 12 at 10:00 am. Show is all ages.

Tickets available at all Smith's Tix locations, charge by phone 801-467-TIXX or toll free at 1-800-888-TIXX, and online at smithstix.com

Tickets are also available at the Depot box office day of show starting at 5PM (excluding club nights and private events) and on Friday's between 2PM-6PM (excluding holidays)

Patrons 18 years of age and younger are welcome to our ALL AGES shows when accompanied by a parent or guardian that is over the age of 18. Age information will be specified for each show. Additionally, because of Utah’s curfew law any ALL AGES show has to be over by 11 o’clock P.M. on weekday's and by 12 o'clock P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays

*Alcoholic beverages for 21+ will only be available on the mezzanine (3rd floor)

(while supplies last - subject to change - plus applicable fees where applied - 8 ticket limit)

Mar 28
Romantics Festival German Dinner

In collaboration with Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s ROMANTICS Festival, Harmons is offering a German Romantic Cooking Demonstration and Dinner preceding the March 28th Beethoven & Wagner concert.

Learn about German dining in the 19th century, and see how Chef Aaron Ballard translates the ideals of 19th Century German Romanticism into food for dinner in the 21st century.  Wine is available for an additional $10 per person (paid the night of the event).

 

Mar 28 - Mar 29
2015 Chocolate and Cheese Festival

Fine food is found at the intersection of nature and culture and locally made food along the Wasatch Front is flourishing. The Museum is hosting the best local producers and purveyors of chocolate and cheese for this two-day extravaganza. They are also featuring a few special out-of-town guests. 

You'll have the opportunity to purchase delicious chocolate and cheese at the festival as well as enjoy demos, workshops, tastings and hands-on activities.

Mar 29
Dark Star Orchestra

Come jam out to your favorite Dead tunes when Dark Star Orchestra swing into The Depot.

Mar 31
The Ting Tings

Check out British duo The Ting Tings,  touring in support of their new album, Super Critical. Kane Holler will also perform.

Mar 29 - Apr 1
Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding Clinics with Utah

Join guides from Utah Mountain Adventures for a 3-day/4-night Backcountry Clinic Package. Safe travel while skiing and snowboarding in the backcountry is a must and this three-day course teaches skiers and snowboarders the fundamentals during three full days of backcountry skiing and snowboarding. The course teaches avalanche awareness, beacon rescue, safe route selection, efficient uphill travel with climbing skins on skis and split snowboards, and downhill skiing and snowboarding technique, while experiencing legendary Wasatch backcountry touring. Participants will enjoy the warmth, convenience, and fine dining at the Alta Lodge after each day in the backcountry. Must be at least age 14 to participate. Guide to client ratio is 1:3. Equipment is available for rent.* Participants may want to come a day or two early to ski at Alta to acclimate before the three-day clinic begins.

Ability Level

should be able to ski or snowboard on non-groomed snow
should exercise routinely and enjoy hiking.

The package includes:

three days guided backcountry instruction and touring
four nights of lodging with breakfast and dinner daily
three backcountry touring lunches
yoga class (optional)

*Utah Mountain Adventures (UMA) equipment can only be rented to participants who are being guided by UMA guides.

UMA guides can deliver and adjust this gear for participants:

Alpine touring skis, poles and skins:$40 plus tax
Split-snowboard, skins and poles:$50 plus tax
Skins only:$10 plus tax
Snowshoes and poles:$15 plus tax

For questions about the seminar, please contact UMA directly at 801-550-3986 or e-mail uma@utahmountainadventures.com

Arrival: March 29
Departure: April 2
 

Apr 2
The Preatures

The Preatures are a five-piece rock band from Sydney, Australia. Fronted by Isabella 'Izzi' Manfredi on vocals and keys, alongside Gideon Bensen on vocals and guitar, lead guitarist Jack Moffitt, Tom Champion on bass, and Luke Davison on drums.

Apr 4
French Wines and Cheese

Our wine educator is a lover of fine wines and specialty cheeses. She also is a lover of France, so we took all those topics and combines them into this fabulous affair.  Sheral Schowe does not just love French wines she is so passionate about them she is French Wine Scholar certified. She knows every grape, all the processes, and most importantly all the tastes that make these wines so amazing. Join us for a knight full of cheese, wine, and most importantly the knowledge of French wines.

Apr 6
Ratatat

Ratatat (Mike Stroud and Evan Mast) are pleased to announce the release of LP4 through XL Recordings on June 8, 2010. LP4 is the follow up to LP3 which was released to worldwide critical acclaim in July 2008.

The album, their fourth for XL, was conceived following the prolific LP3 recording sessions at Old Soul Studios, in rural upstate New York and much of the album was ultimately was recorded there as well. And while the albums were born in the same studio LP4 is by no means an extension of its predecessor. The band describe LP4 as a 'weirder' listen than LP3, with a much braver approach to the arrangements. Ratatat incorporated even more sounds and instruments into the mix on this album, working for the first time with a full string section, which they recorded at Glassworks Studios in Manhattan.

