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THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAY 26 - JUN 1

The Grand Theatre: Head Over Heels, IFSC Climbing World Cup, Utah Symphony Season Finale, and more.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAY 19 - 25

Modern West Fine Art: You May Find Yourself, Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids, Denali, and more.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAY 12 - 18

Venardos Circus, Great Salt Lake Bird Festival / Tracy Aviary Urban Bird Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company: Hello, Dolly!, and more.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAY 26 - JUN 1

The Grand Theatre: Head Over Heels, IFSC Climbing World Cup, Utah Symphony Season Finale, and more.
The Go-Go's were 1980s icons, emerging from the early '80s Los Angeles punk scene to become MTV-era darlings, the first-ever all-woman band to have a number 1 album

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAY 5 - 11

Whose Live Anyway?, Pygmalion Productions: Body Awareness, Utah Opera: The Pirates of Penzance, and more.
As a comedic form, improv is both difficult and much-parodied—a challenging art to master, and one often undertaken by amateurs.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APR 28 - MAY 4

Kyle Kinane, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: Lo and Behold, Independent Bookstore Day, and more.
By his own admission, Kyle Kinane is a man of dubious distinction.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APR 21 - 27

George Takei / "Topaz Stories" reception, Dr. Bernice King, Utah Symphony: Cirque de la Symphonie, and more.
George Takei has taken full advantage of the celebrity offered by his role as Star Trek's Sulu over the ensuing 50-plus years, including becoming a forceful advocate for LGBTQ rights after coming out as gay in 2005

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APR 14 - 20

Bren Smith: Sea Farming, Sustainability and the Future of Food, Tig Notaro, Utah Poetry Festival, and more.
"And that's when I began to realize, if I'm going to make a living on a living planet ... we need to change our relationship to the ocean."

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APR 7 - 13

Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival, Shonto Begay: New Works, Plan-B Theatre Company: Aftershock, and more.
But given the choice between holding the festival virtually and not holding it at all, she says, "we want to have the festival, so this is our best alternative."

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAR 31 - APR 6

Ted Chiang @ U of U Guest Writers Series, Pioneer Theatre Company Fireflies, Leigh Cowart: Don't Pity the Fool, and more.
Not many writers get off to as auspicious a start as Ted Chiang, whose very first published story, "The Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette in 1991.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAR 24 - 30

Ron Linn: gridding the west & Jesse Meredith: So That We May Fear Not, Good Company Theatre: Man and Moon, Carol Burnett, and more.
Two new exhibitions at Finch Lane Gallery investigate colonialism and white supremacy through lenses that still, sadly, have resonance today.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAR 17 - 23

Utah Film Center: The Searchers, Stegner Center Symposium: The Colorado River Compact: Navigating the Future, Melissa Villaseñor, and more.
When it comes to depictions of Native Americans, the track record of vintage Hollywood Westerns was ... not great.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAR 10 - 16

Utah Opera: Puccini's Tosca, St. Patrick's Day Parade & Siamsa @ The Gateway, Jim Jefferies, and more.
The history of opera and musical theater is filled with unique, possibly unexpected choices for libretti to be transformed into music-driven stories.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR MAR 3 - 9

Candacy Taylor: Overground Railroad @ King's English online, Utopia Early Music: Call of the Sea, Riverdance, and more.
But there was, of course, much more to the "green book" than an episodic friendship in which two people of different races learn Very Important Lessons from one another.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR FEB 24 - MAR 2

Pioneer Theatre Company: Something Rotten!, Matt Flint @ Gallery MAR, Odyssey Dance: Shut Up and Dance, and more.
The 2015 musical and multiple Tony Award nominee was first scheduled for spring 2020, but we all know what happened to things that were scheduled for spring 2020, and why.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR FEB 17 - 23

Van Gogh 360 @ The Leonardo, Margaret Cho, Craft Lake City Celebration of the Hand: Faces of Creativity, and more.
Images of great works are now at our digital fingertips, true, but technology has also provided opportunities to get up close and personal with classic art in entirely new ways.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR FEB 10 - 16

Utah Symphony: Bravo Broadway! A Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration, Ballet West: Romeo & Juliet, Ananya Dance Theatre, and more.
The recent passing of Stephen Sondheim found many people reflecting on the rich history of the American musical theater, and its most celebrated practitioners.

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR FEB 3 - 9

Bob The Drag Queen, Salt Lake Acting Company: Egress, Ballet Hispánico, and more.
We're not sure how many drag queens are named Bob—Really? Doesn't that defeat the purpose?

THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR JAN 27 - FEB 2

MUSE presents George Takei, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: Fill in the Blank, Isabel Allende: Violeta, and more.
MUSE presents George Takei The multi-ethnic, multi-racial cast of the original Star Trek TV series provided a uniquely optimistic vision of the future, but it also provided rare opportunities for some actors to get standout roles. George Takei has taken full advantage of the celebrity offered by his role as Star Trek's Sulu over the ensuing 50-plus years, including becoming a forceful advocate for LGBTQ rights after coming out as gay in 2005, and sharing the story of his family's experience during the World War II-era internment of Japanese-Americans at California's Tule Lake relocation camp.

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