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In Utah this week: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ in theaters and a chat with Brandon Sanderson

This week, there’s also a free Utah Symphony concert at Abravanel Hall, the Harvest Festival at Thanksgiving Point and BOOtanical at Red Butte Garden.

BOOtanical takes place at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City throughout the month of October.
University of Utah

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, Sept. 25

Concerts

  • 5 p.m. — BYU Dance Live: Living Legends. Free weekly livestream performance from Brigham Young University’s Department of Dance.
  • 6 p.m. — Urban Lounge Backyard Shows: Pixie & The Partygrass Boys. Outdoor concert at The Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City. For adults 21 and older.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Utah Symphony: Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 with Schoenberg.” The Utah Symphony returns to perform at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.

Getting Out

Comedy

Special Movie Screenings

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

Book Events

Christopher Paolini, author of “To Sleep in a Sea of Stars” and “Eragon,” will be part of an online event at The King’s English Bookshop with author Brandon Sanderson on Sept. 25.
Tor Books
  • 6 p.m. — TKE Presents Online: Christopher Paolini. Author of “To Sleep in a Sea of Stars,” in conversation with Brandon Sanderson. Online event hosted by The King’s English Bookshop.

Art Events

Saturday, Sept. 26

Concerts

  • 5 p.m. — SLC Concert Cruise: The Beatles Encore. Biking event with live music at various locations in downtown Salt Lake City.
  • 5:30 p.m. — Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra: Creekside Concert. Free outdoor concert at Creekside Park in Alpine.
  • 6 p.m. — Urban Lounge Backyard Shows: Pixie & The Partygrass Boys. Outdoor concert at The Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City. For adults 21 and older.
  • 7 p.m. — Chamber Orchestra Ogden . Concert at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre in Ogden.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Utah Symphony: Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 with Schoenberg.” The Utah Symphony returns to perform at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.

Getting Out

  • 8 a.m.-1 p.m. — Downtown Farmers Market. Market at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City.
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. — SLUG Mag Yard Sale. Yard sale hosted by SLUG Mag and Craft Lake City at the former SLUG Mag office building in Salt Lake City.
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Farmers Market Ogden. Market at Historic 25th Street in Ogden.
  • 9 a.m. — Outdoor Jazz Class. Free outdoor dance class from Repertory Dance Theatre at The Gateway in Salt Lake City.
  • 10 a.m. — Thanksgiving Point Harvest Festival. Free festival with vendors, live music and a pumpkin weigh-off at Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.
  • 6 p.m. — Dance For Life Gala Event. Forum, dance performance and silent auction for suicide awareness at Farmington High School.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Nights Under Lights. Light show, food trucks and music at the Rio Tinto Kennecott Plaza at The Living Planet Aquarium in Draper.

Comedy

Special Movie Screenings

Book Events

  • 7 p.m. — John Sibley Williams. Author of “Skin Memory,” hosted by the Sugar House Review as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival.

Art Events

Sunday, Sept. 27

Getting Out

Special Movie Screenings

Monday, Sept. 28

Concerts

Book Events

Art Events

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Getting Out

Special Movie Screenings

In this iconic movie image, Cary Grant is pursued by a lethal crop-dusting plane in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic thriller “North By Northwest,” to be shown in selected Megaplex theaters this month.
In this iconic movie image, Cary Grant is pursued by a lethal crop-dusting plane in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic thriller “North By Northwest,” which will be shown at SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem on Sept. 29.
MGM

Book Events

  • 7 p.m. — Rob Carney, author of “Facts and Figures: Poetry,” and Ken Waldman, author of “Sports Page.” Online event hosted by Weller Book Works.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Concerts

Getting Out

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

Special Movie Screenings

  • 7 p.m. — “Then Came You.” Special screening at select Cinemark Theatres and Megaplex Theatres.

Book Events

  • 5:30 p.m. — Doug Tallamy. Author of “Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard.” Online event hosted by Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and the Utah Humanities Book Festival.
  • 6 p.m. — Becky Wallace. Author of “Far From Normal.” Online event hosted by The King’s English Bookshop.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Concerts

  • 6 p.m. — Urban Lounge Backyard Shows: Ivy Local with Night Crew and The Medicine Company. Outdoor concert at The Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City. For adults 21 and older.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Utah Symphony: “¡Celebracion Sinfonica!” Free performance at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.

Getting Out

Comedy

  • 7:30 p.m. — Bill Engvall. Performance at The Depot in Salt Lake City.

Special Movie Screenings

Book Events

  • 6 p.m. — Jennifer Nielsen. Author of “The Captive Kingdom.” Online event hosted by The King’s English Bookshop.
  • 7 p.m. — Heidi Poelman. Author of “Courageous First Ladies Who Changed the World.” Online event hosted by the Provo Library.
  • 7 p.m. — Virginia Kantra. Author of “Meg and Jo.” Online event hosted by the Utah Humanities Book Festival.
  • 7 p.m. — Shira Dentz, author of “Sisyphusina,” and Adam O. Davis, author of “Haunted Houses.” Online event hosted by Weller Book Works.

Art Events

Ongoing Events

Getting Out

Theater

Opening Productions

  • “The Addams Family.” Runs Sept. 25-Oct. 24 at Pickleville Playhouse in Garden City, Rich County.
  • Shakespeare Night. Sept. 28 at Hilcrest High School in Midvale. Students will perform pieces that they prepared for this year’s National High School Shakespeare Competition.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” runs Oct. 1-26 at Harman Theatre in West Valley City.
Harman Theatre

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. 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.
  • 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 Cultural Celebration Center. “Earth and Sky” by Kirk Henrichsen and “The Sky is Falling” by Susan Riedley are on display through Sept. 30.
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. “Guerrilla Girls” by various artists runs through Oct. 17; “Bandera Negra” by Regina Jose Galindo is 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. “A Celebration of Light and Color” by Jim Woodward runs through Sept. 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

  • 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
  • Jason F. Wright, author of “The Christmas Jars,” is inviting readers to submit stories to be featured in a new nonfiction book. “The Art of Mending Fences: True Stories of Exceptional Forgiveness” will be published by Ensign Peak in 2021. Readers are invited to submit stories of experiencing forgiveness — whether choosing to forgive or seeking forgiveness from someone else. Those who would like to share a story can do so at jasonfwright.com/mendingfences, and those whose stories are chosen will be contacted for an interview.

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