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    (Courtesy photo)   Blues-rock band Tommy Castro & The Painkillers perform this weekend in Park City. Plans for tonight: ‘Nutcracker’ continues
    • Ballet West’s production of “The Nutcracker” continues at the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. Tonight’s show starts at 7. Tickets ...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 01:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    The Piano Guys -- from left: Al Van Der Beek, Paul Anderson, Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt -- at Midway's Ice Castle exhibit last winter, where they filmed the video for their cover of Plans for the weekend: Piano Guys for Christmas
    • Tenor George Dyer, whose career has ranged from the New York City Opera to Branson, Mo., brings his “Christmas From Branson” show to Utah, tonight a...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:51 am   |     |   Share
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    (Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Kurt Bestor Plans for tonight: Bestor’s Christmas show
    • Utah’s “Mr. Christmas,” Kurt Bestor, kicks off his four-show Christmas run at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Special guest: Th...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 01:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from ‘Birdman’ takes Best Picture from Utah Film Critics Association
    The backstage Broadway comedy-drama “Birdman” has been named the best picture of 2014 by the Utah Film Critics Association. Members of the UFCA on Wed...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 05:52 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan welcomes FantasyCon at press conference in Sandy City Hall Wednesday Dec. 17 to announce new convention dates and a new partnership with Sandy City and Jordan Commons .  FantasyCon also announced new convention dates and the dates for FilmQuest Festival. FantasyCon is a 3 day convention that brings to life the fantasy books, movies and artwork that fans love in a fully immersive environment for the entire family.  The convention will be June 2-4, 2016 in Sandy's South Towne Center. FantasyCon planning big show in 2016, at Sandy’s South Towne Expo Center
    FantasyCon is moving to new digs — but you’ll have to wait awhile. The event, which filled the Salt Palace with dragons and other fantasy elements las...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
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    Blackalicious with Daniel Bambaata Marley, Scenic Byway and Better Taste Bureau performs at Urban Lounge on Dec. 17, 2014. Visit 24tix for information and tickets.  Courtesy of Blackalicious Plans for tonight: Hip-hop or hey howdy
    • Singing-cowboy group Bar J Wranglers performs its Western show at UCCU Center, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets, at $10...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    Actor Seth Rogen, right, and actor James Franco attend the premiere of the feature film The Cricket’s Daily 3: Furor over ‘The Interview’
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • So “The Interview” has become a “see it or the terrorists win” cause celebre, because the hackers w...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 07:18 am   |     |   Share
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    Plans for tonight: Metal or Christmas songs?
    • The Utah a cappella sextet Voice Male performs its annual Christmas show at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Show starts at 7. T...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 01:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Utah crowd-funding: Intimate look at addiction
    This week’s Utah Crowd-Funding Project aims to expose the dangers of heroin addiction to a new audience. Salt Lake City filmmaker Jenny Mackenzie has ...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 09:33 am   |     |   Share
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    The Cricket’s Daily 3: Meet your 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct these acts next year: Green Day, Bill Withers, Stevie Ra...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 07:17 am   |     |   Share
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    Augustana Plans for tonight: Augustana rocks
    • Resurgent ‘80s rocker Billy Idol headlines X96’s “Nightmare Before Xmas” show at The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. Opening: Bleachers, ...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 11:57 am   |     |   Share
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    This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Joel Edgerton in a scene from The Cricket’s Daily 3: ‘Exodus’ tops a weak weekend
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • The biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” topped the weekend box office, but with a less-than-king...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 07:14 am   |     |   Share
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Pink Martini with singer Storm Large. Autumn de Wilde  |  Courtesy Plans for the weekend: Mixing a Pink Martini
    • The Utah Jazz play host to the Miami Heat, tonight at EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, fro...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 03:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Joel Edgerton, left, and Christian Bale in a scene from Friday movie roundup: Moses supposes
    Moses parts the Red Sea, but Ridley Scott has a tougher job making it look good. Scott directs “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” a visually fascinating take o...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 09:03 am   |     |   Share
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    In this video grab made available by Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM on Thursday, May 22,  2014, J.J. Abrams, director of The Cricket’s Daily 3: Get to know your ‘Star Wars’ characters
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • J.J. Abrams has revealed the names of some of the characters for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in ...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 09:02 am   |     |   Share
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Portland, Oregon folk band, Horse Feathers, will perform Dec. 11, 2014, at the State Room in Salt Lake City.  Visit thestateroom.com for information. Courtesy Horse Feathers
Plans for tonight: Adelitas Way or the highway
    • Arizona metal quintet The Word Alive performs at In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City. Opening: The Color Morale, Our Last Night, Dead Rabb...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 04:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    Paula Patton announces nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP) The Cricket’s Daily 3: ‘Birdman’ leads Golden Globes
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • The backstage comedy/drama “Birdman” leads the Golden Globe nominations, with seven. [ABC News] • C...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 08:33 am   |     |   Share
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    Plans for tonight: Courage My Love rocks out
    • Three-piece Canadian pop punk band Courage My Love performs at Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City. Opening: Save the World G...
