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The Essential A&E Picks for April 20-26

Art Behind the Zion Curtain, David Owen, Sebastian Maniscalco and more.

A Contemporary History

CUAC ends a legacy of celebrating Utah art as deserving of global attention.

A Really Modern Stone-Age Family

A new Flintstones comic combines rock puns with biting social commentary.

The Essential A&E Picks for April 13-19

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co., Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Upright Citizens Brigade and more.
When avant-garde choreographer Ann Carlson had the set piece—a giant wall of white foam blocks—created for her latest work, Elizabeth, the Dance, she was not thinking about a policy proposal for our southern border, though anyone who follows the news might assume otherwise.

Making a Zine

Grid Zine Fest gathers—and encourages—creators of handmade publications.
Back in the 1990s, when I was in high school, the cool thing for aspiring artist, writers and adolescent intellectuals was to make a zine.

The Essential A&E Picks for April 6-12

Pioneer Theatre Co., Repertory Dance Theatre, Utah Symphony and Ballet West.
It's been 65 years since the United Kingdom has witnessed a coronation ceremony. It's morbid to think about, but one person's death is required before another's ascension to the throne. Pioneer Theatre's newest production, King Charles III, explores the volatile what-ifs following Queen Elizabeth II's death.

Unfamiliar Arias

The Long Walk turns one soldier's Iraq War experience into contemporary opera.
In 2015, Brian Castner wrote for the online magazine Literary Hub about the experience of having his memoir, The Long Walk, commissioned as an opera by New York's American Lyric Theater: "It was like winning a vacation to a country you've never thought of visiting, like Uruguay or Botswana."

Con Artistry

Relieve your post-FanX doldrums with pop-culture takes on fandom.
Whenever convention season in Salt Lake City rolls around, I think a lot about the idea of fan celebrations. They're big and loud and fun and bring a lot of people together. But after these fan gatherings, there can be what I call "post-con depression."

Motion of the Ocean

The dancers of Black Grace bring Pacific Islander movement to the world.
The dancing hula girl—with her grass skirt, swiveling hips and flowery lei—is likely the image that first comes to mind (and, for many Utahns, the Haka) when considering dance from Pacific Island cultures.

Designing Woman

Inside Rebecca Fenton's haunted head for Utah Fashion Week.
On occasion, a designer will claim to be inspired by steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy, only to reveal that the work is more akin to yet another amateur cosplayer's online modeling portfolio.

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.

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