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In Utah this week: Halloween movies and a free concert from the Utah Symphony

Celebrate the start of October with screenings of Halloween movies like “Hocus Pocus,” “Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Friday the 13th.” Or check out free concerts from the Utah Symphony or New American Philharmonic.

“Million Dollar Quartet” runs at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy through Oct. 24.
Hale Centre Theatre

There are plenty of events — both live and online — going on across Utah. Here are some of the concerts, classes, drive-in movies and more happening this week.

Friday, Oct. 2

Concerts

  • 5 p.m. — BYU Dance Live: Theatre Ballet. Free weekly livestream performance from Brigham Young University’s Department of Dance.
  • 6 p.m. — Urban Lounge Backyard Shows: Eagle Twin with Idi Et Amin and No Gun. Outdoor concert at The Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City. For adults 21 and older.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Utah Symphony: ¡Celebracion Sinfonica!” Free concert at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.

Comedy

  • 7 & 9:30 p.m. — Adam Carolla. Performance at Wiseguys Live Comedy in Salt Lake City.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Bill Engvall. Performance at The Depot in Salt Lake City.

Special Movie Screenings

  • 8 p.m. — “Galaxy Quest.” Drive-in film screening hosted by Salt Lake Film Society at Redman Movies & Stories in Salt Lake City.

Book Events

  • 6 p.m. — Virtual Family Friday. Online event hosted by Deseret Book.
  • 7 p.m. — Maaza Mengiste. Author of “The Shadow King.” Online event hosted by the University of Utah Black Cultural Center.
  • 7 p.m. — Dianne Nelson Oberhansly. Author of “A Brief History of Male Nudes in America.” Online event hosted by the Cliff Notes Writing Conference.

Art Events

Saturday, Oct. 3

Concerts

  • 2 p.m. — The Great Silence with Voidsmen. Outdoor show at The Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City. For adults 21 and older.
  • 5 p.m. — SLC Concert Cruise: Punk Rock Halloween. Biking event with live music at various locations in downtown Salt Lake City.
  • 6 p.m. — Urban Lounge Backyard Shows: The Bully with Static Replica and Sleepy Passenger. Outdoor concert at The Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City. For adults 21 and older.
  • 7:30 p.m. — “Double Take.” Virtual dance performance by Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
  • 7:30 p.m. — New American Philharmonic Concert. Free concert at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre in Ogden.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Utah Symphony: ¡Celebracion Sinfonica!” Free concert at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.

Getting Out

Comedy

Special Movie Screenings

Book Events

Yamile Saied Méndez, author of “Furia,” will be in conversation with Christian McKay Heidicker as part of an online event hosted by Weller Book Works on Oct. 3.
Algonquin Books
  • 2 p.m. — Yamile Saied Méndez. Author of “Furia,” in conversation with Christian McKay Heidicker. Online event hosted by Weller Book Works.
  • 7 p.m. — David Lee. Author of “Mine Tailings.” Online event hosted by Cliff Notes Writing Conference.

Art Events

Sunday, Oct. 4

Getting Out

Special Movie Screenings

Book Events

Monday, Oct. 5

Concerts

Getting Out

Special Movie Screenings

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” will kick off the Salt Lake County Library’s Freaky Family Films Series, with a different film each Monday night in October, at the Viridian Events Center in West Valley City.
Disney Enterprises Inc.

Book Events

  • 7 p.m. — Rachel Ann Cox. Author of “A Light From the Ashes.” Online event hosted by the Weber County Library.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Comedy

  • 7 and 9:30 p.m. — Tim Dillon. Performance at Wiseguys Live Comedy in Salt Lake City.

