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.
OUT AND ABOUT
2 Your Health Utah's Health Expo • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State St., Sandy. More than 60 vendors, health screenings, stress management, alternative health and more. More information, http://www.kutv.com/custom/health-expo/.
Relay for Life • Friday and Saturday, Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St. Teams will walk the track overnight to raise money for cancer research and awareness. More information, http://www.relayforlife.org/getinvolved or 801-483-1500.
Porsche Parade 2012 • Saturday, State Street. Participants in the Porsche Club of America's week-long conference will drive their cars through downtown Salt Lake City, up State Street to the Capitol, circle clockwise around the Capitol and then through The Gateway Mall. More information, http://parade2012.pca.org/.
Utah Reggae Festival • 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, Ogden Amphitheater, 343 25th St., Ogden. Two-day festival featuring The Expendables, Tribal Seeds, J Boog and more. Admission: $15 adv/$20 day of/$30 VIP. More information, http://www.facebook.com/UtahReggaeFestival.
Element 11 Arts Festival • Friday through Sunday, Bonneville Seabase, 1600 North State Road 138, Grantsville. Element 11 is an official regional Burning Man event. Art displays, workshops, entertainment, yoga and more. Main effigy burn 11 p.m. Saturday. No children are allowed. Gate price $150 cash only. More information, http://element11.org/.
Ute Stampede • Friday and Saturday, Juab County Fairgrounds and Juab County Complex, Nephi. Chuckwagon breakfast, craft fair, golf tournament, fun run, carnival, rodeo, parade, car show and more. More information, http://www.utestampederodeo.com/ or 435-623-5608.
9th Annual Damn These Heels! LGBT Film Festival • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South. Utah's showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films, arrives with 11 feature films. Festival all-access passes are $25. More information, http://utahfilmcenter.org/damntheseheels/.
Farmington Festival Days • Saturday, various locations. 6 a.m. 5K/10K/half marathon, 7-9 a.m. breakfast in the park, 10 a.m. parade, festival booths, 7 p.m. free concert in the park, 10 p.m. fireworks. More information, http://www.farmington.utah.gov/specialevents.festivaldays.html.
8th Annual Boulder Heritage Festival • Noon-10:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Anasazi State Park, Boulder. Enjoy music and presentations on this year's theme, "Roads, Trails, & Cow Paths." More information, http://www.boulderheritage.org/ or 435-335-7550.
29th Annual Payson Scottish Festival • 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Park, 250 S. Main St., Payson. Dance a jig to bagpipes, enjoy athletic competitions, activities for children, a parade and traditional food. Admission free. More information, http://www.paysonscottishfestival.org/.
Butch Cassidy Days • Friday and Saturday, Beaver City Hall, 60 W. Center St., Beaver. Beaver celebrates Butch Cassidy's birth every year with live entertainment pie eating and hog calling contests, a mountain man camp and car show. Admission free. More information, http://www.beaverchamber.com/ or 435-438-5081.
Greek Festival Days • 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 61 S. 200 East, Price. Dancing, food, entertainment, tours of the church, gift shop. Admission free. More information, 435-637-0704.
Days Of '47 Union Pacific Youth Parade • 10 a.m. Saturday, Washington Square, 450 S. 200 East. The parade starts at 600 East and 500 South, runs west on 500 South to 200 East and ends at the City & County Building. It will be televised by KUTV 2News. Afterward, enjoy the youth festival at Washington Square. More information, http://www.daysof47.com/events/youth-parade.
Ice Block Day • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Hogle Zoo, 2600 Sunnyside Ave. It's time for a very cool Hogle Zoo tradition where many of the animals get their run of refrigerated refreshments from food frozen in ice pops to giant 300-pound ice blocks. Ice-themed contests and games will be set up in the Oasis Plaza. More information, http://www.hoglezoo.org/ or 801-582-1631.
United Clans Swordsman Association Sword Fighting Competition • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Liberty Park, 900 S. 500 East. The association will hold its first sword fighting competition. The group teaches long sword, short sword, dagger, and unarmed fighting and defense. Participation will be limited to association members, however all are invited to watch. More information, http://www.theucsa.com.
