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Will Rogers may have served as the honorary mayor of Beverly Hills, even launched a fake news campaign for president in 1928, but the iconic American humorist didn’t have much use for politicians. “Don’t go around telling the truth,” the …

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  • In autobiographical ‘Real Friends,’ Shannon Hale explores the power and pain of childhood relationships
    Newbery Honor-winning Utah author Shannon Hale didn’t have the kind of terrible childhood that lends itself to memoir, but she didn’t have a terribly ...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 05:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • The cast of ’Intersections II: Forging Family Through More Than DNA,’ a staged reading April 28-29 that is a co-production of Art Access and Plan-B Theatre playing at Art Access in Salt Lake City. Courtesy of Rick Pollock Meet some of Utah’s unconventional families in a dramatic event
    For Jim Martin, a theater-writing workshop focused on the subject of families offered him the chance to bring together his passions. In his day job, M...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Writer Sandra Cisneros gets a warm reception as she visits Mountain View Elementary School on Wed. April 26, 2017, where she spoke with 40 fifth graders who have have read her book, ’The House on Mango Street,’ in both english and spanish as part of their dual immersion program. Meet author Sandra Cisneros, as she advises Salt Lake students to dream big — starting now
    Sandra Cisneros — who, as a girl, was so shy that in class pictures she tried to fold her body inward to make herself smaller — was in fifth grade whe...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 09:50 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Schoolchildren enter to see the Hale Centre Theatre’s production of Harper Lee’s American masterpiece, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” at the West Valley City stage, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ comes to life for thousands of Utah students through Hale Centre Theatre program
    Hundreds of students were treated Wednesday to Hale Centre Theatre’s production of Harper Lee’s American masterpiece, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” at the ...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 09:51 am   |     |   Share



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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Tony Weller, co-owner of Weller Book Works at Trolley Square, plans to pass along his ’Bone Garb’ spray-painted artistic stenciled expression onto customers who want something imprinted as part of Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Visit four Utah stores during Saturday’s first-ever book crawl
    A book crawl linking four Wasatch Front independent bookstores is the new local page-turner to mark Saturday’s Indie Bookstore Day. The third annual e...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 06:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)     Kenneth Wayne plays Molina, left, and  Juan Pereira plays Valentin in Utah Repertory Theater Company’s performance of ’The Kiss of the Spider Woman,’ running through May 7 at the Sorenson Unity Center in Salt Lake City. Utah Rep stages a lively and seductive ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’
    In the title character in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” John Kander and Fred Ebb brought another strong woman character to the American musical stage. S...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 04:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Stacey Jenson and Ali Lente perform in Wasatch Theatre Company’s production of ’Dinner,’ running through May 7 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City. Courtesy Haley McCormick Plenty of salty satire but too much bitterness on this ‘Dinner’ theater menu
    “I know this meal is about your brilliant success, but it’s my statement, my creation like Frankenstein’s monster,” Paige tells her husband, Lars, as ...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)     Actor Hannah Minshew in Pygmalion Productions ’Silent Sky.’ Salt Lake theater company unveils ‘Silent Sky,’ another ‘Hidden Figures’ story
    Lauren Gunderson’s play “Silent Sky,” opening this week in a regional premiere at Pygmalion Productions, seems grounded in the cultural zeitgeist as i...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 11:58 am   |     |   Share
  • Writer Sandra Cisneros. Alan Goldfarb  |  Courtesy A new home, same universal questions, author Sandra Cisneros to read in Salt Lake City
    After Sandra Cisneros returned from a trip to Bosnia earlier this month, she was reeling. The memories of the trip to the war-ravaged country where sh...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 02:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    SALT Contemporary Dance presents its Spring Season of Three World-Premiers on April 28-29 at the Infinity Event Center in Salt Lake City. ‘Word of mouth’ paying dividends for SALT Contemporary Dance
    SALT Contemporary Dance, a classically trained company with a persuasive artistic vision, premieres three contemporary works and revives an audience f...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 11:58 am   |     |   Share
  • Songwriter, photographer and philanthropist Julian Lennon participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss his new children’s picture book ’Touch the Earth’ at AOL Studios on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Julian Lennon honors his mom, the environment in new book for children
    Julian Lennon is looking to nurture a new generation’s commitment to the environment, with a little help from a white feather. The firstborn son of th...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 02:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    William Ferrer, Robin Smith, Calbert  Beck, Chris Curlett, and Buchanan Hayward in ’Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ an August Wilson play set in 1927. People Productions exits with a thoughtful and eloquent ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’
