Arts and entertainment briefs for Feb. 28, 2019

Arts and entertainment briefs for Feb. 28, 2019

Nature Center issues birdhouse-building challenge

OGDEN — Attention birdhouse builders!

The Ogden Nature Center has issued a call-for-entries for its 2019 Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit.

The competition/exhibit, now in its 26th year, challenges participants to construct sturdy, functional and aesthetically pleasing housing for Utah’s avian population. Entries are due March 18-23 at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St.

The competition is divided into adults, children (unassisted!), and team/family groups. A jury of professional artists and bird experts will choose winners in several categories, including “Best Use of Materials,” “Most Imaginative,” “Best use of Recycled/Natural Materials” and “Best Form/Function.”

Birdhouses selected for the exhibit will be installed and displayed from April 10 to June 29 on the grounds of the nature center. Winners will receive cash prizes at an awards presentation at 5:30 p.m. on the day the exhibit opens.

There is no entry fee.

Registration forms and information are available at, or at the visitor services desk at the center.

For more information, call 801-621-7595.

Choreography festival coming back to Peery’s Egyptian Theater

OGDEN — The Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival 2019 returns to Ogden this weekend.

The festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.

The festival is dedicated to the advancement of dance as an art form through the support and promotion of quality choreography, and is sponsored in part by Imagine Ballet Theatre, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Weber State Dance Department, and Utah Dance Education Organization.

The festival will feature 13 performances from independent choreographers, as well as groups like SALT Contemporary Dance in Draper, Kinuko Modern Dance Co. in Manti, and North Dakota Ballet Company from Grand Forks, N.D.

Local choreography performances will include Marissa Schmidt, of Layton; Aislinn Wilson, of West Point; Resonance Dance Project, of Harrisville; Tribalovedancers, of Eden; and Imagine Ballet Theatre, of Ogden.

Tickets are $15 for one night, or $20 for both nights, available through or 801-689-8700.

Princess foils pesky pea in ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at Heritage

PERRY — “Once Upon a Mattress,” the retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a princess and a pea, opens Friday, March 1, at Heritage Theatre.

The play tells the story of a kingdom ruled by Queen Aggravain and King Seximus the Silent. No one may marry until Prince Dauntless is wed, and the queen has devised an almost-impossible test — involving a pea and a truckload of mattresses — for any potential daughter-in-law. Is Princess Winnifred the Woebegone up to the challenge?

“Once Upon a mattress” features music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer, with book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Barer.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, through March 23, at the theater, 2505 S. U.S. 89. Matinees will be offered at 2 p.m. March 9 and March 16

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and ages 12 and younger, available at or by calling 435-723-8392.

Call-for-entries issued for Wedding of the Rails Quilt Show

BRIGHAM CITY — A call-for-entries has been issued for the upcoming Wedding of the Rails Quilt Show, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

The exhibit will be on display May 2-4 at the Utah State University Brigham City Campus, 989 S. Main St.

Organizers say they’re looking for several types of quilts to display — particularly those commemorating the driving of the golden spike, the history of the area and Utah. They’re also looking for wedding quilts and family quilts of any area. Quilts can be of any age.

“We would especially like to see tricot temple quilts, one of the true Utah originals,” according to a news release.

Quilts can be any size, although no tied quilts will be accepted. Each quilt must have a hanging sleeve.

The Wedding of the Rails Quilt Show is a non-juried show, and prizes will be awarded based on viewer voting. Quilts will be hung in a secure, monitored and food-free hall.

Everyone who enters a quilt in the show will receive a commemorative chocolate Golden Spike from the new USU Aggie Chocolate Factory.

Applications are due by April 22. For an application and registration form, call Marlene Rapp at 435-723-6249.

Climate change the topic for Ogden Nature Center lecture

OGDEN — Two experts from Weber State University will present a talk on global warming here next week.

Sustainability coordinator Jenn Bodine and geography professor Dan Bedford will present the talk “Five (5) Things Everyone Should Know About Global Warming” at 6 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. The presentation is part of the center’s “This Planet We Call Home” speaker series.

According to a news release from the nature center, global warming is a frequently misunderstood and politicized topic, but there are five things that everyone should know about it. The talk is designed to bring audience members up to speed on the latest climate science. It will also address solutions being deployed to address the problem.

Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Ogden Nature Center members are admitted free. Preregistration is required by calling 801-621-7595.

Living Legends brings native cultures to life

OGDEN — A performance by BYU Living Legends comes to Weber State this evening.

The group, from Brigham Young University, celebrates the native cultural heritage of North and South America, as well as the South Pacific, through music, costume and dance.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Browning Center’s Austad Auditorium on campus, 3848 Harrison Blvd. The dance concert is sponsored by the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association.

According to information from the OSBA website: “As they take the stage, talented performers of native descent capture the rhythms of Polynesia, portray the fascinating legends of Native American people, and dazzle the senses with the energy of Latin America. Both the lavish costumes and the intricate choreography are authentic representations of the showcased cultures.”

Tickets are $5 to $30, available through or at 801-399-9214.

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