By Geoff Griffin
Though the weather along the Wasatch Front can be dicey at this time of year, it must be spring if baseball is being played. The SALT LAKE BEES—the AAA affiliate of the major-league Angels—open the home season Friday against the Portland Beavers, with afternoon games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
Weather permitting, a Bees game at Franklin Covey Field is simply the best aesthetic experience a sports fan can have in Utah. You need only a $7 ticket for the opportunity to take a blanket in and snuggle up with somebody on the outfield grass and watch the sunset, or simply soak up the sun during afternoon games. For $10-$22, you can grab a bleacher seat that puts you close to the action while providing the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains behind the game.
For baseball fans, the Bees allow you to say you saw All-Stars and Salt Lake City minor-league alums like David Ortiz or Torii Hunter before they made it to the majors (outfielder Terry Evans above). The 2005 American League Championship Series between the Angels and White Sox featured 14 SLC alums. Meanwhile, current stars of the Angels can often be seen playing for the Bees while rehabbing from injuries.
If the Boys of Summer are playing professional baseball in Salt Lake City, as they have been since 1915, spring weather can’t be far behind.
Salt Lake Bees vs. Portland Beavers @ Franklin Covey Field, 77 W. 1300 South, 325-BASE, Friday April 11, 6:35 p.m. April 12-13, 2:05 p.m. Tickets $7-$22. SLBees.com.
By Jennifer Heaney
If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you’re getting your money’s worth by attending the University of Utah, here’s something to make you glad you’re a student: Wickedly funny comedian DANIEL TOSH performs a free show (with student ID) at the Student Union.
As long as you can really, really take a joke, this is the place you’ll want to be on Friday night. Tosh looks like he walked right out of a fraternity house and onto the stage, with a casual style and truly evil comments on anything held sacred to anyone. If you understand that the rest of the world hates us because we have shows like Survivor, “where you can win a million dollars for surviving for 30 days in a place where people already live,” you get his humor.
He rapidly builds jokes inside of jokes to the point where you can’t remember quite what it is you’re laughing about, but you know you’re probably going to hell for it. From topics like what different races of people probably taste like to comparing sex to spinach (“If you were forced to have it as a kid, you won’t enjoy it as an adult”), he’ll probably say something to make you laugh, then feel guilty for laughing, then give in to your dark side and laugh again. Night owls of Salt Lake City can celebrate; the show doesn’t start until late.
Daniel Tosh @ University of Utah Union, 200 S. Central Campus Dr., 581-5888. Friday April 11, 11 p.m. Tickets free for students with ID, $15 general at Union Services desk only.
By Kris Heitkamp
As I peruse the glossy pages of People magazine, I stare at the celebs, drooling over their toned physiques, their Birkin bags and their increasingly popular charity events. I sip my skinny vanilla latte, pondering how I could emulate the stars. I want to help mankind. Buying a Birkin could help our descending economy. An extra 20 minutes on the elliptical and an all-cabbage diet would only increase my profanity and flatulence. So how could I help? Could I find my inner Brangelina?
I decided to follow the pitter-patter of little Shiloh’s feet to her birth continent: Africa. For 21 years, Northern Uganda has been torn by civil war. A rebel militia known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) relentlessly fights against the Ugandan government. The ongoing violence has left many civilians wounded, family-less and living in “internally displaced person camps.” Young boys are abducted in the night to be indoctrinated by the LRA and become soldiers; young girls are kidnapped and made into child brides. The inhumanity is on an epic scale, and the need for aid desperate.
The nonprofit organization INVISIBLE CHILDREN has stepped in to help. A benefit program this week will draw attention to this organization, with representatives from Invisible Children Inc. attending to offer information and a film screening to stir your minds and pocketbooks. Two local bands, Paxtin and Paul Porter, will be rocking the emotionally charged event. Find the Brangelina in yourself and come support Invisible Children Inc.
Invisible Children Benefit @ 195 W. 2100 South, Thursday April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Here & Now: Other New Happenings This Week
AIMEE BENDER/JANE SPRINGER The author of Willful Creatures and the Toronto-based poet, respectively, read from their work. Art Barn, 1325 E. 100 South, 596-5000, Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m.
THE WEIGHT OF MEMORY See feature. Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway, 355-2797, April 10-13, RDTUtah.org
THANKSGIVING POINT TULIP FESTIVAL More than 250,000 bulbs are a-blooming in Lehi for your springtime enjoyment. Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, 801-768-2300, April 11-26, closed Sundays. ThanksgivingPoint.com
MARCUS, MAN OF 1,000 VOICES The local impressionist and your reigning Artys winner for comedy headlines in Ogden. Wiseguys Comedy Café, 269 25th St., 801-622-5588, April 11-12, WiseguysComedy.com
UTAH SYMPHONY Guest violinist James Ehnes joins music director Keith Lockhart and company for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 355-2787, April 11-12, UtahSymphonyOpera.org
CHILDREN’S DANCE THEATRE: SCIENTIA The University of Utah’s Tanner Dance Program presents a premiere production. Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, 355-2787, April 11, 7:30 p.m. & April 12, 2 p.m., TannerDance.Utah.edu
REAL SALT LAKE Your Major League Soccer team hosts D.C. United. Rice-Eccles Stadium, 451 S. 1400 East, 924-8585, Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m. RealSaltLake.com
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Hale Centre Theatre presents the tale of legendary Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley, complete with real Buffalo Bill stage tricks. Hale Centre Theatre, 3333 S. Decker Lake Dr., 984-9000, April 14–May 31, HaleCentreTheatre.org
PETER F. HAMILTON Best-selling science-fiction author of Pandora’s Star reads from and signs his new novel, The Dreaming Void. Barnes & Noble, 1104 E. 2100 South, 463-2610, Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m.
SPY HOP PRODUCTIONS ANNUAL BENEFIT KUER’s Doug Fabrizio serves as emcee for a fund-raiser for the non-profit kids-in-media organization. Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway, 355-2787, Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.