From Lou Grant doing FDR to tripped-out theater to every kind of music under the sun, this weekend is full of opportunities for the outgoing.
Let's break down the weekend day by day:
Whether you're old enough to remember him as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the '70s, or were just introduced to him via his role as the old man in Pixar's Up, you should know, Ed Asner is pretty much The Man. Not only is he a fine actor, but he's a pretty hilarious interview in the pieces I've read. This weekend, Asner's doing a one-man show exploring FDR, arguably the country's most-popular president, up at the Eccles Center in Park City, and it should be both entertaining and educational--not a bad way to start a weekend.
A theatrical event of an entirely different nature is taking place Friday and through the weekend on the U campus at the Intermountain Networking and Scientific Computing Center. Another Language Interplay: Duel-Ality Version 1.0 is a multi-media, multi-sensory experience that is impossible to explain; you just have to see it. Friday's show is at 7 p.m.
Friday at the old Sit 'n' Spin space above The Tap Room, the Submerged in Art: Optimism Eleven Annual Benefit for the Road Home takes over, with poetry, music, fine art sales and raffles all geared toward raising money for the scuffling charity. Gavin Sheehan talked to filmmaker Tai Taeoalii, organizer of the event, and you can read that here.
And for music on Friday, Jackie Greene starts a two-night stand at The State Room Friday night, while Portugal. The Man stops at In the Venue.
Saturday night is music-heavy, in the best way. Down in Provo, local faves Parlor Hawk headline a show at Velour. In Park City, R&B uber-producer Jermaine Dupri hosts an evening of dance favorites at Harry O's. And here in Salt Lake City, Scott Biram brings his spirited blues to The Urban Lounge while metal dudes Zoroaster plays at Burt's Tiki Lounge; read our interview with Zoroaster right here.
Also Saturday, the gardening fools in town will want to hit the Garden Planning and Design workshop at the Main Library Saturday at 10 a.m. Registration is required, so follow that link to your green-thumbed promise land.
By day Sunday, hit the Craft Sabbath, this month full of St. Paddy's Day and Easter-themed treats among the usual goodies. And then at night, make your way over to Kilby Court for the rising singer/songwriter Stacy Clark (pictured).