Weekend Express: Utah’s events planning guide
Published: December 29, 2012 02:08PM
Updated: December 28, 2012 12:10PM
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Photo by Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune Grizzlies' Matt Clarke (15) and Salmon Kings' Kiel McLeod (71) during the Western Conference Semi-Finals game at the Maverik Center Friday April 15, 2011. On Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, the Grizzlies game will double as a fundraiser for the Utah Refugee Coalition.

We’re here to help you plan your weekend, with best picks from our entertainment reporters, critics and bloggers. For more event listings, visit www.sltrib.com/entertainment.

People Under the Stairs

Show of the week • The L.A. hip-hop duo “dropped everything” so that it could agree to perform the New Year’s Eve party at the Urban Lounge, said Christopher Cesar Portugal, better known as Thescq One, the vocalist, DJ and producer for the globe-trotting pair. “We had a short list of cities that have shown us a lot of love,” Thes One said, adding that he loves visiting Beerhive Pub every time he’s in town. While in the early days the duo was known for its inventive mash-up of jazz and rap, today the group’s influences have grown wider, thanks to Thes One’s collection of 100,000 vinyl records at home. (He had to reduce the number once he welcomed a baby into his family. The vinyl room became a nursery.) “We’re more inclined to listen to Michael McDonald and Wings than hip-hop,” he said. “We freak people out.” Thes One plans a top-shelf evening at the Salt Lake City club. “Showmanship is everything,” he said, adding that he doesn’t like it when the duo gets lumped in with other rap groups that just stand around onstage. “We like keeping a high element of risk in our shows. If you don’t take the net away, what’s the point?” It was apparent Thes One was a character who loved the stage in 2004, when he was selected to be a contestant on “The Price Is Right,” and on the show he correctly named the price of a washer and dryer, winning the pair. With Bob Barker by his side, Thes One then went on to win The Shell Game, in the process winning a furniture set and — wouldn’t you know it? — a record player. He said the washer has broken down, but the record player is still working and in a prime spot in his house.

When • Monday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m.

Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20 at 24Tix.com

Donny and Marie Osmond

In the tradition of the “Andy Williams Christmas” and “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials, Donny and Marie Osmond celebrate variety Christmas shows, Osmond-style.

When • Friday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 and 8 p.m.

Where • Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25-$135, ArtTix.org or 801-355-2787

Wolfgang Gartner

The musician plays electro house, as well as “complextro,” a genre of which he is a forerunner.

When • Friday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m.

Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix

Andy Frasco

The blues-jazz musician has performed at showcases such as HatchFest, Orion’s Music Festival and the European Independent Film Festival. The Congress will open.

When • Friday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m.

Where • State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at thestateroom.com

Action Item

The pop band has been touring for two years to promote its first indie EP, which has sold more than 22,000 copies. On this tour stop, Action Item will be joined by Paradise Fears, Before You Exit, and Hello Highway.

When • Saturday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City

Tickets • $14 at SmithsTix

Robot Dream

The local duo is Bart Olson, on drums, and Rob Bennion, wind instruments/DJ, who combine beats, vintage robot film, dubstep, hip-hop, electronica, downtempo and jazz. See our Local Sounds interview at bit.ly/W2aMk1.

When • Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10 p.m.

Where • Gracie’s, 326 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Jay Reid - Comedy

J. Reid is one of the funniest comedians in the business right now. Reid is the winner of Who’s Got Jokes? Season 4. Visit wiseguyscomedy.com/wiseguys-trolley-square.php for information. Tickets $12, ages 18+

When • Friday through Sunday, Dec. 28 through 30, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Where • Wise Guys Comedy Club, 505 S. 600 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12; bit.ly/9pha3y

Utah Refugee Coalition and Utah Grizzlies Fundraiser

The Utah Grizzlies will team with the Utah Refugee Coalition for a fundraiser. By using a code online, the public is offered a discounted ticket of $13 with a portion donated to the Utah Refugee Coalition to support refugees living in Utah. Visit utahgrizzlies.com/themenights. Put in the username: urc and the password: grizzlies. Tickets can be purchased and donated to refugees by contacting Elise at the Utah Refugee Coalition at info@utahrefugee.org or by phone, 720-323-0568.

