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Dec 20 - Dec 23
Marry Christmas

This season's Script-In-Hand Series is something special for the holidays: Marry Christmas!  Celebrate the first anniversary of marriage equality with us as we share real-life marriage stories.  All proceeds benefit Restore Our Humanity.  Cast TBA, directed by Jason Bowcutt.

Dec 24
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Join us at dusk on the Plaza Deck for bonfires, the Torchlight Parade, and a great fireworks display. At the end, Santa Claus will rappel out of the Tram to say hello to the kids!

In the Snowbird Center, there will also be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

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.

Dec 29 - Dec 31
EVE WinterFest

Salt Lake City comes to life with EVE WinterFest, a three-day celebration with concerts, DJs, grown-up drinks and engaging activities for kids and families. Discover everything that downtown has to offer with one all-access pass. With twelve venues and over 100 individual events, Eve WinterFest is jam packed with fun for everyone. Cheer on the Utah Jazz against the Minnesota Timberwolves, skate under the lights at The Gallivan Center, or learn about the universe at the Clark Planetarium Hansen Dome. Plus, all of your family favorites such as Bounce Town, Ball Room, and HoopDeDoo are back. Ring in the new year with music from Fictionist, a VIP party at UMOCA and the USA's largest disco ball.

Dec 31 - Jan 1
EVE Hops and Spirits VIP Experience

New this year as part of the EVE Winter Fest is the VIP Experience at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. This immersive 21-and-older event features locally made Epic Brewery, Jack Rabbit Gin, Vida Tequila, Five Wives Vodka and savory appetizers, all in a setting of spontaneous performances with beats provided by SLC’s finest, DJ Jesse Walker.

Jan 2
Utah Jazz vs Atlanta Hawks

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Atlanta Hawks.

Jan 1 - Jan 3
Holiday Carnival and Expo

Carnival with rides, games, food, laser tag, climbing wall, dunking booth to dunk elves, Santa and others in fake snow, giant "Giving Tree" with donations and proceeds from the event to go to Reach the Children USA; and exhibit booths (home improvement, boutique, health and wellness and others).

Jan 9
Nico and Vinz

See Scandinavian music sensation Nico and Vinz live  at the UCCU Center!

Jan 9
Randy Rogers Band

The State Room presents a night of country with the Randy Rogers Band at The Depot.

Jan 11
Richard Elliott and Tony Arnold

Celebrated soprano Tony Arnold returns to NOVA for Messiaen’s poignant song cycle,Harawi. The first half of this event features the Choristers of the Madeleine Choir School singing Gregorian Chant and Mormon Tabernacle organist Richard Elliot performing Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

Jan 15
Debussy Francaix Poulenc Ibert

The Utah Symphony presents a program comprised of music of Debussy, Francaix, Poulenc and Ibert.

Jan 16
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Lakers

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jan 23 - Jan 24
Utah Grizzlies vs Bakersfield Condors

Come see the Utah Grizzlies as they battle the Bakersfield Condors.

Jan 26
Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Boston Celtics. 

Jan 27
Particle

Particle is a jam band formed in Los Angeles in 2000. The current lineup includes Steve Molitz (keyboard), Eric Gould (bass), Darren Pujalet (drums) and Ben Combe (guitar). The music of Particle can be characterized as a combination of rock and roll, electronica and funk. Particle is currently recording their sophomore studio effort with producer Steve Goldman and engineer Marc Johnson to be released in 2007.

Jan 28
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers

Come see the Utah Jazz as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jan 30 - Jan 31
Flabbergast

Re-flabbergastation!

Back by popular demand is the return of Flabbergast, our SHOW FOR ALL AGES. Created by circus director and choreographer Tandy Beal with original music by Jon Scoville, this piece takes a magical and mystery filled tour through time and space and immerses audiences in a journey of wonder. The program will also include the return of fan favorite, You and the Space Between, by Miguel Azcue, a Ririe-Woodbury alum now based in Sweden. This work will challenge your notion of time and space and provide a playful and mesmerizing experience.

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Salt Lake City/Park City: Culture Connection

Published: 12/04/2012

by Jeff Heilman, Meetings Focus | West

Since Utah’s founding days, its citizens have made arts and culture an integral part of their lives and communities. The earliest pioneers built theaters and social halls alongside churches; the Utah Arts Council, established in 1899 just three years after Utah became the 45th state in the union, is the nation’s oldest state arts agency.

