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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.

May 4
Matt and Kim

See indie dance duo Matt and Kim live at The Depot!

May 5
An Evening with They Might Be Giants

Brooklyn’s alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants are having an epic year. This January they launch DialASong.com with a new recording posted every week, as well as beginning a monthly residency at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band will release a new album this spring — the first of 3 in the next 12 months — and are climbing back into the tour bus to bring their barn-burning live show to cities across the world.

May 6
Real Salt Lake vs Los Angeles Galaxy

Come see the Real Salt Lake as they battle against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

May 4 - May 7
Salt Lake Bees vs Tacoma Rainiers

Catch the Salt Lake Bees in action when they take on the Tacoma Rainiers at Smith's Ballpark

May 7
The Music of Stravinsky

Members of the Utah Symphony join forces under the baton of Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic to perform an evening of chamber works by Igor Stravinsky in anticipation of Utah Opera’s production of Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress.” Two concerti, a wind octet, and piece for chamber orchestra will be performed. A one-night only performance on May 7 at 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Park City, Utah makes for an intimate setting to get up close and personal with great Stravinsky works and Utah Symphony musicians.

May 7
Pinot Noir Around the World: From Its Birthplace and B

Considered the wine of the Kings, once managed by monastic orders, Pinot Noir has made its journey around the world and back, finding new terroir in which to grow. We will taste Pinot Noir from Bourgogne, where the story begins, as well as from it’s new prized locations of California, Oregon and California.

May 5 - May 7
Czech That Film

A three day event presenting and celebrating the best, new Czech cinema. We will be showcasing five films in total. The opening night film, Fair Play, will feature a special Q&A presentation with director Andrea Sedlácková.

All films are in Czech with English subtitles

Tuesday May 5
7:00 pm Fair Play

Wednesday May 6
7:00 pm Icing
9:00 pm Krazno

Thursday May 7
7:00 pm To See The Sea
9:00 pm Clownwise

May 9
Urban Bird Festival

Get ready to celebrate birds like never before! This all-day festival features tons of local vendors, a day packed with activities, food on-site, and opportunities to learn and explore the birds and environment around you. Admission is only $5 for everyone ages 3 and up!

With an Urban Market full of local vendors; an art gallery; a Learning Lawn for nonprofits, classes, and fun activities; and so many of Tracy Aviary's awe-inspiring and exciting tours, training's, bird encounters, games, and more, this is a festival you won't want to miss! We’re open late for extra fun to make this an exciting day for all ages.

 

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.

May 10
Mother's Day Brunch

Mothers Day Brunch at Gardner Village! Make a sunny Sunday even brighter by treating mom to a fabulous Mother’s Day brunch in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley at our quaint and historic Village. With a fresh and delightful display of both breakfast and lunch offerings, Mom is sure to enjoy made-to-order omelets or crepes or sipping a sweet beverage. Feast on carved meats, crisp salads or a variety of breads and dessert selections. And…don’t skip a stop at the sinful Chocolate Fountain with is tiers of melted Belgian Chocolate cascading down and variety of delicious dippers. Make sure mom, not the food, is the center of attention!

May 10
Mother's Day at Snowbird

Make it a Mother's Day to remember. Make your way up the canyon for an exceptional brunch in a spectacular location. Mother's Day Brunch at The Aerie 9am - 3pm. Smoked salmon, Wild Mushroom Quiche, Eggs Benedict, Seared Trout, Roasted Ham, Key Lime Pie, and much more! Reservations recommended: restaurants.snowbird.com Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at The Atrium 10:30 am - 3pm. Ginger Quinoa, Omelet Station, Brioche French Toast, Ahi Canapés, French Macaroons and much more!

May 12
Foster The People

Don't miss the return of Foster The People at The Complex on May 12 with special guest Milo Greene!

Tickets are on sale now!

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 and thecomplexslc.com.

Tickets are available at the Depot box office on Fridays between 2PM-6PM (excluding holidays) and day of Depot shows starting at 5PM (excluding club nights & private events)

(while supplies last - subject to change - 8 ticket limit)

The Complex | 536 West 100 South Salt Lake City, UT | All Ages

May 15
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll

Galleries across Salt Lake are open for the public to meet artists and browse the exciting and thriving visual arts market in Salt Lake City. The event, as always, is free. Some sponsors offer special discounts and rates for those who participate in Gallery Stroll.

The Salt Lake Gallery Stroll is committed to bringing the value of visual art to the forefront of Salt Lake City’s cultural identity. By gathering galleries and other businesses to promote visual art, we strive to stimulate interest and investment in an ever-growing local visual art community through this FREE public event. Come join us on the 3rd Friday of each month (except in December when it's on the 1st Friday). In May we facilitate the Gallery Roll as a part of National Bike Month.

Apr 30 - May 16
The Little Dog Laughed

Wasatch Theatre continues their 17th season by partnering with Silver Summit Theatre for the Utah premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed.  Nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play and the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre, Little Dog is a delectable lampooning of Hollywood's perceptions and deceptions.

The players include a hard-driving Hollywood agent, her budding screen idol client, a sexy young drifter, and the drifter's socialite girlfriend. The Little Dog Laughed follows the adventures of Mitchell Green, a movie star who could hit big if it weren't for one teensy-weensy problem: his agent, Diane, can't seem to keep him in the closet. Trying to help him navigate Hollywood's choppy waters, the devilish Diane is doing all she can to keep Mitchell away from the cute rent boy who's caught his eye and the rent boy's girlfriend (yes, the rent boy has a girlfriend). The play explores what happiness looks like for these characters and the roadblocks that constrain and influence both their decisions and their identities.

May 15 - May 23
Innovations 2015

Join us for the 2015 edition of Ballet West’s wildly-popular Innovations program at the intimate Jeanné Wagner Theatre. This on-going series features works by up-and-coming American choreographers, and is a fascinating exploration into cutting-edge artistic territory. 

Innovations 2015 will feature Nicolo Fonte’s Presto, specially commissioned for Ballet West’s 50th Anniversary Gala, and a world premiere by Utah native and international dancer Garrett Smith—a rising star in the world of choreography. 

Innovations 2015 also marks your last opportunity to see Prima Ballerina, Christina Bennett, perform live for Ballet West, as she is retiring at the conclusion of this program following 16 spectacular years with the Company.

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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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