December is really when Park City's winter season hits full stride. There's holiday decor and lights wherever you turn, sumptuous feasts to enjoy with family and friends, and more snowy terrain on the mountain to conquer. When the lifts stop spinning, there's no better way to top off your day on the slopes than a stint at one of the many après joints in town and sampling the lively arts scene. Here's a quick taste of what's on the menu this December.
Through January 7
On display at the Park City Museum, this traveling exhibit explores the western expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century through the lens of printed imagery. Lithographs and engravings created by painters and printmakers moving west sought to document both the migration and the indigenous people encountered along the way. Appearing in official publications and popular periodicals, these images both real and imagined created a collective vision of the world about Native Americans and America’s western landscapes and its natural resources.
Through January 6
Ever wonder what treasures Parkites are hiding in their homes? This exhibit, back by popular demand and on display at the Kimball Art Center, gives you a glimpse at the diverse pieces of local collectors, featuring a wide range of time periods, media, and styles accompanied by each collector's personal story. While you're in, it's also worth popping into the Café Gallery to check out Dreamscapes, a small exhibit showcasing diverse approaches re-imagining the natural world through work by twelve local artists. This exhibit is free to the public.
Saturday, December 8 @ 7:30 p.m.
Kick-off your month with an evening of kinetic storytelling from BODYTRAFFIC. Founded by acclaimed dancers, choreographers, and directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett in 2007, this Los Angeles-based, contemporary dance company has soared to the forefront of the dance world, being named one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine and "the Company of the future," by the Joyce Theater Foundation. Visit the Park City Institute website for tickets and more details.
Fri. & Sat., December 14 and 15 @ 7:30 p.m.; Sun., December 16 @ 6 p.m.
This show is Park City's best family tradition for immersing the clan in winter festivity. The Park City Holiday Spectacular features a wide variety of local performers in a get-into-the-spirit-of-the-season show. More info and tickets available via the Egyptian Theatre website.
Sunday, December 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Can't seem to make sense of whirlwind that is the current news cycle? Let legendary journalist Bob Woodward lend a hand. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, a household name since Watergate, is still at it, painstakingly investigating backroom deals and parsing out the inner workings at the White House. His latest book Trump: Fear in the White House and years of experience put today's most important issues into perspective. Visit the Park City Institute website for tickets and more details.
Friday, December 28 @ 8 p.m.
Kick off the New Year celebration early with American rapper and hip-hop superstar Ludacris at Park City Live. The Grammy Award-winning artist from Atlanta exemplifies the Dirty South school of hip-hop with a slew of hits and platinum selling albums during the early 2000s. Although he's been more focused on expanding his repertoire in Hollywood, most notably his role in the Fast & the Furious franchise, Ludacris still has the chops to throw down in concert. More info and tickets available at Park City Live.
Monday, December 31 @ 8 p.m.
The multi-talented actress, recording artist, and star of the comedy-drama Younger, Sutton Foster takes the stage at the Eccles Center. In her critically acclaimed one-woman show, expect the two-time Tony Award winner to throw in a few stories alongside music from her CD Take Me To The World and tunes from her classic Broadway roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and more. Visit the Park City Institute website for tickets and more details.
For a complete listing of all the happenings around town, check out our event calendar.
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