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Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, April 24-30

Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, April 24-30

A Broadway legend, a look at ‘dark matter,’ and a country star.

(Rick Scuteri | Associated Press file photo) Country star Eric Church, seen here performing in 2017, is scheduled to perform Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

April 25

Symphony honors a major supporter

The Utah Symphony pays tribute to real estate mogul and symphony benefactor Kem Gardner on Monday night at 7 p.m. at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Headlining the show is Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell. Some tickets, at $50 ($25 for students), are still available, at

April 27, 28

Shedding light on dark matter

Scientists say dark matter is what holds the universe together — but they don’t know a lot about this most abundant form of matter. Dr. Pearl Sandick, a theoretical astrophysicist and associate professor at the University of Utah, explains dark matter in two lectures that will conclude the Natural History Museum of Utah’s 2022 lecture series, “Inspired by Color.” The lectures will happen Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Viridian Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan, and Thursday, 7 p.m., at NHMU, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City. Both events are free, but in-person registration is required; go to to register.

April 30

Eric Church, with his band this time

Country star Eric Church strives to make every concert memorable, but he outdid himself during a show in Salt Lake City in 2015. His band and stage crew were hit with a stomach bug, so Church performed the whole arena show as a mostly-solo acoustic set. Church is expected to have the full band accompanying him Saturday, when he brings his “Gather Again” tour to Vivint Smart Home Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Tickets, starting at $35, available at