The album also features a number of spoken word interludes, one taken from Werner Herzog's 1977 film 'Stroszek' in which the lead character Bruno S describes the keyboards he owns. The other samples are all courtesy of Linda Manz, the child actress who achieved cult status on the back of her debut appearance in Terence Mallick’s 1978 classic ‘Days of Heaven’. She went on to star in ‘The Wanderers’ and ‘Out of the Blue’, before disappearing for many years to resurface briefly in Harmony Korine’s ‘Gummo’.

While trying to clear the spoken word sample from ‘Days of Heaven’, Evan unexpectedly ended up on the phone with Linda herself. The call resulted in a trip to Linda's house, where he recorded an interview with her, excerpts from which make up the remaining vocal snippets.

Since the release of LP3 the band has toured relentlessly playing shows as far away as Vietnam, China and Cambodia, and selling out bigger venues than ever before. Ratatat's US touring ended with two sold out nights at New York's Terminal 5, playing to over 6,000 people.

The period in between albums also saw Ratatat’s sideline in hip-hop production develop from a hobby into mainstream commercial success, with two tracks featured on Kid Cudi's debut album. One of these tracks was the single 'Pursuit of Happiness', which the band performed live on Letterman with Cudi in September of 2009.

Apr 6
Punch Brothers

Don't miss the Punch Brothers live at The Depot.

Apr 9
Beer & Ballet - Spring 2015 Edition

Enjoy craft beer from Epic Brewing Company, light appetizers, and a special sneak preview of a Ballet West performance.

Hurry. Tickets are limited!
$40 advance, $50 at the door

7:00 PM - Food and drinks in the lobby
8:15 PM - Performance
9:00 PM - Drinks continue in the lobby

Price includes drink tickets; Non-alcoholic beverages available
Photo ID required

For tickets call 801.869.6964 or purchase online at balletwest.org/events/beer-ballet-spring-2015

Apr 11
The Used

Rock out with The Used when their tour with guests Every Time I Die, Marmozets and The Eeries hits In The Venue.

Apr 10 - Apr 11
Daphnis and Chloe

Utah Symphony in concert with Utah Symphony Chorus perform Ravel Daphnis et Chloé.  Also on program are Debussy, Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun and Stravinsky, Symphony in Three Movements.  Thierry Fischer, Conducting.

Apr 7 - Apr 12
Once

ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Apr 13
Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Dallas Mavericks.

Apr 18
Salt Lake City Marathon

The Salt Lake City Marathon is set for April 18, 2015 and is the kind of event you need to see to believe. This gorgeous urban race takes you through some of the most iconic parts of downtown Salt Lake and culminates at the finish line between Library and Washington Squares.  There is something for everyone in the family: a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, Kid's Marathon (1k), Bike Tour and the NEW 10k In-Line Skate.

Beautiful? Yes. Challenging? Absolutely. And being A Beautiful Challenge is what makes the Salt Lake City Marathon a race you need to see—and run—for yourself. Register today by clicking here.

Apr 17 - Apr 20
Salt Lake Bees vs Sacramento River Cats

Catch the Salt Lake Bees in action when they take on the Sacramento River Cats at Spring Mobile Ballpark!

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10 Years After Hosting the Olympics, the World Is Still Welcome!

Published: 01/31/2012
SALT LAKE CITY, January 2012--Having the benefit of 10 years hindsight, it's safe to say Salt Lake City, host of the XIX Olympic Winter Games, truly took advantage of being on the world's stage those 17 magical days in February 2002. The spirit that was at the center of the Games, along with the lasting infrastructure and ongoing economic and cultural legacy, has helped transform Salt Lake into a highly sought-after destination and has catapulted it to "world city" status.

"Winning the bid to host the Olympics was a long-term investment in Salt Lake and was decades in the making," said Deedee Corradini, mayor of Salt Lake City during the bid process of and preparation for the 2002 Games. "That effort was the cornerstone of our vision for the future of Salt Lake City and the state of Utah. I believe that investment has paid off tenfold, if not more, and I'm proud of what we as a community were able to accomplish, and where it has taken us."

For those who haven't been to Salt Lake in the past few years, they are in for an eye-opening experience, whether it's on the nearby ski slopes, the sleek TRAX light-rail train or FrontRunner, linking cities along the Wasatch Front. Since hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2002, this city of more than 180,000 has gone from good to great. With over $2 billion in construction projects in the final stages in the central business district alone ─ including the March 2012 completion of City Creek Center, an ambitious mixed-use redevelopment covering 23 acres in the heart of downtown ─ Salt Lake is joining the ranks of the major metropolitan centers of the West.

"The Olympics have moved our community 10 to 20 years ahead in our effort to become a great American city," said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. "Much of what we enjoy today is a direct result of the many people whose vision and persistence allowed us to successfully host the 2002 Olympic Games, a platform on which we've been able to build upon, further enhancing the experience of locals and visitors."

