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Season Kickoff

A look at what's new, or old but great, at Utah's ski and snowboard resorts for the winter season.

"I" Statement

Annual genderevolution conference brings the "I" in "LGBTQIA" front and center.

What Is a Masterpiece?

Artworks on loan to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts allow visitors to consider what earns such a title.

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.

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."

Social Art-Making

Local artist and 'reluctant bicyclist' fosters community through participatory art.
Hallett sought out riders willing to "sing the love of two wheels over four," but not going anywhere was fine also, hence the title League of Reluctant Bicyclists.

For Us, By Us

Existimos creates a place for queer people of color to create and celebrate.
The spaces that we cherish as welcoming, inclusive and diverse for arts, entertainment and social issues? They're pretty damn white.

No Graze Area

Christopher Ketcham rails against the exploitation of public lands in This Land.
When you talk to him about the policies that are destroying public lands in the West, you get a clear sense of a guy who's not afraid to lob a few rhetorical bombs.

Girls Don't Just Wanna Have Fun

The creators of Girls Gotta Eat approach crafting a funny, raunchy podcast with professionalism.
"We want everyone to walk out thinking, 'What the hell just happened in there?'" Greenberg says.


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