Essentials: Entertainment Picks July 2-8 

Saturday's Voyeur, Antelope by Midnight, Fireworks for Freedom and more

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THURSDAY JULY 2

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Salt Lake Acting Co.: Saturday's Voyeur 2015
After more than 30 years, Saturday's Voyeur isn't in the business of surprising people. Like many artistic stalwarts, its appeal at this point lies more in its comfortable familiarity than anything else—giving the gentiles of Salt Lake City a public forum for laughing away their frustrations at local institutions. For any given annual production, then, the only question is how well it executes its formula—and the answer this year is: "Pretty well." Where in some years, writers Allen Nevins and Nancy Borgenicht make an effort to keep their songs and sketches focusing on one single central plot, this version simply fires away at recent hot-button topics—the excommunication of Ordain Women activist Kate Kelly; standards for "modest dress"; official LDS church acknowledgment of Joseph Smith's taking of underage brides—while showing more than usual willingness to offend every other religion as much as it offends the Mormons. And while the show still shows a tendency to drop references simply because they obviously will get whoops and applause, the enthusiastic cast nails some lively and creative variations on the show's parodies of show tunes and popular songs, including a version of Jesus Christ Superstar's "I Don't Know How to Love Him," which features one of the best couplets in the show's history. Most Valuable Player honors, though, go to Robert Scott Smith, whose preening interpretation of the prophet Joseph Smith captures a lot of what Voyeur is all about: telling a bawdy joke with such enthusiasm that you're laughing at the telling as much as the joke itself. (Scott Renshaw) Saturday's Voyeur 2015 @ Salt Lake Acting Company, 138 W. 500 North, 801-363-7533, through Aug. 30, $44-$55. SaltLakeActingCompany.org

FRIDAY JULY 3

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Antelope by Moonlight
Antelope Island State Park is an underappreciated gem in northern Utah, worth a visit nearly any time of year—excluding the height of summer, when the heat and sun keep the masses away from the treeless desert island surrounded by salt water. It's heavenly if you go at night, which makes the annual Antelope by Moonlight bike ride—held this year on July 3 during the full moon—one of the best events our state park system has ever created. The ride is a true party. Hundreds of people show up for the event, many in costume; I've seen a bicycle-riding squid and a team of neon-glowing cheerleaders (some people pump jams from portable speakers). The theme this year is Back to the Future, with prizes for best costume. And the whole ride—which is not a race, so leave your jersey at home—has a chill vibe rarely found in group athletic events. For safety, all participants must have front and rear headlights or reflectors and wear a helmet. And, a few recommendations from a ride veteran: Start time is 10 p.m. but arrive at least 30 minutes early to grab a decent parking spot, get your T-shirt and wrist band, and find a place at the starting line. Riders leave from White Rock Bay at 10 p.m. Also—considering that you will probably be driving home around 1 a.m.—to stay awake on the road, bring loud music, coffee, sunflower seeds, and, most effective of all, friends. (Katherine Pioli) Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride @ Antelope Island State Park, 4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse, July 3, 10 p.m., $35. AntelopeByMoonlight.com

SATURDAY JULY 4

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Fireworks for Freedom
As per tradition, fireworks will light up the Salt Lake Valley sky this Independence Day at multiple locations. While it looked like Sugar House might not be able to put on its annual show this year, the Sugar House Chamber of Commerce—along with major donor Apollo Burger, and some help from Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County—stepped in to make it happen. Radio station Mix 107.9 will broadcast patriotic songs. Before the fireworks, enjoy the Sugar House Arts Festival, with around 100 artists and vendors, the third annual Pet Parade and other activities. West Jordan's celebration begins with its annual Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo, featuring some world champions and other top-ranked cowboys. West Jordan City's parade starts in the morning and runs north on Redwood Road from West Jordan's City Hall to 7000 South. Despicable Me 2 will be shown at Veterans Memorial Park before the fireworks, which will end the night with a bang. Salt Lake City's annual firework show will be held at Jordan Park. Sandy City holds its annual celebration the Sandy City Hall promenade, with festival, evening parade and music. See pp. 25-26 for information about other local fireworks shows. (Shawna Meyer) Sugar House Arts Festival @ Highland Drive, 2100 South to Sugarmont Plaza, July 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Fireworks @ Sugar House Park, 1400 E. 2100 South, July 4, 9:45 p.m., free. SugarHouseChamber.org
West Jordan's Independence Day Celebration @ Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 S. 1825 West, July 4, 9-10 p.m., free. WJordan.com
Salt Lake City's Independence Day Celebration @ Jordan Park, 1060 S. 900 West, July 4, 10 p.m., free. SLCGov.com/SCLEvents
Sandy City 4th of July @ South Towne Promenade, 10000 S. Centennial Parkway, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., fireworks 10 p.m., Sandy.Utah.gov

MONDAY JULY 6

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Utah Jazz Summer League
Las Vegas isn't the only place in the region to get a fix of prop hoops during the off-season any more. For the first time since 2008, summer NBA basketball returns to Salt Lake City; the Utah Jazz will host a four-team summer league—the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs—that will play games in EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz squad is scheduled to feature Dante Exum and Rodney Hood, who just finished their rookie seasons. It will also showcase 2015 first-round draft pick Trey Lyles—a 6-10 power forward out of Kentucky—and second round picks Olivier Hanlan of Boston College and Daniel Diez from Spain. Tickets to sit in the lower bowl at ESA are as low as $8 for one day ($5 for upper bowl), and $15 for a three-day pass. Games are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. nightly, with the Jazz in the 7 p.m. slot each day, playing Boston (featuring first-round picks Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter) on Monday, San Antonio on Tuesday and Philadelphia (with Duke's Jahlil Okafor) on Thursday. The return of summer ball to Salt Lake City revives a tradition that saw the "Rocky Mountain Revue" run most years from 1984-2008. At one point, 16 different NBA teams were sending their prospects to Utah in the summer. Players who got their first taste of professional hoops in Salt Lake City include Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash, Tony Parker and Carmelo Anthony. Who's next on the list? Find out this week. (Geoff Griffin) Utah Jazz Summer League @ EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, 801-325-7328, July 6-9, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m., $5-$15. UtahJazz.com/SummerLeague

MONDAY JULY 6

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Samba Fogo
Patterned off of the samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, Samba Fogo will immerse viewers in an Afro-Brazilian drumming, music and dancing experience this Monday evening at Red Butte Garden's Family Night. Expect to be on your feet and moving to the rhythms of this talented group—and don't be surprised if you're pulled onstage, asked to don a feather headdress and strut your stuff in front of the 12-strong drum line. Children are encouraged to take part. Samba Fogo has been taking their message of community outreach to Salt Lake City since 1990. Everyone is invited to weekly dance classes for adults and adolescents of all levels, every Thursday night at the Salt Lake City Arts Hub. They also have a kid's drumming and dance camp in July. To see them in action, take a peek at their popular YouTube channel; the dancers are amazing aerialists. (Paul Skiba) Samba Fogo @ Red Butte Garden, Visitor Center Courtyard, 300 Wakara Way, 801-585-0556, July 6, performances at 6 p.m. & 7 p.m., Regular Garden Admission ($6-$10), Garden Members Free. RedButteGarden.org

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