Weekend Express: Your fun-stuff planning tool
We're here to help you plan your weekend, with best picks from our entertainment reporters, critics and bloggers. For more event listings, visit nowsaltlake.com.
OUT AND ABOUT
Easter Egg Hunts •
7 p.m. Friday, (for teens), Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center
8:45 a.m. Saturday, Antelope Island State Park.
9 a.m. Saturday, Granite High School
9 a.m. Saturday, Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center
9 a.m. Saturday, Hogle Zoo breakfast with the bunny
10 a.m. Saturday, Clearfield, Fisher Park, 934 S. 1000 East
10 a.m. Saturday, (egg dying and hunt) Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., Park City
10 a.m. Saturday, Harry S. Truman Elementary, 4639 S. 3200 West, West Valley City
10 a.m. Saturday, Galena Hills Park, 12500 S. 550 West, Draper
11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Point, Electric Park, 3003 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi
10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., (Easter egg dive) Clearfield Aquatic Center, 825 S. State St., Clearfield
For a list of more egg hunts, go to http://www.enjoyutah.org/2012/02/easter-events-in-utah-2012.html.
Temple Square Easter Concerts • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Tabernacle, 50 N. Main St. The Temple Square Chorale and the Orchestra at Temple Square will present Easter concerts under the direction of Ryan T. Murphy. Tickets are free but required. Admission is limited to those ages 8 and older. For ticket information, call 801-570-0080 or visit lds.org/events.
Good Friday Procession of the Cross • 7 p.m. Friday, Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple. The procession will begin at the Cathedral of the Madeleine and will visit First Presbyterian Church, Crossroads Urban Center, Central Christian Church, and First United Methodist Church.
Good Friday Concert • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Kaysville Tabernacle, 198 W. Center St., Kaysville. Music of Bach, Handel and Mozart will be performed by soloists, chamber choir and orchestra, featuring members of the Wasatch Chamber Music Society.
33rd Annual St. George Art Festival • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, St. George Town Square on Main Street, between Tabernacle Street and 100 South. See the work of more than 110 juried artists. For more information, http://www.sgcity.org/artfestival/ or 435-627-4500.
Weber State Shake Up • 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday, Lind Lecture Hall, Weber State University, 1905 University Circle, Ogden. This two-day event is designed to educate the community about living in earthquake country. Visit community.weber.edu/earthquake for more information.
Moonlit Hike • 9 p.m. Friday, Snow Canyon State Park, 1002 Snow Canyon Drive, Ivins. Join park Snow Canyon State Park staff for a moonlit, two-mile hike. This event is free but registration is required. Call 435-628-2255 to register.
Fear Factory Spring Insurrection Haunt • 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Fear Factory, 666 W. 800 South. Fear Factory is opening to the public. Admission $18 online. For more information, fearfactoryslc.com or 801-363-4061.
Book Sale Egg-Stravaganza • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Bountiful Library, 725 S. Main St., Bountiful. Prices will be $1 for hardbacks and 25 cents for paperbacks. DVDs and VHS tapes will also be for sale. For more information, 801 295-8732 or 801-451-2322.
Inter-Tribal Student Association Powwow and American Indian Woman Scholar Pageant • 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, University of Utah Olpin Union Building, 200 S. Central Campus Drive. "Sustaining Our Culture" is the theme of the University of Utah Inter-Tribal Student Association's annual powwow. This year's events include the American Indian Woman Scholar Pageant on Friday and powwow on Saturday. Grand entries Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. Admission $5. For more information, http://www.itsauofu.com.
Red Butte Garden Orchid Show • 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Red Butte Garden Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way. The Utah Orchid Society and Red Butte Garden present displays of over 20 varieties and 100 plants, sales and demonstrations on the care and beauty of orchids. Admission: adults (ages 18â64) $8, children (ages 3â17) $6, U. students free, age 65+ and military $6.
Baby Animal Days • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, American West Heritage Center, 4025 S. Highway 89-91, Wellsville. Enjoy cuddly baby farm animals to hold, candy cannons, gunfighters, living history activities, wagon/train rides, pony rides, trout fishing, Turtle Town, and welcome back the baby bears from Bearworld. Receive a $1 off when you donate a can of food for the Cache Valley Food Bank.
Paul Myer How to be a good atheist • 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Orson Spencer Hall, University of Utah, 260 Central Campus Drive. Paul Myers will speak about "The Good Atheist: Goals for the Godless 21st Century."
