Last Updated Apr 25, 2015 01:05AM

Many Utahns think of Las Vegas as the neon lights of The Strip, but longtime resident Laura McBride writes about very different side of the American Dream in her debut novel “We Are Called to Rise.” It’s the story of three colliding lives, those of a woman who suddenly learns her marriage is failing, a returning soldier who doesn’t remember how he landed in a hospital, and an 8-year-old immigrant boy who is noted for his bravery. The author writes in an afterword that the story is based on a …

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David Sedaris talks to the audience at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City on April 28, 2013. Writer David Sedaris heads into Salt Lake City with litter on his mind
    On the phone, David Sedaris wants to talk about litter. Oh sure, the writer promotes his upcoming tour stop at Kingsbury Hall, where he’ll read from ...
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George Dvorsky leads the University of Utah Marching Band in Salt Lake’s Pioneer Theatre Company company looks for new notes in ‘The Music Man’
    George Dvorsky received an unusual marketing request just after arriving in town for rehearsals to star as Harold Hill in Pioneer Theatre Company’s bi...
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The confluence of Little Bear River and marshes as the water flows into the Bear River in western Cache Valley near Petersboro and Beaver Dam. This landscape inspired writer Barbara K. Richardson's historical novel, UtahLit: Bookclub will focus on rich Utah history in ‘Tributary’
    For Barbara K. Richardson, earning her graduate degree in creative writing seemingly dried up her desire to write poetry. After complaining about that...
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  • (Courtesy photo)   Utah playwright Jenifer Nii Five Utah playwrights on the bill at Plan-B Theatre’s new season
    To celebrate its 25th-anniversary season, Plan-B Theatre Company will produce its first-ever original musical and four additional plays, all by Utah p...
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  • Repertory Dance Theatreís ìReunionî will be performed April 23-25 at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City. Here, dancers perform ìFor Bettyî by Bill Evans. Nathan Sweet  |  Courtesy Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre holds a golden ‘Reunion’
    It’s no coincidence that the flurry of 50th-anniversary celebrations by Utah’s mainstay arts organizations coincides with the golden anniversary of th...
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l-r Elijah Cook and Abigail Hill, dancers in the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) rehearse their upcoming performance of Photos: Utah’s Children’s Dance Theatre prepares to take on boisterous buccaneers
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Local performers Latoya Rhodes (Columbia), Carleton Bluford (Riff Raff) and Ginger Bess (Magenta) perform in Pioneer Theatre Company's concert of Salt Lake City theater company to produce four-musical season
    Pioneer Theatre Company will present a rare four-musical season, opening with the 50-year-old notes of “Fiddler on the Roof’s” “Tradition” and ending ...
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  • Hale Centre Theatre announces two Utah regional premieres in upcoming season
    Hale Centre Theatre will revive the musical “Big River” and produce regional premieres of “The Pirate Queen” and “Sister Act” as part of its new seaso...
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A Glock handgun is one of the Gallery Stroll: Art exhibit opens up dialogue on police-related shootings
    The issue of police-related shootings is moving from the front pages to a Salt Lake City art gallery. An anonymous group of artists called MITT2020 is...
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Emilie Starr and Darrin Doman, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Salt Lake Acting Company's new production of Stage review: ‘Mr. Perfect’ lines laughs with intriguing life questions
    Zooey, Jeffrey, Donna and Ralph are characters in William Missouri Downs’ zany comedy, “Mr. Perfect,” making its world premiere in an unpredictable an...
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Ballet West members perform Review: Elevated visions and down-home fun with Ballet West’s ‘Almost Tango’
    Ballet West’s triple bill “Almost Tango” continues this week. Here’s a brief review from Tribune dance critic Kathy Adams. “Square Dance” One of Bal...
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  • Review: ‘Much to Think About’: Saul Bellow’s nonfiction
    For the title of a new collection of nonfiction by Saul Bellow, Benjamin Taylor borrowed the name of a 1992 essay that Bellow wrote called “There Is S...
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  • Book review: New Jo Nesbo thriller reads like extended poem
    From its stunning opening line — “The snow was dancing like cotton wool in the light of the street lamps” — to its surprising and poetic ending, Jo Ne...
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Caitlin, the 11-year-old who is the central character in New Utah-developed play tells unusual, sensitive story of autism
    What’s remarkable about Julie Jensen’s new play “Mockingbird” is how the story helps viewers see the world through the eyes of autism. “Mockingbird,” ...
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  • Actress and author Mariel Hemingway poses for a portrait in promotion of her new memoir Books: Mariel Hemingway looks for lessons in a dark family history
    Many people remember Mariel Hemingway best from her portrayal of the sweet teenager Tracy in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” where she delivered the film’s...
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Company, ‘Book of Mormon’ musical tickets on sale April 20
    If you’ve been waiting to say “Hello!” to Elder Price, you’ll want to make a note of this: Single tickets for the Salt Lake City run of the raunchy-sw...
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Dallas Graham talks about his interactive art installation, It Is Possible, made of woven willow as the Leonardo opens their exhibit Student artists ‘Spark!’ at Leonardo’s new exhibit
    Katie Wesley started with a hopeful question: “What would make the world a better place?” Katie, a 13-year-old student at West Hills Middle School in ...
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Susanna Florence Risser, April Fossen and Mark Fossen rehearse a scene from Plan B's new play, Review: Plan-B’s ‘Pilot Program’ is thought-provoking and haunting
    More than a century after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoned the practice, polygamy keeps reappearing as a subject of discussio...
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  • Diversity lives — for books likely to be censored
    It turns out at least one part of publishing has a diverse slate of authors: The books most likely to be pulled from school and library shelves. The A...
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The cast of Review: Touring ‘Once’ charms on the strength of its music
    The songs might be the most complicated character in “Once,” the Broadway touring show in Salt Lake City through Sunday that’s the unlikely adaptation...
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  • Review: Dramatic events unfold in TC Boyle’s new novel
    T.C. Boyle’s new book is about serious subject matter: a tourist from a cruise liner killing a robber at a port of call, a mentally ill young man runn...
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