Each Monday in March we will be showing a classic 80's movie. Admission is FREE and so is the popcorn, so bring the family and introduce the kids to one of your childhood favorites!
March 10 - The Karate Kid
March 17 - The Goonies
March 24 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
March 31 - Ghostbusters
March 3 - Back to the Future
The Celtic Jazz ensemble SYNKOFA builds upon innovative folk song arrangements of violinist Theresa Ellis and adds the original compositions of guitarist Eric McKenna. The four-piece instrumental band features soloists upright bassist Steve Wesson and cellist Elaine Witte. Together, they play Celtic music with gypsy flair, carrying listeners to the misty Irish Highlands, the hot jazz clubs of 1950’s Paris, the stone cathedrals of the Renaissance, to the porch steps of Appalachia, and beyond!
Excellence in the Community present the "Excellence in the Community Concerts" in a partnership with Salt Lake County Library's Viridian Center. These free concerts feature local, high quality musicians of various styles and genres.
This free event for families features national storytellers too good to miss!
Some people have inner-kids. Andy Offutt Irwin has an outer-kid. With a manic Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and hilarious stories, he is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. People are drawn to him like magnets to a refrigerator. And inside, it’s all Mountain Dew and Jolt Cola. A native of Covington, GA, Andy is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler, walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects, and so much more!
Donna Ingham takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist to entertain audiences of all ages. Hear tall tales, folklore, historical and personal stories told only as a Texan could – or would. She currently holds the titles of Biggest Liar in Austin, Texas (for the seventh time), and Biggest Liar in Texas (for the third time).
Presented in partnership with the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.
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 Markus Imhoof
91 min / Austria/Germany/Switzerland /2013
Oscar nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bees worldwide are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis.
Traveling Tumbleweeds is a Utah Film Center initiative hosted, among other places, at the Viridian Event Center. Join us for a monthly screening on the third Saturday of each month that features an outstanding selection of animated, documentary, and live-action films from around the world.
Directed by Víctor Maldonado and Adrià García
Screens in English
Visually stunning and wildly inventive, this film explores the mystery of the night in a sweeping nocturnal adventure full of Alice in Wonderland-like characters and moody, dream-inspired landscapes. Have you ever wondered why your hair looks funny in the morning or where the sounds outside your window come from at night? A young boy named Tim finds out after an unusual discovery on the rooftop of his orphanage plunges him into the secret world of Nocturna, inhabited by curious creatures who control the night.
Official Selection – Venice Film Festival; New York International Children’s Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival
View the trailer and more at the Utah Film Center site
January - April 2014
Select Fridays each month
First impressions can be deceiving, and sometimes you have to "open" someone up to hear their stories. Join us for the first annual Living Books Library program at the Viridian Event Center on Saturday, March 29 from 11:00 – 2:00 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 started in Denmark in 2000 and has since 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. We think you will find this new event thought-provoking and memorable.