Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide
This week’s Southern Utah Weekend Events Guide features Mayhem XII, Rocktoberfest, Strut Your Mutt, Family Roots Expo, a gala reception, live music, and more. Check out the complete guide to find out what is going on this weekend near you. For a full list of events, visit The Independent’s Events Calendar.
“William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)”
Brought to you by the same guys who starred in the PBS film version of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” this highly-imaginative, vaudeville-infused comedy tells the not-quite factual (well, not at all factual) story of an ancient manuscript purported to be the first play by William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, a trio of comic actors will throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of pure hilarity. Showing through Oct. 21, times vary. Tickets are $20–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Shakespeare’s luxurious tale of fairies, dreams, and moonlight, this popular comedy gets a new and exciting look when set in the art deco world of the Jazz Age. It is still true that “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and when the feuding king and queen of the fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is pure pandemonium and magical mayhem. Showing through Oct. 21, times vary. Tickets are $32–$75. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
“Shrek The Musical”
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek.” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand, and his name is Shrek. Showing through Oct. 20. at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at tuacahn.org. For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy, and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. Showing through Oct. 18. at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at tuacahn.org. For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. A trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show with a large cast and non-stop laughs. Mamma Mia! Showing through Oct. 21. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $29–$89 and can be purchased at tuacahn.org. For information, call (800) 746-9882 or (435) 652-3300.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Millie Dillmount, sets out in search of a job and a wealthy potential husband. Things seem wonderful when she lands a job working for a rich boss she’d love to marry, but not everything is as it seems. Showing Thursdays–Saturdays through Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17–$23. No children under 5 permitted. For information, click here.
“Summer of Love” exhibit
A poster exhibition is on display at SUMA until Sept. 16. You’ll enjoy tunes from the late 1960s to the early 1970s by the bands featured in the exhibition. For information, click here.
Artists: At Work in their Studios
The Sears Art Museum will feature a special video presentation of past and current artists working in their studios located in the Eccles Fine Art Center Grand Foyer. Ancient artists worked to leave behind petroglyphs and pictographs or created pottery that left us clues to their cultures. Thursday. Noon. Free. For information, click here.
Jake Barrett at Even Stevens
Two Step Night with Eric Dodge
Get out and learn how to two step with Eric Dodge with two step lessons and some open two step dancing. $10 cash at the door. Thursday 7:30–8:30 p.m. For information, click here.
Wolph, Gold Star for Robot Boy, Vivid Youth at Jazzy’s
Wolph, Gold Star for Robot Boy, and Vivid Youth will play at Jazzy’s Thursday at 7:30 p.m. For information, click here.
Kid & Nick Show
Kid & Nick show is a fun, high-energy, interactive variety musical group at Virgin River Casino’s River Lounge Thursday 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m. 21 and older. For information, click here.
Gregg Peterson Band
Mesquite’s and Vegas’ favorite variety and dance band is the Gregg Peterson Band! Free. Skydome Lounge. Thursday and Sunday 7 p.m–12 a.m., Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.–1:30 a.m. 21 and older. For information, click here.
Family Roots Expo
Fall St. George Fine Art Photographers Guild Exhibition 2017 opening
The St. George Fine Art Photographers Guild hosts its Fall Photography Exhibition opening Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will remain up Sept. 15–Oct. 14. It features southwest artists from international award winners to emerging talent. For information, click here.
Casey Lofthouse and Nick Chamberlain
Casey Lofthouse is the frontman for local country band Casey’s Classics, for which Nic Chamberlain plays lead guitar. Friday at Sand Hollow Resort from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Dinner can be purchased from 5 to 9 p.m. Alcohol is available to purchase for those over 21. For information, click here.
Staheli Family Farm “Movies in the Park”
The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and Staheli Family Farm present “Movies in the Park.” This month’s movie is “The Batman Lego Movie.” Vendors, entertainment and more. Friday. Movie starts at dusk. For information, click here.
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe presents Carolyn Murset
Jakey Leigh’s Cafe will host Carolyn Murset Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For information, click here.
Silver Reef Museum gala reception
The Silver Reef Museum and Foundation will host an open house at 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. for its new Smithsonian exhibit. Light refreshments will be served. For information, click here.
Chris Peterson veterans auction and concert
The veteran’s auction will be at 6:30 p.m. and the Chris Peterson concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Austin Roy at Even Stevens
Southern Utah Heritage Choir presents annual fall concert
The Southern Utah Heritage Choir will present its annual fall concert Sept. 15. at 7:30 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and available at the DSU box office or from any choir member. For information, click here.
Country Dance Social hosted by Agrello Dance and Fitness
Country Dance Social with special guest Eric Dodge. Get out and do some country dancing. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how because this is the group of people to meet and to learn with. No intimidation here, just a fun group of people who love to dance. So grab your friends and get out to this fun Country Dance Social. Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. $10 at the door. For information, click here.
