The recent mercury dip means fall is here, and hooray for it! Colorful leaves, crisp air and the build-up to Halloween and later, the BYU-Utah football game. Fall also means 'season' openings and this weekend kicks off several. Here are some for your radar:

The Salt Lake Acting Company kicks off their 10/11 season with Tony Kushner's Angels in America. (Read more about it in the current Sept/Oct issue of Salt Lake, on newsstands, now.) There's drugs, disease and redemption. The Tony-award winning epic details the 80's AIDs crisis, political corruption and personal desires for salvation. Heady stuff, certainly. Worth your time? Definitely.

Where: Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W 500 North, SLC

When: Tonight through Nov. 7

How: saltlakeactingcompany.org; 801-363-7522

How many art exhibits open with square dancing and a bow-and-arrow demonstration? The Salt Lake Art Center makes one, at least, with their opening of Go West,which along with the dancing and archery, features works from 20 different contemporary artists and in several mediums, such as sculpture, photography and paintings.

Where: The Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S West Temple, SLC

When: Opens Friday Oct. 8, 7 PM. Runs through Jan. 9, 2011.

How: slartcenter.org

Yes, sometimes dancing is downright scary, whether it's the latest D-lister shuffling around on Dancing With the Stars or Elaine's antics on Seinfeld. This time, though, the spookiness is fun with the Odyssey Dance Theatre's production of Thriller at Park City's Eqyptian Theatre. Apparently even Friday the 13th's Jason will make an appearance, along with Frankenstein and other classic monsters. This is the season to have fun!

Where: The Egyptian Theatre, Main St., Park City

When: Tonight through Sunday, Oct. 10, evenings and Sat. matinee

How: 435-649-9371 or parkcityshows.com