Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Poetry about the Great Salt Lake, an organ virtuoso, and Broadway legend Patti LuPone.

(Matthew Murphy | Thirteen) Patti LuPone, seen here in the recent Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Company," is scheduled to perform Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts at Utah Valley University in Orem.

February 1

Words about the Great Salt Lake

Poets Nan Seymour and Joel Long will read from their works at an event celebrating the Great Salt Lake, part of the City Art Reading Series, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Marmalade branch, 280 W. 500 North, Salt Lake City. (This is a late change of venue.) Seymour is eating as poet-in-residence at Antelope Island during this year’s legislative session, and is writing a book, “irreplaceable,” that is billed as “a collective love letter to the lake.” Long is currently advocating for the lake, working with Brolly Arts on a project, “Evaporation.” The reading Wednesday is free to the public.

February 3

An organist from Ukraine

The Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance Series kicks off its 2023 slate on Friday, 7:30 p.m., with a performance by Viktor Billa, an accomplished soloist from Ukraine, who now serves as an organist at Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Florida. He will perform a program that includes Bach and other composers — all on the Tabernacle Organ at Temple Square, which features five manuals (keyboards) and 206 ranks of organ pipes. The concert is free to the public, doors open at 6:30 p.m., and patrons (8 years old and older) should plan to be in their seats by 7:15 p.m. The concert also will be live-streamed on the Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel.

February 4

Patti LuPone in Orem

It’s been 50 years since Patti LuPone made her Broadway debut (in a Chekhov play), and since then she’s won three Tonys — for “Evita” in 1980, a revival of “Gypsy” in 2008, and a revival of “Company” last year — two Grammys, and a bunch of other awards. She’s become famous for calling out rude audience members from the stage, and went viral for unfiltered comments on CNN’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. LuPone will perform songs from her career in a show, “Don’t Monkey With Broadway,” Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem, on the Utah Valley University campus. Go to UVU.edu/thenoorda for tickets and information.