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Culture Vulture
Sean P. Means
Sean follows pop culture in Utah and beyond. He is also the film writer and critic.

 
Updated on Jun 6, 2011 08:46AM

This will be the last post on the Culture Vulture blog - but not the end of commentary on pop culture in Utah.

Three years ago this month, I took over the Tribune's Culture Vulture column fr...

Updated on Jun 3, 2011 12:44PM

Iron & Wine, the stage name of folkie Samuel Beam, performs tonight at In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt La...

Updated on Jun 3, 2011 11:28AM

HGTVs 2012 "Dream Home" will be a 45-minute commute from Salt Lake City.

And some lucky person will win the whole thing.

The ca...

Updated on Jun 3, 2011 10:16AM

The Tracy Aviary is showing off its newly opened Owl Forest exhibit, home to some of North America's coolest birds.

The new exhibit (which ...

Updated on Jun 2, 2011 01:44PM

• British indie-folk group Noah and the Whale (pictured) perform at In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, ...

Updated on Jun 2, 2011 09:24AM

Movie distributors always try to find little ways to make their movies stick in critics' minds - but the gimmick employed by the makers of the Mormon migration drama

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Updated on Jun 1, 2011 12:12PM

• L.A. rock band The Airborne Toxic Event plays In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City....

Updated on Jun 1, 2011 10:42AM

Artist Eric Fischer has created something quite cool and informative: Maps of major cities, showing where people - both ...

Updated on Jun 1, 2011 10:06AM

So, does anybody know why Albert Brooks was in Salt Lake City over the weekend?

The actor/comedian/author posted on Twitter that he was visit...

Updated on May 31, 2011 01:16PM

• English indie-rockers Arctic Monkeys play at In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City. Show starts at ...

Updated on May 31, 2011 09:34AM

It's the cool moment that will never happen - The Sundance Kid on the MTV Movie Awards.

In an interview w...

Updated on May 31, 2011 09:08AM

After years of being on the outside looking in, The Yard will officially be part of the Sundance Film Festival.

At an open house in Park City last week, as

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Updated on May 27, 2011 01:02PM

• The Utah Symphony performs Stravinsky's infamous "The Rite of Spring," tonight and Saturday at Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Thie...

Updated on May 27, 2011 10:24AM

Next week, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" will show its recent auditions at Salt Lake City's Capitol Theatre.

But one Utah dancer couldn't wait fo...

Updated on May 26, 2011 01:26PM

You may remember a few weeks ago, when I and many other Salt Lake City foodies went chasing after the mobile restaurants that came through town as part of the Food Network's "Great Food Truck Race....

Updated on May 26, 2011 01:14PM

• Documentary filmmaker Steve James - the man who made "Hoop Dreams," "Stevie" and "The Interrupters" (pictured) -

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Updated on May 26, 2011 09:43AM

The paint near the front entrance is still wet, and the back parking lot still hasn't been paved, but Utah's newest multiplex will be screening movies today.

The Cinemark Draper is scheduled...

Updated on May 25, 2011 01:38PM

• Local bands Just Three Words, Mess of Me and

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Updated on May 25, 2011 04:52PM

Here's the bad news regarding the just-announced engagement of celebrity Kim Kardashian: Single ladies of Utah, you had your chance.

The famous-for-being-famous Kardashian is engaged to New ...

Updated on May 25, 2011 09:00AM

Disney has a new rule for movie titles: Ix-nay on the Ars-may.

Comingsoon.net reports that Disney has ordered a title chan...

Updated on May 24, 2011 11:52AM

• Rock megagroup U2 - finally! - performs at Rice-Eccles Stadium, 451 S. 1400 East, University of Utah campus, Salt Lake ...

Updated on May 24, 2011 03:17PM

The show will go on even if the tattoo won't come off, ruled a judge in a case involving this week's release of "The Hangover Part II."

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Updated on May 24, 2011 11:22AM

"The Book of Mormon" - the raunchy but well-reviewed Broadway musical by "South Park's" Trey Parker and Matt Stone - was a big winner at the Drama Desk Awards, a major precu...

Updated on May 23, 2011 03:18PM

Young Dubliners, the legendary Celtic bar rockers, will be the headline act on the first night of the Utah Arts Festival

Updated on May 23, 2011 02:12PM

• Hard rock/emo band Jamie's Elsewhere plays Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City...

