Caresa Randall is the editorial assistant for the Arts and Entertainment department of Deseret News. She has a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and began her career in journalism as an intern for the Church News and Features and Mormon Times.

This Utah book club loves to talk about books, get off topic and then go back to talking about books.
Thanksgiving Day is coming up! A couple of restaurants will be open that day. Or head to the theater for a concert or Thanksgiving Point’s Luminaria this weekend before the snow hits next week.
Here are the concerts, art exhibits and theater productions happening in Utah this week
This group was organized 30 years ago for women who didn’t want to do crafts. It has since turned into a connected group of women who really talk about the book and author.
29 restaurants in Utah giving out free meals and discounts for veterans on Nov. 11
Head downtown this weekend and enjoy some public art with the block party on Edison Street on Friday and “Illuminate” on Friday and Saturday at The Gateway.
In recognition of the military men and women who have served the country, many organizations will hold special events for Veterans Day
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) — the Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have died — celebrations are happening all throughout Utah. Check them out here
It’s Halloween time! There are plenty of festivities leading up to Allhallows Eve. Check out the flying pumpkins at the Viridian in West Jordan, walk through a bunch of pumpkins at the Utah State Fairpark or take your fur baby to a pet costume contest in Valley Fair Mall or your local pet store.
‘The Addams Family’ is here just in time for Halloween. Here are some other classics to celebrate this season of ghouls and ghosts.
Sara Bareilles comes to Salt Lake City this Saturday as part of her Amidst the Chaos tour. If you’re ready for some Halloween fun, check out Thanksgiving Point’s Witch’s Breakfast and Scarecrow Festival this Friday and Saturday.
Freezing weather can’t stop die-hard Utahns! Take a trip up to Sundance Mountain Resort and enjoy a moonlit lift ride. Spooky rides start Oct. 17.
Cold weather has settled in. Grab your jacket and take in some concerts, plays or musicals.
It’s October, and that means it’s time to get ready for Halloween. Check out productions of “Thriller” and “The Addams Family,” take a stroll through pumpkin patches or run for your life through Haunted Forests.
The recent release of DreamWorks’ “Abominable” brings the ape-like creatures to the big screen yeti again. Check out this list of family-friendly movies that feature the large beast.
Robert Plant, Coco Montoya and the Utah Symphony are just three concerts in Utah this week.
Halloween festivities are underway in Utah. From corn mazes and haunted forests to racing in gigantic carved out gourds, there’s an abundance of Halloween scares for adults, fun for the kids and even a parade for the pups.
Two classic rock bands make a stop at Salt Lake’s Eccles Theater this week. Kansas takes the stage on Saturday and Toto on Tuesday. Talented young musicians with Salute to Youth will perform with the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall on Tuesday. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this Saturday at the Gateway.
The Utah State Fair takes place this weekend with classic rock band Foreigner performing on Sept. 13. Another popular band, Foreign Figures, will perform a benefit concert on Saturday at Antelope Island State Park. Fans of silent movies can enjoy seeing actors Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin on the big screen at the Silent Film Festival at the Bountiful Davis Arts Center on Saturday and at the Organ Loft on Friday.
Patriot Day honors the memory of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Several events take place this week in observance, including the Utah Healing Fields in Sandy with a special concert and program on Saturday, and on Wednesday, a screening of the documentary “You Are Here” in select theaters and a presentation by former Air National Guard fighter pilot Heather “Lucky” Penney in Washington County.
This weekend, English musician Sting, former lead singer of The Police, will perform with the Utah Symphony in a concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Zion National Park. The Duttons bring their bluegrass and classical tunes to Thanksgiving Point, and sidewalk art will grace the outside of the West Jordan Library and Viridian Event Center.
Real-life explorers like the Apollo 11 crew and fictional characters like Dora show us the importance of determination and courage and how to navigate life’s challenges.
Enjoy the outdoors this weekend with bike rides in Park City and Bryce Canyon. Or check out the creatures that live at the Kaysville Ponds with Nature Day at the USU Botanical Center. A couple of festivals will also take place this week including the Reggae Rise Up Music Festival in Heber City, the Blue Moon Festival in Holladay, the Moab Music Festival, The Salt Lake Climbing Festival at Brighton and the Made in Utah Festival at the Gateway. Also, “American Idol” auditions are Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Northwest Community Center in Salt Lake City.
Events in Utah this week include several free concerts at Temple Square along with a concert for suicide prevention and carnival with Alex Boyé at the Sandy Amphitheater. Kids can enjoy a Bubble Bash at Valley Fair Mall on Saturday a Hot Wheels traveling vending machine in Ogden on Friday.
Get ready for a face-off between The Beatles and Elvis on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in Ogden. Or take to the great outdoors by visiting one of the many county fairs throughout the Beehive State or enjoying an outdoor movie in your area.
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Utah Black Chamber with Changing Lanes Experience at the Gallivan Center on Friday. On Saturday is a Harry Potter birthday party at King’s English Bookshop and Kristin Chenoweth at Deer Valley.
Travel throughout the Beehive State to view the fares, farm animals and festivities at the county fairs.
Events in Utah from July 26-Aug. 1 include a Peruvian Festival at The Gateway, an African Festival at Liberty Park, a summer social in Cedar City and Shark Week at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
Beat the heat this summer with these movies on the big screen: “The Lion King,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” “Toy Story 4,” “Aladdin” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2.”