The cultural scene has evolved with the state itself, especially in the Salt Lake County area. In the early 1960s, local leaders identified a number of signature development projects as part of its Second Century Plan, including a civic auditorium to house dance, drama and the symphony.

This vision was realized a decade later with the construction of Abravanel Hall and the renovation of the landmark Capitol Theatre, both funded by the 1975 Bicentennial Bond.

Heralded for its world-class acoustics, Abravanel Hall today is part of a preeminent three-venue collection owned and operated by the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts that also includes the Capitol Theatre and Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

Along with a number of other first-class event-capable museums, theaters, festivals and artistic interactions, these signify Salt Lake City’s strength as a dynamic cultural destination for groups and visitors. In nearby Park City, where live theater was a cultural staple even in its rough and tumble days as a mining center, an eclectic, artistic milieu provides planners with even more options.

Founding pioneer Brigham Young, who called for the building of the Salt Lake Theatre in 1862 (known as the “Cathedral in the Desert,” this legendary venue, now no more, once drew national acts), would be proud of the Salt Lake area’s fidelity to the arts.

Here are eight local choices for inspiring cultural connections.

UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (UMOCA), SALT LAKE CITY
www.utahmoca.org
Previously the Salt Lake Art Center, originally established in 1931, UMOCA advantageously sits adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center in the heart of Salt Lake City.

“Our location means that we are by far the most convenient venue in town for business visitors who want to schedule a meeting or event in a unique cultural space,” says Adam Price, executive director of UMOCA. “Regularly offering exhibitions of work by internationally recognized artists as well as the best emerging artists from our state, we are also proud to be able to provide visitors with the kind of premier art experiences more commonly associated with New York, London and Tokyo.”

Routinely hosting a mix of local and national groups, the museum’s rental facilities include a 155-seat auditorium ideal for film screenings, panel discussions and presentations, along with after-hours access to the galleries, office space and a courtyard for receptions of up to 200. Additionally, groups may book a 30-minute private tour of UMOCA exhibitions as part of their event. PageBreak

THE DEPOT, SALT LAKE CITY
www.depotslc.com
With railroad lines across Utah playing an important role in the development of commerce and industry in the American West, Salt Lake City’s historic Union Pacific Railway Station, built in 1909, is an evocative reminder of the prosperous era of American railroad travel.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the station now anchors the open-air Gateway District retail, office, dining and entertainment complex in the heart of the city. Occupying three floors within the historic structure, the aptly named Depot is among Utah’s leading indoor concert and private event venues.

“Equipped with the leading audio and video technology, The Depot offers 37,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space,” says Bobby Aragon, the venue’s event sales manager. “In addition to the centerpiece 1,200-capacity, two-level concert hall, our mezzanine level includes VIP suites providing an impressive view of the stage below.”

Offering sweeping downtown views, the Blue Goose room (named for a robin’s egg blue and silver-painted steam engine from the 1930s) is ideally suited for more intimate gatherings, along with the flexible open-concept 400 Room, accommodating up to 200 attendees.

CLARK PLANETARIUM, SALT LAKE CITY
www.clarkplanetarium.org
Also situated in the Gateway District, this fun and engaging venue opened in 2003, replacing the city’s historic Hansen Planetarium. Themed around space exploration, the roomy facility can flexibly entertain up to 900 attendees in a variety of compelling environments.

Seating 205 people, the Clark’s 360-degree Hansen Dome Theatre uses 3D computer animation and digital projection to create thrilling intergalactic visual experiences for guests, and includes a small staging area in the front for live presentations and special events. Serving as the entrance to the theater, the third-floor exhibit space, separated from the rest of the Planetarium, can flexibly accommodate receptions and other gatherings of between 180 and 225 people.

Featuring a state-of-the-art surround sound system, the 288-seat ATK IMAX Theatre, newly renovated in 2010, is an auditory tour de force. For a fully immersive experience, planners can rent the full building for private events, with the option of including the IMAX Theatre. The package includes shows in the Dome Theatre and IMAX Theatre, plus access to all 10,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits. PageBreak

THE LEONARDO AT LIBRARY SQUARE, SALT LAKE CITY
www.theleonardo.org
Like its namesake Leonardo da Vinci, this striking new venue takes a revolutionary look at the world through the unique combination of science, art and technology. Opened last year in the former longtime home of the Salt Lake City Public Library, the Leonardo’s uniquely interactive and thought-provoking approach is ideal for organizations and other groups in search of fresh perspectives.

