Whether you consider this thought-provoking 16th century tragic/comedy masterpiece by William Shakespeare a story of love and humor or one of racism and greed, The Bard’s controversial play will touch your heart with Its modern and relevant themes and memorable characters drawn from today’s headlines. Though written in the 16th century, in modern society Merchant of Venice will still cause you to pause and think about justice and mercy, the complexity of humankind, and the nature of forgiveness and love.
Nothing says “summer” like the music of the Beach Boys and no one is more Beach Boy than Brian Wilson, the founding member of what would become “America’s pre-eminent band of the 1960’s!”
Wilson’s innovative and instrumental arrangements for his band’s signature surf-rock sound resulted in smash hits for his generation and the next, including “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “God Only Knows,” and their chart-topping “Good Vibrations.” If you are of a certain age, we’re pretty certain you are probably dancing around the kitchen remembering where you were when you first heard these memorably infectious tunes.
There are just some names all of us recognize: Elvis, Sonny and Cher, Adolf Hitler, Churchill, Einstein, McDonald’s, Walmart … and The Beatles. Whether they are part of your generation or not, the individuals behind these names can certainly be said to have made their mark on the world!
The Beatles burst on the scene in the early 1960’s to become the best selling rock band in history. Their new brand of rock music brought throngs of adoring teenaged fans to the frenzy known as “Beatlemania.” Even today – more than 50 years after they first stepped on stage – Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude” remind generations of their youth and “first love.”
The Crossroads of the West Gunshow, in St. George, is a popular traveling event held annually in several cities around the country, despite the political climate which questions gun ownership. Since the 2016 show in St. George, Crossroads of the West Gun Shows nationwide have attracted more than half a million guests, more than any other gun show in America.
The 3rd Annual Zion Matrix Live Concert on Saturday, September 9 will once again feature Sukhdev and Akahdahmah, the world-renowned dynamic husband and wife duo known as Aykanna. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the O. C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Aykanna’s “LOVE IS THE ANSWER” concert will showcase their powerful synergy and joint vision of freedom, unity, peace and love in the world through their soulful, rhythmic blend of inspirational wisdom, funky beats and sacred music reflecting their love for one another and Mother Earth. This live benefit concert supports the non-profit “Girls on the Run.”
The world premiere of “The Tavern,” a satirical comedy written by the 1930’s most famous song and dance man, George M. Cohan and adapted by Joseph Hanreddy, is certain to be a memorable evening of fun, laughter and edge-of-the-seat anticipation. The story line tells of the happenings on “one dark and stormy night when a wild wind blows all sorts of oddball characters into a remote Utah tavern—a mysterious vagabond, a damsel in distress, a politician, his daughter, and her fiancé. A thief is on the loose, suspicions abound, and no one is who they seem! Everyone tries to solve the crime, which only multiplies the laughter as this melodramatic farce rolls to its madcap ending.”
Colbie Caillat, a two-time Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter, will wow audiences at Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins on Friday, March 24. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at a cost of $40 – $70 per person.
DOCUtah, a Southern Utah International Film Festival in its 7th year on and near the campus of Dixie State University, is an independent film-lovers dream! To select this year’s menu of outstanding festival films, screeners spent several months viewing more than 400 submissions before selecting 62 to run from September 6 – 10, including everything from top-notch educational and entertaining short films to full-length independent movies, each focusing on a wide range of subjects relating to the human experience.
Playing at a variety of locations around town, films selected for DOCUtah look deeply at current world events, explore quirky habits of interesting men and women; or, look at the resiliency of the human spirit in overcoming hardship as well as life’s social, emotional, or physical difficulties.
This year, according to event organizers, “the festival also includes five additional special screenings of films from the award-winning Independent Film Channel’s series Documentary Now!, hosted by the legendary Helen Mirren.”
According to former football great Phil Tuckett, now DOCUTAH’s Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program, “A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 1,100 films submitted from 70 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers and protagonists. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time captures the community of Southern Utah and Southern Nevada. DOCUTAH isn’t just a film festival…it’s a five day party with every event not to be missed.”
If you enjoy “a night at the movies” this is certain to be a pleasurable experience to add to your Southern Utah vacation “to do” list. If a comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home is also on your list, then register today online at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!
Children of all ages have delighted to the antics of Peter Pan, that mischievous young boy who can fly and who never grows up. Based on the character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the island of Neverland as the leader of a rag-tag gang of runaways known as the Lost Boys, interacting with fairies, mermaids, Native Americans, foiling the villainous Captain Hook and even occasionally visiting ordinary children from the outside world.
Broadway’s version of this timeless and Tony award winning classic musical, performed at Tuacahn on alternating nights from May 27 to October 14, will whisk you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! With faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust the Tuacahn Amphitheatre is enchantingly transformed into Neverland where lost boys fly and magic happens every summer night!
Tuacahn’s adaptation of the show, which has delighted audiences of all ages for more than 60 years, will take you soaring with the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” along with rousing magic, warmth, and adventure! Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of flying and never growing up.
So if an evening at Tuacahn is in your summer plans, take the second star to the right and straight on ‘till Southern Utah … or register online for a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation resort rental at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!
The semi-annual “What Women Want Expo” at the Dixie Center on Mothers’ Day weekend (May 6-7) in St. George is the ultimate girls day out. It is two days of fun, shopping, inspiration and a chance to break from the routine with friends, sisters, daughters or your own mom. In 200 booths, you’ll find products from the very best companies, boutiques and brands, great deals and show specials on everything from skin care and jewelry to fashion and sports wear. You’ll enjoy the opportunity to “make it and take it” , get a facial or massage, Botox and microdermabrasion, chemical peels; experience cooking demonstrations and laser gun target shooting. Oh, and, there will also be lots and lots of discounts for attendees as well as prizes and expert advice on a variety of topics … and all this in one dizzying, dazzling, fun-filled event.
There’s something else women want. A beautiful, affordable and comfortable home-away-from-home when they are vacationing in Southern Utah. Whether she wants to getaway for a week or a month, you can give it to her by registering online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!