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  • Books: Judith Freeman is set free by the truth of her Mormon girlhood
    Judith Freeman’s wide-ranging novels, from her 1989 debut, “The Chinchilla Farm,” to her 2001 historical novel of polygamy, “Red Water,” have explored...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 04:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Devin Rey Barney, Justin Ivie, Eric Lee Brotherson and Tito Livas act out a scene during a preview of ’Saturday’s Voyeur,’ at Salt Lake Acting Company on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Review: Trump-esque satire reaches celestial heights in Salt Lake Acting Company’s ‘Voyeur’
    After years of reviewing Salt Lake Acting Company’s annual big-budget satirical musical, both of us agree on this point: If you’re looking for raunchy...
    Updated Jun 29 2016 12:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Shakespeare Festival  actors rehearse ’Henry V’ in the new Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre in Cedar City on Thursday, June 16, 2016. The  outdoor Engelstad Shakespeare Theater is the centerpiece of Southern Utah University’s $39 million Beverley Center for the Arts, which also houses USF’s new 200-seat Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre and the $8 million Southern Utah Museum of Art. Utah Shakespeare Festival launches new theater with much ado
    Most afternoons, a veteran Utah Shakespeare Festival actor ducks out of rehearsals and meetings and costume fittings and sound checks to slip into the...
    Updated Jun 27 2016 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE- This undated file photo shows actors in the TV series ’Star Trek,’ from left, Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy and James Doohan as Commander Scott. (AP Photo/Paramount Television ,File) Book review: ‘Fifty-Year Mission’ is compelling ‘Star Trek’ time line
    Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman have compiled hundreds of interviews to create “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral Hi...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 01:32 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Actor Jarran Muse plays Marvin Gaye in ’Motown the Musical.’ Joan Marcus  |  Courtesy ‘Motown the Musical’ brings timeless songs to Salt Lake City stage
    From the time Jarran Muse was a teenager, people told him his voice reminded them of Marvin Gaye’s. “I connected to his voice, and I connected to his ...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 05:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The new Southern Utah Museum of Art at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. Iconic building to house new Southern Utah Museum of Art
    Reese Summers borrowed a hand-carved jewelry box from his wife to describe his vision for the architectural design of the new Southern Utah Museum of ...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 09:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Markel Reed, a baritone with Utah Opera, sings from a high balcony in a ’pop-up’ performance in the atrium of City Library on Thursday, June 23, the first afternoon of the Utah Arts Festival.   ’Random acts’ of art, like this performance happen away from the traditional stages at the Utah Arts Festival. At Utah Arts Festival, performers pop up anywhere
    From break dancers to stilt walkers, from opera in an atrium to electronic sounds on the City Hall steps, the 2016 Utah Arts Festival is expanding the...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 08:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   People take in the works of James Diem of Hood River, OR on Saturday at the Utah Arts Festival. The festival continues through Sunday at Library and Washington squares in downtown Salt Lake City. For details, visit uaf.org. At the Utah Arts Festival, the teens rock out
    Benjamin Zitting is a veteran Utah Arts Festival performer. The drummer and sometimes vocalist played there Saturday for the fifth year in a row, this...
    Updated Jun 27 2016 08:29 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ballet West Academy dancers perform during the Utah Arts Festival Friday June 24, 2016. Photos: Utah Symphony, Ballet West among Arts Festival highlights on Friday
    The Utah Arts Festival marked Day 2 of its 40th run Friday with performances by the Utah Symphony, Ballet West dancers led by Christopher Ruud, the wo...
    Updated Jun 27 2016 08:29 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Neil Gaiman has a lot to say about a lot
    Warning: This book may make you want to read a bunch of other books. Maybe even buy a comic. On my list, recommended by Mr. Gaiman: anything by Harlan...
    Updated Jun 27 2016 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Anne Tyler tames Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’
    Last fall Hogarth Press published the first in a series of novels by contemporary writers reimagining Shakespeare’s plays on the 400th anniversary of ...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 04:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Young Dubliners will perform at the Utah Arts Festival. Courtesy of Young Dubliners Utah Arts Festival nods to the past, but there's plenty that’s new
    The Utah Arts Festival is marking its 40th year by being “bigger and better than ever,” executive director Lisa Sewell says in pure P.T. Barnum fashio...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Scenes from the Utah Arts Festival at Library Square in Salt Lake City on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Utah Arts Festival celebrates 40 years, with help from the Utah Symphony
    Lisa Sewell has a wish list, and she’s checking off a big item this week. As executive director of the Utah Arts Festival since August 2006, Sewell ha...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • From Hamster Princess to Bad Kitty, plenty of options to keep younger readers going in the summer
    What do you do with the young readers in your life who are over Frog and Toad but not quite ready to take on Charlie and his adventures in the chocola...