Special Movie Screenings

Book Events

  • 12 p.m. — Amy Timberlake. Author of “Skunk and Badger.” Online event hosted by The Book Bungalow.
  • 5:30 p.m. — Travis Rieder. Author of “In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Struggle with Opioids.” Online event hosted by Utah Humanities.
  • 6:30 p.m. — David Shields. Author of “The Trouble With Men.” Online event hosted by the University of Utah Guest Writer Series.
  • 6:30 p.m. — Jane Alvey Harris. Author of the “My Myth Trilogy.” Online event hosted by the Weber County Library.
  • 7 p.m. — Amy Irvine and Pam Houston. Authors of “Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemic, and Place.” Online event hosted by the Park City Library.
  • 7 p.m. — Libby Copeland. Author of “The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are.” Online event hosted by the Provo Library.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Tara Teaspoon. Author of “Live Life Deliciously.” Online event hosted by Deseret Book.

Art Events

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Concerts

Getting Out

  • 10 a.m. — Little Chicks Class: Terrific Trees. Online class for children ages 2-5 from Tracy Aviary.

Comedy

  • 7 and 9:30 p.m. — Tim Dillon. Performance at Wiseguys Live Comedy in Salt Lake City.
  • 7 p.m. — Bert Kreischer: “Hot Summer Nights” Tour. Drive-in performance at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

Special Movie Screenings

Book Events

  • 7 p.m. — Chris Bodily. Author of “Black Lantern.” Online event hosted by the Weber County Library.
  • 7 p.m. — Becky Wallace, author of “Far From Normal, and Abigail Johnson, author of “Girl on the Run.” Online event hosted by Weller Book Works.
  • 7 p.m. — Dr. R. Douglas Fields. Author of “The Electric Brain.” Online event hosted by the Westminster College Neuroscience Club.

Art Events

Thursday, Oct. 8

Special Movie Screenings

Book Events

  • 3 p.m. — Edward Power and Craig Gordon. Authors of “Dragons in the Snow: Avalanche Detectives and The Race to Beat Death in the Mountains.” Online event hosted by Weller Book Works.
  • 6 p.m. — Jennifer Ackerman. Author of “The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think.” Online event hosted by Great Salt Lake Audubon and Great Salt Lake Institute.
  • 6 p.m. — Keir Graff. Author of “The Tiny Mansion.” Online event hosted by The King’s English Bookshop.
  • 7 p.m. — Laurie Ann Guerrero. Author of “I Have Eaten the Rattlesnake: New and Selected Poems.” Online event hosted by the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series.

Art Events

Ongoing Events

Getting Out

  • Pumpkin Train. Family-friendly train rides taking place on select dates through Oct. 30 at Heber Valley Railroad in Heber City.
  • BOOtanical at Red Butte Garden. Halloween activities and entertainment runs through Oct. 31 at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City.

Theater

Opening Productions

Continuing Productions

“Blink: A New Musical” runs at Hale Center Theater Orem through Oct. 10.
Suzy O Photography

Art Galleries

Opening Exhibitions

  • Bountiful Davis Art Center. “Breast Cancer Quilts” by Dr. Judy Elsley; “In Pursuit of Desire” by Tommy Costello; “In the Next Studio Over” by David Raleigh and Tyler Alexander; “These Clothes Are Not Mine” by Katie Benson; and “Untold Aftermath” by Elizabeth Matthews will be on display Oct. 2-Nov. 7.
  • Finch Lane Gallery. Art by Nathan Mulford, Heidi Almosara and Kasey Lindley will be on display Oct. 2-Nov. 13.
  • Modern West Fine Art. “American Soup” by Andrew Alba will be on display through Oct. 30.

