Art Scene Selections: March 31-April 5
Ogden’s Bach Fest
The Ogden Bach Fest, presented by Onstage Ogden, is back with five days of free community concerts and events celebrating the works of the musical genius. Through Friday, organs will be shaking the ceilings in churches around town. Thursday is the Bach Birthday Party at the Weber County Main Library, and a Friday night concert will feature performances by Chamber Orchestra Ogden, WSU Choir and special guest organist Kenneth Udy, one of the country’s top-rated organists, who frequently makes guest appearances at the Utah Symphony and Salt Lake Tabernacle. For more information, see the Onstage Ogden events page on Facebook or at onstageogden.org.
Now through Friday; various times and locations; free; onstageogden.org.
‘Man and Moon,’ a play by Siera Marilyn Ledger
The rolling world premiere of “Man and Moon” by California playwright Siena Marilyn Ledger makes its first stop at Good Company Theatre in Ogden for a 10-show run through April 10. It is “a quiet, beautiful play about the events and changes that connect us,” says Good Company Theatre founder Alicia Washington. Aaron, a transitioning man, meets a 12-year-old outer space aficionado named Luna in the waiting room of a hospital’s oncology unit and together they learn about their own changing bodies and lives. Through the two seemingly different characters, “Man and Moon” explores themes that characterize much of Ledger’s work: the human experience through queer stories.
Now through April 10, various days and times; Good Company Theatre, 2404 Wall Ave.; $25; goodcotheatre.com.
Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll
Ogden City Arts is springing forward with one of the biggest First Friday Art Strolls the city has seen since pre-COVID days. Art galleries, businesses, events venues, coffee shops and more are participating with new art exhibits, live music and activities at various locations all over town. See it all, from the Community Art Show at Ogden Union Station up Historic 25th Street to featured artist exhibits at Gallery 25, Grounds for Coffee and Wasatch Coffee. Be sure to stop into Open Studio Night at The Monarch for the Awesome Autistic Ogden Art Exhibit, the new video installation at OCA Arts Garage and free live music with “Van Sessions.” The Local Artisan Collective at The Junction has classes and demos, new artist exhibits are open at Emmisoure Gallery on Washington Boulevard and the Eccles Art Center hosts the Frame Your Pet Competition exhibit opening. Shaw Gallery at Weber State University is closing out the “All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy” exhibit in addition to the audio project “A Counting: Ogden” by Ekene Ijeoma. For a full listing of events, get your map at The Corner, the white building located on the corner of Washington Boulevard and 25th Street, and follow these social media outlets for more details: Instagram @Ogden_Arts / The_Corner_Ogden, Facebook @OgdenCityArts / The Corner / OgdensFirstFridayArtStroll.
Friday, 6-9 p.m.; various Ogden locations; free; ogdencity.com/770/First-Friday-Art-Stroll.
Awesome Autistic Ogden
Awesome Autistic Ogden is back in-person and bigger than ever with four fun, inclusive community events to celebrate and raise awareness in recognition of Autism Appreciation Month. The Awesome Autistic Art Stroll on Friday at The Monarch will kick off the month-long series of events during Ogden’s April First Friday Art Stroll followed by the Rise for Autism fundraiser at Daily Rise Coffee on Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m. Daily Rise Coffee is donating all funds from purchases of the featured “Caramel Rise” to the family of Izzy Tichenor during the event, and local realtors Crystal Guillen (RE/MAX) and Sarah Schelin (Ridgeline Realty) are providing a matching donation for the total proceeds. Community members can also support the effort by purchasing $5 tickets for an opportunity drawing. The big Community Event and Community Conversation will take place later in the month on April 16 and 25.
Friday, 6-9 p.m., The Monarch, 455 25th St.; and Saturday, 8-10 a.m., Daily Rise Coffee, 2865 E. Washington Blvd.; free; facebook.com/AwesomeAutisticOgden.