Weekend Express: Utah’s events planning
Published: January 4, 2013 11:53AM
Updated: October 3, 2013 11:29AM
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Thomas Nast, the father of modern political cartoons, is the subject of a new biography.

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.

Dr. Seuss Book Exhibit

Rich Haines Gallery will display “The Secrets of the Deep” art exhibit, a 349-page visual-history monograph on Dr. Seuss, comprised of 305 artworks, and 25 black-and-white photographs of Ted Geisel, many of which were provided by the Seuss Estate.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Where • Rich Haines Gallery , 751 Main , Park City

Tickets • Free

Studio SPJ - Fiona Deans Halloran

Salt Lake City historian Fiona Deans Halloran will be a guest on “Studio SPJ” Jan. 5 at 10 a.m., speaking about her new book “Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons.” To listen to the program, visit www.blogtalkradio.com/spj/2013/01/05/studio-spj-with-fiona-deans-halloran. To participate in the live broadcast with a question or comment, call 347-857-2441.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m.

Where • University of Utah, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Utah District Auditions announced their 2013 auditions. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend free of admission charge. Applications to audition are being accepted through Dec. 7, 2012. Additional information about the MONC Utah District Auditions, including application information for singers, is available at www.UtahMONCauditions.org.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Freewww.UtahMONCauditions.org

Youth Soloist Auditions

American Fork Symphony will hold auditions for the “Salute to Youth” concert. Applications are due Jan. 14, 2013. For information, visit americanforksymphony.org/auditions.html or call Maxine Steele at 801-756-2330.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 at 9 a.m.

Where • American Fork Junior High, 20 W. 1120 North, American Fork

Tickets • $15.00;

Preschool Discovery Days - Frozen Landscapes

Discover the complicated patterns of crystals and snow flakes, enjoy cocoa, songs and fun. Make a salt crystal snowflake to take home. Learn about the creature comforts of the plants and animals of the Nature Center’s frozen landscape. Call 801-621-7595 to register and for details.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.

Where • Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th Street, Ogden

Tickets • $5 per child/parent members and $6 per child/parent non-members;

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, Jan. 4 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 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;

Stepping On Workshop

The Utah County Health Department will offer “Stepping On,” a seven-week workshop that builds strength, balance and confidence in an effort to reduce the number of falls for a person 65 and older. Classes are free, but reservations are required. To register, call 801-851-7035.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Where • Lindon Community Center, 25 N. Main, Lindon

Tickets • Free

Creative Communication Spring Poetry and Essay Contest

Creative Communication will hold its annual Spring 2013 Essay, Poetry and Art Contests for students K-12. Prizes and money will be awarded. The deadline for the Essay Contest is Feb. 19, 2013 while the deadline for the Poetry Contest is April 11, 2013. Visit poeticpower.com/index.php for information.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m.

Where • Creative Communication , 159 N. Main, Smithfield

Tickets • 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, Jan. 4 from 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6 from 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

Venessa Gromek Exhibit

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce a new exhibition in the Locals Only Gallery, The Sublime is Light and Easy-to-Assemble by Venessa Gromek. Drawing on notions of the sublime in both nature and design, Gromek’s “Tents” series addresses the intersection of the outdoor industry with the aesthetics of modern sculpture. Visit utahmoca.org for information.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 11 a.m.- 9p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

Eric Lee Exhibit

Old Towne Gallery will present the artwork of Eric Lee. Lee’s work is back painted frameless glass paintings and functional art, a process he pioneered. The treatment has the additional benefit of creating an airtight backing.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 11:55 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11:55 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Where • Old Towne Gallery, 580 Main , Park City

Tickets • Free

Bridal Showcase

The Bridal Showcase is Utah’s original bridal show. See the latest in bridal gowns, tuxedos, caterers, invitations, hotels, florists, photographers, music, decorators, reception centers, spa retreats, beauty specialists, and more. Visit www.slcbridalshowcase.com for information.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Where • Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $7.00; Children 12 & under are free;greenband.com/bridal_showcase.html

Fresh Pasta

We set out all the ingredients you need to make pasta from scratch. You’ll learn from our Chef some of the best kept secrets of Italy. Visit bit.ly/UASO8M for information.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Harmons Station Park, 200 N. Station Parkway, Farmington

Tickets • $29.00;

The Zion Curtain

Utah Free Theatre will present “The Zion Curtain,” a documentary play about the collision of ideology and civil rights, using the words of real people to trace the roots and show the effects of reactionary, homophobic doctrines in the Mormon Church.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Studio 115 Theatre, 240 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Floored! - Dance Show from The Vibe

The Vibe, an elite group of dancers from Vibe Studios in Lindon, Utah, will perform in “Floored!” The Vibe has been featured on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” Paula Abdul’s “Live to Dance” and ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” The group will be joined by four dancers from Fox TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” as well as U.D.O., an urban dance group from Salt Lake City. Visit scera.org for information.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State St., Orem

Tickets • $10.00; *bit.ly/ROUoI6

The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Empress Theatre will kick off its 2013 season with the fun, fast-paced, swashbuckling adventure “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” Special discount may be available for groups of 10 or more. Call 801-347-7373 for group requests or visit www.EmpressTheatre.com for more information.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 7:30 p.m.- 10p.m.

