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Terence Kern, Ballet West’s music director and principal conductor from 1988 to 2012, died Friday at age 77. “Terry was a wonderful man and a brilliant artist who had deep knowledge of his craft and special understanding of ballet and …

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  • (Courtesy photo)   The inaugural Merveilles Utah African Drum and Dance Conference, co-sponsored by Wofa Afro Fusion Dance, will be held May 8-10 on the University of Utah campus. Utah workshop offers passport to West African dance and culture
    If you daydream about immersing yourself in an exotic culture yet jetting off to Africa is just not in the cards any time soon, the inaugural Merveill...
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Nathan Glad signing his Salt Lake Acting Company contract for the stage adaptation of his co-authored book, “Climbing with Tigers.” Salt Lake Acting Company announces lineup for its 45th season
    As part of its 45th-anniversary season, Salt Lake Acting Company will present stories about dementia, deaf culture, a Marine’s return from war and a c...
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Alyssa Franks (as Ellen), Aaron Kramer (As Mitchell) and Camilla Edsberg (as Diane) in “The Little Dog Laughed.” Heather Franck  |  Courtesy Stage review: ‘Little Dog Laughed’ makes us question what’s funny
    Like beauty, comedy is in the eye of the beholder. This has become apparent to me after years of watching audiences react. Plays that make one person ...
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David Sedaris talks to the audience at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City on April 28, 2013. Writer David Sedaris heads into Salt Lake City with litter on his mind
    On the phone, David Sedaris wants to talk about litter. Oh sure, the writer promotes his upcoming tour stop at Kingsbury Hall, where he’ll read from ...
    Updated Apr 24 2015 02:04 pm   |     |   Share

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Playwright Julie Jensen poses for a portrait in October 2010. Utah writers, theater artists win national awards
    A handful of Utah writers and theater artists have been honored with prestigious awards. Utah poet Lisa Bickmore has won the Ballymaloe International ...
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  • Books: Real-life horrors inspired buzzed-about YA fantasy by Sabaa Tahir
    Everything about Sabaa Tahir’s “An Ember in the Ashes” is high stakes. A story of freedom, war and sacrifice in a brutal empire, it’s also Penguin’s s...
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A panel from Books: Exploring the universe of graphic novels for young readers
    I’ll never forget a moment I once witnessed at a junior-high book fair. A seventh-grade boy held up a book and pleaded with his mother. “Mom! Can we g...
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George Dvorsky leads the University of Utah Marching Band in Salt Lake’s Pioneer Theatre Company company looks for new notes in ‘The Music Man’
    George Dvorsky received an unusual marketing request just after arriving in town for rehearsals to star as Harold Hill in Pioneer Theatre Company’s bi...
    Updated Apr 27 2015 08:25 am   |     |   Share
  • ‘American Warlord’ follows Chucky Taylor from U.S. to Liberia
    Chucky Taylor’s 2008 trial in Miami federal court was a sort of homecoming for a young man whose adolescence in Florida had been like so many others b...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, author Toni Morrison signs copies of her latest book Toni Morrison sets her new novel in an alien world: Today
    Toni Morrison has written 11 novels and won all the great prizes, but found herself struggling with her new book, “God Help the Child.” Much of her wo...
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  • UtahLit selection for May: Laura McBride’s ‘We Are Called to Rise’
    Many Utahns think of Las Vegas as the neon lights of The Strip, but longtime resident Laura McBride writes about very different side of the American D...
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The confluence of Little Bear River and marshes as the water flows into the Bear River in western Cache Valley near Petersboro and Beaver Dam. This landscape inspired writer Barbara K. Richardson's historical novel, UtahLit: Bookclub will focus on rich Utah history in ‘Tributary’
    For Barbara K. Richardson, earning her graduate degree in creative writing seemingly dried up her desire to write poetry. After complaining about that...
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  • (Courtesy photo)   Utah playwright Jenifer Nii Five Utah playwrights on the bill at Plan-B Theatre’s new season
    To celebrate its 25th-anniversary season, Plan-B Theatre Company will produce its first-ever original musical and four additional plays, all by Utah p...
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  • Repertory Dance Theatreís ìReunionî will be performed April 23-25 at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City. Here, dancers perform ìFor Bettyî by Bill Evans. Nathan Sweet  |  Courtesy Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre holds a golden ‘Reunion’
    It’s no coincidence that the flurry of 50th-anniversary celebrations by Utah’s mainstay arts organizations coincides with the golden anniversary of th...
    Updated Apr 19 2015 01:29 pm   |     |   Share
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l-r Elijah Cook and Abigail Hill, dancers in the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program Children’s Dance Theatre (CDT) rehearse their upcoming performance of Photos: Utah’s Children’s Dance Theatre prepares to take on boisterous buccaneers
    How do you get rid of a greedy gang of pirates who have overstayed their welcome? That’s the conundrum at the center of “Crumb and the Pirates,” which...
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Local performers Latoya Rhodes (Columbia), Carleton Bluford (Riff Raff) and Ginger Bess (Magenta) perform in Pioneer Theatre Company's concert of Salt Lake City theater company to produce four-musical season
    Pioneer Theatre Company will present a rare four-musical season, opening with the 50-year-old notes of “Fiddler on the Roof’s” “Tradition” and ending ...
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  • Hale Centre Theatre announces two Utah regional premieres in upcoming season
    Hale Centre Theatre will revive the musical “Big River” and produce regional premieres of “The Pirate Queen” and “Sister Act” as part of its new seaso...
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A Glock handgun is one of the Gallery Stroll: Art exhibit opens up dialogue on police-related shootings
    The issue of police-related shootings is moving from the front pages to a Salt Lake City art gallery. An anonymous group of artists called MITT2020 is...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Emilie Starr and Darrin Doman, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Salt Lake Acting Company's new production of Stage review: ‘Mr. Perfect’ lines laughs with intriguing life questions
    Zooey, Jeffrey, Donna and Ralph are characters in William Missouri Downs’ zany comedy, “Mr. Perfect,” making its world premiere in an unpredictable an...
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Ballet West members perform Review: Elevated visions and down-home fun with Ballet West’s ‘Almost Tango’
    Ballet West’s triple bill “Almost Tango” continues this week. Here’s a brief review from Tribune dance critic Kathy Adams. “Square Dance” One of Bal...
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  • Review: ‘Much to Think About’: Saul Bellow’s nonfiction
    For the title of a new collection of nonfiction by Saul Bellow, Benjamin Taylor borrowed the name of a 1992 essay that Bellow wrote called “There Is S...
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