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.
Environmental Stewardship Volunteer Day • 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Lower Parley's Canyon Crag. Volunteers are needed to install check dams in the existing fall line access trail, maintaining and constructing water diversion structures on the main trail and installing a kiosk at the trail head. Pre-registration is required. Sign up at http://www.saltlakeclimbers.org.
Trail Volunteer Day • 10 a.m. Saturday, Summit County, meet at the new Silver Creek trail head by the mailboxes on Silver Creek Road. Contact SilverCreekTPAC@gmail.com for volunteer information and to RSVP.
Ethan Stacy memorial walk • 10 a.m. Saturday, Layton Hills Mall north parking lot, Layton. A walk against child abuse in memory of abuse victim Ethan Stacy. More information, http://www.facebook.com/events/395242297167800/.
Best Buddies Friendship Walk • 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, This is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave. A walk for friendship and the overall enhancement of the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More information, http://www.bestbuddiesutah.org/walk or 801-440-8029.
Green River nuclear power plant protest • 6 p.m. Saturday, west end of Green River, Utah, along Highway 6 just north of I-70 exit 157. March to protest a nuclear power plant proposal. More information, http://www.nogreenrivernuke.org.
OUT AND ABOUT
Solar eclipse • Much of southern Utah will be able to view the "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse Sunday evening. The Wasatch Front will be able to view a partial eclipse. More information, http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile/54027686-68/eclipse-view-moon-utah.html.csp.
12th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival • Friday through Sunday, Bryce Canyon National Park. More information, http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/astrofest.htm.
Living Traditions Festival • 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Salt Lake City & County Building, 400 S. State St. Free to the public, the festival presents the music, dance, crafts and foods of the many ethnic communities of Salt Lake City.
2012 Utah Pasifika Festival • 6-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Provo High School, 1125 N. University Ave., Provo. Concert performances from several Polynesian musicians and groups, food booths representing the Islands of Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti and more. More information, http://www.utahpasifikafestival.com.
Chalk Art Festival - Bountiful • Friday and Saturday, Main Street, Bountiful. Admission free. More information, 801-298-6142.
Armed Forces Day Celebration • 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main. Music, food and fireworks. The Choral Arts Society of Utah will perform at 7:30 p.m. with the 23rd Army Band for the Armed Forces Day Celebration. In addition to the main performance of the Chorale and Band, entertainment will be provided by Joshua Creek, Caleb Chapman and the Voodoo Orchestra. Admission free.
Salute Our Military Day • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Hogle Zoo, 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave. Special flag raising ceremony, color guard and marching band performance. A variety of vehicles, equipment, and displays from every branch of the military will be on grounds. Free admission with military ID. More information, 801-582-1631.
Armed Forces Day At Tracy Aviary • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South. All military personnel, veterans and their immediate family will receive admission for $1 on Armed Forces Day. Show your military or veteran organization ID to receive free admission. More information, http://www.tracyaviary.org/.
Armed Forces Day at Lefavi Financial Center • 12:20-2:20 p.m. Saturday, Lefavi Financial Center, 2323 Foothill Drive. Active duty, retired military, and their families are encouraged to attend Bruce Lefavi's Armed Forces Day celebration. Hot dogs and other refreshments will be served along with prize giveaways. Active military and veterans can also enter a special drawing for $1,000.
Great Salt Lake Bird Festival • Daily through Monday, Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington, and other sites. Admission is free but there is a charge for tours. More information, http://www.greatsaltlakebirdfest.com or 801-451-3286.
25th Annual UVU Auto Expo and Swap Meet • Noon-4 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi. More than 700 entries. Free admission. More information, http://www.uvu.edu/autoexpo.
Lamb & Wool Festival • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Thanksgiving Point Farm Country, Lehi. Demonstrations of old-fashioned sheep shearing, weaving and spinning; pony and wagon rides; and baby lambs. Admission $5, children 2 and under free.
18th Annual Utah Tree Climbing Championship • 9 a.m. Saturday, Layton Commons Park, 437 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton. Utah's best tree climbers are competing for a chance to advance to the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture ) International Tree Climb Competition in Portland, Ore., in August. Spectators are welcome. More information, http://www.utahurbanforest.org/ or itcc.isa-arbor.com/.
Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale • 9 a.m. Saturday, Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West. Dolls, teddy bears, antiques, modern, hand crafted one-of-a-kind, miniatures, clothes supplies, jewelry and more. More information, http://www.dolls4all.com/shows.asp.
Seedling Swap and Sale • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 West. The People's Market Seedling Swap and Sale encourages growers to participate in their community and grow a little extra. More information, http://www.slcpeoplesmarket.org.
Kaysville Movie in the Park • Dusk Saturday, Heritage Park, 150 N. Fairfield Road, Kaysville. See TinTin with your neighbors. Free movies in the park all summer long. Bring blankets, chairs are welcome in the back. Concession stand available with popcorn, candy and drinks. More information, 801-546-1235.
Ogden Marathon • Saturday, Ogden Valley and Ogden. More information, http://www.getoutandlive.org/ogden-marathon.
Zion Flute & Drum Festival • 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 118 Lion Blvd., Springdale. Admission $5 per person per day, children 12 and under free. Evening concerts $25, children 12 and under free. More information, zionflutefestival.com/ or 801-651-6631.
6th Annual Amazing Earthfest • Friday and Saturday, various times and locations in and around Kanab. More information, http://www.amazingearthfest.com.
Sunset hike • Snow Canyon State Park, 1002 Snow Canyon Drive, Ivins. Explore the twilight sights and sounds of the canyon during a 1.5-mile round trip hike. Space is limited and registration is required. Admission: $6 per vehicle. More information, stateparks.utah.gov/parks/snow-canyon or 435-628-2255.
BYU Astrofest • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, BYU Eyring Science Center, Provo. Launch rockets, free planetarium shows, physics demonstrations and more. More information, http://www.physics.byu.edu/clubs/astrosoc/astrofest/.
Water battles or water breaking? That's the choice of new movies this weekend.
"Battleship" inspired by the classic board game serves up Michael Bay-style militarized bombast, in an obnoxiously loud action thriller that pits U.S. Navy ships against alien invaders at sea. Director Peter Berg mashes up elements of "Transformers," "Pearl Harbor" and "Armageddon" in one brainless package.
"What to Expect When You're Expecting" inspired by the self-help book is an uneven comedy following five women through impending motherhood. Some of the performers, like Cameron Diaz as a celebrity fitness trainer, are annoying. Others, notably Anna Kendrick's turn as a food-truck chef knocked up after a one-night stand with a rival cook (Chace Crawford), are quite touching. The best jokes come from "The Dudes Group," a collection of stroller-pushing dads led by Chris Rock.
Best of the week is "Sound of My Voice," with another star turn by actress/screenwriter Brit Marling ("Another Earth"). Here, she plays an enigmatic cult leader who claims to be from the future, and whose words unnerve two would-be investigative journalists. The movie's sparse style highlights Marling's ethereal screen presence.
Lastly, there's "First Position," a documentary about the young dancers in an international ballet competition. Director Bess Kargman draws some compelling portraits of the dancers, but doesn't show enough of the dancing.
Also, if you missed it on Wednesday, "The Dictator" is out there for your raunch-comedy needs.
Sean P. Means
Utah Blaze vs. Arizona • 7 p.m. Saturday, EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Tickets, http://www.utblaze.com.
USA Rugby Championships • 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Rio Tinto Stadium, 9256 E. State St., Sandy. College and high school rugby teams from across the country are set to compete as championship matches will take place in the High School Club, High School, College Division II, Division 1-AA and D1-A competitions. Tickets $17-$27, http://www.RioTintoStadium.com.
Man Of La Mancha • 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East. A story of swashbuckling imagination, romance and adventure, as Don Quixote de la Mancha ardently pursues the quest of his "Impossible Dream." Tickets $36-$62, http://www.pioneertheatre.org or 801-581-6961.
Utah Symphony - Brahms' Piano Concerto No.1 • 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Pianist Nelson Goerner will perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. Tickets $17-$65. More information, utahsymphony.org/concerts/item/448-brahms-piano-concerto-no-1.
Ballet West's Innovations 2012 • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South. Tickets $45. More information, balletwest.org.
