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Oct 24
Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Phoenix Suns.

Oct 25
Monster Block Party

For all the Ghouls and Boys! The Monster Block Party , daytime Halloween festival for Salt Lake City's goblins and ghouls of all ages. There will be trick-or-treating booths, a costume contest with prizes (Kid, Teen and Adult divisions), free arts and crafts projects, a pumpkin drop, live performances and more!

Oct 27
Alt-J

Fusing elements of hip hop, experimental rock, and electronic music, English indie-rock band Alt-J create a peculiar, highly infectious sound. Having burst into pop culture with their 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave, the Leeds-based band has been compared to artists including Hot Chip, Cut Copy, and Wild Beasts, and Everything Everything. Audiences worldwide have been captivated by their pulsating rhythms and intimate vocals. Don't miss this chance to see them perform live at The Complex!

Oct 28
Halloween Hi-Jinks

Halloween Fun for the Entire Family with Costumes, Prizes and Spooky Music.

Join all the ghosts and ghouls at Abravanel Hall for a spooky Halloween concert. Bring your entire family, wear your best Halloween costume, and register for your chance to win fantastic prizes. Costume registration begins at 6 pm. Costume judging categories include: Group, adults, children, and orchestra members.

*Registration is required for costume contest prize consideration.

Oct 29
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Houston Rockets. 

Oct 31
Marinade

Talia Keys has been making a name for herself. A Utah Native, she has been playing shows all over her home state in the last 6 years. This past summer she took her one woman show across the United States. She began her journey at Electric Forest in Rothbury MI, where she was received very well and was named one of the "Best of Electric Forest" by Insomniac. She continued on to play in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Having just released her first solo EP, Gemini Mind she wanted to spread her music and message across the country. She also plays with her band Marinade and they have been together for 5 years now. Together they have released an album, played countless music festivals, bars, venues and toured through Colorado, Idaho and Utah.

Oct 15 - Nov 1
Little Shop of Horrors

 Feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant.

Nov 5
Utah Jazz vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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GOED Announces New Managing Director at the Utah Office of Tourism

Published: 01/11/2013
Salt Lake City, Utah – Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), announced today that Vicki Varela has been selected as the new managing director of Tourism, Film and Global Branding at the Utah Office of Tourism (UOT), an agency of GOED.  The announcement was made during a regularly scheduled Board of Tourism Development meeting.

Ms. Varela is widely known in the Utah business community. One of her most public positions was as spokesperson and deputy chief of staff to Governor Mike Leavitt over an eight year span.  She has been in the
persuasion business for most of her career during which she organized many successful campaigns, including the statewide ballot initiative that positioned Utah to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Working behind the scenes, Ms. Varela built brands such as the Kennecott Land Daybreak community and the Prosperity 2020 movement, which is focused on improving Utah’s workforce readiness and educational outcomes.

“We are very pleased that Vicki was willing to step out of her successful career in the private sector; it speaks to the love and passion she has for the State of Utah,” said Spencer Eccles, GOED executive director. “Her extensive strategic communications and branding experience will further enable us to unify the state under a global marketing and branding strategy.”

“Branding Utah is a communicator’s dream.  My role will be to tell the stories that persuade tourists and business leaders alike to make Utah their destination. Yes, for our spectacular sites and business culture, but even more for the intrinsic shift that happens when people experience Utah,” Ms. Varela said. “I am honored to join the Herbert administration to help position Utah on the world stage.”

Ms. Varela will be transitioning into her new role over the next several weeks as she goes through the process of closing Varela Strategic Communications Inc. She will be assuming the position which was left vacant with the recent retirement of long-time managing director Leigh von der Esch.

Ms. Varela is a graduate of Brigham Young University and mother of two adult sons.

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