When • Saturday, December 29 at 7 p.m.

Where • Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City

Tickets • $17.00;

EVE - Salt Lake City’s New Year’s Eve Party

Salt Lake City will celebrate New Year’s Eve with its annual EVE Party, a 3-day event and at 10 venues full live music, exhibits, films, and comedy for the whole family. Fireworks at midnight Dec. 31. Visit eveslc.com for information and tickets.

When • Saturday, December 29 from 10 a.m.- 10p.m., Saturday, December 29 from 10 a.m.- 10p.m., Sunday, December 30 at 11 a.m., Sunday, December 30 at 11 a.m.

Where • Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 for 3-day event; $40 for VIP;eveslc.com/tickets

Manuel Padro Exhibit

The Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts will present Mexico Reconocido/Mexico Recognized, an exhibit of photographs depicting the beauty and complexity of contemporary Mexico by artist Manuel Padro. Visit www.mestizoarts.org for information.

When • Friday through Sunday, Dec. 28 through 30, from 7 a.m.- 10p.m.

Where • Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts (MICA), 631 W. North Temple, suite 700, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Portraits of Childhood - Behold Your Little Ones

When the Savior commanded His followers, “Behold your little ones” (3 Nephi 17:23), He was inviting them to ponder more deeply the sacred nature of the children in their midst. In this exhibition we also invite you to “behold,” to take a closer look at the children in these paintings: children working, children playing, and children learning about the world around them.

When • Friday, December 28 from 9 a.m.- 9p.m., Saturday, December 29 from 10 a.m.- 5p.m., Sunday, December 30 from 10 a.m.- 5p.m.

Where • LDS Church History Museum, 45 N. West Temple , Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Sounds of Science

Join the Natural History Museum of Utah for a variety of hands-on and “ears-on” activities and events that allow inquiring minds of all ages to examine the natural world through the sense of sound. Visit nhmu.utah.edu/events/explore-sounds-science for information.

When • Friday through Sunday, Dec. 28 through 30, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Natural History Museum of Utah - Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $11.00; *Children 3-12, $8; Children under 2 and museum members are free;

Ursula O’Farrell Exhibition

Ursula Farrell’s abstracted, figurative paintings are reminiscent of the Bay Area Figurative movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

When • Friday through Sunday, Dec. 28 through 30, from 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • Julie Nester Gallery, 1280 Iron Horse Drive, Park City

Tickets • Free

Summit Gala

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort will host its annual Summit Gala, featuring a celebratory evening of dining, dancing, live and silent auctions and special guest Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind climber in history to summit Mt. Everest and the Seven Summits. The gala will be held in the Cliff Lodge Ballroom and Lobby, Level B. Register at tickets.snowbird.com/e-commerce/itemList.aspx?node_id=2179482 or by calling 801-933-2112.

When • Friday, Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m.

Where • Snowbird Ski Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $125.00; $1,000 for a table of 10 ;bit.ly/UdPq6T

Sunstone Christ Conference

Sunstone Education Foundation will hold its Christ Conference at the Salt Lake City Main Library fourth floor conference room. The conference will feature devotionals, music, a keynote address, and panel discussions focused on Christ, his message, and how we can best pattern our lives after his teachings and example. Register by Dec. 27, 2012 at www.sunstonemagazine.com/symposium-registration.

When • Saturday, December 29 at 9 a.m.

Where • Salt Lake City Public Library - Main, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25.00; *sunstonemagazine.com/symposium-registration

Of the Siren and the Sky

Of the Siren and the Sky is the first proper museum exhibition on the career of Siren Bliss, a Salt Lake City native who, by his own account, has made more than 80,000 artworks. Curated by Triple Candie, the presentation includes recreations of the artist’s drawings and sculptures, posters containing statements by him, and photographs and objects related to his life story. Visit utahmoca.org for information.

