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Weekend Express: Utah's activity planning guide

Published November 23, 2012 12:12 pm

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Glass Art Show

The Art Glass Guild of Utah will hold a show of kiln work and blown glass. Large and small pieces including garden art, decorative boxes, sculptural works, and jewelry will display the brilliant colors. Items displayed will be available for sale. Visit redbuttegarden.org/glass_art_show for information.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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

Tickets • $8.00; *Free for members;

Documentary Project Fund

The Documentary Project Fund, a newly established non-profit organization focused on supporting still photographers pursuing projects that improve their communities, has issued its first call for entries. The fund will accept applications for project funding from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. Visit thedocumentaryprojectfund.org/call-for-entry for eligibility and submission guidelines.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.

Where • Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Trees of Diversity Exhibit

The Trees of Diversity exhibit showcases not only decorated trees, but also gingerbread houses, wreaths, nativities and "window shopping" style holiday scenes.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

Utah Arts Festival Gallery Holiday Show

The Utah Arts Festival Gallery will present its "Holiday Show" with Melody & Kurt Bellock, David Leslie, Michael Lucarelli, Sally Neilson, Marta Albee, Amber DeBirk, Marian McDevitt, Sandra Seifert, Patricia Street and Kay Wankier.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Utah Arts Festival Gallery, 230 S. 500 West #120, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Artist + Teacher = Inspiration Squared

Five art teachers from around the state are coming together to exhibit their work in "Artist + Teacher = Inspiration Squared." For more information, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B in the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or visit arts.usu.ed.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Utah State University - Chase Fine Arts Center, 4030 Old Main Hill, Logan

Tickets • Free

In the Spirit Holiday Group Show

Art at the Main will hold its "In the Spirit" holiday group show. During the Dec. 7, 2012 Gallery Stroll, artists will overflow the gallery into the atrium of the Main Salt Lake City Library with tables full of original art, prints, and gift items.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25 from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

Michael Mabry Exhibit and Lecture

The Weber State University Department of Visual Arts will host a lecture and exhibition by graphic designer and illustrator Michael Mabry. Mabry's lecture will take place in the Kimball Visual Arts Center Room 120. Mabry's exhibit will be in the Project Gallery of the Kimball Visual Arts Center.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Weber State University, 1905 University Circle, Ogden

Tickets • Free

Utah Museum of Fine Arts - Highlights of the Collection Tour

Experience the UMFA galleries through a thirty-minute tour with a docent. No pre-registration necessary.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Where • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $7.00; *Children (6 & under) and UMFA members are free.;

Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society

The Australian Opal will be discussed. Guests are always welcome. Join the club, go on the field trips, and start a new rock hobby.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

The Patwa Reggae Band

Enjoy the authentic reggae sounds of The Patwa Band with special guests, Inspired Sound. With members from England, America and Jamaica, The Patwa Reggae Band creates an original blend of talent and taste in a timeless genre of music.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 8 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $10.00; ticketcake.com/event/patwa-reggae-band/park-city/2012-11-21

Chair Dance Classes

This class is designed to use the chair in an empowering way. Each month we'll explore a different dance style, including Lyrical, Hip Hop, Burlesque/Cabaret, Props and more. Tired of the same adult dance classes? Add a chair and take dance to a whole new level of fun and fitness. Visit cadencedanceco.com/AboutUs/TakeAClass/tabid/3917/Default.aspx for more information.

When • Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m.

Where • Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, 5385 S. 1950 West, Roy

Tickets • $69 a month;cadencedanceco.com/AboutUs/TakeAClass/tabid/3917/Default.aspx

Christmas Magic at University Mall

The sparkle, the jingle, the magic of Christmas will soon arrive at the University Mall, that will kick off a festive season full of family-friendly activities, starting with Santa's Grand Arrival Party. For more details on mall events, visit http://www.ShopUniversityMall.com or call customer service at 801-224-0694.

