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There are a few o... “War Horse” just might be the greatest puppet show you’ll ever see. It is not populated by your average puppets. Nothing even resembling a Muppet. The life-size horses created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company are nothing short of astonishing. It really is possible to forget — if only for a moment — that you can see the puppeteers operating the animals. You forget the humans when the horses flick their ears. When they snort and whinny. When they appear, yes, lifelike. There are a few o... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57845985@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:30:54 MDT Contenders for the New Musical Tony are anyone’s guess http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57828964-223/musical-tony-broadway-reviews.html.csp Practice usually makes perfect, but not for this season’s new Broadway musicals. Eleven of the 12 new shows had tryout runs in an effort to get them right, only to find a tepid reception from critics and audiences when they finally opened on Broadway. The 12 shows are such a mixed bag that this year’s race for the top prize, the Tony Award for best musical, is wide open for the first time in recent memory. In question is not just that award, but also (and this is truly rare) the four or five nom... Practice usually makes perfect, but not for this season’s new Broadway musicals. Eleven of the 12 new shows had tryout runs in an effort to get them right, only to find a tepid reception from critics and audiences when they finally opened on Broadway. The 12 shows are such a mixed bag that this year’s race for the top prize, the Tony Award for best musical, is wide open for the first time in recent memory. In question is not just that award, but also (and this is truly rare) the four or five nom... 57828964@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:33:08 MDT Utah Lit: Writer’s global rail journey reveals storied history of the train http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57831741-223/train-zoellner-trains-rail.html.csp The story begins with a sound. A ghostly, beautiful, mysterious sound. Author and journalist Tom Zoellner is a boy visiting his grandmother on a rainy summer evening in a small Kansas town when the moan of a train whistle first beckons him. “It seemed to me to be calling to a different sort of a world, a world that was still there but a world that we’d forgotten,” he said. This childhood impression blossomed into a lifelong fascination with trains that Zoellner acknowledges is both nostalgic and... The story begins with a sound. A ghostly, beautiful, mysterious sound. Author and journalist Tom Zoellner is a boy visiting his grandmother on a rainy summer evening in a small Kansas town when the moan of a train whistle first beckons him. “It seemed to me to be calling to a different sort of a world, a world that was still there but a world that we’d forgotten,” he said. This childhood impression blossomed into a lifelong fascination with trains that Zoellner acknowledges is both nostalgic and... 57831741@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:33:08 MDT Mary Roach delights with talk on flatulence, rectums and other gassy topics http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57849943-223/roach-chapter-flatulence-book.html.csp Mary Roach has found beauty in one of the darkest and smelliest places on the planet — the human gut. As part of her research for her newest book, “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” she underwent a colonoscopy sans drugs so she could explore her gastrointestinal tract. “We’re too busy looking at Christina Aguilera and so few people have seen their own organs,” which are a human’s most precious possessions, she told a crowd at the Salt Lake Public Library’s Main Branch Monday night. Roa... Mary Roach has found beauty in one of the darkest and smelliest places on the planet — the human gut. As part of her research for her newest book, “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” she underwent a colonoscopy sans drugs so she could explore her gastrointestinal tract. “We’re too busy looking at Christina Aguilera and so few people have seen their own organs,” which are a human’s most precious possessions, she told a crowd at the Salt Lake Public Library’s Main Branch Monday night. Roa... 57849943@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:36:09 MDT Accelerating into the future with Ririe-Woodbury http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57828358-223/dance-company-charon-ririe.html.csp The young artistic director sat at the front of the dance studio with his chin cupped in one hand and raked his fingers through his thick, tousled hair with the other. It was the end of a long, late afternoon rehearsal for the Ririe-Woodbury dancers and the beginning of Daniel Charon’s chance to direct the company he was hired to lead a year ago. Programming for the dance company’s 2013-14 season was set and dancer contracts signed well ahead of Charon’s hiring last spring, and a less patient ma... The young artistic director sat at the front of the dance studio with his chin cupped in one hand and raked his fingers through his thick, tousled hair with the other. It was the end of a long, late afternoon rehearsal for the Ririe-Woodbury dancers and the beginning of Daniel Charon’s chance to direct the company he was hired to lead a year ago. Programming for the dance company’s 2013-14 season was set and dancer contracts signed well ahead of Charon’s hiring last spring, and a less patient ma... 57828358@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:35:55 MDT Musicals will bookend Pioneer Theatre’s new season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57827315-223/season-company-pioneer-theatre.html.csp In its new season, Pioneer Theatre Company will produce a world premiere of “Alabama Story” and a Utah premiere of the farcical swinging 1960s London comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors,” plus launch a new concert series with the cult favorite “The Rocky Horror Show.” The company will bookend its season with a pair of musicals: the sweet-and-sassy story of quirky competitors in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and the beloved story of musical con man Harold Hill, who falls in love with Mari... In its new season, Pioneer Theatre Company will produce a world premiere of “Alabama Story” and a Utah premiere of the farcical swinging 