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Last Updated Jul 30, 2016 04:24PM

As a literary landscape, Utah often earns attention for our natural environment, rather than our distinctive characters. But three new novels, all set in Utah, draw upon our state’s peculiar history while unfolding fresh and interesting stories. These three books, …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute says a few words at the Jesse Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre Grand Opening on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Ballet West announced Thursday that Sklute will continue as artistic director and take on expanded duties of CEO. CEO to leave Ballet West; Sklute will take over in expanded role
    Ballet West executive director Scott Altman, recently named CEO of the year by Utah Business magazine, is moving on to take the same position at Cinci...
    Updated Jul 28 2016 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The inaugural Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival took place last year at the Fringe Factory, 2234 S. Highland Drive in Salt Lake City. More than 50 companies to perform at Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival
    Three Utah producers teamed up last year to launch a theater company, Sackerson, at the first Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival. This year, Sackerson ha...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 11:31 am   |     |   Share
  • Douglas Carter  |  Courtesy  Harry Bonner as Jim and Kooper Campbell as Huckleberry Finn in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of ’Big River.’ Utah father and son alternate notes in Hale Centre Theatre’s ‘Big River’
    West Valley City • The Mississippi River flowing through the musical story of “Big River” has become iconic in the lives of one Utah family whose eigh...
    Updated Jul 26 2016 09:46 am   |     |   Share
  • Charlotte Boye-Christensen  |  Courtesy  Tara McArthur and Katherine Lawrence in NOW-ID’s Exodus. Salt Lake arts company follows the immigration journey with ‘Exodus’
    NOW-ID, the Salt Lake-based interdisciplinary arts company, is launching its fourth major project in as many years. This week the company with an inte...
    Updated Jul 26 2016 09:55 am   |     |   Share


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  • FILE- This undated file photo shows actors in the TV series ’Star Trek,’ from left, Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy and James Doohan as Commander Scott. (AP Photo/Paramount Television ,File) Book review: ‘Fifty-Year Mission’ is compelling ‘Star Trek’ time line
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  • FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo, actor Robin Williams poses for a portrait during the ’Happy Feet’ press junket in Beverly Hills, Calif. Arthur Grace, a photographer and friend of the late Robin Williams, is publishing a book with 190 of his photographs of the late actor-comedian. It will be released next month. (Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File) Nothing Was Off-Limits for Robin Williams’ Photographer
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  • Courtesy  |  James Gillham/Netflix  Grandmaster Flash, an executive producer for the Netflix original series ’The Get Down,’ gives a lesson at a press day in London, England. Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash headlines Urban Arts Festival at Gallivan Center
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Artist Ron Larson poses, Thursday, July 7, 2016, alongside his new ’Vistas and Visions of the Colorado Plateau’ show opening at the George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Art Gallery at SLCC. Utah’s redrock vistas showcased in SLCC exhibit
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  • Karl Hugh  |  Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2016  Trent Dahin (left) as Balthazar, Peter Lohnes as Leonato, Larry Bull as Don Pedro, Luigi Sottile as Claudio, and Ben Livingston as Benedick in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 production of Much Ado about Nothing. Review: Utah Shakespeare Festival serves up a joyful and free-spirited ‘Much Ado about Nothing’
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Devin Rey Barney, Justin Ivie, Eric Lee Brotherson and Tito Livas act out a scene during a preview of ’Saturday’s Voyeur,’ at Salt Lake Acting Company on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Review: Trumpian satire reaches celestial heights in Salt Lake Acting Company’s ‘Voyeur’
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