SALT LAKE CITY — It's a great weekend for film buffs. The Sundance and Slamdance film festivals are just getting started so there are a lot of screenings to pick from. For those not interested in movies, this weekend also opens Jackie Chan's new art exhibition at the Leonardo and The 5 Browns bring their mad skills and five grand pianos to Abravanel Hall.
The Sundance Film Festival
It's finally here: the Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City on Thursday and in Salt Lake City on Friday. With filmmaker panels, live concerts, celebrity sightings, international journalists and of course, lots of films, Sundance is arguably Utah's biggest cultural event. See if you can snag a ticket to one of the screenings — like actor Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial debut "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," screening in Salt Lake on Friday, Jan. 25 — or just head to Park City for the people-watching. Jan. 24-Feb 3, prices range from $25 for individual tickets to $4,000 for full access passes (sundance.org).
Sundance isn't the only film festival in town. Slamdance Film Festival also opens this weekend and is celebrating 25 years of showcasing independent films. The festival will open with the world premiere of “Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story,” which explores the life and career of ski and snowboarding film legend Warren Miller. Jan. 25, 7 and 9:15 p.m., and Jan. 28, 11 a.m., Treasure Mountain Inn Ballroom, 255 Main, Park City (slamdance.com).
An evening with Jackie Chan
You may know him as an action hero, but recently he's put his efforts towards the environment. Jackie Chan’s new traveling art exhibition “The Green Hero” — a renewable art project that features sculptures made from reclaimed movie set pieces — is at the Leonardo. The exhibit's opening event is Jan. 25, 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., The Leonardo Museum, 205 E. 500 South, $100, $500 VIP tickets with private tour (theleonardo.org).
“Tolerance” is more than a noun — it's also an international traveling poster exhibition that's making a stop in Salt Lake City. With a total of 112 posters created by designers from around the world, the exhibition will be on display at multiple venues throughout the city, including the Utah Museum of Fine Art, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, the Capitol Theatre and more. "It's all about where we come to touch and what the connection is there. That's what tolerance is,” the local producer Dallas Graham told the Deseret News. Jan. 23-June 23, various locations throughout the city, free (facebook.com/toleranceslc).
The 5 Browns in concert
This stunning piano quintet is performing in their native Utah this Saturday. For those keeping track, the five Brown siblings will celebrate 15 years of performing together later this year. “We’re very blessed to be able to continue to perform together, to do music that we love and tour the world,” Deborah Brown told the Deseret News. “We hope that little kids will be inspired to take up an instrument or even to just include classical music in the music that they listen to.” Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, $18-$54 (801-533-6683 orartsaltlake.org).
Play-by-Play New Play Reading: ‘The Fifth Domain’Comment on this story
Pioneer Theater Company is continuing its play reading series with “The Fifth Domain,” a new play by Victor Lesniewski. Despite being a read through, “The Fifth Domain” should keep audience members on their toes. Dealing with cyberwar, espionage and national security, this play is truly a story for the digital age. Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dumke Auditorium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, $10 for general public, $5 for PTC season ticket holders (801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org).