Art Scene Selections: Sept. 23-30
Good Company Theatre: ‘Fremont Junior High is Not Doing Oklahoma!’
Good Company Theatre presents the hilarious, timely and thought-provoking play “Fremont Junior High is NOT Doing Oklahoma!” The world premiere, written by Chicago-based theater artist and interdisciplinary scholar Paul Michael Thomson, is a solid choice by GCT heading into another school year, brilliantly balancing comedic relief with heavy and relevant themes like racism, sexism and revisionist history embedded in our “classic” literature, plays and films and questions their continued use in our school system. The political satire asks all the questions many of us have asked ourselves about “cancel culture” while arousing continuous laughter, from a high-caliber Utah-based six-member cast, including Ogden’s own Zaza Vandyke, whose performance almost makes you want to go back to eighth grade to be their best friend. The story centers on a modern day Drama Club Council at Fremont Junior High School and its endearing president, 14-year-old queer boy Chrysanthemum (Joseph Branca) and “best friend” Phylicia (Talia Heiss), the club vice president who jumps at the chance to play the lead and make a statement as a Black actress in the school’s spring musical, “Oklahoma!” A humorous rift ensues between the best friends and divides the council on whether or not to do the musical. What will they decide? Discretion is advised for audiences under age 13 due to strong language throughout. Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of show date are required.
Now through Oct. 3, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m., ASL performance Sept. 25; Good Company Theatre, 2404 Wall Ave.; $25/$17 student; goodcotheatre.com.
The Monarch Market continues this Saturday with another amazing lineup of creators and local live music! Che Zuro, Mark Dee and (new to The Monarch) String Theory are performing on the patio next to the beer garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Relax and chill with fantastic tunes and cold craft brews just east of the farmers market, then stroll through the creative studios and specialty vendors, including Cheryls Bagels, Witchful Wishings, Plant Kandy, Salt Lake Syrups and more.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (live music until 3 p.m.); The Monarch, 455 25th St.; free; themonarchogden.com/monarch-market.
‘Get On Up’ with Talia Keys and The Love at The Monarch
Talia Keys returns to The Monarch on Saturday, hot on the heels of two incredible shows supporting Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at the Red Butte Gardens and Indigo Girls at Deer Valley earlier this month. Keys, a passionate singer/songwriter and genre-breaking multi-instrumentalist, is bringing the whole band — Talia Keys and The Love — to Ogden for the first time in two years. “I wanted to throw an all-ages show and this was the perfect opportunity,” said Keys, who works with kids as music director for the nonprofit organization Rock Camp SLC. The five-piece, soul-funk-rock ‘n’ roll band is “ready to lift your spirits, elevate your hearts and minds, and above all, get you dancing.” The Monarch is thrilled to have Keys back with “The Love” for “a night of music, friends and dancing,” outside on the Upper Deck.
Saturday, 6-10 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; all ages; $10; facebook.com/TheMonarchOgden/events.
Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s ‘Reintroducing the Orchestra’
After a season and a half of cancelled or reduced numbers of musicians and limited seating, Chamber Orchestra Ogden is back for its 2021-2022 season with the full orchestra. “Reintroducing the Orchestra” kicks off the new season at Peery’s Egyptian Theater this Saturday, with a special highlight of Benjamin Britten’s “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” “Because the orchestra is playing ‘A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, we encourage you to bring your children and give them a chance to see these instruments up close,” said music director and conductor Michael A. Palumbo. Members of the orchestra will gather in the south hallway outside of the theater from 6:30-7:15 p.m. to demonstrate their instruments. All children ages 8 and over are welcome.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.; $8; chamberorchestraogden.org.
Ogden Twilight: Grouplove
Ogden Twilight 2021 season closes this Saturday with Grouplove, with supporting acts Brother and Dad Bod. If you think you don’t know who the alternative indie rock band is, listen to “Tongue Tied” from their 2011 album “Never Trust A Happy Song” — Grouplove is classic indie rock and this will be one wild party to celebrate the last Ogden Twilight concert of 2021. Grab dinner and shop around from various food trucks and vendors, and expect electric performances and big energy from the audience of 7,000-plus. Catch the official Ogden Twilight after-parties at nearby bars Alleged and Unspoken.
Saturday, 5 p.m.; Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th St.; $10; facebook.com/ogdentwilight.
5th Ogden Hispanic Festival 2021
“We Are United!” is the theme for this year’s Hispanic Festival, by Latinos United Promoting Education and Civic Engagement, that celebrates Hispanic heritage with art, music, dance, delicious food and inspiring leaders from Ogden’s Latino community. Special guests La Sonora Dinamita will perform. This is a fun, all-ages and inclusive event for everyone in the community to unite in celebration of Ogden’s Latino culture.
Saturday, 2-7 p.m.; Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave.; free; lupec-us.org.
Oasis Summer Nights
Sunday brings this year’s Oasis Summer Nights series to a close. Catch the last one of these enchanting evenings, presented by the Junior League of Ogden, a family-friendly gathering of live music, art and food at the beautiful Oasis Community Garden. All are welcome at the free and friendly community event. Load up on artisan goods from a variety of vendors, grab some delicious grub at the food trucks, throw down a blanket or chair, and enjoy live tunes from local musicians in an enchanting garden setting.
Sunday, 4-6 p.m.; Oasis Community Garden, 2445 Monroe Blvd.; free; juniorleagueogden.org.