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Film Festival

Slamdance 2014

After two decades, Slamdance is experienced in turning failure into fortune

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 16,2014 - When the story gets told about how four filmmakers got rejected from Sundance and out of spite started their own film festival, people automatically think that the decision to create a little

Dance

NOW ID

New dance company to put on The Wedding

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jul 22,2013 - After more than a decade at the artistic helm of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Denmark native Charlotte Boye-Christensen is eager to flex both her choreographic muscles and wide-ranging artistic sensibility.

Dance

Ririe-Woodbury's "One"

Final show for Charlotte Boye-Christensen

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Apr 23,2013 - In 2002, the energetic and cosmopolitan Charlotte Boye-Christensen decided to accept a job as associate artistic director of Utah’s Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.

Food & Drink

Create What You Crave

Learn sous vide cooking at Leo workshop

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 29,2013 - Michael Petralia is the visionary, co-creator, curator and science/technology expert behind The Leonardo’s brand-new workshop series Create What You Crave.

Film Reviews

Slamdance

Carving out its own Park City space

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 18,2013 - It has become a bit of film lore at this point: Slamdance was born out of rejection, when four filmmakers were denied access to the illustrious Sundance and began their own festival out of spite.

Food & Drink

Garden Gate

Catch these sweet treats before they're gone

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Dec 18,2012 - Many families spend time together during the holiday season, busy in the kitchen baking love and kindness into their sweet confections.

Food & Drink

Pioneer Urban Foods

Local pre-made meals delivered to your door

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Dec 4,2012 - Next time you find yourself neck-deep in a freezer, teeth chattering, with chilled air billowing around your head as you search for another Stouffer’s family-size Lasagna Italiano, do yourself a favor ...

Dance

Ballet West: The Lottery

Onstage drawing heightens the tension

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Oct 29,2012 - Spoiler alert: By the end of the ballet, someone has to die. Not literally, of course; the dancers themselves are quite safe. But anyone familiar with Shirley Jackson’s 1948 classic American short story The Lottery ...

Visual Art

Craft Lake City

Annual celebration of all stuff DIY

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Aug 6,2012 - The do-it-yourself philosophy—more commonly referred to as DIY—has a long history. Long before most everything became outsourced and mechanized, DIY was simply necessary for everyday survival.

Dance

SB Dance: Of Meat & Marrow

Dancers as "movement sculptures"

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 4,2012 - According to Stephen Brown—the SB in SB Dance—audiences typically get the gist of a dance piece within the first few minutes of watching it.

Food & Drink

Now Is the Thyme

Local beekeeper sells honey from own hives

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // May 22,2012 - Long before urban farming took hold of the hearts of well-intentioned hipsters everywhere, Betty Wullstein was simply tending to her bees ...

Music Articles

Youth Lagoon

On the road with a new album

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Nov 22,2011 - Dreaming of making it big in the music industry, to many, means getting together with friends in a garage to create something new ...

Music Articles

Jeff Hamilton Trio

GAM jazz moves to Capitol Theatre

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Oct 6,2011 - Over that period, Hanks and co-founder Michael MacKay have booked iconic artists Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock and Ahmad Jamal...

Dance

Ririe-Woodbury: Momentum

Alumni dance performance returns

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Aug 22,2011 - With the arrival of the arts season each fall comes yet another opportunity to be inspired anew, to reinvigorate that drive ...

Books

Alt Press Fest 2011

Celebrate local fringe arts

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jul 5,2011 - The Salt Lake City Main Library’s zine collection was founded in 1997 principally by one solitary librarian named Julie Bartel.

Theater

Utah Opera: Little Women

A 1998 adaptation of the classic American story adds flavor to the sometimes-stodgy opera scene.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Mar 7,2011 - Taking a tradition that is tried and true—read: centuries-old and deep-rooted—and reinvigorating it with a modern air is one way to keep an art form alive and relevant ...

Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival’s Sloan Foundation prize

The Science of Cinema: The Sundance Film Festival’s Sloan Foundation prize captures the link between movies and technology.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 18,2011 - The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation—a nonprofit organization devoted to scientific advancement—has been partnered with the Sundance Institute since 2003.

Music Articles

Frank Vignola

100 Years of Django: Guitarist Frank Vignola pays tribute to a gypsy-jazz legend.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Nov 11,2010 - There are plenty of tales out there about musicians starting young. We all know Mozart was 4 when he began playing the keys.

