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Published March 8, 2013 11:51 am
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Ski-Lay For Life Fundraiser

The American Cancer Society presents its first Ski-lay For Life, a skiing and snowboarding challenge at Canyons Resort. Ski-lay For Life is a fundraiser and family friendly picture competition. Form a team, register online at relayforlife.org/skilayut. Email emily.milam@cancer.org for more information.

When • Saturday, March 9 from 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Where • Canyons Resort - Grand Summit, 4000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City

Tickets • $20; $20 for registration and $35 for Canyons Day Pass;

Women's Roller Derby Skater Smackdown

The Wasatch Roller Derby League and Camp Hobe will hold the Skater Smackdown, a match between the women's roller derby teams, Hot Wheelers and Salt Flat Fallout. Purchase tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/326066

When • Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Derby Depot, 1415 S. 700 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10; $15 at the door; brownpapertickets.com/event/326066

The Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Festival

The Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Festival will feature more than 500 local home construction, design, and landscaping companies to provide inspiration and direction for any ongoing or future projects. Chip Wade, host of HGTV's series "Elbow Room" will be the featured guest. For more information visit www.saltlakehomeshow.com.

When • Friday, March 8 from 12 p.m.- 10 p.m., Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State St., Sandy

Tickets • $10; *Children under 12 are free;

Wasatch Ballet - Dance Like No One is Watching

Wasatch Ballet's Performing Companies come together to present "Dance Like No One is Watching." To find out more information, visit www.WasatchBallet.com.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7 a.m.

Where • Orem Public Library, 58 N. State St., Orem

Tickets • Free

US National Amateur Dancesport Champions

Brigham Young University will host the US National Amateur Dancesport Champions, March 6-9. Visit arts.byu.edu for information.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 a.m.

Where • Brigham Young University - Marriott Center, Brigham Young University, Provo

Tickets • $25-$35;bit.ly/XE0hot

Great Salt Lake Audubon Bird Survey - Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve

Great Salt Lake Audubon Bird Survey will do a monthly bird survey of the Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve (Great Salt Lake wetland). Meet at the ShopKo in Sugarhouse Commons, 2100 S. 1300 East. Pre-registration is required. Contact Bryant Olsen at 801-498-0362 or bryant_olsen@yahoo.com to sign up.

When • Friday, March 8 at 8 a.m.

Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna

Tickets • Free

Kate Starling, Erin Berrett, Nick Rees, Simon Winegar, Susan Gallacher, John Collins Exhibit

Williams Fine Art will feature new arrivals from Kate Starling, Erin Berrett, Nick Rees, Simon Winegar, Susan Gallacher, and John Collins. For more information call 801-534-0331 or williamsfineart.com.

When • Friday, March 8 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • Williams Fine Art, 200 E. South Temple # 100, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Utah Sunday Singles Social Group Observes 40th Anniversary

The Utah Sunday Singles Social Group will celebrate its 40th anniversary on March 17, 2013. The organization provides a social outlet for single people over 50. RSVP at 801-277-7722 by March 11.

When • Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m., Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

Where • Mimi's Cafe, 5223 S. State, Murray

Disney on Ice - Dare to Dream

Get tangled up in the newest thrilling show to hit the ice, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream, when it comes to EnergySolutions Arena March 6-10, 2013. Visit smithstix.com for information.

When • Friday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12-$52;

Photography Workshop

Join professional photographer Mike Flaherty to learn skills and tricks of taking good photos. Bring your camera and dress for the weather as portions of this event are outside. The park naturalist will provide education on the land and wildlife, helping us better understand the park. Contact wasatchintern@gmail.com or call 435-654-1791.

When • Friday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Where • Wasatch Mountain State Park, Near Midway, Utah, Midway

Tickets • $5 per vehicle;

Sugar House Art Walk

Local Colors will be open for the first Sugar House Art Walk of 2013. It will also be the ending reception for the White-themed group artist show. Visit www.localcolorsart.com for information.

