Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

Outdoor Notes

— Tribune: Here are 10 winter activities in Utah, no snow required

— TribuneOn the shortest day of the year, lower your expectations and let yourself hate the winter gloom if you want

— Tribune: Ski Utah’s improved app aims to get more skiers taking the bus to resorts from Provo to Ogden 

Tribune: How this dedicated Utah amateur astronomer discovered not one but two supernovas in 2017

Weekend Events

New Films

— Darkest Hour: Tribune review

— The Greatest Showman: Tribune review 

— Thelma: Tribune review 


— John Rutter’s “Gloria,” Salt Lake Symphonic Choir, Friday, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, 777 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, donations appreciated

— “Light Up Christmas,” Friday, 7:30 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts,  425 West Center Street, Provo, $5-$8

— “A Nashville Tribute Band Christmas,” Friday, 7:30 p.m., Mountain View High School, 665 West Center Street, Orem, $17.50-$25.50

— “A Crescent Christmas,” Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., SCERA Center, 745 South State Street, Orem, $10-$12

— “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert,” Utah Symphony, Friday and Saturday, 7:00 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, $29-$92

— Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; also Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Eccles Theater, 131 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, $40-$85

— 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

— “A Kurt Bestor Christmas,” through December 25, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main Street, Park City, $34-$55

— “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


— “A Christmas Carol on the Air” through December 22, Neil Simon Festival

— “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

— “Home for Christmas” through December 23, Redstone Theatre, Kanab

— “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

— Light the Night – Winter Solstice Luminary Festival, Friday, 5 – 8 p.m., St. George Art Museum, 47 East 200 North, Saint George