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Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, July 9-15

Salt Lake Acting Company’s summer show, Handcart Days in Bountiful, and Trampled by Turtles at Gallivan Center.

(Salt Lake Acting Company) Two of the puppet characters from "SLAC's Summer Show: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" — a for-adults play looking at today's headlines through the lens of educational television — visit the Joseph Smith sphinx at Salt Lake City's Gilgal Gardens. The play runs July 12 to August 20 at Salt Lake Acting Company.

July 12

Puppets, not for kids

Salt Lake Acting Company is launching its Summer Show (formerly known as “SLACabaret”), debuting Wednesday and running through August 20. It’s a world premiere of Olivia Custodio’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which channels the headlines through the viewpoint of educational television, complete with puppets and songs. SLAC stresses that the show is for adults, so in spirit it’s more “Avenue Q” than “Sesame Street.” Performances will happen Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday shows at 1 and 6 p.m., at SLAC’s theater, 168 W. 500 North, Salt Lake City. Tickets are available at SaltLakeActingCompany.org.

July 14-15

Handcart Days in Bountiful

Bountiful’s annual Handcart Days are happening Friday and Saturday. Friday’s events, from 5 to 9 p.m., feature food, drinks, games and other activities — and capped by an 8 p.m. concert by country singer Nathan Osmond — at Bountiful City Park, 400 N. 200 West. Saturday’s events include the parade (an unofficial preview of the Days of ‘47 Parade) at 9 a.m. on Bountiful’s Main Street, another round of park activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and fireworks at 10 p.m. at Mueller Park Junior High, 955 E. 1800 South, Bountiful. And it’s all free.

July 15

Twilight series returns

The latest show in the Twilight Concert Series happens Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., at Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. The headliners are the bluegrass-inflected folk band Trampled by Turtles, with Amigo the Devil and Rachael Jenkins in support. Some tickets are still available, at $15, at 24Tix.com.