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THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR JUN 24 - 30

Wasatch Theatre Co. 2021 Page-to-Stage Festival, Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride, J GO Gallery: Of Dance, and more.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR JUN 17 - 23

Fairy Tale Festival @ Thanksgiving Point, Utah Foster Care Chalk Art Festival, Myriam Steinberg: Catalogue Baby @ King's English virtual author event, and more.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR JUN 10 - 16

Red Rock Dance Festival, Ogden Arts Festival, Shirley Ann Higuchi: Salt Lake City and the Japanese-American Community Past, Present and Future, and more.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR JUN 24 - 30

Wasatch Theatre Co. 2021 Page-to-Stage Festival, Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride, J GO Gallery: Of Dance, and more.
WTC offers up its 2021 lineup of plays—returning to live performance for the first time since spring 2020—under the designation "Hindsight is Still 2020."

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR JUN 3 - 9

Sasha Issenberg: The Engagement: America's Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage, Chris Kattan @ Wiseguys, Body Logic Dance Company: Woman
Pride Month is a celebration—especially this year, after 2020 cancelling so many celebrations around the country—but it's also a reminder of the struggle for basic rights for queer people.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAY 27 - JUN 2

Craig Childs: A Voice from the Desert, Utah Dance Film Festival, Evaporated @ Granary Arts, and more.
Author Craig Childs has long had a fascination with the American Southwest, which he has explored in books like Atlas of a Lost World, in which he followed the footsteps of the first Ice Age humans to inhabit North America.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAY 20 - 26

Black, Bold & Brilliant: Black Joy Edition, Sky Lantern Festival @ Utah Motorsports Campus, Royal Bliss @ The Royal, and more.
For the group's latest installment, organizers are partnering with the Utah Juneteenth Festival to host a live-streamed discussion on Black joy, described in event materials as "a form of radical self-care to have grace, hold space and work on yourself to continue persevering in an uncertain world."

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAY 13 - 19

South Salt Lake's Mural Fest, In the Balance: Ballet for a Lost Year, Invention the Capitol Theatre, and more.
It's been a good couple of years for mural artists and their fans as cities around the country rediscover the bang-for-your-buck benefits of embracing street art.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAY 6 - 12

Linnie Brown: Findings @ "A" Gallery, Utah Opera: La Tragédie de Carmen, Isabel Hagen @ Wiseguys Jordan Landing, and more.
There can be a challenge in finding an accessible entry point to some visual art works for a layperson, but in the new work by Linnie Brown on display in the solo exhibition Findings at "A" Gallery, representation and abstraction find a fascinating architectural conjunction.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APRIL 29 - MAY 5

Justin Harnish: Meaning in the Multiverse @ Weller Book Works, Utah Symphony @ Abravanel Hall, Eddie Griffin @ Wiseguys Jordan Landing, and more.
"It is a paradigm to think about the universe as more a system of processes than as a collection of point particles and fields and energies," self-described "futurist," engineer and author Justin Harnish writes on his blog.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APRIL 22 - 28

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co.: Cadence, Dr. Mae Jemison @ NHMU online, Repertory Dance Theatre: Homage, and more.
A unique mix of pieces—two of them originally planned for live performance last spring, and one created during the past year specifically for online presentation—came together for Ririe-Woodbury's Cadence virtual production in a way artistic director Daniel Charon didn't quite plan for.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APRIL 15 - 21

Pygmalion Productions: If This Wall Could Talk, Plan-B Theatre Co.: Art & Class, Confluence opening reception @ Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and more.
For 20 years, Pygmalion Productions has made it a mission to amplify women's voices through theater. And over the past year, we've seen plenty of news stories about the particular challenges faced by women as a result of the pandemic—disproportionate job loss, bearing the burden of children's at-home schooling and more.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APRIL 8 - 14

Wasatch Mountain Film Festival, Fidalis Buehler: Secret Camp— Are we there yet? @ Modern West Fine Art, Lachlan Patterson, and more.
Over the past year, folks have been taking every chance possible to get outside and enjoy the unique opportunities afforded to us by the Utah landscape. Perhaps that's given us all a deeper appreciation for outdoors life in Utah.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APRIL 1 - 7

From the Depths of the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival, loveDANCE more: Only the Lonely, and more.
The last remnants of a massive inland sea, the Great Salt Lake might have given our city its name, yet it's still often more of a punch line that a source of pride.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAR 25 - 31

Stegner Center Virtual Symposium: The Plastics Paradox, Erica Rhodes @ Wiseguys Jordan Landing, Odyssey Dance: Shut Up & Dance, and more.
The modern world has brought with it innumerable innovations which, while seemingly simplifying our lives, have also led to unforeseen complications.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAR 18 - 24

Chauncey Secrist / Nate Francis @ Finch Lane Gallery,
It's hard to overstate the psychological impact of feeling like you don't belong. A sense of other-ness creeps into every aspect of your identity, especially when that other-ness is wrapped up in the moral judgment of the insiders.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAR 11 - 17

Baggage: Alex Caldiero in Retrospect @ UMOCA, Shuler King @ Wiseguys, Utah Film Center Women's History Month Programming, and more.
Alex Caldiero ranks among Utah's most distinctive creative minds, with a career spanning 50 years as a writer, performer and multidisciplinary innovator—just don't call him an "artist."

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAR 4 - 10

Living Traditions Presents: Living Legacy, Amy Cherrix: In the Shadow of the Moon, Disney On Ice: Dream Big, and more
Among the many annual Salt Lake City events lost to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 was the Living Traditions Festival, which kicks off the summer festival season with performances by a wide range of groups representing ethnic and cultural artistry from around the world.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR FEB 25 - MAR 3

King's English online: Paisley Rekdal: Appropriate and Todd Robert Peterson: Picnic in the Ruins, An Other Theater Company: Tethered, RDT: Regalia, and more.
Sometimes a double-feature offers a thematic connection—a pair of horror movies, or a duet of romantic comedies. And sometimes, it's a pairing that presents a variety, allowing those with one particular interest to, perhaps, find an interest in something new.

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