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Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, April 17-23

Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, April 17-23

A radio star talks storytelling, Dave Chappelle’s at The Viv, and West Valley City celebrates Earth Day.

(Owen Sweeney | Associated Press file photo) Comedian Dave Chappelle, seen here in 2019, will perform Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

April 18

How to make radio

Jad Abumrad has many talents — podcaster, storyteller, composer of electronic music — and is best known as the creator of WNYC’s acclaimed program “RadioLab,” from which he departed in January after 20 years as co-host. Abumrad will visit Weber State University on Monday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., to talk about how anyone can use technology and the power of story to find their voice. Abumrad will speak at the Austad Auditorium, in the Val A. Browning Center at Weber State, Ogden. Tickets are $5 for Weber students, $12-$15 for everyone else.

April 19

It’s Chappelle’s show, again

Dave Chappelle is considered one of the funniest comedians working, and maybe one of the most polarizing. Take, for example, his famous stand-up set when he hosted “Saturday Night Live” right after the 2016 presidential election: “America’s done it: We’ve actually elected an internet troll as our president. I haven’t seen white people this mad since the O.J. verdict.” Chappelle will perform Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Tickets are available at

April 22

Celebrating Earth Day

Friday, April 22, is Earth Day — a national day devoted to thinking about the environment. A celebration, SpringFest, will feature kids’ activities, food, entertainment, art exhibits and information tables. The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City. Admission is free.