Where • Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, Magna

Tickets • $10.00; www.EmpressTheatre.com

Yoga Raves and Kirtan Fests

The Krishna Temple will present a yoga rave that features bass mantra dancing and yoga classes. It’s evening of movement, mysticism, stretching, breathing, eating and making friends among like minded gatherers. The Kirtan Fest will be held Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Visit utahkrishnas.org for information.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.

Where • Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, 965 E. 3370 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5.00; bit.ly/MbLQlO

The 39 Steps

Hale Centre Theatre will present a comedy adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s ¬ì”The 39 Steps.” This is a frolicking adventure through foggy England, filled with hilarity and ingenuity.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 12:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at 12:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at 12:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m.

Where • Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City

Tickets • $26.00; *bit.ly/W9c6DC

Resolution Run

Utah Endurance Events will host the Resolution Run to The run benefit the Hess Cancer Foundation. The races includes a 10k (Run), 5K (run/walk), and 1k (untimed run/walk). For more information or to register, visit www.utahenduranceevents.com.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 a.m.

Where • Boondocks Fun Center, 525 S. Deseret Drive, Kaysville

Tickets • $12-$45;bit.ly/VnU0Ni

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, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m.- 9p.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, Jan. 4 from 11:55 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11:55 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

Kids Cook: Little Italy

Children will learn to bake bread, make pasta, and learn why olive oil is so important. Have fun at Harmons Station Park cooking school with Chef Bob and then enjoy your masterpiece after you’ve finished! Visit bit.ly/R3XrKT for information.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11:55 a.m.

Where • Harmons Station Park, 200 N. Station Parkway, Farmington

Tickets • $20.00; bit.ly/R3XrKT

World of Fantasy: Deconstructing Middle Earth

The Salt Lake City Public Library’s World of Fantasy festival will continue with “Deconstructing Middle Earth,” genre speaker’s Series with Tracy and Laura Hickman. There will be a Q&A at 3 p.m. in the Conference Center.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

The Pirates of Penzance Audition

The Kamas Theater will hold auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Be prepared to sing, dance, and cold read. Recommended Ages are adults and teens.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.

Where • Kamas Theater, 30 N. Main St., Kamas

Bhutanese Community in Utah - Celebrating Youth Concert

The Bhutanese Community in Utah will present its Celebrating the Youth Concert featuring the rock band, Flamingo.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m.

Where • Murray Theater, 4961 S. State St., Murray

Tickets • $10.00;

KUED Fundraiser

KUED and O.C. Tanner Jewelers will sponsor a fundraising event celebrating the broadcast premiere of Downton Abbey Season III. After the dinner there will be a special sneak preview of Season 3. Black Tie or period dress invited. All proceeds benefit KUED. For reservations, call Kate Jones at 801-581-3915. Visit kued.org/productions/downton-abbey for information.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m.

Where • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $150.00;

Art with Heart - Shriners Hospital for Children Fundraiser

Art with Heart...Kids who Dance So Others Can Walk is a benefit concert for Shriners Hospital for Children. Join dancers from Dance Impressions, The Dance Club, and The Winner School as they take the stage to perform. Call 801-355-ARTS for information or visit arttix.org.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m; Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20.00; bit.ly/R3JEnD

South American Wines - Chile and Argentina

Torrontes, Malbec, and Carmenere fill the isles in Utah’s wine stores. Taste the newest editions and well as some popular favorites and learn about the history of wine making in this important part of the wine making world. Visit bit.ly/T5Ire3 for information.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Harmons Bangerter Crossing, 125 E. 12800 South, Draper

Tickets • $59.00; Must be 21+ to attend;bit.ly/T5Ire3

Better with Bacon

Do you believe that everything would be better with Bacon? We will learn the versatility of bacon and how good everything could be with a little bit of bacon. Visit bit.ly/UPyl0u for information.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Harmons City Creek, 135 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $35.00; bit.ly/UPyl0u

SKAM DJ Graham Funke

Join Park City Live in welcoming SKAM artist DJ Graham Funke to the stage. This celebrity DJ is known throughout the US as a top turntablist and will be rocking the house.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10.00; Must be 21+ to attend;

