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Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 04:48PM

Anton Chekhov’s characters love to suffer. In the Russian master’s plays, they turn angst into art. And nothing perversely delights them more than to make everyone around them miserable as well: It means they are the center of attention. Ivan, …

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  • ( Courtesy photo)   Ingrid Ricks In new book, Utah students send messages to President Trump
    If Brea Fournier, a 16-year-old from Cottonwood Heights, could talk to soon-to-be President Donald J. Trump, she would tell him she is very passionate...
    Updated Jan 21 2017 01:44 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The ’Tree of Utah’ is photographed Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. The 87-foot-tall sculpture was created by the international artist Karl Momen in the 1980s and dedicated in 1986. Artist’s foundation aims to ensure ‘Tree of Utah’ lives on
    If you’ve ever been issued a citation by the Utah Highway Patrol for pulling off Interstate 80 and illegally parking on the shoulder about 26 miles ea...
    Updated Jan 22 2017 11:39 am   |     |   Share
  • The cast of the national touring company of ’Kinky Boots.’ Matthew Murphy  |  Courtesy Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ lead is sparkly, authentic and terrific
    As a musical, “Kinky Boots” works awfully hard to preach its clichéd message of acceptance. But the Broadway touring show, which plays at the Eccles T...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Review: New book explores supersized philanthropy of Joan Kroc
    In 2012, journalist Lisa Napoli did a story about a peace monument in Santa Monica, Calif., that had fallen into disrepair. She soon learned the ident...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share


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  • Martha Castillo is one of six women who will share stories from their working lives in ’Women’s Work,’ a curated event organized by The Bee: True Stories from the Hive on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Courtesy Anna Pocaro  |  The Bee Utah women share stories from their working lives as The Bee invites an ‘opportunity to engage’
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  • (Courtesy photo)    Stacy Jenson as Heather, and Tiffani DiGregorio as Corryn in Pinnacle Acting Company’s production of ’Gidion’s Knot.’ Review: Pinnacle’s production of ‘Gidion’s Knot’ packs a wallop
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  • Taylor Mac will perform ’A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1946-1976,’ on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City. Kevin Yatarola  |  Courtesy Song by song, decade by decade, a history of America with Taylor Mac
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    Updated Jan 12 2017 06:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah scenic painter Kjae Boyd Leslie, known as ‘the sky king,’ dies
    Kjae Boyd Leslie, a skilled Hollywood scene painter who was noted for creating magical set backdrops at Pioneer Theatre Company, has died. He was 91. ...
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  • (Courtesy photo)    The annual Wine Theater Food (WTF), a benefit for SB Dance, will be held Jan. 14 at the Rose Wagner Jeanne Theater in Salt Lake City. SB Dance benefit highlights Salt Lake City’s food and drink scene
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  • Jessica Lang Dance performing ’Tesseracts of Time.’ The dance company will perform at the Eccles Center Theater in Park City on Friday, Jan. 13. Todd Rosenberg  |  Courtesy Jessica Lang Dance back in Park City promoting the power of art
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  • Touching the hem of God, by James C. Christensen Mormon artist James C. Christensen dead at 74
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  • Utah novelist Mette Ivie Harrison returns with ’For Time and All Eternities,’ her third murder mystery in ’The Bishop’s Wife’ series. (Courtesy) Utah writer publishes the newest murder mystery to mine Mormon issues
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  • Utah author puts twist on the classics for the BabyLit set
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