Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Salt Lake Events for Cents: 2/11-17

Posted By on February 10, 2010, 9:36 AM

If you are penny-pinchin' because the economy is down, or just plain frugal, but still desirous to experience some culture and compulsory indulgence: Look no further. Each week, I will inform the masses about the fun, the free, the charming, and the cheap.

"February is pitiless, and it is boring." — Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume. Maybe in Seattle, but not so in SLC with music, movies, burgeoning plays, family events and more—all for cheap.---



So many shows to choose from—almost too much to do in too little time. Feeling fickle? Fret not. Concert-goers can opt to mix-and-match an evening's performances by paying one flat fee—only six dollars—then, they are free to roam the town, venue to venue, and catch whatever acts they like. (This will be updated shortly with the concert listings)

Reviews and updates available online at, $6 each evening
Movies Art and Copy Art and Copy is a powerful new film that reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertisers of our time. Featured are the creators of 'Just Do It,' 'I Love NY,' 'Where's the Beef?,' 'Got Milk,' 'Think Different,' and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. These individual have profoundly impacted culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. They work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation, but the film reveals how they were able to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. @ Salt Lake Art Center, 20 Southwest Temple, 801-328-4201, Fri., Feb. 12, 7:00 p.m., Free
Theatre Prophets of Nature Reading Playwright's Note: "I started writing the play in response to people always calling me a Luddite, not knowing, like most people, the origin of that term. I do not now nor ever have owned a cell phone or BlackBerry. I tell people it's to keep myself free from constantly being reached by people, but must admit there is perhaps a fear of technology altering my universe. Looking up the history of the Luddites, I found it was based more than just fear of technology changing, it had a very real personal effect, the loss of jobs and the start of the Industrial Revolution in England and thus in Western Civilization. The Revolution started in the Midlands and the North, and those factories created social changes, good and bad. Dickens in HARD TIMES writes about how the factories can destroy families as well as create wealth.

    Anyway, the more I read and researched, the more I was struck that the Luddites were considered early Terrorists. They used the tactics of modern day terrorists, creating fear and often using violence to fight back. The government suspended many laws and rounded up suspects to fight the fear of the Terrorists. The more you learn about the Luddites the more parallels one finds to today's situation. Very eerie and very exciting. And perhaps because I too fear and distrust much of the technological revolution I found myself relating to, even sympathetic to the Luddites. But they were terorists, who destroyed property and killed people. How could I sympathize with murderers? And yet I was torn. That made me re-examine the terrorists today. As Byron actually said to Parliament, to ignore them or dismiss them is just as dangerous. In order to fight them we must understand the cause for their hate and revenge. That is not to say we can condone their violence, I don't. But we must know them, like the Luddites, to keep our safety and our freedom. To merely fight fear with fear will never completely work. Lots to think about and that's why I think the subject of the Luddite rebellion is so rich and compelling. Maybe it will make a compelling, provocative play." @ Salt Lake Acting Company,  168 West 500 North, 801-363-7522, ‎Mon., Feb. 15, Free
Literary Poets Jessica Garratt & Peter Gizzi

Jessica Garratt's first book, Fire Pond, won the 2008 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry, selected by poet Medbh McGuckian, and was published by the University of Utah Press in April 2009. Individual poems from the collection have appeared in the North American Review, Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Missouri Review, and in the forthcoming Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: New Voices from the Academy of American Poets' University and College Prizes, 1999-2008, edited by Mark Doty. Garratt grew up in rural Maryland, and since then has lived in Iowa, Ireland, Austin, New York, and now Missouri, where she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri in Columbia.  She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, and from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MFA. 
Peter Gizzi’s books include The Outernationale (2007), Some Values of Landscape and Weather (2003), Artificial Heart (1998), and Periplum (1992). In 2004, Salt Publishing of England reprinted an expanded edition of his first book as Periplum and other poems 1987-92. He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. His work has been translated into numerous languages and anthologized here and abroad. 
@ Finch Lane Gallery/ Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane, 801-596-5000‎, Thurs., Feb. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Family Red Butte Garden Greenhouse Tour     Step out of the cold and into the warmth of Red Butte Garden's greenhouses. Join them for a behind the scenes tour of their state of the art greenhouses where they grow 100% of the Gardens annuals, basket and container plants, and Orangerie plants. Get a sneak peak at what is to come in spring.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way, Thurs., Feb. 11, noon-1:30 p.m.

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