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If you want to draw attention to a global problem and raise people’s consciousness about it, Naomi Natale believes, art is a good vehicle. “Art can really cut through information, or present information in a way that immediately can evoke an emotional or personal response in people,” Natale said over the phone this week from her home in Albuquerque. Natale will discuss her merger of art and activism when she delivers the University of Utah’s David P. Gardner Lecture in the Humanities and Fine Arts Tuesday. Natale first combined art …

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Artists of Ballet West perform Ballet West family series returns for a magical ride with ‘Aladdin’
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James Anderson's debut novel Books: Utah mystery finds its power in the desert light
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Alyssa Gagarin, as Deidre, during photo call for Pioneer Theatre Company's new production of Review: Pioneer Theatre Company’s ‘I Hate Hamlet’ is cheeky and clever
    Life and art coincide in unpredictable ways. When playwright Paul Rudnick was apartment hunting in New York, he discovered a Gothic brownstone with a ...
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Composer Mary Lou Prince Utah musicians tell a border-crossing story of a Mexican angel
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Calbert Beck, left, and William Ferrer  rehearse for their roles in People Productions' Former Utah football star Cal Beck reinvents himself — again
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Author Lauren Oliver. Mike Holliday  |  Courtesy YA sensation Lauren Oliver brings latest genre-buster to Salt Lake City
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  • Book review: Dennis Lehane writes gripping finale to crime trilogy
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    James Bond is a British icon, but the fictional spy hero really was born in Jamaica, just as the Caribbean island gained its independence from the wan...
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Thrown pottery is part of the work created by artist Ryan Moffett for the exhibit “Brainware,” opening Friday, March 20, at the Art Access Gallery, 230 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City. Ryan Moffett  |  courtesy of the artist Salt Lake Gallery Stroll: Art Access exploring MS and Alzheimer’s in art
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Sarah Young as Sabina, Jason Tatom as Mr. Antrobus, Kristin Housley as Mrs. Antrobus, Marcella Pereda as Gladys, Michael T. Brown as Henry. The Grand Theatre is staging Thornton Wilder’s classic “The Skin of Our Teeth” through March 28. Steve Fidel  |  Courtesy Theater review: History repeats itself in the Grand’s imaginative ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’
    Long before anyone thought of Theatre of the Absurd, Thornton Wilder was pushing the boundaries of American realistic theater. With “Our Town” in 1938...
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  • Aaron Adams as Stanley Kowalski in Radical Hospitality's New Salt Lake theater offers fine dining along with Tennessee Williams’ ‘Streetcar’
    A new Salt Lake City arts company, Radical Hospitality Theater, is making its debut this weekend, offering dinner theater with a fine-dining twist. Th...
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Sybil Lines, as Lillian, during photo call for Pioneer Theatre Company's  production of Utah’s Pioneer Theatre Company to stage comedy for Shakespeare-haters
    The subject of Pioneer Theatre Company’s new comedy, “I Hate Hamlet,” should appeal to the theater haters who think of “Hamlet” as “algebra onstage” a...
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  • Utah Lit for March: James Anderson’s ‘The Never-Open Desert Diner’
    “The Never-Open Desert Diner” is narrated by Ben Jones, a lone wolf who enjoys his freedom as a truck driver serving the quirky high-desert residents ...
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  • In this Wednesday, March 11, 2015 photo, author Leslea Newman, of Holyoke, Mass., displays a copy of her book After 25 years, ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ revised, updated
    A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conserva...
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    “Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster),” Dave Barry’s latest book of essays, might be thin on page count, but it’s worth every ...
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  • Book review: ‘A Kim Jong-Il Production’ is a fascinating tale
    Here’s an easy one: North Korea’s Kim Jong Il orders a famous South Korean film director and his actress wife kidnapped and brought into the country t...
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  • Eric Carle pays tribute to surrealism in his latest book
    Eric Carle would like to offer kids a very silly tribute to surrealism. The 85-year-old author of the children’s classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”...
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  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, Book notes: Harper Lee’s agent dismisses ‘elder abuse’ allegations
    Harper Lee’s literary agent says he was “surprised” that his client was believed a victim of elder abuse and asserted “categorically” that she was in ...
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