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Beyond Essentials Oct. 18-25

A Comedy of Tenors, Anime Banzai, Beethoven's 5th, Deep Love and more.


Costumes, comedy and (of course) some Halloween-themed entertainment supplement our highlights of the best in Utah arts & entertainment events over the next week.

Pioneer Theatre Company (300  S. 1400 East, 801-581-6961) presents A Comedy of Tenors (pictured), Ken Ludwig's farcical sequel to Lend Me a Tenor set in the world of 1930s Paris opera.  Shows run Oct. 20-Nov. 4, Monday-Saturday evenings with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. Tickets are $25-$44, available here.

The most instantly-recognizable four notes in the classical music canon kick off Utah Symphony's presentation of  Beethoven’s 5th Symphony at Abravanel Hall (123 W. South Temple, 801-355-2787),  Oct. 20-21, 7:30 p.m. Maestro Thierry Fischer conducts a program that also includes selections from Brahms' Hungarian Dances and soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja performing Schoenberg's Violin Concerto.  Tickets are $15-$88, available here.

Fans of Japanese animation in television and movies gather for the annual Anime Banzai Convention at Davis Conference Center (1651 N. 700 West, Layton), Oct. 20-22, featuring guest panelists, games, cosplay contests, meet-ups, vendors and more.  Pre-registration is closed, with tickets available to purchase at the door for $25-$50.

Now something of a local tradition, the macabre opera Deep Love once again brings to Utah its tale of a young widow haunted by her dead husband. The Provo performance at Velour on Oct. 19 is already sold out, but you can still see it at Salt Lake City's Rose Wagner Center (138 W. 300 South), Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $21, available here.

For a different approach to turning grief into theatrical entertainment, Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain gives a dynamic contemporary dance spark to a story of a man trying to continue his creative life while mourning a lost love. Performance is at the Eccles Theater (131 Main St.), Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65, available here.