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Independent Bookstore Day finds locally owned stores still thriving.

Signed, Anonymous

Journals in local coffee shops provide an outlet for uncredited creativity.

Yes, And ...

Salt Lake City DuoFest showcases improv comedy with one-on-one intimacy.

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Independent Bookstore Day finds locally owned stores still thriving.
As Independent Bookstore Day approaches on Saturday, April 27, indie booksellers are thrilled that they hold a special place in our hearts, but they aren't necessarily surprised by their success.

Sin Fronteras

The Borderlands Conference brings authors to discuss the human realities surrounding a volatile political issue.
In the case of the Borderlands Conference, that event got rolling before the issue had reached its hottest point.

Tattoos for Everybody

Soon-to-open Marmalade studio aims for inclusivity and experimentation.
That attitude has shut many prospective tattooers out of the space—and cut off potential clients who aren't comfortable in what are often all-male spaces, or don't find traditional styles appealing.

Oquirrh West Revival

A small company re-launches with the help of a big-name choreographer.
In a September 2017 post on their Facebook page, Oquirrh West Project wrote, "Due to unforeseen circumstances we are sad to announce we will be postponing our next season.

Artists First

Urban Arts Gallery lets the creative spirit guide their exhibit themes.
Urban Arts Gallery, however, looks at things from a slightly different perspective. They want artists' creative impulses to dictate themes, rather than vice-versa.

Rail Life Stories

Writers and printmakers celebrate the Transcontinental Railroad with a uniquely collaborative project.
Culminating Utah's 150th anniversary celebration of this monumental achievement in May, two artists will present Train Tracts, a traveling literary experiment of connection between passengers and strangers.

Tear Down This Wall

Utah County, get ready for the gray areas of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
In the most obvious sense, it's a story about a transgender character: Hedwig, frontwoman of a rock band called the Angry Inch

The Greatest Geeky Love Stories Ever Told

Who says fantasy stories can't deliver the romantic goods?
We catalogued a number of our favorite geeky love stories to help put even the nerdiest among us in the mood for Valentine's Day.

Eating It, Too

Salt Lake Acting Co.'s The Cake explores differences without demonizing.
So what's the problem? Jen is marrying a woman.

Penny For Their Thoughts

Ririe-Woodbury collaborates with young storytellers—and many local artists—for a new Red Fred Project creation.
All of the Jolly Troop birds are characters from the Red Fred Project, started in 2013 by Dallas Graham to give kids living with serious illnesses a voice.

Band of Outsiders

Clusterphoque Cabaret celebrates acts—and individuals—you don't always see on stage.
Maddix brings an infectious enthusiasm to talking about his role as ringmaster for the sometimes-oddball acts that make up Clusterphoque Cabaret

Renaissance Man

The multi-talented W. Kamau Bell serves up comedy with his commentary—or maybe vice-versa.
He pontificates about politics and social issues and is one of the most thoughtful pundits in the nation today.

Geek Sneak Peek

What to look forward to in 2019.
This year is chock full of geeky goodness, and I'm here to give you a list of the things we should collectively be most anticipating.

Building a Storyteller

Salt Lake Film Society's MAST program aims to allow Utah artists to remain Utah artists.
The project has been long gestating, born out of both Romney's observations and Baker's desire to grow the mission of SLFS beyond theatrical exhibition.

Artistically Resolved

Members of the Utah arts community share their 2019 artistic resolutions.
Our team at Utah Arts Alliance created a temporary version of theDreamscapesimmersive art attraction at the ILLUMINATE Light Art and Creative Tech Fest in November to test the concept.

Straight Man

Comedian Shayne Smith finds humor on the other side of a life of crime.
"I don't look violent, so I see how people don't think I am the type,"

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