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Weekend Express: Things to do in Utah this weekend

Published October 3, 2012 2:44 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

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.

Poor Yorick's Fall Open Studio

Poor Yorick's Studios will hold its Fall Open Studio. There will be art, food, drinks and music by the Red Rock Hot Club.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 6-10 p.m.

Where • Poor Yorick Studios, 126 W. Crystal Ave., Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free; donations are appreciated.

Zombie Apocalypse Haunted House Opening

The Zombie Apocalypse at XSI Factory was envisioned and built in partnership with Scenic Solutions and employs actors and volunteers to execute a themed haunted house experience. Visit zombieutah.com for information.

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, 7 p.m.

Where • XSI Factory, 4425 N. Thanksgiving Point Way, Lehi

Tickets • $20

Haunted Circus

The Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus will shock visitors with its Big Top Tent of Horrors and haunted trailers. Entertainers from Odyssey Dance Theatre will dazzle the crowd with zombie dancers performing Michael Jackson's 'Thriller." Visit http://www.stranglingbros.com for more information and tickets.

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, 7:30 p.m.

Where • 98 E. 13800 South, Draper

Tickets • $20 ($5 extra for a Fast Pass). Discount coupons available at Wendy's restaurants

Love, Loss and What I Wore Fundraiser

Salt Lake Acting Company hosts a fundraiser for the Salt Lake City Junior League featuring a staged reading of "Love, Loss and What I Wore" by Nora and Delia Ephron. The play explores five women and how their wardrobes relate to pivotal moments in their lives. For tickets call 801-363-SLAC, or visit saltlakeactingcompany.org.

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m.

Where • 168 W. 500 North, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $3; $25 for SLAC members

Rails by Moonlight

The Heber Valley Railroad offers a two-hour train ride filled with artisan cheeses and on-board fiddlers. Additional food and beverage available from concession car. Visit hebervalleyrr.org/special-events/fall-special-events.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Where • Heber Valley Railroad, 450 S. 600 West, Heber City

Tickets • $15; $25 per couple

Odyssey Dance Theatre's Thriller

Odyssey Dance Theatre presents its smash Halloween Hit "Thriller." Visit http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org for tickets.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.

Where • Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $25-$40; holdmyticket.com/event/116307

Film: Powderwhore's "Choose Your Adventure"

Powderwhore.com will present its adventure film "Choose Your Adventure." All raffle proceeds benefit Utah Avalanche Center.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.- 8:15p.m., and 9 p.m.- 10:15p.m.

Where • Brewvies Cinema & Pub, 677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15; $12 in advance; brownpapertickets.com/event/265175

Wesley Bell Ringers Rummage Sale

Christ United Methodist Church hosts a rummage sale fundraiser for the Wesley Bell Ringers. Visit http://www.christumcutah.net/node/268 for information.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m.- 7p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 a.m.- 2p.m.

Where • Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Fall Fashion Weekend & Gallery Stroll

The Park City Gallery Association presents the Fall Fashion Weekend & Gallery Stroll. Galleries in Park City will display the work of up-and-coming designers in their galleries, alongside featured trunk shows in Main Street boutiques.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Where • Various galleries throughout Park City

Tickets • Free

Military Retiree Appreciation Day

The Retiree Activities Office will host a Retiree Appreciation Day at The Landing (formerly known as Club Hill). The free event is held annually to provide resources and information for military retirees and their families. For more information, call the Retiree Activities Office at 801-777-5735 or e-mail retact@hill.af.mil.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.- 3p.m.

Where • Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum, I-15 exit 336 (Roy), Hill Air Force Base

Tickets • Free

Foundations Art Exhibit

Opening reception for "Foundations: The Artists of the Bountiful/Davis Art Center (1997-2012)" exhibit, celebrating and saying goodbye to the building on Main Street and honoring former BDAC director Arley Curtz. Visit bdac.org for information.

When • Friday, September 28 from 7- 9 p.m.

Where • Bountiful-Davis Art Center, 745 S. Main St., Bountiful

Tickets • Free

Fare Exhibit

Utah Arts & Museums sponsors the opening of "Fare," an exhibit exploring the relationship of food to culture.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m.- 5p.m.

Where • Alice Merrill Horne Gallery, 617 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Escalante Canyons Art Festival — Everett Reuss Days

The Escalante Canyons Working Arts Festival is designed to welcome artists and art lovers to the stunning landscapes of Southern Utah and to give visitors an opportunity to learn about some of its rich history. For a full schedule of events visit everettruessdays.org.

When • Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30

Where • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, 755 W. Main St., Escalante

Tickets • Free

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Guided Tours

The refuge offers free guided tours of the wetlands, highlighting the birds and bugs, history and management. The tours are about 2 1/2 hours long. To register call 435 723-5887.

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, 9 a.m.

Where • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, 2155 W. Forest St., Brigham City

Tickets • Free; http://www.fws.gov/bearriver

Tom Mathewson Photo Exhibit

View images of wildlife, birds, and scenery of Antelope Island State Park by photographer Tom Mathewson.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.

Where • Antelope Island State Park, 4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse

Tickets • $9 day-use per vehicle, which includes Davis County causeway fee.