Salt Lake's Olympic facilities continue to be relevant today. As part of the fast-tracked projects in anticipation of the Games, the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center has undergone two major renovations: the first in 1999 to house the Olympic Main Media Center and a subsequent, larger expansion in 2006, increased the initial footprint from 339,000 square feet to today's 675,000 square feet.

The warm welcome the world received in 2002 continues today. Numerous business and leisure travelers from around the globe were introduced to Salt Lake during the Olympics. Since hosting the Games, Utah's capital city has seen and enjoyed an explosion of restaurants, bars, business development, cultural offerings and internationally-acclaimed conventions.

In the past 10 years, Salt Lake has successfully hosted Rotary International, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Meeting Professionals International, Outdoor Retailer and numerous other prestigious groups. Just 39 groups held their meetings and conventions at the Salt Palace in 2002, while 68 groups met in the downtown convention center in 2011.

"We were a strong convention city to begin with, and our tremendous infrastructure of hotels, restaurants and attractions were a large part of why we were selected to host the Winter Games," commented Scott Beck, president and CEO of Visit Salt Lake. "Hosting the Games elevated our entire community to a world stage where we excelled beyond almost everyone's expectations. This legacy has allowed Salt Lake to become an even more relevant, legitimate city and, ultimately, a world-class convention destination."

Ten years on and Salt Lake is truly enjoying its newfound status as evidenced by Salt Lake's culinary renaissance. Salt Lake now boasts four times the number of nationally acclaimed, award-winning restaurants and chefs than prior to hosting the Games. The emergence of world-class restaurants feature some of American's top culinary talent, from Chef Nathan Powers at Bambara; Chef Ryan Lowder of the acclaimed Copper Onion and the newly opened Plum Alley; and Forage's chefs Bowman Brown (Gary Danko) and Viet Pham (The Fifth Floor) who were recently named Food & Wine magazine's "Best New Chefs."

Helping to fuel its burgeoning and diverse nightlife scene, Utah's arcane liquor laws have also been overhauled. Gone are the days of private club membership; patrons can now enjoy Utah's bars and clubs unencumbered, just as they would throughout most of the country. The club and music scene has exploded from a few haunts to multiple venues attracting national talent nightly for a highly diverse patronage.

Salt Lake's cultural arts offerings remain world-class and are growing. Salt Lake City performing arts received a boost from the 2002 Cultural Olympiad and are a vital component of the thriving Utah arts scene. Salt Lake is one is just one of a few cities its size to boast professional symphony, opera and ballet companies. Performances are held nightly on countless stages like the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and Capitol Theater, and plans are on tap for a new $110 million performing arts center in the heart of downtown to host first-run traveling Broadway shows. Salt Lake regularly hosts numerous Broadway Across America musicals, not to mention NBA basketball and World Cup soccer. And you can ski world-class mountains with the Greatest Snow on Earth® the same day as enjoying an evening performance, an experience truly unique to Salt Lake and quite literally the world's largest ski town.

Without a strong infrastructure, Salt Lake would not have been able to host the Games, and the lasting legacy is one that has had a snowball effect on the luxury lodging industry. Salt Lake is now home to a myriad of examples of top-tier lodging garnering national acclaim, including the Hotel Monaco and Grand America Hotel, a five-star property whose completion was fast-tracked for the Olympic Games. To enhance Utah's chances of winning the Olympic bid, civic and Olympic leaders urged the Holding family to build a world-class hotel in Salt Lake City. Today, The Grand America Hotel remains Salt Lake City's only AAA Five Diamond hotel.

Spurred on by its hosting of the Olympics and Paralympics, Salt Lake began reinventing itself over the past decade. It started with improved infrastructure leading up to the Games: rebuilt freeways, airport and convention center expansions, and a major light-rail system (TRAX), all of which enhanced the Olympic experience and created a lasting legacy, making Salt Lake more accessible and desirable than ever. Not to rest on its laurels, Salt Lake is making an even greater investment in its future as well. Thanks to its greater-than-expected ridership, Utah Transit Authority's TRAX system is anticipating multiple line extensions in 2012 and 2013, including the completion of the airport TRAX line, allowing visitors to be downtown in just 20 minutes; the I-80 and I-15 freeway corridors were recently expanded and improved; and Salt Lake City just announced a $1.8 billion airport redevelopment, making the term "world city" truly applicable.

Benefiting from Olympic exposure, Utah's business climate has also enjoyed substantial growth, particularly in the number of outdoor recreation companies that have either relocated or expanded their operations throughout the state. Throughout the Wasatch Front and Back, outdoor recreation companies are now enjoying their new headquarters and the ability to product test their gear on the famed Utah slopes and mountains surrounding Salt Lake.

Visit Salt Lake is a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a convention and travel destination. Visit Salt Lake's mission is to improve the area economy by attracting and providing support to conventions, leisure travelers and visitors while being a leader in environmental responsibility. Salt Lake is a unique fusion of metropolitan city and quaint mountain town; the towering Wasatch Mountains that embrace Salt Lake offer a dramatic backdrop to the vibrancy and activities of downtown.

 

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