SALT LAKE CITY — With Valentine's Day next Wednesday, this weekend is full of romantic events, from the Utah Symphony's "Dancing and Romancing" to Ballet West's "Cinderella." For those looking for something that doesn't inspire couples to gaze into each other's eyes, comedian Paula Poundstone, "Backwards Piano Man" Jason Lyle Black and vocalist Dallyn Vail Bayles will provide plenty of diversion from the heart-infested holiday.
Ballet West’s “Cinderella”
Ballet West is jumping into the Valentine's Day spirit — literally.
Beginning Feb. 9, the company will perform a two-week run of "Cinderella," featuring high-jumping jesters to aid in the telling of the classic fairy tale about a beautiful maiden, mistreated by her stepsisters, who is transformed by her fairy godmother in order to attend the royal ball. Watch the dancers leap into the fairy tale world Feb. 9-25, dates and times vary, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, $20-$88 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
Utah Symphony's "Dancing and Romancing"
Love is in the air, and this weekend, we'll have Hollywood's Golden Age musicals to thank for setting the mood. Utah Symphony is getting ready for Valentine's Day with "Dancing and Romancing," highlighting song and dance standards from a variety of Hollywood musicals. The concert starts at 7:30, but showing up at 6:30 will get you some dance lessons from local professional dancers Marcea and David Hess, Feb. 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m., 123 W. South Temple, $15-$66, (801-355-2787 and utahsymphony.org).
Comedian Paula Poundstone — best-known as a regular panelist on the NPR news quiz show “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” — is back in Utah, this time at Salt Lake’s Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, with her ever-changing stand-up show, depending on each performance’s audience.
“My favorite part of the night is talking to the audience," Poundstone told the Deseret News. "I do the time-honored 'where are you from and what do you do for a living,' and these little biographies of audience members emerge, and I use that from which to set my sail."
Hear the award-winning comedian this Friday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, tickets sold out, call box office (801-355-2787 and artsaltlake.org).
Jason Lyle Black
Utah native Jason Lyle Black didn’t set out to be a professional musician, but while working at a local accounting firm, he decided the corporate world wasn’t for him.
“I got to this point where I basically said, ‘You know, as great as it is being in corporate America, this is not my passion. This is not where I want to be,’" Black told the Deseret News. "So I made the decision to leave, quit my job and pursue the dream.”Comment on this story
Now best known as the “Backwards Piano Man,” Black will bring his clean comedy and piano skills to Orem on Saturday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, 754 S. State, Orem, $12, seniors and children, $14 adults (801-225-2787 and scera.org).
Dallyn Vail Bayles
If Valentine’s Day being on a Wednesday doesn’t work well with your schedule, consider a post-Valentine’s Day date — or just a personal night out on the town — to see LDS singer Dallyn Vail Bayles, who will perform a concert filled with Broadway hits and Christian inspirational music, Feb. 15 and 17, 7 p.m., SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem, $12-$14 (801-255-2787 or scera.org).