Family Art Saturday Fly Your Flag • 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple. Learn how to make fabric flags and celebrate symbols, identity and oral histories. Appropriate for children ages 5-12. Free. More information, http://www.utahmoca.org/.
Obon Festival • 1-10 p.m. Saturday, Salt Lake Buddhist Temple, 211 W. 100 South. Traditional Japanese folk dancing, food, taiko drum exhibition. More information, http://www.slbuddhist.org.
Latino Crime Prevention and Safety Fair • 1-10 p.m. Saturday, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City. 1-3 p.m. is a community meeting with law enforcement and government leaders; 3-10 p.m. is the safety fair.
International Summer Festival • 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City. Performers from around the world including Mexico, Chile, Israel and Polynesia. Donation $5, children 12 and under free. More information, 801-662-9393.
18th Annual Llama Festival • 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Krishna Temple, 311 W. 8500 South, Spanish Fork. Andean crafts, live entertainment, food, baby llama corral. Admission: adults $3, children $1. More information, http://www.utahvalleyllamas.com/ or 801-798-3559.
American Fork Steel Days • 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Rotary Park, 300 S. and 200 East, American Fork. Car show 11 a.m.-7 p.m., car cruise 7-9 p.m. on Main Street. More information, http://afcity.org/ForResidents/SteelDays2012/tabid/767/Default.aspx or 801-763-3000.
Biggest Loser auditions • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, KSL-TV, 55 N. 300 West. The Biggest Loser television show will hold an open casting call. For those who are unable to attend the call, information on how to apply and submit a videotape is available on http://www.nbc.com/casting and http://www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.
Summer of Death Skate Series • 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Crossroads Skate Park and Shop, 95 N. Harrisville Road, Ogden. SLUG Magazine kicks off the 13th year of its amateur skate series, Summer of Death, with Lords of SLUG Mag. This throwback jam style contest will feature two divisions: 17 and under for the mini-rippers and an open division for 18 and older. Register at http://summerofdeath.com
Utah 4-H Family Day • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Utah State University Quad, Logan. Celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Utah with vendor booths, bounce houses, games and more. More information, http://utah4h.org/.
Big Burly Bison • 11 a.m. Saturday, Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center Amphitheater, Syracuse. Learn all about the largest animal on the island. This program is geared toward children ages 6-12 but anyone is welcome. Admission $9 per carload. More information, 801-721-9569.
Brine Shrimp and Sand • Noon Saturday, Antelope Island State Park Bridger Bay Beach, Syracuse. Visit with a park interpreter about lake life and other fun facts. Microscopes will be on hand for viewing and discovering lake wonders. Admission $9 per carload. More information, 801-721-9569.
Ogden Pioneer Days • Saturday, various locations. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Municipal Gardens on 25th Street, Farmers Market, Wild West Shoot-Out, antique tractor show, stage coach rides; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Western Festival Wishes Barrel Race, Ogden Pioneer Stadium; 9 a.m. children's parade. More information, http://www.ogdenpioneerdays.com.
Great Salt Lake Audubon Bird Survey • 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Big Cottonwood Canyon. Great Salt Lake Audubon will meet at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon in the parking lot adjacent to the Silver Lake Visitor Center. There will be a potluck lunch at noon. Bring a dish to share and your own eating utensils, plate, cup. GSLA will provide cold drinks. More information, 801-532-7384.
Wasatch Front Tour Ride • 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Cabela's, 2502 W. Grand Terrace Parkway, Lehi. Cabela's will team up with Bikers Against Child Abuse to raise money in the first annual Wasatch Front Tour Ride. This event is not limited to motorcycles. Feel free to drive a car, or a truck as well. Register at Cabela's.
Walking Salt Lake City • 6:30 p.m. Saturday, The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East. Former Deseret News reporters Lynn Arave and Ray Boren will lead a short walking tour of the neighborhood. After the walk, they will sign their new book, "Walking Salt Lake City: From Renowned Temple Square to Suburban Village Charmers, 30+ Easy Routes Take You Deep Into Utah's Capital."
Provo Farmers Market • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Pioneer Park, 500 W. Center St. More information, http://provofarmersmarket.blogspot.com/.
