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Weekend Activities Quick Hits

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Our Essentials picks are only the beginning. Here are more suggestions for how to spend your weekend. ---

Fans of all things Japanese and pop-cultural -- most notably anime (that animation with the huge-eyed people) and manga (those illustrated books with the huge-eyed people) -- are invited to the Anime Banzai convention at the Davis Convention Center. Beginning today, join three days of panels, special guests, anime screenings, videogaming and costume play.

The Salt Lake Symphony launches its new season Saturday night at Libby Gardner Hall with a program of "Symphonic Fairy Tales." Take in an evening featuring Erno von Dohnanyi's "Variations on a Nursery Song," Jose Pablo Moncayo's "Huapango" and Prokoviev's Suite #1 from the Cinderella ballet.

And as the rain tapers off today, the Saturday Farmer's Market in Pioneer Park will be just right for City Weekly's annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off. Judging starts at noon, but give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all the pleasures the Farmer's Market has to offer.

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