Mexico Then & Now

"Mexico Then & Now," a two-part exhibition centers on the original negatives of photographer Agustãn Victor Casasola. It showcases the changes Mexico underwent before and after the Revolution of 1910. Visit http://www.artesdemexicoenutah.org for more information.

When • Friday through Saturday, Sept. 28-30.

Where • Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Slusser Gallery Landscapes Exhibition

Slusser Gallery will present a group exhibition of landscape paintings by top Utah artists including: Tom Howard, John Hughes, Randall Lake, Karrie Baldwin Penney, Ian Ramsay, William Stonebraker, and many others. Visit http://www.slussergallery.blogspot.com/ for information.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 9-noon; 1:30- 5 p.m.

Where • Slusser Gallery, 447 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Vietnam War Exhibit

The Hill Aerospace Museum has a new Vietnam War exhibit intended to be a tribute to those who served in Vietnam and to share part of the Vietnam story with the public. For information, contact the Hill Aerospace Museum at 801-777-6868.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Where • Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum, I-15 exit 336 (Roy), Hill Air Force Base

Tickets • Free; Admission is free but donations are accepted.

Michael Whiting: 8-bit modern

In his brightly painted, massive, pixilated sculptures, Michael Whiting considers the visual relationship between early video games and 1960s minimalism. His art also creates a dialogue about the relationship between the "real" and the "virtual." Visit moa.byu.edu/2012/05/michael-whiting-8-bit-modern for information.

When • Friday, September 28 from 10 a.m.- 9p.m., Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- 6p.m.

Where • Brigham Young University Museum of Art, North Campus Drive, Provo

Tickets • Free

Witch Displays Out

The witches have officially come out to play. Shop and see our hilarious display of plump, green-faced, wart-covered witches dressed to the nines in their most wacky and witchy attire: mismatched colors, floppy hats and frumpy bloomers. Bring the kids and the camera.

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29

Where • Gardner Village, 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan

Tickets • Free

Mahonri Young and Jack Sears Art Exhibit

Anthony's Fine Art & Antiques will feature an art show documenting the friendship of Utah artists Mahonri Young and Jack Sears through a collection of art, including drawings and important bronzes.

When • Friday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Anthony's Fine Art & Antiques, 401 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Setting the Stage

Pioneer Theatre Company's Loge Gallery has held over its exhibit, "Setting the Stage: Fifty Years of Pioneer Theatre Design," a collection of theatrical renderings from dozens of designers whose creations have been brought to life on the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre's main stage since its inaugural season in 1962.

When • Friday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • Pioneer Theatre Company - The Loge Gallery, 300 E. 1400 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Lara Jo Regan Photography Exhibit

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the exhibition "Mr. Winkle: Object of Projection." Beneath the many interpretations of this creature is a real dog, the source of inspiration for Lara Jo Regan's photographic oeuvre that spans more than a decade. Visit http://www.utahmoca.org/mr-winkle/ for information.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.- 6p.m.

Where • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Fridays with Faculty — Michael Chikinda

In anticipation of the Sept. 30 Sundays@7 debut of the lost Persichetti sonata, Michael Chikinda will present a lecture about the prolific composer along with musical accompaniment from Hasse Borup and Heather Conner.

When • Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Where • Thompson Chamber Music Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband," set in London in the 1890s, is a witty play about marriage and past misdeeds. Visit http://www.TheEchoTheatre.com for more information.

When • Friday, September 28 from 7- 9:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29 from 7- 9:30 p.m.

Where • Echo Theatre, 145 N. University Ave., Provo

Tickets • $12.00; $9 in advance;http://www.TheEchoTheatre.com

The Drowsy Chaperone

Bringing its five Tony awards straight from Broadway, Drowsy Chaperone will delight and dazzle. This musical has everything - beautiful chorus girls, an oil tycoon, gangsters in disguise, mistaken identities, and an unflappable English butler all in the quiet comfort of one man's living room. For more information visit http://www.terraceplayhouse.com.

When • Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden

Tickets • $7-$12;http://www.terraceplayhouse.com

A Second Birth

The Brigham Young University Theatre and Media Arts Department will present "A Second Birth" in the Margetts Theatre. The play tells of Nasima, a daughter of poor Afghani parents who has been raised as a boy since age five to improve the family's economic and social standing in the community.

When • Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m.

Where • Brigham Young University Harris Fine Arts Center, University Avenue and Center Street, Provo

Tickets • bit.ly/Nf3lXg

Bodyvox Reverie

Bodyvox dance company will present "Reverie." Bodyvox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit and unique ability to combine dance, theater and film. Visit centerforthearts.us/12-13.htm for information.

When • Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main St., Logan

Tickets • $24-$35; centerforthearts.us/12-13.htm

Charley's Aunt

West Jordan Theater Arts will present "Charley's Aunt" a comedy farce staged in the late 1800s. Tickets can be purchased at the West Jordan Macey's or at the door. More information at http://www.sugarfactoryplayhouse.com.

When • Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Where • Viridian Event Center , 1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan

Tickets • $8; http://www.sugarfactoryplayhouse.com

Little Shop of Horrors

SCERA will launch its indoor season with "Little Shop of Horrors." Tickets are available at the SCERA Center, by calling 801-225-ARTS, online at http://www.scera.org or at the door 30 minutes prior to the show.

When • Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State St., Orem

Tickets • $12

Nightmare on 13th

Nightmare on 13th will feature three new nightmares: "NetherBeast," "Cirque Du Fear" and "Zombie Apocalypse." Patrons will receive a wristband and be admitted to all three nightmares for $20. Wristbands can also be used to bounce back to the nightmare for $5 on a "bounce back" night, but only if the wristband has not been removed. For more information, visit http://www.nightmareon13th.com.

When • Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Nightmare on 13th Haunted House, 300 W. 1300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20; bit.ly/NeIqEg

The Winter's Tale

The Sting & Honey Company will present William Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale," the story of King Leontes who loses everything to his jealousy and pride, and redemption will not come until that which was lost has been found. The play will be held in the Leona Wagner Black Box theater. Tickets available through arttix.org.

When • Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20; Recommended for ages 8 and up; arttix.org/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=9230

Utah Symphony - Bach & Mendelssohn

The Utah Symphony will play Bach's ever-popular Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 "Hymn of Praise." Visit http://www.arttix.org for information.

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29 at 8 p.m.

Where • Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $18-$67; http://www.arttix.org/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=8031

Wicked-er: It's Not Easy Being Green

Desert Star Playhouse will present the comedy Wicked-er: It's Not Easy Being Green. With a new villain in town, the Wicked Witch must team up with her former enemies to battle their new foe. Call 801-266-2600 for reservations. For more information, visit http://www.DesertStarPlayhouse.com.

When • Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m., Friday, September 28 at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, September 29 at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 8:30 p.m.

Where • Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State St., Murray

Tickets • $9.95-$17.95; http://www.DesertStarPlayhouse.com

Pen & Ink Show

Alpine Art hold a Pen & Ink exhibit, Sept. 21-Oct. 15, showcasing a variety of techniques like stippling, hatching or washing, to contemporary usage such as graphic illustration and tattoo work.

When • Friday, September 28 from 9 p.m.- 5:30p.m., Friday, September 28 from 9 p.m.- 5:30p.m., Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- 3p.m., Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- 3p.m.

Where • Alpine Art, 430 E. South Temple , Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

NAMI Walk

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah (NAMI Utah) will hold its annual NAMI Walk. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the official start will be at 10 a.m. Registration is available online at http://www.namiwalks.org/utah. Salt Lake County Mayoral candidate Ben McAdams will open the event along with Olympian Graham Watanabe, honorary chair.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m.

Where • Liberty Park, 900 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Freewww.namiwalks.org/utah

National Public Lands Day Service Project

Join Draper City Parks, REI Sandy and community volunteers to help with maintenance and rehabilitation of the Draper Cycle Park. All ages welcome. For more details and to register visit http://www.rei.com/sandy.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 a.m.- noon

Where • Andy Ballard Equestrian Center, 1600 E. Highland Dr. (13675 South)

Tickets • Free

Farmers Market at Gardner Village

The Gardner Village hosts the Wasatch Front Farmers Market every Saturday through Sept. 29.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.- 2p.m.

Where • Gardner Village, 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan

Tickets • Free

Provo River Watershed Festival

Live music, concessions, guided tours, geocaching, wildlife presentations and more in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where • Wasatch Mountain State Park Visitors Center, Midway

Tickets • Free; http://www.provoriverwatershed.org

Antigone

Westminster College presents its Sophocles' Antigone production for the Classical Greek Theatre Festival. Antigone will feature original movement and dance by choreographer Darlene Casanova. For ticket information visit http://www.westminstercollege.edu/greek_theatre.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.

Where • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15; redbuttegarden.org/greek_theater

Squatters Chasing Tail 5k

Therapy Animals of Utah will sponsor the Chasing Tail 5k benefit. Preregister at therapyanimalsutah.org/content.aspx?id=19. Dogs allowed if on a leash.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.

Where • Wheeler Farm, 6351 S. 900 East , Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20; $25 day of race; http://www.raceit.com/register/default.aspx?event=13119

Provo Farmers Market

Provo's Farmers' Market is an entrepreneur-friendly environment in which the public is encouraged to try out their business idea with minimal overhead. Call 801 542-9382 or visit provofarmersmarket.blogspot.com for more information.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- 2p.m.

Where • Pioneer Park - Provo, 500 W. Center St., Provo

Tickets • Free

Smithsonian Museum Day

Museums across Utah will participate in Museum Day, a day of honoring and celebrating museums across the United States, initiated by the Smithsonian Magazine. Many Utah museums are free everyday, but participating museums that do charge will offer two free or reduced adult admissions to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket, available at Smithsonian.com/museumday.

When • Saturday, September 29 at 10 a.m.

Where • Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Adventures in Art

Art Makes Sense! is an Adventures in Art: MOA Family Workshops series that uses sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, and movement to help children and their caregivers learn more about art. On any one Saturday of their choice, families can take a guided tour of a current exhibition and create a fun, hands-on art activity free-of-charge. Programming is appropriate for children ages 4-10 years.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- 12:30p.m.