When • Saturday, December 29 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

After the End Exhibit

Central Utah Art Center will open its new, temporary space in Salt Lake City with the group exhibition “After the End” featuring 10 artists whose works engage with the possibility of apocalypse and the sublimity of the experience of overpowering forces of nature.

When • Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29, from 11:55 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Where • Central Utah Art Center, 175 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Hawkwatch International’s Parade of Raptors Program

HawkWatch International volunteers will answer questions about raptors. This program is appropriate for all ages. Contact Nikki Wayment at 801-484-6808 (ext. 107).

When • Saturday, December 29 at 12 p.m.

Where • Natural History Museum of Utah - Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

MOVIES • Compiled by Sean P. Means

Hollywood did its work early this week — with Christmas Day openings of “Les Misérables,” “Django Unchained” and “Parental Guidance” — so there are only a couple of art-house debuts among the weekend movie releases.

“Simon and the Oaks” is an overstuffed, overwrought Swedish drama — a coming-of-age tale involving a lad (played by Jonaton S. Wächter as a boy, and Bill Skarsgård as a young man) who discovers a dark family secret, leading to an identity crisis during the Nazi occupation of Sweden. Skarsgård (brother of “True Blood” star Alexander, son of “The Avengers’” Stellan) is charismatic, but the movie is a slog of too many extraneous subplots.

Also this week is “Sundance Short Film Reel 2012,” a compilation of 10 short films from the last Sundance Film Festival. Such programs are always hit and miss, but this one has a pretty high average. Some of the shorts — like the animated “Song of the Spindle” and the wicked comedy “Bear” — are phenomenally good.

By the way, in today’s Tribune is The Cricket’s list of the Top 10 movies of 2012, all of which are recommended viewing. (There’s also a list of the worst movies of the year, if you’re feeling masochistic in your film choices.)

Television • Compiled by Scott D. Pierce

We’re still caught in the limbo that is television between Christmas and New Year’s. There’s a whole lot of football this weekend, and not a whole lot else.

Friday on TV …

College football: Independence Bowl — Louisiana-Monroe vs. Ohio (noon, ESPN); Russell Athletic Bowl — Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech (3:30 p.m., ESPN); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas — Minnesota vs. Texas Tech (7 p.m., ESPN)

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): L.A. Clippers at Utah Jazz

Men’s college basketball (7:30 p.m. P12N): College of Idaho at Utah

American Masters (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A look at “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance.”

Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour (8 p.m. ABC/Ch. 4): Amanpour travels to the lands of the Bible to explore the stoies of the Old Testament in the conclusion of this two-part special.

Saturday on TV ...

College football: Armed Forces Bowl — Air Force vs. Rice (9:45 a.m., ESPN); Pinstripe Bowl — Syracuse vs. West Virginia (1:15 p.m., ESPN); Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl — Arizona State vs. Navy (2 p.m., ESPN2); Alamo Bowl — Oregon State vs. Texas (4:45 p.m., ESPN); Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl — Michigan State vs. TCU (8:15 p.m., ESPN)

Women’s college basketball (4 p.m., BYUtv): Western New Mexico at BYU

Made in Jersey (7 and 8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Martina confronts Tommy; Martina’s off-handed comment results in a client attacking the CEO of a chemical plant.

Men’s college basketball (7 p.m., BYUtv): BYU vs. Virgina Tech at EnergySolutions Arena

Big Miracle (10:20 p.m., HBO): Alaskans try to save ice-trapped whales in this 2012 movie. (PG)

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Houston Texas at Indianapolis Colts (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (2 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

NBA (7:30 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at L.A. Clippers

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): The Browns try to get moved into their new houses before Christmas. And then it’s Sister Wives: Secrets Revealed (11 p.m., TLC), which is never as exciting as it sounds. The Browns sit around and answer questions.