SALT LAKE CITY — Excited for the Oscars? For those not looking forward to Sunday's big ceremony, the good news is that there's still plenty to do this weekend, including hearing the Utah Symphony, listening to BYU's Vocal Point and seeing soul singer Mavis Staples in concert.
Oscar-nominated film screenings
Depending on your perspective, you might be eagerly anticipating or severely dreading the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, which airs Sunday. Even if you aren’t planning on watching the awards show, you can still get in the Oscar spirit by checking out a few screenings of Oscar-nominated films taking place over the next few days.
• "Dunkirk," March 2, 6:30 p.m., Orem Library, 58 N. State, Orem, free (801-229-7050 or oremlibrary.org)
• Oscar-nominated Short Films 2018, March 2-4, 2 and 7 p.m., select Cinemark Theatres, $10 (cinemark.com); and March 2-8, times vary, Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South, $6.75-$9.25 (801-321-0310 or saltlakefilmsociety.org)
• "Coco," March 5, 6:30 p.m., Orem Library, 58 N. State, Orem, free (801-229-7050 or oremlibrary.org)
Brigham Young University’s nine-man a capella group Vocal Point will perform three shows this weekend — their final hometown shows of the season — at Provo’s Covey Center for the Arts. The group performs March 2-3, 7:30 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m., 425 W. Center, Provo, $12-$15 (801-852-7007 or coveycenter.org).
Soul singer Mavis Staples was just in the Beehive State last year, performing alongside longtime friend Bob Dylan. The prolific songwriter, who began performing in the 1950s with her family group, The Staple Singers, returns to Utah on March 3. Her latest album, "If All I Was Was Black" was released November 2017. Staples performs at Park City’s Eccles Center Theater at 7:30 p.m., 1750 Kearns Blvd., $29-$79 (parkcity.institute).
“Bernstein at 100: Chichester Psalms and Divertimento"
Last weekend, the Utah Symphony kicked off a celebration of composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The party continues this weekend with performances of Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” — to be directed by Barlow Bradford — and “Divertimento.” According toThierry Fischer, music director for the Utah Symphony, these pieces reflect “strong sides of (Bernstein’s) personality” and showcase the composer’s “creativity and innovative way of writing music.” Come celebrate Bernstein’s legacy on March 2-3, 7:30 p.m. Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, $15-$83 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
Shut Up and Dance Series
Odyssey Dance Theatre is finishing off its 24th year with the Shut Up and Dance series, which is divided into three different programs that will celebrate the city of Chicago, and the music of pop legends Prince and Michael Jackson. On March 2, 8 and 10, at 7:30 p.m., the company will perform “Shut Up and Dance: Chicago Nights,” telling the story of Chicago in the 1920s prohibition-era. On March 3 and 10, 2 p.m., the company will perform “Shut Up and Dance: Purple Rain,” a tribute to pop/funk star Prince. On March 3 and 9, 7:30 p.m., Odyssey Dance Theatre will perform “Shut Up and Dance: MJ,” a tribute to Michael Jackson. All events are at Kingsbury Hall, U., $25-$45.50, children ages 6 and younger not permitted (tickets.utah.edu).
Tumbleweeds Film Festival
If you aren’t feeling the hype of the Oscars, the Tumbleweeds Film Festival is also taking place this weekend, giving young moviegoers in Utah the chance to explore international and independent cinema. Now in its seventh year, the festival, put on by the Utah Film Center, is catered to children and highlights films to which young critics can relate. Among this year’s selections are the animated “The Big Bad Wolf and Other Tales,” “Into the Who Knows” — a film about a boy named Thomas and his invisible fox Felix — and the Swedish thriller “Room 213.”
“(Kids) can recognize good storytelling when they see it,” festival founder Patrick Hubley said in a recent Deseret News interview. “Our goal is to show films that engage and films that take them on a journey not only through the film, to a different country, but maybe to explore new ideas or new concepts that they may not have been introduced to.” Explore the festival from March 2-4, times and locations vary, $6-$10 (utahfilmcenter.org).Comment on this story
“Daniel Tiger: King for a Day”
Fans of the popular kids show “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood” are in for a treat as the program comes to life at the Eccles Theater next Thursday, March 8. Called “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day,” the musical invites children and adults to join in on a new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where Daniel learns what it takes to be king. Come join Daniel and his friends on March 8, 6:30 p.m., 131 S. Main, $20-$42.50 (live-at-the-eccles.com).