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5 local events to liven up your weekend

By Faith Heaton Jolley | Posted - Mar 15th, 2013 @ 4:00pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — Spring is officially arriving and with the warm weather, many people are finally willing to get out of their houses for the weekend. If you are one of those people tired of being cooped up with a blanket on the couch, here are five events worth attending this weekend.

The New Electric Sound at Rock the Block

The New Electric Sound is a rising American rock band that originated in Provo in 2011. The band has a 50's rock and roll sound with a modern twist, basically creating a tone of The Beach Boys meets The Strokes.

The New Electric Sound have become quite popular in the underground music scene of Utah Valley with their matching white cardigans and hip, vintage charm. I attended a battle of the band concert during the summer of 2012 where The New Electric Sound won first place, and received high compliments from judge, Quinn Allman from The Used.

The New Electric Sound will be performing at a Rock the Block event in Provo at the Branbury Apartments on Friday at 7:00 p.m. They will be performing with another local sensation, The Neighbors. Both bands put on a good concert and are family friendly. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and it's free. Can't go wrong with that.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" comes out on Friday and tells the story of a kid longing to be a magician. Only when he grows up, he realizes that it is harder than he thought to make it to the big time. The movie shows Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey battling to become the biggest magician name in Las Vegas.

I feel like you can never go wrong with Carrell or Carrey and the movie is bound to get you rolling at least a few times. While it's probably not going to be your favorite movie of all time, it should at least get you into a good mood and get you out of the house.

The 41st Annual Utah All State High School Show Awards

Now, I have to admit: I am a sucker for art shows. It may be because I have absolutely no talent for drawing, sketching or painting and so it fascinates me when someone else does. The All State High School Show Awards presents and displays the best of the best when it comes to local art.

The event is on Saturday, March 16 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Springville Museum of Art. It is a wholesome, cultural family event. Support the young local artists of Utah and enjoy some breathtaking art while you are at it.

The 2013 Tumbleweeds Film Festival

If you appreciate independent films and want to experience a variety of filmmakers from around the world, then the 3rd annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival is right up your alley. The festival is sponsored by the Utah Film Center and is basically the Sundance Film Festival for children and teenagers.

Over a dozen films will be shown Friday to Sunday at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and are created from eight countries around the world. Workshops and activities will also be offered for those wanting to learn more about digital media and filmmaking.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

I grew up watching this movie, and have always enjoyed the humorous presentation of the French Revolution. The Riverton Arts Council Youth Theater is performing The Scarlet Pimpernel as a musical.

The production begins Friday and runs until March 25 at the Sandra Lloyd Performing Arts Center. Shows are at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Enjoy an evening of history with a touch of comedy.

Do you know of anything else fun going on this weekend? Did I miss an awesome concert, art show or movie? Let me know by email or on the comment boards.

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