When • Friday, March 8 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Where • Local Colors, 1054 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Ana Prvacki: Neutralize Negative Feelings

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art will present Ana Prvacki: Neutralize Negative Feelings, an installation about etiquette. In her exhibition Neutralize Negative Feelings at UMOCA, Prvacki morphs her PSA work into a new artistic direction, historicizing the codes of imposed etiquette with the motivational sloganeering of past generations. Embroidered adages like "Happy Wife, Happy Life" are given new and more relevant meaning by updating it with current, universal situations of human folly and faux pas.

When • Friday, March 8 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free


Layton High School will present the musical "Curtains," an entertaining whodunit where audiences can expect that it will most certainly be curtains for several of the cast of characters. For tickets call 801-402-4888 or email Dennis Ferrin at dferrin@dsdmail.net.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

Where • Layton High School, 440 Lancer Lane, Layton

Tickets • $8.00; *

The Curious Savage

West High School will present John Patrick's "The Curious Savage," a comedy that will leave the audience with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in this world.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

Where • West High School, 241 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5.00;


A high-spirited, seamlessly choreographed production, Bowfire serves up a dazzling side of tap dancing, step dancing and vocals to accompany the feast of strings. Visit ecclescenter.org for information or call 435-655-3114.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City

Tickets • $20-$67;

Death of a Salesman

Salt Lake Community College will present Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," the tale about a man who wants nothing more than to win the approval and respect of his sons. It is a haunting tale about the influence hero-worship has on family, betrayal, and loss. Visit the-grand.org or call 801-957-3322 for ticket information.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Salt Lake Community College Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10-$24;bit.ly/OvSXaf

The Sea Horse

Westminster presents a theatrical production of "The Sea Horse," in the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory. "The Sea Horse" is a tender, ribald and complex love story, set in a waterfront bar where seaman Harry Bales spends his shore leave. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/GJmyuT or call 801-832-2457.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Dumke Recital Hall, 1375 E. President's Circle, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10; bit.ly/GJmyuT

My Fair Lady

The Terrace Plaza Playhouse will present "My Fair Lady," the Lerner and Loewe musical about misogynistic and arrogant phonetics professor Henry Higgins and flower girl Eliza Doolittle. Reserved tickets are available at Terrace Plaza Playhouse by calling 801-393-0070 or visit www.terraceplayhouse.com.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden

Tickets • $7-$12;

The Cleverest Thief and Gone Missing

The Brigham Young University Department of Theatre will present two plays with a distinct and contemporary storytelling approach form the basis of these pieces by BYU theatre students, "The Cleverest Thief," and New York City's Dramatists Play Service's, "Gone Missing." Devised from interviews, these works ask us to view life through an unusual and welcoming lens, providing insight into how we relate to the things we lose and the things we find. Visit arts.byu.edu for information.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Brigham Young University Harris Fine Arts Center, University Avenue and Center Street, Provo

Tickets • $7; bit.ly/VReweq

Noises Off

The Echo Theatre will present "Noises Off," the show follows the cast and crew of "Nothing On," a comedy about mistaken identity, taxes, and lots of sardines. Comedic mayhem ensues as relationship drama offstage inevitably interferes with the drama happening onstage. Visit www.TheEchoTheatre.com for information.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Echo Theatre, 145 N. University Ave., Provo

Tickets • $10; $12 at the door;

Play On

Pleasant Grove Players will present the comedy "Play On!," the story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Seating is reserved and tickets may be purchased online at pgplayers.com. The box office will be open for current and future sales on performance nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Pleasant Grove City Library, 30 E. Center St., Pleasant Grove

Tickets • $10; *No babes-in-arms or children under 5;


Pygmalion Productions will present Julie Jensen's play, "Cheat." At the end of World War II, some women couldn't wait until their men came home from the Front; others had liberty that they had never known before. Set in a Utah war industries plant, "Cheat" captures a moment when the world had changed forever, only to try and change back. Visit arttix.org or call 801-355-ARTS for information.

When • Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20; Must be 17 and older to attend;bit.ly/RGfg3a

Amir Jackson

Connect will present Amir Jackson, founder of the Nurture the Creative Mind Foundation, as guest lecturer. Connect is a monthly community arts program where visual artists can come to display their artwork and hear from prominent members of the Utah art community.

hen • Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m.

Where • Urban Arts Gallery, 137 Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Antelope Island Big Sit Bird Count

Meet at the visitor center and then caravan to the marina at 10 a.m. Plan to spend time in your car as it acts as a wonderful blind, however, we may also get out to view birds through scopes. Hot chocolate will be served at the visitor center afterwards. Dress to spend time outside and note this event is dependent on weather conditions. Park entrance fees apply. Call 801-721-9569 for information.

When • Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m.

Where • Antelope Island State Park, 4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse

Tickets • $9 Day-Use per vehicle, which includes Davis County causeway fee;

Family History Library Research Classes: Eastern Europe, Ireland, Southern States

The Family History Library is offering an all-day series of classes on researching various geographic areas. Classes include East European, Ireland and Southern States research. Visit familysearch.org/locations/library_class_schedule for information or call 801-240-4950.

When • Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Where • LDS Family History Library, 35 N. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Screen Printing

In this class, you'll learn the step-by-step process of screen printing through both demonstration and hands-on experience. Visit continue.utah.edu/lifelong or call 801-587-5433.

When • Saturday, March 9 from 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Where • Copper Palate Press, 160 E. 200 South, Unit B, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $214.00; bit.ly/JmbItk

Furniture Refinishing

Learn how to restore the original beauty and function of any piece of furniture in this hands-on class. Visit continue.utah.edu/lifelong or call 801-587-5433 for information.

When • Saturday, March 9 from 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Where • Alonzo's Refinishing, 154 Navajo St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $129.00; bit.ly/w1ck2T

Literary Workshop

The Murray City Cultural Arts will host a literary workshop that will include literary voice, plot, tools of the trade, and goal setting. During the lunch break, readings from authors and winners of the Murray literary competition will be featured. To register visit www.murray.utah.gov and click on cultural arts.

When • Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Murray Library, 166 E. 5300 South, Murray

Tickets • $10.00; $15 at the door; students with current school ID will receive a $5 discount;

The Art of Pruning

This class will address specific pruning needs of flowering trees and shrubs, vines and groundcovers. Each session includes a hands-on outdoor component. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. This class is co-sponsored by the University of Utah Continuing Education Lifelong Learning program. Preregister at 801-587-5433 or online at www.continue.utah.edu.

When • Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Where • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $74.00; $67 for members;bit.ly/XSJ8s1

Playworks 5K Run for Recess

Playworks Salt Lake City will host the annual 58k Run for Recess event. Playworks is an organization that focuses on improving school climates through the power of play.

When • Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

Where • Salt Lake Community College Taylorsville Redwood Campus, 4600 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville

Tickets • www.playworks.org

Sundance Resort Author Series - Maria Semple

Sundance Resort will begin the 11th year of its popular Author Series events. The event includes lecture and discussion, a signed copy of the author's book and brunch in the award-winning Tree Room. Maria Semple, a television writer, will present her book, "Where'd You Go Bernadette?" Call 866-734-4428 or visit bit.ly/did2DI for information.

When • Saturday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m.

Where • Sundance Resort, 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance

Tickets • $75.00; bit.ly/VXovMA

Ballet West Costume Luncheon

Ballet West will offer an up-close look at the intricately woven costumes worn in Ballet West productions with its first-ever Costume Luncheon. Tickets are available at www.balletwest.org/CostumeLuncheon or by contacting Camellia Rowland at 801-869-6917 or crowland@balletwest.org.

When • Saturday, March 9 from 11:55 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Where • Sheraton City Center, 150 W. 500 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $35.00;

Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting

The Brigham City Museum of Art and History will present the artwork of Thomas Cole, an English-born American artist, who sought nature's untouched grandeur to explore and paint. He was particularly drawn to the beauty of the Catskill Mountains in New York which were the setting for many of his paintings. For information, call 435-226-1439 or visit www.brighamcitymuseum.org.

