Weekend Express: Orchids, cowboys and a festival of lights
10th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration » The celebration of this Mexican holiday aims to pay respects to and remember the dead. It will feature a variety of educational and hands-on activities for the whole family, food, games, music and dance, plus a folk art exhibit. More information, 801-965-5100 or www.culturalcelebration.org.
When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South
Free tram rides for food donations » For the next two weekends, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort will give guests a free aerial tram ride in exchange for the donation of a can of food or hygiene item to the Utah Food Bank, or $3 donation to Wasatch Adaptive Sports. More information, www.snowbird.com.
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Many Utah stages
It’s a great weekend for theater, with "Good People" opening at Salt Lake Acting Company and Pygmalion Productions’ "The Twelve Dates of Christmas" opening at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Also continuing at The Rose is Plan-B’s production of Eric Samuelsen’s "Nothing Personal." You’ve only got until Sunday to catch "Venus in Fur" at SLAC, where the two actors chemistry is sparking up the stage. Plus there’s buzz about town in the performances and script of Pioneer Theatre Company’s contemporary story about truth-telling, "Other Desert Cities."
"Good People" and "Venus in Fur" » Salt Lake Acting Company at 801-363-7522
"Twelve Dates" » Tickets at 801-355-2787
"Nothing Personal" » Tickets at 801-355-2787
"Other Desert Cities" » Pioneer Theatre Company at 801-581-6961
TELEVISION » The MLS playoffs are in full swing this weekend, and the big game of local interest is Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy (Sunday, 7 p.m., ESPN). It’s the first of two legs of a Western Conference semifina; the second leg is Thursday in Sandy; whoever scores the most goals on aggregate advances to the conference finals.