Last Updated Jan 29, 2015 06:11PM

For more than 20 years, Geena Davis has been hearing questions about her role in the iconic 1991 film “Thelma & Louise.” Perhaps her favorite comment is when movie fans ask about a sequel. A sequel, that is, after the pair drove their convertible off Utah’s Dead Horse Point — a scenic stand-in for the story’s Grand Canyon setting. But now a new contest — sponsored by the Utah Film Commission and Zions Bank — offers filmmakers a chance to film a sequel or any other short inspired by the …

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  • Book review: ‘Russian Tattoo’ is worthwhile read
    In 2011, memoirist Elena Gorokhova described her coming-of-age in St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad, and her decision to marry an American to em...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Fishing guide plunges into evildoings in thriller
    Vivid scenery and a likable protagonist mark the second book in a series by David Riley Bertsch. In “River of No Return,” Wyoming fishing guide Jake T...
    Updated Jan 26 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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Shawnee Jo Haycock  is one of four lead dancers in BYU dance professor Graham Brown's immersive dance-theater program titled  Immersive dance piece coming to Salt Lake City asks, ‘Can you see yourself in it?’
    Immersive theater, a genre-bending theatrical style that blurs the lines between audience and performer, has exploded in popularity in the U.S. over t...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Artists of the Cirque du Soleil perform during the show Cirque du Soleil heading to Utah for open auditions
    Utah dancers will be flying high with Cirque du Soleil as the renowned company holds open auditions in Utah this week for the first time since 2008. N...
    Updated Jan 25 2015 01:25 pm   |     |   Share

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Editor Tj Nelson, director Kenny Riches, and producer Jesse Brown pose for a portrait at Broadway Cinemas Wednesday January 14, 2015.  Utahn Kenny Riches, whose second film, The ‘Small Lake City’ effect behind Sundance’s ‘The Strongest Man’
    Filmmaker Kenny Riches’ story of making of “The Strongest Man” is a classic Sundance Film Festival yarn about indie filmmaking, with a heart-wrenching...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 04:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: New novel explores Van Gogh’s silent period
    When Vincent van Gogh steps off the train in the coal-mining region of Belgium known as the Borinage, his artist’s eye is immediately captivated by hi...
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Salt Lake Acting Company founder Edward J. Gryska. Obituary: Remembering the kind theatrical hand of Ed Gryska, founder of Salt Lake Acting Company
    A memorial will be held Tuesday at Desert Star Playhouse to remember Salt Lake Acting Company founder Edward J. Gryska, a stage impresario who greenli...
    Updated Jan 20 2015 07:24 pm   |     |   Share
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Hundreds toured Topaz Museum in Delta on Saturday to view the museum's first exhibit, ìWhen Words Werenít Enough: Works on Paper from Topaz, 1942-1945 70 years after Topaz, Japanese internees’ artwork goes on display
    Delta • Japanese American artists are teaching Utahns what their lives in the Topaz internment camp in the West Desert was like. It’s happening genera...
    Updated Jan 18 2015 04:57 pm   |     |   Share