Updated on May 23, 2011 12:24PM

What has long been a running joke on X96's "Radio From Hell" is now going national.

Friday night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow did

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Updated on May 20, 2011 01:20PM

One cool thing about the Living Traditions Festival is that it appeals to all five senses.

The annual celebration of Utah residents' differ...

Updated on May 20, 2011 07:18AM

• The Living Traditions Festival - Salt Lake City's annual celebration of ethnic food, dance and crafts - runs tonight through Sunday at Washingto...

Updated on May 19, 2011 04:32PM

This might be the perfect tribute to the great film editor Sally Menke, who died unexpectedly last September: A fellowship to support an up-and-coming editor.

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Updated on May 19, 2011 02:02PM

• New Orleans rapper Curren$y headlines a hip-hop show at In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City. O...

Updated on May 19, 2011 10:40AM

In the battle between high-tech marketing and Mother Nature, Mother Nature won a round Wednesday afternoon.

Utah's Megaplex Theatres set up a f...

Updated on May 19, 2011 10:06AM

Is this what they mean by "shared sacrifice"?

Apparently no idea*, no matter how off the wall, is off limits to congressional Republicans in the drive to balance the federal budget.

C...

Updated on May 18, 2011 01:38PM

• Alt-rock bands Bayside and Silverstein lead the Take Action Tour

Updated on May 18, 2011 01:17PM

The National Endowment of the Arts is giving the Sundance Institute a big boost: A $150,000 grant.

Sundance was one of 1,145 not-for-profit arts groups...

Updated on May 26, 2011 02:20PM

The news this week that Rick Welts (pictured), president and CEO of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, has come out of the closet w...

Updated on May 17, 2011 12:28PM

• A screening of the documentary "Welcome to Shelbyville," which examines the chang...

Updated on May 17, 2011 11:54AM

All those trees and data bits expended trying to explain Charlie Sheen, and here Roseanne Barr comes along to sum up the imploding TV star in just a couple of sentences.

"Charlie Sheen was t...

Updated on May 17, 2011 01:00PM

The Sundance Film Festival isn't just a big party, it's a big moneymaker for the state of Utah.

The 2011 edition of the annual Park City extravaganza generated $70.8 million in economic impa...

Updated on May 16, 2011 12:58PM

• British ska band Bad Manners performs at The Woodshed, 60 E. 800 South, Salt Lake City. Show starts at...

Updated on May 16, 2011 10:06AM

The most-anticipated debut at the Cannes Film Festival - reclusive director Terrence Malick's long-gestating (and partly filmed in Utah) "The Tree of Life" - has arrived.

The verdict from th...

Updated on May 13, 2011 03:06PM

"The Book of Mormon" - the Broadway musical, anyway - is heading west in 2012.

The Tony-nominated musical about LDS missionaries hitting a culture clash in Uganda will start a national tour ...

Updated on May 13, 2011 02:04PM

• Singer-songwriter Ron Pope performs tonight at Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City. Open...

Updated on May 13, 2011 09:26AM

Look for some changes to Donny and Marie Osmond's stage show at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.

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Updated on May 12, 2011 12:04PM

• Singer-songwriter Michelle Branch performs at the Alder Amphitheater at Salt Lake Community College, 4532 S. 1950 West, Taylorsville. Show starts at 7...

Updated on May 12, 2011 09:34AM

A bit after 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Rio Tinto Stadium should turn deep red.

In tribute to Real Salt Lake's star midfielder Javier Morales, who suffered...

Updated on May 12, 2011 09:04AM

Will Donny and Marie Osmond see the Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon"? Even for free?

Not likely.

Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad, the Tony-nominated actors who play LDS missionaries...

Updated on May 11, 2011 12:24PM

• L.A. alt-rock band The Daylights plays the Avalon Theater, 3605 S. State St., South Salt Lake City. Opening a...

Updated on May 11, 2011 10:44AM

Brett Smith loves camping. And he loves the Utah Blaze, Salt Lake City's Arena Football League team.

So what happens when the Blaze are playing while Smith is on a camping trip?

Recen...

Updated on May 11, 2011 10:16AM

See, Utah, you might not think you have a certain reputation outside the state, but you do.

Take, for example, this comment from actor-comedian Nick Swardson, in an

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Updated on May 10, 2011 01:16PM

• Denver indie-pop band Houses plays Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City. Show start...

 
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