So much to consider this weekend. Let's examine our best options, shall we?
I'll start with the ongoing countdown of the Greatest Composer's symphonies is in the home stretch and Beethoven' majestic "Eroica" - the Third Symphony - and the Utah Symphony should do its usual wondrous job. This is a terrific piece of music and will be aired Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available through arttix.org.
And The Depot has an adventurous booking on Friday when indie-rock duo Sleigh Bells come calling. These two make a lot of noise, but it's very catchy and never dull. The 8 p.m. show should provide a fun, dancable evening of Friday night entertainment. Elite Gymnastics is the opener.
And a fine theatrical productions are available starting Thursday night when The Scarlet Letter begins its first weekend on Thursday night at the Rose Wagner Theatre. Plan-B Theatre Company does first-rate productions and this looks to be another excellent show. Tickets and showtimes are at arttix.org.
Also, Friday at The Urban Lounge, Hami El-Khatib brings his varied sound in for an 11 p.m. gig. el-Khatib, from San Francisco, has a beyond-classifiable sound that one has to hear for oneself. Check him out on this Spotify, if you have that. (And if you don't have it, you should get it.)
And '90s jam-rockers Rusted Root, pictured above, will be at The State Room for a sold-out show. Usually some tickets are let loose in front of the venue, so head down around 8 p.m. if you want a shot at tickets. This Pennsylvania-based band has translated one minor hit, "Send Me on My Way" into a 20-year-career. That's not easy, so you know the live show is worthy when that happens.
And finally, don't forget the boys of summer have returned as the Salt Lake Bees begin a three-game homestand on Friday and Saturday evenings with 6:35 p.m. start times. And for those of us who really enjoy kicking back, a Sunday ballgame is set for 1:05 p.m. Smithstix.com has tickets starting for $9 for each ballgame.