1960s London comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors,” plus launch a new concert series with the cult favorite “The Rocky Horror Show.” The company will bookend its season with a pair of musicals: the sweet-and-sassy story of quirky competitors in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and the beloved story of musical con man Harold Hill, who falls in love with Mari... 57827315@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:52:35 MDT Science writer Mary Roach coming to Utah April 21 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57832566-223/roach-science-chapter-flatulence.html.csp The digestive tract doesn’t sound like best-seller material — unless you’re as funny as science writer Mary Roach. “The pie hole and the feed chute are mine,” she writes in her latest book, “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” in which she underwent a sedation-free colonoscopy to view her innards. Roach’s fans expect her to take them along for the ride as she researches complex ideas, always with a light touch. Her books have won awards and a wide readership, ranging from 2003’s “Stiff”... The digestive tract doesn’t sound like best-seller material — unless you’re as funny as science writer Mary Roach. “The pie hole and the feed chute are mine,” she writes in her latest book, “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” in which she underwent a sedation-free colonoscopy to view her innards. Roach’s fans expect her to take them along for the ride as she researches complex ideas, always with a light touch. Her books have won awards and a wide readership, ranging from 2003’s “Stiff”... 57832566@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:52:35 MDT Blue Tea and tours mark 101 years for Ladies Literary Club http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57832007-223/club-tea-literary-blue.html.csp The Ladies Literary Club’s Blue Tea on Saturday, April 26, is a chance for the public to tour the landmark clubhouse at 850 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Docent-guided tours will run continuously from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy tea and other refreshment while listening to The Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band Jazz Combo. A $10 donation is suggested. Valet parking will be available. “The annual event was once one of the social highlights of the club and the city,” said Kirk Huffaker, execut... The Ladies Literary Club’s Blue Tea on Saturday, April 26, is a chance for the public to tour the landmark clubhouse at 850 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Docent-guided tours will run continuously from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy tea and other refreshment while listening to The Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band Jazz Combo. A $10 donation is suggested. Valet parking will be available. “The annual event was once one of the social highlights of the club and the city,” said Kirk Huffaker, execut... 57832007@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:51:27 MDT Utah actor finds the galloping power of ‘War Horse’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57818183-223/horse-war-200-lake.html.csp The idea of making his novel “War Horse” into a stage play struck British writer Michael Morpurgo as crazy. Employing puppets to dramatize his young-adult novel, a harsh World War I story told through the eyes of a horse, seemed as silly as the idea of “Mister Ed,” the early 1960s American TV show about a talking horse, Morpurgo says now. It was the theatrical spectacle of the puppetry by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that proved him wrong. “War Horse,” originally published in 1982,... The idea of making his novel “War Horse” into a stage play struck British writer Michael Morpurgo as crazy. Employing puppets to dramatize his young-adult novel, a harsh World War I story told through the eyes of a horse, seemed as silly as the idea of “Mister Ed,” the early 1960s American TV show about a talking horse, Morpurgo says now. It was the theatrical spectacle of the puppetry by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that proved him wrong. “War Horse,” originally published in 1982,... 57818183@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:47:26 MDT Utah theater company to stage a golden-years hookup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57786143-223/kranes-decker-david-salt.html.csp On the eve of an Arctic Circle cruise, Utah playwright David Kranes was inspired to start a new play for two actor friends when he just happened to eavesdrop on a couple at the next table. The woman was effusive about their upcoming cruise, while her companion responded in the most minimal way. That struck the writer as an interesting tension and prompted him to create the characters of Ellie and Ross in “A Loss of Appetite,” a one-act play about what happens at an awkward first dinner between... On the eve of an Arctic Circle cruise, Utah playwright David Kranes was inspired to start a new play for two actor friends when he just happened to eavesdrop on a couple at the next table. The woman was effusive about their upcoming cruise, while her companion responded in the most minimal way. That struck the writer as an interesting tension and prompted him to create the characters of Ellie and Ross in “A Loss of Appetite,” a one-act play about what happens at an awkward first dinner between... 57786143@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:41:17 MDT Utah Lit selection for May: ‘Seven Summers’ by Julia Corbett http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57807322-223/book-corbett-utah-communication.html.csp In May, the Utah Lit book club conversation will focus on the memoir “Seven Summers” by University of Utah communication professor Julia Corbett. Corbett teaches classes in environmental communication, health communication and mass communication research. “Seven Summers,” her second book, was released by University of Utah Press in 2013. Corbett writes about fleeing Salt Lake City every summer — pets and power tools in tow — to build a cabin in Wyoming. Like a contemporary homesteader, the writ... In May, the Utah Lit book club conversation will focus on the memoir “Seven Summers” by University of Utah communication professor Julia Corbett. Corbett teaches classes in environmental communication, health communication and mass communication research. “Seven Summers,” her second book, was released by University of Utah