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(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Cowboys Memorial Day Rodeo is May 24 and 25, 2013, in Castle Dale. In this photograph from July 21, 2012, Nancy Hunter competes in the barrel racing event during the Days of 47 Rodeo at the Maverik Center in West Valley, Utah.
Weekend Express: 11 things to do in Utah on Memorial Day weekend
First Published May 24 2013 11:37 am • Last Updated May 24 2013 11:42 am

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. Sports listings can be found here.

Castle Dale rodeo » It’s not a holiday weekend in Utah without a rodeo. The Cowboys Memorial Day Rodeo is Friday and Saturday night in the Emery County town of Castle Dale. Both nights feature traditional rodeo events plus a tough man competition where participants dare a bull to knock them out of a circle, plus a chicken chase for the kids. Click here for more: http://bit.ly/194pu3J

When » Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Where » Castle Dale Arena, 175 S. 300 East in Castle Dale

Tickets » $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for children age 5 and younger

Scandinavian Festival » It’s a Memorial Day weekend tradition in the town of Ephraim. Enjoy recipes originating from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland and other ethnic festivities. For a full listing of events go to: http://www.scandinavianfestival.org

When » Now through Saturday, May 25

Where » Throughout Ephraim, see the web link for more

Tickets » Many events are free, but dinners require a ticket. See the the web link.

Television » Audra McDonald has won five Tony Awards. She has an incredible voice. She’s the host of PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7). And this week, we get to hear McDonald’s incredible voice as she takes a turn as the featured performer, singing songs from her new album and other favorites in a special spring concert. By the way, McDonald is married to Utah native/fellow Broadway performer Will Swenson.

When » Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m.

Channel » KUED-Channel 7

For more weekend TV highlights » Go to www.sltrib.com/blogs/tv

Nature Unleashed » An exhibit opening Saturday, May 25, at the Natural History Museum of Utah captures the power of disasters, from volcanoes to tornadoes to hurricanes. Visit http://nhmu.utah.edu/unleashed for more information.

When » Opens Saturday, May 25, and runs through Dec. 8

Where » Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and people ages 13-24, $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children age 2 and younger

Movies » Dennis Quaid gives a powerful performance in "At Any Price" (opening at the Broadway Centre Cinemas), playing an Iowa farmer and seed salesman whose professional livelihood is endangered at the same time he clashes with his rebel son (Zac Efron). (Read The Cricket’s blog for a roundup of the rest of this week’s new releases, including "The Hangover Part III," "Epic" and "Fast & Furious 6.")

When » Opening Friday, May 24.

Where » Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City.

For more weekend movie highlights » Go to www.sltrib.com/blogs/moviecricket

Art and architecture » Tour historic homes, buy art and antiques or join in a live radio show, during Spring City’s annual Heritage Day Celebration.

When » Saturday, May 25, all day

Where » Spring City, just off Highway 89 between Mount Pleasant and Ephraim.

Tickets » Home tour, $10 for adults and $5 for children; live radio show $10, no children under 12.

Details » historicspringcity.org

Theatre » The Grand Theatre’s production of "La Cage Aux Folles" is funny, flamboyant and reveals that warm family relationships can break through "the boundaries of traditional definitions," according to Salt Lake Tribune theatre critic Barbara Bannon.

When » Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where » Salt Lake Community College Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $10-24; http://www.the-grand.org/

Music » Jefferson Starship was among the most successful arena rock bands of the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Their show will include favorites such as "Miracles", "Somebody to Love", "Count on Me", and "Jane."

When » Friday and Saturday, May 24-25, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets » $35-$60; parkcityshows.com

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Dance » Emmy-nominated choreographers and "So You Think You Can Dance" stars offer a show of movement, speed and physical strength in "Shaping Sound."

When » Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where » Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $35-$80; 801-355-2787, shapingsoundco.com/tourschedule or tickets@shapingsoundco.com

Moab Arts Festival » Vendors will be selling their art or food in Moab on Saturday and Sunday. There’s free music and other fun events, too. Go to http://www.moabartsfestival.org for more information.

When » Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where » Swanny City Park, 400 N. 100 West, Moab


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Tickets » Free

Go to a Memorial Day ceremony » There is an event near you, and it probably doesn’t take that much time. And, after all, it is the reason for the holiday. See the link on the left side of this page for a list of events across the state.

Restaurants » Hungry? Our restaurant critics have recently reviewed Tortilla.bar, a creative take on Mexican cuisine in Orem; Caterina, a new French-themed restaurant in Sugarhouse; and Feldman’s Deli, where the sandwiches are piled high. Additional restaurant suggestions — searchable by city, price and cuisine — can be found at http://entertainment.sltrib.com/restaurants/



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