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Nov 26
Wild Wednesday

Make your Wednesday WILD!

Utah's Hogle Zoo invites you to enjoy the beauty of nature and the animal kingdom for FREE on Wild Wednesday!

It's our way of saying thank you for your ZAP tax support!

 

 

 

 

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
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 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 5
Utah Jazz vs Orlando Magic

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

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 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 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 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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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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