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In 2011, the Utah County alternative rock band Fictionist finished in the final four of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?” competition. Although Fictionist didn’t win the prestigious award, which included a coveted spot …

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    Christmas Carol
    Dec 22nd at Hale Center Theater - Orem
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    Dec 24th at Christ United Methodist Church
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  • FILE - A Wednesday Dec. 21, 2005 photo from files showing pop star Elton John, right, and his longtime partner David Furnish, after they had a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, England.  Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time this weekend, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that the ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples could form civil partnerships, which carried the same legal status as marriage but without the title. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File) Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England
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    Updated Dec 11 2014 09:41 am   |     |   Share

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    Updated Dec 19 2014 01:54 pm   |     |   Share

  • (The Sting & Honey Theatre Company presents its seventh annual production of Review: ‘This Bird of Dawning’ illuminates Christmas story with music, dance, poetry
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    Updated Dec 21 2014 09:30 am   |     |   Share
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  • TV
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    The Utah and Utah State football teams go bowling on Saturday, and the BYU women’s volleyball team has a chance to win a national championship. It’s U...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 01:21 pm   |     |   Share

  • In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, Kirk Douglas poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. The rakish screen legend with the famously dimpled chin made it abundantly clear that he was done with writing on a recent overcast afternoon at his Beverly Hills home, days before the release of his poetry collection “Life Could Be Verse: Reflections on Love, Loss, and What Really Matters.” “To me, this is my best book, and my last book,” said Douglas. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Books: Kirk Douglas reflects on life as man, father and a husband in ‘Life Could Be Verse’
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  • Review: Gov’t Mule covers Pink Floyd on new live album
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    The Piano Guys -- from left: Al Van Der Beek, Paul Anderson, Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt -- at Midway's Ice Castle exhibit last winter, where they filmed the video for their cover of Plans for the weekend: Piano Guys for Christmas
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    Updated Dec 19 2014 11:51 am   |     |   Share

  • Nicki Minaj arrives at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) Review: Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pinkprint’ delivers grown-up complexity
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The cast, playwright and director of A year ago, Shelby’s Utah same-sex marriage ruling brought joy to their world
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    Updated Dec 19 2014 09:43 am   |     |   Share
    Sundance ‘15 trailer of the day: ‘It Follows’ [video]
    Today’s Sundance “trailer of the day” is so fresh, the blood is still red. The horror-thriller “It Follows” subverts the old slasher movie idea that t...
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  • (Courtesy photo)   Billy Idol. Review: Billy Idol gives Utah fans their Mony Mony’s worth
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Utah County-based Fictionist, with a new album out, will be the EVE Winter Fest headliners. They’ll be playing indoors at the Salt Palace on Dec. 31, ending in time to watch America’s largest disco ball at midnight. Utah band Fictionist glad to be writing its own story
    In 2011, the Utah County alternative rock band Fictionist finished in the final four of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?”...
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Anna Kendrick plays Cinderella in ìInto the Woods,î the movie version of Stephen Sondheimís musical about fractured fairy tales. Interview: Anna Kendrick goes ‘Into the Woods,’ singing all the way
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    Updated Dec 19 2014 04:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • TV
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