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Last Updated Feb 26, 2017 01:05AM

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Chelsea Cho of Los Angeles tries to blow away her stress while waiting backstage to perform. Hundreds of Junior Contemporary Competition ballet dancers audition for the Youth America Grand Prix or YAGP regional semi-finals on Thursday at the Capitol Theatre. Throughout the weekend, the students will attend workshops, competitions, and dance classes. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send  dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City. Photos: Hundreds of ballet students from Utah and beyond audition for scholarships
    Young ballet dancers again took to the stage of the Capitol Theatre on Friday to audition for scholarships as part of the Youth America Grand Prix (YA...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Christy Summerhays, left, as Hildegard and Emilie Starr as Richardis act out a scene in Plan-B’s production of ’Virtue,’ a play with music by Utah playwright Tim Slover about Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century German Benedictine abbess, who had visions. She was also a writer and herbalist and is considered to have written the first-ever opera and might have been lesbian. With ‘Virtue,’ a visionary woman revealed in inspired Utah premiere
    Utah playwright Tim Slover is an alchemist with words, eloquently breathing life into pasteboard historical characters such as Queen Elizabeth I, comp...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Prominent Utah dance teacher Rowland Butler changed lives one step at a time
    Every day after school, the boy perched on the stairs to watch students file into a basement dance studio. Dance was for girls, his father told him, u...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 10:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • Finding truth on the ground in Utah writer’s ‘Open Midnight’
    Utah writer and conservationist Brooke Williams will launch his new memoir, “Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet,” on Thursday, March 2...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 02:14 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Courtesy photo)    Cover of ’The Youngest Marcher’ by Cynthia Levinson. Here are 5 picture book biographies for Black History Month and beyond
    Although Black History Month is winding down, there should be shelf space for these picture-book biographies all year round. Each tells the story of A...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 02:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    The touring cast of ’Matilda.’ Review: Sound problems cast shadows on stage magic of touring ‘Matilda’
    Young Jaime Maclean is a terrifically talented “Matilda,” leading the touring musical’s cast with professional aplomb far beyond her years in Wednesda...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    JayC Stoddard, from left, Stephanie Howell and Eric Cadora perform in Utah Repertory Theatre’s production of ’The Other Place,’ playing through March 4 at Sorenson Unity Center in Salt Lake City. Utah production of ‘The Other Place’ captures the disorientation of dementia
    Alzheimer’s disease and dementia seem to be supplanting dysfunctional families as the hot topic for plays and films. Julianne Moore took home an Acade...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    The touring cast of ’Matilda.’ Touring ‘Matilda’ waltzes into Salt Lake City
    “Matilda,” a British import to Broadway adapted from Roald Dahl’s dark children’s novel, seemed unlikely material for a musical adaptation. It’s a sto...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    ’Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps,’ organized by the Division of State History,  will be on display through late summer on the 4th floor of the Utah State Capitol. Utah Capitol exhibit shows how the West was mapped
    In this day of global positioning systems and Google maps, it might be difficult to think of mapmaking as an inexact science or even as art. But a new...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 03:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Thierry Fischer conducts the Utah Symphony at the 75th Anniversary Gala Concert at Abravanel Hall on Oct. 1, 2015. The ‘long dance’ of building the Utah Symphony’s ambitious 2017-18 season
    An ambitious Saint-Saëns recording project, a new film series, a centennial salute to Leonard Bernstein and visits from several superstars are among t...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 04:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah professor Lauren Liang is surrounded by book submissions she received as a member of this year’s Caldecott committee, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, which selected the best picture books of 2016.  On Feb. 21, Liang will be one of the special guests celebrating winners past and present at Newbery Night at The King’s English book store in Salt Lake. Tonight: Join The Tribune to celebrate Newbery books
    As a young boy growing up in Provo in the 1970s, Tim Wadham fell in love with reading, thanks to savvy librarians who pointed him to Newbery Medal-win...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 09:04 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Tracie Merrill (Artie), right, and Sydney Shoell (Echo) will perform in Pygmalion Productions’ staging of ’Eleemosynary.’ Contemporary family themes spelled out in Salt Lake theater production of ‘Eleemosynary’
    Dorothea is an intensely curious woman who always has an eccentric project. She gives her daughter, Artie, a pair of wings and makes her try to fly. A...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cirque du Soleil’s ’Ovo,’ which explores the life of bugs in colorful costumes and daring acrobatics, will be presented Feb. 22-26 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. Courtesy Benoit Fontaine In Utah, exploring a bug’s life as only Cirque du Soleil can
    Cirque du Soleil has explored many worlds on a grand scale, from Japan to Mexico to the fictional Pandora. Its latest show coming to Utah explores lif...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 09:23 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Topher Rasmussen and Cassandra Stokes-Wylie, in Kathleen Cahill’s  ’Harbur Gate,’ making  its world premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company. Powerful Salt Lake production of ‘Harbur Gate’ showcases Iraq veterans’ stories
    The most profound and powerful thing about Utah playwright Kathleen Cahill’s “Harbur Gate,” making its world premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company, is ...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 06:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • Author Margaret Atwood is pictured in this June 9, 2015 photo (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP) Look, up in the sky: Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird returns!