When • Friday, Nov. 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Where • University Mall - Orem, University Parkway and State St., Orem

Tickets • Free

Linnie Brown - Painterly Cottages Exhibit

The Kimball Art Center will present the artwork of Linnie Brown as part of the Cut & Paste series. Brown's exhibit, Painterly Cottages, explores the use of various art media including painting, drawing and collage and how the various mediums create conflict and harmony. Visit kimballartcenter.org for information.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 from 11:55 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25 from 11:55 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., Park City

Tickets • Free

Winter Tree Tour

If you'd like to see more than just Christmas trees, come to Red Butte Garden and find the over 49 species and 104 intraspecific taxa of conifers living in the Garden.

When • Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

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

Tickets • $8.00; *Members are free.;

Holiday Market at Gallivan Center

The Downtown Holiday Market at Gallivan brings holiday charm to Salt Lake City's urban center with a focus on local and handmade goods. Every Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-Dec. 22, 2012.

When • Friday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m, Saturday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

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

Light Up The Night

Celebrate the Season in the Village Center with holiday music, tree lighting and Santa's arrival at 7 p.m. Visit http://www.ShopAtStationPark.com for more information.

When • Friday, Nov. 23 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Where • Station Park, I-15, Highway 89 and Legacy Parkway, Farmington

Tickets • Free

Ballet West's Nutcracker in Ogden

Ballet West rings in the holidays in grand style with its annual holiday tradition, "The Nutcracker." The story tells of a Christmas party at which little Clara, daughter of the house, receives the gift of a nutcracker from her mysterious uncle. After the party, she falls asleep and dreams of snow castles, sugarplums, and her nutcracker, which has turned into a handsome prince. Visit symphonyballet.org/concerts/ballet-west-series.html for information.

When • Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $19-$39;bit.ly/QgoTGa

Scrooge, A Christmas Carol

Terrace Plaza Playhouse will present "Scrooge, A Christmas Carol," the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who has a haunting evening that gives him a new perspective on life, love, and charity. Visit bit.ly/SupIGO for information.

When • Friday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $7-$12;terraceplayhouse.com/bev/tickets

The Phantom's Revenge and Gogo Bizkitt

Damn Son! presents The Phantom's Revenge and Gogo Bizkitt U.S. Tour with special guests Tom RSVO & Robo Clip.

When • Friday, Nov. 23 from 8 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $10.00; Must be 21+ to attend;ticketcake.com/node/4007

Miracles in Motion

Animals will travel grueling distances twice a year in order to survive. Some of these migrating animals can be found in Utah's mountains and valleys. Expand your knowledge of these creatures and learn how their journeys are truly miracles in motion. Meet at the Dutch Hollow Trailhead. For more information and to RSVP call 435-654-1791.

When • Saturday, Nov. 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Where • Wasatch Mountain State Park, Near Midway, Utah, Midway

Tickets • Free

Kaysville Nativity Celebration

The Kaysville Nativity Celebration will feature hundreds of nativity sets from all over the world and Christmas musical performances in the chapel. Visit kaysvillenativity.blogspot.com for information.

When • Friday, Nov. 23 from 2 p.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Where • Kaysville Tabernacle, 198 W. Center St., Kaysville

Tickets • Free

Carnaval Exhibit

The Brigham City Museum's national traveling exhibition Carnaval provides a window into the centuries-old party in eight countries. Since the museum is currently undergoing seismic upgrade construction, the exhibit will be held at the Box Elder Museum of Natural History in the Hervin Bunderson Center.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Box Elder Museum, 641 E. 200 North, Brigham City

Tickets • Free

Savior of the World

The heralded "Savior of the World" musical production will be performed in the Conference Center. The musical features scriptural accounts of the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For tickets, call 801-570-0080 or visit http://www.lds.org/events. The performances are open to ages eight and older.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • LDS Conference Center , 60 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Tickets are $8 for evening performances and $5 for matinee performances.;

