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The third annual Utah Renaissance Festival will be held, once again, in Slatersville. This family-oriented event has a number of fun, Renaissance and fantasy-inspired activities including jousting, magic shows, belly dancing, Celtic singers, bag pipe players and puppet shows. It’s also a great place to strut your doublets, hose, stomachers, farthingales, brocade gowns and, of course, feathered hats.
When: May 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17 and 18, 10:00 a.m. to dusk
Where: 3105 W Pioneer Road. Marriott-Slatersville (Take I-15 just north of Ogden to exit 346. Go west on Pioneer Rd through the light. Travel approximately 1.5 miles down Pioneer Rd and look for the yellow URFFF signs.)
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, military, senior citizens and anyone who comes dressed in Renaissance period costume.
Info: Utahrenfest.com 

Race for the Cure

The Gateway Mall will again host the 12th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a race to raise funds for breast cancer research. Last year, the walk/run drew over 18,000 participants, making it the largest race of its kind in Utah history. Thanks in part to the Race for the Cure, Utahns have contributed over 2.5 million dollars to breast cancer research and related activities.
The day will include live music and prize giveaways. The race is not timed.
When: May 10, 6:00-10:00 a.m.
Where: The Gateway Mall (race will run through Rio Grande St.)
Cost: Online prices are $15 for survivors, seniors (age 65 and older) and youth (age 4-12), $25 f or adults and $30 for Sleep In for the Cure, for those who don’t wish to run. Mail in prices are $5 more for all categories. Participants in all categories may sign up on the day of the race for $40.
Info: komenslc.org

SLAMing with Plan-B

Plan-B Theatre, one of Utah’s leading venues for alternative and avant-guarde work, will host its 5th annual SLAM, a festival of five ten minute plays written and rehearsed in a 23 hour period (the audience gets to enjoy the efforts in the 24th hour). This year’s SLAM will also feature the release of Plan-B Theatre Company: Stories from Behind the Zion Curtain, a collection of eight Plan-B hits by mostly local playwrights including Tobin Arkinson’s The Alienation Effekt, Debora Threedy’s The End of the Horizon, Eric Samuelsen’s Miasma and Carol Lynn Pearson’s critically acclaimed story of a Mormon family after their gay son’s suicide, Facing East. Local publisher Juniper Press has released the book, which will be available in stores later this year.
When: May 17, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (300 S 138 W)
Cost: $18 available trough ArtTix at 355-Arts or arttix.org
Info: planbtheater.org

Free HIV Testing

The HIV/AIDS Task Force of Washington County will offer its monthly free HIV screening for Southern Utah residents. Testing is regularly held on the second Saturday of the month.
When: May 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Doctor’s Free Clinic (1036 E Riverside Dr., St. George UT)

Operatic Rogues

Once again, the Utah Opera company will present Mozart’s darkest opera, Don Giovanni (a.k.a. Don Juan), the evening that has it all – murder, sex, revenge, haunted statues and at least one aria with innuendo-laden lyrics. Hell even makes a guest appearance. The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles.
When: May 10-17 (times vary)
Where: Capitol Theatre (200 S 50 W)
Cost: Tickets range from $12-$65 and can be purchased through ArtTix at 355-ARTS or arttix.org.
Info: utahopera.org

Pride in Pink
The Utah Pride Center’s Pride in Pink Party, a seasonal social gathering for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender professionals and their allies, will return to the Oyster Bar again this month. Hors d'œuvres and drinks will be available.
When: May 21, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: 54 West Market Street (350 South)
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Info: utahpridecenter.org

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