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The most profound and powerful thing about Utah playwright Kathleen Cahill’s “Harbur Gate,” making its world premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company, is how deceptively simple it seems. The structure and dialogue of its three interlocked plays couldn’t be more …

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah professor Lauren Liang is surrounded by book submissions she received as a member of this year’s Caldecott committee, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, which selected the best picture books of 2016.  On Feb. 21, Liang will be one of the special guests celebrating winners past and present at Newbery Night at The King’s English book store in Salt Lake. Newbery Award winners continue to catch attention of young readers
    As a young boy growing up in Provo in the 1970s, Tim Wadham fell in love with reading, thanks to savvy librarians who pointed him to Newbery Medal-win...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 10:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Tracie Merrill (Artie), right, and Sydney Shoell (Echo) will perform in Pygmalion Productions’ staging of ’Eleemosynary.’ Contemporary family themes spelled out in Salt Lake theater production of ‘Eleemosynary’
    Dorothea is an intensely curious woman who always has an eccentric project. She gives her daughter, Artie, a pair of wings and makes her try to fly. A...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    The touring cast of ’Matilda.’ Touring ‘Matilda’ waltzes into Salt Lake City
    “Matilda,” a British import to Broadway adapted from Roald Dahl’s dark children’s novel, seemed unlikely material for a musical adaptation. It’s a sto...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Author Margaret Atwood is pictured in this June 9, 2015 photo (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP) Look, up in the sky: Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird returns!
    In one specific way, Donald Trump has been good for Margaret Atwood. Since he became president, the political shift has sent “The Handmaid’s Tale,” he...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share


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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Thierry Fischer conducts the Utah Symphony at the 75th Anniversary Gala Concert at Abravanel Hall on Oct. 1, 2015. The ‘long dance’ of building the Utah Symphony’s ambitious 2017-18 season
    An ambitious Saint-Saëns recording project, a new film series, a centennial salute to Leonard Bernstein and visits from several superstars are among t...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 04:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cirque du Soleil’s ’Ovo,’ which explores the life of bugs in colorful costumes and daring acrobatics, will be presented Feb. 22-26 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. Courtesy Benoit Fontaine In Utah, exploring a bug’s life as only Cirque du Soleil can
    Cirque du Soleil has explored many worlds on a grand scale, from Japan to Mexico to the fictional Pandora. Its latest show coming to Utah explores lif...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 09:23 am   |     |   Share
  • Ballet West’s ’The Sleeping Beauty’ runs through Feb. 26 at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. Pictured, principal artist Katherine Lawrence and soloist Katlyn Addison. Courtesy Kelli Bramble Good triumphs over evil with modern touches in Ballet West’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’
    Ballet West is onstage through Feb. 26 for artistic director Adam Sklute’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” — an adaptation of Marius Petipa’s 1889...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 06:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy  Becki Mecham as Mother Elthora in Salt Lake Acting Company’s ’Saturday’s Voyeur.’ Remembering the motherly ‘Voyeur’ actor who became a bighearted Salt Lake City celebrity
    Becki Mecham had a heart so big, her brother says, that at times she seemed to want to fit the whole world inside it. That’s how longtime friends and ...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 11:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Best-selling author and former high school English teacher Ally Condie goes through some of her favorite books, including Newbery medal winners at her home in Pleasant Grove recently. On Feb. 21, Condie will be one of the special guests celebrating winners past and present with Newbery Night at the King’s English book store in Salt Lake. Love at first page: Utah readers celebrate Newbery books that resonate in childhood and now
    On the outskirts of Cedar City, Ally Condie built her own Terabithia. She and her sister modeled their forest kingdom after the one Jesse and Leslie c...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 11:50 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   From left, Rosalyn Coleman plays ’Jo’, Anne Tolpegin plays ’Mary’ and Elizabeth Meadows Rouse plays ’Liz’ in Pioneer Theatre Company’s upcoming premiere of ’Women in Jeopardy!’ — a comedy set in Utah about what happens to the friendship of divorced women when they think their friend has fallen in love with a serial killer. Review: Pioneer Theatre Company plays around with contemporary farce
    Pioneer Theatre Company’s “Women in Jeopardy!” offers a well-appointed, gamely acted version of a Real Housewives of Salt Lake-style comedy. There’s g...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 09:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Christy Summerhays, left, as Hildegard and Emilie Starr as Richardis act out a scene in Plan-B’s production of ’Virtue,’ a play with music by Utah playwright Tim Slover about Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century German Benedictine abbess, who had visions. She was also a writer and herbalist and is considered to have written the first-ever opera and might have been lesbian. New Utah production strikes contemporary notes in Hildegard’s story
