For over a decade, Caleb Chapman has been turning heads with his professional bands made up of unlikely members - young musicians aged 13-18! This Valentine's Day a few of his bands will be offering a special treat - a free concert featuring the Voodoo Orchestra with special guests Little Big Band and Siren Sounds Band as part of the free Excellence in the Community Concert Series.
Taking its cues from bands like the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Atomic Fireballs, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Voodoo Orchestra revisits the high energy jump swing of the ‘30s and ‘40s. With Rat Pack swagger, this dynamic entertainment conspiracy features 20 top notch musicians who faithfully celebrate the music and style of one of America’s golden ages of music. In addition to recent performances in LA, the band headlined Salt Lake City's Official First Night Celebration - EVE 2011, performing for thousands. They have shared the bill with acts as varied as the Robert Cray Band and the Neon Trees. The band was recognized in 2010 and 2011 by DownBeat Magazine with the award for “Outstanding Rock/Blues Band”.
The library's Viridian Event Center and Excellence in the Community present the "Excellence in the Community Concerts", free performances each month that feature local, high quality musicians of various styles and genres.
Tuesday evenings are set aside for FREE educational classes to all members of the community. Check the Viridian Center Calendar for the most updated details and class descriptions.
Salt Lake County Library is very pleased to welcome bestselling author Tess Gerritsen to the Library’s Viridian Event Center on Wednesday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion and signing. One of today’s biggest suspense superstars, Tess Gerritsen is a former MD-turned-bestselling author. Her popularity skyrocketed when TNT launched their television series Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, based on her bestselling novels featuring the fan-favorite characters of medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, which is enjoying its fifth season and heading into national syndication.
The author will be discussing and signing her highly-anticipated new novel, Die Again, which continues the story of Rizzoli and Isles, and is classic Gerritsen – fascinating medical details that only an insider can deliver fused with a gripping read and characters readers care about and instantly relate to. The event is free, and books will be available for purchase courtesy of The King’s English Bookshop.
Presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah
Nina Tandon is on the cutting edge of science: where sci-fi meets reality. Profiled in Wired and named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, she believes the era of engineered tissues is just beginning. In this thrilling and eye-opening talk, she explains the process of growing tissue and transplants, and the future of medical science. With the help of manufacturing and information technology, we are on the verge of being able to grow human tissue—and Tandon is here to walk us through this unbelievably exciting era.
Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. She is the co-author of Super Cells: Building with Biology, an e-book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She is a TED Senior Fellow, a Staff Associate Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union. Nina's PhD research focused on studying electrical signaling in the context of tissue engineering while working with cardiac, skin, bone, and neural tissue. She works on growing artificial hearts and bones that can be put into the body, and studies the new frontier of biotech: homes, textiles, and videogames made of cells.
Link to the NHMU website and reserve your seats.
Tumbleweeds is an initiative of the Utah Film Center hosted by the Viridian Event Center. On the 3rd Saturday of each month, we'll feature independant and international films picked for families and people of all ages.
See a Disney classic on the big screen! A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is cursed to fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love’s first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess’s fate.
More details can be found on the Utah Film Center website.
Utah Film Circuit: West Jordan is an initiative of the Utah Film Center and the Viridian Event Center. Join us for this monthly screening series that features the best dramatic and documentary films from around the world.
Directed by Josh Tickell & Rebecca Harrell Tickell
88 min | 2014 | USA | Rated PG
PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from Standard Oil’s tactics to the monopoly oil companies enjoy today. The film explains clearly and simply how we can end this monopoly—and finally win choice at the pump.
Today gasoline is our only option for transportation fuel. With global demand surging, and with no other alternative, our dependence on gasoline has drained our wallets, increased air pollution and sent our sons and daughters to fight in faraway lands to protect the flow of oil.
PUMP shows us how making a variety of replacement fuels widely available to consumers will reduce fuel prices across the board. Diversifying the market with replacement fuels that are cheaper, cleaner and American made will also create jobs, strengthening the economy at home and promoting stability abroad. PUMP features experts like John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil Co.; Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, Inc.; Peter Goldmark, former president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and other noteworthy figures who share their passionate views and knowledge.
More details can be found on the Utah Film Center website
Each Monday in March we will feature a different Steven Spielberg movie from different genres! Come enjoy your favorite on the big screen. We'll provide the popcorn, you are welcome to bring other drinks and treats!
First impressions can be deceiving, and sometimes you have to "open" someone up to hear their stories. Join us for the second annual Living Books Library program at the Viridian Event Center on Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m. Living Books are volunteers you “borrow” who share stories about their personal experiences. You can schedule 15 minute conversations to learn more about the individuals in your community – refugees, authors, world travelers, a Chinese immigrant, a mountaineer, religious leaders, veterans, GLBTQ persons and others.
The unique idea to host a program where patrons check out humans has grown into an international project to promote compassion, understanding and conversations between people of all kinds. You can come anytime during the event, and if the person you want to chat with is unavailable you can place a “hold” to talk with them next.