When • Friday, March 8 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday, March 9 from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Where • Brigham City Museum-Gallery, 24 N. 300 West, Brigham City

Tickets • Free

Plane Talk - Ed Metcalf

The Hill Aerospace Museum will sponsor Plane Talk, an opportunity for people to share and exhibit memories of their time and aircraft experiences during their time in the military or as a civilian. Ed Metcalf, a B-24 navigator-bombardier will discuss his stories. Call Michelle Gaudry for information at 801-825-5817 or visit aerospaceutah.org. The event is held in the theater the museum's front lobby.

When • Saturday, March 9 from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.

Where • Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum, I-15 exit 336 (Roy), Hill Air Force Base

Tickets • Free

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

CenterPoint Legacy Theatre will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the story of how 11 jealous brothers sell Joseph into Egypt only to discover he is their only hope for survival. Visit www.centerpointtheatre.org for information.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Where • CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville

Tickets • $17-$21;bit.ly/nrjX93

The Civil War

The Hale Center Theater Orem will present "The Civil War," a musical event borrowing techniques from rock music, concert performance, oratorios and song-cycles. Visit the Hale Center Theater Orem Box Office, call 801-226-8600 or visit HaleTheater.org for tickets.

When • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Where • Hale Center Theater - Orem, 25 W. 400 North, Orem

Tickets • $16-$20;bit.ly/XMn5FB


Plan-B Theatre Company presents Eric(a), the story of a transgender man who falls for a woman - as a man - for the first time. With Teresa Sanderson. World premiere by Matthew Ivan Bennett. Visit planbtheatre.org/tickets.htm for information.

When • Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 4 p.m. and at 8 p.m., Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20; bit.ly/JlkwnE

St. Patrick's Irish Dinner

Representatives from MacCool's Public House, a local "pub," will to celebrate food and folklore from the Old Country with a traditional Irish Dinner accompanied by Guinness, Smithwick's and Harp beer. Non-alcoholic beverages available. Visit www.harmonsgrocery.com for information or call 801-617-0133.

When • Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Harmons Bangerter Crossing, 125 E. 12800 South, Draper

Tickets • $59; bit.ly/WcTLVm

Farmington's Got Talent

Farmington City will present its Farmington's Got Talent show. Visit www.farmington.utah.gov for information.

When • Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

Where • Farmington Community Arts Center, 120 S. Main St., Farmington

Tickets • $5.00; $6 at the door;1.usa.gov/W4fg02

Music and comedy • Listings by David Burger

Kevin Nealon

Spotlight show • The 59-year-old comedian, a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 1986 to 1995 and the Showtime series "Weeds," is developing a TV pilot with his wife. In a phone interview, Nealon said the potential show will, like "Weeds," not have a laugh track. However, like "Weeds," it could have a "munchie track." The Connecticut native and California resident has been busy since departing "SNL," where he was one-half of "Hans and Franz" as well as Subliminal Man, Mr. No Depth Perception and the anchor of "Weekend Update." Besides touring, he wrote a book about having pregnant wife called Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me? His advice to expectant fathers: "You're not alone." He is considering writing another book. Until then, he continues to perform stand-up, hoping never to draw hecklers. When he does encounter them, "I start speaking very softly." Well done, Subliminal Man.

When • Friday at 7:30 and 9:30

Where • Wiseguys West Valley City, 2194 W. 3500 South

Tickets • $25 at wiseguyscomedy.com

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

Spotlight show • The headliner for Saturday's show at Urban Lounge is Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. But go early to check out the Portland, Ore.-based band Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside. Ford, the frontwoman for soul-influenced rockabilly band grew up in North Carolina, but headed West after high school graduation. "I thought about San Francisco or New York City, but those are so expensive," she said in a telephone interview. For a while, she worked at a bagel shop in the Portland State University food court, but quit when the buzz for the band built. During that time, she also developed key friendships with Portland's favorite sons The Decemberists. The Avett Brothers also were early supporters asking Ford and her band to open many dates. "They did so much for us," Ford said. The band is gradually gaining support, even though Ford acknowledged that one of her bandmates, who used to work on fishing boats in Alaska, would "make a lot more money fishing." The band will perform at Boise's Treefort Music Fest March 21-24.

