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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) Review: Pioneer Theatre’s ‘Spelling Bee’ explores the funny side of adolescent angst http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58416062-223/bee-spelling-performances-sept.html.csp Few things in life are as intense as adolescent angst, when even minor matters assume life-and-death importance. Teenagers’ emotions — and often their bodies — are doing things they can’t comprehend, and they are frantically trying to define individual identities while living up to adult expectations. As Rona Lisa Peretti (Mary Fanning Driggs), the moderator in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” says, “It’s a hard age for boys … and girls.” Pioneer Theatre Company just opened a freewh... Few things in life are as intense as adolescent angst, when even minor matters assume life-and-death importance. Teenagers’ emotions — and often their bodies — are doing things they can’t comprehend, and they are frantically trying to define individual identities while living up to adult expectations. As Rona Lisa Peretti (Mary Fanning Driggs), the moderator in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” says, “It’s a hard age for boys … and girls.” Pioneer Theatre Company just opened a freewh... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58416062@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:31:11 MDT Salt Lake Acting Company serves a fresh plate of Hollywood dish http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58389369-223/mengers-company-says-season.html.csp Camille G. Van Wagoner was thinking about retiring. Maybe it was time. She had racked up an impressive résumé of comedic and musical-theater roles on a variety of Utah stages, but approaching the milestone of her 50th birthday, she was tired of facing the lack of opportunities for female actors of a certain age. That was before Van Wagoner fell in love with self-made superagent Sue Mengers, who represented Hollywood’s most prominent actors and directors in the late 1960s and 1970s. “She change... Camille G. Van Wagoner was thinking about retiring. Maybe it was time. She had racked up an impressive résumé of comedic and musical-theater roles on a variety of Utah stages, but approaching the milestone of her 50th birthday, she was tired of facing the lack of opportunities for female actors of a certain age. That was before Van Wagoner fell in love with self-made superagent Sue Mengers, who represented Hollywood’s most prominent actors and directors in the late 1960s and 1970s. “She change... 58389369@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:15:20 MDT Ogden youth ballet company makes Salt Lake premiere with Japanese folktale http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58394828-223/ballet-ogden-japanese-folktale.html.csp Sometimes things really do happen for a reason. And for Ogden’s Imagine Ballet Theatre, the stars have finally aligned to make the company’s one-night-only Salt Lake premiere at Kingsbury Hall an opportunity whose time has come. Last April, when the youth ballet company debuted Raymond Van Mason’s choreographic interpretation of the Japanese folktale “Urashima Taro” at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, it fell on the same weekend as several other dance performances. A disappointing turnout made... Sometimes things really do happen for a reason. And for Ogden’s Imagine Ballet Theatre, the stars have finally aligned to make the company’s one-night-only Salt Lake premiere at Kingsbury Hall an opportunity whose time has come. Last April, when the youth ballet company debuted Raymond Van Mason’s choreographic interpretation of the Japanese folktale “Urashima Taro” at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, it fell on the same weekend as several other dance performances. A disappointing turnout made... 58394828@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:11 MDT Book review: All that (lewd) jazz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58407775-223/rainey-landis-gordy-howard.html.csp A birth control pill with a glass of milk. This is what Howard Royal serves his daughter Rainey for breakfast every morning. He “waits until she swallows,” reminding her that “with maturity comes responsibility.” She is 14 years old. Washing down a daily dose of womanhood with the wholesome drink of youth is the kind of contradiction that defines Rainey Royal, the title character in Dylan Landis’ second novel in stories. She’s old enough, and physically ripe in all the ways she needs to be, to m... A birth control pill with a glass of milk. This is what Howard Royal serves his daughter Rainey for breakfast every morning. He “waits until she swallows,” reminding her that “with maturity comes responsibility.” She is 14 years old. Washing down a daily dose of womanhood with the wholesome drink of youth is the kind