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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 18
Mozart's Jupiter Symphony

Utah Symphony performing works of Hadyn and Mozart, Bernard Labadie, Conducting:

Mozart - Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551,“Jupiter”
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467   (Benedetto Lupo, Piano)
Hadyn - Overture to The Deserted Island

Apr 10 - Apr 19
Almost Tango

The program begins with George Balanchine’s joyous Square Dance is replete with breathtaking speed and precision from the dancers, the Baroque strains of Vivaldi and Corelli’s music, and the whimsical humor of a live dance caller. Next, the fierce and dynamic revival of William Forsythe’s brilliantly innovative masterpiece In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is sure to please. The program culminates with the Utah premiere of resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s sensual and powerful Almost Tango, specially re-choreographed for Ballet West.

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 Smith's Ballpark!

Apr 20
KRCL Presents Lord Huron

Catch indie folk band Lord Huron when their tour with guest Leon Bridges rolls into The Depot.

Apr 23
Blue October

Blue October will rock The Depot when they hit town. Go check them out!

Apr 23
The Rise of Enduro

Cycling Utah magazine in conjunction with the Scott Enduro Cup presented by Vittoriahost the Utah premiere of the film, The Rise of Enduro, on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City. The Rise of Enduro delves into the history and roots of the Enduro format while showcasing the world's most respected riders racing some of the most epic, breathtaking terrain in the world. Several Enduro Cup racers are featured in the film including Curtis Keene, Kyle Warner, and Adam Craig.

"To me, it's the most natural form of mountain bike racing," Jared Graves, current Enduro World Series Leader, describes in the film. "What's cool about Enduro is you've got to keep fighting every stage and give it everything you've got."

On April 23, two screenings of the film will take place at 7:00pm. and 8:30pm. at Brewvies. Tickets cost $7 online before April 23 and $10 at the door the day of. A raffle will take place during each screening with prizes from Scott Sports, Vittoria, The Rise of Enduro and others. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Wasatch Area Freeride Trails Association.

Apr 21 - Apr 24
Salt Lake Bees vs Fresno Grizzlies

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

Apr 23 - Apr 25
Reunion

On the threshold of our 50th Anniversary, this concert will kick off a celebration that will climax during RDT's 2015-2016 season.

Featuring alumni choreographers:

-Linda C. Smith
-Kay Clark
-Tim Wengerd
-Bill Evans
-Lynne Wimmer
-Angie Banchero-Kelleher
-Brent Schneider
-Nicholas Cendese
-Nathan Shaw

Apr 24 - Apr 25
The Midtown Men

Together with the Utah Symphony, stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys reunite to sing some of their favorite '60s hits. They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all time, and now they’re together again - with the Utah Symphony! 

Apr 25
Real Monarchs vs LA Galaxy II

Come see the Real Monarchs as they battle against the LA Galaxy II.

Apr 25
Lightning Bolt

Over the course of its two-decade existence, Lightning Bolt has revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable ways. The duo broke the barrier between stage and audience by setting themselves up on the floor in the midst of the crowd. Their momentous live performances and the mania they inspired paved the way for similar tactics used by Dan Deacon and literally hundreds of others. Similarly, the band’s recordings have always been chaotic, roaring, blown out documents that sound like they could destroy even the toughest set of speakers. 

Apr 8 - May 3
Mr Perfect

Mr. Perfect tells the tale of four sort-of love stories and asks, “What are the chances?” This romantic comedy centers on Zooey, a quirky flight attendant and romance novel junkie who is on the search for Mr. Perfect. When Zooey happens to meet Jeffery, the narrator of her favorite romance audio books, they end up in the airplane bathroom 32,000 feet over Dayton, Ohio. This sets Zooey on a quest to connect the random events that make up life, hoping to find the meaning of it all.

Apr 10 - May 9
2015 Tulip Festival

Welcome spring this April and enjoy all the colors of the rainbow spread throughout nearly 100 different varieties of tulips during the annual Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival. Featuring 250,000 tulips displayed in the 55-acre Thanksgiving Point Gardens, the Tulip Festival is an awe-inspiring sight that is redesigned each year to create a new display.

In addition to the spectacular tulips, on Fridays and Saturdays the Tulip Festival includes music, vendors, and food. Also, garden tours and demonstrations are held every day. And though there are hundreds of volunteers and staff working behind the scenes to create the festival, make no mistake about it: Mother Nature is in charge of the show. Regular Garden admission fees apply. Free admission for Thanksgiving Point Members.

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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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