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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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....

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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,...
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