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Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley events to keep you cultured

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BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts performs “The Crucible.”
(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

Spring has almost sprung. As the first buds of the season start to color the county, don’t let the March chill keep you inside. Utah Valley always has something going on — whether its a musical performance, sporting events or a random affair — and you shouldn’t miss it. Here are five weekend best bets for entertainment.

“The Crucible”

The BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts is transporting you from the Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center to the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem. Learn about deceit, hysteria and persecution in seventeenth-century Massachusetts during this Tony Award-winning tragedy from Arthur Miller.

When: Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Margetts Theatre, Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU
Cost: $9 – $14
Site: byuarts.com

Thanksgiving Point Escape Room

Try out your sleuthing skills and see if you can make it out of the room in time. This is your chance to show just how Indiana Jones you can be.

When: Friday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Museum of Natural Curiosity
Cost: $20
Site: thanksgivingpoint.org

“Embracing Diverse Voices: A Century of African-American Art”

This BYU Museum of Art exhibition shows the diversity of experience and artistic expression among African-American artists. Some display an artist’s personal vision while others are bold political and social calls to action. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan organized this exhibition.

When: Feb. 3 – April 29
Where: BYU Museum of Art
Cost: Free
Site: moa.byu.edu

George Beard, Jackson Lake at Twilight

Melville Stable Tour

Want to learn horseback riding? Want to become an apprentice? Just love horses? There’s no better way to start than by booking a free guided tour at one of the nation’s premier horse riding and training facilities.

When: By appointment, on Saturdays
Where: Melville Stables in Orem
Cost: FREE
Site: melvillestables.com

“George Beard — Mormon Pioneer Artist with a Camera”

Pioneer artist and civic leader George Beard (1855–1944) traveled from Cheshire, England, to settle in Coalville, Utah, in 1886. He is best known for landscape paintings, but became a photographer while on excursions in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. His photographs were reference materials for his paintings, and he accumulated 1,500 glass plate negatives over his lifetime. This is the first exclusively curated exhibition of Beard’s landscape photographs, and several of his paintings are included to show his use of photographs when painting.

When: March 15 – June 17
Where: Springville Museum of Art
Cost: FREE
Site: smofa.org

Do you have a Utah Valley event you want to add to the calendar? Email us at news@utahvalley360.com.

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