Psychological studies show that people who spend their money on experiences are happier than those who spend on material goods. Why not give the gift of experience this year? Here are a few great suggestions for the 2011 holiday season.
The Utah Jazz are offering great deals for the holidays, including the "Stocking Stuffer" (two tickets to one of several selected games, plus 2 $10 Fanzz gift cards for $30), the "Holiday Special"(two tickets to two of several selected games, plus 2 $10 Fanzz gift cards), and the SkullCandy Holiday Pack (two tickets to 2 selected Jazz games, plus a Salt Lake Bees voucher and a pair of Skullcandy earbuds for $40).
Call 801-355-DUNK or visit the Jazz box office at Energy Solutions Arena in person during business hours to avoid ticketing fees and guarantee Christmas delivery.Utah Jazz 2011-2012 Schedule
The University of Utah Red Rocks gymnastics team is ranked fifth in the nation in preseason polls. Their six home meets are on Friday nights at the University of Utah's Huntsman Center starting Jan. 13. The Utes will also host the Pac-12 Championship and NCAA regionals in March and April. Red Rocks season tickets start at $30. Call 801-581-UTIX, or visit the ticket office at Rice-Eccles Stadium (451 S. 1400 E.) to guarantee delivery by Christmas.
The Utah Grizzlies have seven home games in January at the Maverik Center, any of which would make a great gift for the hockey lover on your list.
3200 Decker Lake Dr. (2200 W.)
Tickets $10-$33 plus fees; see website for promotions.
Is it the inspector, the actor, the fiancé, the sweet young thing or the aged mother? Sherlock Holmes comes to the rescue in this murder mystery comedy by Tony award winning author Ken Ludwig.
Special celebration performance New Year's Eve; see website for details
Mondays-Saturdays, Dec. 31-Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Matinees Saturdays, 12:30 and 4 p.m.
Monday-Thursday and matinees: adult $24, child (5-11 years) $15
Friday-Saturday evenings: adult $26, child (5-11 years) $16
3333 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City
What goes better together than country music and monster trucks? The Maverik Center's got both in January:
- Monster Truck Winternationals - Friday, Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday Jan. 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m. ($8-$28). Monster Truck Winternationals features side by side monster truck racing plus car crushing freestyle competition, and a death-defying motorcycle jump by "Big Ed" Beckley.
- Zac Brown Band - Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, 7:30 p.m. ($46-$64.50). After an eventful year on the charts and on the road, GRAMMY-Award winning Zac Brown Band has proven that "overnight success" can be years in the making.
- Brad Paisley - Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, 7:30 p.m. ($41.75-$61.75). Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer. He has placed 20 singles at the top of the charts, the latest a duet with Carrie Underwood, "Remind Me."
Kingsbury Hall has a terrific lineup of performances for all tastes in January 2012, including comedy, music and drama and a little scientific weirdness.
- "Mythbusters: Behind the Myths" - Wednesday, Jan. ll, 2012, 7:30 p.m. ($35-$125). The "live stage show starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series "MythBusters," promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories.
- Jim Gaffigan: "The America Tour" - Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, 8 p.m. ($38.75-$48.75). Gaffigan's clever, relatable style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today.
- Niel Berg's "100 Years of Broadway" - Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m. ($19.50-$29.50). "100 Years of Broadway" recreates your favorite moments from some of the best shows of the century, including "Phantom of the Opera," "South Pacific," "Guys and Dolls," and "My Fair Lady."
- Mike Birbiglia: "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" - Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 ($17.50-$32.50). On this hilarious and painfully honest journey, Mike shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues that most adults would spend a lifetime trying to forget.
- C. S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters" - Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, 4 and 8 p.m. ($29-$89). The Screwtape Letters is a smart, provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view.
Broadway and Hollywood combine in a night of singing and dancing inspired by the legendary Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Featuring the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and George Gershwin.
Friday, and Saturday Jan. 13-14, 2012, 8 p.m.
123 W. South Temple
8. Brian Regan
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. With a perfect balance of clever material and goofy physicality, Regan's comedy appeals to all generations.
Jan. 18-28, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Matinee Jan. 21 3 p.m
123 W. South Temple
Set in the New York City music industry (with a slight nod to Othello), Find and Sign takes us through the bumpy romance between an on-the-rise young record executive and an idealistic public school teacher. Strong language and themes.
January 13-28, 2012
7:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday
8 p.m. Friday & Saturday
2 p.m. Saturday Matinees
300 S. 1400 E.
Giuseppe Verdi’s enduring masterpiece is based on the Victor Hugo play, Le Roi S’Amuse. The action follows Rigoletto, a duke’s jester, whose insensitive mocking of another man’s anger earns him a curse and an eventual loss of horrific proportions.
123 W. South Temple
January 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
Capitol Theatre ticket office or by phone at 801-355-ARTS (2787).