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Utah Symphony music director Thierry Fischer has conducted his share of choral-orchestral blockbusters (including the Berlioz Requiem with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in September 2011), but he predicts this week’s performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 will be “beyond everything …

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  • Nuns and faithful wave to Pope Francis as he makes his way on the popemobile to Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with speeches to the country’s political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Enric Marti) Pope Francis opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch
    Mexico City • Pope Francis kicked off his first day in Mexico with a long popemobile ride past adoring crowds, launching into a day that starts with t...
    Updated Feb 13 2016 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Jan. 29, 2016 photo, music producer Dave Cobb poses in the historic RCA Studio A in Nashville, Tenn. Cobb is nominated for non-classical producer of the year and album of the year for Stapleton’s “Traveller” at this year’s Grammy Awards. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Producer Dave Cobb goes from outsiders to influencers
    Producer Dave Cobb sits on a couch in the cavernous RCA Studio A, a 50-year-old studio on Music Row that was due to be razed to the ground less than t...
    Updated Feb 13 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 14, 2009 file photo, American jazz guitarist and composer John Scofield performs on the Miles Davis Hall stage during the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Scofield is nominated for two Grammys for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the CD’s title track, which the guitarist describes as ’a futuristic blues.’  (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre, File) John Scofield goes back to the future on Grammy-nominated CD
    Jazz guitarist John Scofield went back to the future on his Grammy-nominated CD “Past Present,” reuniting members of his acclaimed quartet from the ea...
    Updated Feb 13 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Jan. 25, 2016 photo, multiple Grammy nominee Bob Ludwig poses in his sound engineering studio in Portland, Maine. Ludwig could make history by winning the Grammy for album of the year for his work on Alabama Shakes’ critically acclaimed “Sound & Color” at the Feb. 15 awards show. He has won the award for the past three years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) The 10-time Grammy winner you don’t know about but should
    His role is at the finish line of an album — helping it sound as perfect as possible before it’s available to the masses. He’s won 10 Grammys, includi...
    Updated Feb 13 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share


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  • President Barack Obama greets children from Al-Rahmah school and other guests during his visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Baltimore, Md. Obama is making his first visit to a U.S. mosque at a time Muslim-Americans say they’re confronting increasing levels of bias in speech and deeds.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Exclusive RNS commentary: President Obama — religious freedom keeps us strong
    This past week, I had the privilege of visiting the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a mosque that serves thousands of Muslim American families, as well ...
    Updated Feb 06 2016 09:47 am   |     |   Share
  • Pope Francis, center right,  and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch  Kirill, center left,  meet at the Jose Marti aiport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. This is the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP) ’Finally:’ Pope Francis meets Russian Orthodox leader
    Havana • With a hug and an exclamation of “Finally!” Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 08:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Music director Brady Allred is joined by bluegrass musicians Mike Peck, drums, Mary Danzig, fiddle and Peter Danzig, mandolin, as he directs the Salt Lake Choral Artists during rehearsal for an upcoming Mass they will perform at in St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Salt Lake City. The group was rehearsing in Salt Lake City Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Salt Lake Choral Artists will present a bluegrass Mass
    Music director Brady Allred (shown at left with bluegrass drummer Mike Peck, fiddler Mary Danzig and mandolinist Peter Danzig) will conduct the Salt L...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 06:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Boys and girls conducting physics experiments at the Carlisle School in Pennsylvania.  Photo: National Archives and Records Administration KUED documentary opens book on history of American Indian boarding schools
    KUED TV executive director John Howe has a fascination with the West. The Park City resident is also a filmmaker and is known for his documentaries, “...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 05:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this file photo combination Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, right, serves the Christmas Mass in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 and Pope Francis prays during an audience at the Vatican on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both churches announced Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev/Andrew Medichini, Files) Pope Francis, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in historic step
    Vatican City • In a historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church wi...
