SALT LAKE CITY — Just because the weather channel is predicting snow this weekend, doesn't mean that we should all stay home — there are too many fun things happening along the Wasatch Front to spend the weekend with Netflix. From the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to a movie screening extravaganza at the Leonardo to the music of Styx and Victor Wooten, there are definitely enough good options for braving the cold and wet. Check out our highlights below and enjoy your weekend plans!
Sundance Film Festival
Love it or hate it, this weekend kicks off the Sundance Film Festival with its celebrity guests, industry insiders in giant parkas and, lest we forget, films. And if Sundance’s program is to be believed, some of this year’s films — especially the documentaries — look really good. Brave the crowd, get on the waitlists and see a couple of movies before your friends in California at various theaters in Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Resort. For more information, visit www.sundance.org.
The Sundance Film Festival might be in full swing, but there’s several other places throughout the Beehive State that offer unique screenings. This weekend, the Leonardo Museum will host the Salt Lake premiere of “Amplify Her,” a film, graphic novel and animated motion comic series that explores the rise of female artists in the electronic music scene as they strive to find their voices within a male-dominated industry, according to a news release. The screening event will also showcase live sets from female DJs, a performance from Salt Lake’s Myriad Dance Company and live painting from local female artists. The event takes place Friday, Jan. 19, screenings at 8 and 10 p.m., 209 E. 500 South, $10 for museum members, $15 in advance and $20 at the door (theleonardo.org).
Utah Opera's “Moby-Dick”
If you never got around to reading Herman Melville’s 700-plus paged “Moby-Dick,” this is your chance to see the story come to life, as Utah Opera, now in its 40th season, opens up the year with its performance of Capt. Ahab’s single-minded quest to track down the massive white whale that severed his leg.
Tenor Roger Honeywell will portray the obsessed captain — 10-pound peg leg and all. The opera, composed by Jake Heggie, with a libretto by Gene Scheer, marks the first all-new production for Utah Opera since 2007’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” and the company began building the set in-house last summer. The Pequod sets sail Jan. 20-28, dates and times vary, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, $15-$100 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
Natural History Museum of Utah’s DinoFest
Now in its second year, the Natural History Museum of Utah’s DinoFest is bringing expert paleontologists, the chance to see rare fossils and family friendly events to its two-day event this weekend. See an almost 80 percent complete Teratophoneus skeletons, found in southern Utah, and hear keynote talks from two world-renowned paleontologists on this year’s theme, “Dinosaurs in Motion," at the Natural History Museum of Utah's DinoFest, 301 Wakara Way, Jan. 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $12.95 for seniors, $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children and free for children under 2, museum members, U. students and staff with ID (nhmu.utah.edu).
If you don’t know Victor Wooten’s name, please let this serve as your introduction to this remarkably gifted bassist. Playing since the age of two, Wooten knows his instrument inside and out, and any audience who gets the treat of hearing him play will be hard pressed to not hear his genius. Although his State Room show is sold out, you might still have a chance to snag a spot through the Lyte fan-to-fan ticket exchange. The show takes place Monday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., 638 S. State Street, sold out (801-596-3560 or www.thestateroom.com).
StyxComment on this story
If you’re looking for a fun outing in the next few days, “come sail away” to the Eccles Theater, where the progressive rock band Styx will perform a slew of its ‘70s/’80s hits, including “Mr. Roboto” and “Renegade.” The band will also perform a few songs from its most recent record, “The Mission,” which was released last year and is a concept album about a NASA mission to Mars. The band takes the stage Jan. 23, 8 p.m., 131 S. Main, $39.50-$125 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).