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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.

Nov 1
Utah Jazz vs Phoenix Suns

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

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.

Nov 5
Freeman of Ween

Listening to Marvelous Clouds, Aaron Freeman's 2012 debut under his own name, fans might have felt that he was ignoring an elephant in his room—a drug-and-alcohol-related onstage flame-out that made viral headlines the year before. But Clouds, a deceptively chill Rod McKuen covers record, was just a warm-up for the artist once known as Gene Ween. In the opening minutes of Freeman, the self-titled debut from his new band, Freeman addresses addiction and its aftermath with the combination of merciless self-inventory and artful songcraft that earned Ween one of the most devoted fan bases in contemporary pop. 

Nov 6
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! 

Starting April 2014, the pub crawl will take place on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Nov 7
Poor Man's Whiskey

Northern California's outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals worldwide. This "High-Octane Hootenanny" will certainly delight those interested in a foot-stompin good time. Poor Man's Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.

Nov 7
Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks

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

Nov 8
GWAR

Rock gods GWAR will dominate the masses when their Eternal Tour with guests Decapitated and American Sharks storms the stage at Saltair. Don't miss out!

Nov 8
RJD2 with Blueprint and Daedelus

Audio Sage presents RJD2 with Blueprint and Daedelus at The Depot. This will be a great show, so don' t miss out!

Nov 7 - Nov 16
Giselle

Passion, betrayaland forgiveness from beyond the grave.

A ghost story, a love story, an all-time classic—newly conceived by Adam Sklute. A haunting drama about a poor peasant girl and the prince who deceives her, see why Giselle remains one of the most beloved and enduring masterpieces in all ballet.

Nov 6 - Nov 22
Happy

Happiness. Is it an authentic state of contentment, fulfillment, grace – or merely delusion, self-deception and denial? Wasatch Theatre Company tackles that question in the Utah premiere of playwright Robert Caisley’s Happy. Alfred is happy about his life. He’s happy with his job. He’s happy with his marriage. He’s even happily raising his special needs daughter. However, when his best friend invites him to meet the latest woman in his life, things spin out of control. Join Wasatch and explore the nature of happiness. The show is directed by Jim Martin and features Brian Pilling (Alfred), Alyssa Franks (Eva), George Plautz (Eduardo), and Michelle Lynn Hall (Melinda). Happy opens Thursday, November 6th and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West 300 South). There are also 2:00 p.m. Saturday matinees on November 15th and 22nd. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at www.arttix.org or by calling 1-801-355-2787. “90 wild and intriguing minutes. Caisley’s script is funny, deliberately unnerving, full of smart dialogue and stinging rejoinders.” – The Miami Herald

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Powder Up in Utah

Published: 01/28/2013

By Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

For many skiing New Yorkers, an expedition to the slopes involves a major decision: north or west?

Most of those who pass on the long drive to Vermont end up flying to Colorado. But here’s the thing: If you’re going to get on a plane, you might as well head to Utah. The resorts around Salt Lake City compensate for the pricier airfare (about $350 on average for a nonstop vs. $200 to Denver) and the extra hour in the air with fantastic snow in fantastic quantities — minus the lift lines that plague Colorado’s Vail and Breckenridge.

Rather than glitzy Park City — the third-priciest North American ski town, according to TripAdvisor — you should head to the smaller Cottonwood Canyon resorts, all within 35 minutes of the Salt Lake City airport. That part of the Wasatch Range gets more of the fluffy white stuff without the prices and crowds, and each locale has a distinct identity: There’s truly one for everyone.

Alta

Best for: Ski purists

True to unassuming form, this family-run resort recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with a special-edition beer and a homey torchlight parade. Tucked in at the end of Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Alta (alta.com) just doesn’t care about showing off. A day pass maxes out at $75 ($99 for an Alta/Snowbird combo), and people go there not to flash fancy outfits but to ski — and ski only. Snowboarders are off-limits. Alta’s vertical drop is only about 2,000 feet, but the varied terrain includes everything from chutes to bowls. With an average of 560 inches of prime powder a year, the place is a magnet for hardy enthusiasts who don’t mind the occasional traverse to claim first tracks.