Davis Art Center Holiday Show

The Bountiful/Davis Art Center will offer original hand-made art in its galleries during the holiday season. This will be the last exhibit in the Main Street location. Visit http://www.bdac.org/exhibitions/past_exhibits.htm for information.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

My Big Fat Utah Christmas

Desert Star Playhouse will present "My Big Fat Utah Christmas." Mitch and Dana McLaughlin decide to host a family reunion for Mitch's long-estranged family. But when his weird and wacky relatives start crowding into their home, it turns into a Big, Fat Utah Christmas. Visit desertstar.biz/playhouse_coming_soon.htm for information.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23 at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • Adults: $14.95-$19.95, Children: $9.95 (Children 11 and under) ;tickets.desertstar.biz/TheatreManager/1/online

Dreamland 7

JW Entertainment presents Dreamland 7, Utah's Biggest Pajama Party, featuring Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt.

When • Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20.00; http://www.smithstix.com

Old Time Square and Contra Dance

Old Time Square and Contra Dance with Loose Shoes will perform. Musicians welcome to sit in.

When • Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • First Unitarian Church, 1300 E. 569 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5 donation;

Film: Sunny

Level 1 Productions & Park City Live will present the newest Level 1 movie, "Sunny." Level 1 is a group of skiers, filmmakers, photographers, editors, and designers, traveling around the world to deliver first-rate ski-related content and stories to the big screen.

When • Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 p.m.- 2a.m.

Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $10.00; Must be 21+ to attend;

Thanks for Shopping Indie Week

"Thanks for Shopping Indie" Week kicks off with Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Created by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone, from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally, to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving.

When • Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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

Tickets • Free

Music • Listings by David Burger

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Spotlight show • Trans-Siberian Orchestra is performing its rock opera "The Lost Christmas Eve" for the first time ever on its current tour. Creator Paul O'Neill said turning that song cycle into a laser-and-lights, classical-meets-rock spectacle was one of the few things in life that ever made him nervous. (Another time he was nervous was when TSO debuted another rock opera, "Beethoven's Last Night," in Vienna.) But, just as in Vienna, audiences have been won over for one reason or another. "The Lost Christmas Eve" is right for the anxious times, O'Neill said, with its "themes of hope and redemption." Almost two decades after O'Neill conceived of the Christmastime juggernaut, he's grateful that even in the days of the Internet, live music is alive and well. At least when it comes to TSO, which, due to demand for tickets, is playing two Salt Lake City shows in one day. "On paper, TSO shouldn't work," he said. "All that matters is that you're great."

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21; 4 and 8 p.m.

Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $30-$59 at SmithsTix

Royal Bliss

Spotlight show • For most of the noncooking population, the day before Thanksgiving is a day to leave work early and do absolutely nothing for the rest of the evening while your cooking family and/or friends work themselves into hysterics worrying about how long to cook a 12-pound turkey. But for local hard-rock band Royal Bliss, this is the 10th straight year of performing the night before Thanksgiving, in what has become a "tradition," said frontman Neal Middleton. It's a gracious sentiment, considering that Middleton could be allowed to be bitter because he was robbed by the four clueless judges of "The Voice" earlier this year. But with new album "Waiting Out the Storm" out this year, Middleton is thankful that his band is still going strong. "We're happy to be in control of our own destiny," he said. VanMarter Project, American Hitmen, Joel Pack and The Pops will open.

When • Wednesday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20-$25 at SmithsTix

Peter Breinholt

Spotlight show • Midnight Madness runs all day on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Local musicians Peter Breinholt and Sam Payne will keep shoppers at South Towne Center company from midnight to 4 a.m., with Breinholt gigging from midnight to 2 a.m. Breinholt, a singer-songwriter well-known for his Christmas shows and other Salt Lake valley concerts, said when mall officials called him four years ago with the offer of the gig, he was incredulous. "I told my band, and I said, 'Are you sitting down?' " he said. But he ended up having fun and has been back every year. One year, he even flew in from his in-laws' Thanksgiving celebration in Palm Springs to play the unusually timed mall show. There's one thing he always make sure, though — he must eat loads of stuffing with heaping scoops of gravy on top at the Thanksgiving meal beforehand. Carb-loading is good for a midnight show — just ask Axl Rose.

