Five reasons to get off your couch (3/27-4/2)

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Thurs., March 27, through Fri., April 11Exhibit: “What I Thought I Saw” FreeAll dayArt Access Gallery (230 S. 500 West #125)

“On most days, we view an image and instantly draw a conclusion about its meaning. We quickly move on with our lives, secure in our understanding of what we saw. ‘What I Thought I Saw’ challenges its audience to stop for a moment and question such certainty,” said photographer Kim Silcox of her latest exhibit, created with fellow photographer Sasha Polak. Based on a book project, “What I Thought I Saw” introduces its reader to stark portraits of individuals who cannot be understood in a quick glance and a snap judgement, forcing them, as Silcox hopes, to “deconstruct the layers of misconceptions and biases behind that initial glance.”

Thurs., March 27 through Sun., March 30The 2008 World Horror ConventionFreeAll day, each dayRadisson Hotel (215 W. South Temple)

Salt Lake horror fiction buffs, unite! The renowned World Horror Convention will be gracing our fine city for its 18th, ghostly incarnation.

Events will include a mass autograph signing, gross-out contest, horror art show, walking tour of haunted Salt Lake City, artists’ reception and the awarding of the 2008 Bram Stoker Awards for excellence in horror fiction Saturday evening.

Guests include short story writer and editor Dennis Etchison, award-winning artist John Jude Palencar, novelist Simon R. Green, poet and scholar Michael R. Collings, writer and editor Mort Castle, author Jeff Strand and publisher Larry Roberts.

Fri., March 28 and Sat., March 29Midnight Movie: “Duel”Tower Theatre (876 E. 900 South)Midnight$8

If you haven’t experienced “Duel,” well, you haven’t experienced the finest piece of possessed semi-truck vs. crazed motorist action/suspense/horror/thriller cinema ever created. Helmed by a young Stephen Spielberg and penned by acclaimed horror novelist Richard Matheson (“I Am Legend,” “What Dreams May Come”), this too-often-overlooked classic introduced the world to the budding director’s knack for adapting powerful prose to out-of-your-seat, cinematic suspense.

Tues., April 1SLCC Community Writing Center Presents: “Memor”Salt Lake City Public Library, Suite 8 (210 E. 400 South)6 p.m.$30

No, that’s not a typo, “Memor” is the newest, hottest trend in memoir writing. Take out the “I” and journey into the lives of others as only a personal memor can do. The SLCC Community Writing Center at the Salt Lake City Public Library will provide instruction on mastering this new style April 1, 8 and 15, so get with the times.

Wed., April 2 through Sun., April 6The Jewish Film FestivalFreeMultiple venuesAll day

The Jewish Film Festival runs from Tuesday through next weekend. Highlights will include the powerful story of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, “Knowledge is the Beginning,” and Danny Anker’s documentary on the role of cinema during World War II, “Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust.” Screenings will take place around the valley at various times, but all the necessary information can be found at

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