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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...

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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,...

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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....

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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”...

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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...
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