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Marc Maron @ Wiseguys, Davey Fest, City Weekly Utah Beer Festival, and more.

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Marc Maron @ Wiseguys
Marc Maron's entertainment career has spanned five decades, and it's understandable if your touchstones aren't necessarily from his career as a stand-up comedian. His podcast WTF with Marc Maron, launched in 2009, became a trend-setter for its format of loose-limbed conversations with high-profile figures from the worlds of comedy, movies, music and politics. And while his acting résumé may not be extensive, he's still likely to be familiar from supporting roles in movies like Joker, and his part on the Netflix comedy series GLOW.

Still, it was stand-up that started it all for Maron back in the late 1980s as a contemporary of folks like Sam Kinison—and while Maron has been proudly sober for more than 20 years, he hasn't lost his fiery edge. That attitude was certainly on display in his 2020 Netflix special End Times Fun, which concluded with a gleefully sacrilegious scenario involving the end of the world, Jesus and Mike Pence. He also proved depressingly prophetic in a recorded-pre-pandemic bit taking a swipe at anti-vaxxers: "The jury's out on vaccines? Really? How many polio people do you know? Got a lot of people in iron lungs in your family? How's that kid of yours with mumps, you fucking moron?"

Marc Maron comes to town for five shows at Wiseguys Gateway (194 S. 400 West), Aug. 19 (7 p.m.), Aug. 20 (7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.) and Aug 21 (7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.), and proof of vaccination status or recent (48 hour) negative COVID test will be required for all attendees. Tickets are $35; visit for tickets and other event information. (Scott Renshaw)


Davey Fest
It's been more than eight years since local artist David Ross Fetzer—actor, writer, musician, filmmaker and beloved friend and family member—tied tragically just past his 30th birthday. His life, however, continues to touch the local arts community through the work of the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists, which provides grants for filmmakers. This week offers yet another chance to see the fruits of that charitable endeavor.

Davey Fest provides a three-day showcase for works created in part thanks to support from the "Davey Foundation," as well as curated short films from around the country and around the world. This year's programming encompasses 28 short films, including festival favorites like the Spike Lee-produced Cherish, and Molly Gillis's Plaisir, about a lonely American on a French farm commune. Local artists on the bill include Willow Skye-Biggs (April in Her Mind), Andrew Beck (the music video for local band The Mellons' "So Much to Say") and Ali Akbari (The Second Closet).

The program take place in four venues with four different blocs of films: Thursday, Aug. 19, 9:30 p.m. at SLC Eatery (1017 Main St.); Friday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Metro Music Hall (615 W. 100 South); Saturday, Aug. 21, 4:30 p.m. at Brewvies Cinema Pub (677 S. 200 West); and Saturday, Aug. 21, 10 p.m. at Fisher Beer (320 W. 800 South). Tickets are available at $10 for individual screening blocs or $25 for a full festival pass; masks will be required at indoor venues. Visit for tickets and additional information about the foundation's work. (SR)

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City WeeklyUtah Beer Festival
For a very long time, the idea of putting "Utah" and "beer" together in a sentence seemed like an oxymoron ranking right up there with "jumbo shrimp" and "military intelligence." This notoriously full-of-teetotalers state couldn't possibly be a locus for the brewing arts, right? But local beer-making history actually traces back to the 1800s, a legacy that was taken up in the 1980s by trend-setters like Park City's Schirf Brewing (now Wasatch) and Squatters and continues with a growing community of brewpubs from one end of Utah to the other.

The City Weekly Utah Beer Festival exists to celebrate those artisans and many others from throughout the country and even around the world—and if it happens also to be a party where visitors can sample a wide variety of their creations, so much the better. The 2021 incarnation of the festival moves to The Gateway (400 W. 200 South), allowing for an open-air venue that will also be welcoming to those not yet of drinking age, should they care to enjoy the atmosphere and the live music. Those who do want to sample the beers and hard ciders will need to purchase a passport, which will be converted into punches for individual samples, of various sizes and costs depending on the selection.

Visit to check out the various single-day, full-festival or VIP options. Your can also buy tickets in person at the City Weekly offices (175 W. 200 South #100) to skip the online service fee. You can buy passports at the gate, but online purchases are discounted, so make your plans early. (SR)

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90&9: Fighter
On the website for their nonprofit organization 90&9, Nik and Darla Day describe its goal as its goal to "promote healthy living through media and the performing arts ... [and] help youth see the beauties of life and have an increased desire to thrive and help others." Those themes are at the center of the multimedia presentation Fighter, which finds spectacle in the inspirational notion of lifting yourself up through the process of lifting others up.

Salt Lake City's own Nik Day—a successful local songwriter of Christian-themed work—provided the original music for this production, which incorporates spoken word, dance, aerial arts and circus acrobatics. The premise revolves around a phoenix (Makayla Finlison) who becomes overwhelmed by the inner darkness of her own doubts and fears, and falls to ashes on the earth. But instead of immediately being reborn as a phoenix, she begins to experience life among high-school age humans—representing types like the Cheerleader, the Football Captain, and the Valedictorian—all of whom face their own struggles that are hidden from others who assume they have it all. It's only through providing support and guidance to these adolescents that the phoenix is able to shake off her own ashes and return to the sky (in a dazzling airborne dance with aerial silks).

Fighter runs Aug. 19-21 at the Capitol Theatre (50 W. 200 South), 7 p.m. nightly, plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 21. Tickets are $25-$35; visit to purchase tickets and for up-to-the-moment information on health and safety guidelines. (SR)

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