Dance

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: Propel

Accidentally on Purpose: Propel disrupts the expected with choreographed improvisation.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Apr 21,2010 - There is an oft-quoted John Lennon lyric from his song “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy),” which was penned as a lullaby for his son Sean ...

Visual Art

Interplay: Event Horizon

Technically Speaking: After 25 years, Another Language is still the innovator of multidisciplinary art.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Mar 24,2010 - Live theater is charged with an inherent energy that is hard to reproduce elsewhere. The defining quality is that everyone participating...

Dance

Footwork: An Evening of Tap Dance

Click Up Your Heels: SLC Tap’s Deborah Robertson brings a classic dance style out of the shadows.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Mar 3,2010 - It's early evening in the middle of the week in a Salt Lake City nightclub. Like many nightclubs, it's dark and deserted midweek. But once inside the door, you find complete chaos, a clamoring from above that thunders...

Film Reviews

2010 Slamdance Independent Film Festival

No longer just a rebel festival, Slamdance matures in its teen years.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 20,2010 - The Slamdance Independent Film Festival is now celebrating its Sweet 16. My, how quickly they grow up ...

Film Festival

Music at Sundance

Audio Visual: Music at Sundance is as independent as the movies.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 20,2010 - Music and film have major history together, their relationship preceding the period when “talkies” became all the cinematic rage.

Music Articles

Orion Independent Music Festival

Starry Nights: New music festival hunts for talent.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 13,2010 - Park City is widely known for hosting one of the most popular festivals around, so much so that the ski town has become nearly synonymous with independent film ...

Other A&E

Eve

A new three-day downtown festival in Salt Lake City seeks to rekindle the Olympic vibe.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Dec 23,2009 - Many who were around for the 2002 Winter Games, have fond memories of downtown Salt Lake City...

Other A&E

Tale Spun

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival marks a 20-year milestone.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Sep 2,2009 - I fondly remember a time as a kid when I sat cross-legged on a creaky cabin floor in Logan Canyon, surrounded by cousins, attentions held rapt...

Theater

Samba Fogo

Brazil Nuts:Local performance groups gather disparate elements into Samba Fogo.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jul 15,2009 - Have you ever been wandering around one of the many local street festivals and come across a practical demonstration of something similar to karate but much more acrobatic, perhaps with a touch of dance thrown in for good measure?

Theater

Drosselmeyer, Inc.

Nut Cracked: SB Dance again defies categorization with the vaudeville theatricality of Drosselmeyer, Inc.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 17,2009 - It probably doesn't hurt that Baryshnikov doesn't have a speaking role; of the five characters that make up Drosselmeyer's cast, he's one of two who doesn't have lines. No, Baryshnikov is simply expected to do what he does...

Get Out

Fringe Benefit

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail marks a natural path for the outdoor enthusiast.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Apr 22,2009 - As do most things concerning the great outdoors, the term urban fringe sounds downright extreme. Without trying to deflate it, it really isn't as exciting as it first sounds...

Music Articles

Salt Lake Accordion Club

Hip to Be Square: SLC accordion players might just re-start a trend.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Apr 15,2009 - For many--well, most of us--accordionists bring to mind torturously long recitals, the melancholy old world and/or that smooth and bubbly variety show ...

Music Articles

Oh! Wild Birds

All In: SLC’s Oh! Wild Birds perfect their balancing act.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Mar 25,2009 - Most local bands tend to limit their numbers to three or four members apiece--and for good reason. Anyone who has spent time in a band knows that more does not always translate to merrier.

Arts & Entertainment

Dance | Sudden Appearances: Ririe-Woodbury lights up in a visually stunning new production.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 28,2009 - Master modern-dance choreographer Alwin Nikolais was always fond of saying, “When audiences come to the theater, they come to see theatrical magic—not dramatic or political problems, but magic.” nSo perhaps it comes as no surprise that, although he is best celebrated for his very modern and very abstract dance works geared toward adults, Nikolais began his eye-catching experiment...

Music Articles

Veteran’s Day: Locals Starmy assert their legacy with Starmageddon.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Dec 10,2008 - On Dec. 5, Salt Lake City’s Starmy played a show that was, to say the least, a long time coming—not to mention cathartic. For many, it’s been way too long since the local rockers released a proper album—2004’s Black Shine—but, as bassist John Lyman notes, “For a band that’s been around for seven years, it’s nice to know we still have that spark...

