SALT LAKE CITY — We're less than a week away from a new year, and that means it's party time. But before the 2018 final countdown, Utah is going out in style — high-flying trapeze artists and a Michael Jackson tribute are just two of the events vying for our attention before the ball drops.
‘A Magical Cirque Christmas’
For fans of “America’s Got Talent,” the name Duo Transcend likely gets hearts racing and palms sweating. The Salt Lake trapeze act impressed and terrified people with their daring stunts — including flying through the air while blindfolded or surrounded by flames. The husband-and-wife trapeze act — the first trapeze act to make it to the Top 10 on “AGT” — makes a hometown stop at the Eccles Theater for two shows of “A Magical Cirque Christmas” on Dec. 29, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., 131 Main St., $37.50-$60 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
Celebrating Queen and MJ
With the recent release of the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there’s been a lot of hype surrounding the band Queen. Adding to the Freddie Mercury frenzy is Queen Nation, a musical tribute taking fans through the rock band’s greatest hits. Unfortunately, this event is sold out, although there may be a few champions out there still able to snag a ticket.
But for the rest of the fans who feel their hopes are dashed, take heart! You can still catch “Bohemian Rhapsody” in theaters, and then, if you’re still craving some live music, you can head over to a tribute honoring another music giant: Michael Jackson. The “Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute” celebrates the moonwalking King of Pop and runs Dec. 29-31, 8 p.m., at Park City’s Egyptian Theatre, $35-$55. Limited seating is available, so call 435-649-9371 or visit egyptiantheatrecompany.org for details.
New Year’s Eve celebrations
Ready or not, it’s time to start gearing up for 2019. Several events across Utah — celebrations for night owls and early risers alike — are here to help us bid farewell to 2018.
- New Year’s Celebrations on Temple Square
Temple Square — still shining bright with its Christmas light display — is kicking off the new year with a singalong of Broadway and show tunes at the Assembly Hall. But if that music isn’t up your alley, there’s also a trumpet fest at the Tabernacle and big band favorites at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The free party runs Dec. 31, 6-10 p.m. (lds.org/events).
- Noon Year’s Eve
For those who like to hit the hay before midnight, welcome the new year in at noon. On Dec. 31, the Natural History Museum of Utah will celebrate with music, activities and confetti. Museum partiers can also check out the current exhibit "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed,” which hosts more than 250 artifacts and is included with museum admission. The event runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 301 Wakara Way, $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors and young adults ages 13-24, $9.95 for children ages 3-12, free for children under 3 and U. students, faculty and staff with ID (801-581-6927 or nhmu.utah.edu).
‘The Greatest Showman’1 comment on this story
We’ve been singing tunes from “The Greatest Showman” for a year now. Last December, Hugh Jackman’s take on P.T. Barnum hit the big screen, and since then, the movie has found a hit audience just about everywhere — Utah included. With the state’s connections to “The Greatest Showman,” it’s no wonder there’s constant screenings of the musical film here. On Dec. 28 at 4 p.m., the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., Park City, will show the film for free, with some popcorn thrown in for good measure.