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In Utah this week: ‘Disney’s Moana Jr.’ and ‘Harry Potter’ birthday celebrations

Harry Potter has a birthday on July 31, and Utah’s Hogle Zoo and Heber Valley Railroad are getting in on the celebration

“Disney’s Moana Jr.” runs Aug. 3-14 at Hale Center Theatre Orem.
Dustin Bolt Photo

Harry Potter has a birthday on July 31, and Utah’s Hogle Zoo and Heber Valley Railroad are getting in on the celebration. Other events include a Concert Cruise in downtown Salt Lake City, drive-in movies and the Antelope Island Spider Fest. Here’s what else is happening in Utah this week.

Friday, July 31

Concerts

Getting Out

The Heber Valley railroad has preserved the past by carrying passengers in these steam-powered trains.
Heber Valley Railroad will have a “Wizard’s Train” on July 31 to celebrate the birthday of “Harry Potter”
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
  • 7 p.m. — Wizard’s Train. “Harry Potter”-themed train ride at Heber Valley Railroad.
  • 8:30 p.m. — Line Dancing Class. Class at the Olympic Plaza at The Gateway in Salt Lake City.

Comedy

Special Movie Screenings

  • 10 a.m. — Cinema Classics Series: “Casablanca.” Film screening at SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem.
  • 7 p.m. — “McConkey.” Film screening at Twilight Drive-In at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, hosted by Park City Film.
  • 9:30 p.m. — “Relic.” Film screening at Twilight Drive-In at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, hosted by Park City Film.

Art Events

  • 6 p.m. — Artist Reception: “Upward Over the Mountain” by Sarah A. Peterson and Samuel Walker. Reception at Terzian Galleries in Park City.

Saturday, Aug. 1

Concerts

Getting Out

Comedy

  • 7 & 9:30 p.m. — Greg Hahn. Performance at Wiseguys Live Comedy in Salt Lake City.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Joshua T Fonokalafi. Performance at Wiseguys Live Comedy in Ogden.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Heath Harmison. Performance at Wiseguys Live Comedy in West Jordan.
  • 8 p.m. — Live Improv Show. Performance at ComedySportz Utah in Provo.

Special Movie Screenings

  • 7 p.m. — “Accomplice.” Film screening at Twilight Drive-In at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, hosted by Park City Film.
  • 9:30 p.m. — “Palm Springs.” Film screening at Twilight Drive-In at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, hosted by Park City Film.

Sunday, Aug. 2

Concerts

Getting Out

Monday, Aug. 3

Concerts

Getting Out

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Concerts

Special Movie Screenings

Book Events

Art Events

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Concerts

Getting Out

Special Movie Screenings

Chris Hemsworth (H) with M (Tessa Thompson) in Marrakech, Morocco, in “Men in Black: International.”
“Men in Black: International” will have a free screening on Aug. 5 at The Gateway in Salt Lake City.
Giles Keyte, Sony Pictures

Thursday, Aug. 6

Getting out

Book Events

Art Events

Ongoing Events

Getting Out

Theater

Opening Productions

Continuing Productions

Art Galleries

Opening Exhibitions

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. “Evolving Perceptions” by various artists runs through Sept. 6.
  • Modern West Fine Art. “Right Here Right Now” by various artists runs through Sept. 10.
  • Southern Utah Museum of Art. “Leviathan: Elegy for Ice” by Pete Froslie and “Our Natural World: An Exhibition of Brett Weston and Jumpstart Student Photographs” by various artists run through Aug. 29; “Find the Distance: A Jimmie F. Jones Retrospective” by Jim Jones runs through Sept. 12.
  • Springville Museum of Art. “Contemplations: Highlights from the Spiritual and Religious Permanent Collection” by various artists runs through Dec. 12.
  • Terzian Galleries. “Upward Over the Mountain” by Sarah A. Peterson and Samuel Walker runs through Aug. 17.
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. “From Before to Now” by various artists runs through Sept. 12; “Bandera Negra” by Regina Jose Galindo, “Boundaries” by Devin Harclerode, “Mapping It Out” by Jane Christensen and “Please Touch the Art,” by various artists are currently on display.

Virtual Exhibitions

  • Art at the Main. “Quirky Dirt” by Brett Hale runs through July 31.
  • Brigham Young University Museum of Art. “A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in the Collection” by various artists runs through Sept. 12; “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.
  • Woodbury Art Museum. “Spirit and Form” by Jason P. Millward and Kevin Wellman is available to view online through Sept. 12.

Community Briefs

  • The Gateway in Salt Lake City has announced a new “Dine to Donate” punch card that will help contribute to the restaurant community. Diners can collect punches on the card by eating at one of The Gateway’s participating restaurants before July 31. Once the card has been filled up with four lunches and four dinners, The Gateway will make a $5 donation to the Tip Your Server program, where every donation will go directly to hospitality workers in Salt Lake City. Everyone who turns in a punch card will also receive a #SaltLakeStrong tote bag. Diners can print their own “Dine to Donate” punch card here or pick one up from a participating restaurant at The Gateway.
  • The 2020 Summit County Fair is accepting submissions from Summit County residents for its Fine Arts Exhibit, which will take place online at the websites for the Summit County Fair and Arts Council from Aug. 6-8. Submission categories for the Fine Arts Exhibit include photography, oil/acrylic painting, watercolor, graphic arts, sculpture, pottery, glass and metal. Traditional jurying of first, second and third place ribbons will not take place this year. Instead, the County Council will review the digital art submissions and select one adult piece and one youth piece of artwork to be added to the Summit County Fine Art Collection. Honorariums for the purchase of the artwork will be given to the two artists of the pieces that are selected. Those interested must apply here by July 31.

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