Live Exhibitions

  • Anthony’s Fine Art and Antiques. “Only in Utah: A Celebration in Art” by various artists is currently on display.
  • Brigham City Museum of Art and History. 2020 Photography Competition: “Changes” by various artists runs through Nov. 14.
  • Brigham Young University Museum of Art. “John Henri Moser: Painting Utah Modern” by John Henri Moser runs through Oct. 10; “Rend the Heavens: Intersections of the Human and Divine” by various artists runs through December 2021; “Becoming America” by various artists runs through May 2022.
  • Red Cliff Gallery. Solo Art Show by Wil Adams and Lynda Sentker runs through Oct. 10.
  • Southern Utah Museum of Art. “Right Here Right Now: Featuring the ‘Work in Progress’ Mural” by various artists runs through Dec. 23; “From Dust” by Cara Despain runs through Feb. 27, 2021.
  • Springville Museum of Art. “Curating Community: Art City Influencers” by various artists runs through Oct. 31; “Contemplations: Highlights from the Spiritual and Religious Permanent Collection” by various artists runs through Dec. 12; “Grand Ambitions” by various artists runs through summer 2023.
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. “Guerrilla Girls” by various artists runs through Oct. 17; “Bandera Negra” by Regina Jose Galindo; and “Growing Rocks” by Brad Evan Taylor are also currently on display.
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum by Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alma Thomas runs through Oct. 4; “Beyond the Divide: Merchant, Artist, Samurai in Edo, Japan” by various artists runs through Nov. 8; ACME Lab: “Utah Women Working for Better Days” by various artists runs through Dec. 6.

Virtual Exhibitions

  • Art at the Main. “The Local Scene” by Adrian Bangerter runs through Oct. 31.
  • Brigham Young University Museum of Art. “John Henri Moser: Painting Utah Modern” by John Henri Moser runs through Oct. 10.
  • Chase Home Museum of Folk Arts. “The Grand Beehive: Utah’s Iconic Symbol” by various artists, “Traditional Textiles: Ties That Bind” by various artists, and “Work, Refined” by various artists are available to view online.
  • David Dee Fine Arts. “The Exquisite Art of the Woodblock Print” by various artists is available to view online.
  • Modern West Fine Arts. “Roots: A tribute to the original artists of Modern West” by various artists is available to view online.
  • Springville Museum of Art. “Up Close and Far Away” by various artists runs through April 1, 2021.
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts. “Seven Masters: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints” by various artists is available to view online, or as a virtual tour at Vimeo.com.

Community Briefs

  • Bryan Young, the president-elect of the League of Utah Writers, will discuss story structure in a Zoom meeting that is open to the public. Young has also taught courses for Writer’s Digest and teaches for the University of Utah’s Continuing Education program. The event will take place Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. To receive a link to the Zoom meeting, RSVP to Carolyn Campbell at carolync4@gmail.com.
  • The West Jordan High School basketball team is using its team fundraiser to raise money for the high school’s head custodian, whose 3-year-old son recently died. The team will be holding a free-throw-a-thon on Oct. 6, with the money raised going to the custodian and her family to cover medical and burial costs. Each member of the team will make 50 free throws in 10 minutes, and are hoping to get $1 per free throw from each sponsor. To become a sponsor, or to make a general donation, visit anython.com/wjbasketball. The event will not be open to the public, due to social distancing restrictions, but will be available to watch online.
  • Utah Valley University’s Writers Academy Conference is moving online this year. The virtual conference will begin Oct. 9, with events taking place through Nov. 6. Presentations will be given live every Thursday evening, and all of the presentations will be recorded and made available for attendees to watch at any time. Admission to the conference is $65, or $30 for students. For more information, visit uvu.edu/conferences/writers-academy.
  • Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is moving this year’s Witches and Wizards Tea Magic School online. Classes will be held virtually, and participants will have a magical school supply kit delivered to their house. Two dates are available: Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m. (must register by Oct. 5) and Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. (must register by Oct. 12). The cost is $15 for members of the museum and $13 for nonmembers. For more information, go to discoverygateway.org.
  • Downtown Salt Lake City will host “Open Street” events each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10 p.m. through Oct. 10. This will include expanded patio service areas for restaurants, as well as buskers and artist activations in various locations from Exchange Place to City Creek Center. Parts of Main Street will be closed to automobile traffic and open to pedestrians. Physical distancing, face coverings and frequent disinfecting are requested, and face masks are required upon entry to restaurants and shops. For more information, go to downtownslc.org

Note: This list is not all-inclusive, and events are subject to change. To submit an event listing, email features@deseretnews.com.