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Lando Zion

Posted // April 15,2014  - Chatting with the iconic Billy Dee Williams, coming to Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX This week sees Salt Lake Comic Con once again invade the city’s downtown area. With ...

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Killer Material

Posted // April 1,2014  -  There’s a unique story in—and behind—Larime Taylor’s A Voice in the Dark I like to think it’s my job when writing this column to point you toward comic books ...

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Guardians of the Galaxy Primer

Posted // March 18,2014  - What to read so you'll be ready for Guardians of the Galaxy this summer Now that the first trailer has come out for Marvel’s summer film version of Guardian ...

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To Be Continued

Posted // March 4,2014  - Live-action superheroes work best taking a page from comics’ cliffhangers If you’ve been awake at all in the past decade, it should come as no surprise that c ...

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Striking a Balance

Posted // February 11,2014  - It’s worth the effort to fit geeky passions into “real life” Being a geek is a full-time job. There are so many comics to read, movies to see, shows to ...

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The Future of Fantasy

Posted // January 28,2014  - Looking back to wonder what we’ll think about golden age movies years from now I recently watched the 1981 fantasy classic Dragonslayer for the first time. It was certai ...

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Indie Comics at the Movies

Posted // January 14,2014  - Beyond big-budget spectacles are stories you may not know were inspired by comics The annual arrival of the Sundance Film Festival is a constant reminder of the “indi ...

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Don't Feed the Trolls

Posted // December 30,2013  - A geeky resolution to stop with the frothing Last year, in the realm of geek, I suggested you start a hold at your local comic-book sto ...

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A Decade of Battlestar Galactica

Posted // December 17,2013  - Re-visit the landmark TV series as it celebrates 10 years It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since the first episode of the revamped Bat ...

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Geeky Gifting

Posted // December 3,2013  - Find some special ideas for the pop-culture fanatic in your life It’s holiday time again, and you’re probably looking to buy something for the ...

Books

Dangerous, The Shadow Prince, The Haven

Posted // March 28,2014  - Reviews: Three fantasy & sci-fi young-adult tales from Utah authors Maybe it shouldn’t matter that Shannon Hale’s new novel is a young-adult super ...

Books

Billy “The Hill” and the Jump Hook

Posted // February 10,2014  - A new autobiography re-introduces 1960s University of Utah basketball star Billy McGill In more than 100 years of University of Utah basketball, one of the all-time greats to wea ...

Books

Science Factions

Posted // November 25,2013  - New books by Utah authors show two different approaches to sci-fi Two new novels by Utah authors aim for completely different audiences and goals, though bo ...

Books

Kate MacLeod

Posted // September 23,2013  - Novel-inspired songs at Utah Book Fest Sometimes books are just impossible to put down; riveting, all-consuming page-turners. Oth ...

Books

Michael Pollan's 'Cooked'

Posted // April 29,2013  - Exploring the philosophy of eating Over the past decade, no single writer has more diligently explored the myriad consequence ...

Books

Timmy Failure

Posted // March 4,2013  - Stephan Pastis writes children's book Over the course of a long, circuitous journey from lawyer to cartoonist, Pearls Before Swi ...

Books

Erin Ann Thomas: Coal in Our Veins

Posted // September 10,2012  - A family's history with the black rock Good writers can take a subject you weren’t previously interested in and not only en ...

Books

Shannon Hale: What's wrong with how kids are taught to read

Posted // August 16,2012  - Required reading & gender confines Acclaimed Utah author Shannon Hale blogs. A lot. And her blogs often aren't about her upco ...

Books

Shannon Hale: Palace of Stone

Posted // August 13,2012  - Real-world politics through fairytale lens Shannon Hale always planned to write a sequel to her Newbery Honor-winning 2005 book Princ ...

Books

Sugarhouse

Posted // June 12,2012  - Memoir tells funny story of a fixer-upper The subtitle on the cover of Matthew Batt’s memoir, Sugarhouse, reads “Turning ...

Comedy

Gilbert Gottfried

Posted // August 1,2011  - Comedian still pushing boundaries Humor and controversy have often gone hand in hand, with comedians like Lenny Bruce and Ge ...

