Arts - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/arts Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Images record amazing dance of the sage grouse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58317638-223/grouse-paothong-sage-noppadol.html.csp Noppadol Paothong, a wildlife photographer who lives in Missouri, for years trained his lens on majestic animals, charismatic creatures that can fill a viewfinder and command attention. But in 2001, as a newspaper photographer, he got an assignment that changed his career — shoot the spring mating ritual of a bird known as the greater prairie chicken down near Golden City in southwest Missouri. “I never knew something so small could inspire me,” said Paothong, who is now staff photographer with ... Noppadol Paothong, a wildlife photographer who lives in Missouri, for years trained his lens on majestic animals, charismatic creatures that can fill a viewfinder and command attention. But in 2001, as a newspaper photographer, he got an assignment that changed his career — shoot the spring mating ritual of a bird known as the greater prairie chicken down near Golden City in southwest Missouri. “I never knew something so small could inspire me,” said Paothong, who is now staff photographer with ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58317638@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:01:03 MDT Utah state Sen. Jim Dabakis gleefully takes on ‘Rocky Horror’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58317419-223/azenberg-campaign-dabakas-dabakis.html.csp Utah Sen. Jim Dabakis will add another bit of drama to his political résumé when he makes his stage debut at Pioneer Theatre Company in October. Dabakis will be juggling his re-election campaign with rehearsals as he prepares to play the Criminologist, referred to as the “no-neck narrator,” in a three-performance staging of “The Rocky Horror Show” on Oct. 24 and 25. “That’s where I am in this stage of my life, I’m kind of a no-neck narrator,” says Dabakis, who is facing off against Republican c... Utah Sen. Jim Dabakis will add another bit of drama to his political résumé when he makes his stage debut at Pioneer Theatre Company in October. Dabakis will be juggling his re-election campaign with rehearsals as he prepares to play the Criminologist, referred to as the “no-neck narrator,” in a three-performance staging of “The Rocky Horror Show” on Oct. 24 and 25. “That’s where I am in this stage of my life, I’m kind of a no-neck narrator,” says Dabakis, who is facing off against Republican c... 58317419@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:44:40 MDT Salt Lake City arts groups to help end homelessness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58272790-223/rose-arts-company-dance.html.csp In an unusual collaboration, six downtown arts companies are presenting “The Rose Exposed,” a showcase to benefit the Road Home, which will also kick off a yearlong neighborhood partnership. Beyond the thrill of putting on a show, organizers are excited about employing the power of dance, theater and music to show “that we are not only an economic engine to the area, and an artistic engine, but a community-building engine as well,” says Linda Smith, artistic director of Repertory Dance Theatre.... In an unusual collaboration, six downtown arts companies are presenting “The Rose Exposed,” a showcase to benefit the Road Home, which will also kick off a yearlong neighborhood partnership. Beyond the thrill of putting on a show, organizers are excited about employing the power of dance, theater and music to show “that we are not only an economic engine to the area, and an artistic engine, but a community-building engine as well,” says Linda Smith, artistic director of Repertory Dance Theatre.... 58272790@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:50:56 MDT Salt Lake’s Weller Books Works marks 85 years of turning pages http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58297137-223/weller-books-store-book.html.csp To mark the Weller family’s 85th year of selling books in Salt Lake City, the independent store is planning a reading and open house on Saturday. The store is continuing its “unrepentant bookselling,” despite all the naysayers who question the idea of brick-and-mortar stores in an online age. “What it comes down to is we still love what we’re doing, we still love this community and we’re still unrepentant about that,” says book buyer Catherine Weller, who co-owns the store with her husband, Tony... To mark the Weller family’s 85th year of selling books in Salt Lake City, the independent store is planning a reading and open house on Saturday. The store is continuing its “unrepentant bookselling,” despite all the naysayers who question the idea of brick-and-mortar stores in an online age. “What it comes down to is we still love what we’re doing, we still love this community and we’re still unrepentant about that,” says book buyer Catherine Weller, who co-owns the store with her husband, Tony... 