When • Friday, Nov. 23

Where • South Towne Center, 10450 S. State St., Sandy

Tickets • Free

The Babies

Spotlight show • Last year Cassie Ramone came to Kilby Court leading Brooklyn noise-pop band Vivian Girls, but this year she is coming with her side project The Babies. The Babies began several years ago when she started making lo-fi music just for fun with then-housemate Kevin Morby of the band Woods, although the first time the two met they argued passionately about the virtues of Courtney Love. With that argument over, the band has gone on to create two albums' worth of lo-fi pop-punk with plenty of guitar buzz and Ramone cooing like Nico to Morby's Lou Reed. There still remains one argument, though. Ramone said in a phone interview that she hates the name of the group, created when she said they seemed like complainers and whiners. It was meant as only a temporary placeholder, but now the band is too far along to change it.

When • Sunday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City

Tickets • $8 at 24Tix

Blood on the Dance Floor

The Kollective presents electro-rock duo Blood on the Dance Floor with special guests Jeffree Star, New Years Day, and Davey Suicide.

When • Friday, November 23, at 5:30 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $14.50 at SmithsTix

Jackson Cash

ParkCityShows.com will present Jackson Cash. Backed by his band, Jackson plays all the Johnny Cash classics while teaching the audience more about the "Man in Black", including his musical innovations and his personal life.

When • Friday, November 23 at 8 p.m., Saturday, November 24 at 8 p.m., Sunday, November 25 at 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20-$35 at holdmyticket.com

Rachael Yamagata

Rachael Yamagata, an American signer and songwriter from Arlington, will perform in support of her 2012 independent release 'Chesapeake.'

When • Friday, November 23, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at thestateroom.com

The Abominationz Tour with Twiztid

This event will feature a headlining performance from Twiztid and support from Hed PE, Lil Wyte and Potluck. This tour is in support of Twiztid's anticipated new album 'Abominationz.'

When • Friday, November 23, at 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix

R3hab

Dutch DJ/Producer R3hab will perform with opening sets by DJ:K and Lowpress. The evening will also celebrate the birthday of local promoter Vaughn Carrick.

When • Saturday, November 24, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix

TELEVISION • Compiled by Scott D. Pierce

It's a TV tradition to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, and Utahns will have not one, not two, but three chances to do so. Even without the help of DVRs.

The annual event will air live on CBS (7 a.m., Ch. 2) and then tape-delayed twice on NBC (9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Ch. 5).

Thursday on TV ...

NFL: Houston Texans at Detroit Lions (10:30 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (2:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); New England Patriots at New York Jets (6:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

The National Dog Show (Noon., NBC/Ch. 5): The Kennel Club of Philadelphia's annual event.

College football: Tuskegee at Alabama State (2 p.m., ESPNU); TCU at Texas (6:30 p.m., ESPN)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mediocre 1973 animation. (Repeat)

The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Contestants are eliminated.

Glee (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Blaine runs into the warblers.

Friday on TV ...

College football (1 p.m., FX): Utah at Colorado

Men's college basketball (5 p.m. P12N): Central Michigan at Utah

Women's college volleyball (6 p.m., P12N): Colorado at Utah

Last Man Standing (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Ed wants to get back together with his ex-wife.

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz

Malibu Country (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Reba is furious with her ex-husband when he gives their son a sports car.

It's a SpongeBob Christmas! (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): New stop-motion animation special.

Jungle Gold (11 p.m., Discovery): George risks it all in a dangerous gold hustle.

Saturday on TV ...

College football: Idaho at Utah State (1:30 p.m., Altitude); the BYU-at-New Mexico State game (1:30 p.m.) is online only at ESPN3.com.

College basketball: Cal State-Northridge at BYU (7 p.m., BYUtv); Wright State at Utah (7:30 p.m., P12N)

Made in Jersey (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Nolan and Martina represent a woman who is acting as a surrogate for her comatose sister.