Where • Brigham Young University Museum of Art, North Campus Drive, Provo

Tickets • Free

Tracy Aviary's Preschool and Kindergarten Classes

Tracy Aviary is offering preschool and kindergarten classes every other week Sept. 5- Dec. 8. Classes feature a special bird visitor, a fun craft or activity, a snack, and an engaging story connecting with age-appropriate themes. For more information, visit http://www.tracyaviary.org/pre-k-classes.

When • Saturday, September 29 at 10 a.m.

Where • Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City

Team Hope Walk for Utah

The Team Hope Walk for Utah at Draper Park will raise money to support the fight to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington's Disease. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, think, talk and reason. After the walk there will be a band, food, bouncy house, silent auction and a raffle. To register visit http://www.firstgiving.com/hdsa-scr/utah-team-hope-walk.

When • Saturday, September 29 at 10 a.m.

Where • Draper Historic Park and Sorenson Home Museum, 12625 S. 900 East, Draper

Tickets • Free

Pet Fest 2012

West Valley and Taylorsville cities host a fair for families and their pets.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Where • West Valley Animal Services, 4522 W. 3500 South, West Valley City

Tickets • Free

Peter and Donna Thomas — Book Artists

Ken Sanders Rare Books will present "The Ascent of the Artist Book in the Age of the E-reader," a book signing and lecture with artists Peter and Donna Thomas. The lecture is from 2-4 p.m. with the exhibition open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday, September 29 from 2- 4 p.m.

Where • Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Sundance Harvest Market

Sundance Resort celebrates the beauty of the season and the rich cultural heritage of the region with its 16th Annual Harvest Market, held on Ray's Lawn. The Harvest Market will feature a myriad of artistic creations, musical entertainment and amazing food. For more information call 801-223-4067 or toll free 866-734-4428 or visit http://www.sundanceresort.com.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Where • Sundance Resort, 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance

Tickets • The buffet is $14 for adults and $8 for children under 12 years old; http://www.sundanceresort.com

Waterfowl Basics

The Willard Peak Youth Committee of Delta Waterfowl and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge will host a day of free family fun to learn about waterfowl basics. Call for more information 435-723-5887 or visit http://www.fws.gov/bearriver.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m.- 1p.m.

Where • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, 2155 W. Forest St., Brigham City

Tickets • Free

Smithsonian Museum Day

Museums across Utah will participate in Museum Day, a day of honoring and celebrating museums across the United States, initiated by the Smithsonian Magazine. Many Utah museums are free everyday, but participating museums that do charge will offer two free or reduced adult admissions to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket, available at Smithsonian.com/museumday.

When • Saturday, September 29 at 10 a.m.

Where • Natural History Museum of Utah - Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

USTA Free Tennis Play Days

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and to help combat this growing epidemic, the United States Tennis Association will host USTA Free Tennis Play Days in celebration of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play throughout the country in an effort to get kids active and involved in tennis.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- noon

Where • Riverside Park, 739 N. 1400 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

USTA Free Tennis Play Days

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and to help combat this growing epidemic, the United States Tennis Association will host USTA Free Tennis Play Days in celebration of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play throughout the country in an effort to get kids active and involved in tennis. Visit http://www.thetennisclub.org for information.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Where • Salt Lake Swimming and Tennis Club, 2471 S. 1700 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Abracadabra

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art will sponsor the Jason Metcalf's Abracadabra exhibit in the Locals Only Gallery. For Abracadabra, Metcalf has painstakingly researched, re-enacted and refreshed languages of superstition long forgotten from day-to-day vernacular. Visit http://www.utahmoca.org/exhibitions/upcoming for information.

When • Friday, September 28 from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Saturday, September 29 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Harmons Community Health Expo in City Creek

During the expo, each department of the grocery store will feature a healthy product. In addition, dietitians will teach workshops and chefs will offer cooking demonstrations. Events will include healthy food samples, a smoothie clinic, and chef-led cooking demonstrations. Activities include:

11 a.m. Heart Health Workshop: Conference Room, Mezzanine Level

11:30 a.m. Chef Healthy Cooking Demo: Main Floor

12 p.m. Kid's Power-Packed Lunchbox Workshop: Conference Room, Mezzanine Level

12:30 p.m. Chef Healthy Cooking Demo: Main Floor

1 p.m. Eat This, Not That Workshop: Conference Room, Mezzanine Level

1:30 p.m. Chef Healthy Cooking Demo: Main Floor

When • Saturday, September 29 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Where • Harmons City Creek, 135 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh Off

The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers will hold the annual weigh-off. Check in starts at 8 a.m. with the weigh off at 11 a.m. It costs $20 to enter a pumpkin. Contact Kyle Fox, 801-319-9926 for information or visit utahpumpkingrowers.com.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 11 a.m.- noon

Where • Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Tickets • Free; bit.ly/PrdXRR

Smithsonian Museum Day

The Woodbury Art Museum will participate in the Smithsonian Museum Day. For more information and tickets visit http://www.smithsonian.com/museumday.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Where • Woodbury Art Museum - Utah Valley University, 575 E. University Parkway, University Mall, Suite N250, Orem

Tickets • Free

9 to 5 the Musical

Plenty of sassy tunes and soul-filled ballads, plenty of laughter! Three unlikely friends conspire to take over a company.

When • Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 29 at 12:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Where • Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City

Tickets • $15-$26, no children under age 5 permitted; tickets.halecentretheatre.org/peo

Twenty-Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill and Her 22 Multiple Personalities

Judy Byington will present her biography, "Twenty-Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill and Her Twenty-Two Multiple Personalities," the story of a Utah woman who claims she underwent mind-control, survived a human sacrifice ceremony, witnessed another child's homicide and was not alone in her allegations of ritual abuse.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Where • Barnes and Noble - Sugar House, 1102 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Vernon God Little

"Vernon God Little" is based DBC Pierre's award-winning novel of the same title, which explores the fallout of a mass-shooting in a Texas high school. It is a provocative and satirical look at violence, materialism, and trial by the American media. Visit kingsburyhall.utah.edu/performances/vernon-god-little for information and tickets.

When • Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Where • Babcock Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East , Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15; Free for University of Utah students with a U card; kingsburyhall.utah.edu/performances/vernon-god-little

In The Heights

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the Tony Award-winning musical "In the Heights," the story of three generations of Latino immigrants dream of succeeding in America while at the same time holding onto their culture and heritage. Visit http://www.pioneertheatre.org for more information.

When • Friday, September 28 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where • Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $38-$59 ($5 more day of show); Children in grades K-12 are half price on Mondays and Tuesdays; pioneertheatre.org/tickets/season-tickets

Rumi Poetry Festival

Enjoy an afternoon of poetry, paintings, music, spiritual reflection, and celebration of arts for the community. Renowned poets from Utah will read from their works; poems from Rumi will also be recited. Visit http://www.rumipoetryclub.com for information.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Where • Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Cowboy Poetry Series - The Urry Family, Bob Urry, Lane Urry & Kortnee Urry Johnson

Cowboy Poetry Series will feature poets The Urry Family, Bob Urry, Lane Urry & Kortnee Urry Johnson. For more information call 801-649-5742.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 3 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Where • Fielding Garr Ranch, Antelope Island

Tickets • $9 Day-Use per vehicle, which includes Davis County causeway fee;

Movable Book Society Sale

In conjunction with their conference, the Movable Book Society is holding a book sale at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Pop-up books, movable artists' books, handmade paper, pop-up ephemera, and related items will be offered for sale.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Art Fitness Training

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art will hold Art Fitness Training, its flagship program for everyone who has ever wanted to feel more confident in a museum setting. With an emphasis on close observation and easy to grasp principles, this three-part, participatory workshop is designed to give all audiences the ability to appreciate even the most difficult contemporary art. Register at http://www.utahmoca.org/art-fitness.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 3:30 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $75; $60 for members; utahmoca.org/art-fitness

Taste of Sandy Food Fest

The Greater Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce in connection with the Xfinity Football Challenge presents the Taste of Sandy Food Fest. Come enjoy samples of food from local restaurants. Vendors interested in having a free table at the event should contact Ryan Casper, 801-566-0344.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 4- 8 p.m.

Where • Rio Tinto Stadium, 9256 E. State St., Sandy

Tickets • Free

Represent_Me_Utah

Represent Me Utah, an organization that represents Utah's independent/unaffiliated voters, will hold a voter registration information party that includes the Sam Smith Band, snacks and water.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 5- 8 p.m.

Where • Sugar House Park, 1300 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Chinese Heritage Gate Celebration

Ten years in the making, the Chinese Heritage Gate has finally been installed at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. There will be an open house along with the opening of two exhibits showcasing artwork from Taiwan: The Beauty of Nantou 2012 and Why Taiwan Matters.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 6 - 10 p.m.

Where • Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City

Tickets • Free

Mountain Music Fest

Come to the Storm Mountain Amphitheater in Big Cottonwood Canyon and listen to local musical talent.

When • Saturday, September 29 from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Where • Brighton Resort, 12601 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road , Brighton

Tickets • $5; $7 at the door; http://www.gobeska.com

Secret Art Show Fundraiser

The Gallery at the Station will hold Secret! an anonymous art show and sale. Participants will can purchase unsigned, unlabeled artwork with a $10 Secret pencil. A drawing later in the evening will reveal the artist's name. Visit theunionstation.org/index.php/art-gallerys/secret-art-sale for information. Food and drinks will be served.

When • Saturday, September 29 at 6 p.m.

Where • Union Station - Ogden, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden

Tickets • $10

A Night of Miracles - Benefit Concert & Art Show Fundraiser for Nathan Glad

Nathan Glad, 5, has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones). The Night of Miracles is a night full of music, art, and fun for the whole family. There will be a motorcycle ride to the event. Volunteers are needed to set up, clean up, and security.

