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The time between Independence Day and Pioneer Day in Utah is a special kind of shoulder season. No one really wants to show up at work for these two weeks, but we all do—unless you’re lucky enough to be on vacation. If you’re one who’s sticking around town, here’s Salt Lake magazine’s staff picks for activities to help you pass the time between celebrating country and state.

Wednesday, July 11

Dean Ween Group

If you thought Ween was weird, wait til you get a load of Dean Ween Group—there are songs on their new album that I can’t even name because of Salt Lake magazine’s rules about cuss words. But one thing is for sure, Dean Ween knows how to write a song. He’s as clever as he’s ever been, and dude still can shred. The Commonwealth Room, 195 W. 2100 South Commonwealth Ave., South Salt Lake

Thursday, July 12

Eat, Drink, SLC

This progressive food event pairs an ideal setting—Tracy Aviary—with ideal activities—eating and drinking. And the proceeds benefit local nonprofits. Who says the Aviary is for the birds? Ages 21+, Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South, SLC

Friday, July 13

Downtown SLC Block Party

To celebrate the launch of SLC’s Cultural Core (more on that tomorrow), Downtown Alliance is shutting down Exchange Place to throw a party—taco carts, artists, music and drinks will all be available. But, lets’ be honest: They had you at taco carts. Me too, friends. Me too. 350 S. Main St., SLC 

Saturday, July 14

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder with Utah Symphony

Let’s settle this fiddle vs. violin thing once and for all, shall we? Ricky Skaggs is a legend in bluegrass circles and a mandolin virtuoso. When he and his band hit the Deer Valley Music Festival to play with the Utah Symphony—it might refine what we’ve come to call mountain music. This time quite literally. Snow Park at Deer Valley Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr S., Park City

Tin Angel Cinder Wine Dinner

Chew on this: a five-course meal prepared by Chef Jerry and designed to pair with Idaho’s Cinder vineyard’s offerings with a vintner on hand to answer all of your grape-related questions. Plus, it’s held on Tin Angel’s patios—one of the best in the city. 365 W 400 S, SLC

Monday, July 16

Counting Crows

Remember how awesome the ’90s were? Me neither, really. But I do remember how awesome the Counting Crows were. It’s going to be a lot like your favorite flannel shirt from the ’90s—maybe a little worn down with age, but still comfortable, full of nostalgia and maybe a little stinky. Red Butte Garden Amphitheater, 2155 Red Butte Canyon, SLC, this show is sold-out.

Tuesday July 17

Sylvan Esso at Ogden

The song you know best is “Hey Miami” but this time it’s “Hey Ogden.” The electronica band is taking a break from it’s festival schedule to play Ogden Twilight. Tickets are cheap, and it includes UTA fare (including Front Runner to O-Town)—what else are you gonna do on a Tuesday? Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E 25th Street, Ogden

Now through September 2

Saturday’s Voyeur

Its for Utahns, about Utahns and by Utahns. The annual tradition of Salt Lake Acting Company spoofing Utah culture continues. This year the play celebrates its fortieth anniversary and lets face it: The material seems never-ending, so here’s to 40 more. 168 W. 500 North, SLC

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.