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Weekend Express: Utah’s events planning guide
First Published Feb 15 2013 11:56 am • Last Updated Feb 15 2013 03:59 pm

We’re here to help you plan your weekend, with best picks from our entertainment reporters, critics and bloggers. For more event listings, visit www.sltrib.com/entertainment.

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SaltCON 2013 - Board Game Convention

The Ion Award Game Design Competition, for both unpublished and newly published designers, gives contestants a chance to show off their work to "industry experts" at SaltCon.

When » Friday, February 15 at 9 a.m., Saturday, February 16 at 9 a.m., Sunday, February 17 at 9 a.m.

Where » Sheraton City Center, 150 W. 500 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $20.00; www.saltcon.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=5

Paranormal Investigation - Museum After Dark

The Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah will present Museum After Dark, a ghost hunt at Ogden’s Historical Union Station. Join the PI Team of Utah and Joe Chin from SYFY TV’s "Ghost Hunters International," and Ben Hansen from "Fact or Faked, Paranormal Files" for dinner, presentation and an investigation. Visit www.piteamofutah.com for tickets.


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When » Friday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m.

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

Tickets » $50-$75;

Ski Salt Lake Shootout Photo Competition Awards Party

The Ski Salt Lake Shootout Photo Competition will hold an awards party to benefit the Utah Avalanche Center. Visit utahavalanchecenter.org/ski-salt-lake-shootout-closing-party for tickets.

When » Saturday, February 16 from 6 p.m.- 9p.m.

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

Tickets » $12.00; $15 at the door;

Sen. Orrin Hatch Book Signing

Senator Hatch will be signing copies of his book "An American, a Mormon, and a Christian — My Basic Beliefs" at the South Towne Marketplace Barnes and Noble.

When » Saturday, February 16 from 6 p.m.- 7:30p.m.

Where » Barnes and Noble - Sandy, 10180 S. State St., Sandy

Tickets » Free

Birding by Ear Workshops

Ever wondered what that bird is singing outside your window? Come and join us for our "Birding by Ear" workshops; an interactive setting in which learning and fun are combined to develop auditory skills to identify common Utah birds by ear. Register at www.tracyaviary.org/birding-by-ear-workshops. Register by Feb. 20, 2013. If you need more information, email Carolina Roa at carolinar@tracyaviary.org.

When » Friday, February 15 from 9 a.m.- 5p.m., Saturday, February 16 from 9 a.m.- 5p.m., Sunday, February 17 from 9 a.m.- 5p.m., Monday, February 18 from 9 a.m.- 5p.m.

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

The King’s English Bookshop’s Semi-annual Sale

It’s The King’s English’s famous and fabulous Semi-Annual Sale! All hardcover books are 30 percent off, and 40 percent off if you buy three or more. Everything else in the store is 10 percent off (except Kobo eReaders and accessories, fine art, special orders & gift cards). For more information, contact Jenny Lyons at 801-484-9100 or jenny@kingsenglish.com.

When » Friday, February 15 from 10 a.m.- 9p.m., Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m.- 9p.m., Sunday, February 17 from 11 a.m.- 5p.m.

Where » The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets » Free

Utah Landscape Painters

Pioneer Theatre Company’s Loge Gallery will present "Utah Landscape Painters: Lake, Baxter and Rigby," an exhibit of paintings by local artists Randall Lake, Ken Baxter and Larry Rigby.

When » Friday, February 15 from 10 a.m.- 6p.m., Saturday, February 16 at 10 a.m., Monday, February 18 from 10 a.m.- 6p.m.

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

Tickets » Free

Catholic Community Service Refugee Resettlement Program

Catholic Community Service is seeking wheel chairs, heavy blankets, quilts (twin and queen size), backpacks, school supplies and office furniture for its Refugee Resettlement program. To donate call 801-977-9119 or drop it off at its office.

When » Friday, February 15 from 10 a.m.- 5p.m., Monday, February 18 from 10 a.m.- 5p.m.

Where » Catholic Community Services, 745 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets » Free

West Valley City Historical Society

The West Valley City Historical Society is seeking individuals or families that are descendants of the first settlers. Several pioneer founding families settled in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in the areas that would become Hunter, Granger and Chesterfield, and West Valley City. Contact D’An Wadsworth at 801-966-8659 or Bill Barton, project chairman at 801-9787-3363 with any information.

When » Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m., Monday, February 18 at 10 a.m.

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

Tickets » Free

Phil Hoose - Author

Renowned author and conservationist Phil Hoose will sign his latest book, "Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with B95," which chronicles the life of the so-called "super bird," a 4-ounce shorebird.

When » Friday, February 15 at 6 p.m.

Where » The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets » Free

UMOCA Curatorial Walkthroughs

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art will offer a new free tour series with the curatorial staff in the main and street level galleries twice each month. These curatorial walkthroughs will provide a behind-the-scenes opportunity to experience UMOCA and our presentations of groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. The next curatorial tours will showcase Analogital in the main gallery on Feb. 15, March 8 and March 22.

When » Friday, February 15 at 6 p.m., Friday, February 15 at 6 p.m.

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

Tickets » Free

Beauty and the Beast

Pleasant Grove High School will present Disney’s musical "Beauty and the Beast." There will be fundraiser on Feb. 14 that will start at 5:30 p.m. Visit pghsdrama.com or showtix4u.com to purchase tickets. The ticket deadline for the fundraiser event is Feb. 6, 2013.

When » Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Where » Pleasant Grove High School, 700 E. 200 S., Pleasant Grove

Tickets » $8; *$40 per person for fundraiser dinner-show;showtix4u.com

Little Happy Secrets

The Echo Theatre will present Little Happy Secrets by Melissa Leilani Larson. The play begins when Claire returns from serving an LDS mission and reunites with her best friend Brennan. Claire discovers that her feelings for Brennan go deeper than friendship. As a devout Mormon, Claire struggles to understand how her feelings fit with her faith. Tickets available at www.TheEchoTheatre.com.

When » Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets » $10; $12 at the door;www.TheEchoTheatre.com

Ballet Showcase 2

Ballet Showcase is a collection of choreographic works created by the students of the University of Utah Department of Ballet. It offers a wide variety of choreographic sytles. Visit kingsburyhall.utah.edu for information or call 801-581-7100.

When » Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 16 at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Where » University of Utah - Marriott Center for Dance, 330 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $12; *U of U Faculty/Staff, $8;bit.ly/13j4vGz

Church Music Festival

The Church Music Festival features works of distinction and merit composed or arranged by LDS members throughout the United States, will be performed by the Orem Institute of Religion Latter-day Celebration Choir.

When » Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Where » LDS Assembly Hall , 50 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets » Free

Doctor U

Travel through time and space with the Doctor and his companion, all the way to Utah circa 2013 (and beyond). The parody of "Doctor Who" is written by Mike Brown & Logan Rogan and directed by Mike Brown. For reservations, call 801-355-4628 or visit www.theOBT.org.

When » Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Where » Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St., Salt Lake City

Tickets » $8-$16;bit.ly/h5IPq9

The Tempest

New World Shakespeare Company will present William Shakespeare’s last play, "The Tempest." Visit www.newworldshakespearecompany.com or call 801-719-7998 for information. A portion of the profits from this production will be donated to HEAL Utah’s efforts to make the environment healthy and safe for all. Visit arttix.org for information.

When » Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, February 17 at 5 p.m.

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