Comedy

Lily Tomlin

Posted // April 13,2011  - And That’s the Truth: Lily Tomlin still embraces her classic characters after more than 40 years. It is sometimes difficult to imagine what entertainment legends were like before they beca ...

Comedy

Marc Maron

Posted // February 14,2011  - Comedian/podcaster Marc Maron isn’t afraid to let comedy get uncomfortably candid. Self-revelation has been a staple of comedy at least since Lenny Bruce, but Marc Maron tak ...

Comedy

Marcus

Posted // May 12,2010  - Serious Comedy: Former second-to-Last Comic Standing Marcus is set to bite The Hand That Feeds. Marcus talks about his stint on NBC’s Last Comic Standing as if it happened a decade ...

Comedy

Comedian Todd Barry

Posted // April 7,2010  - Medium Energy: Comedian Todd Barry creates high comedy with a low-key approach. You’ll be forgiven for not knowing comedian Todd Barry by name, but chances are you& ...

Comedy

Doug Benson

Posted // September 23,2009  - Totally Unmolested: Pot comic Doug Benson operates under the radar. Benson is a pot comic. Whether or not you're a toker, you know exactly what that means, al ...

Comedy

Christopher Stephenson, Bob Montana & Levi Rounds

Posted // April 15,2009  - What the Heckled?: Don’t be surprised if the comedy of Christopher Stephenson, Bob Montana and Levi Rounds pisses someone off. Christopher Stephenson, Bob Montana and Levi Rounds are hitting the local comedy scene wit ...

Comedy

What the Heckled?

Posted // April 15,2009  - Don’t be surprised if the comedy of Christopher Stephenson, Bob Montana and Levi Rounds pisses someone off Salt Lake City's comedy scene includes performers associated with Uncensored Comedy, Under ...

Comedy

Comedy | The Unbookable Lightness of Being: Meet envelope-pushing, crowd-baiting comedian Andy Andrist.

Posted // September 17,2008  -   Andy Andrist is known for cringe humor—that which offends in order to further ideas, ...

Comedy

Comedy | Hall Monitored: Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson discusses the origins of a reunion tour

Posted // May 7,2008  -   Guess where I am?” were the first words out of Scott Thompson’s mouth when rea ...

Comics

Comic-Book Artist Ryan Ottley

Posted // March 12,2012  - 'Invincible' artist working in SLC For decades, if you wanted to break into comic books as a writer or an artist, you had to ...

Comics

Casting Comics

Posted // May 11,2011  - Are superheroes being played by movie stars even in the pages? Comic-book “casting” has been going on for decades. Artists, after all, have p ...

Comics

Event Fatigue

Posted // March 28,2011  - Comics publishers trot out still more universe-changing —and wallet-lightening—plot developments. Big, company-wide event comics have long been a standard of the industry. ...

Comics

Comics: Lessons Learned

Posted // December 22,2010  - What the comics world taught me in 2010. Another year gone and another box full of comics packed away. Before we move to 2011, ther ...

Comics

Derek Hunter is a Fuck

Posted // September 13,2010  - A local comic-book creator's new book reveals his past life as a jerk. Despite the title of his new book, Derek Hunter is actually a stand-up guy. But before mar ...

Comics

Comic Books on the iPad

Posted // August 16,2010  - Comic Bytes: The move to digital could forever change comic-book collecting. I love comics. I love the way that a good writer can take his time crafting a long-form st ...

Comics

The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures

Posted // June 23,2010  - Jet Set: Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer tales are finally gathered in one place. In 1981, Steve Schanes—publisher of Pacific Comics—approached Dave Stevens abo ...

Comics

Comics to Movies

Posted // April 14,2010  - Graphic Designs:Comics and graphic novels—even obscure ones—become perfect movie fodder. In the early 1990s, Joe Eszterhas scribbled a movie concept on a cocktail napkin and sold ...

Comics

The Chill, Siege, Kick-Ass

Posted // March 10,2010  - Cold Pulp: The Chill overtalks its attempt at detective noir. Starr makes an admirable jump from prose to comics, but needs a little more practice. It's ...

