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Takin' It to the Streets

Downtown organizers are betting on a car-free Main Street to boost city life.

Remote Control

Salt Lake Acting Company brings artists from the Pacific to the Atlantic together for Alabaster.

Inside the (Virtual) Actor's Studio

At the University of Utah Actor Training Program, pandemic instruction necessitated radical readjustment.

Takin' It to the Streets

Downtown organizers are betting on a car-free Main Street to boost city life.
Temperatures are rising, coronavirus vaccinations are proliferating and an entertainment-starved Salt Lake City is beginning to emerge from months of socially distant dormancy.

An American Tale

Manuel Romero's Mi América combines memoir with the long history of Spanish-speakers in North America.
Manuel Romero's own story has been inscribed into several decades of Utah life—as activist, teacher and public servant. But his first book came out of his fascination with how he was connected to an even larger story.

Verse Chorus

The virtual Utah Poetry Festival offers a chance to reflect on creating and presenting poetry in this unique time.
April marks National Poetry Month, a time to contemplate the way verse can provide unique insight into the complexities of life.

Don't Call It a Comeback

Ballet West's spring production continues a year of moving forward through the pandemic.
But while a new Ballet West production at the Capitol Theatre might be considered part of that re-emergence, it's more like a continuation of how the company has been operating this whole time.

Allied Farces

Black Benatar's Black Magic Cabaret finds audacious humor in a risky topic.
This is an experience that isn't about preaching to the choir, but about letting the choir know that they still have a few tunes left to learn.

Hybrid Arts

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company explores a presentation for both in-person and virtual audiences.
For Utah County-based Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company, that means creating a production that can work as both a site-specific in-person event and as a virtual presentation for those who want or need to watch from home.

Drive-Thru Book Tour

Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney goes on the road for a safe, spooky in-person event.
While remaining safe, Kinney has come up with a creative way of interacting in person with Wimpy Kid fans by means of a "drive-thru" tour, which visits Salt Lake City this week to promote his new book, Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories.

Out of the Boxes

A coronoaversary round of applause to how local arts groups innovated during a crazy year.
We all remember where we were, and how it felt, when the COVID-19 pandemic truly hit home a year ago this week. Businesses and schools shut down, toilet paper became more precious than gold and we became very aware of how much we did or didn't like the people we were stuck in our homes with.

Second-Hand Information

Sorting Out Race finds in a thrift store the stereotypical imagery that has surrounded Americans for decades.
American culture has been steeped in racism since the nation's inception, manifesting over the decades in myriad harmful ways.

Sound Judgment

Plan-B Theatre Company opens an audio-only season with P.G. Anon.
Everyone has had to adapt during the pandemic. For playwright Julie Jensen, that meant taking a play that had been written as a profoundly visual stage experience and adapting it so that it could work as an entirely audio performance.

Write Turn

The Community Writing Center continues its supportive work in a virtual space.
In the early days of the pandemic last spring, it became something of a cliché to suggest that quarantine would offer the opportunity for people to do all the creating they'd put off because of their busy lives—writing that novel they always thought they'd get around to, or that screenplay idea they had in their back pocket.

Camera Ready

Ririe-Woodbury's Home Run embraces creating not just filmed dance, but dance films.
If 2020 was a trying transitional time for the performing arts, 2021 is the time of understanding what everyone learned when forced by necessity to innovate.

Pandemic Games

Enjoy safe game-playing gatherings through these virtual platforms.
Those of us who are responsible adults have spent almost an entire year leaving home as little as possible, only going out for the necessities. Frivolities like casual social gatherings are literally lethal, so the smartest of us avoid those, too.

Post-COVID Wishes

Utahns speak up on what they're looking forward to in the months ahead.
The new year arrived with hope for a variety of reasons, but the "New Normal" is still normal—at least for the time being. But those who love getting out and about in Utah are certainly thinking about returning to some of the things they love and have missed over the 10 months.

Community Art

Black Refractions explores the collection, and the legacy, of The Studio Museum in Harlem
At the moment, The Studio Museum in Harlem remains closed to the public as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But the institution's history and cultural significance is available to visitors in Utah thanks to a traveling exhibition.

Close Company

RDT's Emerge emerges with the challenges of the pandemic reality
Repertory Dance Theatre had originally planned to premiere its streaming recorded version of the annual Emerge production on Jan. 8. But the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact arts organizations in ways even beyond forcing them to present their work to audiences in different formats.


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