This isn't a holiday weekend, but there's still cause to celebrate: Smashing Pumpkins, Neon Trees, Paper Tongues...

Let's start with tonight:

The Dew Tour kicks off today with BMX Dirt biking and skate park prelims. OK, it's not music, but still exciting for your tween.

Gates open at 3 PM and the action runs through the evening.

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Also tonight:

JJ Grey and Mofro

Think funky, soulful southern rock, or just think, 'cool.' They're playing at The State Room, tonight, at 9:15. Go.

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This is a big night: Neon Trees and for us 90's folks, Smashing Pumpkins.

Let's start with Smashing Pumpkins. Billy Corgan is still going strong, writing alt songs that aren't just catchy-they're free and downloadable off the band's Web site. In fact, they just released "Spangled," which you can get today by visiting

Want to see them live? Corgan and crew will be at In The Venue Friday night. Doors open at 7 PM. Visit for more information.

Also, Friday: New favorites (locally and now, everywhere else), Neon Trees at the Dew Tour! Paper Tongues will open. The concert starts at 9 PM, at Energy Solutions Arena.

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Also Friday:

Hamlet opens at the Pioneer Theatre Company, and runs through Oct. 2. We'll be attending Friday's performance and will offer up a review. See you there?

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Saturday and Sunday:

Start your day with some classical Greek Theatre! This is neat: The Classical Greek Theatre Festival of Utah presents Euripedes' Alcestis, a story about a very good wife who gives up everything for her husband.

Here's part of the interest: The event starts at 8:30 AM with a discussion, and the play goes on at 9 AM. Why? Because the Greeks performed their theatre at dawn.

The performances will be held at Red Butte Garden, so you'll get to enjoy the morning outside in the cool, crisp fall air. See? A very nice way to start the day!

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