May 17 and 19
A tenor and a crooner
If you’re a fan of old-school singing, your options are wide this week. Wednesday, at 8 p.m., the tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform at Vivint Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. And Friday, at 7:30 p.m., the pop icon Johnny Mathis, called “The Voice of Romance,” will perform at the Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main, Salt Lake City. Tickets for Bocelli are available at vivintarena.com; tickets for Mathis can be found at live-at-the-eccles.com.
RSL vs. Portland
Watching professional soccer midweek is weird. And playing the same team two Wednesdays in a row is even weirder. That’s what Real Salt Lake will be doing this Wednesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at America First Field, 9256 S. State St., Sandy, when the guys in claret-and-cobalt face the Portland Timbers. This past Wednesday, RSL went to Portland to battle the Timbers in U.S. Open Cup action, and advanced after a wild 4-3 game that saw four goals — two by Portland, then two by RSL’s Mikael Chang — in a 10-minute stretch. For tickets to this Wednesday’s game, go to realsaltlake.com.
A lot of ‘Traditions’
The Living Traditions Festival, Salt Lake City’s celebration of its many cultures, happens Friday through Sunday, May 19-21, at Washington Square and Library Square, 400 South and 200 East. The annual event includes live performances, demonstrations of artwork, film screenings, panel discussions, a kids’ area and food vendors. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.