58297137@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:50:56 MDT Theater review: ‘August: Osage County’s’ dissection of family is brutally frank, fascinating http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58309640-223/family-august-county-osage.html.csp It has been the summer of dysfunctional families in Salt Lake theater. June gave us Pinnacle Acting Company’s incisive production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Now Silver Summit Theatre Company and Utah Repertory Theater Company are jointly staging the regional premiere of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and multiple Tony Award–winning “August: Osage County.” Besides sharing stories of couples who feed on each other to hide from facing truths about themselves, both productions spin off of a... It has been the summer of dysfunctional families in Salt Lake theater. June gave us Pinnacle Acting Company’s incisive production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Now Silver Summit Theatre Company and Utah Repertory Theater Company are jointly staging the regional premiere of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and multiple Tony Award–winning “August: Osage County.” Besides sharing stories of couples who feed on each other to hide from facing truths about themselves, both productions spin off of a... 58309640@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:50:56 MDT Utah artist Edie Roberson, who used whimsy to great effect, dies at 85 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58309279-223/roberson-utah-artist-ericson.html.csp Utah artist Edie Roberson, who over nearly seven decades painted mind-bending “trompe l’oeil” works and joy-filled paintings of antique toys, died Thursday, her gallery representative said. She was 85. Roberson’s works have often been labeled “whimsical,” though the artist was careful to say, as she told The Salt Lake Tribune in 1998, “I don’t want it to be cutesy.” Her subjects ranged from antique toys — which she collected — to anthropomorphic animals. References to Van Gogh, Japanese printmak... Utah artist Edie Roberson, who over nearly seven decades painted mind-bending “trompe l’oeil” works and joy-filled paintings of antique toys, died Thursday, her gallery representative said. She was 85. Roberson’s works have often been labeled “whimsical,” though the artist was careful to say, as she told The Salt Lake Tribune in 1998, “I don’t want it to be cutesy.” Her subjects ranged from antique toys — which she collected — to anthropomorphic animals. References to Van Gogh, Japanese printmak... 58309279@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:18:01 MDT Presenting Shakespeare for audiences with ‘short attention spans’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58246660-223/shakespeare-utah-festival-says.html.csp Forget catering to highbrow or lowbrow tastes. Producers at the Utah Children’s Theatre are aiming the company’s annual Shakespeare festival to the rest of us — that is, kids and adults with short attention spans. That caveat is branded in the festival’s name. The company takes seriously the notion of inviting its audiences to enjoy Shakespeare’s timeless stories, albeit streamlined for a digital-addled age. Kids, no matter how much they love their digital screens, are more engaged when they wa... Forget catering to highbrow or lowbrow tastes. Producers at the Utah Children’s Theatre are aiming the company’s annual Shakespeare festival to the rest of us — that is, kids and adults with short attention spans. That caveat is branded in the festival’s name. The company takes seriously the notion of inviting its audiences to enjoy Shakespeare’s timeless stories, albeit streamlined for a digital-addled age. Kids, no matter how much they love their digital screens, are more engaged when they wa... 58246660@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:47:57 MDT Here’s a fight club worth talking about, Utah Shakespeare says http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58271787-223/fight-actors-says-shakespeare.html.csp Sure, Shakespeare plays employ elevated language and explore big themes, but stage fights are one of the additional pleasures for actors and audiences alike. “It’s always great to have a sword in your hand or a dagger or a rapier, because we don’t do that anymore. Or I don’t do that anymore,” actor Jason Michael Spelbring says with a laugh. Staging fights adds another layer of storytelling to a show, and actors “learn the choreography, like you do a dance,” Spelbring says. This season, Spelbring... Sure, Shakespeare plays employ elevated language and explore big themes, but stage fights are one of the additional pleasures for actors and audiences alike. “It’s always great to have a sword in your hand or a dagger or a rapier, because we don’t do that anymore. Or I don’t do that anymore,” actor Jason Michael Spelbring says with a laugh. Staging fights adds another layer of storytelling to a show, and actors “learn the choreography, like you do a dance,” Spelbring says. This season, Spelbring... 