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Last Updated May 22, 2017 10:45AM

Sometimes oldies really are goodies. The Grand Theatre’s current production of “Hairspray” is certainly an example. Director Jim Christian has created a colorful confection that overflows with the energy and optimism of the 1960s. Teenager Tracy Turnblad (Emily Woods) is …

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  • (Courtesy photo)   Frank Mack Utah Shakespeare Company hires new executive producer
    Frank Mack, who teaches arts administration at the University of Connecticut and previously led Shakespeare theater companies in California and New Je...
    Updated May 24 2017 10:40 am   |     |   Share
  • Ballet West principal artists Arolyn Williams and Chase OíConnell perform in Nicolo Fonteís ’Fox on the Doorstep’ as part of the National Choreographic Festival in Salt Lake City. Beau Pearson  |  Courtesy Review: Ballet West’s National Choreographic Festival offers bird’s-eye view of new works in America
    Ballet West’s inaugural National Choreographic Festival created enough buzz last weekend that on Saturday, Dance Magazine produced a Facebook Live fro...
    Updated May 25 2017 01:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sylvia Torti’s second novel, ’Cages’, is about the scientists at a university like the University of Utah conducting birdsong research. Torti, the dean of the U’s Honors College, is a PHd-trained biologist who draws upon her love of science to write fiction. She was photographed at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, Tuesday May 16, 2017. Why the caged bird sings is the question of a new Salt Lake-based novel
    In a University of Utah biology lab, writer Sylvia Torti unlatches a soundproof cooler to reveal the zebra finch hopping around inside the cage, weari...
    Updated May 22 2017 10:42 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)      Guests get to experience a typical Chinese dinner table during the opening of Discovery Gateway’s newest exhibit, ’Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China’ in Salt Lake City Friday May 19, 2017. China’s children profiled in Discovery Gateway exhibit
    Utah children will get a glimpse at the lives of kids in China, thanks to a new exhibit at Discovery Gateway. The exhibit, “Children of Hangzhou: Con...
    Updated May 22 2017 04:00 pm   |     |   Share



