SALT LAKE CITY — Some popular names for Utahns will be performing locally this weekend, including Steve Martin and Alex Boyé, and there will also be a chance to take your kids to learn more about sharks and even enjoy some gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while doing good.
Steve Martin & Martin Short
Perhaps you've heard of the comedians and friends Steven Martin and Martin Short, both well-known for their long and illustrious movie careers. They're joining up and bringing their show to Salt Lake City, along with the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers, with whom Martin will often show off his banjo-playing skills. According to the website, the show, titled "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," is "a blend of standup-musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business." It's coming to the Eccles Theater, 131 Main, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., $85-$195 (801-355-2787 or live-at-the-eccles.com).
Alex Boyé fireside
Just recovering from saving the day at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Pioneer Day concert, popular LDS singer Alex Boyé is putting on an inspirational musical fireside called "The Power of Big Thinking," described as "a night of positive music and messages for the whole family." The fireside is free at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, 699 State, Orem, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. (801-225-2787 or scera.org).
Country fans can get excited for Lady Antebellum, the band made up of musicians Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. They'll be accompanied by special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young on the "You Look Good" tour that will make a stop at the USANA Amphitheatre, 5200 S. 6200 West, West Jordan, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m., $32.75-$66.24 (801-467-8499 or usana-amp.com).
Petapalooza: a pet adoption extravaganza
Animals lovers unite at the fourth annual Petapalooza, the largest pet adoption event in Salt Lake County, according to the event website. The free event is a chance to see hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, birds and reptiles from more than a dozen different pet rescues across Utah. But there's plenty to do even if you aren't looking to adopt, including food trucks, events for your dog and vendors selling pet-related products and human treats too. Described as a farmer's market-like atmosphere, the event takes place Aug. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan (385-468-7387 or slco.org).
If you or your little shark fans are feeling bereaved now that Shark Week is long past, there's still a chance to have some shark-related learning and fun with scavenger hunts and more at Sharktastic Saturday, Museum of Ancient Life, Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15 for adults, $12 for ages 3-12 and seniors, free for children ages 2 and under (801-768-2300 or thanksgivingpoint.org).
Peanut Butter and Jelly Ball
Soul Food USA is encouraging "desserts, dancing and doing good" with its first annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Ball. Soul Food USA helps volunteers make more than 375 sandwiches and deliver them along with water bottles, clothing and other supplies to the homeless and shelters in Salt Lake City. The ball will help fundraise for this cause, allowing guests to dress up, pose on the red carpet, listen to local talent and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a gourmet PB&J bar while dancing to Salt Lake City's DJ Swag. It's all happening Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., Cottonwood Country Club, 1780 E. Lakewood Drive, Holladay, $39-$500 (801-759-1775 or soulfoodusa.org).