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"Virginia" is the directing debut of screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ("Milk," "J. Edgar"), and it’s a trippy piece of Southern melodrama about a mentally unstable woman (Jennifer Connelly) having a yearslong affair with a married Mormon sheriff (Ed Harris). The movie gets downright loopy at times, and the tone shifts are jarring. (Black, by the way, is in Salt Lake City this weekend - as grand marshal of the Utah Pride Parade. Read the Cricket’s interview with him.)

Lastly, there’s "The Salt of Life," a pokey musing on love and lust by Italian writer-director Gianni di Gregorio — who plays the lead character, Gianni, a retiree who feels invisible to the women in his life. Di Gregorio doesn’t bring nearly the charm he displayed in his last movie, "Mid-August Lunch," and the episodic story goes nowhere.

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Salt Lake Bees vs. Colorado Springs » 6:35 p.m. Friday, Spring Mobile Ballpark, 77 W. 1300 South, Salt Lake City. Tickets, www.slbees.com or 801-325-2273.


Million Dollar Quartet » 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South. This musical tells the story of when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley played together for a single night. The four young musicians united for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions of all time. Tickets: $30-$57.50. More information, www.arttix.org/.

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Chris Cagle » Country music singer Chris Cagle will headline the 14th annual Pony Express Days closing concert and fireworks, with local favorite Charley Jenkins opening. Cagle signed to Virgin Records Nashville in 2000, and made his debut on the Billboard country chart with "My Love Goes On and On," the first single from his debut album "Play It Loud." The album also yielded hits "Laredo" and "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out." Cagle has in part taken a break from country for something that is more important to him. "I take more pride in being a father than in everything else," he said in a Tribune interview. When he does write songs, he has a simple credo he lives by. "I write a song to change the way your heart feels in three and one-half minutes," Cagle said. "If you have a [political] message, put it on a billboard." But, again, he takes solace in a house where no one else knows where it is and his family. "Everything else besides my family is craziness."

When » Saturday at 7 p.m.

Where » SilverLake Amphitheater, 7920 N. SilverLake Parkway, Eagle Mountain

Tickets » $10 at door; Children ages 2 and under are free.

Leland Sundries » As a high-level publicist in New York City, Nick Loss-Eaton worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Son Volt, Ry Cooder, Tom Morello, Todd Snider and the late Levon Helm — "all inspirations of mine," Loss-Eaton said in a Tribune interview. But as his indie-folk project Leland Sundries began attracting more and more attention, he left his job to follow his bliss. "It was a pretty hard decision," he said. "It was decision about following my heart." With a group of guys in Brooklyn that are coalescing as the newest incarnation of the band, Loss-Eaton will be performing for the first time in Utah with only one guitarist backing him. But whatever the line-up, Loss-Eaton’s music revives the spirit of the band’s name, taken from a trip to the South when he met the olds bluesman Eddie Cusic — who taught Little Milton — in Leland, Miss. When traveling throughout Memphis, he noticed the word "Sundries" on a number of signs — something you don’t often see as a Yankee. It seems fitting that his first instrument was a harmonica, inspired by Bob Dylan — another hero whose time in the South influenced him for the rest of his life.

When » Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Where » Vertical Diner, 2280 South West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets » Free

Pop Evil » Hard rock group Pop Evil — which as opened for KISS in Utah ‚ will perform, with Janus and Lola Black opening.

When » Friday at 7 p.m.

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