Friday June 15
UMOCA is hosting a First Friday event this week (temporal displacement due to UMOCA's Gala earlier this month for those that are feeling disoriented). First Fridays are a monthly celebration of the contemporary art world with music, food, cash bar, and, this month, the opening of two new exhibits, Cantastoria and Play Me I’m Yours. Positioned at the intersection of Homer, Twitter, and the singing telegram, Cantastoria (Italian meaning “history singer” or “sung story”) aims to help visitors to UMOCA explore how contemporary artists span past and present to communicate history and culture through language, song, and storytelling. Play Me I’m Yours also explores artist communication through musical means: part of a larger project by British artist Luke Jerram, this open-air exhibit features pianos painted by local Utah artists (including Paul Heath, Ben Wiemeyer, Trent Call, Carey Ann Francies, Holly Jarvis, Jim Frazer & Suzanne Simpson, Education, Sri Whipple & Jason Jones, John Bell, and Constant Dullaart) and placed in public spaces around downtown Salt Lake—passersby are invited to add their own music to the ambient beat of the city for the two weeks the exhibition is up. Play Me, I’m Yours will be kicked off with a performance by guest pianist Eric Rich.
UMOCA, 20 S. West Temple, 7-9p.
Multimedia creators Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan are in the Lab@Leo this week, ready to instruct you about the art of sequential visual narratives (or comic books, for the unenlightened). If you have a superhero/supervillian inside you just waiting to burst out (hopefully not in any literal sense—that never ends well) consider registering for an individual manuscript critique session with the pair who created the alternate-history-mechanical-adventurer Boilerplate. Friday, the dynamic duo will be teaching “Words and Pictures: How Do Writers and Artists Work Together?” while Saturday you’ll be able to get up to speed on the “Business of Art and Writing.” Costs for all sessions is $100.
The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 S., F 11a-9p, S 11a-7p, Su 11a-5p.
Saturday June 16
The Utah Arts Festival’s pre-Festival Summer Solstice Show and fundraiser serves as the warm-up for the Arts Festival the following week. This year, Neko Case will headline the show, sending off Salt Lake’s summer concert season with a bang. Buy your tickets online, or at your nearest Graywhale.
Library Square Amphitheater, 400 South and 300 East, 7:30p.
Fri, June 15, 8pm – 10pm