5 STARS

The SCERA is a community treasure as a indoor theater, swimming pool, costume rental shop and arts education mecca. But my favorite part of SCERA is the outdoor stage and summer musicals. There”s no place I”d rather be on a warm night than snuggled up with my family watching uber-talented local performers. Who”s got talent? SCERA does.It may not be summer (dang!), but there was plenty of warmth at the Star Awards Gala at the SCERA this past weekend. This annual event brings in the stars of Utah”s art scene. A couple of years ago, we met Arnold Friberg at the Star Awards Gala. This “Prayer at Valley Forge” painter is no longer alive, so I was especially glad to have thanked the man who decorated Matt”s office wall.This past weekend, SCERA honored the likes of Sam Cardon (UVMag cover story in 2005) and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The fundraising event honors various artists in a red-carpet, black-tie fashion, but it also brings in donations to keep this community arts powerhouse moving forward. The silent auction brought me and Justin Bieber together. Unfortunately, I didn”t win that particular item (double dang, sorda). But Matt and I did come home with a gardening package donated by Intermountain Healthcare. Our tablemates included Craig Werner, owner of Bassett Furniture, and his beautifully lip-glossed daughter. You”ll learn more from Craig in our “Get Smart” section of the March/April issue of Utah Valley Magazine (out next week). Congrats to Adam Robertson and the SCERA family for a great event and a year-round star-studded lineup!