Downtown Farmers Market • 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West. More than 250 vendors offering produce, baked goods, prepared foods, packaged foods and more. More information, http://www.slcfarmersmarket.org/.
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 through Sept. 29. Live music, farm-fresh breakfast, 90-plus farmers, artists and more. More information, http://www.gardnervillage.com.
Farmers and Artists Market - Ogden Valley • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Century 21 parking lot in Eden. More information, http://www.ovba.org/FAM/index.html.
People's Market • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, International Peace Gardens, 1060 S. 900 West. The People's Market features items from local farmers, lunch food, music, entertainment and handmade crafts. More information, http://www.slcpeoplesmarket.org.
Lindquist Family Pops Concert & Fireworks • Dusk Sunday, Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. Get there early to secure your favorite spot on the Weber State University campus to listen to the New American Symphony and watch the fireworks show. By tradition, it will include a performance of the 1812 Overture with a battery of cannons. Each year an estimated 65,000 people attend this concert. More information, 801-621-1696.
Friday the 13th isn't particularly lucky if you're looking for a good new movie.
The only new Hollywood film is "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth installment of an animated series that deserved extinction some time ago. This time, our prehistoric pals â Manny the mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), Sid the Sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo) and Diego the sabertooth tiger (voiced by Denis Leary) â are separated from the rest of their herd, and fall in with pirates led by a gold-toothed primate (voiced by Peter Dinklage). The relationships and even some of the gags are recycled from past movies, and weren't that funny to start with. (There is a hilarious "Simpsons" short attached to this "Ice Age," which has more laughs in three minutes than the feature generates in 90.)
The other new movie this week is "Where Do We Go Now?," an offbeat combination of comedy, musical numbers, serious drama and heavy-handed messaging. It centers on the Christian and Muslim women of a remote Lebanese village, who devise comic plots to keep their angry menfolk from killing each other. Director/star Nadine Labaki (who made the wonderful beauty-shop romance "Caramel" a few years ago) has a lot of interesting ideas floating about this film, but forcing them all together in one narrative gets messy and convoluted.
Sean P. Means
Utah Blaze vs. Cleveland • 6 p.m. Friday, EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Tickets, http://www.utblaze.com.
Ogden Raptors vs. Great Falls • 7 p.m. Friday, Lindquist Field, 2330 Lincoln Ave., Ogden. Tickets, web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t530.
Ogden Raptors vs. Helena • 7 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Lindquist Field, 2330 Lincoln Ave., Ogden. Tickets, web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t530.
Utah Symphony the Music of Michael Jackson • 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City. Tickets, $32-$80, arttix.org. More information, http://www.deervalleymusicfestival.org/concerts.
Days of '47 KUTV Pops Concert • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Sterling Poulson, director and conductor of the Pops, will join the Choral Arts Society of Utah Master Chorale and the West Valley Symphony of Utah, Donny Gilbert, conductor. This year features Nathan Osmond. The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets available at Daynes Music, 6935 S. State.
Cars and Conversation with Jay Leno • 8 p.m. Saturday, Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah. Tickets $19.95-$59.95. More information, http://www.speedumfa.com or http://smithstix.com/events/item/root/jay-leno-and-ken-gross.
Utah Festival Opera • Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main St., Logan. Tosca, 1 p.m. Friday; My Fair Lady, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday; Kiss Me Kate, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $12-$76. More information, go to http://www.ufoc.org/index.php or 800-262-0074.
Saturday's Voyeur 2012 • Wednesdays through Sundays through Sept. 2, Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North. Tickets: $45-$50. More information, http://www.saltlakeactingcompany.org.
The Sound of Music • 7:30 p.m. daily except Sundays, plus Saturday matinees, through Aug. 4, Hale Center Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City. Tickets $15-$26 at https://tickets.halecentretheatre.org/Online/.
Aaron Neville • he singing chameleon Aaron Neville released a soul album in 2006 and a gospel album in 2010, and later this year he will release a tribute to doo-wop on Blue Note Records, produced by Don Was and Keith Richards. So for tonight's show, Neville told The Tribune that he will "do it all" in a retrospective. Neville's falsetto is one of the most precious voices in music, and he has wanted to do an all-doo-wop record for many years but never got the chance until recently. Doo-wop was his "introduction to music," period. That genre of music affects him like a balm. "It soothes my soul," Neville said. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will open this season opener of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation's St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series.