When • Saturday, 9 p.m.

Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 at 24Tix

Chelsea Grin

Spotlight show • This will be a homecoming show for Utah-based Chelsea Grin — which is the term used when a victim's face is slashed from the edges of the mouth to the ears. (Makes you grin thinking about it, doesn't it?) The deathcore band, known for its three-guitar attack, formed about four years ago when lead singer Alex Koehler was attending Valley High School in South Jordan. Last year the band played the entire Warped Tour and released a five-song EP called "Evolve." "This is the best lineup that's ever happened to this band," Koehler said of the sextet, which has seen a revolving door of members. The band is already writing a new full-length album, which Koehler promised will "push even farther than 'Evolve.' " Everyone in the band lives in Utah, and during this brief stop headlining "The Sick 2" tour, they plan to dine at La Frontera and taco carts, while cherishing the simple pleasure of sleeping in their own beds for a night. "As a child, you always hate where you live," Koehler said. Now, "there's nothing like home," and he is not being sarcastic. Guests on the tour include Attila, Betraying The Martyrs, Within the Ruins and Buried in Verona.

When • Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix


The instrumental rock band released its third studio album last year, called "Waking Season." Native opens the show.

When • Friday at 7

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 advance, $12 at the door; at 24Tix.com

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The rapper with a penchant for pinching pennies performs as part of the mtvU Woodies Tour.

When • Friday at 7:30

Where • Dixie State College, 225 S. 700 East, St. George

Tickets • $20 at dixiestatetickets.com


Underground rapper Murs is headlines The Road to Paid Dues Tour, which also features Prof, Black Cloud Music and Fashawn.

When • Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $18 at 24Tix.com

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

This collaborative jazz performance will include musicians from the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Jazz at the Lincoln Center and the Snow College Jazz Orchestra. Brooklyn-based jazz singer Alicia Olatuja will provide vocals.

When • Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $21 at ArtTix.org

Charles Ellsworth

Local country and blues musician Charles Ellsworth will perform with openers Shadow Puppet and Bip Bip Bip.

When • Saturday, 9 p.m.

Where • Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5 at 24Tix.com


The indie rockers band from Boston will play with Silver Snakes, Settle Down, Rile and Sir Kay.

When • Sunday, 6 p.m.

Where • The Shred Shed, 60 E. Exchange Place, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $8 advance, $10 day of; at 24Tix.com

Hey Ocean

Up-and-coming Canadian band Hey Ocean performs indie-pop. They Are the City and Cliffs will open.

When • Sunday, 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix.com

The Torn ACLs

This Seattle four-piece will perform at this year's SXSW. Lady Murasaki and Beachmen open.

When • Sunday, 8 p.m.

Where • Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $6 at 24Tix.com

Movies • Listings by Sean P. Means

Disney meets L. Frank Baum, and the results are more spectacular than special.

"Oz the Great and Powerful" is a visually arresting prequel to the classic "The Wizard of Oz," exploring how the Wizard got to be the Wizard. Turns out he was a traveling carnival magician (played by James Franco) who ends up catching a tornado to the colorful land of Oz —where he tries to double-talk his way past an evil witch (Rachel Weisz), a good witch (Michelle Williams) and one who could go either way (Mila Kunis). Director Sam Raimi brings the flash and spectacle to this rendition of Oz, but there's not much charm on display. The casting is also uneven, with Weisz and Williams running rings around Franco and Kunis.

The other mainstream movie this week is the thriller "Dead Man Down," a darkly atmospheric revenge drama with some gaping plot problems. Colin Farrell stars as Victor, a mid-level hood for a crime lord (Terrence Howard) who's being bedeviled with cryptic messages plotting retribution for something. Victor meets Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), a woman who tries to blackmail Victor into helping her exact revenge on the drunk driver who crashed into her, disfiguring her face. Director Niels Arden Oplev (who helmed Rapace through the Swedish version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") employs Farrell and Rapace well, and creates a sinister vibe that almost compensates for the craziness in J.H. Wyman's script.

