The Fourth of July is just around the bend and there are plenty of options to celebrate. You could get started early if you’re real gung-ho and go to The Canyons’ July 3rd Celebration. If you’re an early bird, nothing beats the pancake breakfast at Snowbird resort the morning of July 4. I personally like the firework show at Sugar House Park, but there certainly are choices including Carrie Underwood performing at BYU’s Stadium of Fireworks (if you’re feeling especially adventurous). Whatever lights your sparkler, be safe and enjoy.
Also, the SLC International Jazz Festival returns with Ellis Hall headlining on Friday night and Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns headlining on Saturday.
11Friday — Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival
The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., through July 12, times vary. Tickets $16 at the gate
The Facebook group Pearl-Events for Women Who Love Women hosts monthly “First Saturday” events, so join the group and find out all about this month’s “Glitter Night.” And you all know the Court and how deliciously glam their events can be. Perfect for the day after the holiday!
5Saturday — IRCONU: American Music Awards
Fraternal Order of Eagles, 5130 S. 1700 West, Roy, 9pm. Tickets $5-6 at the door, rcgse.org
— Pearl: Glitter Night
For event details go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/PearlSaltLake/
Two fabulous concerts: One paying tribute to a rock icon and the other a folk-rock singer with a soulful and sensual voice.
26Saturday — Utah Symphony Presents “Just Imagine” A Tribute to John Lennon with Tim Piper
Deer Valley Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive S., Park City, 7:30pm. Tickets $29-49, arttix.org
28Monday — Amos Lee
Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, 7:30pm. Tickets $27-42, redbuttegarden.org
“Aidan Bloom is a 35-year-old man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.” Okay, it does sound a little bland but coming from director and co-writer Zach Braff, who also did the quirky delight, Garden State, this flick should be top-notch. Plus, the film features openly gay Jim Parsons (the lovable geek on Big Bang Theory).
25Friday — Wish I Was Here
Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. Broadway. Tickets $6.75-9.25, saltlakefilmsociety.org
Three well-known stage productions and a month-long festival return to engage, make you laugh, make you cry, and make you want to dance. UFO’s shows include Oklahoma!, Les Miserables, and Student Prince; plus much more.
4Friday — A Chorus Line
Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City, through July 27, times vary. Tickets $39-65, egyptiantheatrecompany.org
9Wednesday — Wicked
Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, through Aug. 24, times vary. Tickets $65-175, arttix.org
— Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre
Ellen Eccles Theatre, through Aug. 9, Logan, Utah, times vary. Tickets $10-76, arttix.org
17Thursday — A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Babcock Theatre, 240 E. 1500 South, UofU, through July 27, 7:30pm. Tickets $15-18, kingsburyhall.utah.edu