    Whatever is remembered about Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century Christian mystic, the truth of her life rising from between the pages of history book...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 08:53 am   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  Justice Morath, associate director at the Community Writing Center, speaks during a Writing for Change event at the Salt Lake City Public Library on Saturday, February 4, 2017. More than 30 attendees learned about how to effectively engage in civic dialogue using statistics appropriately. From letters to tweets, Salt Lake workshops teach how to write for change
    The wave of to-do lists after Nov. 8 came hard and fast. Shell-shocked progressives urged their friends and colleagues to action: Call your member of ...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 05:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Allie Babich plays Hamlet in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 22nd Shakespeare-in-the-Schools five-state tour in 2016. The tour is supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Karl Hugh  |  Utah Shakespeare Festival Art matters economically, Utah leaders say
    As the threat of another battle over federal arts funding looms, Utah’s advocates are gearing up to broadcast the deep roots of the local cultural eco...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 11:01 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: An alternate universe fully explored in Elan Mastai’s ‘All Our Wrong Todays’
    What if the world we know today is actually a dystopian society? Could the reason we don’t live like the Jetsons be attributed to one person’s mistake...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: The art of balancing career and family in ‘Work Pause Thrive’ by Lisen Stromberg
    It’s no secret that working parents have a difficult time with the elusive work-life balance. For starters, there is the 40-hour workweek, which often...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Topher Rasmussen and Cassandra Stokes-Wylie, in Kathleen Cahill’s  ’Harbur Gate,’ which will soon make  its world premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company. In Salt Lake world premiere, Kathleen Cahill’s ‘Harbur Gate’ gives a voice to veterans’ stories
    Utah playwright Kathleen Cahill is admittedly “eclectic” in her interests. So it’s not surprising that the inspiration for her new play, “Harbur Gate,...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 04:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   From left, Rosalyn Coleman plays ’Jo’, Anne Tolpegin plays ’Mary’ and Elizabeth Meadows Rouse plays ’Liz’ in Pioneer Theatre Company’s upcoming premiere of ’Women in Jeopardy!’ — a comedy set in Utah about what happens to the friendship of divorced women when they think their friend has fallen in love with a serial killer. The real Salt Lake housewives of Pioneer Theatre’s ‘Women in Jeopardy!’
    The comedy of “Women in Jeopardy!,” which opens next week at Pioneer Theatre Company, was sparked by a real-life kitchen conversation about a friend’s...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 06:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Here are 10 children’s picture books to tug at the heartstrings this Valentine’s Day
    Want to find the perfect children’s picture book to celebrate Valentine’s Day? You’re in luck, because when it comes to the subject of love, there’s n...
    Updated Feb 04 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  •  Four local choreographers will create dances in “record breaking” time over a four-hour period on Saturday, Feb. 11, then stage the works that night at RDT’s Regalia benefit. The choreographer receiving the most votes from the audience will receive a fully funded commission for RDT’s following season. Here, choreographers compete in last year’s Regalia. Courtesy  |  HMPhoto The race is on for RDT’s next dance commission
    When Repertory Dance Theatre holds its annual fundraiser and gala next weekend, patrons will get more than drinks, dinner and dessert with their ticke...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 04:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Ballet West’s popular production of ’The Sleeping Beauty’ is back for a 13-show run Feb. 10-26 at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. Pictured, Emily Adams in a 2014 production. Courtesy Luke Isley Ballet West reawakens a classic with ‘The Sleeping Beauty’
    A sleeping princess, a handsome prince, fairies bestowing gifts of virtue, a classic battle between good and evil. That’s the familiar narrative of “T...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 09:42 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: The CIA in Laos changed the way America wages war
    Even with the hindsight of history, it’s mystifying that 56 years ago when John F. Kennedy was preparing to become president, the fate of the Southeas...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 08:42 am   |     |   Share
  • Cammy Haroldsen was named the 2016 Samba Queen in Samba Fogo’s annual dance party competition, which is back this weekend for its 2017 run. Courtesy  |  David Terry Photography For this Queen of Samba, dancing in Utah is truly a family affair
    Local band and dance company Samba Fogo presents its eighth annual Samba Queen Contest on Saturday at Pierpont Place in Salt Lake City. During the con...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 03:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • Play of George Orwell’s ‘1984’ coming to Broadway this year
    New York • A new British stage adaptation of George Orwell’s chilling dystopic novel “1984” is coming to an America where issues of “newspeak” and sur...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 11:12 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Ririe-Woodbury Dance Companyís ’Winter Season’ brings two evenings of contemporary dance Feb. 3-4 at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City with a world premiere, a Salt Lake City premiere, and the return of two favorites, including Miguel Azcue’s ’You and the Space Between.’ The long and short of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s ‘Winter Season’
    Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is trying something a little different this year for its midseason February performance. Ticket buyers have two options —...
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