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
Merrill Osmond’s Youth Pioneer Pageant • A representation of the joy and tribulations experienced by the pioneers on their trek west. Tonight and Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. Also Monday, July 23, and Tuesday, July 24, at 8 p.m.; West Jordan Arena, 8125 S. 2200 West, West Jordan. $10 - $15; www.smithstix.com
Pioneer Day Concert • Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square present "The Joy of Song" with Katherine Jenkins. Tonight and Saturday, July 21 at 7:30; LDS Conference Center, 60 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City. Free tickets have already been distributed, but a standby line will form at Temple Square’s north gate at 6 p.m.
Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo • 6:30 p.m. Friday through Tuesday (except Sunday), Pioneer Stadium, 668 17th St., Ogden. This year Ogden will be celebrating the 79th anniversary of the rodeo. Admission $6-$40. More information, ogdenpioneerdays.com or 801-621-1696.
Bountiful Handcart Days • Friday and Saturday, Bountiful Park, 400 N. 200 West, and other locations, Bountiful. Grand parade 6 p.m. Friday, fireworks dusk Friday at Mueller Park Junior High, park activities noon-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. More information, http://www.handcartdays.org/ or 801-298-6142.
Relay for Life • 6 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday, Murray City Park, 296 E. Murray Park Ave., Murray. Relay teams raise funds for the American Cancer Society. More information, www.RelayForLife.org/murrayut or 801-493-4711 or 1-800-ACS-2345.
Dog Days of Summer Pet Adoption Event • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 31, Davis Center for the Performing Arts, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville. More information, http://www.co.davis.ut.us/animal_services/default.cfm.
5th Annual Peruvian Festival • 4-9:30 p.m. Friday, noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Founders Park, 300 N. 100 East, Centerville. Live entertainment, food, salsa dancing, activities for children. Admission free. More information, www.utahperufestival.com or 801-683-9737.
Spanish Fork Fiesta Days • Friday and Saturday, various locations, Spanish Fork. Carnival, rodeo, street dance, children’s parade, car show, craft fair and more. More information, http://www.spanishfork.org/newsevents/events/fiestadays/.
American Fork Steel Days • Friday and Saturday, various locations in American Fork. Carnival, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Robinson Park, 100 E. Main St.; children’s parade 5 p.m. Friday, big show and fireworks Saturday, American Fork High School; balloon lift 6 a.m. Saturday, Art Dye Park, 550 E. 1000 North. More information, http://afcity.org/ForResidents/SteelDays2012/tabid/767/Default.aspx or 801-763-3000.
Western Day at Utah Olympic Park • 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Utah Olympic Park, 3419 Olympic Parkway, Park City. Barbecue, live music, children’s activities. Admission free. More information, http://utaholympiclegacy.com/ or 435-658-4200.
Craft Lake City Festival - Celebration Of The Hand • Daily through Aug. 10, except Sundays, Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St. The artwork of 12 Craft Lake City artists will be on display for an outdoor gallery exhibit. The participants will create outdoor works of art utilizing permanent steel frames installed adjacent to the sidewalks in downtown Salt Lake City on the north and south sides of Broadway between 200 West and 200 East. More information,
Antelope Island Pioneer Day Celebration • Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Fielding Garr Ranch, Antelope Island State Park, Syracuse. Celebrate Pioneer Day with games, noon-2 p.m., and guided tours of the ranch, 2-4 p.m. Admission, $9 per carload. More information, 801-649-5742.
This weekend brings the movie everyone has been waiting for, and the movie everyone should see. They are not the same movie.
The movie everyone has been waiting for, of course, is "The Dark Knight Rises," the epic finale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Nolan ties up the loose ends as he brings Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to his lowest point and dares him to climb back out. The movie introduces two intriguing villains, the sultry cat burglar Selina Kyle a k a Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and the brutal anarchist Bane (Tom Hardy), who aims to upend Gotham City’s decay and corruption at all costs. The movie, clocking in at nearly three hours, is a slow burn at first – but the action sequences and satisfying finale are worth the wait.
The movie everyone should see is "Beasts of the Southern Wild," this year’s Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance and easily the best movie of 2012 so far. Director Benh Zeitlin’s blend of hard-hitting realism and magical fantasy centers on a little girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) trying to make sense of her universe – which is The Bathtub, a ramshackle village in the Louisiana Delta. Zeitlin and co-writer Lucy Alibar bring together found objects, non-actors and bits of local culture to create a lyrically beautiful meditation on the links between the cosmically big and the intimately small. (Read The Cricket’s interview with Zeitlin.)
Another Sundance award winner is "The Invisible War," which took the Audience Award for documentaries. This moving film exposes the epidemic of rape and sexual assault within America’s armed forces, which happened more than 19,000 times last year. Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering interview dozens of victims, who talk about the twin assaults – the initial rape, and the system’s retaliation on the victims who report the crimes. The film will make you angry, and make you proud of the military women (and a few men) with the courage to stand up. (Read The Cricket’s interview with Kirby Dick.)Next Page >
Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.