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Nov 28
Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson's authenticity stands out like an island of hope in a sea of tacky. Bonafide mountain hillbilly soul, as pure as you are going to find anywhere. All it takes is one listen to FINALLY understand

Nov 29
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.

Dec 1
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Denver Nuggets.

Dec 1
Utah Grizzlies vs Idaho Steelheads

Come see the Utah Grizzlies as they battle the Idaho Steelheads.

 

Dec 3
Bassjackers X Dyro

Get ready for a wild night of nonstop dancing at The Depot when Bassjackers and Dyro bring the X tour to town! The hot beats will be the perfect escape from the winter cold, so gather up the party crew and meet us there!

Dec 4
Thirst Fursday Historic Pub Crawl

On the Thirst Fursday Historic Pub Crawl, Utah Heritage Foundation tells the history of beer in Utah and takes you into three of Utah's most well-known watering holes, with a Thrist Fursday Pub Crawl pint glass included with your registration!

Dec 4
Blue Haiku, with Singer Monika Jalili

Blue Haiku, with Monika Jalili

 blue haiku Blooms Again—with Monika Jalili

An Excellence in the Community Concert at Gallivan Hall

December 4, 2014, 7:30pm

 

You could almost call it a reunion—except that blue haiku never really broke up. They simply added two illustrious members, Kate MacLeod and Hal Cannon, and became Red Rock Rondo. As Red Rock Rondo they perform themed song cycles, released two CDs, and taped an Emmy-winning TV special (produced by Western Folklife Center and KUED-TV).

 

But now, after a five-year hiatus, blue haiku brightly blooms again, joined by the exquisite singer, Monika Jalili

 

The new blue haiku with Monika Jalili will debut December 4, 2014, 7:30pm, at Gallivan Hall, in a free concert presented by Excellence in the Community (excellenceconcerts.org801-718-3862). Gallivan Hall is in the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City

 

Phillip BimsteinCharlotte Bell, Harold Carr and Flavia Cervino-Wood formed blue haiku in 2001. With the 2002 release of their CD, heat beneath the sand, their chamber folk songs received airplay on folk radio programs all across the country and internationally. The upcoming concert will feature some of those earlier songs, but it will also showcase many brand new ones—including songs written specifically for the entrancing voice of Monika Jalili

 

Phillip and Charlotte first heard Monika at an Excellence in the Community concert in 2013 and delighted in her beautiful performance of Persian folk and love songs. Monika Jalili is a classically trained singer who moved to Utah after a career in musical theatre on the East Coast. Phillip asked if he could write songs for her and was thrilled when she said yes. The December 4 Gallivan concert will be the first time they perform these songs.

 

blue haiku features oboe, English horn, violin, guitar, bass and vocals: 

 

Harold Carr is an in-demand eclectic bass player who has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Crystal Gayle, Lightnin' Hopkins, John McCuen, Steve Lacy, Catie Curtis and the Mark Chaney Trio. 

 

Flavia Cervino-Wood (violin) has performed and recorded with Milton Nascimento, Sol y Luna, Cecil Taylor, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the Salt Lake Symphony.

 

Charlotte Bell (oboe/English horn) has performed and/or recorded with Anke Summerhill, Kate MacLeod, Scherzando Winds, John Flanders and the Salt Lake Symphony. 

 

Phillip Bimstein’s new wave band, Phil ‘n’ the Blanks, had several videos on MTV in the 80s. He also composes classical music that has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and London’s Royal Opera House. In addition to his steel string guitar, for this concert Phillip will also pack 12-string and classical guitars, a walkabout dulcimer, piano and a yard sale-acquired singing banjo that wrote its own song based on the experience!

 

Dec 5
Holiday Gallery Stroll

Escape the hectic mall crowds and opt for a more delightful, local shopping experience - all the while supporting Utah artists! You will find a creative menagerie of hand-made gifts ranging from hand knit hats and scarves, to jewelry, paintings, ceramics and much more.

Dec 5
A Classic Christmas, Figure Skating Show

Join the Oval Figure Skating Club for their annual figure skating show, "A Classic Christmas." The show not only showcases the beauty of figure skating, but also features all of your favorite holiday characters. Come and see Frosty, Rudolph, the Grinch, Santa and many more take the ice for an evening of family fun and excitement! 

Dec 5
Utah Jazz vs Orlando Magic

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Orlando Magic.

Dec 6
Annual Celebrity Skifest

The invitational ski event pairs former Olympic ski legends with celebrities for an exciting weekend of skiing, live music, benefiting Waterkeeper Alliance and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team .It's considered the premiere network celebrity ski weekend, hosting stars from TV, Film & the Olympic Games, converging on Deer Valley for a magical experience, and to raise money for a good cause.

Dec 4 - Dec 6
Christkindlmarkt

Inspired by the world famous German Christmas markets, Christkindlmarkt SLC offers a unique holiday shopping and cultural experience this season. Tantalizing food and festive holiday entertainment await you as you stroll through wooden vendor booths nestled amid the magical backdrop of This Is The Place Heritage Park. The St. Martin's Lantern Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting will take place the evening of December 4th, to celebrate our community-wide coat drive for children in need. Christkindlmarkt SLC … experience the old world charm of Christmas.

For more information..., please contact: christkindlmarktslc@gmail.com or visit our website at: www.christkindlmarkt-slc.com

Dec 3 - Dec 6
Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees - A gift of love - A benefit for Primary Children's Hospital

For 44 years the Festival of Trees has been a "Gift of Love" to Children.  Every penny raised at the Festival of Trees helps children at Primary Children's Hospital.  