When • Tonight at 7
Where • Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, Park City
Tickets • Lawn seating: $35; reserved seating: $45, $55 and $65; available at ecclescenter.org
Aaron Lewis • Country music is sometimes the refuge after musicians are no longer successful in other genres. But Aaron Lewis, frontman for hard-rock band Staind, continues to be successful in the rock world his band's 2011 album was its fifth consecutive Top 5 album. But in a phone interview, Lewis said his grandfather introduced him to his first love: country music. In his teens, he took on his friends' rock influences, but when he's touring "if I'm not listening to conservative talk radio, I'm listening to country music." His first country album, "The Road," will be released in September, so this summer he is preparing audiences for his change of genre. Staind fans will still find that Lewis is performing that band's two most recognizable hits, "It's Been Awhile" and "Outside." After all, Lewis said, those songs are essentially sad country songs.
When • Saturday at 7 p.m.
Where • Peppermill Concert Hall, 1045 Wendover Blvd., West Wendover, Nev.
Tickets • $20 to $75 at http://www.wendoverfun.com or by calling 888-PEPP-TIX
Dean Risko • Dean Risko returns to his hometown with a special show featuring guests Dumb Luck, Young Sim & Definit, Kiliona, Quince Jone, Jaya Raise and others. Risko, 23, emigrated from South Africa to Salt Lake City when his brother moved to Utah to play volleyball at Brigham Young University. "Everyone outside of America is fascinated with America," Risko said in a phone interview. It wasn't until moving to Utah that Risko discovered hip-hop and Eminem. As he studied at Viewmont High School, he began writing songs and learning how to break dance. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career, and after two years there he has begun working on a full-length album where he sings as much as he raps. This show will feature some of his friends from Los Angeles, as well as some of his Utah friends.
When • Saturday at 9 p.m.
Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $7 at door
Juana Ghani • It might be Friday the 13th, but there's no need to barricade yourself in your home. After all, Bar Deluxe's Underground Gypsy Cabaret offers a night of music, burlesque, magic, pole-dancing and belly dancers. The event serves as a CD release party for the local underground Gypsy band Juana Ghani, which is releasing its first full-length album, "Shall We Live Forever." In addition, Juana Ghani co-founder Brian Bonell will release his first book, the 131-page novella Kasojeni Bay. "They both stand alone," said co-founder Leisl Bonell in a phone interview, "but they do complement each other." The band's new album was recorded in November with 13 musicians from different musical backgrounds. For example, the accordion player is a folkie, while the mandolin player comes from the punk scene. But the musicians believe in the common cause of the band's unofficial motto, "Follow your passion." And concertgoers don't need to worry about their sensitive sensibilities. "Everything is well within Utah decency standards," Leisl Bonell said.
When • Tonight. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Where • Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $7 at door
Utah Reggae Fest • The Ogden Downtown Alliance will sponsor the Utah Reggae Festival, which has quickly become one of the Beehive State's most popular festivals. Over two days, the festival will feature some of the biggest names in reggae music. Friday's lineup boasts names such as The Expendables, Tribal Seeds, the Codi Jordan Band, Know Ur Roots and Wasnatch. On Saturday, performing will be J Boog, 40 Oz. to Freedom, Tosh Meets Marley, Nkulee Dube, Sono Vero, Thrive, Natural Roots Tribe of 1 and Krisgadong. Highlights should include 40 Oz. to Freedom (named after an early Sublime song),the only Sublime tribute band sanctioned by the Sublime estate; Dube, the daughter of South Africa's most successful reggae superstar and icon, Lucky Dube; and Friday's headliner, the Santa Cruz reggae-rockers Expendables. In a Tribune interview, drummer and singer Adam Wasserman said one reason for the band's longevity is the members' fondness for one another. Until recently, he said, the band members lived within 200 yards of one another for two years.
