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SL Mag Picks: 5 things to do August 1-5

Check your calendars. Check again. Yup. It really is August. But the summer activities show no sign of slowing down. Here’s five ideas to help you stretch the summer fun out just a little bit longer.

The Pixies’ Kim Deal and the rest of the band will play USANA

  1. Wednesday, August 1 It doesn’t seem right to me, either, but The Pixies, the alternative band that provided the soundtrack to your teenage angst, are playing the first part of the double booking of Pixies/Weezer on Wednesday night at USANA. Talk about leaving early to avoid traffic—I’ll be a cloud of dust in the parking lot before Weezer even hits the stage.
  2. Thursday, August 2 — One  night, two venues, two similar but different acts: The Decemberists at Deer Valley or Death Cab for Cutie at Red Butte? It’s a hipster’s conundrum. Both bands are swinging through Utah on their way to a festival in Missoula this weekend. I can’t tell you who to pick. I can tell you that there are still tickets available for only one of the two shows (Hint: It’s not the one at Red Butte).
  3. Emmylou Harris headlines the Troubeliever Fest at Snowbasin

    Friday and Saturday, August 3-4 — Speaking of festivals … There’s a new one in town and it looks quite promising. Troubeliever Fest has headliners like Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and, what’s even better, it’s set in the mountains at Snowbasin Resort. Workshops, a songwriting competition and a whole lot of local singer-songwriters are all part of the festivities.

  4. Marc Maron has found some level of fame both as an actor and as a stand-up comedian, but the neurotic to the extreme funny guy has really found his sweet spot in the podcast world, where his WTF podcast has hosted everyone from Nick Nolte to Barack Obama. He’s at Wiseguys doing the stand-up thing for two nights, but I’d expect some name-dropping. 
  5. Get creepy on Antelope Island during SpiderFest.

    Saturday, August 4 —They’re creepy and they’re crawly and they’re a really important part of the ecosystem, OK? Learn more about spiders and their role at Antelope Island’s SpiderFest. At the festival, suitable for all ages, there are classes, “spider tours,” vendors and—obviously—face painting. Stay a little later for the Ogden Astronomical Society’s star party at 7 p.m.

Or you could just go out to dinner. Here’s the awesome Salt Lake Magazine Dining Guide. You’re welcome

Christie Marcy :Christie Marcy is the managing editor at Salt Lake magazine. Though she writes about everything, she has a particular interest in arts and culture in Utah. In the summer months you will find her at any given outdoor concert on any given night. In the winter, you will find her wishing for summer. Follow her on social media at @whynotboth.