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The key to figuring out Hannah, a young wife on a complicated road trip with her husband, was eavesdropping on the fictional character’s mixtape, says her inventor, Utah playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett. “It helped me get there in the car …

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Moonlight-Topaz, Utah; watercolor by Chiura Obata, 1942. 
Captive art: Exhibit at Topaz Museum shows resourcefulness of Japanese American artists
    Delta • One of the unanswered questions about art created by Topaz internment camp internees is this: Where did they get their supplies — their paper ...
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Odyssey Dance Theatre, in celebration of its 20th anniversary season, presents a world premiere of Odyssey Dance Theatre takes classic ‘Carmen’ to cutthroat world of TV dance auditions
    If the steamy 19th-century French novella “Carmen” had been written today, it might have been titled “Fifty Shades of Red.” The fiery page-turner pass...
    Updated Feb 28 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Books: Fetching titles for young readers who love dogs
    Here’s the great thing about dogs when you’re a kid. No matter how mean the mean girls were to you, no matter how many times someone beat you up and s...
    Updated Feb 28 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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Writer Mette Ivie Harrison at her home in Layton. Harrison has written her first adult  mystery, With ‘The Bishop’s Wife,’ Utah author turns from YA to a murder mystery in a Mormon community
    Mette Ivie Harrison’s turn from writing princess-themed young-adult novels to writing “The Bishop’s Wife,” an adult murder mystery, is unusual in the ...
    Updated Feb 21 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share

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Barb Gandy as writer Mary McCarthy in Pygmalion Production's Utah company stages story of the century’s biggest literary catfight
    Slipping back into character as playwright Lillian Hellman is the chance of a stage lifetime for Reb Fleming. “I love her passion,” says Fleming, who ...
    Updated Feb 23 2015 09:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Lynsey Addario reveals vulnerability in memoir ‘It’s What I Do’
    Photojournalists, particularly the ones who repeatedly cover war zones, have a reputation for being tough, fearless, sometimes cavalier and repeatedly...
    Updated Feb 24 2015 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Dark satire ‘Welcome to Braggsville’ targets race and gender
    The basic story line of T. Geronimo Johnson’s novel “Welcome to Braggsville” is straightforward and intriguing. Take four young, liberal-minded studen...
    Updated Feb 24 2015 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: ‘Satin Island’ by Tom McCarthy is dazzling, funny
    “Events! If you want those, you’d best stop reading now.” So proclaims Tom McCarthy’s “Satin Island,” a rather dazzling array of sentences and paragra...
    Updated Feb 24 2015 09:25 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Katie Pribble, 15-months-old, and other participants in the Music Together Mardi Gras Celebration dance to Mardi Gras music  led by Dawn Levingston,  at the Imagination Place. Saturday, February 21, 2015 Utahns drum and dance in celebration of Mardi Gras at Imagination Place
    Participants in Saturday’s Music Together Mardi Gras Celebration at Imagination Place were able to enjoy drumming, dance and music for the whole famil...
    Updated Feb 21 2015 09:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • Review: ‘The Crucible’ has plenty of heat but little heart
    “The Crucible,” currently being revived at Pioneer Theatre Company, has always been my favorite Arthur Miller play. It is best known for its double-v...
    Updated Feb 20 2015 03:39 pm   |     |   Share
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 Dick Noursebefore a  KSL newscast in 2007. Pioneer’s ‘The Crucible’ evokes family stories for veteran newsman Dick Nourse
    As a boy, longtime KSL news anchor Dick Nourse knew he was descended from Rebecca Nurse, who was hanged during the Salem witch trials, but it wasn’t a...
    Updated Feb 19 2015 02:10 pm   |     |   Share
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Latoya Rhodes, from left, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin and William Cooper Howell in the upcoming production of Plan B Theatre's Review: Plan-B’s ‘Mama’ marks the promising emergence of a new Utah playwright
    Mother — the word conjures a wealth of images, from personal memories of our childhoods and growing up to archetypes of nurturing and inspiration like...
    Updated Feb 14 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
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Former Ballet West artistic directors Jonas Kåge, John Hart and Bruce Marks gather around a portrait of company founder Willam Christensen at a 2001 memorial service for Christensen in Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre. 1921-2015: John Hart brought English traditions of Royal Ballet to Utah’s Ballet West
    It took an English veteran of the Royal Ballet to help brand Ballet West as the company of the American West. Francis John Hart, artistic director of ...
    Updated Feb 15 2015 03:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: Anne Tyler’s 20th novel continues her streak
    Anne Tyler published her first novel in 1964, and some 50 years later she is still going strong. “A Spool of Blue Thread,” her 20th novel, is a miracl...
    Updated Feb 19 2015 08:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • February UtahLit: Finding truth in the fiction of ‘The Bishop’s Wife’
    Utah writer Mette Ivie Harrison’s murder mystery “The Bishop’s Wife” will be the focus of The Tribune’s February UtahLit conversation. Harrison’s plo...
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l-r Tamara Howell and  Alexandra Harbold in Review: Cultures collide in Salt Lake Acting Company’s multidimensional ‘Two Stories’
    For years, Utah playwright Elaine Jarvik wrote articles for the Deseret News poised at the point where private, public and political converge. She und...
    Updated Feb 10 2015 07:47 pm   |     |   Share
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Chicago artist Lynn Basa (left) stands by the two-story mosaic, made of gold leaf and pearlescent glass tile pieces, as Emily Stoger (right) prepares to mount the finishing pieces of the mural at the Jesse Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre, Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Photos: Ballet West celebrates two-story-tall mosaic on new dance center
    Jessica Fallay-Carrington lifts a piece of mural to Emily Stoger during installation Thursday of a two-story mosaic at the Jessie Eccles Quinney Balle...
    Updated Feb 12 2015 10:23 pm   |     |   Share

Anton Jesse Rasmussen, Self Portrait (1984) oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in. (60.96 x 76.2 cm). Courtesy  |  Springville Museum of Art Utah artist Anton Rasmussen leaves behind his big, bold work
    Artist Anton Jesse Rasmussen, noted for his large mural of Delicate Arch hanging in the Salt Lake City International Airport, passed away Friday, Feb....
    Updated Feb 10 2015 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Members of Ballet West perform during the final dress rehearsal of 'Swan Lake' at the Capitol Theatre Thursday February 5, 2015.   'Swan Lake' features a lavish production with a cast of more than 70 dancers, a live 48-piece orchestra, and opulent sets and costumes. Review: Ballet West puts distinctive modern touch on classic ‘Swan Lake’
    Ballet West’s version of the great tragic ballet “Swan Lake,” playing through Sunday at the Capitol Theatre, is in every aspect distinctively a Ballet...
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Actor and Grammy-winning jazz bassistMalcolm-Jamal Warner is in Salt Lake City to promote his jazz band's performance of the Langston Hughes project's Malcolm Jamal-Warner to narrate Salt Lake City concert of Langston Hughes’ epic jazz poem
    The child of educators, musician Ron McCurdy grew up schooled in the stories of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.C. Handy and other prominent Af...
    Updated Feb 10 2015 09:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oprah Winfrey arrives at the 87th Academy Awards nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Oprah Winfrey selects Cynthia Bond’s ‘Ruby’ for book club
    From the very first sentence, Oprah Winfrey loved what became her latest book club pick. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is so good I have to wait until I actu...
    Updated Feb 19 2015 08:06 pm   |     |   Share