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Hear Him Roar

Yes, sensational Netflix documentary series Tiger King is as wild as it sounds.

Picking Up the Pieces

Arts organizations face the fallout of COVID-19 cancelations and ongoing uncertainty.

Hear Him Roar

Yes, sensational Netflix documentary series Tiger King is as wild as it sounds.
It's the other thing that everyone is talking about lately. Out of nowhere, I kept seeing memes about a gaudily dressed man who made some interesting choices with his hair.

Antagonistic Allies

Elaine Jarvik's new play explores the complexity of progressive movements with different priorities.
On a Super Tuesday, Elaine Jarvik is talking about the challenge of progressive movements often butting up against one another over differing priorities. She just happens to be talking not about those of the moment, but issues that were causing friction more than 100 years ago.

Space: The Fatalistic Frontier

The optimistic humanism of Star Trek has taken a bleaker 21st-century turn.
You know what future I want to see? The socialist paradise of Star Trek. A world where basic necessities are conjured from thin air, and money is a thing of the past.

Backstage Heroes

Odyssey Dance Theatre's show doesn't go on without those behind the curtain.
With more than 25 years and 600 performances under its feet, Odyssey Dance Theatre delivers productions that appear to run almost automatically.

All of the Buffalo

Comic-book creator Dave Chisholm brings his many artistic talents to bear on Canopus.
Creative ideas can come together in a wide variety of ways. For comic-book creator and musician Dave Chisholm, it can be a matter of finding the right fit between an idea and a genre.

Women at Work

Two new world-premiere productions put their female protagonists to the test.
Tragedy plus time equals comedy, an old proverb goes. After four years, playwright Jenny Kokai was ready to put that maxim to the test.

Of Merchants and Samurai

Two new exhibitions highlight the evolution of Japanese art and social structure.
While samurai's place at the top of society is historically accurate, a new exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts adds complexity to the layers of that society.

Suffragette (Salt Lake) City

Better Days 2020 underlines the key role of Utah in voting rights for women.
She says that a friend mentioned to her that a significant anniversary was on the horizon in 2020: Not just the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, but the 150th anniversary of Utahgranting them the vote—the first state to do so.

Write of Passage

Community Writing Center offers resources to help every kind of writer improve.
Have standard New Year's resolutions already fallen by the wayside?

String Theory

Black Violin serves up a unique fusion of classical and hip-hop.
But what began as a teenage friendship has now resulted in a Showtime at the Apollo legend title, performances with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan and Alicia Keys, two mix tapes and what became four studio albums with the release of Take the Stairs in November.

Stand and Be Counted

Seven years after its premiere, Suffrage gains meaning as a call to action.
And when it's a play about who does and doesn't have a voice in American political decision-making, it's hard to avoid thinking differently about what it all means.

May the FOMO Be With You

There was so much Star Wars in 2019, how can a fan keep up?
If you're a Star Wars fan, 2019 might have been the biggest year ever. So much new content was released that it's almost impossible to keep up.

A Family New Year

How to ring in 2020 with revelers of all ages.
When it comes to New Year's Eve, celebrants can be sorted into two very distinct groups looking to get completely different things out of the night. The first is people without kids—or people who booked a babysitter far enough in advance that they don't have to worry about their kids on New Year's Eve.

A Midnight Clear

The story of the 'Christmas truce' anchors the Christmas carol 'jukebox musical' Star of Wonder.
For more than a decade, Christmas carols were a huge part of the story of James Conlee's career. Now, after a decade of development, he's turning many of those Christmas carols into a jukebox musical.

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."

Born This Way?

Patrick Grzanka studies not where sexual orientation comes from, but why our beliefs about it are more influential than the science.
Yet for social scientist Patrick Grzanka, the fascination lies not so much in the actual origins of sexual desire, but what people believe about those origins, and how those beliefs translate into behavior, or correspond to other beliefs.

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