Despite its reputation as a hard-core skiing paradise — a local nickname is “steep and cheap” — Alta actually is a good place to learn. Beginners should start off at the Albion Base, which accesses the resort’s eight green runs and hosts the excellent ski school’s main office.

Snowbird

Best for: Steeps hounds

A mile down from Alta, with which it shares a boundary, Snowbird (snowbird.com) means business, on and off the slopes. Some people say it’s suitable for beginners, but the truth is that the Bird rewards confident skiers and riders. Officially 38 percent of the 100 runs are blue, but some of them make East Coast black diamonds look puny.

As for Snowbird’s black diamonds (and double-blacks), they can turn an expert’s knees to jelly. I’ve been skiing for more than three decades and experienced one of my most memorable crashes ever on the black Tiger Tail in January. We’ll meet again, Tiger Tail!

As for the double-blacks, they can turn an expert’s knees to jelly.

A big attraction at Snowbird is the 125-passenger tram, which climbs 2,900 vertical feet in eight minutes. Show up early on pow mornings, when the line can snake out the building. For all this, a day pass is $85; a bargain compared to Vail’s $109.

Snowbird opened in 1971 and was developed by Texas gazillionaire Dick Bass. It offers a wider range of accommodations, dining and services than its Little Cottonwood neighbor — if you want to chase a day of steep chutes with a $130 herbal wrap, Snowbird has you covered.

Solitude

Best for: Beginners and intermediates looking to build confidence

Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy: Solitude (skisolitude.com) is empty. Even on a weekend, lines are unknown, so you can gun down without fearing encounters of the close or even not-so-close kind. And because there aren’t any lines, you can get right back up the hill without pausing and make the most of the $72 lift ticket.

The grooming here is so smooth that you can just focus on your turns without worrying about hitting a hard patch. Go on, bust a move — nobody will see you fall!

The spectacular Honeycomb Canyon area offers a backcountry feel without the exhausting hiking since it’s accessible from the Summit chair. And the resort features the region’s finest nordic skiing, with more than 12 miles of trails and regular workshops and clinics.

Just off Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Solitude’s main base has successfully recreated the intimate feel of a European Alpine village, complete with a clock tower and a central ice rink. How this gem of a resort remains under the radar is a mystery.

Brighton

Best for: Snowboarders

Brighton (brightonresort.com) claims to be “where Utah learns to ski and snowboard”— emphasis on the latter. Three miles from quiet Solitude, this rowdy hangout has chosen to focus on young riders. Catering mostly to locals, who dig the cheap lift tickets ($71 for a “SuperDay” running from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and laid-back vibe, Brighton feels like Utah’s answer to a Californian surf town.

Brighton is a good place for families trying to accommodate the diverging needs of skiers and boarders. The resort has spectacular scenery, and many of its 66 beautiful runs snake through glades. But the real draws are the six terrain parks, which include a variety of rails, jibs and ramps, as well as a large half-pipe. By the end of the day, everybody can agree on the awesome nachos at Molly Green’s, a great A-frame bar and grill conveniently located between the slopes and the parking lot.

Where to stay

If you want to stay slopeside, go for one of Alta’s revered lodges. They aren’t cheap, but most rates include breakfast and dinner, and everything you need is either on-site or within walking distance so you don’t need a car. (The lodge can help book an airport shuttle, $72 per person round-trip.)

The mothership is the Alta Lodge, open since 1939 (double room from $491 in high season, bed in dorm room from $148, altalodge.com). Linked to the Wildcat Base by a tow rope, the cozy lodge is so popular that many guests book their next stay when they check out.

If you want to keep your skiing options open or need some nightlife, the Monaco in downtown Salt Lake City is an easy 40-minute commute to the Cottonwood Canyons (double room from $229, monaco-saltlakecity.com). This Kimpton property balances understated chic with swoon-worthy comfort, and its restaurant, Bambara, is among the finest in SLC. The hotel is across the street from the Capitol Theater, which hosts the local Ballet West as well as plays and concerts, and a 15-minute walk from the Utah Jazz’s home arena.

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