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    EDITOR’S PICKS: If you’re in the mood to help others and hear some kickin’ music at the same time, there are three benefit concerts this weekend to check out. One of them, the Unity Festival, will be an all-day affair Saturday, sort of like the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, only without Neil Young screaming at you. For some slightly quieter music, the Temple Square concert series continues with two great ones Friday and Saturday. They’re free, and they’re high quality.

    FRIDAY

    LIVE MUSIC — CLASSICAL PIANO: The Ivory Piano Quartet will perform works by Chopin, Boellmann, Bizet and Chabrier, among others, as part of the Temple Square concert series Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall. Admission is free; children under 8 are not permitted.

    LIVE MUSIC — ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Local performer Julie Wiggins will perform Friday at Mama’s Cafe, 840 N. 700 East in Provo, at 8 p.m. Admission is $3. See the related story in today’s Lifestyle section.

    LIVE MUSIC — PROGRESSIVE FOLK: Local band Foundation will perform a benefit concert Friday at 7 at International Village, 275 E. 300 South in Provo. Admission is $1.50, though larger donations will be accepted. All funds will go toward cancer treatment for a band member’s father.

    COMEDY: The Garrens Comedy Troupe will repeat its season premiere show Friday at 7:30 and 9:15 in 205 JRCB. Both performances were sold out last Friday; the Garrens are encouraging people to buy tickets in advance in 1321 ELWC. The famous “Guys Apartment” sketch will be performed. Call 379-8888 for more information.

    MOVIE — VARSITY THEATRE: Friday’s Varsity Late-Night movie will be “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (or “Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark,” as the Varsity Theatre press release calls it). Watch out for snakes! The film starts at midnight; tickets are $1.50.

    SATURDAY

    LIVE MUSIC — CLASSICAL PIANO: Famed Utah pianist and Salt Lake Tribune music critic Jeff Manookian will play an all-Liszt program tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Among the selections: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10, Patrarch Sonnet No. 104, and Mephisto Waltz No. 1. Admission is free; children under 8 are not permitted.

    LIVE MUSIC — ROCK: Local bands Zina, Grain and Black Licorice will perform a benefit concert Saturday at Canyon Glen Park in Provo Canyon. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the homeless. The gates open at 6 p.m.

    LIVE MUSIC — ROCK AND SUCH: Several local bands will perform together at the Unity Festival, a concert to benefit the Utah Food Bank, Saturday from 3-10 p.m. The concert will be at 1700 E. 8600 South in Sandy. Admission is $5, but $1 will be taken off for each non-perishable food item donated (up to $3 off). Among the bands to perform are My Man Friday, Sunfall Festival, Piper Down, Loomer, and Hospital Flood.

    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

    MOVIE — VARSITY THEATRE: Clint Eastwood kicks some more rear ends in “Absolute Power,” an R-rated movie from a few months ago that opens at the Varsity Theatre Saturday. Eastwood plays a cat burglar who accidentally witnesses the President of the United States being involved in some shady business. Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday, and next Monday-Thursday. Tickets are $1.50. All the naughty words and naked parts are cut out for your viewing pleasure.

    MOVIES — INTERNATIONAL CINEMA: Strangely enough, there are two foreign movies are playing at International Cinema this weekend. First is “Cinema Paradiso,” a 1989 Italian film featuring a “humorous friendship and an old-fashioned movie romance,” according to the IC office. It’s 123 minutes long and will be shown with English subtitles. Showtimes are 3:15 and 7:25 today; 1, 5:10 and 9:25 Saturday. The other film is “Petria’s Reath,” a “quiet celebration of a simple and enduring peasant woman.” The 1980 film is Serbo-Croation with English sub-titles and is 100 minutes long. Showtimes are 5:30 and 9:40 today; 3:15 and 7:25 Saturday. Admission to all shows is free with an International Cinema card, or $1 otherwise, and the movies are shown in 250 SWKT.

    LIVE MUSIC — OPERATIC: Mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne will sing with the Utah Symphony tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Abravanel Hall in downtown Salt Lake City. She will sing selections by Gustav Mahler. Graeme Jenkins will conduct the orchestra, which will play music by Wagner and Strauss. Tickets range from $12-$35. Student tickets are available for $6. Call 533-NOTE for more information.

    THEATER — COMEDY: The Provo Theater Company will present the Tony Award-winning farce “Lend Me a Tenor” every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Oct. 13. The theater is at 105 E. 100 North in Provo; showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50-$15, but you can get $2.50 off by showing your student ID. Also, on the day of the show, students can get 2-for-1 tickets; this is subject to seat availability. Call 379-0600 for more information.

    THEATER — MUSICAL COMEDY: “April Ann,” written by Ruth and Nathan Hale and starring Ruth Hale, will be performed tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North. The musical comedy, appropriate for families, is based on the Hales’ experiences in British Columbia in the 1950s. Tickets are $7; children’s tickets are $6. Call 226-8600 for more information. The show will run Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 20 and then continue nightly (except Sundays) through Oct. 6.

    COMEDY: Biscuit the Magnificent, a comedian/hypnotist, will perform at Johnny B’s comedy club Friday and Saturday at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Johnny B’s encourages people buy tickets in advance by calling 377-6910. Tickets are $6. The club is at 177 W. 300 South in Provo.

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