Comics

Comic Books 2009

Posted // January 13,2010  - A rundown of the best comic books of 2009. From the Big Two publishers all the way down to the unknown independents, 2009 was a solid ...

CW Arts Picks

Essentials: Entertainment Picks April 24-30

Posted // April 24,2014  -   What drives Deborah Hake Brinkerhoff’s artistic composition is pure impulse. An arti ...

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Essentials: Entertainment Picks April 17-23

Posted // April 17,2014  -   Utah expatriate Kristin Ann King may now live in Seattle, but her fascinating short-story ...

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Essentials: Entertainment Picks April 10-16

Posted // April 10,2014  -   Repertory Dance Theatre’s spring performance Land pulls from a vast repertoire for a ...

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Essentials: Entertainment Picks April 3-9

Posted // April 3,2014  -   Garrison Keillor, like a whole host of people in this country, grew up in a small town. Th ...

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Essentials: Entertainment Picks March 27-April 2

Posted // March 27,2014  -   The Living Planet Aquarium has been kind of like that favorite home-aquarium-dweller, the ...

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Essentials: Entertainment Picks March 20-26

Posted // March 20,2014  -   Lance Olsen is one of the foremost proponents and practitioners of experimental writing. H ...

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Essentials: Entertainment Picks March 13-19

Posted // March 13,2014  -   Dramatically speaking, grief is hard. A play can strand actors between catatonia and craze ...

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Essentials: Entertainment Picks March 6-12

Posted // March 6,2014  -   Art at the Main is a cooperative gallery on the ground floor of the Salt Lake City Main Li ...

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Essentials: Entertainment Picks Feb. 27-March 5

Posted // February 27,2014  -   An unassuming, red-brick building near downtown that served, for more than 100 years, as t ...

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Essentials: Entertainment Picks Feb. 20-26

Posted // February 20,2014  -   Economist Friedrich Hayek achieved his greatest renown with The Road to Serfdom, which opp ...

Dance

Ririe-Woodbury: Accelerate

Posted // April 22,2014  - Accelerate closes Ririe-Woodbury's 50th season by exploring dance's future When Joan Woodbury and Shirley Ririe, two dance professors at the University of Utah, star ...

Dance

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Posted // March 3,2014  - Dance Theatre of Harlem continues its founder’s tradition of breaking new artistic ground As the curtain rises on the Kingsbury Hall stage March 6, two company members from the Dan ...

Dance

Bboy Federation: They Reminisce

Posted // January 6,2014  - Bboy Federation moves from battles to history The local nonprofit dance group Bboy Federation took its name from one of the first dance ...

Dance

Ballet West's The Firebird

Posted // November 4,2013  - Company celebrates 50th with historic classic When Ballet West takes the stage at Kingsbury Hall to open the 2013-2014 season, it will m ...

Dance

NOW ID

Posted // July 22,2013  - New dance company to put on The Wedding After more than a decade at the artistic helm of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Denmark nat ...

Dance

Ririe-Woodbury's "One"

Posted // April 23,2013  - Final show for Charlotte Boye-Christensen In 2002, the energetic and cosmopolitan Charlotte Boye-Christensen decided to accept a job ...

Dance

Ballet West: The Lottery

Posted // October 29,2012  - Onstage drawing heightens the tension Spoiler alert: By the end of the ballet, someone has to die. Not literally, of course; the ...

Dance

SB Dance: Of Meat & Marrow

Posted // June 4,2012  - Dancers as "movement sculptures" According to Stephen Brown—the SB in SB Dance—audiences typically get the gist ...

Dance

Joe Goode Performance Group

Posted // February 20,2012  - 'The Rambler': Felt performance For many people, contemporary dance is not very accessible. Choreographer Joe Goode knows ...

Dance

Ririe-Woodbury: Momentum

Posted // August 22,2011  - Alumni dance performance returns With the arrival of the arts season each fall comes yet another opportunity to be inspired ...

DVDs

And the Nominees Were ...

