The Word

Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
March 31, 7 p.m.
City Library (210 E. 400 South)

The SLC Film Center continues to showcase great films that might have slipped past unnoticed the first time around. “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*” is a documentary that combines first person narratives, interviews and animated sequences into a fascinating story on one of the biggest issues in sports: steroids. With firsthand accounts8212;including testimonies from two of his steroid-using brothers8212;director Christopher Bell shines a light on why these athletes feel compelled to destroy their bodies in the name of victory. The Salt Lake City Film Center will also welcome a special guest after the screening8212;Olympic Gold and Silver Medal speed skater Derek Parra. Come out and hear a true athlete speak on a subject that has been in the headlines for the majority of the past decade.

The Acacia Strain
March 31, 7 p.m.
Price TBD
Club Sound (579 W. 200 South)

The first time The Acacia Strain made its way through Salt Lake City, it was the same night the U football team took on BYU in hopes of keeping the perfect season alive. The Utes would eventually win and everyone went out to celebrate. Even though the band was playing for little more than two dozen people, they gave it everything they had. Three guitars blared at damn near full volume and the crowd stood wide-eyed trying to comprehend how a band could sound so heavy. It’s five years later, the Utes just finished another perfect season and The Acacia Strain is back for another round of blistering metal. Touring in support of their new album, Continent, the band is down to just one guitarist but still manages to punish anyone foolish enough to forget their earplugs. With local metal gods Gaza opening the show and hopefully showcasing a few tracks from their forthcoming album He’s Never Coming Back, it’ll be amazing if Club Sound is still in one piece Wednesday morning.

Ten out of Tenn
April 1, 7 p.m.
$12 (plus service fee)
Kilby Court (741 S. Kilby Court)

If metal and slam-dancing aren’t quite your thing, you might want to save your money and check out the laid-back, alt-country stylings of Ten out of Tenn at Kilby Court. The 10 artists included on the tour are Erin McCarley, Matthew Perryman Jones, Griffin House, Katie Herzig, Trent Dabbs, Andy Davis, Butterfly Boucher, Jeremy Lister, K.S. Rhoads and Tyler James. How the show will actually work isn’t quite clear, but these artists are talented in their own right, and mixing them all together will make for a unique show that is sure to entertain. These are all up-and-coming songwriters from Tennessee and they’ve been out on tour for most of 2008 getting their names out. They surely have bright futures ahead and Kilby Court is the perfect intimate setting for this show.