Gallery MARS Imprinted Exhibit - Maura Allen and Mary Scrimgeour

Gallery MAR will present a new exhibition by two female artists, both inspired by their travels and own distinct visions of The West. Mary Scrimgeour’s sketch-like oil and mixed media paintings present journal entries, whimsical iconography, and memories in a new and refreshing way, while Maura Allen’s serigraphs (from her own cowboy and ranch photography) typify the iconic Wild West.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • Gallery MAR, 436 Main St., Park City

Tickets • Free

Salt Lake Home Show

Design Expert, Ty Pennington, co-host of ABC TV’s “The Revolution,” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” will visit the Salt Lake Home Show on Jan. 5, 2013. Visit saltlakecityhomeshow.com/SLHS/ShowInformation/248.aspx for information.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 2 p.m.- 9p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m.- 9p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State St., Sandy

Tickets • $10.00; *saltlakecityhomeshow.com/SLHS/ShowInformation/248.aspx

James Burnes Sculpture

Featured artist James Burnes has installed a public artwork in downtown Park City, Utah. “Flaco,’ created in 2010, is a life-sized horse sculpture, created with CorTen steel and wood, and sealed to protect the artwork from elemental decay.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • Gallery MAR, 436 Main St., Park City

Tickets • Free

Flight From Shadow Exhibit

Travel through a world of fantasy at The City Library. Throughout December 2012 and January 2013, The City Library will display sets, costumes and more from the Wheel of Time themed fan-film “Flight From Shadow.” Trek through the displays on a quest where you will find a tavern set, horse and armor, costumes, a dice table, and more. If you succeed on your journey, finding all the items on the map, a great prize could be in store. Return your quest-card to the browsing library to be entered in a drawing for prizes from The Hobbit. Visit www.slcpl.org/events/view/1842 for information.

When • Friday, Jan. 4 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6 from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

Loten Namling - Tibetan Songs

Loten Namling will present a concert of ancient Tibetan songs and stories. Loten travels worldwide with his Tibetan lute, singing the songs of the 6th Dalai Lama, Milarepa, as well as other traditional songs of Tibet and his own music.

When • Sunday, January 6 from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Where • Rico’s Mexican Market and Catering, 700 S. 545 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10.00;

Joshua Payne Orchestra at Bar-X

Drop by Bar-X on any Sunday night and the Joshua Payne Orchestra will most likely be playing. Along with their original songs, the jazz trio also sprinkles in instrumental covers of pop and hip-hop songs that are sure to bring a smile to any music fan’s face.

When • Sunday, January 6 at 9 p.m.

Where • Bar-X, 155 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City

MOVIES • Listings by Sean P. Means

The first movie weekend of 2013 brings some of the potential heavy hitters in this year’s Oscar race. (By the way, The Cricket examines that race with his fearless predictions of next week’s nominations.)

The best movie of the week is also the toughest to watch: “The Impossible,” a beautifully realized depiction of a harrowing real-life survival story. Spanish director J.A. Bayona (“The Orphanage”) follows the plight of a family – led by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor – whose Christmas vacation in Thailand is cut short when they are caught up in the carnage of the 2004 tsunami. The stunning effects re-create the gruesome toll of the tsunami, while the performances (particularly by Watts and young Tom Holland as the oldest son) are moving.

Another great movie is “The House I Live In,” a hard-hitting and personal documentary about “The War on Drugs,” and what 40 years of a get-tough policy has done to America. Director Eugene Jarecki examines the toll on families, while diligently chronicling the dark motives behind the policies and the voices of experts in the field who say those policies aren’t working.

Gus Van Sant’s drama “Promised Land” takes on another hot-button issue – the environmental dangers of “hydraulic fracturing,” or “fracking” to produce natural gas – but in a tepid presentation. The focus is on Steve (Matt Damon), a nice-guy salesman for a giant gas company, working to get locals in a rural New York town to sign drilling leases while an environmentalist (John Krasinski) campaigns against him. The script, by Damon and Krasinski, presents the issues directly, but the focus is on Steve’s moral dilemma as a good guy in a bad job.

“Not Fade Away” is the directing debut of David Chase, the creator of “The Sopranos,” and it’s a fond valentine to his teen rock ‘n’ roll dreams in ‘60s New Jersey. It centers on Douglas (John Magaro), who rebels against his working-class dad (James Gandolfini) to pursue his wish to be in a rock band. The plot is one cliché after another, but the atmosphere is perfectly realized – thanks largely to a soundtrack curated by Chase’s consigliere, Steven Van Zandt.

“Hyde Park on Hudson” is a misfire of historic farce, with Bill Murray playing Franklin Roosevelt as a happy host to the British royals – King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) – while also starting an affair with a distant cousin (Laura Linney). The forced comedy and drippy romance are a poor mix, and the usually lively cast is left high and dry.

Lastly, there’s “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” the latest installment of the horror franchise. It was not screened for critics.