    Updated Dec 10 2014 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Plans for tonight: Lil Debbie raps
    • Atlanta metalcore band Attila headlines the 2014 Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, at In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City. Opening: Crown The ...
    Updated Dec 02 2014 09:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    Utah crowd-funding: A hip-hop ‘Nutcracker’
    This week’s Utah Crowd-Funding Project is a hip update of a Christmas classic. Odyssey Dance Theatre is aiming to do for Yuletide what their productio...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 09:21 am   |     |   Share
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    Director Alejandro G. Inarritu accepts the The Cricket’s Daily 3: ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Birdman’ get Oscar boosts
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • The first movie awards of the season are a mixed bag: The New York Film Critics Circle picked Richa...
    Updated Dec 03 2014 07:04 am   |     |   Share
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    Pro wrestler Jake Slamdance announces 19 films in competition slates
    The Slamdance Film Festival, that rogue upstart running alongside the Sundance Film Festival, has announced its competition slate for narrative and do...
    Updated Dec 01 2014 10:53 pm   |     |   Share
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    Plans for tonight: Snot is back
    • The Utah Jazz play host to the Denver Nuggets at EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Game starts at 7. Tickets, from $10 to ...
    Updated Dec 01 2014 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    B98.7 becomes third Salt Lake station to blast Christmas music
    Now it’s a three-horse race to capture the ears of Wasatch Front radio listeners with Christmas music. On Thanksgiving weekend, KBEE-FM, alias B98.7, ...
    Updated Dec 01 2014 10:18 am   |     |   Share
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    Actor Daniel Craig and Director Sam Mendes pose for photographers pose for photographers at the announcement for the new Bond film, the 24th in the series, at Pinewood Studios in west London, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The titile of the new Bond production is Spectre. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) The Cricket’s Daily 3: A ‘Spectre’ looms
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • The 24th James Bond movie will be called “Spectre,” suggesting 007’s biggest nemesis will be back. ...
    Updated Dec 05 2014 10:04 am   |     |   Share
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    The Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City will present indie-folk performer My Brightest Diamond with Flash & Flare, Dec. 3, 2014. Visit 24tix.com for information. Must be 21. Courtesy of My Brightest Diamond Plans for tonight: My Brightest Diamond shines
    • Metalcore band Fit for a King performs at In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City. Opening: Kublai Khan. show starts at 6. Tickets are $16, at...
    Updated Dec 03 2014 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger performs during a concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel. In whatÌs fast becoming something of a modern World Cup tradition, Brazilians are closely following every team the 70-year-old rock star supports with an eye for mocking the alleged spell he casts on every team he picks. Brazilian media has taken to calling his pick, JaggerÌs Ïpe frio,Ó a term describing the bad luck he brings teams that translates literally as Ïcold foot.Ó(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File) The Cricket’s Daily 3: DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’ selected
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • It’s official: Jared Leto will play The Joker in Warner Bros.’ version of DC Comics supervillain ma...
    Updated Dec 04 2014 07:06 am   |     |   Share