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

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.

 

Image from Tumblr.com
Image from Tumblr.com
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!

 

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