MUSIC • Listings by David Burger

Sara Watkins

Spotlight • The 31-year-old fiddler and singer has visited Utah several times since her bluegrass group Nickel Creek disbanded, memorably singing with the Decemberists at a Twilight Concert (adding the female harmonies that Gillian Welch contributed to the Portland band’s “The King Is Dead” album) as well as a guest stint with Garrison Keillor at a Red Butte Garden show. Those touring experiences, as well as performing since she was 8, helped create Watkins’ 2012 album “Sun Midnight Sun,” her second and most accomplished solo record. This year promises to be another busy one for Watkins, who spent much of 2012 playing opening gigs on tours. “I’m excited to headline a lot,” Watkins said in a phone interview. “I opened a lot for Dawes and my friend Jackson Browne.” And if you want to see even more of Watkins, she will be featured in an upcoming episode of BYUtv’s beguiling series “The Song That Changed My Life.” Watkins politely declined to spoil the surprise by revealing the song, but spoke eloquently about the idea that a single song can change lives. “It was a pivotal point when I was 15,” she said. “It was seeing beyond your previous life and childhood. I became aware of a different kind of songwriting.” Ruth Moody opens, and as a special treat, Sara’s brother Sean Watkins (also a founding member of Nickel Creek) will accompany his sister in her backing band.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City

Tickets • $18-$65 at ecclescenter.org or 435-655-3114

Camp Lo

Veteran rap duo Camp Lo, featuring rappers Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede, formed in 1995 in the Bronx.

When • Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $13 at 24Tix

Singer-songwriters in concert

Intermountain Acoustic Music Association Local Concert Series presents singer-songwriters Marv Hamilton, Wren, Wayne Gordon and Rob Harmon.

When • Friday, Jan. 4, 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)

Rockin’ out with Flamingo

The Bhutanese Community presents its Celebrating the Youth Concert featuring rock band Flamingo.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5, at 4 p.m.

Where • Murray Theater, 4961 S. State St., Murray

Tickets • $10 at door

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber will perform his “Believe” tour in this sold-out EnergySolutions Arena show.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m.

Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Sold out

Bill Charlap Trio with Freddy Cole

Pianist Bill Charlap joins forces with vocalist (and brother of Nat King Cole) Freddy Cole for an evening of jazz favorites from the Great American Songbook. See our preview at http://bit.ly/UnE3HN.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25 at ArtTix

Graham Funke

SKAM artist DJ Graham Funke is a celebrity DJ noted as a top turntablist.

When • Saturday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at SmithsTix

TELEVISION • Listings by Scott D. Pierce

The NFL playoffs get underway this weekend. Four games. Three networks. Two days. Can’t wait.

The schedule is Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5); Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (6 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5); Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (Sunday, 11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); and Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins (Sunday, 2:30 p.m., );

Friday on TV …

College football (6 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Cotton Bowl — Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The CEO of Mood Media goes under cover.

Men’s college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Hawaii at BYU

NBA (7 p.m. ROOT): Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns

CSI: New York (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Two victims are linked by a very unusual weapon.

Great Performances (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Paul Simon reunites with his original band to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his album ``Graceland.’’

Merlin (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Arthur’s men are disappearing. (Season premiere)

Blue Bloods (9 p.m, CBS/Ch. 2): A deadly sniper may be an eco-terrorist.

Saturday on TV ...

College football (11 a.m., ESPN): BBVA Compass Bowl — Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh

Women’s college basketball (2 p.m., BYUtv): San Francisco at BYU

Men’s college basketball: Seattle at Utah State (7 p.m., KMYU); BYU at San Francisco (8 p.m., BYUtv)

NBA (7 p.m. ROOT): Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns

Sunday on TV ...

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A look inside one of the world’s most successful soccer franchises — FC Barcelona.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Regina is accused of murdering a beloved fairy-tale character.

Secrets of Highclere Castle (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A look inside the castle that serves as home on “Downton Abbey.”

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Homer joins a survivalist group.

College football (7 p.m., ESPN): GoDaddy.com Bowl — Arkansas State vs. Kent State

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) complicates Will’s big case.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Emily zeroes in on a new target.

The Biggest Loser (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A new season begins, and among the contestants is Utahn Jackson Carter.

Masterpiece (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): The third season of “Downton Abbey” begins, and the estate is once again in financial peril.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A young woman dies during a stint in rehab.

Happy Endings (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Brad and Penny accidentally kill Alex’s pet.

Don’t Trust the B.... in Apt. 23 (9:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): June has trouble fitting in at her new job.

MOVIES • Reviews by Sean P. Means

The visual spectacle of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” a survival drama about two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) stranded when disaster befalls the space shuttle, is astonishing. But so is the emotional story, bolstered by Bullock’s strong performance.

(For links to Sean P. Means’ reviews of the rest of this week’s movies, go to The Cricket blog.)