    It seems fitting that People Productions is singing its swan song with the regional premiere of August Wilson’s classic play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Botto...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 08:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Eric Hanson, right, performs during a dress rehearsal Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the 10th East Senior Center for a Saturday, April 22 dance performance, ’That 70’s Show’ by Grey Matters Dance for Parkinson’s - Utah. The Grey Matters program is a way for participants to use dance and creativity to alleviate the physical, social, emotional and cognitive symptoms of the disease. Photos and video: For those living with Parkinson’s disease, a chance to get up and boogie
    The physical, social and cognitive benefits of dancing will be in the disco spotlight Saturday as Grey Matters Dance for Parkinson’s Utah holds its se...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 09:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Riley O’Toole and Tyrone the puppet rehearse a scene from ’Hand To God’ at the Salt Lake Acing Company in Salt Lake City Tuesday April 4, 2017. Salt Lake Acting Co.’s ‘Hand to God’ mixes bawdy humor with insights about human loss, longing
    Sometimes the way you do something is more important than what you do. Take Salt Lake Acting Company’s regional premiere of Robert Askins’ raucous, ir...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 02:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Willie Gomez installs Traci Oívery Covey’s piece ’Drinking it In’ onto its perch on 300 South and 300 East in Salt Lake City on Saturday. The Salt Lake City Public Art Program spent the day installing the permanent Flying Objects public art sculpture series. The previous rotation of Flying Objects, now removed, was installed in 2014 and the sculptures are currently for sale through the artists. Public art series concludes with installation of 18 permanent sculptures
    If you haven’t been downtown since work ended Friday, the streets might look at little different than you’re used to. And it’s not a glitch in the Mat...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:10 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Terry Tempest Williams  Terry Tempest Williams Utah’s Terry Tempest Williams to teach at Harvard
    Utah writer Terry Tempest Williams has been appointed writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School. “Humbled by the support, honored to be able ...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This March 9, 2016 file photo shows a total solar eclipse in Belitung, Indonesia. Hotel rooms already are going fast in Wyoming and other states along the path of next year’s solar eclipse. The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, will be the first in the mainland U.S. in almost four decades.   (AP Photo, File) A new American solar eclipse, same total fascination
    Before Thomas Edison invented something that would bring light to the world, he traveled hundreds of miles across the country to stand in the shadow o...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 09:07 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy Photo)    Jenessa Bowen performing in Hale Centre Theatre’s 2011 production of ’A Christmas Carol.’ Remembering Utah actor Jenessa Bowen, who lit up the stage with her talent
    Jenessa L’e Bowen first took the stage at age 4 in the cast of Hale Centre Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.” The 26-year-old Utah actor, who died unexpec...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:13 am   |     |   Share
  • Ririe-Woodbury Company Dancers and wall in ’Elizabeth, the dance,’ which will be performed as part of  Ririe-Woodbury Dance Companyís Spring Season on April 13-15. Daniel Charon  |  Courtesy Review: Human spark missing from ‘Elizabeth, the dance’ at Ririe-Woodbury
    Choreographer Ann Carlson, whose 75-minute piece “Elizabeth, the dance” being performed by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company this weekend, is known for her...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 03:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ballet West dancers perform George Balanchine’s ’Chaconne’ during the final dress rehearsal of ’Journeys and Reflections,’at the Capitol Theatre Thursday, April 6, 2017. Review: A thrilling ‘Journeys and Reflections’ showcases Ballet West’s strength and versatility
    With only a few more performances of Ballet West’s “Journeys and Reflections” remaining, you’d better hurry to this thrilling triple-bill of George Ba...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 05:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • Visual and environmental artist Mel Chin, one of the speakers at the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature, to be held April 12-14 at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum of Utah. Courtesy Utah Museum of Fine Arts Art and nature intersect in Utah Symposium for Science and Literature
    All animals affect the world around them. Humans are the only ones who are aware of this. “We know what we are doing at a global scale when we farm on...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 12:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Riley O’Toole and Tyrone the puppet rehearse a scene from ’Hand To God’ at the Salt Lake Acing Company in Salt Lake City Tuesday April 4, 2017. Not your typical puppet show — the wicked humor and rowdy comedy of ‘Hand to God’
    Growing up in suburban Texas, Robert Askins recalls a few brushes with puppets. There was a particular therapy puppet, a dolphin named Duso, that a c...
    Updated Apr 10 2017 09:22 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    William Ferrer,  Robin Smith and director Richard Scharine, in ’Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ an August Wilson play set in 1927.  Scharine, has produced plays in running People Productions for 17 years. Saturday, April 8, 2017.   Director’s ‘epic’ journey introducing African-American plays to Utah audiences coming to an end
    After 17 years of introducing ambitious African-American works to Utah audiences, Richard Scharine says he plans to retire the brand of the People Pro...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 11:35 am   |     |   Share
  • In this April 1, 2017 photo, local artist Matt Clark appears with one of his sculptures outside his workshop in St. George, Utah. Clark utilizes recycled, broken pieces of scrap metal in his art pieces. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum & Daily News via AP) Utah sculptor’s art mimics tragic turn in his life
    St. George • Each and every one of the thousands of art pieces Matt Clark has sculpted has at least one recycled, broken piece of scrap metal. It can ...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 02:16 pm   |     |   Share