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Apr 24
Utah Whitewater Film Festival

This will be the 14th annual whitewater film festival. All the money raised will go to the Snake River Fund, www.snakeriverfund.org. We will have both a raffle and a silent auction.

Apr 24
Life at the Speed of Light

 J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JVCI), a not-for-profit, research organization dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental research. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), a privately-held company dedicated to commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global needs. In 1998, Dr. Venter founded Celera Genomics to sequence the human genome using new tools and techniques he and his team developed. This research culminated with the February 2001 publication of the human genome in the journal, Science. Dr. Venter and his team at JVCI continue to blaze new trails in genomics. They have sequenced and analyzed hundreds of genomes and created the first self-replicating bacterial cell constructed with synthetic DNA.

In 2010, Dr. Venter and his team at the JCVI successfully constructed the first "synthetic bacterial cell" putting humankind at the threshold of a new phase of biological research, one that is enabling us to go from reading the genetic code (sequencing genomes) to now writing the genetic code for designing new species. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on society, including new methods for chemical and energy production, human health and medical advances, clean water, and new food and nutritional products. Dr. Venter, regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous pioneering advances in genomics, will guide us through this emerging field, detailing its origins, current challenges, and the potential positive advances.

Dr. Venter is a pioneer of the genomics revolution. His work on synthetic biology truly embodies the theme of “pushing the boundaries of life.” Essentially, Venter is seeking to “write the software of life” to create microbes designed by humans rather than only through evolution. The potential benefits and risks of this new technology are enormous. It also requires us to examine, both scientifically and philosophically, the question of “What is life?”

Apr 26
2014 Miller Motorsports Park Season Opener and Car Sho

 Miller Motorsports Park is kicking off their 2014 racing season in style on Saturday, April 26, 2014, with an action-packed day of racing and free admission for everyone!

The day will feature six different kinds of racing, with something for everyone, plus a car show, free hot dogs and drinks (while supplies last) and free zip line rides. Gates open at 8 AM racing all day until 5PM.

Apr 25
Tchaikovsky's Suite No 3

Guest Conductor Andrey Boreyko returns to Abravanel Hall for a concert featuring two contrasting Russian works, written just a few years apart. Tchaikovsky's evocative and balletic 3rd Orchestral Suite was originally intended as a symphony while Rimsky-Korsakov's uplifting Russian Easter Overture celebrated the musical history of Russian Orthodoxy. Messiaen's gorgeous mediations on the ascension of Christ complete the program. - See more at: http://www.utahsymphony.org/concerts/item/890-tchaikovskys-suite-no-3#sthash.2vw1Qu10.dpuf

Apr 26
Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver

Professional Soccer:  The battle between Real Salt Lake and Vancouver is held at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Apr 22
War Horse

“War Horse” tells the story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, which has been sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. In a tale that the Sunday Express said is “…both epic and intimate,” and “absolutely guaranteed to move the heart,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship.

“War Horse” is filled with stirring music and songs, and at the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on stage. “The puppetry is nothing short of miraculous,” according to The Times of London.

Apr 29
Ingrid Michaelson

Spend an evening with Ingrid Michaelson when she brings her tour in support of her upcoming album, Lights Out, with guests Storyman and The Alternate Routes at Saltair.

May 1
Ellie Goulding

Be at Saltair when Ellie Goulding brings her tour with special guest Rudimental to town.

May 3
Holi Festival of Colors SLC

Great Mantra Bands, DJ's, Top Yoga Teachers, Dance, Hourly Color Throws, Cuisine, Free Hugs, & Lotsa Love.
Ancient Tradition

In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other. Though liquid colors are used in India (where it’s warm) we prohibit them, as we don’t want anyone to catch cold on account of the festival. Dry is better for photographs as well.

Modern Adaptation

Holi has long traditional links with several legends. According to one popular legend, the word Holi is derived from the demoness, Holika. She was the sister of Hiranya Kashipu (the name meaning love of gold and a soft bed), a demon king, who having defeated the Gods, proclaimed his supremacy over everyone else in the Universe. Enraged over his son’s ardent devotion to Lord Vishnu, Hiranya Kashipu decides to punish him. He takes the help of his sister, Holika, who is immune to any damage from fire. Holika carries the small boy Prahlad into the fire but a divine intervention destroys her and saves Prahlad from getting burned. Thus Holi is celebrated to mark the burning of the evil Holika. Her effigy is consumed in the fire!

Holi is celebrated with special importance in the North of India. It solemnizes the love of Radha and Krishna. The spraying of colored powders recalls the love sport of Lord Krishna and His devotees.

The color, noise and entertainment that accompanies the celebration of Holi bears witness to a feeling of oneness and sense of brotherhood. The festival brings home the lesson of spiritual and social harmony!!

May 3
2014 Live Green SLC! Festival

Showcasing a full spectrum of sustainable green products, services and ideas from cutting edge renewable technologies to everyday solutions that can be implemented in the home. At this outdoor event, held in the beautiful downtown Library Plaza, attendees will enjoy features such as interactive and educational exhibits, local and organic foods and goods, live auctions, a children’s area, eco-carnival games, music, entertainment and much more.

May 2
Salt Lake Bees vs Reno Aces

Catch the Salt Lake Bees in action when they take on the Reno Aces at Smith's Ballpark!

