Learning about avalanches
This week is Avalanche Awareness Week, the fourth annual event to call attention to what those in the snow need to know to avoid and survive avalanches. The Utah Avalanche Center is holding the week’s kickoff event Monday, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at Sugar House Park, 1330 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City. The event, which is free to the public, will include free beacon training, rescue dogs, Lifeflight and booths to encourage people to stay safe in mountain areas.
Christmas with a Celtic flair
Enjoy Christmas music with an Irish inflection, as the mega-popular singing quartet Celtic Woman performs with the Utah Symphony, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. The program will include traditional Irish carols, as well new arrangement of the classics “Silent Night” and “Sleigh Ride,” and a sing-along to “Deck the Halls.” Tickets available at utahsymphony.org.
Big Edie and Little Edie
The Maysles brothers’ 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens” is a classic look at eccentricity, profiling “Big Edie” Beale and her daughter, “Little Edie” Beale, relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lived for decades on a family estate in increasing squalor and isolation — except for the cats and raccoons living in the dilapidated mansion. The Utah Film Center will screen the film, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library, 400 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City. Doug Fabrizio, host of KUER’s “RadioWest,” will conduct a live onstage interview with a University of Utah film professor, to discuss the movie’s impact. Admission is free.