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Mar 5
Leo Libations

Wine and Pizza

Whether you favor thin crust cheesy pizza, white pizza with truffles or a traditional deep dish style with all the toppings, a perfect bottle of wine can elevate your pizza experience. The Wine Academy of Utah’s Jim Santangelo will show you how to select wine to perfectly compliment the aroma, flavors and texture of your favorite pizza and Executive Chef Zanetta Jones will share some of her favorite, most delicious creations

Mar 5
Leo Libations

Wine and Pizza

Whether you favor thin crust cheesy pizza, white pizza with truffles or a traditional deep dish style with all the toppings, a perfect bottle of wine can elevate your pizza experience. The Wine Academy of Utah’s Jim Santangelo will show you how to select wine to perfectly compliment the aroma, flavors and texture of your favorite pizza and Executive Chef Zanetta Jones will share some of her favorite, most delicious creations

Mar 6
Municipal Ballet Co and Holy Water Buffalo

Salt Lake City's Municipal Ballet Co. and local rock band Holy Water Buffalo present "Oh Yeah," an evening of live music and ballet like you've never seen it before.

Mar 7
Ira Glass with Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass

This American Life host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that - as Glass puts it - "have no business being together - dance and radio." One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall. "What makes it work," says Glass "is a shared sensibility. As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly funny storytellers without words."

Mar 6 - Mar 7
Andre Watts plays Beethoven 5

André Watts performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") with Utah Symphony.  Also on program are two Copland works, Fanfare for the Common Man and Symphony No. 3.  Hugh Wolff conducts.

Mar 7
Kongos

Check out the Kongos when their Lunatic Tour 2015 with special guests Sir Sly and Colony House hits the stage.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 7th at 10:00 a.m.

Limited VIP Packages Including Meet and Greet/Photo, Private Acoustic Performance, Exclusive Merchandise and More On-Sale Wednesday November 5th at 10:00 a.m.

Tickets available at all Smith's Tix locations, charge by phone 801-467-TIXX or toll free at 1-800-888-TIXX, and online at smithstix.com

Tickets are also available at the Depot box office day of show starting at 5PM (excluding club nights and private events) and on Friday's between 2PM-6PM (excluding holidays)

Patrons 18 years of age and younger are welcome to our ALL AGES shows when accompanied by a parent or guardian that is over the age of 18. Age information will be specified for each show. Additionally, because of Utah’s curfew law any ALL AGES show has to be over by 11 o’clock P.M. on weekday's and by 12 o'clock P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays

*Alcoholic beverages for 21+ will only be available on the mezzanine (3rd floor)

(while supplies last - subject to change - plus applicable fees where applied - 8 ticket limit)

Mar 6 - Mar 8
Wasatch Powder Keg

The 13th annual Wasatch Powder Keg backcountry race will be held at Brighton Ski Resort. The Powder Keg is a test of speed, strength, and endurance for any backcountry skier. This year we will feature 3 races and racers have the option of doing any individual race or all 3 races.  
There will be a BBQ, awards ceremony, and raffle following the Saturday and Sunday races at the Milly Chalet. For 2015, the Powder Keg will also be part of Vertfest.

Mar 8 - Mar 12
Alta Women's Intermediate-Advanced Ski Camps

Just for women, the Alta Lodge Women's Ski Camp brings together the best of the Alf Engen Ski School's instructors for three days of instruction and four nights of lodging, breakfasts and dinners. You’ll be in a fun environment where you can challenge yourself, improve your technique and meet some new ski buddies. During the three-day camp, participants can expect to improve their skiing ability and skiing confidence so they can advance to exploring Alta’s legendary terrain.

"I thought the instruction was exceptional. All instructors were friendly, enthusiastic, supportive and fun to be around." - Martha F. 2008

The group camaraderie starts the first night when we meet for dinner the evening before the on-the-hill session begins. During that time, you’ll get the info on the newest women specific skis so we can help you pick the right skis for you. Off the hill, we'll meet for après ski, dinners and breakfasts. In your spare time, relax….you can take a sauna or hot tub, or schedule an in-room massage.

"I met many great women from all over who love to ski!" - Susan I. 2010

For women age 18 and older, this intensive clinic is designed for the intermediate through advanced level skier who is ready for new challenges in ski terrain and conditions, such as Alta’s famous powder snow.

Ability level: You should be comfortable on blue runs, ready to venture on to ungroomed or steeper terrain.

Arrival: March 8
Departure: March 12

Includes:

four nights lodging, breakfasts and dinner
three full days of ski instruction
three days of lift tickets: 2 Alta, 1 Alta/Snowbird
high end demo skis; boots available if needed
yoga class (optional)

Mar 14
Burton Party In Your Park

Party In Your Park – Three teams, creative features and a whole lot of good times. Smoothest style, hardest charger and working as a team could get you a prize!

Mar 13 - Mar 15
Mamma Mia!

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives!

 

Mar 5 - Mar 15
A/Version Of Events

Experience Matthew Ivan Bennett’s "A/Version Of Events" directed by Christy Summerhays – a claustrophobic road trip about healing at different speeds, getting trapped in the wrong memories, and finding out whether we can ever outrun ourselves.

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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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