When • Tonight at 6; Saturday at noon
Where • Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th St., Ogden
Tickets • $27 for each day, at SmithsTix
The Fabulous Miss Wendy • Alternative-punk artist and guitarist The Fabulous Miss Wendy will perform with Still-Born, Vengeance and Morrowhill.
When • Tonight at 7:30
Where • Liquid Joe's, 1249 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $7 at door
Tinsley Ellis • Tinsley Ellis, a blues rock musician, was inspired by rock greats Cream and The Rolling Stones, and he shows his Southern musical influences proudly.
When • Tonight at 9
Where • State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $17 at http://www.thestateroom.com
Deer Valley Music Festival: Utah Symphony • Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's ninth annual Deer Valley Music Festival kicks off with a tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring conductor Brent Havens and vocalist James Delisco.
When • Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, Park City
Tickets • $32 for the lawn, $90 for family groups (max of two adults and up to four children under 18), $60-$85 for reserved seating, available at http://www.usuo.org
ReMix Vocal Academy Concert • ReMix Vocal Academy presents a benefit a cappella concert for victims of the 2012 wildfires.
When • Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Where • Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center St., Provo
Tickets • $10 at door
Mike Iverson and the Blue Sage Band • The Bridger Folk Music Society presents Mike Iverson and the Blue Sage Band, who play a blend of Western, folk and bluegrass music.
When • Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Crumb Brothers Bakery, 291 S. 300 West, Logan
Tickets • $13 at http://www.bridgerfolk.org
Halestorm • Pennsylvania-based rock group Halestorm, featuring siblings Arejay and Elizabeth Hale, will perform with guests New Medicine and Emphatic.
When • Saturday at 8 p.m.
Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix
The Piano Guys Live • Pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson team up to present popular music in a smash-up style based on their classical training, and thanks to their team of business and musical experts, they've become famous via YouTube. See Celia R. Baker's recent Tribune feature at bit.ly/IN332K.
When • Saturday at 8 p.m.
Where • Sandy Amphitheater, 9400 S. 1300 East, Sandy
Tickets • $10-$15 at SmithsTux
Codi Jordan Band • The Music in the Mountains series will feature local rock-reggae favorites the Codi Jordan Band.
When • Saturday at 8 p.m.
Where • Wolf Creek Foundation, 3567 E. Nordic Valley Way, Liberty
Tickets • $25 per carload at gate
B.D. Howes Band • The local bluesy rock outfit B.D. Howes Band will perform. And mark your calendars: Howes will be performing solo acoustic guitar for the Park City Arts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
When • Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where • Park Silly Market, 2210 Monarch Drive, Park City
Tickets • Free
Chris Robinson Brotherhood • With The Black Crowes on an extended hiatus, the lead singer of that rootsy band, Chris Robinson, has embarked on a journey that takes him into territory shared by one of his inspirations, The Grateful Dead. His new band features Black Crowe Adam MacDougall and Neal Casal (of Ryan Adams collaborators The Cardinals), but don't expect to hear anything from the Crowes, Robinson said in a phone interview. "This is a completely different entity," he said. By not playing Crowes songs, Robinson said the tour is "not a cash grab. We don't have to answer to anyone." The band spent most of 2011 playing shows and avoiding interviews, photo shoots and the recording studio. "It's our sworn duty as weirdos to do the opposite [of other bands]," he said. He thinks this jam band can be successful because of what he learned about the pitfalls of side projects after the dissolution of a previous side project, New Earth Mud.
When • Sunday at 8 p.m.
Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple
Tickets • $20 in advance, $25 day of, at SmithsTix
ONE CHEAP CHICK
Free admission in July • Several venues are offering free admission in July. They are:
Red Butte Garden: The Salt Lake City attraction is offering free admission on July 24. Go to http://www.redbuttegarden.org/free_garden_events for more information.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts: The museum is offering free admission on July 21. Details are at http://umfa.utah.edu/free_days.
Treehouse Children's Museum: The Ogden museum offers free admission this Saturday. The free-admission offer is part of a Weber County program designed to raise awareness of local venues. Go to http://www.co.weber.ut.us/ramp/index.htm for a printable schedule of free-admission offers courtesy of Weber County. Click on "RAMP Summer Saturdays."
