SALT LAKE CITY — Summer is a great time to get out of your house and explore local events. This weekend, try free outdoor yoga on the Olympic Plaza Sunday morning, no previous experience required. Additionally, the Dream Pointe Ballet Company presents "Swan Lake" in Ogden with Dance for Life, an organization that promotes awareness about mental health issues for dancers. Visiting author Celeste Ng discusses her popular novel, "Little Fires Everywhere," an all-youth cast performs "Into the Woods," and KSL reporter Dave Cawley hosts a live event about the mysteries of the Susan Powell case.
‘Cold’ podcast live event
The Susan Powell case garnered plenty of attention as it unfolded from 2009 to 2013, but KSL investigative reporter Dave Cawley’s podcast “Cold” is ensuring her story will never be forgotten, and that women in similar situations can get help. “My hope is that we are doing a good job of illustrating the situation, revealing the truth of what she experienced, without sensationalizing or presenting her in a way that is exploitative,” Cawley told the Deseret News in a separate interview. The event features Cawley alongside retired detective Ellis Maxwell, who worked on the case, and Jenn Oxborrow, the executive director of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. Susan’s sister, Mary Estep, will participate in a video interview. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. May 16, 4 and 8 p.m., Eccles Theater, 131 Main St., $22-$74 (801-355-2787, live-at-the-eccles.com).
This classic ballet story is coming to Utah. Dream Pointe Ballet Company, a pre-professional ballet program, and Dance for Life, a pending nonprofit focused on mental health, present “Swan Lake” in Ogden this weekend. Dance for Life works with teens and college students to build confidence and social skills in a phone-free environment. The program also advocates for mental health awareness and access to counseling in dance studios and the dance community. May 18, 2 and 7 p.m., Ogden High School, 2828 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, $10-$15 (starstruckarts.com).
“Little Fires Everywhere” begins with the book’s ending, but readers are hooked by wondering how the characters got there. Author Celeste Ng told the Deseret News in a previous interview that her job is to “raise questions for the reader and to unsettle the reader a little bit.” In conversation with Paisley Rekdal, Utah’s poet laureate, Ng will discuss her book in Salt Lake this weekend. “Little Fires Everywhere” was released as a paperback May 7 and is being turned into an eight-episode Hulu adaptation set to film later this year. May 17, 7 p.m., Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 S. 1700 East, $20 (limited number of complimentary tickets with student ID) (801-484-9100, kingsenglish.com).
Yoga on the Plaza
Has the stress of the work week worn you down? Rejuvenate yourself with Sunday morning yoga on the Olympic Plaza. The Gateway has partnered with Salt Lake Power Yoga to bring you a free yoga class each Sunday throughout the summer, no previous experience required. Yoga on the Plaza welcomes all shapes, sizes, and ability levels. May 19, 10 a.m., The Gateway, Olympic Plaza, 400 W. 100 South, free (801-456-0000, shopthegateway.com/calendar).3 comments on this story
‘Into the Woods JR.’
An all-youth cast performs a condensed version of the crowd favorite “Into the Woods.” This all-encompassing fairy tale includes "Cinderella," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Witch" and is a Tony Award winner. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and beloved fairy tale characters, this is sure to be a hit with the kids. May 16-17 and 20-24, 4:30 p.m., Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, $8-$10 (801-226-8600, haletheater.org).