Arts & Entertainment

Dance | No Graffiti Required: Trent Call and Ririe-Woodbury take their “urban” collaboration in an unexpected direction.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Dec 10,2008 - The concept was simple enough: Collaborate with a local graffiti artist to see what kind of immediacy and rawness the contemporary urban art form could bring to the world of modern dance. n“I first approached Trent [Call] with the idea of taking graffiti as a point of departure,” says Charlotte Boye-Christensen, artistic director for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. “For me, this pr...

Music Articles

Hot In Here?: Karrin Allyson shines at the Sheraton.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Nov 12,2008 - As the chilly rains of late fall soaked into downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 10, jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson did just about everything in her sultry power to counter the cold with the sunny warmth of Brazil in the 187th performance of the GAM Foundation’s Jazz at the Sheraton concert series.nThe two-time Grammy Award-nominated artist’s latest album, Imagina: Songs of Brazil (C...

Arts & Entertainment

A&E | Cosmic Thing: Kronos Quartet turns the sounds of space into a multimedia exploration.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Nov 12,2008 - The mere idea of space—the deep, dark mystery of it all—can evoke a simple wonder. Looking up into the night sky is so instinctively wired into human beings that we just can’t help but be in complete awe as we ponder the universe. n“It really is that simple,” says Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington. “Space brings out the child in each one of us. Everyone ha...

Dance

Dance | Babel On: Forty years after its creation, Tower still resonates with significance.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Sep 24,2008 - Imagine a world in which a civilization celebrates its grand achievements by constructing a majestic tower. This tower is meant to represent the beauty of the world in total, a nod to the brilliance of global humanity. Now imagine that tower falling,...

Music Articles

Music | Two High: Brooklyn’s High Places aren’t trying to be mysterious.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Sep 24,2008 - Relationships are often created in the unlikeliest places at the unlikeliest times. At hand is a particular duo that met as one half pursued a music degree in bassoon performance and the other worked in visual art while teaching etching and lithography....

Music Articles

Music | You Name It: New York artist Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is neither short nor sweet.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Sep 10,2008 - Things could be a lot easier if he up and chose a different moniker. People do it all the time—e.g., Noah Lennox becomes Panda Bear; Mike Skinner becomes The Streets; Conor Oberst becomes Bright Eyes. But, no. He had to take the road less traveled,...

Sports

Sports | Elbow Room: Bob Brown provides a training space for would-be champion arm-wrestlers.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jul 30,2008 - Driving farther and farther into the farmlands that dot the south end of the Salt Lake Valley, you can’t help but notice softball diamonds and rodeo grounds kicking up dust clouds in the retreating heat of a midsummer evening. Deep into those fields...

Other A&E

Outdoors | Cycles of the Moon: A personal log of an annual late-night bike ride across Antelope Island

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jul 16,2008 - Smack dab in the middle of the Great Salt Lake sits Antelope Island. Although it looks awfully barren from the mainland, it is home to many a plant and creature. Yes, antelope do reside there (a misnomer was avoided by reintroducing the species in 1993...

Music Articles

Music | Ah Ha Hum: Imaad Wasif unpacks the voices in his head

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 18,2008 - Imaad Wasif’s latest music explorations are a slice of love and a bit of madness. The lauded indie-rock guitarist from bands like Lowercase, Alaska! and the New Folk Implosion spent the past several years honing his solo chops while touring in support...

Music Articles

Music | Next Generation: Violinist Tim Fain breathes new life into classical music

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Apr 23,2008 - There is a commonly held perception when it comes to the world of classical music: The atmosphere is stuffy and, as a result, audiences are rapidly disappearing. In short, everything classical is too oft considered old and tired, tired and old and—of...

Dance

Dance | Memory Laps: Repertory Dance Theatre artists run with the collaborative vibe of The Weight of Memory

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Apr 9,2008 - What is the weight of memory? They say the soul weighs approximately 21 grams, but the weight of memory? That’s anyone’s guess. If taking measure of such a thing were even possible, most reminiscences and recollections would doubtlessly weigh...

Music Articles

Music | Band Loyalty: Why? and Anticon deliver something to believe in

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Apr 9,2008 - With a supermarket of choices available out there, brand loyalty is rather lax these days. The music industry is no different. Perhaps it’s a direct result of faceless record labels, or maybe it’s because people have largely written it off...

Music Articles

Music | Lean & Green: Mia Doi Todd cuts back on carbon and overzealous producers

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Mar 19,2008 - Modern-day Renaissance woman Mia Doi Todd subscribes to the old Joni Mitchell adage that songs are like tattoos. If the saying truly holds any weight, with the recent release of her seventh album, GEA (City Zen Records), Todd must be covered nearly head-to-toe...

