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Weekend Express: Nearly 100 fun things to do in Utah


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Utah Lake Festival »10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Utah Lake State Park, 4400 West Center St., Provo. Activities will educate attendees about the value of the Utah Lake ecosystem and the associated recreational opportunities. Activities include a sailboat regatta, fishing tournament, fishing clinics, children’s activities, food and more. Admission free. More information, www.utahvalleyfestivals.com/spring or 801-364-0088.

National Learn To Row Day » 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Great Salt Lake Marina, 13312 W. 1075 South, Magna. The Great Salt Lake Rowing will host a free public event intended to give participants a "taste of rowing." Those under age 18 need a guardian /parent to sign the waiver. Participants should wear suitable recreational sports clothing. For more information, contact Joe Inman, jrinman48@gaiaexplorer.net or call 801-647-1648.

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Comedy Boot Camp » 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Salt Lake Community College Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State. The Salt Lake Comedy Festival will sponsor a Comedy Boot Camp, a training course that transforms civilians into comedians. Recruits learn about sketch and stand up comedy writing, how to work together as an improv team and what it takes to succeed as a comedian. Visit http://saltlakecomedyfestival.com for a class schedule.

Wasatch Farmers Market at Gardner Village » 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Gardner Village, 1100 West 7800 South, West Jordan. The market will be held every Saturday from June 2 to Sept. 29. Live music, farm-fresh breakfast, 90-plus farmers, artists and more. More information, www.gardnervillage.com.

Farmers and Artists Market - Ogden Valley » 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Century 21 parking lot in Eden. More information, www.ovba.org/FAM/index.html.

The Dirty Dash » 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Soldier Hollow, 2002 Olympic Way, Midway. The Dirty Dash is a mud run obstacle course. Registration $50. More information, www.thedirtydash.com.

Fantasy Hair Show » 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. This is a creative and imaginative show featuring wild themed hairstyles by the students and staff of Avalon School of Cosmetology. More information, http://egyptiantheaterogden.com/node/107 or 866-472-4627.

Hike to Battle Creek » 9 a.m. Saturday, meet at Out N Back, 1797 S. State St., Orem. Battle Creek is near Pleasant Grove. This hike is great for families so bring the kids. More information, www.meetup.com/Out-N-Back-Events/or 801-224-0454.

Layton - Garden Fair » 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Weber Basin Water Conservation Learning Garden, 2837 E. Hwy 193, Layton. Free hotdogs and soda, activities for the whole family, classes, local vendors. Admission free. More information, www.weberbasin.com/conservation/ or 801-771-4374.

Kane County Farmers Market » 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, lawn of the Kane County Office of Tourism, Kanab. The Kane County Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from the last weekend in May through Oct. 13. Fresh fruit and vegetables, crafts, food and food preparation. More information, 435-899-1115.


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Pony Express Days » Friday and Saturday, various locations. 5 p.m. Friday demolition derby, Pony Express Rodeo Arena, 4447 Major St.; 6 p.m. Saturday Chris Cagle concert and fireworks, SilverLake Amphitheater, 7920 N. SilverLake Blvd.; 9 a.m. Saturday Dutch oven cookoff, Nolan Park pavilion; 10 a.m. Saturday parade, Pony Express Parkway. More information, www.eaglemountaincity.com/ or 801-789-6600.

Blanding Farmers Market » 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Blanding Visitor Center, 12 N. Gayson Parkway, Blanding. Fruits and vegetables, baked goods, handcrafted jewelry and more. More information, www.utahscanyoncountry.com or 435-678-3699.

MOVIES

"Once upon a time" isn’t what it used to be.

"Snow White and the Huntsman" is a dark spin on the classic fairy tale, as Snow (Kristen Stewart) goes from imprisoned innocent to Joan of Arc-like warrior princess with the aid of the brawny Huntsman (played by Chris Hemsworth). Stewart and Hemsworth are fine, but the real star of the show is Charlize Theron’s turn as the wicked Queen. Director Rupert Sanders adds some stunning visuals, and Colleen Atwood’s costumes (particularly for the Queen) are spectacular.

Several independent titles are opening in a few multiplexes today.

» "For Greater Glory" is a heavy-handed historical epic, centering on the Cristeros War — when Catholic rebels fought the socialist Mexican government in the 1920s. The hammy performances (led by Andy Garcia) and cartoonish characters make this one a chore to watch.

» "Battlefield America" is a drama set in an underground hip-hop dance competition. It was not screened for local critics.

» "Crooked Arrows" is an inspirational sports drama, about a Native American high school lacrosse team (coached by Brandon Routh, from "Superman Returns") competing in a prep-school league tourney. It also wasn’t screened for critics.

On the art-house list, the highlight is "Headhunters," a gritty and sometimes wacked-out thriller from Norway. It centers on Roger (Aksel Hennie), a corporate consultant who moonlights as an art thief to bring in the cash to keep his trophy wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) happy. Then he meets a CEO candidate (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from "Game of Thrones") who’s as sneaky as he is.

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