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FUN FOR THE FAMILY

17. Founded by Nathan and Ruth Hale in 1985, the Hale Centre Theatre (3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, 801-984-9000, HaleCentreTheatre.org) will celebrate 30 years of community theater with the following 2015 roster: Ghost the Musical (Feb. 20-April 11), Over the River & Through the Woods (April 17-May 23), Disney's The Little Mermaid (June 5-Aug. 1), Oklahoma! (Aug. 12-Oct. 3), Big Fish (Oct. 14-Nov. 28) and A Christmas Carol (Dec. 5-24)

18..The parodies and melodramas performed at the Desert Star Playhouse (4861 S. State, Murray, 801-266-2600, DesertStar.biz) are your chance to enjoy dinner with a twist of mirth. The 2015 season includes Pirates of the Scaribbean (Jan. 8-March 21), Into the Hoods (March 26-June 6), Grease'd (June 11-Aug. 22), Star Wards (Aug. 27-Nov. 7) and Ebenezer Scrooge (Nov. 12-Jan. 2, 2016)

19. Since 1994, The Off-Broadway Theatre (272 S. Main, 801-355-4628, TheOBT.org) has presented comedies, musicals and plays, as well as hilarious spoofs. In addition to hosting the improv comedy troupe Laughing Stock each weekend, the OBT features a 2015 season including Indianapolis Jones (March 6-April 11), The Revengers (May 1-June 6), The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) June 19-July 18, Jurassic Park City (Aug. 7-Sept. 12), Breaking Vlad (Sept. 25-Oct. 31) and The Grouch Who Stole Christmas (Nov. 20-Dec. 26).

20. Founded in 1994 by Derryl Yeager, Odyssey Dance Theatre (801-495-3262, OdysseyDance.com) is the "common man's" dance company, combining ballet, jazz, modern dance, hip-hop, tap, ballroom into a form of dance entertainment. Coming up March 5-7 is Carmen Today and later in the year, the now-annual October production Thriller.

MUST-SEE MUSEUMS

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21. The Leonardo (209 E. 500 South, 801-531-9800, TheLeonardo.org) is Salt Lake City's science, technology and art museum that features touring exhibits (such as Body Worlds), activities and workshops.

22. With more than 1.2 million objects in its collections, the Natural History Museum of Utah (301 Wakara Way, 801-581-4303, NHMU.Utah.edu) will host the Extreme Mammals exhibit (Feb.7-July 26) as well as a Lecture Series that includes: Dr. Caleb Scharf: Cosmic (In)Significance (Feb. 26), Robert J. Grow: Envisioning Utah's Future: Challenges & Opportunities (March 12), and David Pogue: Disruptive Tech: The Unrecognizable World of Tech and Culture (March 26)

FILM MAGIC

23. Founded in 2001 to help preserve a crumbling art-house movie theater, the nonprofit Salt Lake Film Center has expanded its mission to serve as the bastion of high-quality art-house films and documentaries in Salt Lake City. Its Broadway Centre Cinemas (111 E. 300 South, 801-321-0310, SaltLakeFilmSociety.org) offer six screens and a newly remodeled lobby, while the historic Tower Theatre (876 E. 900 South, 801-321-0310), with its single screen, is where you'll find cult-classics and pop-culture favorites.

ART STARTS HERE

24. In 2005, the Legislature recognized the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (410 Campus Center Drive, 801-581-7332, UMFA.Utah.edu) as a flagship art museum for the state of Utah. Current exhibits include America: The Latino Presence in American Art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Feb. 6-May 17) and con]text (through July 26).

25. The multiple galleries at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (20 S. West Temple, 801-328-4201, UtahMOCA.org), showcase a variety of contemporary and groundbreaking local and national artists. Look for Panopticon (Feb. 13-July 25).

26. A leading venue for contemporary art in Utah, CUAC (175 E. 200 South, 385-215-6768, CUACCenter.org) uprooted itself after two decades in Ephraim, Utah—due to censorship by Ephraim City officials—and relocated in downtown Salt Lake City where Adam Bateman now serves as executive director and curator.

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