“Our unique mission allows us to be more than a museum,” says Alexandra Hesse, executive director at the venue. “In the short time we’ve been open, we have already established ourselves as a hub for creative thinking and innovative ideas. Whether it’s a group of students on a field trip, a company holding a special event, or a group of executives on a retreat, The Leonardo offers a truly inspiring environment.”

With versatile space throughout the building, including the 500-person-capacity Event Center, a 194-seat auditorium and boardroom and conference rooms with stunning views of the Wasatch mountain range, the Leonardo’s group programs range from field trips to “Night at the Leo” sleepovers for kids.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF UTAH At RIO TINTO CENTER, Salt Lake City
www.nhmu.utah.edu
Located in the Wasatch Mountain foothills above Salt Lake City and featuring breathtaking views of the Salt Lake Valley, the striking Rio Tinto Center opened last November as the long-anticipated new home of Utah’s natural history museum building.

Offering interactive explorations and discoveries of our planet’s history via dynamic exhibitions of dinosaurs, mineralogy, native peoples and much more, the facility also provides a number of evocative function and gathering spaces.

The venue’s signature space, The Canyon can accommodate up to 375 people for seated dinners and up to 700 for receptions. Planners can also add the Gallery Stroll to a Canyon event, where guests enjoy exclusive access to seven themed exhibit galleries on three levels.

Sustainability is a major focus at the Rio Tinto. With attributes including one of the largest solar panel installations in the state and natural lighting throughout, the venue, a case study in green design, expects to receive LEED Gold certification within the next two years. PageBreak

KIMBALL ART CENTER, PARK CITY
www.kimballartcenter.org
In 1976, local arts enthusiast Bill Kimball and members of the Park City community transformed a dilapidated garage on historic Main Street into a nonprofit community center for the visual arts. Following a comprehensive refresh for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the venue today serves as one of the city’s leading cultural stages.

In addition to showcasing works from national and local artists and offering a range of art workshops and classes, the Kimball hosts the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival, Utah’s longest running such event, attracting over 40,000 people from around the country.

Flexibly accommodating groups for a range of business and social gatherings, the Kimball’s versatile options include the spacious Main Gallery, which can seat 300 people theater-style or up to 200 for sit-down dinners. With over 600 square feet of open floor space, the lower level Badami Gallery can accommodate between 75 and 100 people, while the 4,000-square-foot patio on Main Street is ideal for outdoor events.

SUNDANCE RESORT, SUNDANCE
www.sundanceresort.com
In 1981, famed actor and director Robert Redford founded the Sundance Institute in Park City to foster independence, discovery and new voices in American film. Of the Institute’s many year-round programs in Utah and elsewhere, the annual Sundance Film Festival, held in and around Park City each January, is a signature global event.

Groups seeking some of that Sundance magic can repair about 45 minutes south of Park City to this heavenly four-season retreat, set in scenic Provo Canyon and surrounding lands purchased by Redford back in 1969.

With 12,000-foot Mount Timpanogos towering overhead, the inspirations abound for meetings in spaces including the Screening Room, the original home of the Sundance Film Festival, and the new environmentally friendly Redford Conference Center.

At 4,200 square feet, Rehearsal Hall is the resort’s largest indoor function facility, while groups can also gather at several stunning outdoor spaces. Hands-on creativity is also on the menu, with daily workshops at the Art Shack Studios.

EGYPTIAN THEATRE, PARK CITY
www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org
With its “dramatically different” billing, this local treasure has seen several reincarnations since the late 1800s. After fire, then snow, claimed the first two cultural venues on this site, the Egyptian Theatre opened in 1926 as a showplace for films and live performances.

Influenced by the recent discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the designers went for an Egyptian motif. Under the supervision of an Egyptologist from Seattle, the theater was decorated with lotus leaves, scarabs, hieroglyphics and symbols of life and happiness.

In addition to Sundance Film Festival screenings, the intimate venue, located on Park City’s historic Main Street, hosts a wide range of music, comedy, theatrical and other shows. With 266 seats plus an additional 24 seats at cabaret tables, the venue is also available for seminars, private functions, weddings and other gatherings.

 

Regular Meetings Focus West contributor Jeff Heilman’s deep cultural connection to Utah also goes back to 1981—but that film was never made.

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