58271787@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:47:57 MDT Theater review: Witches fly in Tuacahn’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58273424-223/tuacahn-wizard-flying-witches.html.csp Ivins • Given Tuacahn’s propensity for creating live theater as a spectacle, you have to think that director Timothy Threlfall was rubbing his hands together in anticipation of staging “The Wizard of Oz.” Just think about flying monkeys and witches, a tornado and the wonders of the Emerald City. So it’s no surprise that the Wicked Witch of the West flies high above the outdoor amphitheater from unexpected places, often announced by a loud explosion. The flying monkeys perform all sorts of acroba... Ivins • Given Tuacahn’s propensity for creating live theater as a spectacle, you have to think that director Timothy Threlfall was rubbing his hands together in anticipation of staging “The Wizard of Oz.” Just think about flying monkeys and witches, a tornado and the wonders of the Emerald City. So it’s no surprise that the Wicked Witch of the West flies high above the outdoor amphitheater from unexpected places, often announced by a loud explosion. The flying monkeys perform all sorts of acroba... 58273424@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:54:15 MDT Tribune’s Utah Lit for August: ‘Utah Reflections’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58298357-223/story.csp For the slowed-down pace of lazy August days, the Tribune’s Utah Lit book club will talk about our home, thanks to the essays and poems collected in “Utah Reflections: Stories From the Wasatch Front.” The book includes pieces by local writers, such as the state’s poet laureate, Lance Larson, who writes about “Looking for Spiral Jetty,” as well as a poem called “February 14” by Katharine Coles, and excerpts from books by Pam Houston and Terry Tempest Williams. A few of the other writers featured... For the slowed-down pace of lazy August days, the Tribune’s Utah Lit book club will talk about our home, thanks to the essays and poems collected in “Utah Reflections: Stories From the Wasatch Front.” The book includes pieces by local writers, such as the state’s poet laureate, Lance Larson, who writes about “Looking for Spiral Jetty,” as well as a poem called “February 14” by Katharine Coles, and excerpts from books by Pam Houston and Terry Tempest Williams. A few of the other writers featured... 58298357@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:54:15 MDT Author Louise Erdrich wins Ohio peace prize http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58306059-223/erdrich-peace-award-prize.html.csp Cincinnati • Author Louise Erdrich, whose writings chronicle contemporary Native American life through characters representing its mix of heritages and cultures, was announced Sunday as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s distinguished achievement award. Erdrich was raised in North Dakota by an Ojibwe-French mother and a German-American father, and her works have reflected both sides of that heritage. With ties to North Dakota and Minnesota, Erdrich has said she lives in many places ... Cincinnati • Author Louise Erdrich, whose writings chronicle contemporary Native American life through characters representing its mix of heritages and cultures, was announced Sunday as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s distinguished achievement award. Erdrich was raised in North Dakota by an Ojibwe-French mother and a German-American father, and her works have reflected both sides of that heritage. With ties to North Dakota and Minnesota, Erdrich has said she lives in many places ... 58306059@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:54:15 MDT Theater review: Tuacahn’s modern references keep 'Joseph' relevant and funny http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58279049-223/joseph-tuacahn-pyramid-references.html.csp Ivins • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” ranks among a few select Broadway musicals that fans keep coming back to see again and again. I saw it the first time in Chicago in 1982, for example, and have seen it again at the old Lagoon opera house, the touring production at Kingsbury Hall and at the Legacy Theater in Centerville. I’ve also enjoyed the video of the Donny Osmond version more than once. The Andrew Lloyd Webber music and Tim Rice lyrics are catchy and the Bible-based sho... Ivins • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” ranks among a few select Broadway musicals that fans keep coming back to see again and again. I saw it the first time in Chicago in 1982, for example, and have seen it again at the old Lagoon opera house, the touring production at Kingsbury Hall and at the Legacy Theater in Centerville. I’ve also enjoyed the video of the Donny Osmond version more than once. The Andrew Lloyd Webber music and Tim Rice lyrics are catchy and the Bible-based sho... 58279049@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:02:31 MDT