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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) 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 ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58340001@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:42:40 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 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 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:51:29 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 Park City rejects Kimball Art Center designs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58326675-223/art-center-kimball-expansion.html.csp Park City • City Hall on Thursday rejected the designs of the Kimball Art Center’s expansion proposal, determining they do not meet the municipal government’s strict Old Town guidelines. It was a significant setback as the not-for-profit organization attempts to press ahead with an ambitious redo of the high-profile intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue. The expansion is proposed to be built on the art center’s patio, steps off the intersection. To read the rest of this story, click here... Park City • City Hall on Thursday rejected the designs of the Kimball Art Center’s expansion proposal, determining they do not meet the municipal government’s strict Old Town guidelines. It was a significant setback as the not-for-profit organization attempts to press ahead with an ambitious redo of the high-profile intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue. The expansion is proposed to be built on the art center’s patio, steps off the intersection. To read the rest of this story, click here... 58326675@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:23:56 MDT Bring on the screams: 5 MTV Video Music Awards boy band moments http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58322499-223/band-mtv-video-bands.html.csp Get ready for another potential OMG boy-band moment: 5 Seconds of Summer is coming to the MTV Video Music Awards. The Australian pop-punk-loving quartet of tousle-haired hunks (whose members don’t consider themselves a boy band) will make its debut Sunday night on MTV’s over-the-top annual celebration. Boy bands have a long history of VMAs hysteria and much-hyped appearances (think ’N Sync and its 2013 reunion rumors). 5SOS rides the release of a hit album and an opening gig on One Direction’s ... Get ready for another potential OMG boy-band moment: 5 Seconds of Summer is coming to the MTV Video Music Awards. The Australian pop-punk-loving quartet of tousle-haired hunks (whose members don’t consider themselves a boy band) will make its debut Sunday night on MTV’s over-the-top annual celebration. Boy bands have a long history of VMAs hysteria and much-hyped appearances (think ’N Sync and its 2013 reunion rumors). 5SOS rides the release of a hit album and an opening gig on One Direction’s ... 58322499@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:51:01 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 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:00 MDT 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 ... 58317638@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:00 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 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:48:05 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 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