Ask Angela Weekend Picks: The Midsummer Night of Your Dreams

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Woah, drop that winter coat! Summer may be halfway over, but the fun is just getting started. We’ve got your Ask Angela weekend update ready, and it’s time to plan the midsummer night of your dreams.

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What: Main Street Slip ‘n Slide. Saturday July 19, 12-7 pm. SLC. Tickets $20 and up

Why you should go: This Saturday, Salt Lake City’s Main Street will become a 1,000 foot long slip ‘n slide. If you’ve ever had to drive, bike, or walk on Main Street, you know what a wild little incline it is. Imagine how fun it’ll be to slip and slide downhill! The slide is 22 feet wide, and it ends at the bottom with a 77 foot pool.

No really, why?: With a major section of the downtown city shut down for this event, you know it’s something a lot of people will be talking about. Even if you’re not in the mood to get wet, come down for the live music, food, and friends. Post your fun pics to Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #slidethecity.

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What: TV on the Radio. Thursday July 17, gates open at 5 pm, music starts at 7 pm. Pioneer Park, 350 W 300 S, SLC. Tickets $5.

Why you should go: This is the second installment of the city’s Twilight Concert Series, bringing you great live music at a super low cost.

No really, why?: TV on the Radio has a chill, laid-back style. You’ll be bobbing your head so much it’ll practically be exercise. Check out their song, “Will Do.”

 

What: Panic! at the Disco. Friday July 18, 6:30 pm. Saltair, 12408 West Saltair Drive in Magna. Tickets $35.

Why you should go: Perfect Friday night date.

No really, why?: If you haven’t listened to P!ATD since your emo days as a teenager, it’s probably time to take another listen. They’ve updated their sound with new edgy instrumentals and mature, clever lyrics. Check out their song, “This is Gospel.”

What: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off film screening. Monday July 21, 8:45 pm. Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street, SLC. Free.

Why you should go: The Utah Film Center shows a number of free awesome films downtown throughout the year. This Bueller screening is part of their special Monday night comedy series.

No really, why?: This movie’s been quoted, celebrated, and analyzed by regular moviegoers, politicians, musicians, other movies, professional film critics, and academics of many stripes. It’s a cult classic.

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Whatever fun you choose this weekend, here’s cheers to you as you go out and find your own midsummer night’s dream. The magic of summer is only a short ride away.

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Ask Angela Weekend Picks: Wicked, Bastille Day, and Japanese Obon

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One great thing about Salt Lake in the summer is the way outdoor festivals take over the city. You probably already know about the Twilight Concert Series opening tonight with Lauryn Hill, so here are a few other festivals and fun events going on in the city this weekend.

 

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What: Wicked performance @ Capitol Theater, 50 West 200 South, SLC. Friday 8 pm. Other showings happen Wednesday-Sunday weekly. See here for times and ticket info.

 

Why you should go: If you liked the film Maleficent, which tells the Sleeping Beauty story from the villain’s point of view, you’ll love Wicked, which explains the villain’s motivations in the Wizard of Oz. It’s always good to practice empathy and realize that others a human too, even those who we don’t really understand.

 

No really, why?: This special performance of Wicked will only be available in Utah for two months. It’s not super common for big Broadway plays to come to Utah, so take advantage of the opportunity while you can. Bring a special friend and make it a date!

 

Image from Tumblr.com. Lanterns floating on water at Japanese Obon Festival. This custom is a traditional Buddhist way of honoring the connection between one generation and another.

Image from Tumblr.com. Lanterns floating on water at a Japanese Obon Festival. This custom is a traditional Buddhist way of honoring the connection between one generation and another.

What: Japanese Obon festival @ Salt Lake Buddhist Temple, 211 West 100 South, SLC. Saturday 1-8 pm.

 

Why you should go: Do you have any interfaith curiosities? Consider whetting your appetite at this family-centered Buddhist celebration, Obon. There will be dancing and great food, and you won’t be asked to participate in any rituals–don’t worry.

 

No really, why?: Living in Utah, we get a lot of chance to interact with Christian faiths, but maybe not as much of a chance to learn about other world religions. Salt Lake City has a thriving but sometimes-overlooked Buddhist community. Come out and get to know your neighbors!

