Events for Marginalized Voices

Mindful Meander 2023

Did you know that time spent in nature can improve both your mental and physical health? On behalf of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, CONNECT and Swaner are partnering to host a guided mindfulness meander on the Swaner Preserve. Research has shown that mindfulness and time in nature enhance mental clarity, creativity, focus, and attention to detail in addition to reducing stress and stress-related illness. During this challenging time for our community, mindfulness can play a critical role—allowing us to embrace the healing power of nature. During the meander, we’ll take an easy 45-minute walk on the Preserve, engage in nature with a Swaner Naturalist, and participate in mindfulness activities with Rebecca Brenner, president and co-founder of Mindful. Summit County. After the walk, we’ll take some time to connect and mingle over light snacks in the EcoCenter. Rebecca Brenner, MA, is an author and mindfulness meditation teacher, speaker, and practitioner. She is the president and co-founder of Mindful. Summit County - a nonprofit focused on moving Mindfulness past self-care, into community care. This event is presented in partnership with CONNECT.

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) 2nd Annual Gala

The Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) will be holding its Second Annual Gala in the evening on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at the Loveland Living Aquarium. We are thrilled to have Dr. Susan R. Madsen be our keynote speaker and to honor her for her distinguished service in the fight to prevent and eradicate sexual assault and sexual violence. Sponsorships and individual tickets ARE NOW AVAILABLE for purchase. We are also accepting in-kind donations for our silent auction and monetary donations. If you have questions, please contact us at Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can visit the cash bar, wander the exhibits, and peruse the silent auction items. Dinner and program will start at 7:20 p.m. The dress is cocktail attire. Free parking availableThe Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault's mission is to engage individuals and organizations in local and statewide collaborations to strengthen the effectiveness of sexual violence education, prevention, and response in Utah. Tickets can be purchased here

Westminster presents the We ARE Trio

Westminster University presents the area debut of the collective trio, We ARE, which celebrates 25 years of creative friendship and empathic collaboration between three outstanding jazz artists: pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland. Join us for this not-to-be-missed concert in the intimate acoustics of Jones Recital Hall. Seating is limited - reserve your tickets today!

Carmen Maria Machado - Banned Books Week, Tanner Humanities Center


Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House, the graphic novel The Low, Low Woods, and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." Learn more! Tickets will be available starting September 11. Book signing to follow. Books available to purchase from Under the Umbrella Bookstore. PARTNERS & SPONSORS: Under the Umbrella Bookstore Utah Humanities Utah Humanities Book Festival R. Harold Burton Foundation The King's English Book Shop College Of Humanities Equity, Diversity & Inclusion B. W. Bastian Foundation PEN America Zoo, Arts & Parks Program Salt Lake City Arts Council

Salt Lake Academy of Music Best of Season Show

Youth, ages 10-18 give an inspiring performance of rock, pop, and blues music. Tickets are available at $20 adults, $10 youth For more info, please call 801-577-BAND

Utah Film Center: Through the Lens

Utah Film Center is excited to announce its Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival’s opening night film, A Run for More, on Thursday, October 12th at 7:00 pm at the Jeanné Wagner Theater at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Presented as part of the Utah Film Center’s Through the Lens Fall Series and in partnership with KUER’s Radiowest, A Run for More documents Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe's chance to make history as the first openly elected transgender official in Texas. Unfolding amidst an onslaught of trans legal attacks, viewers are immersed in Frankie’s journey as she finds her voice, questions her relationship to the community, and tries to win an election. Shot over 4 years, A Run for More gives viewers the chance to watch Frankie’s unique campaign and the impact it has on her, the city, and the LGBTQ+ community in San Antonio. We invite you to stay after the screening as KUER's Radiowest host, Doug Fabrizio, hosts an engaging conversation with Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe. Get your tickets to Damn These Heels opening night film at: Watch the movie trailer at:

Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival 2023

Utah Film Center is proud to present its annual Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival, October 12th-15th in person at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City along with a selection of films available online starting October 15th. This year, Damn These Heels celebrates 20 years of entertaining and inspiring our local community with films, workshops, special performances, and guests that highlight queer stories, queer history, and queer joy. By walking in another's shoes, Damn These Heels symbolizes gaining a new perspective by experiencing another’s journey. Damn These Heels 2023 includes over 30 feature length and short films, workshops hosted by fabulous film experts, exciting live performances, and a selection of community vendors. 👠✨🌈 Find your must-see films and get tickets at: Want to see them all? Get your Festival Film passes at: Pay what you can afford pricing model: As an inclusive festival, we want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to attend Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival. Learn more about our Pay What You Can pricing structure at:

Miss Coco Peru performing at Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival

With 33 years in the business as a working drag queen, Miss Coco Peru is bringing all the fabulousness to Salt Lake City, performing an evening of inspired storytelling at Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival, followed by a Q&A with the audience on Friday, October 13th at 7 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Miss Coco Peru (aka Clinton Leupp) has been a household name in the LGBTQ+ community for over 30 years. Coco got her start in the early 90’s as a downtown favorite in NYC’s cabaret world. Since then, Coco has received worldwide acclaim for her award-winning solo shows and has enjoyed an expansive career in film, television, and digital work. TV: Dead End: Paranormal Park (Netflix), Will and Grace (recurring role), How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, and two stand-up comedy specials on LOGO. Film: Trick, To Wong Foo, and the cult classic Girls Will Be Girls. Digital: Madame Coco Knows (LOGO), Casa Coco (a monthly streaming show during COVID lockdown), and her YouTube videos with over 13 million views. Get your tickets at: Reserved VIP Seats with Meet & Greet will include a ticket to a pre-event Meet & Greet with Miss Coco Peru. Featuring an in-person Q&A between Festival Programming Director, Jade Velasquez, and Miss Coco Peru after the performance. Local Queen, Sequoia, is the opening act.

Utah Film Center's Black, Bold & Brilliant presents, "Kokomo City" at Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival

As part of our Black, Bold & Brilliant series, Utah Film Center, in partnership with KRCL, is excited to announce our upcoming film screening and post-discussion of Kokomo City at Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival. Join us Saturday, October 14th at 5:30 pm at the Jeanné Wagner Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. In the wildly entertaining and refreshingly unfiltered documentary Kokomo City filmmaker D. Smith passes the mic to four Black transgender sex workers in Atlanta and New York City – Daniella Carter, Koko Da Doll, Liyah Mitchell, and Dominique Silver – who unapologetically break down the walls of their profession. Holding nothing back, the film vibrates with energy, sex, challenge, and hard-earned wisdom. This vital portrait, edited and shot by Smith in bold black and white, is her feature directorial debut. A two-time Grammy-nominated producer, singer, and songwriter, Smith made history as the first trans woman cast on a primetime unscripted TV show. Executive produced by Lena Waithe, Kokomo City won the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT Innovator Award and NEXT Audience Award, as well as the Berlinale’s Audience Award in the Panorama Documentary section. We invite you to stay after the screening for a post-film discussion with the Black, Bold & Brilliant team. Purchase your ticket at: Watch the trailer at:

Caretakers of our Musical Traditions

Bomba Marilé invites you for a day of honoring our elders and our ancestors. We are thrilled to be having guest artists Jose Nuno Calderon Pou and Felipe Febres Rivera all the way from Puerto Rico. Thanks to the support of the Sorenson Unity Center and the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the entire day is free and open to all. The entire day will be taking place at the Sorenson Unity Center. Schedule: 9:30-11am Bomba Percussion Class by Felipe 11:30am-1pm Bomba Dance Class by Nuno 3-4:30pm Panel Discussion on honoring our elders as caretakers of our musical traditions Panelists include: Jose Nuno Calderon Mabiba Baegne Larry Cesspooch Moderator: Jorge Rodriguez 5-7pm: Live music from Kennedy Junior High Mariachi Band and from Bomba Marilé with guests artists

Bomba Marilé les invita a un día de homenaje a nuestros mayores y a nuestros ancestros. Estamos encantados de tener artistas invitado José Nuno Calderón Pou y Felipe Febres Rivers, desde Puerto Rico. Gracias por el apoyo del Sorenson Unity Center y del Salt Lake City Arts Council, todo el día sera gratis y abierto a todos. El dia entero se llevará a cabo en el Sorenson Unity Center. Itinerario: 9:30-11am Clase de percusión de bomba por Felipe 11:30am-1pm Clase de baile de Bomba por Nuno 3-4:30 pm Panel de discusión honrando a nuestros mayores como guardianes de nuestras tradiciones musicales Los panelistas incluyen: José Nuno Calderón Mabiba Baegne Larry Cesspooch Moderador: Jorge Rodríguez 5-7pm: Música en vivo con Kennedy Junior High Mariachi Band y Bomba Marilé con los artistas visitantes