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Welcome to the weekend, neighbors! Joseph Peterson here with a brand-new edition of the Salt Lake City Daily to start your Saturday off right.


First, today’s weather:

Mostly sunny. High: 37 Low: 23.

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Here are the top 4 stories in Salt Lake City today:

  1. A former Salt Lake City police detective pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the riot at the Capitol in Washington D.C. that attempted to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Michael Lee Hardin is facing up to 6 months in jail after pleading guilty to a count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing at the Capitol. (Fox 13)
  2. A play set in 19th century Norway that was written before the pandemic is currently in production at the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City, and it’s causing an unsettling spark of familiarity in the COVID era. ‘The Messenger‘ by Jeff Talbott is based on the classic Ibsen play, ‘An Enemy of the People,’ and according to Talbott is an example of art imitating life. Or is it the other way around? (KSL.com)
  3. Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City’s premier Downtown park, is set to undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation including a new dog park, new restrooms, a cafe, and new courts for the massively popular sport pickleball. As the 9.8-acre park is also home to the Downtown Farmers Market, the plans also include considerations to optimize the space for that event. (ABC 4)
  4. Health data collected from 10 states, including Utah, show that a vaccine booster is 90% effective in preventing hospitalization for the omicron variant of COVID-19. The study, one of three released this week examining the effectiveness of vaccines against omicron, showed that the level of protection with the booster is significantly higher at preventing hospitalization than would otherwise be the case with just the two-dose vaccine series. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Today in Salt Lake City:

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  • Puppets in the City heads to The Leonardo to put on a brand new show that reflects the inventive spirit of the museum at Library Square. (2:00 PM – Sat)
  • The Paint Mixer presents Snow Shadows, a Creativi-TEA event at Tea Zaanti in Sugar House. (5:00 PM – Sat)
  • The Dinner Detective is an interactive murder mystery dinner theatre experience unlike any other with the actors hidden among the audience members, now playing at the Hilton Hotel, Downtown. (6:00 PM – Sat)
  • The St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Anton Armstrong, will perform at the First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City as part of its winter concert tour. (7:00 PM – Sat)
  • Brewvies Cinema Pub is hosting a comedic and good-natured roast of Star Wars: A New Hope tonight with comedians and fans coming together to play games and crack wise about the intergalactic escapades of the legendary film franchise. (9:30 PM – Sat)

From my notebook:

  • “Don’t miss child prodigy, Joey Alexander, at Capitol Theatre this Monday! This renowned Indonesian jazz pianist has achieved worldwide fame and tickets start at just $10!
  • https://jazzslc.com” (Downtown SLC)
  • “Salt Lake City Public Lands is excited to share the new Vision Plan for Pioneer Park – Your Downtown Park. With a new dog park, pavilion, plaza, tree groves, playground, and sports courts, the new park features are designed to encourage visitors for a variety of reasons.” (Salt Lake City Public Lands)
  • “Right now, the Library is looking for friendly, outgoing folks to fill a variety of roles within the organization. The City Library is a nationally-recognized institution, a source of pride within the community, and is consistently named one of Utah’s top workplaces by the Salt Lake Tribune. Jobs are available for many different experience levels, from entry-level to management. Find quick summaries below, and visit slcpl.org/jobs for more details and application info.” (Salt Lake City Public Library)
  • “Join us at Finch Lane Gallery on Friday January 21st from 6-9pm for the Artist Reception & Gallery Stroll for two exciting exhibitions! For health and safety considerations, we’ll be limiting the capacity of Finch Lane Gallery to 20 people at a time. Masks are required, as this event will be held within an SLC-owned building (per Executive Order No. 3 of 2021). These exhibitions will be on display through February 25, and we will also be open for the February 18th Gallery Stroll. More info at saltlakearts.org” (Salt Lake City Arts Council)

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Joseph Peterson

About me: Joseph is a writer and marketing communications strategist with a degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations from the University of Utah. He’s keen on city life, public libraries, national parks, and promoting events that build community.

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