NBA (8 p.m., NBATV and ROOT): Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings

Wedding Band (8 and 9 p.m., TBS): Tommy is supposed to look after Eddie's children.

The New Normal (10 p.m., Ch. 30): Shania and Bryan adopt all the turkeys at the farm.

Sunday on TV ...

NFL: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (11 a.m., CBS/Ch. 2); Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (11 a.m., Fox/Ch. 13); San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (2 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13); Green Bay Packers at New York Giants (6:20 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5)

The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The teams race to Amsterdam, where there's a game-changing Double U-Turn.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Cora tries to steal the compass from Emma and Mary Margaret.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Lisa tries to win Homer a MyPad.

The Walking Dead (7, 8 and 10 p.m., AMC): A new guest at the prison forces Rick's hand.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Alicia's mother (Stockard Channing) visits for Thanksgiving.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): In a flashback, Victoria is visited by her mother (Adrienne Barbeau).

Apollo Live (8:30 p.m. Centric; 11:30 p.m. BET): Debut of this new singing talent show, taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A real estate agent with gang ties is killed.

Boardwalk Empire (10 p.m., HBO): Nucky and Eddie seek refugre with Chalky.

666 Park Avenue (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Jane disappears.

Dexter (10 p.m., Showtime): Dexter scrambles to track down Isaak.

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): Kody and the wives all attend -parent-teacher conferences for their kids.

Treme (11 p.m., HBO): Davis says goodbye to the musician's life. (Season finale)

Homeland (11 p.m. Showtime): Carrie and the CIA are scrambling to locate Brody.

MOVIES • Compiled by Sean P. Means

With Thanksgiving, there's a two-day head start on the movie weekend — and you're going to need it, because there are six movies opening today.

Best of the bunch is "Life of Pi," Ang Lee's beautiful rendering of Yann Martel's novel about an Indian teen (Suraj Sharma) who survives a shipwreck, and must contend with a bengal tiger in his lifeboat. The gorgeous visuals, and David Magee's lucid adaptation, celebrates Pi's struggle and the joys of storytelling.

Another big Oscar contender is "Silver Linings Playbook," an uneven comedy about a recent mental patient (Bradley Cooper) trying to get his life back together — and encountering a cop's widow (Jennifer Lawrence) who may be more messed up than he is. Lawrence's performance is riveting, but the movie writer-director David O. Russell builds around it isn't up to the same standard.

The animated "Rise of the Guardians" is a lively and witty tale, based on William Joyce's "The Guardians of Childhood" books. It supposes a "Justice League" of folkloric figures — Santa (voice of Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (voice of Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (voice of Isla Fisher) and the Sandman — joining forces and enlisting Jack Frost (voice of Chris Pine) to battle the Boogeyman (voice of Jude Law) and protect children. The movie is a little dark and scary for little children, but for everyone else it's a treat.

"Red Dawn" is an unnecessary remake of the 1984 Cold War action drama, this time with North Koreans invading the Pacific Northwest instead of the Soviets. It's up to a Marine (Chris Hemsworth), his high-school quarterback brother (Josh Peck), and some of their friends (including Adrienne Palicki and Josh Hutcherson) to band together into a guerrilla unit. It's bombastic, ridiculous, and shot with nausea-inducing camerawork.

The art-house slate is dominated by "Smashed," an absorbing drama about alcoholism — centering on a schoolteacher (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who decides to get sober, which puts a strain on her marriage to her still-drinking husband (Aaron Paul). The strong supporting cast (including Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Octavia Spencer) bring some offbeat humor to the story, but it's Winstead's fearless performance that propels the drama.

Lastly, there's "A Royal Affair," a period Danish drama about palace intrigue in the late 1700s, with a young queen (Alicia Vikander), a mad king (), and a German doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) who becomes the king's advisor and the queen's lover. The highlight is Mikkelsen's nuanced performance.