Standard-Examiner staff

Motor-Vu re-opens for the year

RIVERDALE — Ah, warmer weather. A time when you can watch a movie on the big screen without leaving your vehicle.

After closing down for the winter, Coleman’s Motor-Vu Drive-In is now open again. The theater, which re-opened April 5, is showing films on weekends.

Although the theater has four screens, due to the rainy spring weather only one screen is being used this weekend. The double feature is “Shazam!” and “Isn’t It Romantic.” Both films are rated PG-13.

The box office opens at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 7:45 p.m. on Sundays. Movies begin at dusk, about 8:20 p.m., according to the theater’s website.

Admission is $9 for ages 12 and older, and $4 for ages 5 to 11. Age 4 and younger are admitted free. No checks are accepted.

For more information, visit Illumination ceremony unveils sculpture

OGDEN — A sculpture illumination ceremony will be held today for a 3,500-pound work of art being installed on the grounds of the Weber County Library.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. today at the main library, 2464 Jefferson Ave. Food and drink will be on hand, and the sculptor, New York artist John Clement, will be in attendance. The illumination ceremony itself will take place at 8 p.m.

The 12-foot-tall “Blue Sky” sculpture is a gift from an anonymous benefactor, in celebration of the recent renovation of the library and its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The work of art was created from six-inch steel pipe, with layered, delicately coiled playful arcs.

The sculpture will anchor the east side of Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District on upper 25th Street.

The ceremony is also being held in conjunction with National Library Week, April 7-13.

Murder is mirth in

‘Musical Comedy’ show

LAYTON — “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” opens Friday at On Pitch Performing Arts.

The farcical play, written by John Bishop, premiered on Broadway in 1987. It tells the story of a creative team, responsible for a recent Broadway flop, who assemble for a backer’ audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” Comedy ensues when people start getting bumped off.

Cast members include Kara Bechtel, Caitlin Olsen, Curtis Waite, Kris Crowl, Joel Badger, Darren Maxfield, Marinda Maxfield, April Daw, Conner Blankman and Zipporah Copas.

The show opens Friday and continues through April 27 at On Pitch Performing Arts, 587 N. Main St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Tickets are $12 to $15.

Call 385-209-1557 or visit for tickets.

Three concerts planned at Weber State

OGDEN — A trio of classical concerts come to Weber State University in the next week.

Performances by pianist Shijun Wang, The WSU String Project, and the Browning String Trio will grace the stage at the Browning Center on campus, 3848 Harrison Blvd.

Concerts include:

• The Shijun Wang piano solo recital, “The German Three Bs,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The department’s newest faculty member will perform the German masters — Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

• The WSU String Project Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The recital features the winner of the String Project and Ogden Youth Symphony Concerto Competition.

• The Browning String Trio will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The biannual string concert features the talents of three WSU professors — Shi-Hwa Wang on violin, Viktor Uzur on cello and Francisco de Galvez on viola.

The WSU String Project Concert is free and open to the public. Tickets for the Shijun Wang and Browning String Trio concerts are $7 each for adults, $6 for seniors and military, and $4.50 for students.

Tickets are available at or by calling 801-626-8500.

Open mic returns to Fine Arts Center

BRIGHAM CITY — The Fine Arts Center’s monthly Open Mic Night returns this weekend.

Music, poetry, comedy and more are welcome at this family-friendly event. The Open Mic Night begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fine Arts Center, 58 S. 100 West.

Performers, who sign up at the beginning of the evening, are allowed eight to 10 minutes to perform — more if it’s a small crowd and a second round is offered.

Performers can have their original works burned to a compact disc for free.

There is no charge for performers; a $2 donation is requested from non-performers. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit or call 435-723-0740.

‘I Hate Hamlet’ comes to Heritage Theatre

PERRY — Heritage Theatre presents “I Hate Hamlet,” opening here Friday evening.

The play tells the story of a down-on-his-luck actor who uses a seance to contact the spirit of John Barrymore, with disastrous results.

“I Hate Hamlet” continues through May 4 at Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. U.S. 89. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and ages 12 and younger.

For more information, visit or call 435-723-8392.

Ogden’s Jim Jacobs earns state art grant

SALT LAKE CITY — Ogden’s own Jim Jacobs is a recipient of the 2019 Utah Visual Arts Fellowship.

Jacobs is one of two recipients of the no-strings-attached $10,000 fellowship grants from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Shane Deeter, a professional custom saddle and bootmaker from La Sal, is this year’s other recipient.

Born in Philadelphia, Jacobs moved to Ogden in 1985 to teach at Weber State University. He spent 10 years as chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Design. Jacobs retired from the school in 2015 and now works full-time as an artist.

Over the years, his work has been exhibited throughout the country, including at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, New York University, Palm Springs Art Museum and Rutgers University.

His current art series, “Graft,” featured natural tree limbs that are grafted onto milled lumber, tools, furniture and human hair. He describes the works as reflections on our peculiar relationship with the natural world.

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