Get some culture.
Watch Fame The Musical, free with your OneCard, now playing through Oct. 26 at the Grand Theatre (South City Campus). Shows starts at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 to Oct. 19, with a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Regular tickets are $10-$24. For more information, visit the-grand.org.
When was the last time you watched a live game—for free?
Watch the Bruin Women’s Volleyball team play against the Snow College Badgers on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. Free with your OneCard. For schedules, visit slccbruins.com. Need more convincing? See The top 5 reasons to go see an SLCC volleyball game.
Get artsy (not fartsy).
Hear Matthew Allred’s talk and see his photographic series, Heliography: The Arc of Time, for free, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Finch Lane Gallery (1340 E 100 S) during Gallery Stroll (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.). The exhibit was made using handmade pinhole cameras and long exposures of the pathway of the sun, in what Allred describes as “expansive motions of extended time.” For more information, visit www.slcgov.com.
Plant a tree.
TreeUtah needs enthusiastic volunteers to plant poplars on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Redwood Nature Area site from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Refreshments and tools will be provided. Register online at treeutah.org/.
Explore the science of fear.
Listen to spooky stories around the campfire, get lost (hopefully) in a black light maze and experiment in a mad science lab while learning about the science behind eerie traditions at the Spooky Science Exhibit. Now through Oct. 31, at the Leonardo (209 E 500 S). The price of the exhibit is included with admission ($9/adults and $8/students and youth). For more information, visit www.theleonardo.org.
According to Trevor Hale’s “Haunted Houses,” here are some of your best haunted house options this year: Nightmare on 13th (showcasing the 13 Levels of Fear) in Salt Lake City, Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus (featuring 20 converted semi-truck trailers) in Draper and Castle of Chaos (featuring 3 locations—2 in Taylorsville). For more information, see the article at www.cityweekly.net.
Treat yourself to a movie.
Gravity (3D), a sci-fi/fantasy/suspense thriller, has garnered rave reviews and is showing in several theaters, including in IMAX 3D at the Megaplex Theater-Legacy Crossing. Gravity is rated 97 by critics and 89 by users on Rotten Tomatoes; visit www.rottentomatoes.com.
Get away to Sun Valley, ID, only 4.5 hours away, for the 10th Annual Crosstober Fest (cyclocross, beer and music!), on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19. The beerfest features about 100 beers from over 20 breweries. For more information, visit crosstoberfestidaho.com.
Take a hike.
Salt Lake is the perfect basecamp for all your outdoor pursuits, with 21 National Parks and Monuments, 43 state parks and five National Forests all within a few hours’ drive. As Edward Abbey said, “It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here.” Here’s a website to get you started: www.exploreutah.com.