EDITOR’S PICKS: Regardless of your personal tastes, we’re guessing you can find something entertaining to do this weekend — there’s a TON of stuff going on.
Local band Chump has its CD release party tonight at Wrapsody, so that’s a must-see if you’re a fan of Chump’s unique brand of jumping-around-and-yelling rock ‘n’ roll. Also, we haven’t seen Clubber Lang and the Heavyweights, who are playing with Chump, but their concept sounds amusing: they do punk versions of classic ’80s pop songs. Might be worth checking out.
For more dignified music, the University Singers and the Symphonic Band are both performing in the Harris Fine Arts Center this weekend. Both are widely respected and highly acclaimed.
If you’re a film buff, we recommend “Best of Final Cut” Saturday night. This will be the cream of the crop of the 32 student films being shown today and Saturday at “Final Cut.” If you’re REALLY a film buff, you can go see ALL 32 films, but the “Best of” show will probably suffice for the average person.
In the world of theater, there are numerous options. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens in Orem tonight. The show is almost impossible to do badly, and it will be interesting to see how it’s done in the small space available in that theater. Here at BYU, two graduate student projects are happening: “Ordinary People” and “Without Romance,” the latter being written by BYU theater professor Eric Samuelson. These are produced, directed and acted by students, but we are confident in their quality, and besides — they’re free.
DANCE PERFORMANCE: The BYU Dance Ensemble will perform “Dance Your Dance” at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio Theater, 166 RB. Tickets are $3 and may be purchased at the door or in advance in 165 RB.
DANCING: Put on your best dress and/or bow tie and swing the night away as Ray Smith’s jazz band helps celebrate the Lighting the Way campaign. The “Fine Arts Ball,” an evening of dancing and entertainment, will be held in the B.F. Larsen Gallery in the Harris Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
MUSIC — ROCK & STUFF: Local hard-rock-parody band Chump will release its second album, “Sucka,” at a CD release party and performance at Wrapsody, 117 N. University Avenue, today at 8 p.m. Admission is $4, or free if you buy a CD (they’re $10). New band Clubber Lang and the Heavyweights, who do punk versions of ’80s pop songs, will also perform, as will Phly McKay.
MUSIC — ROCK: Big Sucking Moose and Suspect Seven will play at The Cafe, 840 N. 700 East, at 8 p.m. Admission is $3.
MUSIC — CHOIR: BYU’s University Singers, under the direction of Ronald Staheli, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The group has toured world wide and performs everything from medieval chants to Broadway showtunes. Tickets are $4 for students, $6 general. Call 378-HFAC for tickets or more information.
MUSIC — PERCUSSION: Panoramic Steel and the Percussion Ensemble will perform a variety of pieces full of rhythm and energy in the Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students, $6 general. Call 378-HFAC for tickets or more information.
POETRY, ETC.: The Wick’s End Poetry Club is sponsoring “Open-Mic Poetry Night” Saturday at 9 p.m. in the Brimhall Building atrium. Live jazz, live poetry, and it’s all free.
MUSIC — BAND: The Symphonic Band will perform folk songs and folk dances by British and American composers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the de Jong Concert Hall. Admission is free.
MUSIC — SALSA: Tesoro Escondido, a salsa band, will play at Wrapsody, 117 N. University Avenue, Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is $3.
MUSIC — SKA: Denver-based ska band Garden Weasels will play with The Knockouts and I’m With Stupid at The Cafe, 840 N. 700 East, Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is $3.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
THEATER — MUSICAL COMEDY: The rarely-performed “Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be performed at Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The light-hearted, family-friendly show, based on the biblical story of Joseph in Egypt, was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Tickets are $10, $7 for children. Ticket prices are somewhat lower for weekday performances. The show will run through May 25. Call 226-8600 for reservations.
THEATER — COMEDY: “Charley’s Aunt” will be performed at the Villa Playhouse Theatre, 254 S. Main, Springville, today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The show, a farce, is about two guys who want to woo girls by impressing them with their rich aunt, only she doesn’t show up, so another guy has to dress up like her. Hilarity ensues. Tickets are $6. Call 489-3088 for more information.
THEATER — MUSICAL: “Quilters” will be performed today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. The musical has comedy, drama and triumph as pioneer stories are remembered. Admission is $8 for students, $10 general; call 378-HFAC for tickets or more information.
THEATER — DRAMA: “Without Romance,” a new play written by BYU theater professor Eric Samuelson (“Gadianton,” “The Christmas Box”) and directed by AdreAnne Sundred, will be performed today at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the Margetts Theatre. The show is about LDS missionaries and the struggle to balance between the spirit and the letter of the law. The performance is free and is being produced as a graduate student project.
THEATER — DRAMA: “Ordinary People,” directed by Hiroko Hatch, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Nelke Theatre in the Harris Fine Arts Center. The play is about a young man trying to find his identity and his relationship with his family. The performance is free and is a being produced as a graduate student project.
MOVIES — STUDENT FILMS: The Theatre and Media Arts Department will present the best student films of the past year in “Final Cut” today and Saturday. There are two programs of several films each, both showing at 7:30 p.m. Program A is in W-111 BNSN (Benson Building); Program B is in W-112. Program A will also be shown at noon Saturday in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium, with Program B immediately following it at 2 p.m., so you can see both programs — a total of 32 films — if you desire. Tickets for all of the aforementioned showings are $1. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., there will be a “Best of Final Cut” show, presenting the absolute cream of the crop, in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium. Tickets for that are $4.
MOVIES — INTERNATIONAL CINEMA: Here are the movies at International Cinema, 250 SWKT, this weekend. Information is provided by IC. “Farewell” (1983, 2 hrs. 8 min.) is about the last days of a condemned island village. The inhabitants prepare elaborate farewells before the island’s destruction. It’s in Russian with English subtitles and shows at 3:15 p.m. today; 4:20 p.m. Saturday. “Garden of Delights” (1970, 1 hr. 39 min.) is a satirical, farcical film about the Spanish regime, the Swiss, and a millionaire’s family. It’s in Spanish with English subtitles and shows at 6:15 and 10:20 p.m. today; 2:20 p.m. Saturday. “Larisa” (1980, 25 min.), a short film, is a tribute to filmmaker Larisa Shepitko, made shortly after her death by her husband Elem Klimov (who also directed “Farewell”). It’s in Russian with English subtitles and shows at 5:35 p.m. today; 6:40 p.m. Saturday. “A Handful of Dust” (1988, 1 hr. 57 min.) is a satire about an aristocratic English couple whose life is shattered when a friend comes to stay with them. It’s in English and shows at 8:10 p.m. today; 12:10, 7:20 and 9:35 p.m. Saturday. All shows are free with IC card; $1 without.