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For a list of Memorial Day activities, go to this Tribune website.
OUT AND ABOUT
National Missing Children's Day • 4-8 p.m. Friday, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City. Child ID kits, Utah Highway Patrol "Crash Car," police units, fire engines, child car seat safety classes and DARE units.
7th annual Cowboy Legends - Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival • Friday through Monday, Fielding Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park. Trail rides and wagon train rides, cowboy poets and musicians, booths including saddle makers, hat makers, spurs, chaps and other cowboy collectibles. Admission $9 per vehicle. More information, http://www.cowboylegendsai.com or 801-544-9253.
Day Out With Thomas The Tank Engine • Friday through Monday, Heber Valley Railroad, 450 S. 600 West, Heber City. Children and families can take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Admission $18 per person. More information, http://www.hebervalleyrr.org.
9th annual Park City Film Music Festival • Friday through June 3, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., and Prospector Theatre and Screening Rooms, 2200 Sidewinder Drive, Park City. More than 200 independent films, seminars, free performances, receptions and roundtables. Admission varies. More information, http://www.pcfmf.com/ or 435-649-5309.
Pony Express Days • Friday through June 2, Eagle Mountain. Fun run, baby contest, rodeo, carnival, Chris Cagle concert, fireworks, demolition derby and more. More information, http://www.eaglemountaincity.com/ped or 801-789-6600.
Scandinavian Heritage Festival • Friday and Saturday, Snow College and Pioneer Park, Ephraim. Scandinavian smorgasbord, costumes, dancing, storytelling, entertainment, historical tours, craft and food booths and more. Admission free. More information, scandinavianheritagefestival.com or 435-283-4631.
Mountain West Miniature Horse Show • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 1200 West, Ogden. Admission free. More information, http://www.co.weber.ut.us/gsec/calendar.php.
Civil War Encampment • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum, 18035 W. 1540 North , Fairfield. Reenactments, encampments, storytelling, stagecoach rides, firearm and cannon demonstrations, marches, drills, 1861 period games, photos in period uniform. Admission: $2 per person, $6 per family. More information, http://www.utahvalley.com/events/details.aspx?ID=1242 or 801-768-8932.
Utah Philatelic Stamp Show • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West. The Utah Philatelic Society will present its Utah Spring Stamp Fest 2012 Utah State Fair Park - Zions Building. Bring canned food for the Utah Food Bank. Admission free. More information, http://www.utahphilatelic.org/.
The Friends Of The Summit County Libraries Book Sale • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch, 1885 W. Ute Blvd., Park City. Books for $1 or less. More information, www1.youseemore.com/SummitCounty/ or 435-615-3900.
Warriors over the Wasatch open house and air show • Gates open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Hill Air Force Base. Admission free. Pre-show begins at 10 a.m., opening ceremony 10:30 a.m. Performers will include the Air Force Thunderbirds. More information, http://www.hill.af.mil/warriorsoverthewasatch/index.asp.
"Deserts are not Deserted" hike • 10 a.m. Saturday, Antelope Island State Park visitor center parking lot. Join the park naturalist for an easy one-hour hike to explore and discuss the plants and animals that abound in this deseret island. Admission $9 per vehicle. More information, 801-721-9569.
Family Wellness Festival • 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dancing Crane Imports, 673 E. Simpson Ave. Holistic health festival with music and children's activities. Admission free but donations are appreciated.
Family Fun Day • 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East. Westminster College is hosting a family fun day for children with autism and their families. The event will include various activities, including arts and crafts, bounce houses and bocce ball. More information, 801-832-2489.
FIM World Superbike BigM Weekend • 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Miller Motorsports Park, 2901 N. Sheep Lane, Tooele. Three days of motorcycles, music and military. Concerts Saturday and Sunday nights, with feature races on Memorial Day. Admission $35-$50. More information, http://www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com or 435-277-7223.
Jet Car Spring Nationals • 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Rocky Mountain Raceways, 6555 W. 2100 South, West Valley City. Gates open at noon, event begins at 6:30 p.m. NHRA drag racing with fire-breathing jet cars. Admission: adults $20, youth (5-12) $15. More information, http://www.rmrracing.com.
Spring City Heritage Day • Saturday, 150 E. Center, Spring City. Many residents open their historic homes to tours for the public. The tour includes pioneer homes, the recently restored elementary school and bishop's storehouse. More information, historicspringcity.org/events/index.html and at http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54135453-78/spring-historic-heritage-public.html.csp.
20th annual Moab Arts Festival • 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Swanny City Park, 400 N. 100 West, Moab. Annual arts & crafts show, music, entertainment and food. Admission free. More information, http://www.moabartsfestival.org or 435-259-8825.
Cache Valley's Culture Fest • Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Willow Park, 4159 W. 700 South, Logan. Performances, singers, dancers, festival booths and food. More information, 435-753-8486.
