Weekend best bets (Feb. 28-March 2)

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John LIthgow will perform his piece (Photo courtesy BYU)

John Lithgow will perform his piece, “Stories by the Heart,” at BYU on Friday night. (Photo courtesy BYU)

It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend:

1. John Lithgow: Stories by the Heart

BYU is bringing in the big guns — or at least big a star — for their BRAVO! series, which features professional artists. John Lithgow, a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, created “Stories by the Heart” to talk about how storytelling can bind humanity together. The performance is Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the BYU de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets start at $35, but are $10 off for students and $3 off for seniors and alumni.

2. “Big River”

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” a classic novel by Mark Twain, comes to life in a musical at the Hale Center Theater in Orem. Huck fakes his own death in order to escape organized society, but makes a new friend, an escaped slave, on his journey. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night with a matinee Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $18-$21 with a $4-$5 discount for children.

3. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

Watch and laugh as Pseudolus, a slave, tries to win his freedom by helping his master woo the girl next door. The Echo Theatre in Provo is showing the play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $10-$12 or $8 with a student i.d.

4. BYU men’s volleyball

The BYU men’s volleyball team returns home after having five away games in a row. On Friday night, the Cougars take on the No. 7 USC Trojans at 7 p.m. Then on Saturday night they take on the No. 4 Pepperdine Waves, who they lost to the last time they played, at 7 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse. Tickets cost $5.

5. Jim Brickman

Popular pop pianist Jim Brickman is making his way to Provo at the Covey Center for the Arts Friday night. Enjoy a relaxing evening with this musical performance. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets cost $20-$25.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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