Paula Poundstone returns
From where do you know Paula Poundstone? From her years of stand-up performances and comedy specials? From her many appearances on NPR’s quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”? Or her podcast, “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone”? No matter where you’ve heard Poundstone before, it’s worth hearing her again — which you can do on Friday night, 7:30 p.m., at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. Tickets for Poundstone’s performance are available at arttix.org.
A musical Storm
The Utah Symphony’s pre-Valentine’s Day offering is a pair of concerts with singer Storm Large, Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. each night, at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. The lead singer for the genre-blending band Pink Martini has a sultry set list grouped around the theme of love — ranging from “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” to “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Nicholas Hersh will conduct the Utah Symphony. Tickets are available at utahsymphony.org.
‘Sleeping Beauty’ on pointe
A classic fairy tale returns, as Ballet West opens its production of “The Sleeping Beauty,” starting Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. The production boasts new sets by French artist and painter Alain Vaes — the first new sets Ballet West has used for this work since the company premiered it in 1986. Artistic director Adam Sklute adapts the Marius Petipa ballet, set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The production continues on Saturday, and again Feb. 14, 16, 17 and 18, with 7:30 p.m. shows each of those dates and 2 p.m. matinees on both Saturdays. For tickets, go to balletwest.org.