LDS Events Calendar

by | Nov. 02, 2011

LDS Life

Lunch and Learn Series with Deseret Book Artists and Authors  

Every Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Downtown Deseret Book Store, SLC, Utah
November 4

Brian Kershisnik
"Humor is healthy. God laughs. I believe that. To avoid a good, human, affectionate sense of humor in art that is depicting human beings is nonsense."

Allowing for inspiration in the form of a peculiar hunch, Brian Kershisnik welcomes the influence of children, artistic greats and cave paintings in his oil on paper and panel works. Purposely avoiding following one rigid technique, Kershisnik allows for experimentation and inspiration to guide his open-ended images. He contends that the purpose of his art is to facilitate the understanding of what it means to be human - the awkward discoveries, happy encounters, deep sorrows and immense joys.

November 11
Shirley McKay Britsch
Shirley McKay Britsch creates art with oils, acrylics, watercolor, casein, collage, and even Chinese inks on rice paper--sometimes all in the same work. She loves Chinese painting and has been influenced by travels in Asia as well as studying with Asian instructors.  In addition to the BFA she holds in graphic design and illustraton, Shirley has studied with renowned artists.  She has also been greatly influenced by the luminosity of the Hudson River painters.

"I paint outside whenever I can because I love the beauty of nature and find it spiritually uplifting and healing to be in the middle of it. . . . I strive to have my paintings show sensitivity to mood by creating a luminous glow within them.  Light is to me a spiritual concept, and it is a major focus of my art. I want viewers not only to see the painting, but to see into the painting."

November 18
J. Kirk Richards
J. Kirk Richards is becoming increasingly known for his accomplishments as a painter of Judeo-Christian themes. Many of his paintings exhibit a love for the human figure, general use of symbolism and metaphor, and an emphasis on lyric composition. Richards' work is mostly found in private collections across the country. Select public collections include the LDS Church Museum of History and Art and the Springville Museum of Art, among a few others.

Kirk was born near Brigham Young University, the fourth of eight musical children. He attributes much of his love for the arts to an early emphasis on musical training in the home. As a teen, his interests turned from music to visual arts. Kirk served a two-year church mission in the areas surrounding Rome, Italy, which allowed him to visit great Italian masterpieces. Among other things, the experience influenced his palette, which often consists of subdued browns and rusts.

David Archuleta Signings for “Glad Christmas Tidings”

David Archuleta will be making appearances at several Deseret Book stores throughout the holiday season to sign copies of “Glad Christmas Tidings,” the CD version of last year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. Check for appearances in your area!

Monday, November 21  
University Village Deseret Book
Tuesday, November 22
Fort Union Deseret Book
Friday, November 25
Deseret Book Downtown Flagship (After the events of “Lights on at Temple Square.”)

Free Garden Tours of Temple Square and Church Headquarters

Monday – Friday at 10 a.m.: Door 15 of the Conference Center, SLC, UT
Monday – Friday at noon: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.: East gate of Temple Square, SLC, UT

Second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Main floor auditorium of the Church Office Building at 50 East North Temple Street

Alex Boye: Light of Hope Celebration in Mesa, Arizona

November 4, 2011
6:00 p.m.: Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 p.m.: Concert with Alex and guest artists Clyde Bawden, Firefly and Freddie Ashby
At the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

It will be an unforgettable evening with Alex Boye and friends at the Light of Hope Celebration in Mesa, AZ, Nov. 4. The concert is to benefit One Life at a Time, a nonprofit organization that brings the hope of a bright future to young adults in poverty-stricken areas of Central America and other third-world countries through specialized vocational and college preparatory education, job placement, and humanitarian aid.  

Visit for tickets and more information about OLAAT.

Freedom's Holy Light, A Veterans Day Tribute
November 11th & 12th
Featuring the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra with Special Guest Artist Peter Breinholt. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and are available online or by phone.


Southern Utah Heritage Choir Veterans Day Fireside

Sunday, November 13th
St. George Tabernacle
Heritage Choir soloists and ensembles pay tribute to our brave and honored veterans.

Washington DC Temple Visitors Center EventsTuesday, Nov. 15, 7:30 PM
Night of Music & Inspiration
Night of Music & Inspiration will be presented by the missionaries of the Washington D.C. North Mission. Through musical numbers and inspirational thoughts, the missionaries will share their talents and testimonies strengthening members as well as investigators. This evening's theme will be ìYesterday, Today and Foreverî, under the direction of Sister Withers.

26th Annual Gingerbread Festival at Historic Winter Quarters
"The Joys of Childhood"
November 19-December 31

Come visit a holiday event for the whole family: the 26th Annual Gingerbread Festival "The Joys of Childhood," which will be held at the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, 3215 State Street, Omaha, NE 68112 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. November 19 through December 31.  Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ornamental Nativity Exhibit at Sherwood Park
Alberta, Canada
December 1-3, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Sherwood Park Congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints proudly present the Ornamental Nativity Exhibit which features over 1000 nativities from around the world. This free annual Christmas event which is celebrating its 15 th year is held at 2090 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. At the nativity there is free musical performances, a children's activity room and a movie room with refreshments. This year's  nativity will be held from December 1 thru December 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more info contact Evelyn at 780-416-1447.

17th Annual Arlington, Texas, Nativity Display
“A Symbolic Display of the Season”
Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 4
Arlington Stake Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington, Texas 76016
The Arlington Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be displaying hundred of nativity sets from around the world, donated by more than 100 Dallas-Fort Worth area families. The event is free and open to the public and will include music from area families and schools, as well as a craft room for children and an opportunity for a souvenir photo to be taken. More information available at, or by calling 817.457.8925.

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