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Provo Towne Centre, 1200 Towne Centre Blvd., Provo. Utah County residents with household hazardous waste items such as old gasoline, paint, fluorescent light bulbs, and unused medications can take them to the collection point in the west parking lot. For details, including a list of what will or will not be collected, http://www.UtahCountyHealth.org/HHW or call 801-225-8538 (north) or 801-489-3027 (south).
A Feast of Passover for Joseph and Judah • 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Provo City Library, 550 N. University Ave. The Isaiah Institute presents the sixth annual a Passover for Joseph & Judah with Avraham Gileadi and Robert Kay. Please bring only children who sit quietly! (Confirmations are sent via email and will be requested at the door). For further information, call Charlene Stott, secretary, 801-785-0943 or visit josephandjudah.com and click on Marketplace.
Easter sunrise service • 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Fremont Indian State Park, 3820 W. Clear Creek Canyon Road, Sevier. Join Rev. Perry Causey from the Sevier Valley Baptist Church for a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. just outside the Fremont Indian State Park museum. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets. Admission free.
Easter sunrise service, egg hunt and brunch • 6:55 a.m. Sunday service; 9 a.m. Sunday egg hunt, Snowbird Ski Resort. The sunrise service will take place on Hidden Peak. The first tram will depart at 5:29 a.m., and the last tram will depart at 6:43 a.m. The service will begin at 6:59 a.m. and is free to the public. Observers should dress warmly. No skis or snowboards allowed. Snowbird will also host an LDS sacrament meeting at 9 a.m. indoors at the Snowbird Center, and an Interdenominational Worship Service at 1 p.m. at Mid-Gad Restaurant. A free Easter egg hunt for children up to 11 years old will begin at 9 a.m. on the Plaza Deck, with eggs hidden on Chickadee. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. Easter Brunch $36.95 adults, $18.95 children will be served at The Aerie from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Book a reservation by calling 801-933-2181.
It's Easter weekend, and you'd be hard-pressed to find an Easter egg as colorful and vibrant as the best new movie in theaters.
That's "Chico & Rita," a surprise nominee for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The Spanish-language romance, between a soulful singer and a two-timing jazzman in the 1950s, takes the viewer from the hotspots of Havana to the clubs of New York. Direcors Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal combine bold lines, radiant colors and a propulsive jazz score (including animated cameos of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie) to create a delight for the eyes and ears. (It's also sexy and very adult, with animated sex scenes and nudity.)
The weekend's big studio opening is "American Reunion," the fourth (if you don't count direct-to-DVD releases, and who does?) of the "American Pie" franchise. It's more than a decade since we first met the awkwardly sex-obsessed Jim (Jason Biggs) and his horndog buddies and now we catch up to them dealing with the real world, and still as raunchy as ever. The Tribune's Scott D. Pierce writes that the movie is just a rehash of the jokes of the previous films.
On the local front, "Redemption" is a Utah-produced drama that unveils a little-known bit of Utah history. It centers on Jean Baptiste (David H. Stevens), a French immigrant convicted of grave-robbing in 1862 Utah territory and exiled to live alone on Antelope Island. His only human contact is the lawman, Henry Heath (John Freeman), who arrested him Â and who has a personal stake in the case, as his daughter's grave was one of those robbed. Writer-director Tom Russell captures some marvelous scenery of Antelope Island, but the drama moves at a snail's pace.
The New Zealand comedy-drama "Boy" is graced with a winning performance by its 11-year-old lead, and with plenty of local color. Alas, the story of a youngster (James Rolleston) in 1984 discovering that his dad (played by the movie's writer-director, Taika Waititi) isn't the hero he'd always imagined is a bit thin.
"Thin Ice" is the latest from the indie-film sister act the Sprecher sisters (Karen and Jill write, Jill directs). This one (originally titled "The Convincer" when it played at Sundance 2011) is a too-quirky-for-its-own-good caper comedy, starring Greg Kinnear as a double-talking insurance salesman who tries to swindle a farmer (Alan Arkin) who possesses a rare violin.
And, speaking of ice, there is the 3-D re-release of James Cameron's "Titanic," for those who want to hear "Jack!" "Rose" for three hours. (Check out this review by The Miami Herald's Rene Rodriguez.)
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Utah Jazz vs. Golden State • 7 p.m. Friday, EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Tickets, http://www.nba.com/jazz.
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado • 7 p.m. Saturday, Rio Tinto Stadium, 9256 S. State St., http://www.realsaltlake.com/tickets.