When • Saturday, Sept, 29 from 6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Where • Utah Olympic Oval, 5662 S. Cougar Lane (4800 West), Kearns

Tickets • Suggested Donation: $5/Person or $20/Family

West Jordan Concert Series: Singer Collin Raye

Collin Raye will perform as part of the West Jordan Concert Series. One of the true hit makers of the 1990s, Collin Raye continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29 from 7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Where • West Jordan Arena, 8125 S. 2200 West, West Jordan

Tickets • $10 - $20; http://www.wjconcerts.com

Dmitry Rachmonov, Piano

With a resume filled with noteworthy solo and collaborative appearances at the world's most impressive venues, Dmitry Rachmonov has become a highly sought-after pianist and master class clinician.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $18; free for U. students; bit.ly/QzKND3

Adrian Maxson Memorial Concert Fundraiser

Weber State University Department of Performing Arts will present the Adrian Maxson Memorial Concert and Scholarship Fundraiser in the Austad Auditorium. Donations at the door are requested for the Adrian Maxson Scholarship for Social Justice, created by Mark Maxson to honor his son, Adrian.

When • Saturday, Sept, 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Weber State University - Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, 3750 Harrison Blvd., Ogden

Tickets • Suggested $10 donation

American Hitman with Burn the Gallows

American Hitman was born out of the fiery depths of Fallujah, Iraq, during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004, and created the ultimate, no-holds-barred, in your face rock group.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.

Where • The Deerhunter Pub, 2000 N. 300 West, Spanish Fork

Tickets • $5; Must be 21

Hairspray

For more than six years on Broadway and in the popular 2007 film adaptation, Hairspray delighted audiences the world over by transporting them to a candy-colored 1960's Baltimore, where the 50s are out and change is definitely in the air. Now this throw-back to the classic musicals of yesterday comes to Tuacahn for the very first time.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8:15 p.m.

Where • Tuacahn Amphitheatre, 100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins

Tickets • $23.50 and up; bit.ly/OBYvjp

Stairway to Log Haven 6K Fundraiser

Stairway to Log Haven 6K is a fundraiser for the Road Home. Meet at Olympus Hills Shopping Center for a start time of 8 a.m. Run, walk or skip up Millcreek Canyon and finish at Log Haven for a breakfast. Enjoy a shuttle ride back down the canyon with a full belly and a happy heart. Register at sports-am.com/Stairway-to-Log-Haven-Run.html.

When • Sunday, Sept. 30 from 8 a.m.- noon.

Where • Log Haven Restaurant, 6541 E. Millcreek Canyon Road, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $30

People's Market

The People's Market features items from local farmers, lunch food, music, entertainment, and handmade crafts. The Market is dedicated to building a robust food system, encourage urban micro-farmers, small-scale entrepreneurship, and support many new and smaller artisans. Visit http://www.slcpeoplesmarket.org for information.

When • Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Where • International Peace Gardens, 1060 S. 900 West, Salt Lake City

Banned Books Week

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week and the theme is "30 years of Liberating Literature." All banned book titles in stock are 10% off for the entire week. For more information, contact Jenny Lyons at 801-484-9100 or jenny@kingsenglish.com.

When • Sunday, September 30 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Freewww. kingsenglish.com

Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination

Discovery Gateway's new exhibit is a larger-than-life throwback to the classic Tinkertoy construction set and features GE's innovative technologies. Bring the whole family and enjoy a variety of activities that promote imagination, innovation, teamwork, and fun.

When • Friday, September 28 from 10 a.m.- 8p.m.; Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- 8p.m.; Sunday, September 30 from noon- 5p.m.

Where • Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $8.50; Members & Children under 1, free; discoverygateway.org/visit-the-museum/tinkertoy-exhibit

Architecture Tours of Rio Tinto Center

Explore the Rio Tinto Center's unique design, materials, green features and public art on a guided architecture tour. Brief, customized tours available outside of our scheduled tours. Look for an Architecture Guide in the Canyon. Architecture Tours meet in the Canyon at the Collections Wall.

When • Sunday, Sept, 30 from 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Where • Natural History Museum of Utah - Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $11; nhmu.utah.edu/visit/hours

Sunday Church-Quiz Show-Karaoke

Put together a group of up to 6 friends, pick a team name and play a game of live-hosted pub trivia. After the quiz show, sign up for a song, get on stage, before your song starts the monitors turn to Slot Machines and the wheels spin. You can win shirts, hats and more.

When • Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

Where • Piper Down & Olde World Pub, 1492 S. State St.

Sundays at 7 - Lost Persichetti

University of Utah faculty violinist Hasse Borup and pianist Heather Conner will perform a rare world premiere of a lost 70-year-old sonata by one of the most prolific and important American artists of the 20th Century, Vincent Persichetti. Though "Sonata No. 1" was composed in 1941, it was never premiered. Borup discovered the lost sonata in the archives of The New York Public Library, and the groundbreaking research led to a unique collaboration between the University of Utah and NYPL. A separate collaborative research project went into creating a critical edition of the work, which resulted in the version that will be performed and recorded for the Naxos Label.

When • Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Weber State Symphony Orchestra

Weber State University Department of Performing Arts will present the Weber State Symphony Orchestra in the Austad Auditorium. The orchestra will play the "Canzona for Two Orchestras" of Giovanni Gabrielli followed by music of Mendelssohn, Svendsen, Arensky, and Copland. There will also be a composition written by the orchestra's co-principal violist, Weston Larson. Call 1-800-626-7000 for tickets or visit the Dee Events Center.

When • Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Weber State University - Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, 3750 Harrison Blvd., Ogden

Tickets • $7; children 8 and up are welcome

MOVIES

A smart movie about time travel tops the weekend's new releases.

"Looper" is a sharp, cleverly plotted and richly detailed time-travel thriller from writer-director Rian Johnson (whose previous films include the high-school noir "Brick" and the con-game caper "The Brothers Bloom"). Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Joe, a mob assassin in the near future who takes care of victims sent his way from 30 years further in the future. It's a well-paying gig, but there's a catch: At some point, the victim sent to be killed is the assassin's older self. When that happens, and Joe is confronted by Old Joe (Bruce Willis), the movie really kicks into high gear. Johnson conjures up some masterful set pieces, and keeps the pacing tight all the way through. Gordon-Levitt is great, employing Willis' trademark mannerisms to amazing effect.

This week's other Hollywood releases are disappointing.

"Hotel Transylvania" is a computer-animated monster mash-up, in which Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) creates a monsters-only hotel as a haven for his teen daughter Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez). Drac has to move fast when a stray human (voiced by Andy Samberg) shows up. The premise is kinda cool (if derivative of "Monsters, Inc."), but Sandler's lazy approach to comedy – and his penchant for surrounding himself with his cronies (Kevin James, David Spade, Jon Lovitz and Steve Buscemi are in the voice cast) – stifle what few good jokes the movie carries.

"Pitch Perfect" is set in the world of college a cappella singing groups, centering on a spunky freshman (Anna Kendrick) who joins an all-girl troupe and tries to shake up the musical status quo. The storyline is hackneyed stuff, and the humor is disjointed. But the cast, which includes "Bridesmaids'" Rebel Wilson and "Workaholics'" Adam DeVine, is game and the musical numbers are cool.

The schools-in-trouble drama "Won't Back Down" is heavy-handed propaganda at its worst. The "inspired by actual events" story tells of a Pittsburgh single mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who becomes a crusader to save her daughter's failing elementary school, and enlisting a dejected teacher (Viola Davis) to help her establish a parent-teacher charter school. Director Daniel Barnz ("Beastly") stacks the deck here, creating straw-man villains out of bureaucrats and teachers' unions, while turning Gyllenhaal and Davis into educational saints.

The best of the indies this week is "Compliance," a tough-to-take drama based on a real incident – in which a fast-food manager (brilliantly played here by Ann Dowd) gets a call from a policeman, claiming that an employee (Dreama Walker) has stolen from a customer. What follows is a disturbing lesson in answering authority, as the manager follows the cop's orders in spite of her better judgment. Writer-director Craig Zobel gives viewers plenty to think about, though the lurid tone is a definite turn-off.

"Liberal Arts" lets actor Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother"), who wrote and directed, indulge in a bit of college nostalgia. He plays Jesse, a 35-year-old New Yorker who goes back to his Ohio college to see off a retiring professor (Richard Jenkins). He then gets in a sort-of relationship with a 19-year-old student (Elizabeth Olsen). Radnor's script gets a little precious at times, but the characters are solid.

TV

Three local teams are on TV this weekend — and all of them could use a win.

College football continues, with BYU (2-2) hosting Hawaii (1-2) on Friday (6 p.m., ESPN) and Southern Utah (2-2) hosting Montana (4-0) on Saturday (1:30 p.m. Root).

And on Saturday night, MLS play resumes with Real Salt Lake traveling to California to take on Chivas USA (8 p.m., Ch. 30).

Friday on TV …

Golf (6 a.m., ESPN): Day 1 coverage of the Ryder Cup continues until 5:30 p.m.

CSI: NY (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A recently paroled arsonist (Rob Morrow) is the suspect in a fatal fire. (Season premiere)

High school football (7 p.m., Ch. 2.2): Highland at Woods Cross

Made in Jersey (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Premiere of a promising new legal drama.

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A Wesen church is robbed.

Fringe (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The team tries to save the world. (Season premiere)

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A criminal who Danny put away kidnaps Jackie. (Season premiere)

Women's college volleyball (9 p.m., Pac-12 Network-Mountain): Utah at Oregon

Boss (10 p.m., Starz): Kane regains control of the city following an alternative medical treatment.

Saturday on TV …

Golf (7 a.m., ESPN): Day 2 coverage of the Ryder Cup continues until 5 p.m.

Doctor Who (7 and 10 p.m., BBC America): Statues come to life in New York City. Which can't be good.

Sunday on TV …

Golf (10 a.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The final day of Ryder Cup coverage continues until 4 p.m.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (2 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2); New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packer (2 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): They're off! A new season begins.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The fairytale characters wake up from the evil queen's curse — but they're not transported back home. (Season premiere)

Call the Midwife (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): British import drama about — you guessed it! — midwives.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Bart is determined to find his lost love in New York City. (Season premiere)

Hell on Wheels (7, 8 and 10:04 p.m., AMC): A new arrival brings chaos.

Bob's Burgers (7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Louise's bunny ears are stolen.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Alicia steps in when a state trooper harasses her son.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): In the wake of recent events, Emily has to plan her next move. (Season premiere)

Family Guy (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The Griffins set out to climb Mount Everest. (Season premiere)

Copper (8 and 11 p.m., BBC America): Corcoran rethinks his decision about Annie.