    Updated Jun 17 2016 03:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The cast of ’Saturday’s Voyeur,’ act out a scene during a photo shoot at Salt Lake Acting Company on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Young wannabe Mormon encounters dueling heavenly parents in 2016 ‘Saturday’s Voyeur’
    Having prayers addressed to her is one of the perks Annette Wright expects in portraying Heavenly Mother, who is a hero in the 2016 edition of “Saturd...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 07:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The king of horror, Stephen King, read from his latest novel, ’End of Watch,’ to a crowd at Juan Diego High School, Friday, June 17, 2016 in Draper. ’End of Watch,’ to be released June 7, is King’s 55th novel. Photos: Stephen King thrills Utah fans with book tour
    More than 1,000 readers flocked to Juan Diego High School in Draper on Friday evening to hear horror novelist Stephen King for his first reading the S...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 08:30 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2012, file photo, novelist Stephen King speaks to creative writing students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) Stephen King drives ‘Mercedes’ trilogy to emotional end
    Readers who missed Brady Hartsfield in the second book in Stephen King’s trilogy about a psychotic killer will be delighted to know he’s alive — but d...
    Updated Jun 13 2016 10:59 am   |     |   Share
  • Actors Andrew Chappelle, left, Carleigh Bettiol, Alysha Deslorieux and Thayne Jasperson are seen at Hennessy V.S.O.P Celebrates Hamilton’s 1st Week of performances on Broadway at URBO on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images) Provo actor is part of the musical revolution of ‘Hamilton’
    “Hamilton,” the show that delivers an American history lesson in rap, has sparked a musical revolution, as evidenced by its unprecedented 16 Tony Awar...
    Updated Jun 13 2016 02:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Actor Keala Settle (right), a graduate of Southern Utah University, originated the role of Becky in Broadway’s Tony nominated ’Waitress.’ Joan Marcus  |  Courtesy Tony preview: Utah-trained actor finds the sass behind the apron of Broadway’s ‘Waitress’
    Sugar, butter and flour are ingredients cut through the lyrics of pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ score for “Waitress,” the latest Broadway musi...
    Updated Jun 13 2016 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Books: The nine-day queen gets a new life in ‘My Lady Jane’
    Tudor England can seem like a fairy tale as told by the Brothers Grimm: Queens locked in towers. Betrayals and beheadings. Happy endings for pretty mu...
    Updated Jun 03 2016 01:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Mug shots of the cast of Pinnacle Acting Company’s ’Titus Andronicus.’ Fresh blood for Salt Lake show of ‘Titus’
    At a time when HBO’s violent “Game of Thrones” commands conversations about contemporary television, it seems relevant to stage “Titus Andronicus,” on...
    Updated Jun 06 2016 03:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Books: Gender, sexual politics part of the mash-up in ‘Monsters: a Love Story’
    At its heart, Liz Kay’s debut novel, “Monsters: a Love Story,” is pretty much what the title says, a romance between two complicated characters: a rec...
    Updated Jun 03 2016 01:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • This undated photo provided by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce shows Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Coast Guard Beach is No. 5 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Margo Tabb/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce via AP) Summer beach reads include regional favorites and national hits
    When customers at Indigo Books in Johns Island, S.C., ask for a good beach read, Mary Alice Monroe’s “A Lowcountry Wedding” is an obvious choice. Not ...
    Updated Jun 10 2016 12:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A sketch of the Mouse King by costume designer David Heuvel for Ballet West’s planned 2017 update of production elements in its holiday classic, ’The Nutcracker.’ Ballet West unveils designs for 21st-century update of ‘The Nutcracker’
    A shadow box of “Nutcracker” set designs by John Wayne Cook were unveiled for Ballet West donors and board members on Wednesday, a sneak peak of a res...
    Updated Jun 01 2016 07:22 pm   |     |   Share