Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, Sept. 24-30

A candidates’ forum for Salt Lake City’s west side, a bluegrass bonanza, and a celebration of Frida Kahlo.

(The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City mayoral candidates, from left: Rocky Anderson; current mayor Erin Mendenhall; and Michael Valentine.

Sept. 26

Wooing the west side

What do Salt Lake City’s main mayoral candidates think about the west side? That’s what Mayor Erin Mendenhall, former Mayor Rocky Anderson and activist Michael Valentine are expected to discuss at a candidate forum, organized by the Westside Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Salt Lake. The forum starts Tuesday at 6 p.m., at Promontory Hall of the Utah State Fairpark, 1000 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City. Lara Jones, a west-side advocate and host of KRCL’s “RadioActive,” will be the moderator. The event will include meet-and-greets with elected officials and candidates from the west side, voter registration, tabling with community partners, and food from Santo Taco. For information, go to WestsideSLC.org.

Sept. 26

Fly fishing and bluegrass

If you’re into fly fishing, or just like bluegrass music, the 16th annual Flyfishing Video Awards, presented by The Drake magazine, is the event for you. The show — starting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at The Depot, 400 S. South Temple, Salt Lake City — will honor people who make videos about fly fishing. And it will feature Chris Pandolfi and Jeremy Garrett, from the bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters, in a band alongside Grant Farm members Tyler Grant (national flat picking champion) and bassist Adrian “Ace” Engfer. Proceeds go to the AFFTA Fisheries Fund, the conservation and advocacy arm of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (which is hosting the first AFFTA Confluence at the Salt Palace Convention Center this week). Tickets are available at LiveNation.com.

Sept. 30

Celebrating Frida Kahlo

The Gateway is throwing the Frida Fiesta, a celebration of the artist and rebel Frida Kahlo, Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Olympic Legacy Plaza, 50 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City. The event will include live music, food from Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club, more than 20 vendors, folkloric dances, a look-alike contest, art, face painting and a kid’s corner. Admission is free. (There’s also an afterparty at Flanker, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; must be 21 or older to attend.)