May 6
Fu Manchu

Catch Fu Manchu when they bring their Spring USA Invasion Tour supporting their new album, Gigantoid, to In The Venue .

May 14
Nickel Creek

See Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek when they perform live with guests The Secret Sisters at Kingsbury Hall.

May 16
Morrissey

Don't miss the chance to see Morrissey when he performs live with special guest Kristeen Young at Kingsbury Hall!

May 10
Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio

The opera that put Mozart's name on the European cultural map.

The Abduction from the Seraglio tells of a fair damsel who, like most operatic damsels, finds herself in great distress! Will the dashing nobleman rescue her from her Turkish keepers and the powerful ruler who desires to possess her? Or will the true lovers die in the attempt?

After a season filled with passion, drama, and grandeur, Utah Opera ends the season with something light and fun. Mozart's incomparable skill for vocal melody and dramatic tension are on full display in this exotic, colorful production that you're guaranteed to love.

May 16
Living Traditions Festival

The Salt Lake City Arts Council is pleased to present the Living Traditions Festival, a celebration of traditional folk and ethnic arts. Living Traditions brings people together to honour the diversity and cultural traditions of our community. Local ethnic artists—craftspeople, dancers, musicians and community groups—provide the framework for the Festival.

May 16
Ballet West's Innovations 2014
Since its inception, Ballet West's Innovations has become a platform for up-and-coming American choreographers and a fascinating exploration into new and cutting edge artistic territory. This year's Innovations 2014 will spotlight three new creations by Ballet West artists to be announced, and world premieres by Philadelphia-based choreographer Matthew Neenan and Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud.
Apr 24
Peter Pan

Fly away with Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell, and Captain Hook as J.M. Barrie's magical, musical fairytale of the "Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" is cleverly re-imagined for the Hale Center Theater Orem stage! A favorite for children of all ages. Come back to Neverland, and remember what it's like to pretend!

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Downtown Renaissance Transforms Salt Lake into the Ultimate Ski Destination

Published: 11/05/2012
Salt Lake City - November 5, 2012 - Salt Lake -- the world's largest ski town -- is experiencing a true Renaissance, thanks to the recent opening of a $2 billion redevelopment project, City Creek, as well as two groundbreaking museums and scores of new restaurants and bars. With the upcoming completion of the TRAX light rail line from Salt Lake City International Airport to downtown, just 40 minutes from Salt Lake's four world-class resorts and their respective 500-plus inches of "The Greatest Snow on Earth," skiers and snowboarders have the makings of the ultimate vacation this winter. Skiers heading to the mountains from downtown this winter will find that Ski Salt Lake's four resorts are ready for another stellar season.

  • Alta, the classic resort known for its incredible snow conditions and dramatic terrain, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013.  www.alta.com 
  • Brighton continues its leadership as the best skier's value in Utah, a resort beloved by Salt Lake locals for its affordable lift tickets and awesome terrain. www.brightonresort.com
  • Snowbird unveils its new Little Cloud high-speed quad chairlift. The new lift accesses the same epic terrain, while reducing the ride time from 7 minutes to 3.5 minutes. www.snowbird.com 
  • Solitdue is offering skiers great deals, including a 25 percent discount on any room all season (excluding holidays) as well as 25 percent off lift tickets. www.solitude.com

Skiers and boarders can book Ski Salt Lake vacation packages by January 15, 2013, to receive early-season savings. Packages include the Ski Salt Lake Super Pass, the industry's most convenient and value-driven lift pass, allowing skiers to visit each of the four world-class resorts, plus receive FREE transportation to/from the resorts on Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Ski Buses and ski rental discounts. Stay & Ski Packages offers savings of 15-25 percent. (Ski Salt Lake Super Pass)
 
Beyond the slopes, downtown Salt Lake City has seen more than 20 new restaurants open in recent months, including Vivace, an Italian rosticceria; Pallet, serving contemporary American cuisine; and Finca, a new Spanish tapas bar and restaurant. These are among the new breed of high-design, high-concept restaurants that have been part of the transformation turning Salt Lake into the hottest dining destination in the West.  At the heart of Salt Lake's Renaissance is the vibrant new 23-acre City Creek Center. The new fashion and dining destination is sure to entice après skiers with more than 90 stores and restaurants. Two new museums also opened in 2012. The architecturally stunning Natural History Museum of Utah tells the world's history through the state's expansive geological past, while The Leonardo is a visionary museum combining science, are and technology that takes an interactive approach to engaging visitors.
 
In early 2013, work on the TRAX light rail line from Salt Lake City International Airport to downtown is to be completed, allowing visitors to travel seamlessly by light rail from the airport to the city center and then to the ski slopes of Ski Salt Lake's resorts via the UTA Ski Buses, all part of the complimentary TRAX and bus passes offered with each Ski Salt Lake Super Pass.
 
"The TRAX connection further enhances Salt Lake's standing as the most convenient ski destination in North America," commented Scott Beck, President & CEO of Visit Salt Lake. "Skiers will find access to the mountains even quicker and easier, thanks to the UTA system taking them to the from the airport to the slopes. Renting a car will become a luxury, not a necessity. It's not only environmentally friendly, but it makes skiing Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude even more affordable and accessible."
 
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. For more information on all that Salt Lake has to offer, go to www.VisitSaltLake.com.

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