Event calendar for the weekend of Dec. 14

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    By Noelle Lau

    Theater:

    “Cecil B. DeMille Presents”

    The acclaimed one-man show of Cecil B. DeMille, accomplished writer and producer kicks off at the Pardoe Theatre, on campus, Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 with a student ID and $15 without and can be purchased by calling 378-4322.

    “A Christmas Carol”

    The heartwarming tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his discovery of the true meaning of Christmas. The Hale Center Theater, 225 W. 400 N. in Orem, Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets range between $11 and $12.50 and can be reserved by calling 226-8600.

    “The Rented Christmas”

    Successful bachelor John Dale is all alone for Christmas and cures his holiday blues by hiring a family for a couple days. The Villa Theatre, 254 S. Main St. in Springville, Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and can be purchased by calling 489-3088.

    “A Christmas Carol”

    Watch Charles Dickens” Christmas Classic of Scrooge and his change of heart during the holidays, while eating a meal of prime rib or cashew chicken. The Little London Dinner Theater, 20 S. Main St. in Pleasant Grove, Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Doors open for dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:15 p.m. For reservation and ticket information call 785-0827.

    “How The Grinch Saved Christmas”

    The story of the grumpy grinch who tries to destroy the Christmas festivities of the people of Whoville, and is taught the real meaning of Christmas by some of the town children. The Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State St. in Murray, Salt Lake County, Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and can be purchased by calling 266-7600.

    “It”s a Wonderful Christmas Carol”

    The original “A Christmas Carol” story with a twist. When Scrooge fires Bob Crachett and hires George Bailey of “It”s a Wonderful Life,” George brings the spirit of Christmas into Scrooge”s heart.

    The Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students with ID and can be purchased by calling 355-4628.

    Comedy:

    Johnny B”s Comedy Club

    Award winning comedian, Bengt Washburn, a Utah native will perform stand-up comedy. Johnny B”s Comedy Club, 177 W. 300 S. in Provo, Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information call 319-1463.

    Underground Improv

    A local improvisational comedy troupe.

    100 E. 100 N. in Provo Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Admission is $4 at the door. For more information call 370-9520.

    Laughing Stock

    The improvisational comedy group formerly known as Quick Wits. The Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 9 and 11 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students with ID and can be purchased by calling 355-4628.

    Music:

    Messiah Sing-In

    Audience members will be asked to join the Wasatch Choral in singing the chorus to Handel”s oratorio on the life of Christ, the Messiah. The Provo Tabernacle Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and can be purchased at the door. For more information call 853-6646.

    Local Band Showcase

    Nine local bands including the Ed Stevens Band, Na Leo Mele, and SideDish will perform one-hour shows at the mall. The Provo Town Centre Mall food court. The show begins at noon and runs until 9 p.m. The event is free.

    Russ Kendall and friends

    The Timpanogos Singer/Songwriter Alliance will sponsor a Christmas concert with Russ Kendall, Cheric Call, Jeff Hinton, Weston Cann and Rob Honey. The Read Leaf Bookstore, 164 S. Main St. in Springville, Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 489-1390 or visit readleaf.com

    Utah Valley Goodtime Singers

    Will perform Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The Utah County Building at the corner of University Avenue and Center Street in Provo. The event is free.

    Dance:

    “Joy to the World”

    The Odyssey Dance Theatre will perform a holiday variety show featuring local musical talent David Osmond and Brett Raymond. Jeanne Wagner Theatre, 138 W. 300 S. in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information call 355-ARTS.

    Miscellaneous:

    “Christmas in the Grove”

    The Pleasant Grove Grovecreek Stake presents their 8th annual Christmas fireside of 130 voices of adults, youth and children. American Fork Tabernacle, Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 785-8110.

    “Wagon Hay Rides”

    Rides begin at 7 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Rides are $5 for couples and $20 for a group of 20.

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