Madeleine Festival Concert - The Choir Of The Cathedral Of The Madeleine • 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple. John Tavener's "Angels," Bach's Cantata No. 191 and Britten's "The Company of Heaven." More information, utcotm.org.
Trampled By Turtles • Although Tramped By Turtles lead singer Dave Simonett was unfailingly polite, don't call TBT a band that plays bluegrass, or speedgrass, or thrashgrass, or any other variation of "grass" we can come up with. With influences ranging from Townes Van Zandt to Neil Young, the band plays acoustic music with an edge. "I was an angry young kid, and punk spoke to me," Simonett said in a Tribune interview. "It was the first music that I connected with." But Simonett also liked acoustic music, so the native Minnesotan met some like-minded friends in the thriving Minneapolis club scene to create a band that can not only play fast, but can do something other bluegrass bands can't: play slow. That's why the band's most recent album "Stars & Satellites" is more mellow than past efforts, perfect for warm summer days as well as making their first national network appearance last month on David Letterman's "Late Show" where the temperature was a balmy 48 degrees. Brown Bird opens.
When • Saturday at 9 p.m.
Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix
Bad Veins • The first time Benjamin Davis and Sebastien Schultz of Bad Veins played Kilby Court, Davis estimated the crowd as being three or four people. But that was before the Cincinnati-based rock duo had released its first album, and even before its first single was released to radio. The second time around, the crowd was much bigger, and Kilby Court should be packed this weekend as the band has just put out its new record, "The Mess We've Made." The band has evolved from its lo-fi beginnings to a more robust, energetic rock sound, but its unique stage set an antique megaphone, a rotary telephone, and a reel-to-reel tape recorder and the band's outfits Army shirts and jackets remain the same. In a Tribune interview, Davis said the recorder came from his father, who was trying to get rid of it. "Dad told me that 'You are a musician, you can find some use for it,'" Davis recalled. "I said, 'Not likely.'" But eventually the recorder and other vintage props came to be a part of the retro-but-fresh-sounding band's show. "Let's look the way we sound," Davis said.
When • Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City
Tickets • $7 at 24Tix
Light of Hope Celebration with Alex BoyÃ© • Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir member and recording star Alex BoyÃ© for an evening of entertainment and giving, bringing hope to a new generation in Central America through service, education, and employment.
When • Friday at 7 p.m.
Where • Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi
Tickets • $25-$100 at SmithsTix
The Ventures • The Ventures are considered by many to be the greatest "surf band" ever. They almost make The Beach Boys seem like landlubbers.
When • Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 6 p.m.
Where • Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City
Tickets • $45-$80 at egyptiantheatrecompany.org
Saltaires Chorus Spring Show • The Saltaires, an a cappella chorus, will present their second annual spring show. The chorus will be joined by singers from Highland High School and others.
When • Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where • Mount Jordan Middle School, 9360 S. 300 East, Sandy
Tickets • $10-$30 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com
DJ R.O.B. with DJ Baya Voce • Come enjoy the mixes of DJ R.O.B. with DJ Baya Voce a former cast member of MTV's "The Real World" spinning the opening set. Ladies get in free.
When • Saturday at 8 p.m.
Where • Downstairs, 625 Main St., Park City
Tickets • $10 at door
Lil Rob • Rapper and former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Lil Rob will perform with Gifted, Jesse James, and Kaotic. There will be autograph signing after the show.
When • Saturday at 9 p.m.
Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $15 in advance, $25 day of, at SmithsTix
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Eclipse party at The Gateway • The Gateway shopping center and Clark Planetarium in downtown Salt Lake City are hosting an annular solar eclipse viewing party on Sunday starting at 6:20 p.m. Telescopes and other viewing equipment will be available and viewing glasses can be purchased for $2. Remember, don't look directly at the eclipse or you can damage your eyes. Go to http://www.shopthegateway.com/news-a-events/news-events/item/389-may-20th-elcipse for details of this event. For more information about the eclipse, go to http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/telescopes/watch-this-weekends-eclipse-without-burning-your-eyes-out-8922611?click=pm_latest.
Retail coupon roundup • If you're going shopping this weekend, go to http://www.myslcmommy.com/2012/05/retail-coupons-for-your-shopping_18.html for a roundup of printable coupons good at a variety of retail stores such as Gordmans and Barnes and Noble, (15 percent off) Yankee Candle ($10 off $25 purchase). Thanks MySLCMommy.com!
