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Friday, October 19, 2018

Movie Reviews: Halloween, The Hate U Give, The Oath, Free Solo, Tea With the Dames

Scary stuff like institutional racism, rope-free mountain-climbing and masked killer Michael Myers is on the menu for a late October weekend in local theaters. The documentary Free Solo proves breathtaking not just in capturing daredevil mountain-climbing, but in crafting a fascinating character study.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Theater Review: Plan-B Theatre Company's "Good Standing"

Over the course of 75 minutes in Plan-B Theatre Company's world premiere of Matthew Greene's Good Standing, only one actor ever occupies the stage.  It's the fact that this one actor takes on so many voices, with such complexity, that makes Good Standing one of the most devastating pieces of original theater to grace an SLC stage in years. Austin Archer is the actor, and he initially appears as Curt Brown, a member of the LDS church who has been called before a disciplinary "Court of Love" for possible punishment—including excommunication—after marrying a man. At first, it seems that this might be a monologue, as Curt faces the 12 men who will judge and/or defend him.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Music Monday: Alina Baraz, Cool Banana, Yoke Lore and more

Local photographer J Christensen shot The Church’s sold-out show at The State Room last Monday, Oct. 8, and had this to report about the 30th anniversary celebration of iconic album Starfish: “Steve Kilby’s distinctive charm and passion shined through — it absolutely did not disappoint.”

Friday, October 12, 2018

Movie Reviews: First Man, Bad Times at the El Royale, Goosebumps 2

Jane and Emma, Colette, The Old Man & the Gun, The Sisters Brothers, Gosnell
Local theaters get a full slate of new releases, from kid-friendly scares to faith-based drama, to the (perhaps) acting farewell of a legend. Bad Times at the El Royale (pictured) revives the twisty-jokey thriller conceit of mid-'90s Tarantino clones, but without a moral compass.  Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween offers moderately diverting matinee fodder that's much more Hollywood than it is R.L. Stine.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Utah Cann Preview: Christine Stenquist of TRUCE

Medical cannabis advocate speaks about her experience as patient and political voice
Christine Stenquist is an advocate and educator for medical cannabis who, in conjunction with her organization TRUCE (Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education), worked to get Utah's Proposition 2 on the November ballot. In 1996, at the age of 24, she began experiencing symptoms from a brain tumor, and subsequently spent more than 15 years living with chronic pain—including trigeminal neuralgia—before beginning use of medical cannabis for pain management.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Movie Reviews: Venom, A Star Is Born, Monsters and Men

A thin week for new releases is dominated by one oddball comic-book adventure, and the latest remake of a classic love story.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Movie Reviews: Night School, Smallfoot, Little Women, Blaze

Hell Fest, Pick of the Litter, The Children Act
Awards-season movies start arriving next week, but the end of September finds a cabinet-cleaning of animated musical, low-budget horror and a contemporary adaptation of a beloved classic. Smallfoot offers a surprising challenge to fear-based religious dogma in a cheery animated package.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Diverse as Truck

Andrew Zimmern chats about Salt Lake’s unique food-truck scene
"Salt Lake City has a really unique environment geographically, so from a weather standpoint, the food-truck season is fairly well extended," he said.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Movie Reviews: The House With a Clock In Its Walls, Life Itself, Fahrenheit 11/9, Lizzie

Lore, Assassination Nation, Let the Corpses Tan and more
It's a weekend jam-packed with new releases, including Michael Moore's latest documentary, several creepy tales ahead of Halloween season and a mind-bogglingly misguided romantic drama. In Fahrenheit 11/9 (pictured), Michael Moore offers a surprising balance of hope and misery from the Trump Era.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Theater Review: Salt Lake Acting Company's "A Funny Thing Happened ..."

The title of Halley Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unity at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City certainly is a mouthful, but it’s also kind of fitting for a play that packs a lot into its 95 minute running time. At once a romantic comedy, a sex farce, a mother-daughter relationship drama and a study of grief and loss, it brings an acidic comic sensibility to potentially maudlin subject matter, and the combination manages to help both go down more smoothly.

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