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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Hella Pope paints her bowl in a German tradition at the 32nd Living Traditions Festival at Library Square on Sunday. Living Traditions Festival offers a world of new cultural experiences
    Living Traditions Festival ­— a free cultural celebration presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council that includes dance, music, painting, sculpture...
    Updated May 21 2017 05:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of Maliaole Polynesian Dance group perform during the 32nd annual Living Traditions Festival at Library Square Friday, May 19, 2017. Living Traditions Festival brings global sights, sounds and tastes to Salt Lake City
    The 2017 Living Traditions Festival was born Friday at Salt Lake City’s Library Square. The free cultural celebration presented by the Salt Lake City ...
    Updated May 19 2017 10:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Charnee Jamison plays Camae and Jayrod Garrett plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Good Company’s production of ’The Mountaintop,’ running through May 21 in Ogden. Review: Good Company’s ‘The Mountaintop’ struggles and soars
    Ogden • “We are all the same. … We all scared. Scared of each other. Scared of ourselves. … Scared of losin’ somethin’ that they’ve known their whole ...
    Updated May 18 2017 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Shakespeare Festival co-artistic directors David Ivers and Brian Vaughn go over the house rules before the opening performance of ’Henry V’ in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, Cedar City, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Theater: Utah’s David Ivers to head Arizona company
    David Ivers is heading to Arizona Theatre Company, taking over July 1 as artistic director. For seven years, Ivers has shared artistic duties co-direc...
    Updated May 23 2017 11:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Review: Latest crime thriller by Jo Nesbo keeps readers guessing
    It all starts with a Tinder date in a bar appropriately called Jealousy and ends with death on an ice-covered fjord. In between, “The Thirst,” the lat...
    Updated May 19 2017 06:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • ‘Red Rock Stories’ to launch with Utah readings
    Torrey House Press is launching “Red Rock Stories: Three Generations of Writers Speak on Behalf of Utah’s Public Lands” at readings Friday in Salt Lak...
    Updated May 19 2017 07:31 am   |     |   Share
  • (Betsy Ross, the founder of The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for emerging artists, outside the Tower Theate in Salt Lake City Wednesday May 10, 2017. Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Meet the Salt Lake City mother who filmed her way through grief
    The only song David Fetzer ever wrote for his mother has a lyric that underscores Betsy Ross’ artistic journey: Tag. You’re it, Mama. That chorus rin...
    Updated May 16 2017 03:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Best-selling authors discuss art of ‘the beach read’
    For author Elin Hilderbrand, the art of the beach novel is very much a matter of location. Starting with where she writes. “I write my books in longha...
    Updated May 19 2017 06:40 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Ballet West will host four American ballet companies, including the Sarasota Ballet performing Ricardo Graziano’s ’In A State of Weightlessness’ (pictured, Danielle Brown and Juan Gil),  as part of the inaugural National Choreographic Festival on May 19-27 at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City. Courtesy  Frank Atura Premieres and prestige as Ballet West hosts first National Choreographic Festival
    Ballet West opens its first-ever National Choreographic Festival this month with a bang. Over the next two weekends, Ballet West will play host to fou...
    Updated May 12 2017 02:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Author Laura McBride poses for a portrait at Kings English Bookshop Wednesday May 6, 2015. Las Vegas writer gambles on stories of contemporary mothers
    Some 25 years ago, Laura McBride saw a photo of an Asian woman on the cover of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, her local newspaper. The diminutive woman...
    Updated May 12 2017 05:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Leonardo is unveiling a new exhibit, ’Woman/Women,’ to focus on the accomplishments of women, past and present. Students get first look at mural at The Leonardo on pioneering women
    High school students on Wednesday visited a new exhibit celebrating the contributions of female pioneers, while getting advice from one: Salt Lake Cit...
    Updated May 10 2017 11:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Virus fears fuel chilling novel ‘Before This is Over’
    Author Amanda Hickie was living in Canada when severe acute respiratory syndrome — SARS — hit Toronto in 2003. The panicked response to that outbreak,...
    Updated May 13 2017 09:27 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy  Paisley Rekdal, op-ed mug. Meet the poet laureate who plans to map the diversity of Utah’s writers, journals, presses
    Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed University of Utah English professor Paisley Rekdal as the state’s poet laureate. In that voluntary position, Rekdal p...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Chorus girls with David M. Lutken in ’The Will Rogers Follies.’ Todd Keith  |  Pioneer Theatre Company? Pioneer Theatre’s buoyant ‘Will Rogers Follies’ overflows with look, feel of big American musicals
    “Give a man enough rope, and he could spin himself a life; that’s what happened to me,” drawls David M. Lutken affably to the audience in Pioneer Thea...
    Updated May 11 2017 04:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Yale professor discusses best-selling book ‘On Tyranny’
    Timothy Snyder would have preferred a different path to the best-seller lists. The Yale University professor and scholar of European history, whose bo...
    Updated May 11 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy   Stills from the short film ’Drivers and Demagogues.’ Meet filmmakers telling next-gen stories at annual Davey Foundation showcase
    Since Curtis Whitear moved to New York City over a year ago, the Utah-trained filmmaker says he was continually intrigued by the conversations about t...
    Updated May 15 2017 09:20 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016, file photo, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Sandberg’s new book, ’Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy,’ recounts the death of her husband, her grief, and how she recovered from it. Written with psychologist Adam Grant, it also includes research and advice on how people can build up resilience not just after, but before traumatic events happen. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Sheryl Sandberg’s new book a tale of grief, resilience
    Though perhaps best known as Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dav...
    Updated May 05 2017 07:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   Utah Shakespeare Festival co-artistic directors Brian Vaughn, left, and David Ivers talk about how theater has affected their lives during the dedication of the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre in Cedar City in 2016. Ivers announced Wednesday he will be leaving USF to be artistic director at another regional festival. David Ivers leaving as co-artistic director of Utah Shakespeare Festival
    One of the artistic directors of the Utah Shakespeare Festival is leaving for a new gig. David Ivers, who has been co-artistic director with Brian Va...
    Updated May 23 2017 11:24 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)     Actor Hannah Minshew in Pygmalion Productions ’Silent Sky.’ ‘Silent Sky’ illuminates the life of an unknown woman astronomer
    “The pulsing isn’t random. There is a pattern. The brightest stars take the longest to blink. We can skip star to star across the deepest space until ...
    Updated May 04 2017 04:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Food is the true main course in ‘Feast of Sorrow’
    If true gastronomy resides at the intersection of food, art and culture, then Crystal King’s debut novel can only be described as a gastronomical deli...
    Updated May 05 2017 07:03 pm   |     |   Share