Memorize this: How to get your children to love Shakespeare, too http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58297147-223/shakespeare-ludwig-playwright-book.html.csp Playwright Ken Ludwig had so much fun teaching his two children to memorize Shakespearean speeches that he’s written a how-to book about his simple methods, “How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.” The whole effort began when his 6-year-old daughter came home spouting lines from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that she had learned at school. That’s when the playwright saw an opportunity to spread his love for the Bard’s works to his children. “Suddenly, I realized that the true key of unlocking Sha... Playwright Ken Ludwig had so much fun teaching his two children to memorize Shakespearean speeches that he’s written a how-to book about his simple methods, “How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.” The whole effort began when his 6-year-old daughter came home spouting lines from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that she had learned at school. That’s when the playwright saw an opportunity to spread his love for the Bard’s works to his children. “Suddenly, I realized that the true key of unlocking Sha... 58297147@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:24:16 MDT Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin still at work at age 86 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58279482-223/merwin-age-think-prize.html.csp He is 86 years old, his eyesight is failing and much of his recent work reads like a man saying goodbye. But W.S. Merwin continues to write poems; he cannot help himself. “I wrote the last one about 10 days ago, it doesn’t stop, and I don’t know where it comes from,” says Merwin, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate widely regarded as among the greatest poets of the past half-century. “I remember, just over a year ago, after several readings and two red-eye flights, I ... He is 86 years old, his eyesight is failing and much of his recent work reads like a man saying goodbye. But W.S. Merwin continues to write poems; he cannot help himself. “I wrote the last one about 10 days ago, it doesn’t stop, and I don’t know where it comes from,” says Merwin, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate widely regarded as among the greatest poets of the past half-century. “I remember, just over a year ago, after several readings and two red-eye flights, I ... 58279482@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:25:25 MDT Books: Haruki Murakami’s new novel journeys to the past http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58288490-223/murakami-tsukuru-kafka-author.html.csp Haruki Murakami’s new novel is yet another risky reunion with the past. “The past is my treasure chest, and once I open it, I have so many materials in there,” says the 65-year-old Japanese author, whose “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” was published this week in the United States. A perennial Nobel candidate whose current book quickly sold more than 1 million copies in Japan and hit Amazon.com’s top 5 before U.S. publication, Murakami has saved his fans time by completing... Haruki Murakami’s new novel is yet another risky reunion with the past. “The past is my treasure chest, and once I open it, I have so many materials in there,” says the 65-year-old Japanese author, whose “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” was published this week in the United States. A perennial Nobel candidate whose current book quickly sold more than 1 million copies in Japan and hit Amazon.com’s top 5 before U.S. publication, Murakami has saved his fans time by completing... 58288490@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:25:25 MDT Salt Lake Gallery Stroll in a summertime mood http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58293965-223/works-gallery-exhibit-art.html.csp Summer scenes are in vogue at this month’s Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, happening Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at participating galleries in Salt Lake City. Here are some highlights: ‘On the Light Side’• Artists David and Nancy Starks have been married for nearly 45 years, but the works in their new exhibit at Finch Lane Gallery, “On the Light Side,” mark the first time they’ve collaborated on their artwork. He’s a sculptor, she works in glass, and their combined pieces are whimsical lamps made from c... Summer scenes are in vogue at this month’s Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, happening Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at participating galleries in Salt Lake City. Here are some highlights: ‘On the Light Side’• Artists David and Nancy Starks have been married for nearly 45 years, but the works in their new exhibit at Finch Lane Gallery, “On the Light Side,” mark the first time they’ve collaborated on their artwork. He’s a sculptor, she works in glass, and their combined pieces are