Posted // January 9,2012  - Earlier work from 2011's Oscar noms It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when we movie lovers try to second-gu ...

DVDs

Once Upon a Theater

Posted // July 12,2011  - Hollywood mines for fairy-tale gold Did you miss Beastly and Red Riding Hood at your local multiplex this winter? Chances are ...

DVDs

Money Talks

Posted // March 28,2011  - But it can be tricky when movies try to talk about money. You think tax time is a plot to drive you mad with its incomprehensible financial gobbledy ...

DVDs

Before They Were Oscar Hopefuls

Posted // February 1,2011  - Host your own pre-Academy Awards DVD festival to discover the nominees' roots. Chances are pretty good that at least a few of the actors who take home Oscar statues on F ...

DVDs

Football Films

Posted // November 8,2010  - Gridiron Blues: America loves football, but movies can’t quite seem to make it sing. I don’t get football. It’s not a great loss in my life, but it does mystify me ...

DVDs

Vintage TV Classics on DVD

Posted // August 25,2010  - Hooked on Classics: When vintage TV shows finally hit DVD, do they hold up to our memories? It’s been almost a quarter of a century since Max Headroom—the visionary 1987- ...

DVDs

16 Villainous Oil Company Movies

Posted // June 28,2010  - Black Crude, Black Moo: Anger at the Gulf oil catastrophe isn’t mellowed by movies about petro-malevolence. Blowout preventer—that sounds pretty good right about now. Not for the crack at the ...

DVDs

Super Actors Make Super Heroes

Posted // May 12,2010  - The performers behind the masks make comic-book movies soar. Explosions! Super-powered fisticuffs! Cool sci-fi gadgets! Caped flight! That’s all ...

DVDs

Roku streams movies to your TV

Posted // March 24,2010  - Stream On: Roku, Netflix and Amazon present the brave new world of movies delivered straight to your TV. I've been a Roku user for almost a year, and it's edging so darn close to my dream— ...

DVDs

Girls Just Wanna Play Sports

Posted // February 3,2010  - The film industry still doesn’t seem to think sports movies can be for— or about—women. Whip It arrived on DVD on Jan. 26. What’s that? You’ve never heard of Whip It? ...

Get Out

Tour Guide

Posted // April 22,2014  - Bike touring doesn’t have to be intimidating. Some of us look out our car windows at cyclists on touring bikes and think, “Man, th ...

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Horns Aplenty

Posted // March 28,2014  - Distilling the allure of “shed hunting” for antlers through the Utah hills “I never used to go hiking. It didn’t interest me,” a friend told me las ...

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Swan Lake

Posted // March 11,2014  -  Take the unique opportunity to observe a magnificent spring migration. This great influx of birds can start at any time between February and early March. It&rsqu ...

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Women's Night at the Bicycle Collective

Posted // February 19,2014  - Demand has grown for ladies-only time to learn about and work on bikes In 1896, suffragist Susan B. Anthony said that bicycling “has done more to emancipat ...

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Cold Winter, Hot Pools

Posted // February 4,2014  - A chilly hike doesn't keep visitors from Diamond Fork Hot Springs Going to Diamond Fork Hot Springs in Spanish Fork Canyon is a rite of passage for all thos ...

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La Nada

Posted // January 21,2014  - Winter limbo still brings snow to the Uintas Utah’s finest powder has been a fickle creature this year. After touching us with he ...

Get Out

Time to Escape

Posted // January 7,2014  - Experience the mysterious beauty of heading into nature without a destination We had started that morning from a cabin in Fishlake National Forest in central Utah, with ...

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Recreation Resolutions

Posted // December 26,2013  - Looking toward anticipated 2014 adventures New Year’s resolutions aren’t typically my thing, but with so much still left ...

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Solstice Stargazing

Posted // December 9,2013  - Watching for Ison in Utah's night sky As most of us sat down to a feast of turkey and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving Day this y ...

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Restored Refuge

Posted // November 12,2013  - A look at Miller Park Bird Refuge before a needed refurbishment Miller Park has long been a sanctuary not just for birds, but also for city-dwellers&mdash ...