American Dad (8:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Roger hires Hayley as a singer in his new bar.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The team works with the FBI on a case. (Season premiere)

666 Park Avenue (9:01 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A young couple get a too-good-to-be-true job managing a fabulous apartment building — but the owner seems to be in league with the forces of evil.

Boardwalk Empire (10 p.m., HBO): The church honors Nucky.

Dexter (10 p.m., Showtime): After the shocker in last season's finale — Deb found out Dexter is a murderer — there's an even bigger surprise in this season premiere. Really.

Treme (11 p.m., HBO): LaDonna is forced to move.

Homeland (11 p.m., Showtime): As the second season begins, a former asset threatens Carrie's peace.

Breaking Amish (11 p.m., TLC): Kate's family shuns her.

— Scott D. Pierce

MUSIC • Listings by David Burger

Dead Sara

Show of the week • The X 96 Big Ass Show will feature Neon Trees, The Used, Grouplove, AWOLNATION, Eve 6, The Wombats, Imagine Dragons, and up-and-coming Los Angeles-based hard-rock band Dead Sara. The quartet has had some success with its rock-radio single "Weatherman," off its 2012 self-titled debut album. During a recent interview, Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong said she received her first guitar as a birthday present when she turned 12 and knew immediately she wanted to play guitar and sing in a rock band. She dropped out of high school with her mother's support. "I never thought of anything to fall back on," Armstrong said. The road hasn't been easy. Armstrong said she lived for years on fast-food bean burritos. But this year has turned out to be the "best" for the band, having opened for Utah group The Used, and now touring with another Utah band, Neon Trees.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.

Where • Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25-$30 at SmithsTix

Stuart Davis

Show of the week • Singer-songwriter Stuart Davis was introduced to Zen Buddhism by his drummer and now is considered a monk by some. He first came to Salt Lake City to learn from his roshi — a respected senior teacher. Davis, who now lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters, said not many Utahns know that many people consider Salt Lake City a "Zen epicenter." Davis is the host of the much-buzzed-about HDNet series "Sex, God, Rock 'n' Roll," which will shoot its third season this fall and its fourth season before he moves to Amsterdam in June. The move will last about a year, he said. "It's such a wonderful planet," Davis said. "There are hundreds of cities in the world I'd like to live."

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.

Where • The Sugar Space, 616 Wilmington Ave., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12 at door

Mindy Smith

Show of the week • The 40-year-old singer-songwriter grew up in Long Island but is now an acclaimed Nashville musician, having recently performed at The Grand Ole Opry for the ninth time. In April, she released her first independent album after spending a rewarding tenure on Vanguard Records. "It's time to make an impact and show people [that] it's all me, now," Smith said in an interview. "I have a lot more to gain if things go well. I don't see how I can lose." Smith didn't discover roots music until she moved to the Midwest, and she is proud to have become a fixture of the Americana scene. "To be invited consistently [to the Grand Ole Opry] is one of the highest compliments." Even turning 40 in June didn't scare her. "When I was younger, I didn't know if I would end up OK," Smith said. "I'm not that kid who was afraid to leave home. … I'm proud of my little gray hair that I've got. I'd rather embrace it [than dye it]. I'm keeping it."

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m.

Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $16 at thestateroom.com

Owl City

Show of the week • We all can thank Adam Young — the creative force of Owl City — for brightening the airwaves this summer with his synth-pop duet with Carly Rae Jepsen, "Good Time." Several years ago, during a bout of insomnia, Young penned the Casio keyboard-powered single "Fireflies." Written in the basement of his parents' suburban Minnesota home, the song shot to the top of the charts. This time around, Young welcomed collaborators. "I learned how to get out of my own atmosphere," he said. "It helped me further my craft." Young, who is touring to promote his new album "The Midsummer Station," said he still suffers from insomnia. "It's a tough thing on the road, trying to sleep when bouncing around the bus on the highway," he said. But late at night is when he feels most creative.

When • Monday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $22-$25 at SmithsTix

Paul Cardall

"An Evening with Paul Cardall" will feature piano music from various albums including "New Life" and "Hymns Collection."

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Where • Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Julia Heinen

Clarinetist Julia Heinen has performed hundreds of concertos and solo recitals around the world, including premiering and recording several works commissioned for her. She is currently professor of clarinet at California State University, Northridge.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Dumke Recital Hall in Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

The Australian Pink Floyd Show

The Australian Pink Floyd Show will bring the Exposed in the Light World Tour 2012 to Usana Amphitheatre.

When • Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

Where • Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City

Tickets •$25-$39 at SmithsTix

Starstruck 3

Nightsneak presents Starstruck 3 featuring Tommy Trash, Myon & Shane 54, DJ Dean, and more at Saltair.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m.

Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix

Nightwish, Kamelot

Nightwish is a Finnish quintet that combines dramatic orchestral elements and attitude-drenched heavy metal. It is one of the world's premier female-fronted metal groups. Kamelot will open.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $35 at enterthevault.com

James Wesley

Country artist James Wesley will perform.

When • Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 p.m.

Where • The Westerner, 3360 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City

Tickets • $5 at SmithsTix