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A situation comedy mashed up with a case of mistaken identity — that’s how theater producer Richard Scharine describes “Yellow Face,” David Henry Hwang’s 2008 play about what it means to be Asian and American. Scharine’s People Productions will mount …

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Las Vegas author Laura McBride is depicted with words from her debut novel Utah Lit: Las Vegas writer hits the jackpot with her first novel
    “We Are Called to Rise” is a war story that isn’t set on a battlefield and isn’t, exactly, about war. “It takes place in Las Vegas, a surreal dreamla...
    Updated May 22 2015 04:53 pm   |     |   Share
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Illustrator Carson Ellis will be reading from and signing her new, debut book, “Home” on Tuesday at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City. Books: Illustrator Carson Ellis moves into a new neighborhood with ‘Home’
    How do you best describe Carson Ellis? A children’s book illustrator whose work is an integral part of the Wildwood fantasy series written by her husb...
    Updated May 27 2015 08:36 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Ballet West holds a final dress rehearsal of Review and photos: Ballet West shines spotlight on new choreography with ‘Innovations 2015’
    The only downside to welcoming Utah native Garrett Smith home is realizing we let such talent go to begin with. One of five premieres on Ballet West’s...
    Updated May 19 2015 09:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • Creator of The Honest Toddler on Twitter turns on the sass in new book
    What are toddlers? In the addled brain of Bunmi Laditan, the mom-of-three behind the cheeky Honest Toddler on Twitter, they’re a “cross between a soci...
    Updated May 22 2015 10:37 am   |     |   Share

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Kelsey, one of the most controversial bachelorettes of the group. Kelsey, cries to host Chris Harrison on Book review: Chris Harrison proves he understands romance in new novel
    Chris Harrison guides countless singles who choose to navigate the ever-changing waters of love as the host of ABC’s hit reality series “The Bachelor....
    Updated May 20 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: ‘Empire of Deception’ con man rivals Madoff, Ponzi
    You’ve heard of Charles Ponzi, the swindler who gave big returns to early investors using money from subsequent clients. And you’ve heard of Bernie Ma...
    Updated May 27 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
  • The Snow Queen, played by Christiana Bennett, dances with the Snowflakes as cast members of Ballet West rehearse One curtain comes down, more to open for retiring Ballet West star Christiana Bennett
    Prima ballerina Christiana Bennett’s farewell to Ballet West with the upcoming “Innovations” program marks the end of an era for Utah audiences and be...
    Updated May 11 2015 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • UtahLit selection for May: Laura McBride’s ‘We Are Called to Rise’
    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 D...
    Updated May 19 2015 10:41 am   |     |   Share
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The gallery space for God Hates Robots, a new experimental art gallery in downtown Salt Lake City. The gallery’s inaugural show will open Friday, May 15, coinciding with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. New venue, God Hates Robots, opens for Salt Lake Gallery Stroll
    A new experimental art gallery is opening in downtown Salt Lake City Friday, May 15, as part of the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The gallery, called God ...
    Updated May 14 2015 10:44 pm   |     |   Share
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West African guitarist Bombino will be a headliner at Salt Lake City’s Living Traditions Festival. Living Traditions Festival: World music headliners Bombino and more draw fans to Utah ethnic showcase
    Headlining Salt Lake City’s Living Traditions Festival will be Bombino, a West African guitar player who draws upon the spirit of Jimi Hendrix, and A ...
    Updated May 15 2015 10:52 am   |     |   Share
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Pepper Nix photographs Scot Barrus on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  Nix recently launched the 10,000 Headshots Project, which is taking her all over Utah and even into other states to take free headshots of anyone who asks for one. The headshots are available to purchase for $35, which goes toward funding the project and covering costs. She takes headshots in any location or space, bringing with her a stool and camera. Have lousy online profile photo? Utah photographer aims to help
    Utah wedding photographer Pepper Nix went on a date with a man she met online last spring. She sent her mom the photo he was using on his profile page...
    Updated May 11 2015 08:52 am   |     |   Share
  • Books: How 1 mom checked herself before she wrecked herself
    Ylonda Gault Caviness has no use for mommy groups, peeling the skins off peas for babies, wet-wipe warmers and the shelves and shelves of parenting bo...
    Updated May 22 2015 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Evie puts down smartphone in ‘Love and Miss Communication’
    Corporate lawyer Elyssa Friedland writes an honest love story with a bizarre twist in her debut novel, “Love and Miss Communication.” Readers must con...
    Updated May 15 2015 06:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis reflects on birth of Constitution
    Joseph J. Ellis, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, has an issue with the Gettysburg Address. “I was at the middle school where my son teaches and ...
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Eden Record, 14, and her dad Justin observe a flock of pelicans at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, Friday, April 10, 2015 Books: Scott Sampson hosts a new adventure with ‘How to Raise a Wild Child’
    What if children never got to feel mud squish through their toes? See the ripple effect of a rock thrown into a lake? Chase a butterfly through a fiel...
    Updated May 11 2015 09:31 am   |     |   Share
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Mollie Kimball's mid-century modern home in Millcreek is featured as part of the Utah Heritage Foundation's Modern Home Tour on May 16, 2015. It is one of architect John Sugden's first projects after returning to Utah from Chicago where he studied under Mies van der Rohe. This was his first Utah project and is a great demonstration of Miesian principles. Modernist home in Millcreek an architectural gem
    When people drive by Mollie Kimball’s Millcreek home and catch a glimpse of the modern structure through the trees, they usually hit the brakes and ba...
    Updated May 11 2015 09:27 am   |     |   Share
  • ‘Frankenstein’ meets ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in Utah-born author Krista Van Dolzer’s debut
    Though having a book published is something Kaysville native Krista Van Dolzer has dreamed about and worked toward her whole life, the reality of the ...
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  • ìI suppose Iíve always been a seeker, and I know that when Iím in a curious place, when Iím in a questioning place, my life is so much more fulfilling,î says actor and activist Maria Bello, author of the new book, ìWhatever Ö Love Is Love.î ìThe very truth of nature is that everything is fluid. Nothing is static, end of story. And as much as we want to label things and put them into tidy little boxes, they just donít really seem to fit if we are pretty honest with ourselves.î Actor? Gay? Feminist? Mother? Maria Bello questions the labels in new memoir
    Actor Maria Bello has a lot of questions about life and labels. Is she a Catholic? A partner? A bad girl? Is she forgiving? Damaged or perfect? A femi...
    Updated May 08 2015 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • Dedicated Utah arts advocate Jo Ann Freed Chavre remembered for her many passions
    Jo Ann Robinson Freed Chavré, a longtime Utah arts advocate, feminist and writer, died May 8 from lymphoma. She was 83. “What a great life she lived, ...
    Updated May 12 2015 09:58 am   |     |   Share
  • UtahLit selection for May: Laura McBride’s ‘We Are Called to Rise’
    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 D...
    Updated May 13 2015 02:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Katie Storey's fourth-grade class at Oakridge Elementary dances in honor of National Endowment for the Arts chairwoman Jane Chu's visit, Thursday, May 7, 2015. Chu is in Salt Lake City visiting three arts groups that have received NEA funding. NEA head visits Utah artists; more than $1M in grants coming to local groups
    National Endowment for the Arts chairwoman Jane Chu visited Utah on Thursday, offering the keynote speech at the Mountain West Arts Conference and the...
    Updated May 07 2015 10:45 pm   |     |   Share