State and the Arts

Utah might be a red state, but the picture for supporting the arts is far from blue.

New Year's Uplift

A reminder of the geek stories that offered cheer in a rough year.

You Say You Want a Resolution

City Weekly contributors consider how to better appreciate the local arts scene.

Wig in a Box

Euan Morton brings his own take to a character who's more than hair and makeup.
There's a lot of the pressure that's taken off of you to do an impersonation; you're given a freedom to interpret in a very different way for people who've already purchased what you're selling."

New Year's Eve 2016

Behold 31 options for ringing in 2017 with a bang—from active to contemplative.
Let's face it: 2016 knocked us all on our ass. It's OK to unwind, party and greet 2017 with unabashed energy.

Cracking It Open

Local choreographers attempt unique spins on an old classic, The Nutcracker.
Making something new from a beloved classic can be dangerous. Choreographers risk treading on sacred ground, being too derivative or straying too far. But they can also score, and come up with something that freshens up a work, making it more relatable to modern audiences.

The Essential A&E Picks for Dec. 15-21

Local comic Alex Velluto, author Dan Karlan, SLAC's children's play and more
It was a nomination and win that the Utah stand-up community was happy to see Velutto pick up—and an achievement that was not lost on the comedian at all.

Merry Christmas to Mall

An empty Gateway storefront views the horizon from a unique artistic angle.
In the 21st century, however, this environment is being transformed by social and economic changes—including online shopping—and what it's becoming isn't exactly apparent yet.

Emperor Trumpatine

George Lucas was able to warn us about Trump
Master Yoda once said that the future is always in motion, but the past is set in stone—until we invent time travel, that is.

Christmas Stalkings

Holiday horror might be the most horrible subgenre.
The town asshole, Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore), tells George Bailey (James Stewart) he'd be worth more dead than alive.

Naughty and Nice

Racy photography meets the normalization of American Mormons in new book.
In part, her book is a profile of the title subject, a photographer who lived and worked in Utah for most of his 1857-1926 life, including production of racy postcards and "stereoscopic" images.

Opening Song

The Eccles Theater makes its debut as home of touring theater productions.
Now that the Eccles is here, replacing the Capitol Theatre as the primary home for touring productions, he can see a venue that features the four things he was able to identify as his own keys to an improved experience.

The Medium and the Message

Jimmi Toro uses artistic collaboration to inspire in Art-Music-Video.
Opening at Urban Arts Gallery this month, Art-Music-Video—as the title implies—fuses three art forms to embody Toro's vision of humanity.

So Bad, So Good

Bad Kids Collective offers a personal, intimate spin on drag performance.
A combination of artists, musicians and dancers use their acts to create shows that vary wildly in tone, content and presentation.

Sinners and Saints

SB Dance's interactive All Saints Salon takes audience members on a spooky adventure.
It's not the first time the company has taken their audience to the underworld, but this time it won't be metaphorical

Between Heaven and Earth

Stephanie Leitch's installation art in Interstices explores the space between things.
But the project she envisioned took more shape as she considered the specific space in which she would present the work

Going Gaga

Choreographer Danielle Agami brings her creative roots to Élan.
Eight Repertory Dance Theatre company members and one Israeli choreographer, Danielle Agami, came together

Ruthless People

On the 20th anniversary of Tupac's death, an important new book takes a gritty look at Los Angeles hip-hop.
The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap.

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