SALT LAKE CITY — Attention, Beehive State muggles: This is your last chance to see Christmas in the Wizarding World at The Shops at South Town. If you're not interested in trying on Hogwarts robes or eating a wide assortment of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, this weekend also offers the chance to hear comedian Bill Engvall, listen to the blues and attend a moving performance in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Comedian Bill Engvall is bringing his comedy routine to the Beehive State. Well, the Texas native actually lives in the Beehive State now — Park City, specifically — but on Friday night, Abravanel Hall will be filled with laughs as Engvall, well known as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy troupe and from his role on “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” performs his clean comedy show.
"I think the reason I’ve lasted this long is … I do a clean show," Engvall said in a recent interview. "And I try to keep it real relatable, so there’s no politics or religion. … I kind of have a theory (that) we all just do the same stuff — it’s just with different accents."
Come laugh with Engvall on Jan. 26, 8 p.m., 123 W. South Temple, $35-$59 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
Starting this weekend and extending through March, the LDS Conference Center will highlight a variety of Brigham Young University ensembles every weekend, thanks to the school’s annual Winterfest. Kicking things off this Friday and Saturday is BYU’s Chamber Orchestra and the jazz ensemble Synthesis. Other groups that will perform throughout Winterfest range from the International Folk Dance Ensemble to the school’s a capella groups Noteworthy and Vocal Point. Winterfest kicks off Jan. 26-27, 7 p.m. Conference Center Theater, Temple Square, $12 (801-570-0080 or lds.org/events).
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
The heroic act of a Portuguese consul named Aristides de Sousa Mendes spared the lives of many refugees fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1940s. During this time, Portugal’s president, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, had issued Circular 14, a document forbidding the issuance of visas to most refugees, but Mendes defied the leader’s orders and issued around 30,000 visas to refugees over the course of a few days, according to the Deseret News. On Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Mendes’ act of bravery will be honored with an oratorio performance at the Salt Lake City Tabernacle. Conducted by Barlow Bradford, the piece commemorates Mendes’ life and his courage during World War II. Utah Youth Orchestras and Ensembles will perform the oratorio Saturday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Salt Lake Tabernacle, Temple Square, free but tickets required (801-570-0080 or lds.org/events).
Christmas in the Wizarding World
Since November 2017, muggles in the Beehive State have been flocking to Hogsmeade, er, The Shops at South Town, to see the Sandy retail center’s transformation into the nation’s first-ever Christmas in the Wizarding World. But sadly, even things in the world of wizardry must come to an end at some point. This is the last weekend for Harry Potter fans to purchase their wands at Ollivanders, consume Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and pick out their Hogwarts robes, as the wintry village closes shop Wednesday, Jan. 31, times vary, 10450 S. State, Sandy, free (shopsatsouthtown.com).
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Blues singer ZZ Ward owns a lot of fedoras. In fact, her ever-growing collection has earned her the nickname “hat girl,” and Ward once loaned one of her beloved fedoras to her fellow musician and friend Lindsey Stirling, who used it to top off her homemade Mary Poppins Halloween costume in 2015. Ward, who began singing the blues and wearing fedoras at the age of 12, comes to the Depot in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The singer, whose bluesy voice resembles a healthy mixture of Adele and Amy Winehouse, is touring in support of her latest album, “The Storm,” which was released last year. Fans of the blues can check Ward out at the Depot on Jan. 30, 7 p.m., 400 W. South Temple, $25 in advance/$27 the day of show (smithstix.com).