Art Scene Selections: March 17-24
Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit
Have you strolled through and admired the enchanting hand-built birdhouses at Ogden Nature Center in past years? It’s that time of year again, and you can have a chance at having your birdhouse displayed in the exhibit; only a limited number are selected due to space. Ogden Nature Center is accepting birdhouse submissions until 4 p.m. Saturday. Handcrafted, functional and earth-friendly artistry is encouraged and all submissions are free (one entry per person). The event is sponsored by Jeremiah’s Restaurant, Wild About Birds, Wasatch Audubon Society, Booth Dental, Pat and Glen Richter, Jack and Jodi Livingood, the Robin and Bard Farr family, The Prairie Schooner, Ogden Blue, Bloom Recyclers and Shepherd’s Bush.
Now through Saturday, 4 p.m.; Ogden Nature Center; 966 W. 12th St.; free; ogdennaturecenter.org.
Utah Watercolor Society Two Star/Signature Show
Throughout the month, the Eccles Art Center hosts the Utah Watercolor Society’s Spring Two Star/Signature Show that opened during Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll on March 4. Utah Watercolor Society is a 350-plus member nonprofit organization that showcases their highly accomplished Utah watercolor artists in these two juried exhibits each spring. The community is welcome to view this year’s submitted paintings any time during operating hours.
Now through March 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; Eccles Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave.; free; ogden4arts.org.
Utah Symphony: ‘Carnival of the Animals’ with Children’s Dance Theatre
The Utah Symphony returns to Weber State University for a special family performance, presented by Onstage Ogden. Children can experience the symphony in a program designed just for them with “Carnival of the Animals,” “one of the most recognizable and beloved pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saens,” says Onstage Ogden. “Go on a journey through the animal kingdom from the graceful swan to the majestic lion with dancers from Children’s Dance Theatre.” The program includes “The Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks,” “Carnival of the Animals” and more. Starting at 6:30 p.m., there is a free Music Detectives Class for students and families in Room 210.
Thursday, 7-8 p.m.; Val A. Browning Center at Weber State University, 1901 University Circle; $10/$5 students and children under 12; onstageogden.org.
Spring Beer Fest 2022
The Spring Beer Fest is back for a third round, and new flair, after being on hold since 2019. Started by Ogden Downtown Alliance in 2018 to celebrate local breweries and “the gritty side of O-Town pride,” it fittingly takes place inside Ogden’s historic Union Station. A new addition this year, a special VIP hour, allows you to beat the crowds and get the first swig. The $50 VIP ticket includes a Spring Beer Fest T-shirt, souvenir sampling glass, three tokens for sample pours and one $5 meal voucher. Regular $20 tickets come with three sample pour tokens, a souvenir sampling glass and $5 food voucher. Additional sample pour tokens are available for purchase for $1. Northern Utah breweries will be represented, with special appearances from some out-of-state craft brews; local food vendors Lucky Slice Pizza, Wimpy & Fritz and Electric Alley Sliders will be there to accept your $5 food voucher; and tunes will be provided by DJ Goyk, making this beer bash one of Ogden’s favorite events.
Saturday, 4-8 p.m. (special VIP hour at 3 p.m.); Ogden Union Station, 2505 Wall Ave.; $20; ogdendowntown.com.
Utah Symphony: Beethoven No. 6, presented by Onstage Ogden
Also known as the “Pastoral Symphony” that was first performed in 1808, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 is recognizable from the Disney animated film “Fantasia.” Next Thursday night, Onstage Ogden presents an evening of three select pieces along with No. 6, including Buxtehude’s “Chaconne,” arranged by Mexico’s great modern composer Carlos Chavez, and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto performed by renowned violinist Augustin Hadlich with conductor Tito Muñoz. A free Music Detectives Class for students and families begins at 6:30 p.m. and a pre-show chat with with USUO Vice President of Artistic Planning Robert Neu and special guests in Room 113 before the show.
Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.; Val A. Browning Center at WSU, 1901 University Circle; $13-$42; onstageogden.org.