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Storied Landscapes, Deep Time

Terry Tempest Williams' latest book combines essay and poetry to explore land under siege.

Born This Way?

Patrick Grzanka studies not where sexual orientation comes from, but why our beliefs about it are more influential than the science.

Second Wind

Utah native comedian Xazmin Garza comes home to show off the fruits of a career shift.

Storied Landscapes, Deep Time

Terry Tempest Williams' latest book combines essay and poetry to explore land under siege.
"When everything feels like it is coming apart," she states, "the art of assemblage feels like a worthy pastime."

Isn't This Familiar?

Sounds Familiar challenges choreographers to turn vintage symphonic music into new movement.
"For more than 50 years, RDT has pushed the boundaries of modern dance, while preserving and celebrating its legacy," Smith says.

Season Kickoff

A look at what's new, or old but great, at Utah's ski and snowboard resorts for the winter season.
While much of the joy of skiing and snowboarding comes from their universal simplicity, the business of catering to those skiers and boarders gets ever-more-complex, and is constantly changing from microchip technology to brand new lifts.

"I" Statement

Annual genderevolution conference brings the "I" in "LGBTQIA" front and center.
From the legalization of same-sex marriage to the slowly growing acceptance of transgender persons, the American public's understanding of what is "normal" in regards to gender has changed radically in the past 20 years.

What Is a Masterpiece?

Artworks on loan to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts allow visitors to consider what earns such a title.
"Conventional thinking tells us that masterpieces are works of art that have received great critical praise,"

Last Words From a Desert Scribe

Essayist Ellen Meloy's posthumous collection is profound, outspoken and hilarious.
Who hasn't wondered what a favorite writer might still have bestowed on the world if not silenced too soon?


Dance Engine gets audience members involved in the performance on an interactive level.
What if, instead of going into a theater just to sit and watch a performance, you could become part of the process of shaping it—and even become part of the performance itself?

Living in the Borderlands

Friends and colleagues reflect on the life and legacy of playwright Eric Samuelsen.
"People thought of him as a Mormon playwright, but he thought of himself as a playwright who happened to be Mormon."

A Woman's Work

Michelle Standley's 4.5 Hours explores the repetitive solitude of domestic labor.
That's the kind of reaction you have to expect when you're challenging orthodoxies, but that's something Standley has plenty of experience with.

Diva Destruction

Like too many biopics, Judy provides a performance showcase and little more.
Considering how good America is at producing icons worthy of biopic treatment, it's ironic how bad we are at making biopics.

Support Systems

Brine Dance and RDT work together to give showcase opportunities to dancers and choreographers.
Like many young dancers, Lauren Broadbent began her artistic path before she'd even started kindergarten.

Curtains Up

A look at what the 2019-20 season has in store on local theater stages.
Here's a roundup of what some of Utah's major theater organizations are serving up, from the latest brand-new locally-created plays to award-winning musicals from the Broadway stage.

Fair Play

A look at what's in store at the 2019 Utah State Fair.
The Utah State Fair truly marks a transition, as well as being one of the great eclectic family-friendly gatherings Utah has to offer.

Backstage Fierce

A peek behind the scenes at what it takes to get ready for a drag performance.
For a multi-talented iconic queen such as Luzon, who turned the party up with slithering moves and sickening songs, the dedication is well worth it.

Gamers Got Game

The University of Utah's esports program strives to join the traditional athletics world.
The University of Utah turned heads in 2017 when it announced it would offer esports scholarships. That move was just the beginning.

Building a Wall

A Utah world-premiere continues the development of A Wall Apart.
"I started keeping a file of movies we wanted to make but couldn't afford to make, that would take $50-$80 million to make. And this was on my list of stories."


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