Local events and things to do this week, May 1-7

Art inspired by “Star Wars”, Labeled Fest returns and four guys do improv comedy.

(Faris Gerard | Utah Arts Alliance) A cosplayer in a stormtrooper outfit poses next to a crocheted version of an AT-AT walker at the Urban Arts Gallery’s annual “Star Wars” art exhibit. This year’s release will launch with a reception on May 4, 2022 at the gallery, 116 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, in The Gateway Mall.

May 4

The power of art at The Gateway

Wednesday is International Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth Be With You”), and the Urban Arts Gallery (in The Gateway, 116 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City) opens its annual art exhibit inspired by George Lucas’ space opera. This year’s theme is “Heroes and Villains” and features fan art from local artists celebrating “Star Wars” and other franchises. Reception is Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. and offers snacks (including “the famous blue milk”) and a cosplay contest (register before 6:30 p.m. if you want to participate). The event is free; the exhibition continues until May 29.

May 5-7

Talking about mental health, without stigma

Labeled partyan event aimed at ending the stigma around mental health, is scheduled from Thursday to Saturday at Art Museum of Utah at the University of Utah, 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City. The event features films, multimedia, storytelling, live performances and technology – all aimed at “providing a welcoming place for people with hidden mental health disabilities”, said the event’s founder, Brian Higgins. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event is free, tickets are available at labelfest.org.

May 5

Lots of laughs, no script

Some of the stars of the improv comedy world will gather Thursday at the Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main, Salt Lake City, to “Who lives anyway?” The touring show features regulars on the long-running TV series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” : Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray (Bill’s younger brother). The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $60, and are available on arttix.org.

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