Music Articles

Music | Outside In: Salt Lake City’s Rope or Bullets are going to make you listen

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Feb 20,2008 - It’s early evening on Valentine’s Day, and Junior’s Tavern is starting to buzz with the likes of desperate lonely hearts looking to ease their pain in the bottom of their pints. As if offering a reprieve to such overt despair, the members...

Music Articles

Music | Running Down a Dream: Sax legend Maceo Parker pays tribute to his hero Ray

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Feb 13,2008 - It’s not like he was idly waiting by the wayside, just aching for the old man to pass. Come on, he’s not that cold. It’s just that he’s always held those tunes so close to his heart, long before he even began to blow and make a...

Music Articles

Hold Your Breath: Liars and No Age keep Salt Lake City on edge

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 30,2008 - Just remember that, no matter what else happens, there will always be Belgium. As the story is told, the power-pop/art-punk aesthetics of the Liars and the Los Angeles duo now behind No Age shared a stage there once. It wasn’t necessarily a planned...

Visual Art

Visual Art | Work in Progress: The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change chronicles a city in flux

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 23,2008 - As anyone who sucks our inversion-laden air already knows, a sizeable chunk of Salt Lake City’s historic downtown recently has succumbed to the wrecking ball of progress. What may be news is that one helluva museum—with a fluid footprint extending...

Visual Art

Visual Art | Politically Curate: Sundance’s New Frontier on Main captures current concerns in a variety of ways

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jan 16,2008 - It’s not like there’s simply one glaring question staring you down when you attempt to curate an art installation for a major international film festival. This year’s New Frontier on Main curator Shari Frilot faced a number of dilemmas...

Music Articles

Four on the Floor

Music: Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood get it together (again) on Out Louder.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Aug 22,2007 - Guitarist John Scofield has done his time in the jazz world. In fact, if he were the bragging type, which he’s not, Scofield could easily bury you neck-deep by name-dropping all the legendary musicians he has worked with over the years. Even though...

Arts & Entertainment

Forward Progress

Dance: Ririe-Woodbury alums build Momentum with a little help from their friends.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Aug 22,2007 - Umbrella titles for multichoreographer dance concerts often have little or no relevance to the actual collection of works. Momentum, on the other hand, actually does seem to fit the bill. An evening of modern dance independently produced by a trio of...

Music Articles

Hey, Teacher

The Paul Green School of Rock Music takes on Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s while walking up to the new downtown digs of the Paul Green School of Rock that I first get a taste of what it’s all about. Emanating from within, I can make out the reverberations of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and initially it sounds...

Music Articles

Rock That Cares

The Secret Machines don’t want to zap you out of the moment, ever.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It really is no secret. So many bands these days stumble, hard, when trying to take their overproduced, canned studio sound out onto the great open road—consider vocal-track “mishaps” on live TV and such. For the Secret Machines, the...

Music Articles

Fish Food

Damon Gough, a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy, balances “normal life” with “celebrity life.”

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Even though you should never trust a press release, there is at least one kernel of truth hidden deep within Damon Gough’s: The musician better known as Badly Drawn Boy is indeed somewhat of an anti-pop star. In this age of highly polished Top 40...

Music Articles

Junkie Love

The Cowboy Junkies tackle the darkest dark of despair with a “reverse tour.”

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - In the pop music of here-today-gone-tomorrow, there are few bands that have an unwavering air of both legitimacy and longevity. Even fewer have siblings as bandmates while retaining that same character. Oasis is disastrously attempting it again, the Corrs...

Music Articles

Jazz & Jams

John Scofield reaches out to the jam-band kids with his own “funky fusion.”

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s been a varied career for John Scofield. As with most jazz musicians, standing on those large shoulders that came before him was, at the time, what it justly was all about. This is true because jazz is an art form with old-school-style apprenticeship...

Arts & Entertainment

Heavy Metal

Mike Peery turns twisted scraps into both his work and his art.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Ebbing out from Salt Lake City’s southern perimeter is an industrial wasteland. And although it may be the last place you’d look for an art gallery, in the case of Mike Peery’s Metal Maddness, this place feels very much like home. Peery...

Arts & Entertainment

Dance of Destiny

Fate leads Mabiba from healing to teaching in the cultural celebration Lokolé.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Her father knew, perhaps since her birth, that she would be a dancer. He wouldn’t admit it at first, and it wasn’t open for discussion—she needed to focus on her studies. But her mother was a professional dancer, and if you had asked...

