Televised coverage of local Utah events is a rarity, usually reserved for the LDS Church’s general conferences and the Utah Jazz. But the FANO MAOHI OF UTAH has joined the ranks, as the Tahitian and Tongan dance competition will be broadcast in Tahiti—and it doesn’t take long to figure out why. Polynesian dancers from around the world come to Utah at the second annual event—literally meaning “Journey of the Polynesian People”—to show off their bold, bright, hip-swaying cultural dance. Smile big. Fano Maohi of Utah @ Columbus Center, 2305 S. 500 East, 474-9146, July 19, 5 p.m.; Central High School, 3900 S. 505 East, July 20, 4 p.m.; July 21, 9 a.m.
Where’s Waldo? Well, for the past 50 years, rancher Waldo Wilcox has been searching for, documenting and keeping secret hundreds of ancient ruins tucked away in the Range Creek drainage of the Tavaputs Plateau in the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah. And until he shared his secrets with Jerry and Donna Spangler—who co-wrote TREASURES OF THE TAVAPUTS—the ancient site that flourished from circa 400 until 1300 might never have come to public knowledge. Attend the book signing tonight at Ken Sanders Rare Books. Treasures of the Tavaputs Reception @ Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, 521-2819, July 20, 6-9 p.m.
After seeing swarms of Muggles on the street tonight making their way to the Main Library, two questions may enter your mind. First, why does the debut of the seventh—and final—Harry Potter book garner more attention than global warming? And second, where can I get that book? That book, of course, is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the highly anticipated debut of which has inspired the MIDNIGHT MUGGLE MADNESS book release party. While waiting for the clock to strike midnight when the book is released, explore a Hogwarts classroom, attend a fantasy-writing workshop or take a walk down Diagon Alley. Check your local independent bookseller for other Potter-riffic events tonight. Midnight Muggle Madness @ Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, 524-8200, 6 p.m.-midnight
In only four days, Utah has the chance to see the best of what England and South America have to offer—in the professional soccer kind of way. REAL SALT LAKE presents the PIONEER SOCCER SPECTACULAR PACK in celebration of Pioneer Day by offering a ticket package to see a pair of games, plus one. First, tonight RSL faces England’s EVERTON FC, featuring U.S. Men’s National Team goaltender Tim Howard. Then, on Tuesday, July 24, RSL takes on South American powerhouse BOCA JUNIORS, followed by a stellar fireworks show. In addition, you get to choose one of three select games to attend for free after purchasing the package. That’s three chances to win a game, people! Real Salt Lake Pioneer Soccer Spectacular Pack @ Rice-Eccles Stadium, 451 S. 1400 East, Everton FC, July 21, 8 p.m.; Boca Juniors, July 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: 866-9-SOCCER, RealSaltLake.com
Bicknell, Utah. Population: 325. Wayne Theatre seating: 306. Bicknell has the distinction of being the smallest town in America with an operating movie theater, and that quirky quality makes it somewhat fitting that it’ll be celebrating Christmas in July. The 12th annual BICKNELL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL brings Santa and elves from around the state to celebrate some the best bad Christmas cinema in history. Film screenings include Ernest Saves Christmas (1988), Bush Christmas (1983) and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964), with post-screening music from the Sister Wives and The Saliva Sisters. The 19 people who can’t fit into the theater will serve popcorn. Bicknell International Film Festival @ The Wayne Theatre, 11 E. Main, Bicknell, July 20-21, 435-425-3123
If the separation of church and state is still a touchy concept, today’s MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake is clearly an anomaly. But don’t let that drive you away from attending a panel discussion where Salt Lake City mayoral candidates present their visions for a better city. Take the opportunity to ask any of the candidates about issues you care about. Mayoral candidate forum @ First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East, 582-8687, 10 a.m. SLCUU.org
You might enjoy what you see at Fano Maohi of Utah (see Thursday) so much that the SAMOAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL OF UTAH will quench those residual desires to see and learn more about Polynesian culture. In addition to featuring music and dance, the festival offers plenty of cultural and arts exhibitions, activities and sports events to last throughout the week. Samoan Heritage Festival of Utah @ Centennial Park, 5404 W. 3100 South, 604-2153, July 23-28
Until recently, Pioneer Day for non-Mormons meant little more than a day off from work (for some). But now that the holiday commemorates Utah’s—and America’s—original inhabitants, believers and apostates alike can find joy at the 13th annual NATIVE AMERICAN CELEBRATION IN THE PARK. At the free event, Native American tribes throughout Utah teach others about the heritage of the Navajo, Ute, Shoshone, Goshute and Paiute through tribal powwow, song and dance. The only thing worthy of following such acts is a top-notch fireworks show—done. Native American Celebration in the Park @ Liberty Park, 500 E. 900 South, noon-10 p.m., 533-9503, Nacip.com
Your idea of “sexy” art might not include the image of a bowl of oatmeal. Then again, MONIKA DEL BOSQUE isn’t like many artists who strive to achieve the most cutting-edge art. Rather, her work is about capturing concepts of motherhood and identity—that it doesn’t confine women but rather provides a new outlet to explore the world. Hence, domestic images—like food—take on new meaning. Get a taste for yourself at Palmers Gallery. Monika Del Bosque: Paintings @ Palmers Gallery, 378 W. 300 South, Suite 3, 359-4632, July 19-Aug. 10. Reception: Friday, July 20, 6-9 p.m.