of contradiction that defines Rainey Royal, the title character in Dylan Landis’ second novel in stories. She’s old enough, and physically ripe in all the ways she needs to be, to m... 58407775@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:49:43 MDT Photos: Unclaimed art gets new home with Salt Lake residents once homeless http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58407624-223/art-utah-artists-arts.html.csp Unclaimed pieces of art found new homes Friday with residents of a Salt Lake City transitional housing complex managed by the Road Home shelter. Utah Arts & Museums has amassed a collection of paintings, drawings, photographs and prints over the years that were submitted by Utah artists but were never signed or claimed by their creators. Selling the art didn’t seem right, so staff members created the Art in Your Home donation program for the residents of Palmer Court, said Utah Arts & Museums ... Unclaimed pieces of art found new homes Friday with residents of a Salt Lake City transitional housing complex managed by the Road Home shelter. Utah Arts & Museums has amassed a collection of paintings, drawings, photographs and prints over the years that were submitted by Utah artists but were never signed or claimed by their creators. Selling the art didn’t seem right, so staff members created the Art in Your Home donation program for the residents of Palmer Court, said Utah Arts & Museums ... 58407624@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:17:01 MDT Salt Lake community scene gets sweeter with new Sugar Space Arts Warehouse http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58369319-223/arts-space-sugar-warehouse.html.csp Salt Lake City’s Sugar Space arts studio has a new downtown sibling. The Sugar Space Arts Warehouse, at 132 S. 800 West, offers nearly 10,000 square feet of space for studios, performances, fundraisers and other community events, said director Brittany Reese. Renovation of the dilapidated building cost about $800,000, which was collected through multiple sources, including small-business loans, grants, local investors and in-kind donations. To celebrate its completion, a grand-opening dinner and... Salt Lake City’s Sugar Space arts studio has a new downtown sibling. The Sugar Space Arts Warehouse, at 132 S. 800 West, offers nearly 10,000 square feet of space for studios, performances, fundraisers and other community events, said director Brittany Reese. Renovation of the dilapidated building cost about $800,000, which was collected through multiple sources, including small-business loans, grants, local investors and in-kind donations. To celebrate its completion, a grand-opening dinner and... 58369319@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:19:00 MDT Book review: ‘Original Sin’ is tense, disturbing thriller http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58364635-223/lucy-lyle-author-thriller.html.csp The dying old man on cardiac surgeon Lucy Wagner’s operating table was bleeding out from an aortic aneurism. As she desperately massaged his failing heart, a chill flowed into her fingers, up her arm and into her chest. And then she fell, collapsing onto the hospital floor. The patient, as it turns out, was John Scully, the pastor of a secretive, snake-handling cult that held services outside Lucy’s small hometown of Remington, Tenn. As far as Lucy knew, neither she nor anyone close to her had a... The dying old man on cardiac surgeon Lucy Wagner’s operating table was bleeding out from an aortic aneurism. As she desperately massaged his failing heart, a chill flowed into her fingers, up her arm and into her chest. And then she fell, collapsing onto the hospital floor. The patient, as it turns out, was John Scully, the pastor of a secretive, snake-handling cult that held services outside Lucy’s small hometown of Remington, Tenn. As far as Lucy knew, neither she nor anyone close to her had a... 58364635@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:45:08 MDT Salt Lake indie bookseller King’s English hosts 37th birthday sale http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58393501-223/store-sept-english-king.html.csp For writer Jennifer Adams, the idea of primers drawn from literary classics was simple: “I wanted to do something awesome for babies.” That led to the literary-inspired Baby Lit, the Gibbs Smith published line of board books launched in 2011, written by Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver. Think “Romeo & Juliet,” a counting primer, or “Moby-Dick,” an oceans primer. Now there are 14 books in the line, which includes the newest releases, “Frankenstein,” an anatomy primer, and “The Wizard of O... For writer Jennifer Adams, the idea of primers drawn from literary classics was simple: “I wanted to do something awesome for babies.” That led to the literary-inspired Baby Lit, the Gibbs Smith published line of board books launched in 2011, written by Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver. Think “Romeo & Juliet,” a counting primer, or “Moby-Dick,” an oceans primer. Now there are 14 books in the line, which includes the newest releases, “Frankenstein,” an anatomy primer, and “The Wizard of O... 58393501@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:45:08 MDT Utah Museum of Fine Arts will close for upgrades in 2016 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58394179-223/building-museum-umfa-dietrich.html.csp The Utah Museum of Fine Arts will close its galleries for most of 2016 in a massive construction project to update the internal climate system that preserves the museum’s artwork. “We love our building so much. It’s so important to us. It’s so architecturally significant. It’s so beautiful,” Gretchen Dietrich, UMFA’s executive director, said Tuesday. “And we want to make sure the building will be here as long as it can be to house the UMFA.” Dietrich is overseeing plans for a yearlong $2.5 milli... The Utah Museum of Fine Arts will close its galleries for most of 2016 in a massive construction project to update the internal climate system that preserves the museum’s artwork. “We love our building so much. It’s so important to us. It’s so architecturally significant. It’s so beautiful,” Gretchen Dietrich, UMFA’s executive director, said Tuesday. “And we want to make sure the building will be here as long as it can be to house the UMFA.” Dietrich is overseeing plans for a yearlong $2.5 milli... 58394179@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:40:38 MDT Books: Keith Richards’ latest collaborator: His daughter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58389370-223/gus-book-grandfather-keith.html.csp When Keith Richards started writing a children’s book about his grandfather, he wanted to keep the project in the family — so he hired his daughter. Theodora Dupree Richards provided illustration for “Gus & Me,” out on Tuesday. The 29-year-old model visited the London home of Augustus Theodore Dupree — her great-grandfather whom she was named after. Theodora also went through a number of family photos to find inspiration. “People have said that I’m too sensitive to be on this Earth, but it was v... When Keith Richards started writing a children’s book about his grandfather, he wanted to keep the project in the family — so he hired his daughter. Theodora Dupree Richards provided illustration for “Gus & Me,” out on Tuesday. The 29-year-old model visited the London home of Augustus Theodore Dupree — her great-grandfather whom she was named after. Theodora also went through a number of family photos to find inspiration. “People have said that I’m too sensitive to be on this Earth, but it was v... 58389370@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:25:19 MDT Q&A: The ABCs of the Salt Lake Valley Book Wagon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58374937-223/books-book-wagon-kids.html.csp Meet Dawn Houghton — writer, real estate agent, parent, perennial runner-up in The King’s English Bookshop’s annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Sweater contest, pizza lover and extreme bibliophile. Indeed, the first thing visitors to Houghton’s home notice are the shelves groaning beneath the weight of so many books. It was this passion for the printed word that motivated Houghton to find a way to share books with children from underserved populations in the Salt Lake Valley. Her commitment to this c... Meet Dawn Houghton — writer, real estate agent, parent, perennial runner-up in The King’s English Bookshop’s annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Sweater contest, pizza lover and extreme bibliophile. Indeed, the first thing visitors to Houghton’s home notice are the shelves groaning beneath the weight of so many books. It was this passion for the printed word that motivated Houghton to find a way to share books with children from underserved populations in the Salt Lake Valley. Her commitment to this c... 58374937@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:27:26 MDT Utah actors mourn the death of Victoria Mallory http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58374521-223/mallory-victoria-broadway-park.html.csp The Utah theater world is mourning the death of Victoria Mallory, an actor considered Broadway royalty, who performed at the Egyptian Theatre and Pioneer Theatre Company from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. Mallory, a former Park City resident, died on Sunday, Aug. 30, of pancreatic cancer. She was 65. Mallory, who originally trained as a pianist, made her Broadway debut as Maria after Richard Rodgers cast her in the 1968 Broadway revival of “West Side Story.” She was noted for her performances ... The Utah theater world is mourning the death of Victoria Mallory, an actor considered Broadway royalty, who performed at the Egyptian Theatre and Pioneer Theatre Company from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. Mallory, a former Park City resident, died on Sunday, Aug. 30, of pancreatic cancer. She was 65. Mallory, who originally trained as a pianist, made her Broadway debut as Maria after Richard Rodgers cast her in the 1968 Broadway revival of “West Side Story.” She was noted for her performances ... 