Arts & Entertainment

Silver Mettle

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago turns 25 and avoids midlife stasis.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Twenty-five years old seems early for a midlife crisis. But for an arts organization, reaching that anniversary can be an opportunity for reflection on whether to stay the course, or shake things up. Case in point: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. A quarter-century...

Arts & Entertainment

Full Moonwalking

Odyssey Dance Theater turns pop horror into a Halloween Thriller.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It was one of the most memorable moments in music video history: The King of Pop transforming himself into a werewolf, into a zombie, into a loving red-leather-and-zipper-sporting boyfriend. Yes, Michael Jackson’s Thriller redefined its own medium....

Arts & Entertainment

Shudder Speed

Father and son photographers find their unique vision in a shake of the camera.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - In the world of photography, there often exists a line drawn deep in the sand. Not the one delineating the schools of aesthetic choices, like color vs. black and white, but one that often conjures snide remarks and outright indignation. It’s the...

Arts & Entertainment

Artistic Momentum

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Alot of mothers would like their children to grow up to be mainstream professionals. The problem is, some kids just aren’t interested in dissecting cadavers, defending criminals or being corporate headhunters. They just want to paint. Artist Nathan...

Arts & Entertainment

Re-Stage Fright

Unstable Elements takes on the challenge of teaching old dances new tricks.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Repertory dance companies have a built-in challenge, and it’s right there in that word “repertory”: It’s hard to stay fresh when you’re staging old works. The trick, it seems, is all in the re-staging of a piece. If the...

Arts & Entertainment

Charlotte’s Web

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s associate artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen had another title in mind when the company decided to produce an evening of her work. Boye-Christensen’s essential minimalism and her recent explorations...

Arts & Entertainment

Dance Discipline

Eric Stern draws his whole life into choreography for Muscle Memories.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - When it comes to memories and material from which to construct his art, modern dancer/choreographer Eric Stern has plenty to draw from. “I feel like I’m a jumble of interests,” says Stern. “I have a degree in biology. I love literature....

Arts & Entertainment

Alors et Maintenant

The City of Lights’ past and present collide in Revisting Atget’s Paris.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Romance. Paris is about romance, and romance is about moments. Any single person wandering through the streets of Paris will notice the physical romance, won’t be able to help but notice. In a way, Paris is a city that punishes the lonely by making...

Arts & Entertainment

Portraits of Punishment

Kim Martinez explores a de-humanized prison system in Warped Spaces.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Our modern, enlightened penal system often views basic human needs like contact, communication and individuality as threats to institution’s efficiency and overall security. Consequently, they are prohibited. Artist Kim Martinez finds this systemic...

Arts & Entertainment

Jazz Directions

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Tributes can sometimes be lifeless, mere testimonials or acknowledgments of esteem. In music, tributes tend to rehash the genius of a master in an attempt to capture the magic that that individual left behind. Jazz tributes, in a way, are typically even...

Arts & Entertainment

Stare Cases

Dana Costello looks deep into human consciousness in Territories of the Self.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s something about the female figures in the paintings, the way they stare so deeply that you feel uncomfortable staring back. They are depicted in ways that make them feel flat, even sterile, in the harsh environment that often surrounds them,...

Arts & Entertainment

Unplugged Christmas

A stripped-down Santaland Diaries tweaks holiday cheer with a comedy-club vibe.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - For all those decent human beings sick of the mass consumerism, core materialism and faux religiosity during this wacky time of year, essayist David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries doles out a perfect remedy—or at the least a much-needed holiday....

Arts & Entertainment

Glamour Shots

Park City exhibit reveals Philippe Halsman’s unique faces of classic Hollywood.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If there’s one thing a time of pre-packaged celebrity needs, it’s a Philippe Halsman. Those who thrive in this era of disposable fame, dominated by Britney Spears and Freddie Prinze Jr., depend not just on undemanding public tastes, but on...

Arts & Entertainment

Domestic Disturbances

Ex-LDS author Brian Evenson still looks at the dark places beneath placid surfaces.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Brian Evenson considers the flippant one-word description of his fiction as “violent” just that—flippant. Still, when an author pens lines such as, “He drove across the border, crossed into the barren northern stretches of Utah....

Arts & Entertainment

Dance Fever

RDT finds diversity in the regional Terrain, while Paul Taylor Dance finds it in one choreographer.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s a problem that plagues every repertory company—how do you group various choreographers addressing various creative ideas into one unifying program? Linda C. Smith, artistic director of Repertory Dance Theatre, sidestepped this thorny...

