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Oct 2
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!

Oct 4
Coraline

In this stop-motion animation Oscar nominee, curious young Coraline unlocks a door in her family’s home and is transported to a universe that strangely resembles her own—only better. But when her “Other Mother” doesn’t want Coraline to return to reality, our heroine must summon an amazing amount of courage to go home and save her family.

Aug 23 - Oct 4
Boot Scootin' Boogie - Utah's 1st and Only Country Bum

"Daisy Dukes and Cowboy Boots". The Boot Scootin' Boogie Run is a western themed, cowboy kickin' themed obstacles mud run. So Cowboy Up!! Live Entertainment

Ya'll think playing in the mud is fun? Just imagine playing in mud while romping like a cowboy or cowgirl. The Boot Scootin' Boogie is a western themed, cowboy kickin' themed obstacles mud run.
Get down and dirty in the mud with challenging obstacles, such as:
•Rope wrangling
•Hay mound hopping
•Cattle chutes
•Cowpie slinging
•Fence flinging
•Milky way
•Two step terrain
•Snake in the boot

So shine up those belt buckles and bring your little cowboys and cowgirls. This is going to be a party that even the youngsters don't want to miss.

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On Twitter - https://twitter.com/BootScootinRun
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LinkedIn Group - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Boot-Scootin-Boogie-Run-6553293

Oct 8
This Ain't No Mouse Music

This wonderfully crafted film tells the story of Chris Strachwitz, an American music detective and force behind legendary Arhoolie Records. Strachwitz takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans and Cajun country to Appalachia, as he continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America.

Oct 8
Pretty Faces: The Story of a Skier Girl

SheJumps.org presents the Salt Lake City premiere of Pretty Faces!

Pretty Faces is the story of a skier girl. A film that celebrates women who thrive in the snow and are committed to taking the path less traveled to accomplish their dreams. The concept for the film was originated by professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer with the objective of giving women and girls, young and old, a voice and source of inspiration through a unique look at what is possible when boundaries are broken, dreams captured and friendships cultivated. In Lynsey’s words “I wanted to give young girls something positive to look up to...I wanted to give them their Blizzard of Ahhh’s, Ski Movie, or High Life, but done in a way that also shows the elegance, grace, community and style that is unique to women in the mountains.” 

Athletes scheduled to appear include Lynsey Dyer and Rachael Burks (more to be announced soon!). Connect on Facebook to share and invite your friends.

If your business would like to be a sponsor at this event, please contact claire@shejumps.org.

Oct 9
Elevated Minds Festival: KRS-ONE, Immortal Technique,

Come for the Elevated Mind Festival featuring KRS One, Immortal Technique, Slick Rick, Aceyalone, Myka9, Keith Murrary, RA Scion, Burnell Washburn, Concise Kilgore and DJ Juggy.

Oct 10
Paul Pollei Commemorative Concert Series - Pianist Fai

“...elastic phrasing and hallucinatory poetry.” — Fanfare 

Russian-trained pianist and composer, Faina Lushtak, will inaugurate the 2014-15 Paul Pollei Commemorative Concert Series.

Program: 

Sonata in G major, K. 283: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Scenes from Childhood Op.15: Robert Schumann
Waldesrauschen & Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11: Franz Liszt

Intermission

Sonata No. 3, Op. 28a: Sergei Prokofieff
The Seasons: Peter Tchaikovsky
Sonatina, 5 Preludes, & Old and New: Faina Lushtak

For more information on the Artist and complete Concert Series calendar, visit www.bachauer.com!

Connect with us: Facebook (Gina Bachauer International Foundaiton) and Twitter @bachauerpiano

Oct 10
The New Pornographers

S&S presents The New Pornographers with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart live at the Depot.

Oct 11
Matisyahu

Matisyahu retruns to SLC in support of his latest album, "Akeda". Go check him out live at The Depot!

Oct 11
Real Salt Lake vs San Jose

Professional Soccer:  The battle between Real Salt Lake and San Jose is held at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Aug 16 - Oct 12
Oktoberfest

Snowbird's Oktoberfest began in 1973, when two men costumed in leather lederhosen, inspired by the towering mountains that reminded them of their homeland, came to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to play their accordions and sing in their native German tongue. Now – attracting over 60,000 visitors annually – Oktoberfest has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah. Oktoberfest includes Oktoberfest Halle featuring the tastes of Bavaria with entertainment from local and national German bands and yodelers.

Oct 14
Skrillex

Come and watch Skrillex LIVE with GTA, Alesia and more at Saltair. Be there!
Sonny John Moore, better known by his stage name Skrillex, is an electronic dance music producer, DJ and singer-songwriter. 