Kids Festival • Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Homestead Resort, 700 N. Homestead Drive, Midway. Fun activities include face painting, photo booth, bounce house and a petting zoo. Admission free. More information, homesteadresort.com/utah-vacation-packages/upcoming-events or 866-931-3097.
Escalante Heritage Festival • 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Escalante High School, Highway 12, Escalante. Flag raising ceremony, craft fair, quilt display, talks, music. Admission free except for "Silver Reef to Escalante" play ($5). More information, 435-826-4542.
For the three-day weekend, Hollywood is going back to the futuristic.
"Men in Black 3" is the sequel you didn't know you wanted and it's better than the first movie (which isn't as good as you remember; go back and watch if you doubt it). Will Smith's Agent J discovers that a nasty alien (Jemaine Clement) has gone back in time and altered history, killing his partner, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). So J goes back to 1969, and teams with a young K (well played by Josh Brolin) to put things right. Director Barry Sonnenfeld brings back the swanky retro look, and throws in a great performance by Michael Stuhlbarg as an alien who can visualize multiple futures. Not all the jokes hang together, but Smith's cool confidence keeps you watching.
The other big studio movie of the week is "Chernobyl Diaries," a found-footage horror thriller co-written by "Paranormal Activity" director Oren Peli. It was not screened for critics.
Best of the week is "Monsieur Lazhar," a French-Canadian drama that is the last of this year's foreign-language Oscar nominees to hit theaters. The title character is an Alergian immigrant (played by the one-named comic actor Fellag) who takes over a Montreal elementary-school classroom after their teacher kills herself. Writer/director Philippe Falardeau shows a sure hand navigating through this story of overcoming tragedy and treating children with respect.
"Darling Companion," filmed in Utah, is a gentle comedy featuring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline as a married couple who find themselves drifting which is why she gravitates toward caring for a dog she rescued off the side of the highway. Director Lawrence Kasdan gathers a charming cast (including Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins and Mark Duplass) who are just fun to hang around with. (Read the Cricket's interview with Kasdan about filming the movie in Utah.)
"Bernie" is an odd duck of a movie, a quasi-documentary, half-reenactment true story of a Texas mortician (Jack Black) whose relationship with a cantankerous widow (Shirley MacLaine) ended in murder. Director Richard Linklater (who directed Black in "School of Rock") goes for a "Fargo"-lite approach, with a well-modulated performance by Black.
Lastly, the family-friendly indie "Cowgirls 'n' Angels" is a predictably treacly drama about a 12-year-old rebel (Bailie Madison) who signs up with a trick-riding rodeo troupe in an effort to track down the father she never knew. It's a schmaltz-fest from start to finish, but at least James Cromwell (playing the troupe's founder) gives it some spice.
Sean P. Means
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas • 7 p.m. Saturday, Rio Tinto Stadium, 9256 S. State St., http://www.realsaltlake.com/tickets.
Utah Blaze vs. San Antonio • 7 p.m. Saturday, EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Tickets, http://www.utblaze.com.
Salt Lake Bees vs. Las Vegas • 6:35 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Spring Mobile Ballpark, 77 W. 1300 South, Salt Lake City. Tickets, http://www.slbees.com or 801-325-2273.
Utah Symphony - Beethoven's 1st Symphony • 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple. Tickets $17-$65. More information, http://www.utahsymphony.org.
Ballet West's Innovations 2012 • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South. Tickets $45. More information, balletwest.org.
Salt Lake Symphonic Choir Concert • 8 p.m. Friday, Waterford School, 1480 E. 9400 South, Sandy. Admission $10. More information, 801-572-1780.
Chris Kattan • The comedian from "Saturday Night Live" performs stand-up in Utah for the first time.
When • 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday
Where • Wiseguys West Valley City, 2194 W. 3500 South, West Valley City
Tickets • $20 at wiseguyscomedy.com
Street Dogs • Two former members of the Dropkick Murphys have joined another former member in Street Dogs. The band maintains the fierce South Boston attitude as they fuse Celtic folk elements with punk and hardcore. The Aggrolites and Old Man Markley are also on the bill.
When • 8 p.m. Friday
Where • Burt's Tiki Lounge, 726 S. State St.
Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers • Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers play no-nonsense, country-infused rock. You might remember Clyne from The Refreshments. Buffalo Jones opens.
When • 9 p.m. Friday
Where • State Room, 638 S. State St.
Tickets • $14 at thestateroom.com
Prodigal Sunn • Rapper Prodigal Sunn, cousin of Wu Tang Clan's RZA, will perform with DJ Swift, Ortega the Omega, Yolo Musik BoomBoxx Music, Free Speech Syndicate and Word Em Up.
