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Con Artistry

Relieve your post-FanX doldrums with pop-culture takes on fandom.

Motion of the Ocean

The dancers of Black Grace bring Pacific Islander movement to the world.

Designing Woman

Inside Rebecca Fenton's haunted head for Utah Fashion Week.

Don't Shoot, I'm an Artist!

Police violence inspires thought-provoking works in Mestizo's new group show.
With highly publicized, politically charged occurrences of police violence against often-unarmed, usually non-white citizens across the country, people have responded in diverse ways, including activism and protests.

All Access Pass

Art Access' new director focuses on supporting great work by diverse artists
As the new executive director of Art Access Gallery, Shandra Benito has a vision for how the nonprofit organization—with its mission to serve diverse and often underserved communities with arts programs—should be perceived. And that vision involves quality, not sympathy.

The Simple Life

Mark Sundeen profiles families walking the talk of sustainable living in The Unsettlers.
In a time where progressives rage against an American system seemingly out of control, it's hard to know how to live. Author Mark Sundeen has found himself uniquely fascinated with people who decide to live as far outside that system as possible.

Time's Arrow

Local video artist and creative writer explore relationships to the physical world.
Her body of work, spanning four decades, has been said to have influenced everyone from Lars von Trier to Martin Arnold. Oh, and she's also a fictional character in University of Utah English professor Lance Olsen's 2014 novel Theories of Forgetting.

A Hard Reign

Alex Caldiero takes up the case for Bob Dylan as Nobel-worthy poet.
Bob Dylan has always been a mercurial figure in the arenas of music and literature, and being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last year has seemed to sharpen the polarizing effect of his expressive vision.

State and the Arts

Utah might be a red state, but the picture for supporting the arts is far from blue.
You might expect strict conservative principles applied to funding the arts and arts education.

New Year's Uplift

A reminder of the geek stories that offered cheer in a rough year.
It's given us the despicable Donald Trump and taken away from us some of our most important artists ranging from David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen to Anton Yelchin, Gene Wilder and Alan Rickman.

You Say You Want a Resolution

City Weekly contributors consider how to better appreciate the local arts scene.
No matter your feelings about 2016—bad year or the worst year?—you're still probably looking toward 2017 with trepidation.

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.

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