Redbox: 10 days of deals • Redbox is offering a discount each day through May 22 via text message. The discount codes, good at Redbox kiosks, can be used on movies or games. Discounts range from 25 cents to $1. Go to this site for details of this offer.
Smith's gluten-free event • Smith's Marketplace at 455 S. 500 East in Salt Lake City is offering a Gluten Free Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The store will be offering free samples of gluten-free products sold in the store and money-saving coupons.
Free Slurpee Day • Wednesday, May 23, is Free Slurpee Day. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 7-Eleven stores, you can get a free 7.11-ounce Slurpee. This offer is while the cups last at each location, so go early.
A pair of music icons from different generations appear on television this weekend.
Mick Jagger, 68, is both the host and the musical guest on the season finale of Saturday Night Live (Saturday, 10:30 p.m., Ch. 30), marking his fourth time as the show's musical guest and first time doing the hosting thing.
And Lady Gaga, 26, appears in the season finale of The Simpsons (Sunday, 7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) in animated form, of course. Gaga is actually 11 years younger than "SNL" and only about three years older than "The Simpsons."
Elsewhere on Friday •
College baseball (6 p.m., BYUtv): Santa Clara at BYU
Who Do You Think You Are? (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Paula Deen learns about her family history. (Series finale NBC canceled this show.)
Nikita (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Michael and Nikita infiltrate Division. (Season finale)
Whale Wars: Viking Shores (7 and 8 p.m.; 9 and 10 p.m., Animal Planet): In the last two episodes of this short series, the Sea Shepherds try to save the pilot whales from being slaughtered.
Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick investigates a series of murders. (Season finale)
Great Performances at the Met (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Lovers from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are shipwrecked on an other-worldly island in "The Tempest."
Supernatural (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Castiel, Meg and Bobby help Sam and Dean as they do battle with the evil Dick Roman. (Season finale)
Magic City (11 p.m., Starz): Ike has to make a deal after he is caught in a lie.
Elsewhere on Saturday •
College baseball (1 p.m., BYUtv): Santa Clara at BYU
Horse racing (2:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The Preakness and the post time is 4:18 p.m. MDT.
Arena Football (7:30 p.m., Ch. 2.2): Arizona Rattlers at Utah Blaze
The Firm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mitch's client is hiding a dangerous secret.
Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Mike Jagger both hosts and performs.
Elsewhere on Sunday •
60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A billionaire's program to pay students with promising ideas to drop out of college is attracting students and critics
America's Funniest Home Videos (6 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The $100,000 winner is announced. (Season finale)
2012 Billboard Music Awards (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): These meaningless awards originate from Las Vegas. (Tape-delayed)
Harry's Law (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Harry has to plan her ex's funeral. (Series finale NBC canceled this show.)
The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Lisa teams up with Lady Gaga. (Season finale)
The Killing (7 and 11:08 p.m., AMC): Richmond helps with the investigation.
American Ninja Warrior (7 p.m., G4): Contestants from the Southwest try to qualify.
Bob's Burgers (7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Gene steals Bob's spotlight. (Season finale)
Jess Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jesse (Tom Selleck) investigates to mob-related murders in this TV movie.
The Celebrity Apprentice (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A winner is declared. (Season finale)
Masterpiece Mystery! (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): In the third and final installment of Season 2 of "Sherlock," Holmes and Moriarty face off.
Family Guy (8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Brian and Stewie answer viewer mail; Peter battles an angry chicken. (Season finale)
Mad Men (8 and 10:04 p.m., AMC): Christmas wishes come true.
Game of Thrones (10 p.m., HBO): Robb is betrayed; Dany ignores Jorah's advice.
Nurse Jackie (10 p.m., Showtime: Jackie's lawyer tells her she's got to be tough.
Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): Kody tries to keep all his wives happy.
Girls (10:30 p.m., HBO): Hannah goes home to Michigan for her parents' 30th anniversary.
The Big C (10:30 p.m., Showtime): Cathy and Adam are overly generous.
Veep (11 p.m., HBO): Selina is obsessed with her nicknames.
The Borgias (11 p.m., Showtime): Alexander plans to lay siege to Sforza's castle.
Scott D. Pierce
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