Arts & Entertainment

For Folk’s Sake

At the Utah Folk Arts Museum, cultural tradition takes ancontemporary shape.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If the basket never held a nut, is it folk art? Folk art for folk art’s sake does exist, but there’s a problem with the category. Traditionally, folk art has tended toward the utilitarian creation of woven baskets, carpets, toys made from...

Arts & Entertainment

Audience Participation

Choreographers create with the viewer in mind in Audience: sine qua non.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If an artist creates a piece of art and there’s no audience, does it exist as art? Artistic Director Jill Schinberg brazenly pulls this old philosophical conundrum out of the back of the closet, gives it a good dusting and then utilizes it as a...

Arts & Entertainment

Venus Rising

A lost art of sensual dance emerges from the ashes in Shhh …! Burlesque!

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There are moments that burn so brightly in your memory that life lived before and after seems drastically incomparable. For Dorothy Zoellner, that moment exists back in 1964 when a large bonfire, conjured by her zealous mother, consumed every “sinful”...

Arts & Entertainment

This Is Not a Pipe

Art and science form a unique hybrid at An Evening of Arts Technology.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It really is an age-old surrealist question: Is an image of something, in essence, that something? What about a digitally reproduced image? As just one part of An Evening of Arts Technology—a multimedia, multidisciplinary production by University...

Arts & Entertainment

Man in Black

Misfit Toys and monster puppets are all part of the fashionably dark world of Jared Gold.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - For Goth Renaissance man Jared Gold, it is all about the fashion'that is, his darkly modern fashion with an unmistakable Victorian flair. Sure, he’s the creator of a game show that includes massive monster puppets. And sure, he’s also the...

Arts & Entertainment

Mood Music

Utah Symphony musicians argue against perceptions of job dissatisfaction.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - To put it bluntly: What gives? All professions come with their strains and stresses that are cloaked to the outside observer. So why is it that according to conventional wisdom'i.e., surveys, polls, stories in books like Richard Hackman’s management...

Arts & Entertainment

Beautiful Minds

Demolition Derby explores mental deterioration without turning it into “therapy theater.”

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Art is subjective, there’s no doubt about it. But choreographer Erik Stern didn’t necessarily find that approaching a subject entirely based on his own perspectives made the creation any easier. If anything, it made that creation harder.nnDemolition...

Arts & Entertainment

Sensual Congress

Salsa dancers congregate in Salt Lake City, and that’s no sin.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - To many, there’s nothing saintly about salsa. In fact, ask around the church pews in a small-town neighborhood and you’ll find that opinions of the sizzling dance style and toward those who dare practice it often piggyback attitudes generally...

Arts & Entertainment

Philanthropic Therapy

Carmela Nielsen and her colleagues donate their time to get dancers back on their feet.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s early on a Saturday morning, and the antiseptic halls of Salt Lake Regional Medical Center seemingly echo with the silence of their near emptiness. Around the corner from the momentarily quiet emergency room, down a darkened corridor and through...

Arts & Entertainment

Secret Ingredients

Charette returns to crown Utah’s “Iron Choreographer” champion.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The idea sounds simple enough: Take the general format that made Iron Chef such a worldwide television sensation and roughly apply it to the art of choreography. Five competitors, five secret ingredients, one hour of creation time, an audience to observe,...

Arts & Entertainment

Free Range Festival

TromaDance refuses to chicken out on opening its doors to everyone.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Lloyd Kaufman has zombie chickens on the mind. For most people, that could present a bit of a problem. For Kaufman, it’s par for the course.nnFor the uninitiated, we’re talking about the founder of Troma Entertainment and the TromaDance Film...

Arts & Entertainment

Harmonica Convergence

Bad Brad Wheeler rallies another attempt at world-record mouth-organ multitudes.

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Fastest. Largest. Tallest. Heaviest. Loudest. Smallest. Shortest. Whatever “-est” it is, if you can conceive it, Guinness assuredly has it inked somewhere deep in the ever-increasing depths of its gigantic record book.nnHave you ever wondered...

News & Columns

Footloose

Dissecting Salt Lake’s peculiar success on the dance floor

By Jacob Stringer
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s quite simple in so many ways, really. This little town is a dancer’s town. It can be difficult to understand why this particular settlement, in the middle of the vast mountain West, has somehow grown into quite a fount for dancers. But,...
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