Weekend Express: Top 7 events happening in Utah

Published August 9, 2013 3:05 pm
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We're here to help you plan your weekend, with best picks from our entertainment reporters, critics and bloggers. For more event listings, visit http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment. Sports listings can be found here.

Salt Lake County Fair • This year's theme is Forever in Blue Jeans. But the events include the old county fair favorites of a carnival, vendors and livestock shows. Go to http://countyfair.slco.org for more information.

When • Today through Saturday, Aug. 10

Where • 2100 W. 11400 South in South Jordan

Tickets • $10 for children ages 5 to 12; $15 for adults

Sandy Balloon Festival • The big balls of hot air float off the ground 7 a.m. Saturday. There's a photo contest and food vendors.

When • 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10

Where • Storm Mountain Park, 11400 S. 1000 East in Sandy

Tickets • Free

Tongan festival • The National Tongan American Society's 16th annual Friendly Island Festival promises a non-stop entertainment stage, food, interactive Traditional Tongan craft demonstrations, indoor aquatic center, skate park and more. Go to http://www.ntasutah.org for more information.

When • 10 a.m. today and Saturday, Aug. 10

Where • Fairmont Park, 1049 Sugarmont Drive in Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Music • Listings by David Burger

Josh Wright: The Pianist is the next performer in a monthly series presented by the Excellence in the Community Foundation. The Steinway artist's self-titled debut album topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its April 2011 release. His latest CD, "My Favorite Things," was released in May. "We wanted to have a variety," said the 25-year-old Sandy native, who received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Utah.

When • Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where • Viridian Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan

Tickets • Free

Sarah Darling: Alan Jackson headlines this show, but with any luck — and more country station airplay — opening act Sarah Darling will be headlining arenas in the coming years. The Iowa singer's most recent single, "Little Umbrellas," is gaining traction in the traditional county world, and she has performed at the Grand Ole Opry more than 40 times.

When • Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $29 to $59 at SmithsTix


Future for the 99%

The science-fiction thriller "Elysium" mixes political allegory in with the thrills, in its story of desperate Earthlings trying to reach an orbiting space station where only the planet's super-rich live. Read Tribune movie critic Sean P. Means' review of that and the week's other new movies.

When • Opens today.

Where • Theaters everywhere.

Television • By Scott D. Pierce

One of the best shows on TV, "Breaking Bad," begins the run-up to the much-anticipated finale on Sunday. In the first of the final eight episodes, Hank struggles with what to do next now that he's figured out that Walt is the meth lord he's been pursuing. We get a glimpse of what's going to happen closer to the end, and it's chilling.

When: Sunday at 7, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m.

Channel: AMC

Local sports on TV: Real Salt Lake hosts the Houston Dynamos (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Channel 30)

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