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Apr 24
Utah Whitewater Film Festival

This will be the 14th annual whitewater film festival. All the money raised will go to the Snake River Fund, www.snakeriverfund.org. We will have both a raffle and a silent auction.

Apr 24
Life at the Speed of Light

 J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JVCI), a not-for-profit, research organization dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental research. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), a privately-held company dedicated to commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global needs. In 1998, Dr. Venter founded Celera Genomics to sequence the human genome using new tools and techniques he and his team developed. This research culminated with the February 2001 publication of the human genome in the journal, Science. Dr. Venter and his team at JVCI continue to blaze new trails in genomics. They have sequenced and analyzed hundreds of genomes and created the first self-replicating bacterial cell constructed with synthetic DNA.

In 2010, Dr. Venter and his team at the JCVI successfully constructed the first "synthetic bacterial cell" putting humankind at the threshold of a new phase of biological research, one that is enabling us to go from reading the genetic code (sequencing genomes) to now writing the genetic code for designing new species. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on society, including new methods for chemical and energy production, human health and medical advances, clean water, and new food and nutritional products. Dr. Venter, regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous pioneering advances in genomics, will guide us through this emerging field, detailing its origins, current challenges, and the potential positive advances.

Dr. Venter is a pioneer of the genomics revolution. His work on synthetic biology truly embodies the theme of “pushing the boundaries of life.” Essentially, Venter is seeking to “write the software of life” to create microbes designed by humans rather than only through evolution. The potential benefits and risks of this new technology are enormous. It also requires us to examine, both scientifically and philosophically, the question of “What is life?”

Apr 26
2014 Miller Motorsports Park Season Opener and Car Sho

 Miller Motorsports Park is kicking off their 2014 racing season in style on Saturday, April 26, 2014, with an action-packed day of racing and free admission for everyone!

The day will feature six different kinds of racing, with something for everyone, plus a car show, free hot dogs and drinks (while supplies last) and free zip line rides. Gates open at 8 AM racing all day until 5PM.

Apr 25
Tchaikovsky's Suite No 3

Guest Conductor Andrey Boreyko returns to Abravanel Hall for a concert featuring two contrasting Russian works, written just a few years apart. Tchaikovsky's evocative and balletic 3rd Orchestral Suite was originally intended as a symphony while Rimsky-Korsakov's uplifting Russian Easter Overture celebrated the musical history of Russian Orthodoxy. Messiaen's gorgeous mediations on the ascension of Christ complete the program. - See more at: http://www.utahsymphony.org/concerts/item/890-tchaikovskys-suite-no-3#sthash.2vw1Qu10.dpuf

Apr 26
Real Salt Lake vs Vancouver

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

Apr 22
War Horse

“War Horse” tells the story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, which has been sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. In a tale that the Sunday Express said is “…both epic and intimate,” and “absolutely guaranteed to move the heart,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship.

“War Horse” is filled with stirring music and songs, and at the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on stage. “The puppetry is nothing short of miraculous,” according to The Times of London.

Apr 29
Ingrid Michaelson

Spend an evening with Ingrid Michaelson when she brings her tour in support of her upcoming album, Lights Out, with guests Storyman and The Alternate Routes at Saltair.

May 1
Ellie Goulding

Be at Saltair when Ellie Goulding brings her tour with special guest Rudimental to town.

May 3
Holi Festival of Colors SLC

Great Mantra Bands, DJ's, Top Yoga Teachers, Dance, Hourly Color Throws, Cuisine, Free Hugs, & Lotsa Love.
Ancient Tradition

In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other. Though liquid colors are used in India (where it’s warm) we prohibit them, as we don’t want anyone to catch cold on account of the festival. Dry is better for photographs as well.

Modern Adaptation

Holi has long traditional links with several legends. According to one popular legend, the word Holi is derived from the demoness, Holika. She was the sister of Hiranya Kashipu (the name meaning love of gold and a soft bed), a demon king, who having defeated the Gods, proclaimed his supremacy over everyone else in the Universe. Enraged over his son’s ardent devotion to Lord Vishnu, Hiranya Kashipu decides to punish him. He takes the help of his sister, Holika, who is immune to any damage from fire. Holika carries the small boy Prahlad into the fire but a divine intervention destroys her and saves Prahlad from getting burned. Thus Holi is celebrated to mark the burning of the evil Holika. Her effigy is consumed in the fire!

Holi is celebrated with special importance in the North of India. It solemnizes the love of Radha and Krishna. The spraying of colored powders recalls the love sport of Lord Krishna and His devotees.

The color, noise and entertainment that accompanies the celebration of Holi bears witness to a feeling of oneness and sense of brotherhood. The festival brings home the lesson of spiritual and social harmony!!

May 3
2014 Live Green SLC! Festival

Showcasing a full spectrum of sustainable green products, services and ideas from cutting edge renewable technologies to everyday solutions that can be implemented in the home. At this outdoor event, held in the beautiful downtown Library Plaza, attendees will enjoy features such as interactive and educational exhibits, local and organic foods and goods, live auctions, a children’s area, eco-carnival games, music, entertainment and much more.

May 2
Salt Lake Bees vs Reno Aces

Catch the Salt Lake Bees in action when they take on the Reno Aces at Smith's Ballpark!

May 6
Fu Manchu

Catch Fu Manchu when they bring their Spring USA Invasion Tour supporting their new album, Gigantoid, to In The Venue .

May 14
Nickel Creek

See Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek when they perform live with guests The Secret Sisters at Kingsbury Hall.