whimsical lamps made from c... 58293965@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:25:25 MDT Utah theaters bringing dysfunctional family to life in ‘August: Osage County’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58259688-223/fossen-says-august-county.html.csp Just consider “August: Osage County” an 80-dish play. That’s an example offered by director Mark Fossen to illustrate the complications of mounting Tracy Letts’ darkly comic dramatic masterpiece. One scene features a family dinner after the Weston family patriarch’s funeral where a few dishes are broken. As Fossen created the play’s prop list, he worked through staging issues. The plates should be identical, so they would break the same at every performance. “So three a night, plus rehearsal r... Just consider “August: Osage County” an 80-dish play. That’s an example offered by director Mark Fossen to illustrate the complications of mounting Tracy Letts’ darkly comic dramatic masterpiece. One scene features a family dinner after the Weston family patriarch’s funeral where a few dishes are broken. As Fossen created the play’s prop list, he worked through staging issues. The plates should be identical, so they would break the same at every performance. “So three a night, plus rehearsal r... 58259688@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:06:42 MDT U. of Utah programmer hired to foster a creative culture http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58284557-223/arts-kingsbury-horejsi-jones.html.csp An academic appointment as assistant dean for the University of Utah’s College of Arts sets apart Brooke Horejsi’s new job as executive director of Kingsbury Hall. Beyond programming the venue’s annual performing arts series, Horejsi will serve as something of a creative matchmaker, connecting artists with students across campus departments as well as with community groups. “Part of the reason why this job was appealing was having my role be solidly positioned not only within the College of Fine... An academic appointment as assistant dean for the University of Utah’s College of Arts sets apart Brooke Horejsi’s new job as executive director of Kingsbury Hall. Beyond programming the venue’s annual performing arts series, Horejsi will serve as something of a creative matchmaker, connecting artists with students across campus departments as well as with community groups. “Part of the reason why this job was appealing was having my role be solidly positioned not only within the College of Fine... 58284557@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:01:58 MDT Chilren’s book series continues ‘Frozen’ adventures http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58279448-223/frozen-adventures-anna-book.html.csp The adventures of sisters Anna and Elsa of “Frozen” fame will continue, at least on paper. Random House Children’s Books announced Friday that they will launch a new series next year tied to the blockbuster Disney movie. The first two books, “Anna & Elsa (hash)1: All Hail the Queen” and “Anna & Elsa (hash)2: Memory and Magic,” are scheduled for January. The planned first printing for each book is 150,000 copies. The author will be Erica David, who has written over 40 children’s stories. Random H... The adventures of sisters Anna and Elsa of “Frozen” fame will continue, at least on paper. Random House Children’s Books announced Friday that they will launch a new series next year tied to the blockbuster Disney movie. The first two books, “Anna & Elsa (hash)1: All Hail the Queen” and “Anna & Elsa (hash)2: Memory and Magic,” are scheduled for January. The planned first printing for each book is 150,000 copies. The author will be Erica David, who has written over 40 children’s stories. Random H... 58279448@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 16:30:01 MDT Book review: A zombie novel of ideas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58191264-223/zombie-girl-gifts-caldwell.html.csp Most zombie stories follow the same formula: Brawny dudes use guns and makeshift weapons to protect nerds, women, and children from the ravenous dead and from other survivors. Yawn. M.R. Carey’s “The Girl With All the Gifts” is a terrifying zombie novel, but not in the expected way. The real enemy here isn’t the walking dead or even the crafty parasite that rules them. It’s evolution. “The Girl With All the Gifts” opens in Britain about a decade after a zombie apocalypse left small numbers of h... Most zombie stories follow the same formula: Brawny dudes use guns and makeshift weapons to protect nerds, women, and children from the ravenous dead and from other survivors. Yawn. M.R. Carey’s “The Girl With All the Gifts” is a terrifying zombie novel, but not in the expected way. The real enemy here isn’t the walking dead or even the crafty parasite that rules them. It’s evolution. “The Girl With All the Gifts” opens in Britain about a decade after a zombie apocalypse left small numbers of h... 58191264@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:18:12 MDT