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Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, May 19-25

Hogle’s Zoo Brew events are back; a new film festival launches in Salt Lake City; and the sheepdog trials are running again at Soldier Hollow.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hundreds of sheep arrive from the Strawberry Valley to Midway's Soldier Hollow as they leap from trucks on Wed. Aug. 29, 2018, for this weekend's Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship and Festival. The 2024 edition of the event runs May 24-27.

May 22

Beer and animals

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is holding its first Zoo Brew event of the season on Wednesday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the zoo, 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake City. Beer lovers (yes, the event is for people 21 and older) can sip a cold one while viewing animals after hours in the new 3-acre Wild Utah exhibit. Individual tickets to Zoo Brew are $21.95, or you can skip the line for drink tickets and purchase admission plus two drink tickets for $37.95. For information and tickets, go to hoglezoo.org.

May 23-26

A new film festival for Utah

The first Cauldron International Film Festival is launching Thursday through next Sunday, May 26, in the auditorium of the Salt Lake City Library’s main branch, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City. The event promises to feature “unorthodox film narratives, rogue documentaries, avant-garde cinema, video mashups, abstract video art, genre-bending storytelling,” according to the event’s website. Thursday’s feature screening starts at 7 p.m.; More films are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Before each feature or short-film program, there will be a “pre-screening selection” of experimental media art playing on the screen while people get seated. Admission is free.

May 24-27

Watch the sheepdogs work

The Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival, in its 20th year, is one of the most fascinating competitions you’ll ever see. It’s a contest in which sheepdogs can best navigate a flock of sheep to move up and down a hillside and ultimately into a corral, with only minimal commands from the dog’s human. The event, held Friday through Memorial Day at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, 2002 Soldier Hollow Lane in Midway, also includes activities for kids, sponsor booths, food and drink vendors, and a Bohemian beer garden. Events run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all four days. Tickets are available at UtahOlympicLegacy.org.

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