 

Image from Tumblr.com. One of the coolest sights at an Obon festival is the drummers who perform on a special Japanese drum called the taiko.

Image from Tumblr.com. One of the coolest sights at an Obon festival is the drummers who perform on a special Japanese drum called the taiko.

What: Bastille Day celebration @ Salt Lake Public Library, 210 East 400 South, SLC. Sunday 1-5 pm.

 

Why you should go: Bastille Day is like France’s version of the Fourth of July. There was a large prison in France called the Bastille, and French monarchs used it as a tool of political control, silencing dissenters and so forth. The French Revolution began in 1789 when the French people marched on the Bastille prison in protest of the king.

 

No really, why?: So, the real Bastille Day is actually Monday, not Sunday. So don’t get it twisted. But there’ll be food, dancing, French movies, and a lecture about Francophone culture. We promise we won’t judge you if you start your Bastille celebrations one day early. See you there!

 

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Image from Tumblr.com. A scene from Amélie Poulain, one of our favorite expressions of French culture.

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Ask Angela Weekend Pics: ‘Murica Edition

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Ah, the fourth of July. Some people, when midnight comes around, go around acting like this:

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But for the rest of you patriots, here are a few awesome events taking place in the Salt Lake and Utah valleys this weekend.

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What: Real Salt Lake game vs New England Revolution. Friday July 4, 8 pm. Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. Tickets $25 and up

Why you should go: Still rolling on your World Cup adrenaline? What better way to whet your soccer appetite than by watching a game of America vs. America. Projected winner: America.

No really, why?: For a few brief moments this week, this picture below was the actual Wikipedia entry for “United States Secretary of Defense.” President Obama called Tim Howard later in the week to thank him for making America proud. Sports, yeah!

For a few brief moments this week, this was the actual Wikipedia entry for "United States Secretary of Defense." President Obama called Tim Howard later in the week to thank him for making America proud.  Image from Tumblr.com

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What: Stadium of Fire, Friday July 4, 8 pm. LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. Tickets $30 and up

Why you should go: This is the largest July Fourth celebration in the entire state of Utah.

No really, why?: Seriously, Provo does it big–celebrating the holiday not just on July 4th, but for weeks and weeks before and after. Laura Bush, for example, flew over and spoke at the BYU stadium for one of last weekend’s events. Friday’s featured guests will include six-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood and the cast of the popular local TV show, Studio C.

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What: Fantasy Con. Thursday July 3 through Saturday July 5. Salt Palace in downtown SLC. Tickets $20 and up

Why you should go: The guest list includes such high-power names like Elijah Wood and Sean Astin (Frodo and Sam from Lord of the Rings).

No really, why?: If the traditional July Fourth festivities aren’t your scene, or if you just want to try something else for a change, Fantasy Con may be right up your alley.

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What: Bengt Washburn stand-up comedy show. Saturday July 5, 8 pm. Wiseguys Comedy Cafe, 2194 W 3500 S in West Valley City. Tickets $12

Why you should go: Bengt is a nationally-known comedian who has appeared on NPR, Conan O’Brien, and Comedy Central. He’s got a good case of the funnies.

No really, why?: He actually grew up Mormon in the Salt Lake City area. This background means that, unlike many stand-up comedians, Bengt keeps his act pretty wholesome and clean.

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Follow our events blogger on Twitter, @kekpenyong. New updates weekly! Enjoy your holiday!

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Technology, ‘Clueless’ and you!

 

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Remember that scene in Clueless when Cher had that computer program that let her see what her clothes would look like? This is just like that only without the yellow, plaid, mary janes and knee high socks. 

Still it’s great! Here’s a blurb from the article:

At this week’s Google I/O conference in San Francisco, the company unveiled a service that uses Google’s Hangouts video chat service to simulate the dressing room experience.

JACKcessories, as it’s called, only works with sunglasses and hats. It’s also currently in beta testing, so it’s probably a bit clunky. But Re/code’s Jason Del Ray had the opportunity to try it out and found it to be “silly and fun.” 

 

Want to try it yourself? Click here