May 16
Morrissey

Don't miss the chance to see Morrissey when he performs live with special guest Kristeen Young at Kingsbury Hall!

May 10
Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio

The opera that put Mozart's name on the European cultural map.

The Abduction from the Seraglio tells of a fair damsel who, like most operatic damsels, finds herself in great distress! Will the dashing nobleman rescue her from her Turkish keepers and the powerful ruler who desires to possess her? Or will the true lovers die in the attempt?

After a season filled with passion, drama, and grandeur, Utah Opera ends the season with something light and fun. Mozart's incomparable skill for vocal melody and dramatic tension are on full display in this exotic, colorful production that you're guaranteed to love.

May 16
Living Traditions Festival

The Salt Lake City Arts Council is pleased to present the Living Traditions Festival, a celebration of traditional folk and ethnic arts. Living Traditions brings people together to honour the diversity and cultural traditions of our community. Local ethnic artists—craftspeople, dancers, musicians and community groups—provide the framework for the Festival.

May 16
Ballet West's Innovations 2014
Since its inception, Ballet West's Innovations has become a platform for up-and-coming American choreographers and a fascinating exploration into new and cutting edge artistic territory. This year's Innovations 2014 will spotlight three new creations by Ballet West artists to be announced, and world premieres by Philadelphia-based choreographer Matthew Neenan and Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud.
Apr 24
Peter Pan

Fly away with Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell, and Captain Hook as J.M. Barrie's magical, musical fairytale of the "Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" is cleverly re-imagined for the Hale Center Theater Orem stage! A favorite for children of all ages. Come back to Neverland, and remember what it's like to pretend!

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Utah Olympic Oval Hosts Speed Skating World Cup Nov. 15-17

Published: 10/29/2013
Kearns, UT (October 28, 2013) – The Utah Olympic Oval is hosting the first of many significant competitions during this winter season ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games  in Sochi, Russia. The Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating event is scheduled from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17 and will feature a field of 250 to 300 international long track speed skating athletes representing up to 25 countries.
 
The World Cup competition is an important milestone in a skater's journey toward securing a spot on their country's Olympic team. Top competitors will be racing and earning points based on their results. Typically, the top 12 skaters in each long track distance will earn a starting position on their country’s team based on total points. In addition, there are team spots determined by individual time rankings during the World Cup competition. Skaters with the fastest times can secure spots for their country during the Olympic Games.
 
The A Division races are scheduled in the afternoon each day, with races starting at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, and 1:30 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday. Doors to the venue will open an hour prior to race starting times. The races include the following distances for men and ladies: 500 meter, 1000 meter, 1500 meter, 3000 meter and 5000 meter (men only).
 
General admission tickets are available online at UtahOlympicOvalEvents.com and at the Olympic Oval Guest Services Desk. Adult tickets are $5 per day or $10 for the three-day  event; youth (ages 4 to 12) and senior (ages 65 and older) tickets are $3 per day or $6 for the full event. Family tickets for two adults and up to three youth are also available for $10 per day or $20 for the full event. Youth ages 3 and under are free.
 
New this year, a limited number of VIP tickets will be made available to the public. VIP tickets provide guests access to special parking area and VIP viewing area with hospitality. VIP tickets can be purchased by day for $50 or for the weekend for $125.
 
The Kearns Community Council will be hosting a free ‘Western Corral’ event on Saturday, November 16 between 12:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. There will be a chili and hot chocolate bar, interactive sports funtivities, live music and western-themed entertainment by Utah’s very won ‘Hired Guns’. Lunch will be served on a first-come-first-serve basis. The community event will take place on entrance plaza of the Olympic Oval.
 
Home to the 'Fastest Ice on Earth’, the Olympic Oval has set over 75 world records since 2002. During the winter competition season, the Olympic Oval will also be hosting the U.S. Speed Skating Olympic Trials in short track and long track. The long track competitions will take place from December 27, 2013 through January 1, 2014. Short track competitions will be held January 2 through 5. Placement on Team USA will be announced based on athlete results during the Olympic Trials. The trials will be televised on NBC and NBC Sports Network.
During the short track trials, the official United States Olympic Committee’s ‘Road to Sochi’ interactive fan zone will make a tour stop at the Olympic Oval. The festivities will feature booths for the pubic with winter sport themed activities. The ‘Road to Sochi’ fan zone is free to the public.
 
For more information on this event, race schedules, and to purchase tickets, please visit UtahOlympicOvalEvents.com.
 
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About Utah Olympic Oval
Built in 2001 just in time for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah Olympic Oval is located in the community of Kearns, just 16 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. The venue houses a 400-meter speed skating oval and two international size ice sheets as well as a four-lane 442-meter state of the art running track and eight 110-meter sprint lane. During the 2002 Games, the five-acre facility - roughly the size of four football fields – hosted all speed skating events. With 10 Olympic records and eight world records, the venue stands uncontested as the Fastest Ice on Earth following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Today, the Utah Olympic Oval is headquarters for US Speed Skating, ensuring a legacy of continued growth and international success for the sport. For more information about the venue, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.com or call 801-968-6825.
 
About Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is a Utah non-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for managing and maintaining world-class Olympic legacy facilities and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate, educate, and excel in winter sports. Inspired by the success and momentum of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, the Foundation has turned its focus toward embracing, engaging and involving Utah’s youth in winter sport. From community-based recreational camps, progression-oriented development programs to its official designation as an official U.S. Olympic Training Site, the Foundation – including both Utah Olympic Park and Oval facilities – represents the future of winter sports in North America. For more information, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.com or call 435-658-4200.

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