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Last Updated Jul 22, 2017 11:29PM

One of the world’s greatest DJs and a party-loving dance-music collective will be headlining this year’s Urban Arts Festival. The seventh annual festival, billed as the largest free community art event in Utah, happens Sept. 16 and 17 at the …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Adrian Sanchez and Estefania Hernandez Sarduy, left, and  Bradley Moon and Brittany Bruno, all from Havana, Cuba, dance during a workshop with Ballet West Academy director Peter Merz at Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Ballet West’s dance training program strengthens fledgling Cuban connection
    In the current fractured political environment featuring a federal budget slashing arts funding and seemingly more intent on building walls than openi...
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  • J. Todd Adams (left) as Theseus and Melinda Parrett as Hippolyta in the Utah Shakespeare Festivalís 2017 production of ’A Midsummer Nightís Dream.’ Karl Hugh | Utah Shakespeare Festival 2017 Review: Jazz-era style gives Utah Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer’ a new look
    Cedar City • Utah Shakespeare Festival offers a less traditional approach to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” now playing in the company’s indoor Randall T...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 07:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • Brian Vaughn (left) as Sky Masterson and Alexandra Zorn as Sarah Brown in the Utah Shakespeare Festivalís 2017 production of ’Guys and Dolls.’ Karl Hugh | Utah Shakespeare Festival 2017 Review: Fast-talking version of classic ‘Guys and Dolls’ offers something for everyone
    Cedar City • “Guys and Dolls,” now playing in a smart and sassy production at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, has been called the definitive American m...
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  • Karl Hugh  |  Utah Shakespeare Festival  Trent Dahllin (left) as Musician, Jennifer Vosters as Musician, Sceri Sioux Ivers as Jim Hawkins, Geoffrey Kent as Billy Bones, and J. Todd Adams as Black Dog in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Treasure Island. Review: Action-filled ‘Treasure Island’ sinks a bit due to some underdeveloped characters
    Cedar City • “If this don’t fetch the kids, why, they have gone rotten since my day,” Robert Louis Stevenson remarked in a letter shortly after pennin...
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  • (|  Courtesy photo)   by Trevor Newsome  Provo’s An Other Theater Company will present ’On Tidy Endings,’ directed by artistic director Kacey Spadafora, with Brett Merritt as Arthur and Kynsie Kiggins as Marion, at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival. Get your Fringe on: New acts showcased at third annual Sugar House festival
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mark Fossen and Anne Louise Brings play Ray and Una in Utah Repertory Theater Company’s ’Blackbird,’ a harrowing contemporary play soon opening at the Sorenson Unity Center Black Box Theater. Una has sought out Ray 15 years after their ’involvement,’ when she was 12 and he was in his late-40s. They were photographed during rehearsal in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Utah theater company’s ‘Blackbird’ crackles with electricity
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  • Susanna Florence (left) as Celia and Cassandra Bissell as Rosalind in the Utah Shakespeare Festivalís 2017 production of ’As You Like It.’ Karl Hugh | Utah Shakespeare Festival 2017 At Utah Shakespeare Festival, a well-acted and atmospheric but very slow-moving ‘As You Like It’
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Woodine DeMille, at age 83, is having her first art show at the Old Dome Meeting Hall in Riverton on July 17-Aug. 16. Her family describes her as living proof that dreams can come true at any age. DeMille was photographed at her Riverton home, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. At age 83, Utah painter is ready for her first solo show
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    Season tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for Pygmalion Productions’ 2017-18 season. The Salt Lake City theater company is devoted to exploring stories about w...