Jessie Davis • Soulful singer-songwriter and keyboardist Jessie Davis is from New York City. She is also from Atlanta. And also from Salt Lake City. Davis grew up in Sugar House and attended Highland High School before graduating from Judge Memorial, with much of her time spent learning classical piano. But in between her freshman and sophomore years of college, she attended the Berklee College of Music and fell in love with her true calling. "It was the freedom of the music" that attracted her to jazz, said Davis in an interview. "I always loved classical piano, but it's hard to hit every note," she added with a laugh. She linked up with internationally known drummer Vinx and followed him to Atlanta, where she lived between 2007 and 2011, eventually receiving her degree in jazz piano performance. Along the way, she found herself singing along to her own music, because every singer she auditioned never matched the music Davis heard in her head. Davis moved to New York City right after Thanksgiving. In September 2011, the blue-eyed soul singer released her second album, "Him & Gemini," inspired by Amy Winehouse, Esperanza Spalding, Adele and D'Angelo. Tonight, Davis is returning to Bar Deluxe for a homecoming show.
When • Friday at 9 p.m.
Where • Bar Deluxe, 668 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $5 at door
Protest the Hero with Periphery, Jeff Loomis, The Safety Fire, Today I Caught The Plague • Headlining this In The Venue show is Canadian prog-rock outfit Protest the Hero. Also in the lineup: Periphery, Jeff Loomis (guitarist for Nevermore), The Safety Fire and Today I Caught The Plague.
When • Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix
Small House Strings and Detour Utah • The Intermountain Acoustic Music Association's Local Concert Series presents Small House Strings (Marty Morrison and Drew Frink on guitar and mandolin) and Detour Utah.
When • Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Where • South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 6876 S. Highland Drive, Cottonwood Heights
Tickets • $10 at door; $5 for IAMA members
Metro Station • Metro Station, an emo-pop band from California formerly led by Miley Cyrus' brother, performs with guest DJ Electronic Battleship.
When • Friday at 8 p.m.
Where • The Copper Club, 315 24th St., Ogden
Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix
Neon Trees • New Wave-inspired local alt-rock band Neon Trees headlines in a concert to benefit Giant Steps Autism Preschool. Special guest The Lower Lights also will perform.
When • Saturday at 5 p.m.
Where • Mountain View High School, 665 W. Center St., Orem
Tickets • $20 at door
Explosions in the Sky • Explosions in the Sky's instrumental indie rock music is best experienced live, as those who saw the band last summer at a Twilight Concert can attest. Zammuto opens.
When • Saturday at 7 p.m.
Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $20; $22 day of show;bit.ly/xkI2Lu
Comeback Kid • The Symptoms & Cures Tour features the headlining Canadian hard-core band Comeback Kid and guests Close Your Eyes, Foundation, Such Gold and Living With Lions.
When • Saturday at 7 p.m.
Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $13 in advance, $15 day of, at SmithsTix
Burnell Washburn • A concert to mark the release of local hip-hop MC and beatmaker Burnell Washburn's new CD, "An Apple a Day," with guests JNatural, Pat Maine, Highdro, Dumb Luck, Hurris & Gig, The Nag and Oso Negro.
When • Saturday at 7 p.m.
Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City
Tickets • $10; bit.ly/HsLjus
Evening in Brazil • Some of Utah's top musicians will re-create the sound of early bossa nova, including the gentle Brazilian grooves and melodies of songs such as "Once I Loved" and "The Girl From Ipanema." The concert is presented by the Excellence in the Community foundation.
When • Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • Free
Band of Skulls • The gritty English trio Band of Skulls crafts bluesy slices of atmospheric indie rock that echo the Kills, Duke Spirit and the Black Keys. Special guests will be We Are Augustines.
When • Saturday at 8 p.m.
Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $18 in advance, $22 day of, at SmithsTix
"Laughing Stock" • 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday matinees, through Saturday; Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East. Tickets $25 to $44. For more information, http://www.pioneertheatre.org/ or 801-581-6961.
"Zorro the Musical" • Daily at 7:30 p.m., except Sundays, through Wednesday (12:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday matinees); Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City. Tickets $15 to $28. For more information, http://www.halecentretheatre.org/ or 801-984-9000.
Utah Symphony Mahler's Symphony No. 4 • 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $26-$65.
Aspen Sante Fe Ballet • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City. This remarkable troupe blends classical and contemporary dance while consistently exploring edgy works that charm and dazzle audiences. Tickets $18-$65.
ONE CHEAP CHICK
20 percent off at Kohl's • Go to this site to print a savings pass good for 20 percent off your Kohl's purchase. This offer is good in-store from Wednesday through Saturday.