    In one specific way, Donald Trump has been good for Margaret Atwood. Since he became president, the political shift has sent “The Handmaid’s Tale,” he...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Ballet West’s ’The Sleeping Beauty’ runs through Feb. 26 at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. Pictured, principal artist Katherine Lawrence and soloist Katlyn Addison. Courtesy Kelli Bramble Good triumphs over evil with modern touches in Ballet West’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’
    Ballet West is onstage through Feb. 26 for artistic director Adam Sklute’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” — an adaptation of Marius Petipa’s 1889...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 06:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy  Becki Mecham as Mother Elthora in Salt Lake Acting Company’s ’Saturday’s Voyeur.’ Remembering the motherly ‘Voyeur’ actor who became a bighearted Salt Lake City celebrity
    Becki Mecham had a heart so big, her brother says, that at times she seemed to want to fit the whole world inside it. That’s how longtime friends and ...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 11:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Best-selling author and former high school English teacher Ally Condie goes through some of her favorite books, including Newbery medal winners at her home in Pleasant Grove recently. On Feb. 21, Condie will be one of the special guests celebrating winners past and present with Newbery Night at the King’s English book store in Salt Lake. Love at first page: Utah readers celebrate Newbery books that resonate in childhood and now
    On the outskirts of Cedar City, Ally Condie built her own Terabithia. She and her sister modeled their forest kingdom after the one Jesse and Leslie c...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 11:50 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   From left, Rosalyn Coleman plays ’Jo’, Anne Tolpegin plays ’Mary’ and Elizabeth Meadows Rouse plays ’Liz’ in Pioneer Theatre Company’s upcoming premiere of ’Women in Jeopardy!’ — a comedy set in Utah about what happens to the friendship of divorced women when they think their friend has fallen in love with a serial killer. Review: Pioneer Theatre Company plays around with contemporary farce
    Pioneer Theatre Company’s “Women in Jeopardy!” offers a well-appointed, gamely acted version of a Real Housewives of Salt Lake-style comedy. There’s g...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 09:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Christy Summerhays, left, as Hildegard and Emilie Starr as Richardis act out a scene in Plan-B’s production of ’Virtue,’ a play with music by Utah playwright Tim Slover about Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century German Benedictine abbess, who had visions. She was also a writer and herbalist and is considered to have written the first-ever opera and might have been lesbian. New Utah production strikes contemporary notes in Hildegard’s story
    Whatever is remembered about Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century Christian mystic, the truth of her life rising from between the pages of history book...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 02:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  Justice Morath, associate director at the Community Writing Center, speaks during a Writing for Change event at the Salt Lake City Public Library on Saturday, February 4, 2017. More than 30 attendees learned about how to effectively engage in civic dialogue using statistics appropriately. From letters to tweets, Salt Lake workshops teach how to write for change
    The wave of to-do lists after Nov. 8 came hard and fast. Shell-shocked progressives urged their friends and colleagues to action: Call your member of ...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 05:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Allie Babich plays Hamlet in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 22nd Shakespeare-in-the-Schools five-state tour in 2016. The tour is supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Karl Hugh  |  Utah Shakespeare Festival Art matters economically, Utah leaders say
    As the threat of another battle over federal arts funding looms, Utah’s advocates are gearing up to broadcast the deep roots of the local cultural eco...
    Updated Feb 06 2017 11:01 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: An alternate universe fully explored in Elan Mastai’s ‘All Our Wrong Todays’
    What if the world we know today is actually a dystopian society? Could the reason we don’t live like the Jetsons be attributed to one person’s mistake...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: The art of balancing career and family in ‘Work Pause Thrive’ by Lisen Stromberg
    It’s no secret that working parents have a difficult time with the elusive work-life balance. For starters, there is the 40-hour workweek, which often...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share