Other A&E

Provo Alone

Posted // April 14,2014  - There's more unique fun to be found around BYU than you might expect There’s a college town noted for launching a number of highly acclaimed alternative ...

Other A&E

Rock Springs

Posted // March 18,2014  - Rock Springs offers recreation and a unique slice of pioneer history just over the border Rock Springs, Wyo.—less than a three-hour drive on Interstate 80 from Salt Lake Cit ...

Other A&E

Fests of Winter

Posted // February 18,2014  - Summer isn't the only time for seasonally appropriate celebrations There’s still time in February to embrace the final weeks of winter and everything t ...

Other A&E

Mike Birbiglia

Posted // January 20,2014  - Comedian Mike Birbiglia on the craft of storytelling and his return to one-liners Just before Mike Birbiglia delivers the climax of a story—generally self-deprecating ...

Other A&E

Great Scottsdale

Posted // January 13,2014  - Escape winter for a quick Arizona getaway The Wasatch Front is beautiful in the winter, but it sure can get cold. When the weather i ...

Other A&E

Artistically Resolved

Posted // December 30,2013  - City Weekly contributors make their vows for growing experiences in 2014 The idea of a “New Year’s Resolutions for the Arts” feature came about a ...

Other A&E

Epic Ski Runs

Posted // December 16,2013  - A new multi-resort pass opens up ski options around the world Park City has long been a destination for national and international skiers. Now, locals c ...

Other A&E

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Posted // November 18,2013  - The Leonardo's exhibition brings the time of biblical writing to life Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, the documents have been regarded as p ...

Other A&E

Get Out of Town

Posted // November 11,2013  - Air-travel tips for the holiday season As the upcoming holidays come rolling along, if locals aren’t enjoying the “Gr ...

Other A&E

Exploring Anaheim

Posted // October 14,2013  - More to Cali city than Disneyland As we noted in a Travel Tramps article around this time last year [“Zion in Anaheim, ...

Sports

NBA's First Gay Player

Posted // May 6,2013  - Utah's reaction to Jason Collins coming out It’s hard to think of higher praise you could get from the greatest Jazzman of all t ...

Sports

Major-League Baseball in SLC

Posted // March 25,2013  - Will Utah ever be home to MLB? Major League Baseball comes to Salt Lake City on March 30, when the Colorado Rockies host ...

Sports

Utah Jazzless

Posted // October 17,2011  - What's SLC with no NBA? The Utah Jazz were supposed to open up their preseason schedule Oct. 10, with the regular ...

Sports

Beehive Sport & Social Club

Posted // July 26,2011  - Adult ball league serious about fun For F.B.G.M., the clinking of $1 PBR cans is a triumphant sound. As other Beehive Sport an ...

Sports

Women's Tackle Football: Utah Blitz

Posted // May 17,2010  - Blitz to face Las Vegas Showgirlz. Attending a Utah Blitz football game is, in most ways, much like attending a high school f ...

Sports

Jazz's Carlos Boozer: Utah's Most Hated

Posted // October 28,2009  - Has Boozer eclipsed President Obama as Utahns’ favorite target for conservative bile? Boozer is the clear front-runner for Utah’s most hated ... ...

Sports

Roller Derby Referee Collin DeShotz

Posted // September 23,2009  - Zebra Rules: How to officiate a "lawless" sport on wheels. Online Exclusive: Local roller-derby referee Collin DeShotz (aka Niall Wade) officiates ga ...

Sports

Dew Tour Brings Extreme Sports to Utah

Posted // September 16,2009  - Athletes relish the chance to visit Salt Lake City. Getting athletes to come to the Dew Tour stop in Salt Lake City isn't difficult... ...

Sports

Salt Lake Bees Slugger Has a Swing with Sting

Posted // September 2,2009  - Brandon Wood’s Major-League talent is still on display in a minor-league park. Brandon Wood's swing is a major-league swing. His hands start low, about chest level, and ...

Sports

Rocky Mountain Revue

Posted // May 13,2009  - No Further Revue: Summer pro hoops in Utah becomes a victim of its own success. It’s a sad situation that occurs over and over: A community builds an alternative, g ...

