Creativity in Focus Film Series: Because I was a Painter

When the Allies liberated the concentration camps in 1945 they discovered thousands of secretly created artworks. These drawings, hidden from the Nazis, offer an unparalleled view of life during the war. For more than seventy years the story of the artists who created them has remained untold. With unprecedented access to paintings, drawings, etchings, and sculptures held in collections around the world the film conducts a gripping and fascinating investigation into art that captures, reflects, and inspires in difficult times.

Info online Presented in partnership with Utah Film Center.

Author Event: Bobbie Pyron

Local author Bobbie Pyron is coming to this month’s Great Reads. This is a program for caregiver and child, so be sure to read Pyron’s book “Lucky Strike” before you come. “Lucky Strike” is about Nate Harlow’s desire to win a prize, get picked first, call a coin toss correctly — anything to have some luck. But when Nate survives a lightning strike at the mini-golf course, his luck begins to change. But is there room for his science-and-logic-loving best friend Genesis Beam in Nate’s lucky new world? Free and open to the public — tickets are NOT required. Learn more about Great Reads:

Harp Twins in Concert

Harp Twins Return to West Valley City Camille and Kennerly Kitt - The Harp Twins - return to the Utah Cultural Celebration Center to perform their dynamic rock harp duets on April 26, 2017. The sisters are the only professional identical twin harp duo, who take harps where they have never gone before, both literally and musically. Come here remarkable arrangements and performances of songs by artists such as Led Zeppelin, Metallica, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, Journey and more. Come early and explore the newly finished Plaza Level at the Public Open House, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. First come, first seated for this free concert presented by West Valley City and the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. April 26, 2017 Doors/Open House at 6:00 PM Concert at 7:00 PM Free admission; no ticket required First come, first seated Utah Cultural Celebration Center 1355 West 3100 South WVC, UT 84119 801-965-5100

Wild Wednesdays at Ogden Nature Center

Wild Wednesdays: Game Birds on the 26th; Free for ONC members; children / $4 seniors / $5 adults; All ages welcome
Did you know that you can find quail and pheasant all around the Nature Center? Come learn about some game birds, identify their unique calls and go on a hike to search for these amazing birds.  This program will highlight some scout requirements. Please meet in the Visitor Center.

Downtown Garden Stroll

From March 29th through May 17th, downtown bursts with colors of spring. The Downtown Garden Stroll builds upon one of the premier urban gardens in the west, at Temple Square, and provides a sense of playfulness, surprise and discovery for downtown visitors.

Salt Lake Acting Company Presents Hand to God

An irreverent, occasionally shocking and perpetually hysterical romp to hell and back. This titillating new comedy explores the ideas of faith, morality and human nature - with the help of a bawdy hand puppet named Tyrone. This five time Tony Award nominee - including Best New Play - took Broadway by storm. Now, it's sure to thrill SLAC's adventurous audiences! Performs April 12-May 14 (Wed-Sun) Tickets $25-$43 Discounts available for students and groups of 10 or more. For more information contact the box office: (801) 363-7522

Urban Habitat Community Weed Pluck

This week sponsored by: Utah Native Plant Society

Urban Habitat began in 2012 as a proactive task force to control invasive and noxious weeds. Join us! Help save our precious foothills from the encroaching noxious weeds, learn about the ecology, classification, and diversity of plants and wildlife in our ecosystem and meet great people.  Participation in events with Urban Habitat is voluntary for improving plant habitat in the urban-wildland interface in the foothills of Salt Lake Valley. For participation on the weed plucks we require gloves, closed-toed footwear, long pants, a University release form, and water. We also encourage participants to bring long-sleeved shirts, shade hats, sunscreen, and a snack.

Meeting destination for the group will be determined prior to each event as notified through the groups distribution email list the Urban Habitat Website and our Facebook Page.

Please contact Neal Dombrowski at to be added to the email distribution list for updates and changes.

Utah Dispute Resolution Celebrating 25 Years!

UTAH DISPUTE RESOLUTION is celebrating its 25th year as a provider of high quality and affordable mediation and conciliation services to families and communities in Utah. Come mark this milestone at a UDR Open House on Thursday, April 27, from 5 to 8 pm at the Law and Justice Center in Salt Lake City. The celebration will feature great food and beverages, live music, and mixing and mingling with UDR staff, board, donors and volunteer mediators – and with Utah citizens who have benefited from UDR’s Alternative Dispute Resolution services over the past quarter century. UDR provides family and community mediation services at low or no cost to middle- and low-income Utahans. As the longest continuously running provider of court-approved mediation training in Utah, it trains individuals and develops customized workshops for companies and organizations who want to improve conflict management skills for their staffs and constituents. In addition, UDR offers public seminars that address numerous topics related to conflict resolution and mediation. Mediation is a voluntary, collaborative approach to resolving disputes. Trained mediators help people who are in conflict understand and express their needs and interests, and develop win-win solutions in a safe and supportive environment. Contact Nancy McGahey to schedule an interview, or visit the website for more information about URD’s range of mediation and training services.

Women in Migration

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts presents the ACME Session: Women in Migration. Utah is a welcoming city to immigrants, currently hosting 60,000 refugees fleeing persecution, violence and war.  Eight percent of our state’s population is foreign born with a large representation of migrants from Canada, Mexico, and China. Explore the political, social, and economic issues of immigration with session leaders from The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects—a transnational feminist collective of artists, writers, and researchers:

Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess | Artist, New York City 
Dalida María Benfield | Artists researcher, Vermont College of Fine Arts 
Annie Isabel Fukushima | Assistant Professor, University of Utah School for 
Cultural and Social Transformation
Through film screenings, performance, and a video/media making workshop we seek to create dialogue and imagery reflecting the experience of women in these migratory times. Bring your stories and enthusiasm to learn about migration and how it impacts our communities. We welcome all ages, genders, and national origins to this timely discussion as we grapple with our twenty-first-century reality—people, family, and even objects on the move.

Read Local: James Ure and Paul Ketzle Read at Finch Lane Gallery

Ure is the winner of the 2016 Utah Original Writing Competition for his novel “Leni, the Editor’s Woman”. He will be reading with Paul Ketzle, whose novel “The Late Matthew Brown” was a finalist for the 15 Bytes Book Award in 2016. The event will be moderated by David G. Pace.