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Friday, March 2, 2018

Pasifika First Fridays

New showcase for Pacific Islander artists kicks off.
A monthly showcase for Pacific Islander artists launches March 2, organized in part by a returning Utah native.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Theater Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's 'i'

Let the mystery of this boy-meets-girl story unfold.
There is a piece of popular culture of the last 20 years which would make an ideal point of comparison for Jeff Talbott’s i, now receiving its world-premiere production at Pioneer Theatre Company. But naming that particular point of comparison would be saying too much—and that’s just one of the things that makes it hard to talk about i.

Monday, February 5, 2018

"Hamilton" Tour SLC Single Tickets Available Friday

Get ready to see the Broadway smash.
With Salt Lake City preparing to get Hamilton fever in the spring, additional tickets will be made available for purchase this week. And you don't want to be throwing away ... your ... shot.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Movie Reviews: Phantom Thread, 12 Strong, Hostiles

Forever My Girl, Den of Thieves
As the Sundance Film Festival rolls into Utah, local multiplexes offer mostly testosterone-fueled new releases, plus one of the best of 2017 arriving at last. 12 Strong (pictured) attempts a real-life story with unabashed military hero-worship, and pulls it off about as effectively as one could hope for.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Movie Reviews: The Commuter, The Post, Paddington 2, Call Me By Your Name

My Friend Dahmer, Proud Mary
Oscar contenders finally hit Utah screens, plus a pair of genre action films and one delightful little bear. The whole concept of "ripeness" permeates the gay coming-of-age romance of Call Me By Your Name.  Director Jaume Collet-Serra once again highlights Liam Neeson as steely Everyman badass in The Commuter (pictured).

Friday, December 15, 2017

Movie Reviews: The Shape of Water, The Last Jedi, Ferdinand, Wonder Wheel

Star Wars dominates the multiplexes, but a couple of celebrated directors also appear in local theaters this weekend. Only Vittorio Storaro's cinematography salvages the guilt-deflecting storytelling nonsense of Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel (pictured).

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

A blockbuster examination of why we fight.
It’s a risky proposition treating a juggernaut too-big-too-fail movie franchise with gravitas, because it’s fair to assume everything is about the dollar signs.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Music Monday: Law Rocks, The Rodeo Boys Redux, Bandemonium and Magda-Vega

THURSDAY 12/7 Law Rocks Being an attorney is stressful and time-consuming, so they need to blow off steam—a band, if they can squeeze such a thing into their lives, is a great way to do that. Law Rocks (www.lawrocks.org) is a band of lawyers that jams under the banner, “Rock Globally, Give Locally.” The idea is to give themselves a creative outlet while also raising money for non-profits that endeavor to do the same.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Movie Reviews: Coco, Last Flag Flying, The Man Who Invented Christmas

Three Billboards, Novitiate
The busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend brings the latest from Pixar, a tale of Charles Dickens and more. Disney/Pixar's Coco (pictured) creates a fascinating new world with an emotional hook that might be tied to its cultural specificity.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Movie Reviews: Justice League, Lady Bird, The Square, Wonder, The Star

Jane, Dealt
A long-awaited super-team-up might dominate the box office, but alternate offerings include a pair of intriguing documentaries, an animated Nativity story, and the winner of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or. Justice League unites Batman, Wonder Woman and more in a movie that looks like it tried to take every note of criticism on its predecessors.  Cannes Palme d'Or-winnerThe Square  (pictured) attempts art-world satire that mostly scores cheap points at the expense of hypocritical sophisticates.

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