Oct 18 - Oct 19
Indian Art Market

Celebrate native arts and culture at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The Indian Art Market is a juried show featuring the work of regional native artists. Over 20 selected artists will display and sell their original work ranging from jewelry, beadwork, sculpture, painting and more. Meet the artists, learn about contemporary Indian arts and tribal culture and take home something new and unique to add to your collection.

Browse the work of 20+ native artists in a variety of media: painting, jewelry, sculpture, beadwork and more.

Experience native sounds: drum circle and live flute music.

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The Top 10 Ski Resorts in the United States for 2013

Published: 12/03/2012

Forbes, by Christopher Steiner

Rankings have become so ubiquitous in our world – top colleges, top cities, top jobs, top sandwiches – that they’ve begun to lose value.  Everybody has a ranking about everything.  Making matters more confusing, most rankings get so granular that nearly every person, place and thing is ranked No. 1 for something.

Wear a helmet: The home to Corbet's Couloir retained it's No. 1 ranking for 2013.

In the ski world, there’s been a bit of this specialization ranking creeping in as well.  To be sure, some of it is fair.  Winter Park, for instance, can’t compare its terrain to that of Snowbird, but the Colorado resort does offer some of the greatest access to disabled and adaptive skiers in the world – and it deserves credit for that.  Other outlets rank snow, grooming, family friendliness, food, lodging, customer service and even the quality of the booze on mountain.

All of those things matter to somebody.  But here we only rank one thing: Awesomeness.  It’s the most important thing we can measure.  If you can know a place’s awesomeness, do you need to know anything else?

Answer: No.

We measure awesomeness with strict adherence to quantitative and scientific methods.  The rankings you see here are the product of the most honed algorithms ever unleashed on the ski world.  Being on this list means something.  It means awesomeness.  We don’t rank 50 resorts, we rank only ten — and we’ve included extended and 100% new material on the top six.

There’s nothing east of the Rockies on the list because no resort east of the Rockies has the snow or terrain to crack our awesomeness rankings–something that matters for both beginners and experts (soft western snow >> eastern ice).  Not that there isn’t fun to be had in the East or even the Midwest.  Ski wherever you can.  We plan to do a separate, eastern list next year.

Again, we rank awesomeness and awesomeness only.  If you want to find out what ski resort has the best hot chocolate and marshmallow bar, you’ll find that list elsewhere.  If you want the hard facts on what ski mountain gives you the best possibility of a soul-moving experience on and off the snow, then you need rankings based on our patented Pure Awesomeness Factor.  In the ski business, this is known as PAF.  It’s not something that resorts make public, but every mountain knows where it stands.  Most big resorts employ at least three data scientists who spend their days looking for methods to raise the resort’s PAF score.  Boost that score, and you get closer to excellence.

Awesomeness is the only proxy for awesomeness.  It’s the critical path to a vacation that becomes legendary.  So for the second time ever, here are the top ten resorts in the United States according to PAF...:

Snowbird: Best snow, epic terrain, epic lift.

2.   Alta and Snowbird, Utah (PAF = 97):

For most people, these two resorts that occupy a splendid apron of Little Cottonwood Canyon just 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake should be the default ski vacation. Direct flights to Salt Lake can be had from most cities and the trip from the airport to the snow here is a leisurely stroll compared with the white-knuckle pilgrimage between Denver and Colorado’s resorts.

We rank Snowbird and Alta together because they are together.  They share a boundary line and even, for those who choose to purchase it, a joint lift ticket.  If you go to one, you should go to the other.  Unless you’re a snowboarder, in which case Alta won’t allow you to plow through its chutes and trees—and what glorious chutes and trees they are.

The terrain at Alta and Snowbird is the terrain against which all others are measured.  Snowbird’s tram, which, like Jackson’s, also traverses from the base of the resort to the top, is the only lift that compares with the tram at Jackson Hole. The lift line for the Snowbird tram on a prime powder day can get ugly—one of the drawbacks of being on top of a greater metropolitan area of 2 million people.

The good news is that not all of those people ski and, even better, this place has a lot of powder days—it gets 600 inches a year—more than anywhere outside of Alaska.  The snow is dependable and comes in a density that’s user friendly, like a stiff dollop of whipped milk on a cappuccino.  If you’re going on a trip for three days or less, it’s hard to go anywhere but Utah. We can’t stress enough how awesome the skiing is here.  If you haven’t been, just go.

Not to be missed: Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge, a wonderful modern building whose raw, reinforced concrete edifice evokes the work of architect Paul Rudolph, a brilliant shaper of glass and poured stone.

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