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Monday, October 22, 2018

No Love Lost

Ben McAdams and Mia Love duke it out in their first and only debate before the midterms.
McAdams closed out the night by pledging to represent Utahns, not special issues, and to work with Republicans to address crucial issues facing the district, state and country.

Music Monday: Jay Warren, Hobo Johnson, Bob Weir and more

Local R&B musician Jay Warren dropped another single off his forthcoming debut full-length album.

Theater Review: Pygmalion Theatre Co.'s "Tigers Be Still"

Dramedy proves better at finding laughs than seriousness in emotionally wounded people
We might have reached an awkward but necessary cultural moment in terms of the representation of mental illness in art: It's clear that certain notions that were acceptable in the past just won't play any more, but it's far less clear what is acceptable. When can we be invited to laugh at symptoms of depression?

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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cannabis Compromise

If you feel strongly about legalizing medical cannabis in Utah, you still need to vote next month.
Rep. Angela Romero warns that a compromise could, “supersede the will of the people,” considering the high levels of public support for Prop 2.

The Mitt and Jenny Show

Romney and Wilson square off in first and only debate before the midterm election.
“My mission when I serve you in the Senate is advancing the health, security and welfare for every Utahn in this state,” Wilson said.

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.

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