The Salt Lake Tribune’s entertainment staff is here to help you plan your weekend with our best picks in art, music, theatre and TV. Click here for more event listings, and find sports listings here.
Independence day • Cities all across Utah will celebrate July 4 with pancake breakfasts, parades, live music and, of course, fireworks. Here’s a list of where to go for Independence day festivities.
Rodeo • Two PRCA-sanctioned rodeos run out of the shoots this week. One of the biggest and best rodeos in the state starts tonight in the small town of Oakley. In West Jordan, the Western Stampede and rodeo starts Thursday. Both rodeo’s ride through Saturday. Go to www.oakleycity.com for information on Oakley’s rodeo. For West Jordan information, go to: www.westernstampede.com
WHERE » Oakley and West Jordan, see the respective websites for more
WHEN » Oakley’s rodeo begins 8 p.m. tonight and each night through Saturday; West Jordan’s rodeo begins 7 p.m. Thursday and through Saturday
TICKETS » See the respective websites above
Festival • The Carbon County town will hold its annual Pleasant Valley Days festival Thursday through Saturday. Festivities include music, vendors and a parade on Saturday. Go to www.pleasantvalleydays.com for a complete schedule.
WHERE » Locations throughout Scofield
WHEN » Thursday through Saturday
TICKETS » Free
Theatre • Salt Lake Acting Company continues its traditional assault on Utah culture and conservatism in “Saturday’s Voyeur.” Now in it’s 35th year, the show pokes fun at everyone from Utah Attorney General John Swallow to NSA surveillance.
WHERE • Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North, Salt Lake City
WHEN • Now through Sept. 1. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1 and 6 p.m.
TICKETS • $39-$55. Call 801-363-7522 or visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org for more information.
Movies • Armie Hammer’s masked man and Johnny Depp’s Tonto ride as equals in “The Lone Ranger.” This thrilling reboot of the classic Western story includes panoramic Utah scenes from Monument Valley and Moab. Read Tribune movie critic Sean P. Means’ review before you go.
Television • It’s stupid hot outside. Even after dark. So this year, there’s a legitimate reason to stay inside and watch fireworks on TV.
Here are the three top choices in that category:
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular (7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC/Ch. 5): Scheduled performers include Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.
A Capitol Fourth (9 p.m. Thursday, PBS/Ch. 11; 11 p.m. Thursday, PBS/Ch. 7): Scheduled performers include Barry Manilow, Candice Glover, Scotty McCreery, Darren Criss, Jackie Evancho and Megan Hilty.
Philly Fourth of July Jam (9 p.m. Thursday, VH1): Scheduled performers include The Roots, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter and J. Cole.
LOCAL SPORTS ON TV: There’s Triple A baseball on Friday — Tacoma Raineers at Salt Lake Bees (7 p.m., Ch. 14); and Arena Football on Saturday — New Orleans VooDoo at Utah Blaze (7 p.m., Ch.14)
For more weekend TV highlights • Go to www.sltrib.com/blogs/tv