Josh Warburton at Juniper Ridge Restaurant and Saloon
Josh Warburton is one of southern Utah’s best performers and combines strong, unique vocals with skillful guitar playing on great folk, blues, rock, and acoustic songs. Friday. 8 p.m. Free. For information, click here.
The Navitones at George’s Corner
The Navitones play at George’s Corner Friday at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
The Essential Guns N’ Roses Live Tribute
Hosted by the 95.9 Hawk and 99.9 Kony Country. Free Admission. CasaBlanca Showroom. Friday 8:30 p.m. at the Casablanca Showroom. 21 and Older. ID’s required. Mayhem XII pre-party. For information, click here.
DJ Spinz at The One and Only
DJ Spinz will be at the One and Only Friday night at 9 p.m. Dance the night away, have a few drinks, play pool, and have a great time! Click here for more information.
Zion Canyon Farmers Market
The 2017 season is Saturdays May 6–Oct. 14, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to noon on the lawn of the Bit and Spur Restaurant and across from the Switchback Grille and Holiday Inn Express. The market was developed to provide a place for local farmers, backyard growers, and producers to sell their goods directly to consumers, to educate the consumers about local farming and seasonal eating, to encourage and promote the use of locally grown farm products, and to enhance quality of life in southern Utah by providing a community activity that fosters social gathering and interaction. For information, visit zionharvest.org, or call (435) 772-0435.
Year-Round Farmer’s Market in Cedar City
Visit the only year-round farmer’s market in Utah, a real farmers market that sells only locally produced and grown fruit, vegetables, jam, bread, and other farm products. The event happens on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the IFA parking lot. For information, contact Symbria Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (435) 865-6792.
Tuacahn Saturday Market
Stroll among local artists and artisans while enjoying live local entertainment Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more shopping fun, step inside the beautiful new Tuacahn Gift Gallery where you will find Tuacahn Amphitheater souvenirs, home decor items, gifts, and much more.
Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Brian Head Resort is hosting Rocktoberfest with live music and all of the activities your body can possibly handle. Grab your stein, put some lederhosen on, and enjoy the altitude before it turns into a frozen tundra. Live bands will perform throughout the day: Fenwick Way at noon, Mason Cottam Trio at 3 p.m., and Safety Orange at 6 p.m. For information, click here.
Strut Your Mutt
Best Friends Strut Your Mutt Kanab will be held Saturday at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fundraising goal is $50,000. Registration starts at 10 a.m., a walk begins at 11 a.m., and the event ends at 1 p.m. For information, click here.
Coins for Kids hosts Quilt Walk and Crafts
Food trucks ajd over 75 quilts on display. Support local crafters and small businesses in our community. Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. For information, click here.
Royden Card plein air show
Born in Canada and raised in Utah, Royden’s main inspiration and focus has been the red rock landscape. He captures the impact of the desert in small Zen-like black and white woodcuts and intensely colored acrylic paintings which convey the majesty of the badlands. Since 1996, Royden devotes his time to painting and printmaking. Recently, his paintings have become larger in scale and his palette more colorful. He is the author of “Desert Drawn,” a collection of prose poetry and sketches. Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. For information, click here.
Nick Adams at Zion Canyon Brew Pub
Nick Adams plays at Zion Canyon Brew Pub Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (435) 772-0404.
Gunlock County at Sand Hollow Resort
Big Tom with special guest Longa Su’a will open the night up with island/reggae country. Gunlock Country will start at 8 p.m. Free. Dinner can be purchased from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. Alcohol is available to purchase for those over 21. For information, click here.
Tuff-N-Uff Presents Future Stars of MMA. Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Fights start at 7 p.m. After party starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12–$50. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Benefit 4 Miles concert
This benefit concert is to help Miles Zemanek. Go to gofundme.com/
DJ Corona and the Go Go Girls
Official Mayhem XII afterparty in the CasaBlanca Showroom. Saturday. 10 p.m. Free Admission. 21 and Older. ID’s required. For information, click here.
This year’s southern Utah pride festival is Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. Free. Some fundraising activities will raise money. All funds collected support the LGBTQ community in some way. For information, click hereL.
Lyndy Butler at Even Stevens
Josh Warburton is one of southern Utah’s best performers and combines strong, unique vocals with skillful guitar playing on great folk, blues, rock, and acoustic songs. Come listen to Josh and enjoy some of southern Utah’s largest selections of beer and a very unique wine list, along with some really memorable food at Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen. Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. For information, call (435) 689-1959.
Soul What?! at George’s Corner
Soul What?! plays at George’s Corner Saturday at 8 p.m. Soul What!? Is a local funk/rhythm and blues band. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Tom Bennett at Even Stevens