February 19, 23-26
Recounting a massacre
The Mountain Meadows Massacre — when Mormon settlers killed members of an Arkansas wagon train crossing through southern Utah in 1857 — remains a controversial point in Utah history, 165 years after it happened. It’s the backdrop of Deborah Threedy’s new play, “Mountain Meadows,” which is having its world-premiere run with Pygmalion Productions’ version, now through March 4, in the Black Box Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City. Threedy’s play tells two connected stories — of Nita, the granddaughter of one of the perpetrators, trying to unearth the truth of the massacre, and Miranda, who discovers she’s a survivor and wants to find out her family’s involvement. The play, which premiered on Friday, will run Sunday at 2 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m., then again March 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m., and March 4 at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at ArtTix.org.
Mountains on film
If you love extreme sports, but at the safe remove of seeing them on a movie screen from a theater seat, the touring Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival is just the ticket. The festival will play Wednesday through Friday, 7 p.m. each night, at Kingsbury Hall, 1395 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, on the University of Utah campus. Go to UtahPresents.org for tickets; there are discounts if you attend multiple nights.
A tribute, sort of, to Pink Floyd
The Gilmour Project is named for the legendary guitarist Dave Gilmour, formerly of Pink Floyd, but Gilmour is not one of the performers. The musicians — Jeff Pevar and Mark Karan on guitar, Kasim Sultan on bass, Praire Prince on drums and Scott Gruberman on keyboards — have extensive track records, recording with the likes of Crosby Stills & Nash, Patti Smith, David Byrne, George Harrison and The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. The songs they perform are Pink Floyd classics, but deconstructed and re-imagined. The band is performing Wednesday, starting at 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 50 S. 200 South, Salt Lake City. Tickets, from $25 to $45, are available at ArtTix.org.