Monday, August 6, 2012

Glad You Asked: Alex Israel, Fiddler on The Roof and Free Bluegr

Posted By on August 6, 2012, 12:00 PM

Dear GYA, I noticed on the news this morning that everyone over at NASA is celebrating and I gotta say I can't blame 'em. I truly can't believe that after all the great milestones in the history of mankind -- like landing on the moon and curing polio -- we've finally received word that Lil Wayne has quit the rap game. I just ... I'm starting to cry a little bit. I'm looking to celebrate tonight -- any good ideas? - James Gouterve, Spanish Fork--- 

James, you're right. Today will always be remembered as the day Lil Wayne quit rapping, not for anything else. Nope, nothing else. Here are some ideas for gettin' loose: 

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting Alex Israel's As it Lays. This multimedia film was made using the scenic backdrops of Hollywood's talk shows along with Israel's own pieces -- a truly unique perspective on celebrity culture and the inhabitants of Hollywood. The exhibit is going on all day today. 

On of the most beloved musicals of all time, Fiddler On The Roof, will be performed this evening at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater. The only problem with seeing this musical is you'll be humming "Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Tradition" for the next week. The show starts at 8 p.m.

The Red Desert Ramblers will be performing at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center this evening. If you've never heard these guys, then be prepared to kick off your shoes for some serious barefoot stompin'.  The Ramblers are one of Utah's thriving bluegrass, country and swing bands and always put on a great show. Best of all, it's free. The show starts at 8 p.m. 

Other worthwhile events happening tonight:

- Les Miserables will be going down at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

- At noon at the Gallivan Center, check out the free Lunch Bunch Concert Series.

- Geeks Who Drink pub trivia will be happening at the Devil's Daughter Bar and Grill tonight at 8 p.m.  

For today's complete list of things to do, click here.  

Twitter:@WolfColin

Wolf is also the author of City Weekly's blog The Secret Handshake.

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