Theater

Pioneer Theatre Company: Deathtrap

Posted // April 1,2014  -   Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of Ira Levin’s 1978 comedic thriller Deat ...

Theater

Plan-B Theatre Company: 3

Posted // April 1,2014  -   Omnibus collections of any kind—short films, short stories, short plays—often ...

Theater

Reviews: Clearing Bombs, Much Ado About Nothing

Posted // February 25,2014  - New theater productions feature smarts and slapstick Hyperbole’s a tricky business, but: If there’s a more fascinating way to expla ...

Theater

Jingle Plays

Posted // December 10,2013  - Two theater companies present family-friendly holiday productions. In virtually every scene where Buddy the Elf (Quinn VanAntwerp) appears in Pioneer Theatre ...

Theater

Review: Plan-B's Nothing Personal

Posted // October 29,2013  -   “I’m not wrong!” Kenneth (Kirt Bateman) bellows at Susan (April Fossen); ...

Theater

Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's Other Desert Cities

Posted // October 29,2013  -   If Pioneer Theatre Company’s Other Desert Cities were one of your co-workers, it wou ...

Theater

Review: New World Shakespeare Company's Macbeth

Posted // October 29,2013  -   Sound design: It’s not often that it’s the make-or-break element in a theatric ...

Theater

Fall at the Shakespeare Fest

Posted // October 8,2013  - Richard II and more With the days getting shorter and nights longer, you only have until Oct. 19 to catch the ...

Theater

Something's Afoot @ Pioneer Theatre

Posted // September 24,2013  - Review: Goofy murder-mystery spoof offers nonstop entertaiment Musical-theater conventions are always ripe for satirical skewering; ditto for a familiar ...

Theater

Rent @ Utah Repertory Theater

Posted // September 24,2013  - Review: Small-scale production muddles the modern classic Rent—based largely on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème, which goes to show t ...

Visual Art

Andrea Jensen: Entropostasis

Posted // April 8,2014  - Andrea Jensen looks at alterations beyond our control in Entropostasis The environment provides rich material for artists these days, especially in the many ways ...

Visual Art

UMOCA: Do It

Posted // March 11,2014  - Touring exhibition asks viewers to participate in its own creation You might be taken aback when one of the first things you see in an art exhibition is ling ...

Visual Art

Under the Influence

Posted // February 25,2014  - The exhibition Utah’s 15 showcases a few of the state’s most significant artists. Which artists have made the biggest impact on Utah? Could you narrow that list down to jus ...

Visual Art

Clearing the Air

Posted // February 3,2014  - Visiting artists help turn a University of Utah gallery into an exploration of air pollution When a political or societal issue comes to the forefront of public discourse, sometimes i ...

Visual Art

Trent Harris: Echo Cave

Posted // January 27,2014  - UMOCA explores the wild imagination of filmmaker/artist Trent Harris Trent Harris’ book Mondo Utah provided the title for—and was one of the focal ...

Visual Art

On The Border: A Story of Forced Migration From Burma

Posted // December 23,2013  - Mestizo Arts showcases art inspired by refugees from Burmese genocide. Art is capable of a lot of things—including fulfilling a role of visual storytelling ...

Visual Art

Stephanie Leitch's "Untitled Apogee"

Posted // December 2,2013  - Artist continues exploring her Utah surroundings. For installation artist Stephanie Leitch’s new work “Untitled Apogee” at ...

Visual Art

RAW: Translations

Posted // October 21,2013  - Showcase of the best in art, fashion, film and more You’ve got an artistic vision burning in your brain that you’ve just got to sh ...

Visual Art

Martha Wilson

Posted // September 9,2013  - Retrospective traces evolution of artistic self-experiments For four decades, Martha Wilson has been at the forefront of this movement, with her work ...

Visual Art

The Awkward Years Project

Posted // September 2,2013  - Utah blogger shifts from humor to inspiration after going viral The 11-year-old Merilee Allred captured in a Big Sky Elementary yearbook is wearing a frie ...

 
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