SB Dance gets into the Sundance party spirit with SB: Box Bar, a free interactive movement piece with a cash bar, Thursday, Jan. 22, through Saturday, Jan. 24, 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. at
the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City. John Brandon  |  Courtesy SB Dance gets into the Sundance party spirit
    Drinking, dancing, parties: It must be Sundance time. SB Dance is getting into the spirit by presenting a free interactive movement piece in Salt Lake...
    Updated Jan 18 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • UtahLit for January: Teresa Jordan’s ‘The Year of Living Virtuously’
    For several years, Western writer Teresa Jordan focused on visual art and producing radio stories with her husband, folklorist Hal Cannon. But when sh...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2015 file photo, Molly Sims arrives at the 16th annual InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sims, who is expecting her second child, is the author of Books: Molly Sims wants to help women find their inner X factor
    Molly Sims is a self-professed girl’s girl and proud of it. She loves to share the tips and secrets she’s discovered to looking and feeling good. “I l...
    Updated Jan 23 2015 03:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pioneer Theatre to produce new musical ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’
    Next season, Pioneer Theatre Company will produce the North American professional premiere of a new musical, “The Count of Monte Cristo,” by Frank Wil...
    Updated Jan 16 2015 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • HOLD FOR JAPAN MURAKAMI STORY - FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2009 file photo, novelist Haruki Murakami of Japan reacts before receiving the Jerusalem award during the International Book Fair in Jerusalem.  Starting Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, author Haruki Murakami will be taking questions and responding as best as he can for the next two weeks on a website set up by Shinchosha Publishing Co, Ltd. The best-selling novelist and perennial candidate for a Nobel Prize in literature, Murakami is notoriously publicity-shy. But he wants some virtual interaction with his readers, says his publisher Shinchosha. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File) Want to discuss cats or novels? Author Haruki Murakami will answer
    If you are troubled, lost in life or just feel like discussing cats and Japanese baseball, visit “Mr. Murakami’s Place” online. Author Haruki Murakami...
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  • “Thicket,” by Nancy Steele-Makasci, is one of the monochromatic works in the group show “Remapping the Natural World in Black and White,” opening Friday, Jan. 16, at the Finch Lane Gallery in Salt Lake City. An artist’s reception coincides with this month’s Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. Nancy Steele-Makasci  |  courtesy Finch Lane Gallery New art for a new year at Salt Lake Gallery Stroll
    A new year brings out new art, and this month’s Salt Lake Gallery Stroll will have that in abundance. The monthly stroll takes place at participating ...
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Kate Middleton and Samuel Ray Gates in character, at the Chapman Library, from Pioneer Theatre Company's production of the 1959-era play, Theater review: Utah company’s ‘Alabama Story’ premiere dramatically depicts divisive, unifying impact of storytelling
    There are several Alabama stories in “Alabama Story,” Kenneth Jones’ cleverly crafted play making its world premiere at Pioneer Theatre Company. There...
    Updated Jan 13 2015 08:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah writer Teresa Jordan’s new book finds virtue even in vices
    When Utah writer Teresa Jordan started a yearlong consideration of virtues and vices on her blog, she intended it as a writerly form of discipline. Th...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   Melanie Nelson and Jared Larkin in Pinnacle Acting Company's production of Review: ‘Time Stands Still’ foregrounds one couple’s story against the chaos of war
    In an early scene of Pinnacle Acting Company’s mesmerizing production of “Time Stands Still,” Donald Margulies’ multilayered portrait of a relationshi...
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The watercolor, Moonlight Topaz by Chiura Obata, is one of the pieces that will be on display in the first exhibit at the new Topaz Museum in Delta. Obata was an art instructor at the University of California at Berkeley before he was forced into the Utah internment camp with other Japanese Americans. The show, ìWhen Words Werenít Enough: Works on Paper from Topaz, 1942-1945,î opens Tuesday and runs through Aug. 30. Art from behind barbed wire: Japanese Americans’ art show opens
    Works from artists who painted and sketched while held behind barbed wire at Utah’s Topaz Camp will be on display beginning Tuesday at the new Topaz M...
    Updated Jan 17 2015 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
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Front row, left to right: Actors in the Utah Rep production of the pop opera Utah theater company to produce ‘bare,’ a raw, contemporary musical
    Utah Repertory Theater Company’s regional premiere of “bare,” a contemporary musical about baring your soul, focuses on two closeted gay youth and the...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 02:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Books: Graeme Simsion is back with ‘Rosie’
    Take one genetics professor with Asperger’s syndrome who decides he wants a wife. Introduce him to a quirky, intelligent “barmaid” with huge daddy iss...
    Updated Jan 12 2015 08:35 am   |     |   Share
  • Ririe-Woodbury’s Daniel Charon steps into new role for Utah Opera production
    Daniel Charon, artistic director for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, has built an international reputation as a performer and dancemaker in his 20 year...
    Updated Jan 15 2015 04:03 pm   |     |   Share