SALT LAKE CITY — Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.'s work and sermons helped inspire the nation — and our leaders — to change century-old racist laws and later, give many of workers a three-day weekend. If you're looking for something to do for the weekend or your day off, we've got you covered. From "The Little Prince" opening to Sunday night's lunar eclipse, there's plenty to pack your three-day weekend.
Booker T. Jones
After a sold-out show at the State Room last year, R&B legend Booker T. Jones returns to Utah Friday night. This time around, the Joe McQueen Quartet opens the show. The chance to see Jones and McQueen — a 99-year-old saxophonist who has lived in Ogden for more than 70 years — together is an opportunity you shouldn't miss. Jan. 18, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden, $25 in advance, $30 day of show, $23 for students and seniors (866-472-4627 or egyptiantheaterogden.com)
‘The Little Prince’
The Utah Opera is bringing composer Rachel Portman and playwright Nicholas Wright's “The Little Prince” to life this weekend. The production is based on French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s famous novella, and we're hoping it captures the story's childlike wonder for familes to enjoy.
“It’s about becoming as a little child. You could say it’s a rather Christian message, actually,” Wright previously told the Deseret News. Utah Opera's production stars 11-year-old Madeleine Choir School member Nitai Fluchel as the little prince. Jan. 19 and 25, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 21 and 23, 7 p.m.; and Jan. 27, 2 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, $15-$112 (801-533-5626 or utahopera.org)
Thanksgiving Point has a new attraction opening Friday, and it's a warm one.
"We wanted to feel like you're on the beach in Central America, which is kind of unbearably hot and humid if you're used to a Utah winter," Thanksgiving Point's head entomologist, Zak Gezon, told the Deseret News about their new Butterfly Biosphere. Opening Jan. 18, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with timed ticketing, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, $20 for adults, $15 for children 3-12 and seniors, free for Thanksgiving Point members and children 2 and under (thanksgivingpoint.org)
Total lunar eclipse
Keep your fingers crossed that the sky is clear Sunday night — if so, we've got a chance to see a full lunar eclipse. The moon should be totally covered at 9:41 p.m. and begin to emerge about an hour later. For best viewings, you’ll want to get as far away from light pollution as you can. However, if you’re hoping to see it closer to the city, you have two free options: the Salt Lake Astronomical Society will have telescopes in the Taylorsville Harmons' parking lot, and the University of Utah is holding an eclipse watch in the South Physics Observatory. Jan 20, 8:30-11:50 p.m., Harmons Taylorsville, 5454 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville (www.slas.us); and University of Utah, South Physics Building, 125 S. 1400 East (observatory.astro.utah.edu)
Nova Chamber Music Series
The Nova Chamber Music Series is opening 2019 with “Earthbound,” a concert performed by some of Utah’s top musicians. The performance celebrates nature and our connection to it, and embraces composers old and new. There will also be a choreographed performance of “Chance Has Spoken,” a chamber ballet composed by Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz. Jan. 20, 3 p.m., Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 Presidents Circle, $20 general admission, $18 for seniors, free for students (novaslc.org)