This weekend is the last chance Utah skiers and snowboarders will have to indulge the time-honored Sundance Film Festival tradition of star-spotting.
The 2012 Festival wraps up this weekend, and so does the heightened hustle and bustle that accompanies it. Before the Sundance show folds its tent though, skiers and snowboarders can still catch some of the action, and some good movies.
After skiing uncrowded slopes, strolling Main Street in Park City can yield some stellar people-watching entertainment. But those who prefer to avoid the Sundance Film Festival crowds have plenty to entertain them in Salt Lake City.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, at 6:00 p.m., Sundance film “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” starring Will Ferrell and John C. Riley, lights up the big screen at the Broadway Centre Cinema.
In this comedic tale, two hapless filmmakers receive billion dollars to make a movie, only to bumble their way to financial disaster. With their lives at stake, the guys skip town in search of a way to pay the money back. They decide the best way to recoup their losses is to attempt to revitalize a bankrupt shopping mall full of vagrants, bizarre stores and a man-eating wolf that stalks the food court.
Another Sundance film entry generating favorable buzz is the Julie Delphy film, “2 Days in New York” (showing at the Tower Theatre), which delivers chaos with a Gallic flavor.
In this Franco-American version of “Meet the Parents”, a New York photographer, Marion (Delphy) and her live-in partner Mingus (Chris Rock), a radio personality/journalist, are expecting Marion’s family from Paris.
Her family redefines Gallic craziness, and the oddball cast of characters includes an obnoxious creep of a boyfriend who clips his toenails at the common table and invites a drug dealer up to the apartment to buy some weed.
Those who decide to forgo a movie in favor of the musical scene will find a variety of options to suit just about any musical taste.
At Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Old Man Markley gets feet moving with their punk-bluegrass sound, while over at Bourbon House, Utah’s homegrown reggae boyz, Rebel Zion, offer up some roots music, Wasatch-style.
For those in a more mellow mood, Zach Hillyard will bring his blend of funk-infused blues to the Hog Wallow Pub. Classical lovers can catch some of Utah’s up-and-coming junior talent at a performance of the Utah Youth Junior Symphony Orchestra, (morning performance at 10:30 a.m.) at the West Institute (1340 E. 300 S.) at the University of Utah.