    Updated Feb 06 2016 08:13 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Katie Wieland as Sheila Birling in Pioneer Theatre Company’s mystery ’When An Inspector Calls,’ during photo shoot at the McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Pioneer Theatre comes calling with mystery about class — and human interconnectedness
    “An Inspector Calls,” a classic British mystery about the clash of capitalism and class, should seem newly relevant to American theatergoers who are l...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 06:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • Canadian rock band Metric headlines The Depot in Salt Lake City on Feb. 17. Concert preview: Metric measuring the moment with headlining tour
    After 17 years and six albums, synth rockers Metric still find themselves evolving as musicians, embracing being “wonderful weirdos” and making no apo...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 06:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah’s Hale Centre Theatre stages female power ballads in ‘The Pirate Queen’
    Swordfighting in a dress changes everything about how your character moves, says Heather McDonald, who plays Irish leader Grace O’Malley in Hale Centr...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 05:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • New York City officials decide it’s too cold for ice fest
    New York • It’s too cold in New York City for the annual Central Park Ice Festival. The Central Park Conservancy says Saturday’s event has been cancel...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 10:48 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  The University of Utah  The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will speak at the University of Utah at 1:30 p.m. June 21, 2016. The exiled leader was forced to postpone an earlier October 2015 appearance due to illness. ‘Wow’ — Dalai Lama returning to Utah after all
    Utah’s Tibetan community fully understood and accepted the health reasons that prompted the Dalai Lama to cancel his scheduled appearance last October...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This file image released by CBS shows, front row from left,  Jess Weixler, Matt Czuchry and Julianna Margulies in a scene from ’The Good Wife.’ The legal drama airs Sundays on CBS. (AP Photo/CBS, Jojo Whilden) Scott D. Pierce: ‘The Good Wife’ will get a proper send-off
    The biggest surprise during CBS’ Super Bowl coverage was the announcement that “The Good Wife” is ending. Well, it’s not entirely unexpected that the...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 03:22 pm   |     |   Share
  •   The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, which has served as a support group for the global LGBT community, will perform at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts in Park City on Saturday. John Vajda  |  San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus San Francisco’s Gay Men’s Chorus has led charge for equal rights
    The Eccles Center will be filled with an array of vocal music when 75 of the 300-membered San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performs on Saturday. The con...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Retired astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, describes how he spoke to his brother, astronaut Scott Kelly today trying to arrange a lease for a car for him once he returns to Earth. The lecture was presented as part of   the Natural History Museum of Utah’s annual lecture series, held Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City. Twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly kick off Utah science lecture series
    Identical twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly on Wednesday — with Scott reporting in from the International Space Station — kicked off this year’s sc...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 09:12 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    House tlayudas (Oaxaca), a crisp tortilla, topped with beans, four kinds of meats, cheese, cabbage and salsa, from Cafe Guanaco, a Salvadoran restaurant at 499 E. 2700 South in South Salt Lake. Dish of the Week: House tlayudas at La Oaxaqueña
    $14 • The tlayuda is a well-known Oaxacan dish bearing a striking resemblance to a large pizza. The house tlayudas at La Oaxaqueña start with a crispy...
    Updated Feb 12 2016 09:04 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Actor Steven Fales stars in ’My Mormon Valentine: Confessions of a Mormon Boy.’ Utah actor revives his ‘Mormon Boy’ solo show
    Fifteen years ago, Steven Fales launched his solo theater career with a Salt Lake City reading of “Confessions of a Mormon Boy,” a frank and comedic l...
    Updated Feb 11 2016 04:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    A scene from ’National Parks Adventure 3D,’ which follows world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, his step-son and adventure photograph Max Lowe and family friend and artist Rachel Phol as they explore the nation’s parks. Utah is wild star in new film, ‘National Parks Adventure’
    While “National Parks Adventure” was filmed in more than 30 parks across the country, it is Utah’s stunning wild areas that play a lead role in the 43...
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  • Michael Moore goes abroad, looking for ideas America might steal, in his latest op-ed documentary, ’Where to Invade Next.’ Courtesy Eleven Foot Pole Movie review: Michael Moore goes abroad in thoughtful ‘Where to Invade Next’
    Firebrand filmmaker Michael Moore plants the flag for America in “Where to Invade Next,” using his familiar brand of satire to extol European notions ...
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  • In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Ben Stiller portrays Derek Zoolander, left, and Owen Wilson portrays Hansel  in a scene from, ’Zoolander 2.’ (Philippe Antonello/Paramount Pictures via AP) Movie review: ‘Zoolander 2’: Still stupid, still funny
    There’s a certain genius in something as stupid as “Zoolander 2.” A definite bit of bravado as Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell return to the...
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  •  An animated image of Bill Babbitt, who tearfully recalls her brother Manny’s crime and punishment, in the Oscar-nominated documentary short ’Last Day of Freedom.’ Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman  |  courtesy Shorts International Fascinating stories in Oscar-nominated documentary shorts
    The five Oscar-nominated films in the documentary-short category do not make for light viewing, but they are essential stories about modern troubles a...
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  • This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Christian Harting, left, and Geza Rohrig in a scene from ’Son of Saul.’  (Sony Pictures Classics via AP) One man’s view of the Holocaust in ‘Son of Saul’
    One expects the Hungarian drama “Son of Saul” to be grim, solely because it’s set in Auschwitz in 1944, at the worst depths of the Holocaust. What one...
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