The most chilling movie this week is actually a documentary: "West of Memphis," a stirring look at the case of the West Memphis 3 — three teens wrongly convicted of murdering three little boys in an Arkansas town. Director Amy Berg dissects how police errors, a zealous prosecutor and an inept forensics expert came together in a miscarriage of justice, and how dogged activism by the imprisoned men's friends and family (along with some notable celebrities) got the case reopened.

Another documentary this week is less involving. "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" tells of Arnel Pineda, a Manila rock singer who was working clubs when his voice was heard by the members of Journey — just as they were looking for a replacement lead singer. Pineda's story is fascinating, but director Ramona S. Diaz messes up the delivery with poor organization. The result is a valentine to the band, interesting only to Journey's diehard fans.

Lastly, "Emperor" is a dishwater-dull historical drama, centering on the efforts of a U.S. general (Matthew Fox) to find evidence to exonerate the Japanese emperor Hirohito of war crimes at the end of World War II. Tommy Lee Jones pops up as Gen. Douglas MacArthur, but his saltiness can't spice up Fox's performance or director Peter Webber's stuck-in-neutral pacing.

Television • compiled by Scott D. Pierce

Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Southern Utah don't start college basketball post-season play until next week, by which time BYU and the West Coast Conference will be finished.

The Cougar men face San Diego in the quarterfinals on Friday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPNU. If they win, they'll play St. Mary's in the semifinals on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The men's WCC tournament final is Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

The Cougar women face Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals on Friday at 1 p.m. on BYUtv. If they win, they'll play Gonzaga at Saturday at 1 p.m. on BYUtv. The women's WCC tournament final is Monday at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.

Friday on TV …

NBA (6 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows goes under cover.

Fashion Star (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A new season of this fashion competition begins.

Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Cal Baptist at BYU

Golden Boy (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Arroyo threatens Clark.

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick has to investigate his own crime.

Touch (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Calvin offers Lucy a deal for Amelia's return.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Frank falls for a woman from the ACLU.

Saturday on TV ...

MLS (5 p.m., Ch. 4): Real Salt Lake at D.C. United

NBA (5:30 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at New York Knicks

Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Cal Baptist at BYU

Ripper Street (8 and 10 p.m., BBC America): Reid investigates a white slavery ring.

My Week with Marilyn (9 p.m.,Showtime): Michelle Williams was nominated for an Oscar for her role in this film. (Rated R)

The New Normal (10 p.m., Ch. 30): Clay makes an announcement.

Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Justin Timberlake hosts and performs.

Sunday on TV ...

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Scott Pelley investigates the source of tainted pain medication, which caused fungal meningitis that has killed 48 Americans and sickened hundreds more.

The Amazing Race (7 p.m. CBS/Ch. 2): Can the Utah father-and-son team, David and Connor O'Leary, keep racing despite David's injury?

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mary Margaret is tempted to use dark magic.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Flanders' parents like Homer more than they like Ned.

The Walking Dead (7, 9 and 10 p.m., AMC): Rick and the Governor try to make peace. Supposedly.

Army Wives (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): In the season premiere, the regulars mourn the loss of one of their own.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Alicia is suspicious of a lawyer she's working with on Lemond Bishop's case.

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The teams leave New York for a task in Orlando.

The Client List (8 p.m., Lifetime): In the season premiere, Riley inherits a new client at the spa.

The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jane is forced to admit his role in Lorelei's prison escape.

Revenge (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Emily redoubles her efforts to avenge her father's death — and Amanda's death.

Red Widow (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Boris recalls an important detail of his father's murder.

The Bible (9 p.m., History): Joshua conquers Jericho; Delilah betrays Samson.

Girls (10 p.m., HBO): Hannah's publisher is pressuring her.

Shameless (10 p.m., Showtime): Charlie and Stu try to win back Marcy.

House of Lies (11 p.m., Showtime): The team consults for an adult-toy company.






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