Attractions:  Over 700 Trees, Playhouse Plaza, Friendship Cards, Sweet Shoppe, Gift Boutique, Centerpieces and Collectibles, Aisle of Wreaths, Scones and Sweet Rolls, Gingerbread Village, Quilt Block, Elf Emporium, Santa Land, Kids Corner and Entertainment.  

For more information visit www.festivaloftreesutah.org

Dec 5 - Dec 27
A Year with Frog and Toad

SLAC believes in the power of the arts to enhance children’s literacy, educational performance and interest in learning. A Year with Frog and Toad will include eight free matinee performances for over 1,400 Title I schoolchildren. As school curriculums continue to narrow at the expense of the arts, SLAC’s free performances provide a live theatrical experience to academically at-risk schoolchildren who often lack access to opportunities as basic as field trips and arts exposure. SLAC will also offer discounted performances for non-Title I schools; literary partnerships with the Salt Lake City Public Library and local bookstores; an online study guide available for schools and students as they prepare for their visits; and collaborations with local organizations and sponsors.

Dec 5 - Dec 31
The Nutcracker

The New York Times critic called it “one of the best productions I’ve ever seen.” You’ll call it pure entertainment and a wonderful holiday experience. Join Clara, her magical nutcracker prince and exotic characters from around the world, for the 59th edition of William Christiansen’s The Nutcracker and see why this is the longest-running full production in America.

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30 Fun Things to Do in Salt Lake City with Kids

Published: 09/11/2012

By Allison Tibaldi, Mommy Poppins -- Salt Lake City, Utah offers all the amenities and attractions of a big city, but is only minutes from scenic nature that provide recreational possibilities in all seasons. The city is fairly compact compared to others in the wide-open American West, and the downtown is served by TRAX, a free light rail system that makes moving around town a breeze.  Excellent area-wide public transportation can get you to the ski areas in a jiffy, so Salt Lake City makes a convenient base camp for families who want to ski Utah’s famous powder. 

Despite the Mormon influence, there is a somewhat surprising blossoming craft beer movement, so parents can enjoy a locally made brew with dinner.  Combine this with an airport that gets top ratings for efficiency and non-stop flights from many U.S. cities and you have a family vacation in the making.

City Attractions

1) Natural History Museum of Utah
This new museum showcases Utah’s rich and varied natural history.  Its design is very innovative.  You approach it the way you would descend an actual red rock canyon in the southern part of the state, making for a visually stunning impact.  The Native People, weather and dinosaur exhibits are especially well done.  There are tons of hands-on, interactive activities, like basket weaving and dinosaur digs.  There is a good café, with modest prices and a kid’s meal option.  

2) Clark Planetarium
This free state-of-the- art planetarium lets kids explore science and space.  There is a charge if you want to watch a 3D IMAX movie in the Hansen Dome Theatre, but there are plenty of fun exhibits that could keep kids busy for a few hours at no cost.  We loved seeing the moon rock from the 1971 first moonwalk and the classic Foucault pendulum that proves the earth is rotating.

3) Discovery Gateway 
This children’s museum boasts 60,000 square feet of interactive explorations.  Older kids may like the Media Zone, where they can anchor the nightly news.  Younger children should find lots to do in the kid-sized town, where the grocery store is a springboard for open-ended, creative play.

4) Gateway Mall 
The Clark Planetarium and the Discovery Gateway are located in this 30-acre city shopping mall.  There are lots of dining choices, shops and a 12-screen cinema complex.

5) The Leonardo 
This contemporary science, art and technology museum encourages creativity and curiosity.  It is full of hands-on participatory possibilities and has frequently changing special exhibits.

6) Salt Lake City Main Library 
No ordinary library, it is the cultural hub of the city.  There is a rooftop garden with a birds-eye view of the mountains, an auditorium with lots of family programs, a café and a huge children’s section, all free.

7) Utah’s Hogle Zoo 
This is a well-maintained zoo that has up-close Animal Encounters, where visitors can interact and feed some of the zoo’s inhabitants, including giraffes.  You need to sign up for these encounters in advance and pay an extra fee.

8) The Tracy Aviary 
These eight acres border Liberty Park and are devoted to birds.  You can see over 400 species here. Our favorites were the many owls.

9) Red Butte Garden and Arboretum 
The expansive lawns here are a wonderful place to stroll.  The Children’s Garden is fun and fragrant and there are frequent concerts and workshops for kids.

10) This is the Place Heritage Park 
Explore a re-created pioneer-style village.  Step back in time and pan for gold, ride a vintage fire engine and watch a blacksmith at work.

11) The Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle 
It is true that only Mormons can enter the temple, but the stately grounds and concerts can be enjoyed by anyone.  Musical families should not miss a free rehearsal or concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with its organ and thousands of pipes.

Activities

12) Play in Liberty Park 
This city park has a swimming pool, tennis complex, pond and several playgrounds for hours of free fun.

13) Swim in the Great Salt Lake
These briny waters are so salty that you can’t sink.  Great Salt Lake State Park is outside of town, about a 25- minute drive.  Locals say Antelope Island, which is farther from town, is the best place for a full body float, or just dunk a foot in to get the sensation. 

14) The locals are a fit and outdoorsy bunch.  Get into the spirit and rent bikes.  Bingham Cyclery has five locations around town that rent bikes for the entire family.  Liberty Park has a level, easy bike path.

15) There are lots of mountain biking opportunities in the Wasatch Mountains.  Antelope Island State Park is a good spot for families with older kids, who are interested in a challenging ride or hike.  You will see buffalo roaming and lots of birds in this park.

16) There are nearly a dozen ski areas within an hour of downtown, so you will have your choice of powder.  Try family-oriented Snowbasin, an hour from town and easy to reach by bus.

17) Ice-Skate at the Utah Olympic Oval, where the 2002 Winter Olympians took to the ice.

 


 

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