Visitors to the Utah Arts Festival stride across concrete promenades and grassy lawns sprawled out between fountains and modern buildings, which have glass walls that reflect the fest’s vibrant paintings and eclectic sculptures. Since its inception more than 35 years ago, the four-day festival has taken over a multiblock radius to accommodate hundreds of visual artists, musicians, performers, and culinary artists, each celebrating modern art and the local community. Throughout indoor and outdoor exhibitions, visitors explore varied works of visual art represented through special exhibitions and hands-on workshops with featured artists. A marketplace also gives artists a place to sell their paintings, wearable art, and sculptures to help disseminate their crafts and raise enough money for van Gogh’s ghost to move out of their basements.
Musicians score the festival throughout its days with worldwide genres on several outdoor stages, and storytellers and other literary artists tickle ears with eclectic tales and recitations of the UN staff directory. Across the grounds, festival staffers recycle the fete’s discarded plastic, aluminum, and cardboard as well as food scraps and vegetable oil, and promote eco-friendly practices with a protected bicycle lot and bike valet.
Mickey and Minnie, Scarlett and Rhett, Jack and Rose—all classic cinematic pairs. During their travels throughout the northwest, friends Dave and Matt discovered one more: beer and film. They brought this concept back to Salt Lake City in 1997 when they opened Brewvies Cinema Pub, giving movie lovers a place to take in a flick while sipping one of 19 beers on tap. These include locally brewed options from Epic Brewing Company and Uinta Brewing.
Beer in hand, patrons ages 21 and up can settle in and watch exhilarating blockbusters or smaller, critically acclaimed films on one of the theater's four screens. Brewvies Cinema Pub even indulges more eclectic tastes with special screenings of classic movies as well as cult favorites. To complement their beer, patrons can grab a quick bite from the concession stand, which features everything from hummus plates and coconut shrimp to 10-inch pizzas and pulled-pork sandwiches smothered in a homemade honey-chipotle barbecue sauce.
"Once upon a time a bearded man had a dream, a dream to make the best chicken wings on the planet," begins the Wing Nutz story. That man spent years experimenting with sauces and techniques, and many would agree that he achieved that dream with his wings—which are crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and coated in sauces such as apricot teriyaki and southern honey barbecue.
At various Wing Nutz franchises, chefs follow his same wing recipe, using cage- and hormone-free meat that is never frozen, and then baking, never frying, the wings. They also whip up fall-off-the-bone hog wings (better known as pork ribs, eaten wing-style) and lighter options, such as smoked salmon wraps and salads. The restaurant's own line of brews, Nut Job Beers, stands ready cool mouths set aflame by one of the spicier sauces.
Within Clark Planetarium's space-exploration-themed facility, the interactive displays and immersive IMAX and planetarium shows enlighten visitors with interesting scientific facts. Spread out across 10,000 square feet, more than 15 hands-on exhibits entrance guests with artifacts such as photos from the Hubble Space Telescope and a moon rock brought back from the Apollo 15 mission.
Audio in the ATK IMAX Theatre emanates from a 14,000-watt digital surround-sound system as the 70-foot wide, five-story-high screen accommodates Hollywood hits and insightful documentaries in 3-D. More entertainment abounds in the Hansen Dome Theatre, where six high-definition projectors fill the 55-foot domed screen with seamless images during scientific films and cosmic light shows.
Voted Best Bar Grub by City Weekly, the Lumpys menu provides hearty entrees alongside appetizing, phalange-friendly fare. Grab a signature 3/4 lb. Lumpy burger layered in bacon and cheddar with a choice of side ($9) or a 12 oz. NY strip steak in a shroomy sauce served with garlicky mashy potatoes and veggies ($15). Or snack sparingly on marinara-friendly mozzarella logs with fries ($8) or saucy chipotle jalapeño poppers ($7). Those who dare can enter the garden of eating through a veggie platter piled high with broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, temptations, carrots, and cauliflower ($7).
With 26 seasons under their belt, The Children's Theatre strives to inspire kids to express their creativity through entertaining, educational performances. Children stare as live performers act out the The Brave Little Tailor, an ancient Brothers Grimm fairy tale that reflects on modern troubles with a gentle lesson about bullying. In the story, a tailor strikes out into the world, only to run into a passing giant, who challenges the tailor to feats of strength such as squeezing water from a boulder or not crying while watching Brian's Song. Seating in the intimate, 99-person theater is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open a half-hour before performances so that audience members can snag spots in the front row or on a ticket taker's shoulders.