When • 9 p.m. Friday
Where • Liquid Joe's, 1249 E. 3300 South
Tickets • $9 at door
Das Energi Festival • Das Energi Festival features many of today's top electronic artists and DJ's for one night. Benny Benassi will be headlining with Zeds Dead and Fedde LeGrand opening. There will be more than 50 music artists playing on five stages.
When • 2:15 p.m. Saturday
Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna
Tickets • $25-$100 at SmithsTix
Toxic Holocaust • Come for a night of Orgeon-bred thrash metal with Toxic Holocaust and guests Midnight.
When • 7 p.m. Sunday
Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West)
Tickets • $12 in advance, $14 day of, at 24Tix
Of Monsters and Men with Yellow Ostrich • This collective from Reykjavik, Iceland, performs folk-pop music. The group was the 2010 winner of Músíktilraunir, an annual battle of the bands competition in its homeland. Yellow Ostrich will open.
When • 7 p.m. Sunday
Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West
Tickets • $20 at 24Tix
BoDeans • BoDeans describes themselves as a roots-rock band, delivering blues, rock, country, and soul, all at once.
When • 8 p.m. Sunday
Where • State Room, 638 S. State St.
Tickets • $20 at thestateroom.com
ONE CHEAP CHICK
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Summer reading programs • Children can earn a free book from Barnes & Noble as part of the bookseller's summer reading program. Go to http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570 for details of the program and to download a summer reading log for your child. You can also go to http://www.bookadventure.com/home.aspx to sign up your children for the Book Adventure program by Sylvan Learning Centers. Children can earn prizes for reading books.
Freebies for baby • If you're expecting a baby, you can get a variety of freebies, including magazine subscriptions, formula and other items. Go to freebies2deals.com/2012/05/big-list-of-freebies-coupons-for-your-baby.html for a roundup of offers. Thanks Freebies2Deals.com!
Some fans of Game of Thrones (Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO) have indicated that they were somewhat disappointed with the first couple of episodes of Season 2. That, after the excitement at the end of Season 1, the slow build wasn't what they were hoping to see.
I can't say that I agree. I've loved every episode of Season 2.
But as for the structure of the season, don't forget that as was the case with Season 1 it's based on one of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" novels. (Season 1 was actually "Game of Thrones"; Season 2 is "A Clash of Kings.")
And, being structured like a novel, it's building toward a climax. Multiple climaxes, actually.
The action gets hot and heavy on Sunday when Stannis' fleet attacks King's Landing. And that leads into the June 3 season finale.
"Game of Thrones" is a massive production with a huge cast and multiple storylines. It's also just plain great fun.
Elsewhere on Friday •
College baseball (6 p.m., BYUtv): Gonzaga at BYU
Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): If you're looking to catch up on this series which has been renewed for a second season this is a repeat of the pilot.
Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): The four virtuosos combine bluegrass and classical music.
Insane or Inspired? (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): Each episode of this new show "will count down the craziest, most hilarious and exciting videos from the internet that lean into the world of imagination, invention, and extreme experiences." First up the "25 wildest home-brewed superheroes."
Elsewhere on Saturday •
College baseball (1 p.m., BYUtv): Gonzaga at BYU
How to be a Gentleman (7 and 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): CBS burns off a couple of episodes of this really bad sitcom, which was yanked after three episodes aired last fall.
Arena Football (7 p.m., Ch. 2.2): San Antonio Talons at Utah Blaze
Major League Soccer (7 p.m., Ch. 30): FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake
Moneyball (7:45 p.m., Starz): Brad Pitt stars as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane in this 2011 film. (Rated PG-13)
The Firm (8 and 9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mitch defends a woman charged with soliciting; Mitch defends an unstable novelist accused of murder.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (9 p.m., HBO): 2011 sequel. (Rated PG)
Elsewhere on Sunday •
Auto racing (3:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600
Harry's Law (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): When Harry's ex-husband is found dead and no one claims the body, Harry is forced to plan his funeral. (Series finale)
Mermaids: The Body Found (7 and 9 p.m., Animal Planet): Animal Planet should be embarrassed to air this baloney.
The Killing (7 and 11:08 p.m., AMC): Richmond gets a boost in his race for mayor.
Mad Men (8 and 10:04 p.m., AMC): Don struggles with a pitch.
NYC 22 (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A paroled drug lord is looking for revenge.
Sister Wives (10 and 10:30 p.m., TLC): Christine confronts Robyn; family members take questions from viewers.
Mob Wives (9 p.m., VH1) and Mob Wives Chicago (10 p.m., VH1): The thinking at VH1 is that you can never have too many mob wives. One show was bad enough, two shows is ridiculous.
Veep (11 p.m., HBO): Selina reveals a secret to Amy.
Girls (11:30 p.m., HBO): Hannah discovers something about Adam.
Scott D. Pierce