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In our part of the world, Christmas happens at the coldest, darkest time of the year. Yet somehow in our minds, this day is suffused with light. This image of light in the darkness permeates Sting & Honey Company’s lovely, …

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  • In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, Kirk Douglas poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. The rakish screen legend with the famously dimpled chin made it abundantly clear that he was done with writing on a recent overcast afternoon at his Beverly Hills home, days before the release of his poetry collection “Life Could Be Verse: Reflections on Love, Loss, and What Really Matters.” “To me, this is my best book, and my last book,” said Douglas. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Books: Kirk Douglas reflects on life as man, father and a husband in ‘Life Could Be Verse’
    Kirk Douglas is done with writing. The rakish screen legend with the famously dimpled chin made that abundantly clear on a recent afternoon at his Bev...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • UtahLit for January: Teresa Jordan’s ‘The Year of Living Virtuously’
    For several years, Western writer Teresa Jordan focused on visual art and producing radio stories with her husband, folklorist Hal Cannon. But when sh...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Books: ‘Killer Heels’ looks at the history of high heels
    Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik ha...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 01:29 pm   |     |   Share
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Elephants Princess Alice and Prince Utah at Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, July 23, 1918. Courtesy  |  Utah State Historical Society
Utah Lit: Linda Sillitoe’s nostalgic last novel blends crime, elephants
    Utah writer Linda Sillitoe’s last novel is a curious thing: part thriller tracking a pedophile, part bittersweet family story, part nostalgic view of ...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 08:48 am   |     |   Share


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Parsons Dance company member Elena D' Amario teaches a ballet class during a recent outreach event. The acclaimed New York City-based contemporary dance company will engage in six community outreach programs in Park City on Thursday and Friday before even stepping onto stage Saturday for a performance. David Parsons  |  Courtesy Parsons Dance making itself at home in Park City
    The Park City Institute began honing a 21st-century perspective on the performing arts a decade before the clock ticked into the millennium. The nonpr...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
South Kearns and Jackson Elementary Title 1 school students delight in the production of A Year with Frog And Toad the Musical produced by the Salt Lake Acting Company. Schoolchildren find the joy of live musical theater in Salt Lake Acting Company's 'Frog and Toad'
    About halfway through a school matinee of Salt Lake Acting Company’s “A Year With Frog and Toad,” a first-grader in the audience let the cast know he ...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 05:25 pm   |     |   Share
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 David Fetzer and Allison Baar in Kenny Riches' short film Almost famous: Extending the legacy of actor-filmmaker David Fetzer
    After the unexpected death of emerging Salt Lake City filmmaker and actor and David Fetzer in December 2012, his mother and a few close friends made s...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ballet West members perform during a dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre Wednesday December 3, 2014. Review: New sparks keep Ballet West’s ‘Nutcracker’ special
    The trick to conjuring up a magical “Nutcracker” each holiday season is rooted in what happens the other 11 months of the year. And nowhere is that mo...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jeanette Puhich, cast member of Utah playwright Julie Jensen's Stage review: Plan-B Theatre Company turns Christmas upside-down in ‘Misfits’
    As a shy person who has always felt distinctly uncomfortable at social gatherings, I empathize with the characters in Julie Jensen’s “Christmas With M...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Liam Forde (Boy), left, and Justine Salata (Molly) in Pioneer Theatre Company's production of Review: Pioneer’s ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ is a magical addition to the holiday season
    The delightful thing about the way children play is how spontaneous and improvisational they are. Don’t have the props for games? No matter. A broomst...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 02:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Review: First Alice Munro collection since Nobel Prize
    A year after Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature and was cited for her mastery of the modern short story, her publisher has collected 24 of...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jeanette Puhich, cast member of Utah playwright Julie Jensen's Utah theater rejects the commercial storyline of Christmas for something funnier
    For years, Utah playwright Julie Jensen has been haunted by Christmas ghosts, a very different kind of invisible beings than those who spooked the mis...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 03:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • This book cover image released by G.P. Putnam's Sons shows Holiday picture books: Jan Brett still writing for her ‘inner-6-year-old’
    Fans of the illustrator and author Jan Brett will find much to love in her newest picture book, “The Animals’ Santa,” which chronicles the efforts of ...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 07:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The new Jesse Eccles Quinney Dance Centre, located next to the Capitol Theatre, offers a dramatic light show thanks to a metalic scrim on top of LED lighting.
Ballet West opens new world-class facility
    A cross-hatched metallic scrim decorating the boxy Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre offers a new downtown light show on busy 200 South. The contemp...
    Updated Dec 09 2014 02:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Ballet West Artistic Director, Adam Sklute says a few words at the Jesse Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre Grand Opening Friday, December 5, 2014.  The new dance building, opens Friday night for The Nutcracker, Photos: With ceremony, Ballet West opens its new downtown home
    On Friday, Ballet West welcomed patrons and funders to its new downtown home, the 55,000-square-foot, $22 million Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre,...
    Updated Dec 08 2014 09:40 am   |     |   Share
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Cover of Utah Lit for December: ‘The Thieves of Summer’
    For the last years of her life, Linda Sillitoe wrestled with multiple energy-sapping diseases, but because she was a writer, she devoted her energy to...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 07:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   Ballet West dancer Gabrielle Salvatto. Ballet West dancers sound off on their new home
    Tribune dance writer Kathy Adams asked a handful of Ballet West dancers their thoughts on the new Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre: Elizabeth Weld...
    Updated Dec 08 2014 10:48 am   |     |   Share
  • Travel books, for gifts or your own coffee table
    Shopping, romance, bucket lists, inspiration and information: All of these things and more can be found in books for travelers that are out this seaso...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
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Shop ’til you drop in Salt Lake’s December Gallery Stroll
    Christmas shopping is a big theme for the December edition of the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, set for Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at participating ...
    Updated Dec 04 2014 03:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ballet West members perform during a dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre Wednesday December 3, 2014. Photos: Ballet West prepares for 59th season of ‘The Nutcracker’
    Toy soldiers come to life, above, as other cast members wait in the wings, right, during Wednesday’s dress rehearsal of Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker,...
    Updated Dec 12 2014 02:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Liam Forde (Boy), left, and Justine Salata (Molly) in Pioneer Theatre Company's production of Utah theater company plays with theatrical magic of Peter Pan’s origin story
    In seventh grade, Liam Forde felt overlooked when he didn’t get the lead part of Peter Pan in his West Hartford, Conn., middle-school production. That...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 02:01 pm   |     |   Share