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Dec 21
Santa Sunday

First 100 people dressed in a complete Santa Claus suit ski free and access a special Tram at 10:15 a.m.

Register at the Activity Center from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and meet outside the Activity Center at 10:15 a.m. to be escorted to a special Santa Express Tram.

Full outfits must include a white beard or wig, traditional red jacket with white trim and belt and red pants.
 

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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Why Utah Is A Beer-Lovers Paradise

Published: 01/17/2013

by, Maile Keone, Huffingtonpost.com

I like beer, so my travels frequently find me seeking out places that make great beer. Luckily, I live in a state where some passionate people built local breweries that make craft beer. And while there is still lingering suspicions of bizarre liquor laws in Utah, recent changes to the laws have made it a non-issue. The membership requirement to enter bars that many people reference was removed in 2009. More info on the laws can be found here; but trust me, you can stroll into a bar and order a drink seven days a week.

In order to convince you to come to Utah for a reason other than the best skiing in the world and our five stunning National Parks, I decided to highlight what is happening in the local craft beer scene in Utah through one of my recent day trips.

The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade association of American craft brewers defines craft brewing as "small and independent" with annual production of "6 million barrels of beer or less." They also added that no more than 25 percent of the brewery can be owned or controlled by a beverage industry member who is not also a craft brewer. According to beerinfo.com, the term "craft beer" is beer that is made using traditional methods with consideration for flavor over mass appeal.

My quest for craft beer started with the Uinta Brewery. Situated on the west side of Salt Lake City, it is one of the only locally owned and operated breweries in Utah. Founded in 1993, 2013 marks the brewery's 20th anniversary. According to their sales literature the company is "named after the only major East-West running mountain range in the Continental U.S." Uinta attends beer festivals across the country in different cities, states and ski towns. They have won numerous awards, including nine in 2012, according to their web site. Tough job, but somebody has to pour those samples.

Many thanks go to Jamie Horton, the account manager who arranged our tour. I was introduced to Jamie through my boyfriend Jim, who has an ongoing love affair with craft beer. We ran into Jamie at several festivals during the year and each time I would mentioned wanting to know more about the brewery. So she met us in their Brewhouse Pub for a private tour. We arrived early with the intention to eat lunch and sample the product before the tour -- it would seem wrong not to do so.

At the start of the tour, Jamie told us they consider themselves craft brewers and that it is currently the only growth category in the beer industry. A Brewers Association report confirms this, stating a 2011 growth rate for craft brewers of 13 percent by volume and 12 percent in the first half of 2012. In comparison, the overall beer industry declined by 1.3 percent.

Uinta's sales in 2012 will exceed 2011 by 60 percent. In 2012 they produced 45,000 barrels of beer. It may seem like a lot, but in comparison, Coors Beer produces just over 20 million barrels a year. Sixty percent of Uinta's beer is sold in Utah, and the rest is distributed to 22 other states.

Jamie surmised that in addition to award winning craft beer, part of their growth is directly attributable to new packaging, a proprietary bottle with a unique shape and new, very hip labeling. One of the aspects of the new bottle is an embossed compass circling the bottle. According to Lindsay Berk, Uinta's marketing manager, "the symbolism of a compass just felt right and fitting, and thus became part of our logo and our proprietary bottle." She added that part of what it evokes is the company's sense of direction and focus on brewing quality, consistent beers. Another interpretation is related to their sense of adventure and exploration, both inside and outside the brewery.

I invited two of my co-workers to tag along on the tour because I knew they would appreciate the opportunity. And I was right. While touring the brewery they were in awe of the mash tuns, brew kettles and fermentation tanks. If you don't know what any of these things are, run, don't walk to your closest brewery that offers a tour -- it is fascinating. My favorite parts were the bottling and kegging stations. During our tour they were in full swing and we dodged forklifts and boxes flying down the line as we gaped at the vast quantities of beer.

After 20 years, Uinta's beer is still creative and inventive. My personal favorite is the Yard Sale Winter Lager. Although I'm not a copious beer drinker, I love the stuff. More importantly I love the craft beer culture. The gleam in the eyes of the guys who came with me reminded me how much beer drinkers love beer. The people at Uinta Brewing genuinely love what they do and the joy it provides. If you have the chance to visit our great state, stop by and say hello. Raise your glass of Yard Sale and toast the craft beer culture.

Have you ever thought about taking a trip just to visit a craft brewery?

 

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