George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park: Admission to the dinosaur park is free July 21 as part of the RAMP program.
Ogden Nature Center: The facility is offering free admission every Saturday in July as part of the RAMP program.
Going shopping this weekend? • Go to http://www.myslcmommy.com/2012/07/retail-coupons-for-your-shopping.html for links to printable coupons good at major retail stores such as Old Navy, Express, Aeropostale and more. Thanks MySLCMommy.com!
Kohl's 15 percent off everything • Go to this site to print a savings pass worth 15 percent off your entire purchase at Kohl's. This pass is good on most everything in the store, including sale and clearance items, through July 22.
25 percent off at Rumbi • Go to http://www.rumbisurvey.com/newsletters/2012SummerFlavorsCoupon.htm to print a coupon worth 25 percent off up to three menu items at Rumbi Island Grill restaurants.
A high-profile new show debuts and a high-profile old show returns this weekend on cable.
Political Animals (Sunday, 11 p.m., USA) is about a former first lady who ran for president, lost in the primaries and accepted the post of Secretary of State. And it's not about Hillary Clinton. Really.
Elaine Barrish Hammond (Sigourney Weaver) divorced her philandering ex-president husband, Bud (Ciaran Hinds). She's got two sons one of them about to get married; the other gay and an outspoken mother.
And "Political Animals" is about personalities more than power. It recalls "The West Wing," but women are far more prominent in this six-episode, limited run series which gets off to a very strong start.
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad (Sunday, 8, 9:36 and 11:12 p.m., AMC) returns with the first of eight episodes that will run this summer. (The final eight will run next year.) And it remains TV's most insanely good show
On Sunday, Walt (Bryan Cranston) deals with the aftermath of the explosion that ended last season. And his transformation from mild-mannered school teacher to tough drug kingpin nears completion.
Elsewhere on Friday •
Golf (4:30 p.m., Golf Channel): Second round of the Web.com Utah Championship
Arena Football (6 p.m., NFL Network): Cleveland Gladiators at Utah Blaze
Whale Wars (7 and 9 p.m., Animal Planet): What else could possibly go wrong, you ask? Well, the Sea Shepherd helicopter disappears.
Elsewhere on Saturday •
Golf (4:30 p.m., Golf Channel): Third round of the Web.com Utah Championship
NYC 22 (7 and 8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): CBS burns off two more episodes of this failed cop show.
An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Family friendly TV movie about a teen gymnast.
Major League Soccer (8:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes
The Firm (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A new enemy threatens Ray and Tammy's wedding. (Finale)
In Time (9 p.m., HBO): Justin Timberlake stars in this 2011 sci-fi thriller. (Rated PG-13)
Elsewhere on Sunday •
Golf (5 p.m., Golf Channel): Final round of the Web.com Utah Championship
Big Brother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The faux drama continues.
Secret Millionaire (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Self-made millionaire Jeff Usner searches for worthy people in San Antonio, Texas.
Drop Dead Diva (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): Jane's mother asks her to defend a girl charged with murder.
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (7 p.m., Nick): A report on slavery in Ghana.
Falling Skies (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): Hal finds bodies of de-harnessed children and someone from his past.
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A woman who weighs 435 pounds fights to lose weight.
Army Wives (8 p.m., Lifetime): A doctor puts Tanya's future in jeopardy.
The Great Escape (8 and 10 p.m., TNT): Contestants try to escape from an old missile silo.
Small Town Security (9:04 and 10:40 p.m., AMC): Debut of a reality show about a family owned security firm in rural Georgia.
The Glades (10 p.m., A&E): An anti-government group is linked to a murder.
Longmire (11 p.m., A&E): A man is brutally assaulted and a seemingly worthless painting is stolen.
Shark Wranglers (11 p.m., History): The team searches for a missing shark.
True Blood (10 p.m., HBO): Sookie has a sense of foreboding.
The Newsroom (11 p.m., HBO): Pretty much through no fault of his own, Will keeps ending up in the tabloids.
Weeds (11 p.m., Showtime): Nancy and Silas go after Shane.
Episodes (11:30 p.m., Showtime): Beverly learns the truth about Sean's relationship with Morning.
Scott D. Pierce
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