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mark Fossen and Anne Louise Brings play Ray and Una in Utah Repertory Theater Company’s ’Blackbird,’  a harrowing contemporary play soon opening at the Sorenson Unity Center Black Box Theater. Una has sought out Ray 15 years after their ’involvement,’ when she was 12 and he was in his late-40s. They were photographed during rehearsal in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Edgy ‘Blackbird’ made a lot of noise on Broadway, now it’s getting a regional premiere at Utah Rep
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  • The Kimball Arts Festival has an agreement to remain on Park City’s Historic Main Street through 2021.  Mark Maziarz  |  Courtesy Kimball Art Center Park City plans to create $19.5 million arts district with Sundance Institute and Kimball center
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  • Utah author explores the ‘other Amelia Earhart’ in new YA biography
    In October 1944, pilot Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins took off from L.A. in a fighter plane bound for Newark. Neither she nor the plane was ever seen again...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    R. Scott Phillips, executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, says a few words during the dedication of the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, Cedar City, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Rarely seen ‘Henry VI’ in the spotlight at Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2018
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  • Utah hip hop dance group BBoy Federation performs ’They Reminisce’ at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City on July 7-8. ìThey Reminisceî transfers the conventions of hip hop from the street to the stage and explores its origins through dance, music and style. Courtesy BBoy Federation Bboy Federation brings hip-hop traditions from the street to the stage in ‘They Reminisce’
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Floats participate in the annual Freedom Festival Grand Parade in downtown Provo Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Photos: Thousands line the streets of Provo to celebrate July Fourth with the Grand Parade
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  • A scene from ìWhatís the Big Deal About First Ladiesî by Ruby Shamir, with illustrations by Matt Faulkner. Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers Here are 9 books for your family that celebrate the American dream
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  • Quinn Mattfeld as Will Shakespeare and Betsy Mugavero as Viola de Lesseps in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s regional premiere of ’Shakespeare in Love.’ Karl Hugh  |  Utah Shakespeare Festival At Utah festival, falling in love with Shakespeare — again
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  • (Tribune File Photo)    A conductor for the Stadium of Fire Choir directs during the Stadium of Fire fireworks display at the LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah on July 4, 2012. Here are 16 ways to get fired up about July Fourth in Utah
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  • (Courtesy photo)     Actors Nickie Nixon, Merry Magee, Shawn Saunders and Robert Scott Smith in Morag Shepherd’s new play, ’How Long Can You Stand on the TRain Tracks: A Game for Two Sisters.’ The show is receiving a premiere production by Sackerson and Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory at the University of Utah’s Babcock Theatre. New Utah play — in which sisters play chicken on train tracks — explores power of shifting family relationships
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake Acting Company’s new ’Saturday’s Voyeur’ show has a spy-versus-spy plot line for 2017, with music inspired by ìMission: Impossibleî and James Bond themes. Review: Spying on the Russian connections in ‘Voyeur’
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  • Theo Galkin, 8, rereads a favorite part of ’Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ while posing for a picture with his mother Chloe Galkin at their home in South Orange, N.J., Wednesday, June 28, 2017. As the 20th anniversary of the initial publishing of the first Harry Potter book is celebrated this week, another generation is being introduced to Harry, Hogwarts and all the rest of the magical world created by author J.K. Rowling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) 20 years later, a new generation of Harry Potter fans
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake Acting Company’s new ’Saturday’s Voyeur’ show has a spy-versus-spy plot line for 2017, with music inspired by ìMission: Impossibleî and James Bond themes. Pictured from left are Dan Larrinaga, CJ Strong, Eb Madson, Emilie Starr and Justin Ivie. Putin, Trump administration get ‘Voyeurized’ in Salt Lake Acting Company’s annual musical satire
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Shayla Baker, 14, is one of the teens participating in the nonprofit WriteOut writing bootcamp taking place at the end of June in Cedar City. WriteOut pairs big-named authors with Utah teens who want to write. It’s the first year of the camp, which offered scholarships to lower-income kids who wanted to attend and hone their writing. Writing is one of Shayla’s passions, along with music. Not having a computer, she does most of her writing on her phone. At Utah writing camp, teens will workshop stories with their favorite authors
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A variety of Todd Perkins’ guitars at his Utah Arts Festival booth (#12), June 22, 2017.  Perkins creates unique guitar art from up-cycled materials to create one of a kind, themed custom art.   The Utah Arts Festival is the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event in Utah, running through June 25, 2017 at the City and County Building grounds in downtown Salt Lake City. Visual artists evoke sounds at the Utah Arts Festival
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