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Beyond Essentials Sept. 6-13

Utah State Fair, Risk! Live, Utah Symphony plays Raiders of the Lost Ark and more


  • Troy Conrad
Host Kevin Allison (pictured) brings Risk! Live to The Urban Lounge (241 S. 500 East) on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. for an evening of daring personal storytelling. Local participants at press time include Mike Sharp, Kate Dowden, Brian Higgins and Sammy Sponenberg. Tickets are $22 for this 21+ event.

The 2017-2018 Utah Symphony season opens with another live symphonic accompaniment of a beloved movieā€”in this case, Steven Spielberg's 1981 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark. John Williams' iconic score resounds through Abravanel Hall (123 W. South Temple) Sept. 7 & 8, 7 p.m.,  as Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones kicks Nazi butt. Tickets are $29 - $59.

If the Salt Lake Greek Festival's taste of contemporary Greek culture isn't enough for you, you can also go old-school Greek culture with the Classical Greek Theater Festival. Beginning Sept. 7 at Westminster College, a production of Euripedes' Ion makes a tour of several Utah venues, including West Valley City's Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Weber State University and BYU. Dates, times and ticket prices vary; visit website for more info.

The Greek  Festival isn't the only cultural celebration energizing downtown this weekend. The Utah Brazilian Festival takes over The Gateway (200 S. 400 West on Rio Grande on Saturday, Sept. 9, 1-7 p.m. beginning with the Samba Carnaval Parade. Other activities include musical performances by acts including Batuke Brazil and Brazilian Roots, authentic Brazilian dance and of course plenty of great food, plus arts exhibits and children's activities. Admission is free.

If you didn't get enough fairground fun at the Salt Lake County Fair, it's time now for the Utah State Fair, featuring rodeo events, the West Coast Lumberjack Show, Xpogo Stunt Team, music, games, rides, food and more. Visit website for ticket prices and daily operating hours.