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Last Updated Aug 29, 2015 01:05AM

When producer/artistic director Jim Svendsen was considering possibilities for this year’s Classical Greek Theatre Festival production, he faced a dilemma. One of the plays he wanted to do was Sophocles’ “Electra.” In its 45-year history, the festival had never performed …

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  • Utah Lit for August: Kent Haruf’s ‘Our Souls at Night’
    “Our Souls at Night,” the last book by late Colorado writer Kent Haruf, is the August selection of The Salt Lake Tribune’s Utah Lit book club. The qui...
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  • Use of the student arts pass at the University of Utah has risen dramatically over the past three years, to more than 27,000 students in the 2014-15 school year. Pictured, arts bash on the Marriott Library Plaza.  Courtesy  |  University of Utah Party for the arts at the U. of Utah
    Arts Bash is the largest arts celebration on the University of Utah campus. This annual, massive party aims to highlight the academic arts (art & art ...
    Updated Aug 29 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Slaying the field: ‘Throne of Glass’ author Sarah J. Maas has epic plans for her heroine
    It was a scene as epic as one from her own books. Sarah J. Maas stood on the top of a mountain in Costa Rica, gazing out into the rainforest. Music sw...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 04:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Latoya Rhodes (Plan-B Theatre), Ursula Perry (Repertory Dance Theatre), Anastasia Magamedova (Gina Bachauer), Mary Lyn Graves (Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company) and Bijan Hosseini (Pygmalion Productions) are among those who will perform a benefit for their neighbor, Arts Acess, in a show that will focus on young immigrants known as The Dreamer. Daniel Charon  |  Courtesy Art will tell the unexplored stories of young Utah immigrants — at least for one night
    Telling new versions of immigrant stories, especially those of the young immigrants known as The Dreamers, will be the theme of this year’s “Rose Expo...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 12:58 am   |     |   Share


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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Mel Ziegler, Rock Hard Indvidualism, 2010.  Rocks, aluminum in the Main Gallery. Each rock resembles a human face.   It is one of several art projects which presents a survey of Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler's conceptual and public art projects, one the five exhibits at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art opening on Friday, Aug. 28. Artists (re)discover America at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
    Artists’ divergent views of America — land of the free, home of the reasonably priced — are on display in new exhibits at the Utah Museum of Contempor...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
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Sackerson, a new Salt Lake City theater company, is launching itself with “Before the Beep,” written by Utah playwright Morag Shepherd, which will unfold in 30 acts or about 25 minutes over 30 days, beginning Sept. 1. Tickets are $10, but listeners don’t have to go anywhere to hear it. Instead, you dial in on your phone daily. New Salt Lake theater company experiments with ‘dial-a-scene’ phone serial
    Sackerson, a new Salt Lake City theater company, is fully launching itself with a production that breaks down theatrical walls. “The company is very i...
    Updated Aug 27 2015 04:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Thomas Jones, The Bard, 1774, oil on canvas from the National Museum Wales at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. The painting is part of At Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 300 years of changing landscapes with Monet, Constable, Turner and more
    Landscape paintings are so commonplace, hanging in hotel rooms and over living-room couches, that it’s easy to dismiss how critical they are in the hi...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 09:43 am   |     |   Share
  • Review: The Hale serves up a sweet and sassy ‘Oklahoma!’
    West Valley City • As theatergoers, so many of us grew up with Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals that we tend to take them for granted and forget the e...
    Updated Aug 24 2015 08:48 am   |     |   Share
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Cathy and Kent Haruf. UtahLit: Celebrating the talk that’s the heart of Kent Haruf’s last, spare novel
    Colorado writer Kent Haruf’s last novel, “Our Souls at Night,” is a quiet, complicated love story. “I’m going to write a story about us” is what the w...
    Updated Aug 27 2015 12:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Opera star Alfie Boe goes into ‘special role’ on Broadway
    That familiar feeling of being hunted has returned for Alfie Boe: He’s about to be Broadway’s latest Jean Valjean. The English tenor takes over the pa...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Review: New book urges parents to let kids fail
    A new book written by a schoolteacher has a simple yet compelling message for parents: Back off. In “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn t...
    Updated Aug 24 2015 08:36 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, Kanye West performs during the World AIDS Day (RED) concert In Times Square in New York.  West will perform at the Grammy Awards with Paul McCartney and Rihanna.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) Review: Book calls Kanye West music & pop culture changer
    Anyone who’s glanced at a tabloid recently knows Kanye West as a flashy rapper who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian. But “Kanye West: God ...
    Updated Aug 24 2015 08:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Claustrophobic feel pervades Michael Kortya’s ‘Last Words’
    A massive cave in southern Indiana symbolizes a family tragedy, a small town’s near ruin and a private detective’s attempts to come to terms with loss...
    Updated Aug 22 2015 08:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Review: Brizzi examines life and love in ‘100 Days of Happiness’
    Italian director, screenwriter and film producer Fausto Brizzi adds “author” to his list of credits with “100 Days of Happiness.” In this novel, Brizz...
    Updated Aug 22 2015 07:48 pm   |     |   Share
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The is will be the last year the Adams Memorial Shakespearean Theatre, will be used for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Remembering the backstage ghosts at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
    If you think you’ve seen a lot of ghostly characters onstage at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the company’s cast and crew say there’s also plenty of ...
    Updated Aug 17 2015 11:13 am   |     |   Share
  • Use of the student arts pass at the University of Utah has risen dramatically over the past three years, to more than 27,000 students in the 2014-15 school year. Pictured, arts bash on the Marriott Library Plaza.  Courtesy  |  University of Utah Attendance at arts events skyrockets among students at the U. of Utah
    Use of the student arts pass at the University of Utah has risen dramatically over the past three years. More than 11,000 students took advantage of t...
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  • Felicia Day arrives at Xbox One Official Launch Celebration at Milk Studios, on Thursday, November, 21, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Book review: Felicia Day embraces her geek stardom status in ‘Weird’
    Felicia Day fills her memoir with stories of her wacky childhood and a handful of bizarre circumstances that led her down the path to becoming an onli...
    Updated Aug 16 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Review: Jennifer Weiner explores idea of soul mates in ‘Who Do You Love’
    Author Jennifer Weiner delicately sets the stage for a story detailing the celebrations and challenges of romance in “Who Do You Love.” She chronicles...
    Updated Aug 16 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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Park City author Angie McArthur, left, and her mother-in-law Dr. Dawna Markova, co-wrote the new book Park City author and her mother-in-law explore collaborative problem-solving in new book
    Many intra-office problems stem from simple misunderstandings between people who think and act differently. Many how-to books that address those confl...
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  • Utah Lit for August: Kent Haruf’s ‘Our Souls at Night’
    “Our Souls at Night,” the last book by late Colorado writer Kent Haruf, will be the August selection of The Salt Lake Tribune’s Utah Lit book club. Th...
    Updated Aug 27 2015 12:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Former Ballet West boss Susan Barrell, known for welcoming way with dancers, dies at 67
    As a new apprentice dancer at Ballet West, away from her parents from the first time, Maggie Wright-Tesch said, “I was a new kid. I was 20 at the time...
    Updated Aug 21 2015 07:23 pm   |     |   Share