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Salt Lake Events For Cents: 12/17-23

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If you are penny-pinchin' because the economy is down, or just plain frugal, but still desirous to experience some culture and compulsory indulgence: Look no further. Each week, I will inform the masses about the fun, the free, the charming, and the cheap.
Find your inner-child and make your own jigsaw puzzle (or stay at home and find those pesky pieces lost in couchland). Or for more sombering, mourn the lives of fallen homeless persons at the Homeless Candlelight Vigil. From swingin' in skirts to reaching blissful beatitude and back, there are ample opportunities to fill your weekend:---

Wasatch Contras Holiday Ball

    Do-si-do, little darlin’. If you are unfamiliar with calls like “Balance and Swing”, “Ladies’ Chain”, “Hey for Four” or the more lively “Gypsy Meltdown”, do not fret. Callers will teach you the moves before you shuffle your feet. 

    So, what’s the lure of contras dance? It’s learned quickly, because the same sequence repeats up to 30 times in any given song—great for folks with two left feet. Contras isn’t fanciful or pretentious, just plain, simple contras.

    However, dress for this event can be “elegant” if so desired. It is a living tradition, evolving from 17th-century English-Scottish dancing, surviving near extinction in 19th-century New England, then slowly spreading across rural America. Now, Salt Lake City has monthly shindigs. At Wasatch Contras’ end-of-the-year potluck and dance, flute-based Bandage a Trois will play jigs, reels and old-timey tunes. ’Tis the season for do-sido-ing, and you are sure to catch some Scottish-infused Christmas favorites. Ladies' Literary Club, 850 E. South Temple, 801-278-8765, Dec. 18, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. WasatchContras.org, Free

Third Saturday For Families: Jigsaw Puzzles     In this activity, you will stroll throughout the UMFA’s Native American galleries and theSplendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art exhibition to find examples of intricate patterns, interesting shapes, and decorative lines to help you design and make your own one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzle. UMFA, 410 Campus Center Drive, 801-581-7332, Dec.19, 2-4:00 p.m., Free

Sound of the Soul

    A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew fly into Morocco ... no, it’s not a joke. Music transcends polarization and conflict— or at least that’s the case at the Fez Music Festival.

    Director Stephen Olsson documents the 2002 and 2004 galas of sacred music in a film to be screened at the Main Library. The festival, in its 16th year, manifests a congregation of artistic beatitude where people can live harmoniously, celebrate togetherness and, most importantly, perform world-class music. Olsson’s goal: Make a film that deals with the mystical experience but not be trite or esoteric. Check that box. Sound of the Soul captures impressive audio footage, visits a symposium and relates the locale’s history. Morocco, the Islamic oasis of peace and tolerance, hosts performers ranging from all over the world (sorry, Mormon Tabernacle, maybe next year). An Episcopal priest says, “...[The] arts are the most direct and immediate way of communicating profound passions and profound beliefs.” Salt Lake Film Center’s Films Without Borders series brings another profoundly passionate piece.  Sound of the Soul @ Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, 801-524-8200, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. SLCFilmCenter.org, Donation

Homeless Persons Memorial and Candlelight Vigil      Pamela Atkinson is a leading advocate for Salt Lake City’s homeless. She’ll join service providers, volunteers and friends on the first day of winter and the longest night of the year to pay homage to those homeless people that have died on the streets. Pioneer Park, 400 S. 400 West, Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m., Free

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