Olive Garden: $5 off 2 entrees • Go to this website to print a coupon worth $5 off two entrees at Olive Garden restaurants.
Attempting to emulate "Mad Men," 1960s nostalgia flopped in "Playboy Club" and "Pan Am." But smart, sexy Magic City (Friday, 11 p.m., Starz) conjures up an intriguing drama.
It's New Year's Eve 1958, and Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is looking forward to hosting JFK at his Miramar Playa Hotel in Miami Beach. But he's got labor trouble, and the mob owns a piece of his hotel.
The first episode is good; subsequent episodes are better.
Elsewhere on Friday ...
NBA (7 p.m. ROOT): Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz
Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): TaylorMade golf company CEO Mark King goes under cover.
Who Do You Think You Are? (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Edie Falco learns about her family history.
The Finder (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A music mogul asks Walter to find out how songs are being illegally leaked online.
CSI: NY (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A murder may be related to a high-stakes video gaming tournament.
Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick plans a weekend getaway with Juliette but you know that's not going to happen.
Live from Lincoln Center (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Soprano RenÃ©e Fleming performs.
Fringe (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Lincoln joins forces with his alternate to hunt for a vigilante.
Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Danny is not convinced a firefighter killed himself and reopens the case.
20/20 (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Barbara Walters interviews transgender beauty contestant Jenna Talackova.
Fairly Legal (10 p.m., USA): Kate mediates a severance package for an aeronautics company.
In Plain Sight (11 p.m., USA): Mary protects a bigamist from his two wives.
Elsewhere on Saturday ...
Escape Routes (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Teams must locate iconic New York scenes.
MLS (7 p.m., Ch. 30): Colorado Rapids at Real Salt Lake.
Tanked: Unfiltered (7 and 8 p.m.; 9 and 10 p.m., Animal Planet): It's the season premiere of this rather odd reality show about guys who build large, spectacular aquariums. It's strangely fascinating.
Being Human (7 and 10:15 p.m., BBC America): Annie goes to purgatory; Hal's past catches up with him.
The Firm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mitch and Ray confront Andrew.
Fast Five (9 p.m., HBO): The plot of this 2011 action flick is irrelevant. And pretty much non-existent. (PG-13)
The Smurfs (10 p.m., Starz): Really bad 2011 movie. (PG)
Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Sofia Vergara hosts; One Direction performs.
Elsewhere on Sunday ...
NBA (5 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs
60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Steve Kroft reports on the debt crisis in Europe,
The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Racers train with Masai warriors in Tanzania.
Harry's Law (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Harry is accused of taking advantage of a former client.
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (7 and 8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick learn they both have ancestors who were early opponents of slavery.
The Killing (7 and 11:08 p.m., AMC): Sarah tracks down Rosie's backpack; Richmond has to deal with his condition.
Celebrity Apprentice (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The teams have to create commercials.
Mad Men (8 and 10:04 p.m., AMC): Don runs into somebody from his past.
Army Wives (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): Claudia Joy's diabetes causes complications.
GCB (8 and 9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Luke talks Carlene into asking Amanda to be matron of honor at the renewal ceremony; Pastor Tudor gives the congregation some unexpected advice.
Masterpiece Classic (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): "Great Expectations" concludes.
The Client List (8 p.m., Lifetime): Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as a single mother who runs a spa that offers, um sexual services in this series that's based on the 2010 TV movie.
CSI: Miami (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): An enemy of the CSIs is killed.
The Pitch (9:04 p.m., AMC): Trying to build off "Mad Men," AMC launches this reality series in which two ad agencies compete to create a big campaign for a client. First up a pitch to Subway.
Frozen Planet (9 p.m., Discovery, TLC): A look behind the scenes at the making of this documentary series.
Game of Thrones (10 p.m., HBO): Tyrion takes control in King's Landing; Theon is in for a surprise when he reunites with his father.
Nurse Jackie (10 p.m., Showtime): In the fourth-season premiere, Kevin finds out about Jackie and Eddie, and a corporation takes over the hospital.
The Big C (10:30 p.m., Showtime): Cathy gets some hopeful news from her doctors.
Breakout Kings (11 p.m., A&E): The team goes after an escaped female prisoner and the guard who may
Eastbound & Down (11 p.m., HBO): Kenny tries to win over Coach Banks.
The Borgias (11 p.m., Showtime): In the second-season premiere, the pope takes a new lover, and a cache of ancient artifacts is discovered.
Life's Too Short (11:30 p.m., HBO): In the season finale, Warwick tries to impress Sting.
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