SALT LAKE CITY — Spring is officially here! (According to the spring equinox back on March 20.) Luckily, the weather has been more or less up to par with expectations. Music, dance, theater and parties are all coming to Utah this weekend to help you get out of the house and prepare for good and warm times ahead.
There's a lot going on this weekend, but here are some events to look out for:
Get your Grüv on. Park City’s music festival, “Spring Grüv” is a 16-day festival of “huge, free concerts” in Canyon Village, alongside Canyon Village’s 21st Annual Pond Skimming Contest. The lineup includes artists of all styles, including alternative, rock, jazz and more, with this Saturday featuring Sister Sparrow and Anderson East. The resort’s popular Pond Skimming Contest will be held April 6 to welcome the spring; basically, it’s a competition to see who can cross a 100-foot pond with skis or a snowboard the fastest. Through April 7, times vary, Park City Mountain Village, 1415 Lowell Ave., Park City, free (parkcitymountain.com/events)
BYU Harold Cedartree Pow Wow
Have you ever seen a hoop dance? BYU’s Native American Pow Wow celebrates sacred traditions among native tribes and is open to all. Dancers, singers and drummers wear colorful regalia, symbolic of their tribe and selfhood, as they perform gorgeous, symbolic dances to the beat of Mother Earth. March 29, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; March 30, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Wilkinson Student Center, BYU, Provo, $6 for general, $5 for students with ID, free for BYU students with ID, seniors and children ages 10 and younger (801-422-4313 or multicultural.byu.edu/node/programs).
Chocolate and Cheese Festival
The Natural History Museum of Utah is hosting its sixth annual Chocolate and Cheese Festival this weekend. Try handcrafted chocolate and cheeses from some of Utah’s finest food artisans during this two-day event. There will also be a variety of workshops for adults and children where you can learn to make the perfect mac and cheese or try “Fun-due.” March 30-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for young adults ages 13-24 and seniors, $9.95 for children ages 3-12, workshops extra (nhmu.utah.edu).
BYU dance department’s “Claim”
BYU’s dance department will showcase original choreography by students and faculty at their Senior Projects and Faculty Works concert. One of the dances, “Claim,” will feature a cast of all pregnant dancers. Jenessa Berg, one of the dancers, told the Deseret News, “Mothers and dancers have always been viewed as two separate things. Like we can't be a mother and a dancer at the same time. … My experience … dancing through my pregnancies and as I've had young children has been that dance really enhances my mothering.” March 29 -30, 7:30 p.m., Richards Building Theater, 15 Field House Drive, Provo, free (arts.byu.edu).
Pioneer Theatre Company’s “Sweat”2 comments on this story
A Pulitzer-prize winning play about steel factory workers in Reading, Pennsylvania, “Sweat” addresses social and political issues affecting many blue-collar workers in the modern era. Written by Lynn Nottage, who visited the Reading community for about two years to understand the culture, the play addresses the communal and individual difficulties through drama and conversation. March 29-April 13, dates and times vary, Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East, $30-$50, contains strong language (801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org)