Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

Outdoor Notes

— Tribune: Popular sites have been removed from monument protection at former Grand Staircase-Escalante

— Tribune: Alberty: These one-star reviews of Utah’s natural wonders are hilarious

— Tribune: Keep — not release — new mantra for fishing lake trout at Flaming Gorge Reservoir 

Weekend Events

New Films

— Ferdinand: Tribune review 

— The Shape of Water: Tribune review 

— Star Wars: the Last Jedi: Tribune review 


— Wasatch Classical Guitar, Friday, 7 p.m., Orem Public Library, 58 North State Street, Orem, free

— “A Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell,” Utah Symphony, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, $23-$66

— “Holiday Follies,” On Pitch Performing Arts, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Pitched Perfectly Studios, 1558 West 700 North #8, Layton, $12-$15

— “A Kurt Bestor Christmas,” Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; also Saturday, 2 p.m., Eccles Theater, 131 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, $32.50-$57.50

— “Let Us Adore Him – A Christmas Celebration,” Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Timberline Middle School, 500 West Canyon Crest Road, Alpine, $6-$10

— “Long Ago in Bethlehem,” Southern Utah Heritage Choir, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; also Saturday, 2 p.m., Cox Performing Arts Center, Dixie State University, 325 South 700 East, Saint George, $15

— Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2017 Christmas Concert, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Conference Center, Temple Square, 60 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, free, but tickets required

— “The Nutcracker,” Imagine Ballet Theatre,  Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 1 and 6 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden, $15-$29

— “Peace on Earth – Carols for the World,” Salt Lake Choral Artists, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, 2315 East, Redondo, Salt Lake City, $10-$20

Wasatch Master Chorale Christmas Concert, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Ogden Tabernacle, 350 22nd Street, Ogden, free

— Bar J Wranglers Christmas, Saturday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 South Main, Logan, $17-$30

— Brass Holiday Celebration, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Dolores Dore Eccles Fine Arts Center, Dixie State University, 255 South 700 East, Saint George, free

— “Here Comes Santa Claus!” Utah Symphony, Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, $8-$17

— Kamas Valley Christmas Concert, Saturday, 7 p.m., DeJoria Center, 970 North State Road 32, Kamas, free

— Lark and Spur Christmas Concert, Excellence in the Community Concert Series, Saturday, 7 p.m., Viridian Event Center, 8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan, free

— Messiah Sing, Murray Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Hillcrest Junior High School, 178 East 5300 South, Murray, free with a donation of food or clothing for the Road Home Shelter

— Momix, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Boulevard, Park City, $29-$79

— “Tales of Snow and Wonder,” Salt Lake Symphony, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Hall, University of Utah, 1375 East Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, $5-$10

— “The Nutcracker,” Mountain West Ballet, through December 20, Mount Jordan Middle School, 9360 South 300 East, Sandy, $10-$15

— “Park City Holiday Spectacular and Sing-A-Long!” through Sunday, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main Street, Park City, $12-$34

— “An English Country Christmas,” Utopia Early Music, Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 5 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 231 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, $10-$15

— Christmas Concert, Salt Lake Children’s Choir, Sunday, 7 p.m., LDS Chapel, 8350 South, Jackson Street, Midvale, free

— John Rutter’s “Gloria,” Salt Lake Symphonic Choir, Sunday, 7 p.m., St Thomas More Catholic Parish, 3015 Creek Road, Sandy, donations appreciated

— “The Nutcracker,” through December 20, Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $16-$35

— Christmas on Temple Square, through December 23, Temple Square, 50 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, free

— “ReduxNut-Cracker,” Odyssey Dance Theatre, through December 23, venues vary

— “The Nutcracker,” Ballet West, through December 30, Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, $20-$88

— Organ concerts, every Saturday, noon, and every Sunday, 2 p.m., Temple Square Assembly Hall, free


— “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” through December 16, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre

— “A Christmas Carol” through December 16, Heritage Theatre

— “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” through December 16, The Stage Door Theater

— “Miracle on 34th Street” through December 16, SCERA Center

— “Newsies” through December 16, Pioneer Theatre Company

— “This Bird of Dawning” through December 16, The Sting and Honey Company

— “Five Carols for Christmas” through December 18, Sugar Factory Playhouse

— “The Christmas Stranger” through December 20, Draper Historic Theatre

— “Annie” through December 23, Empress Theatre

— “A Christmas Carol” through December 23, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre

— “A Christmas Carol” through December 23, Draper Historic Theatre

— “A Christmas Carol” through December 23, Hale Center Theater Orem

— “A Christmas Carol” through December 23, Hale Centre Theatre

— A Fairly Potter Christmas Carol” through December 23, Ziegfeld Theater

— “The Forgotten Carols” through December 23, venues vary

— “Juanito Bandito’s Christmas Carol 2017” through December 23, Grand Theatre

— “The Little Prince” through December 23, Sackerson

— “Odettes for The Holidays by Camille Washington” through December 23, Good Company Theatre

— “Plaid Tidings” through December 23, Covey Center for the Arts

— “Scrooge: A Christmas Carol” through December 23, Terrace Plaza Playhouse

— “Star Ward Christmas” through December 23, Off Broadway Theatre

— “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs” through December 29, Salt Lake Acting Company

— “A Fairy Tale Christmas” through December 30, Tuacahn Amphitheatre

— “Desert Star’s Christmas Vacation” through December 30, Desert Star Playhouse

— “Plaid Tidings” through December 30, Brigham’s Playhouse

— “Savior of the World” through December 30, Conference Center Theater, Temple Square

— “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” through January 6, Utah Children’s Theatre

— “Aida” through January 20, Hale Centre Theatre

Museum Exhibits

— Ilse Bing Exhibition through December 31; Las Hermanas Iglesias: HERE, HERE Exhibition through January 28; salt 13: Katie Paterson Exhibition through May 20; Spencer Finch: Great Salt Lake and Vicinity ongoing exhibitions: Arts of AfricaAmerican and Regional Art: Mythmaking and Truth-Telling; Chinese Art: Emulation and Innovation; European Art; Ancient Mediterranean Art: Res Mortis; Ancient Mesoamerica; Modern and Contemporary Art: A Fuller Picture; Arts of the Pacific; Greater Merit: The Temple and Image in South Asia, Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Casey Parkinson: Ascension, Cities of Conviction Exhibitions through January 6; Anna Betbeze: Dark Sun, Carol Sogard: Artifacts for the 23rd Century Exhibitions through January 14, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

— Spiritual and Religious Youth Arts Competition Exhibition through January 6; 32nd Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah, Sacred Spaces: Archetypes and Symbols Exhibitions through January 10; Wit & Whimsy: off the deep end Exhibition through May 19; Sanctuaries of Mind Exhibition through September 2018; Round Up: Icons of the West Exhibition through June 19, 2021, Favorite Ladies: Patterns, People, and Play, SMA: Milestones and Memories Exhibitions ongoing, Springville Museum of Art

— Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 29 Exhibition through 2018; Shaping America: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection of American Art Exhibition through March; The Interpretation Thereof: Contemporary LDS Art and Scripture Exhibition through March 31; Aundrea Frahm: We Revolve Ceaseless Exhibition through April 14; M.C. Escher: Other Worlds Exhibition through May 19; To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and Devotion Exhibition on view through summer 2019, Brigham Young University Museum of Art

Et cetra

— Third Saturday for Families: Waterscapes, Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m., Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Marcia and John Price Museum Building, 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City

— Winter Solstice Celebration, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City