58374521@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:25:06 MDT Utah choreographer’s Penguin Lady Dance Collective takes flight http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58340001-223/dance-washington-lady-penguin.html.csp Salt Lake choreographer Natosha Washington brings 17 dancers and several arts organizations together under the same roof with her latest brainchild, The Penguin Lady Dance Collective, this weekend at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Washington is a familiar figure in Salt Lake’s modern-dance scene as co-founder of the RawMoves dance company, and her choreography is in the repertoires of professional companies and collegiate national and international touring programs. But this is a first ... Salt Lake choreographer Natosha Washington brings 17 dancers and several arts organizations together under the same roof with her latest brainchild, The Penguin Lady Dance Collective, this weekend at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Washington is a familiar figure in Salt Lake’s modern-dance scene as co-founder of the RawMoves dance company, and her choreography is in the repertoires of professional companies and collegiate national and international touring programs. But this is a first ... 58340001@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:14:23 MDT Kimball Art Center forgoes appeal, looks for home outside Park City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58365762-223/center-kimball-art-park.html.csp Tuesday morning, the Kimball Art Center delivered a terse letter to City Hall stating it will not appeal the Planning Department’s denial of its most recent expansion plan. Instead, the KAC has announced a new plan — to leave Main Street. Read the full story at www.parkrecord.com/ci_26452207/kimball-art-center-foregoes-appeal-looks-new-locaction . Tuesday morning, the Kimball Art Center delivered a terse letter to City Hall stating it will not appeal the Planning Department’s denial of its most recent expansion plan. Instead, the KAC has announced a new plan — to leave Main Street. Read the full story at www.parkrecord.com/ci_26452207/kimball-art-center-foregoes-appeal-looks-new-locaction . 58365762@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:14:23 MDT So many memoirs: Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Poehler among those with books this fall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58335940-223/author-francis-written-harris.html.csp So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways. Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So he has completed “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography,” in which Harris steps back into the second person to allow you to imagine yourself onstage, on television or, in November 2006, on edge as you prepare to tell the world you’re gay. “I couldn’t wrap my mind around a struct... So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways. Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So he has completed “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography,” in which Harris steps back into the second person to allow you to imagine yourself onstage, on television or, in November 2006, on edge as you prepare to tell the world you’re gay. “I couldn’t wrap my mind around a struct... 58335940@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:54:15 MDT Utah Lit: Writing along the Wasatch Front isn’t all about climbing or fishing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58321811-223/utah-essay-com-torti.html.csp The guy’s name was José. Or at least that’s the name the young Mexican man went by when he dropped by to pick up handyman jobs, says Salt Lake City writer Sylvia Torti. At the time, Torti was working on a novel about the Zapatista Rebellion, a conflict she stumbled into in 1994 while on biology expedition in southeastern Mexico. In making small talk with the handyman during her bathroom remodel, Torti learned of an amazing coincidence: José, a member of the Mexican army, had been sent to fight ... The guy’s name was José. Or at least that’s the name the young Mexican man went by when he dropped by to pick up handyman jobs, says Salt Lake City writer Sylvia Torti. At the time, Torti was working on a novel about the Zapatista Rebellion, a conflict she stumbled into in 1994 while on biology expedition in southeastern Mexico. In making small talk with the handyman during her bathroom remodel, Torti learned of an amazing coincidence: José, a member of the Mexican army, had been sent to fight ... 