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There really is a method to the madness that is the MTV Video Music Awards. “I like to say, ‘Let’s put the crazy in the room,’ and we throw the match in the middle of the audience and artists, and …

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Favorite Utah road-food spots: Salmon, asparagus and mashed potatoes at The Timberbeline, in Beaver. Dish of the Week: Filet of salmon at the Timberline Inn in Beaver
    $ 19.95 • It’s possible to find fresh fish in the land-locked central Utah town of Beaver. Joe Williams, a culinary school graduate who runs the Timbe...
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  • Maddie Marlow, left, and Tae Dye, of Maddie & Tae, pose for a portrait at Love Shack Studio in Nashvile, Tenn., on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Country music’s young provocateurs came out swinging last summer with their on-point criticism of lyrics that portrayed women as simply objects of desire in cutoff jean shorts and bikini tops. Now that they’ve got everyone’s attention, Marlow, 20, and Taylor “Tae” Dye, 19, have got much more to say on their debut album, “Start Here,” coming out on Aug. 28. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP) Country music provocateurs Maddie & Tae come out swinging
    The country duo Maddie & Tae took on gender stereotypes in their first platinum single, “Girl in a Country Song,” and now they are targeting another o...
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Temple Har Shalom Rabbi David Levinsky skates at the Park City Skateboard Park Wednesday August 12, 2015. Utah’s skateboarding rabbi — where hip and hope meet
    Park City • Rabbi David Levinsky had been in his new mountain home for barely a month when he officiated at his first Jewish wedding in the Beehive St...
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  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
St. Vincent performs in the final concert of the 2015 Twilight Concert Series in downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday. Photos: St. Vincent plays performs in final Twilight concert for the summer in Salt Lake City
    Indie-rock performer St. Vincent, also known as Annie Clark, performed as the final act of the 2015 Twilight Concert Series on Thursday at Pioneer Par...
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Sackerson, a new Salt Lake City theater company, is launching itself with “Before the Beep,” written by Utah playwright Morag Shepherd, which will unfold in 30 acts or about 25 minutes over 30 days, beginning Sept. 1. Tickets are $10, but listeners don’t have to go anywhere to hear it. Instead, you dial in on your phone daily. New Salt Lake theater company experiments with ‘dial-a-scene’ phone serial
    Sackerson, a new Salt Lake City theater company, is fully launching itself with a production that breaks down theatrical walls. “The company is very i...
    Updated Aug 27 2015 04:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • A scene from the film Movie review: ‘Meru’ takes audience on the climb of their lives
    The documentary “Meru” goes to two places most people will never venture: on one of the most treacherous climbs in the Himalayas and into the minds of...
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  • This photo provided by Sony Pictures Classics shows, Alexander Skarsgard, left, as Monroe, and Bel Powley, as Minnie Goetze, in a scene from the film, Movie review: A 15-year-old grows up fast in ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’
    The only thing drab about “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” is that title, which gives no hint to the raw pain, brutal honesty and flights of fancy contai...
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    Nine things you don’t want to miss at the Moab Music Festival
    Where’s a better place to be in September if not beautiful, red rock-ringed Moab? The Moab Music Festival (MMF), now in its twenty third year, was fou...

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Brooke (Greta Gerwig, center), a New Yorker with lots of ideas and energy, takes her almost-sister Tracy (Lola Kirke) to a hip party, in a scene from Noah Baumbach's comedy Movie review: Screwball ‘Mistress America’ a forced hipster comedy
    Greta Gerwig was born to play the lead in a screwball comedy — but it should be screwier and more fun than the hipster wallow of “Mistress America.” ...
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  • This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Zac Efron in a scene from Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, Movie review: In ‘We Are Your Friends,’ a familiar story rocks to a beat
    One of Hollywood’s oldest formulas — showing one person’s rise to fame and the moral struggles along the way — gets set to an up-to-the-minute beat in...
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Five-time Grammy Award-winnig singer and songwriter B.J. Thomas, known for his mega hit Concert preview: B.J. Thomas will bring 50 years of music to Park City
    Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter B.J. Thomas is looking forward to performing “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” in Park City. Th...
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Christina Perri co-headlines with Colbie Caillat on Friday, Aug. 28, at Sandy Amphitheatre as part of their Concert preview: An ‘upbeat’ girls night out with Christina Perri and friends
    Christina Perri may be a well-known artist now, but at her first-ever headliner show in Salt Lake City in 2011, she was in awe that she had come so fa...
    Updated Aug 27 2015 11:29 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah food news: Lehi woman helps set BBQ record, changes at Caffe Niche
    Lehi resident helps set barbecue world record Lehi resident Susie Bulloch was part of a two-person team that set the Guinness World Record for “Longe...
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  • Ann Cannon: Making a difference for those living with mental illness
    Whenever I smell honeysuckle, I think of my girlhood friend Gigi Ballif’s grandmother Algie Eggertsen Ballif. Her backyard was full of rambling vines ...
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Thomas Jones, The Bard, 1774, oil on canvas from the National Museum Wales at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. The painting is part of At Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 300 years of changing landscapes with Monet, Constable, Turner and more
    Landscape paintings are so commonplace, hanging in hotel rooms and over living-room couches, that it’s easy to dismiss how critical they are in the hi...
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Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede in TV preview: Mormons are big this week on ‘Hell on Wheels’
    It’s mostly about Mormons in this week’s episode of “Hell on Wheels,” as it has been this season. Cullen (Anson Mount) and Durant (Colm Meaney) meet w...
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Social Distortion is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its landmark self-titled album this year. They will be playing the album in its entirety at a show at The Depot in Salt Lake City on Sept. 3. Q&A with Social Distortion’s Mike Ness
    Ahead of Social Distortion’s sold-out show in Salt Lake City on Sept. 3, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Mike Ness talked with The Tribune: D...
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  • Sean P. Means: Movie trailers power an ever-growing hype machine
    Back in the golden age of movies, the feature film was just part of the big show. By tradition, a moviegoer would just show up whenever and walk into...
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Luke Bryan performs at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Wednesday August 26, 2015. Photos: Country star Luke Bryan opens two-night stand in Utah
    Luke Bryan, the reigning prince of country music, played a sold out show Wednesday at Usana Amphitheatre. Bryan, who justed released his fifth album “...
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  • Review: The Hale serves up a sweet and sassy ‘Oklahoma!’
    West Valley City • As theatergoers, so many of us grew up with Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals that we tend to take them for granted and forget the e...
    Updated Aug 24 2015 08:48 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This is a Wednesday, March 11, 2015 file photo of TV host Jeremy Clarkson as he gestures as he takes his place in the stands before the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. The BBC said Wednesday March 25, 2015 that it has decided not to renew the contract of “Top Gear’’ host Jeremy Clarkson after a fracas with his producer. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) Scott D. Pierce: ‘Top Gear’ controversy doesn’t worry Amazon
    In this post-Bill Cosby scandal era, you’d think TV programmers would be careful about who they do business with. Apparently not. At least not in the...
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Cathy and Kent Haruf. UtahLit: Celebrating the talk that’s the heart of Kent Haruf’s last, spare novel
    Colorado writer Kent Haruf’s last novel, “Our Souls at Night,” is a quiet, complicated love story. “I’m going to write a story about us” is what the w...
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