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The bigger-than-life story of “The Count of Monte Cristo” will open at Pioneer Theatre Company on Friday, May 6, but first there’s a little costume problem. The open robe sleeves of the pirates — known as the “Masked Revelers” — …

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  • Moms are the stars in these picture books for children
    Parents and other adult figures are often absent from books for young readers. If they do make an appearance, it’s on the margins. Think Charlie Brown...
    Updated Apr 29 2016 06:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • Review: The Hive’s production of ‘The Pillowman’ is fierce and unrelenting
    Katurian is in trouble with the police, but he’s not sure why. “I just write stories,” he tells the two policemen who are interrogating him. Katurian ...
    Updated Apr 28 2016 06:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • The quilt artwork ’Canyonlands Morning,’ by Magna artist Susan Madden. Susan Madden  |  courtesy of the artist Sean P. Means: Utah artist realizing desert landscapes in fabric
    Susan Madden has been an artist for 35 years, but the work she’s done in the past 15 — as a fiber artist and quilter — has gotten her more attention t...
    Updated Apr 29 2016 09:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Daniel Beecher as He and April Fossen as She in Sarah Ruhl’s ’Stage Kiss,’ receiving a regional premiere from Wasatch Theatre Company. Utah theater company finds the passion in ‘Stage Kiss’
    Making onstage kisses seem real may be part of the actor’s job, but still, it’s a lot more complex than it might seem, says actor April Fossen. Fossen...
    Updated Apr 25 2016 12:10 pm   |     |   Share


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    Shawn Vestal, a reporter and columnist for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., has just published his first novel, “Daredevils,” which puts the re...
    Updated Apr 25 2016 09:09 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: ‘Siddhartha’s Brain’ smart take on meditation
    It’s a pleasure to read “Siddhartha’s Brain,” which comes from a science journalist with long experience of explaining ideas for readers of The Guardi...
    Updated Apr 27 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Retired BYU professor Richard Isakson has collected early editions of all 88 Pulitzer Prize-winning novels and displays them in his home in Provo. Join The Salt Lake Tribune, Weller Book Works for Pulitzer literature party
    The Salt Lake Tribune is celebrating Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction as the prestigious awards turn 100 this year, with $5 tickets available at sltrib....
    Updated Apr 25 2016 09:13 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Matt Ross Public Relations shows Andrew Keenan-Bolger, left, and Sarah Charles Lewis during a performance of ’Tuck Everlasting,’ opening on Broadway on April 26. (Joan Marcus/Matt Ross Public Relations via AP) Young adult fiction booming on Broadway but cute it ain’t
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    Updated Apr 23 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Retired BYU professor Richard Isakson has collected early editions of all 88 Pulitzer Prize-winning novels and displays them in his home in Provo. Tribune readers promote stories that matter, one Pulitzer novel at a time
    About a dozen years ago, I was on a plane reading Marilynne Robinson’s “Gilead,” a quietly masterful novel about John Ames, a 77-year-old Congregation...
    Updated Apr 20 2016 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Artist Robert Smithson gave Bob Phillips this signed photograph of the Spiral Jetty.  Phillips was the contractor who built the Spiral Jetty for Smithson. Phillips died April 11, from cancer. He was 75. Bob Phillips, contractor on Spiral Jetty, dies at 75
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    Updated Apr 18 2016 08:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Actors Tamara Howell and Andra Harbold play quick-talking academics in Pygmalion Productions Theatre Company’s premiere of L.L. West’s ’Remington & Weasel.’ (Courtesy) Salt Lake theater stages romantic comedy about academic politics
    For Tamara Howell, her night job portraying a crazy-smart academic in Pygmalion Productions’ premiere of “Remington & Weasel” is spilling over into he...
    Updated Apr 28 2016 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: James McBride pays tribute to the Godfather of Soul
    James McBride, best-selling author of “The Color of Water” and “The Good Lord Bird,” has written a furious ode to the troubled life and legacy of the ...
    Updated Apr 26 2016 12:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • ‘Democracy Now!’ host coming to Utah
    Amy Goodman is coming to town on Monday, and the timing couldn’t be better. The host and executive producer of the public radio program “Democracy Now...
    Updated Apr 18 2016 09:13 am   |     |   Share
  • Books: Of mystics and modern questions of faith in Julie Berry’s new YA novel
    Every now and then a new young-adult novel appears that startles readers with its breathtaking originality. “The Passion of Dolssa” by Julie Berry fit...
    Updated Apr 17 2016 11:47 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda appears at the curtain call following the opening night performance of ’Hamilton’ at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, in New York. ’Hamilton,’ the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ wins Pulitzer for drama
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  • Ballet West presents ìThe Nijinsky Revolutionî on April 15-23 at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. On the program are three modern-day interpretations of the legendary Ballets Russes dancerís work: Helen Pickettís ìGames,î set to the original Debussy score; Jerome Robbinsí ìAfternoon of a Faun,î placing Debussyís music in a ballet studio; and Nicolo Fonteís ìThe Rite of Spring,î set to Stravinsky. Luke Isley  |  Courtesy Ballet West puts modern spin on ‘The Nijinsky Revolution’
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    Updated Apr 15 2016 08:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)   Crowds brave the cold weather as they drink beer on the Snowbird Plaza, on the last day of the nine-week Oktoberfest celebration at Snowbird in October  2014. James Christopher, architect who designed Snowbird and much of Salt Lake City, dies at 85
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Baba Kentattaa Henry plays drums as Baba Jamal Koram tells a story at the first Story Crossroads Festival, in West Jordan, at the Viridian Event Center on Saturday. Utah storytelling festival doesn’t forget the jokes
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    Updated Apr 18 2016 09:19 am   |     |   Share
  • ‘Smarter Faster Better’ illuminates human behavior
    With his latest book, New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg joins the likes of Malcolm Gladwell in helping us better understand our world and ourselv...
    Updated Apr 29 2016 06:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A view of the six-story open Grand Lobby with three levels of balconies seen at left during a tour of the construction on The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Photos: Lights sparkling on Eccles Theater construction in downtown Salt Lake City
    Floating Moooi spheres are now illuminating the six-story open Grand Lobby of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater as finishing work continue...
    Updated Apr 15 2016 10:20 am   |     |   Share
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    Actor David Duchovny, recently seen as Fox Mulder on “The X-Files” TV revival, follows his humorous New York Times best-seller “Holy Cow” with another...
    Updated Apr 15 2016 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ballet West members perform Nicolo Fonte’s interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring’ during a dress rehearsal of ’The Nijinsky Revolution,” at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, April 14, 2016. On the program are three modern-day interpretations of the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky’s work: Helen Pickett’s “Games,” set to the original Debussy score; Jerome Robbins’ “Afternoon of a Faun,” placing Debussy’s music in a ballet studio; and  Fonte’s “The Rite of Spring,” set to Stravinsky. Photos: Beer and Ballet West meet ‘The Nijinsky Revolution’
    Ballet West held the final rehearsal for its spring program “The Nijinsky Revolution” on Thursday as company patrons mingled at the Capitol Theatre fo...
    Updated Apr 15 2016 08:55 am   |     |   Share
  • Small Utah theater companies to stage works about war and art
    Two complicated contemporary plays about war and art are opening soon on Salt Lake City stages. People Productions presents “Grounded,” George Brant’s...
    Updated Apr 28 2016 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
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