58321811@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:56:48 MDT Book review: Author’s ode to crosswords is right on the mark http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58335985-223/crossword-connor-crosswords-puzzles.html.csp If you love solving crosswords, you know how it feels to be in the fraternity. There’s the rush of matching wits with a mysterious puzzle-maker, the thrill of nailing an elusive answer and the satisfaction of filling in the final square. There’s a charm in playing the game, a charm that can be hard to describe. But Alan Connor, a British quizmaster who writes a column on crosswords for the Guardian newspaper, is more than up to the challenge. Connor is the author of “The Crossword Century: 100 Y... If you love solving crosswords, you know how it feels to be in the fraternity. There’s the rush of matching wits with a mysterious puzzle-maker, the thrill of nailing an elusive answer and the satisfaction of filling in the final square. There’s a charm in playing the game, a charm that can be hard to describe. But Alan Connor, a British quizmaster who writes a column on crosswords for the Guardian newspaper, is more than up to the challenge. Connor is the author of “The Crossword Century: 100 Y... 58335985@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:10:01 MDT Photos: Ballet West opens dance training academy in Utah County http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58318964-223/ballet-academy-training-west.html.csp Ballet West celebrated the opening of a dance training academy in Lehi on Friday. The Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point, will provide comprehensive ballet training and performance opportunities for children and adults throughout Utah County. Already, 125 children have enrolled, with up to 250 students expected, officials said at the ceremony. Here are photos from a press tour and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Ballet West celebrated the opening of a dance training academy in Lehi on Friday. The Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point, will provide comprehensive ballet training and performance opportunities for children and adults throughout Utah County. Already, 125 children have enrolled, with up to 250 students expected, officials said at the ceremony. Here are photos from a press tour and ribbon-cutting ceremony. 58318964@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:27:27 MDT Book review: An insightful look at digital-age clutter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58322882-223/harris-absence-boredom-digital.html.csp I fall asleep to the glow of Netflix and, when I awake, begin the digital litany of my day: the relentless email and news, the Facebook and Twitter feeds, the blogs and mindless videos, and on and on. I remember somewhat vaguely when I used pay phones to dictate the story of the day, when an online life was limited to the screeching dial-up of AOL and, as a child, when even that was a foreign idea. Michael Harris offers in his book “The End of Absence” a fascinating assessment of this moment we ... I fall asleep to the glow of Netflix and, when I awake, begin the digital litany of my day: the relentless email and news, the Facebook and Twitter feeds, the blogs and mindless videos, and on and on. I remember somewhat vaguely when I used pay phones to dictate the story of the day, when an online life was limited to the screeching dial-up of AOL and, as a child, when even that was a foreign idea. Michael Harris offers in his book “The End of Absence” a fascinating assessment of this moment we ... 58322882@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:01:04 MDT Book review: ‘Magician’s Land’ closes a trilogy that matures http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58322963-223/magician-quentin-grossman-magical.html.csp Quentin Coldwater — a moody, man-child magician — is finally growing up. And just in time to save everything, mostly, that’s ever mattered to him. “The Magician’s Land” is the final book in the three-book “Magicians” trilogy, a genre-busting adult fantasy series. The books follow Quentin and an ever-growing cast of magicians, magicians’ hangers-on, magical creatures, gods, bookkeepers, talking birds, knights, kings and queens and the like through their school days, their angst, their relationshi... Quentin Coldwater — a moody, man-child magician — is finally growing up. And just in time to save everything, mostly, that’s ever mattered to him. “The Magician’s Land” is the final book in the three-book “Magicians” trilogy, a genre-busting adult fantasy series. The books follow Quentin and an ever-growing cast of magicians, magicians’ hangers-on, magical creatures, gods, bookkeepers, talking birds, knights, kings and queens and the like through their school days, their angst, their relationshi... 58322963@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:01:04 MDT