OGDEN — The 35-day government shutdown did a number on Ogden’s economy.
And although federal employees are now back to work — and actually getting paid for it — the effects on the community linger.
In honor of the belt-tightening that’s occurred, here are eight free things happening in the next week (plus three bonus events later in the month) that offer a chance to get out of the house and blow off a little steam.
1. CATCH A POLYPHONIC SHRINES CONCERT (OR TWO)
Melodic indie rockers Mother Lights and psychedelic folk band Water Babies are offering a week-long series of free one-hour concerts — with a poetry reading sandwiched between sets — around downtown Ogden. The final four shows include:
• 8 p.m. Thursday at Pearl Milk Tea Club, 110 Historic 25th St.
• Noon Friday at Coffee Compound, 2417 Grant Ave.
• 6 p.m. Saturday at Lavender Vinyl, 123 Historic 25th St.
• 8 p.m. Sunday at Booked on 25th, 147 Historic 25th St.
Visit www.facebook.com/motherlights for more information.
2. CHECK OUT THE WASATCH YETI BASH
The fourth annual winter celebration runs 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in and around Ogden’s Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. The event includes an interactive winter arts market, entertainment, s’mores, a beer garden, a beard competition, yeti yoga, food trucks and much more. Pair it with the Sweaty Yeti Fat Bike Race on Saturday at the south gate of North Fork Park, 4150 E. 5950 North, Liberty. See www.visitogden.com/yeti-bash for more information.
3. EDUCATE YOURSELF ON RACE AND THE INTERNET
Safiya Umoja Noble, a best-selling author and associate professor of communcation at UCLA, will present a free lecture at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, on the third floor of the Elizabeth Dee Shaw Stewart Stadium at Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. Noble will address “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.”
4. SEE A TINY CAR SHOW
A ribbon-cutting and meet-the-modelers event is planned for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Weber County Library’s Pleasant Valley Branch, 5568 Adams Ave, Washington Terrace. View hundreds of Utah’s finest scale-model vehicles, learn modeling skills, enter drawings and browse a swap meet. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/groups/ScaleModelCarExhibition.
5. STROLL THE FIRST FRIDAY ART STROLL
More than two dozen art galleries and businesses will be participating in the February First Friday Art Stroll, planned for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in and around downtown Ogden. Among the stroll exhibits is the “21st Statewide Photographic Competition,” featuring images created by Utah artists, at the Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave., in Ogden. Art stroll maps are available at The Corner, on the southwest corner of Washington Boulevard and Historic 25th Street. For more information, visit www.ogdencity.com/770/first-friday-art-stroll or call 801-629-8718.
6. LISTEN TO A “PLANE TALK”
Col. Jon A. Eberlan, commander of the 75th Air Base Wing at Hill Air Force Base, will offer a presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Hill Aerospace Museum theater, 7961 Wardleigh Road at HAFB, just off Interstate 15’s Roy exit. Information, 801-825-5936.
7. SPEND AN EVENING IN RIO
Evening in Brazil, a Utah band that performs bossa nova and other Brazilian jazz music, will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. The concert is part of the killer Excellence in the Community monthly concert series at the theater. For more information, visit egyptiantheaterogden.com or call 801-689-8700.
8. HEAR HOW “BLACKKKLANSMAN” ALL STARTED
Ron Stallworth, the former police officer who is the protagonist in the Oscar-nominated Spike Lee movie “BlacKkKlansman,” will offer two lectures next week. He’ll speak at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater at Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Blvd. Admission is free.
Oh, and just in case the government shuts down again in a couple of weeks? Keep on your radar a few more free events that are a little further out, like:
• Jazz at the Station featuring the Joe McQueen Quartet, 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Ogden’s Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden
• “Grease” Sing-A-Long, 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden (NOTE: men admitted free; women pay $5)
• WSU Storytelling Festival, Feb. 25-27, Ogden Eccles Conference Center and Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. Visit www.weber.edu/storytelling# for more information.