Customers can admire the proprietor's florid fruit sculptures, commended in 2008 by Salt Lake City Weekly, before settling down to nibble on nuanced curries ($9.95-$12.95) or classic Pad Thai ($9.95-$11.95) from an extensive menu that unites four regional cuisines. At the end of the meal, guests can drown any excess spices in beer or wine ordered from the drinks menu.
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.
Since striking up the Innovations series five years ago, Ballet West has capped each of its characteristically classical seasons with an all-out expo of new works from contemporary choreographers. Set to the dark fury of Shostakovich, Descent, by principal Michael Bearden, presents a true story of the Russian Revolution, expanded to a 45-minute performance from the 10-minute version that premiered in 2010. Chu-San Goh Award winner Susan Shields's evocative Grand Synthesis returns, gracefully skipping between tranquil and frantic tempos like an indecisive morning-radio DJ. Katherine Boyle of the Washington Post said of Shields that her style "fuses formal balletic technique with modern shapes and movement"; her work draws heavily upon training from the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Wolf Trap Elementary School in Vienna.
Sprawled across three floors, The Hotel Elevate helps partiers keep the revelry going all night. The Lobby occupies the first floor and treats guests to a fully stocked bar, patio area, and droves of VIP tables and seating. Venture farther and visit the enchanting top floor Ballroom, which features chandeliers and a balcony that overlooks the second-floor Opium Lounge—an intimate dance floor area with a bar and DJ booth. In the basement, the Barrel Room tantalizes thanks live music and a fully stocked bar. Also on-site, Club Elevate ignites the atmosphere with a 35-foot main bar, VIP sections, and a 1,100-square foot stage. The Hotel Elevate frequently puts its gargantuan space to use as an events venue, with past bashes including visits from The Crystal Method and evening costume parties. The same spaces are also available for private functions such as birthday parties or the retirement party of one lonely, lonely billionaire.
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.
The downtown gastropub boasts an extensive menu of reimagined pub fare. Start with a Scotch egg ($4), hard-boiled then wrapped in a garlic sausage before being doused with breading and fried. Or opt for an order of the pub poppers ($3), almond-stuffed medjool dates swaddled in strips of delicious bacon. Unstoppable appetites pause at the prosciutto burger ($12), and herbivorous eaters nosh the black-bean chipotle veggie burger ($11) with a side of fresh-cut-daily fries coated with garlic (add $2). Large plates, such as the slow-simmered chili verde with braised pork and green chilies ($8) or the Alaskan halibut and chips ($16) make gastro-pub elitists grovel. Hand-tossed pizzas (starting at $10) and fresh salads (starting at $5) complete the eclectic menu.