Press in 2013. Corbett writes about fleeing Salt Lake City every summer — pets and power tools in tow — to build a cabin in Wyoming. Like a contemporary homesteader, the writ... 57807322@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:37:07 MDT Music notes: Beethoven at the U., Gabriel on the big screen, Messiaen at the symphony http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57826462-223/lake-salt-tickets-utah.html.csp Vedrana Subotic: Beethoven’s Sonatas Pianist Vedrana Subotic plays the second installment in her Beethoven sonata project, performing the composer’s three final piano sonatas. (The series will conclude April 28 as three Utah Symphony musicians — violinist Lun Jiang, hornist Steve Proser and cellist Pegsoon Whang — join Subotic to perform Beethoven sonatas for their respective instruments.) Visit music.utah.edu for information. When • Sunday, April 20, 7 p.m. Where • Libby Gardner Concert H... Vedrana Subotic: Beethoven’s Sonatas Pianist Vedrana Subotic plays the second installment in her Beethoven sonata project, performing the composer’s three final piano sonatas. (The series will conclude April 28 as three Utah Symphony musicians — violinist Lun Jiang, hornist Steve Proser and cellist Pegsoon Whang — join Subotic to perform Beethoven sonatas for their respective instruments.) Visit music.utah.edu for information. When • Sunday, April 20, 7 p.m. Where • Libby Gardner Concert H... 57826462@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:09:22 MDT Ballet orchestra features a rare all-female section http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57832917-223/female-ballet-orchestra-trumpet.html.csp Ballet West’s “The Rite of Spring” is notable for resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s sophisticated dance movements, but there’s also something interesting going on in the orchestra pit. Utah Chamber Orchestra features a female guest conductor, Tara Simoncic, a trumpet player, as well as an all-female trumpet section. “That can’t be said for many orchestras,” said Adam Sklute, Ballet West’s artistic director. “More importantly, ‘Rite of Spring’ requires a strong and dynamic hand at the podium,... Ballet West’s “The Rite of Spring” is notable for resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s sophisticated dance movements, but there’s also something interesting going on in the orchestra pit. Utah Chamber Orchestra features a female guest conductor, Tara Simoncic, a trumpet player, as well as an all-female trumpet section. “That can’t be said for many orchestras,” said Adam Sklute, Ballet West’s artistic director. “More importantly, ‘Rite of Spring’ requires a strong and dynamic hand at the podium,... 57832917@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:08:02 MDT April Gallery Stroll springs through Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57828831-223/art-gallery-lake-salt.html.csp Just in time for Easter, it’s the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, when art galleries in and around downtown Salt Lake City show their stuff. The stroll happens Friday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Go to gallerystroll.org for details. Here are some highlights: Modern West • A new gallery joins the ranks this month: Modern West Fine Art, 177 E. 200 South. It’s the creation of Diane Stewart, art collector and philanthropist, and Donna Poulton, longtime curator of Western art at the Utah Museum of... Just in time for Easter, it’s the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, when art galleries in and around downtown Salt Lake City show their stuff. The stroll happens Friday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Go to gallerystroll.org for details. Here are some highlights: Modern West • A new gallery joins the ranks this month: Modern West Fine Art, 177 E. 200 South. It’s the creation of Diane Stewart, art collector and philanthropist, and Donna Poulton, longtime curator of Western art at the Utah Museum of... 57828831@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:22:21 MDT Inside ‘Bastard Heart,’ a world of surprises http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57823706-223/heart-dagold-bastard-body.html.csp For poet Raphael Dagold, intimate experiences become the microscope and telescope for considering larger concerns. Take “Parts Unknown,” for instance. A vivid scene of a small bird found dead spurs a memory of a difficult conversation between a (soon-to-be) husband and wife on the making of Jewish identity, the history behind the diaspora. The poem, suddenly a primer on recurrent persecution and uprootedness, reaches far, opening up to a sense of the past that makes it clear that learned traditi... For poet Raphael Dagold, intimate experiences become the microscope and telescope for considering larger concerns. Take “Parts Unknown,” for instance. A vivid scene of a small bird found dead spurs a memory of a difficult conversation between a (soon-to-be) husband and wife on the making of Jewish identity, the history behind the diaspora. The poem, suddenly a primer on recurrent persecution and uprootedness, reaches far, opening up to a sense of the past that makes it clear that learned traditi... 57823706@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:01:03 MDT Review: Provocative questions about women’s identity in ‘Hedda Gabler’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57818488-223/hedda-gabler-ibsen-arts.html.csp Hedda Gabler is one of the most compelling female characters in modern drama. And one of the most enigmatic. Is she victim or villain? On the surface, she seems a charming, clever, refined, even an emancipated woman who can get anything she wants. But how much freedom does she really have? How much is she hemmed in by society? Two men — her husband, scholarly, sedate George Tesman, and her former suitor, free-spirited, creative Ejlert Lövborg — are so fascinated by her that they will do anythin... Hedda Gabler is one of the most compelling female characters in modern drama. And one of the most enigmatic. Is she victim or villain? On the surface, she seems a charming, clever, refined, even an emancipated woman who can get anything she wants. But how much freedom does she really have? How much is she hemmed in by society? Two men — her husband, scholarly, sedate George Tesman, and her former suitor, free-spirited, creative Ejlert Lövborg — are so fascinated by her that they will do anythin... 57818488@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:52:53 MDT Review: Ballet West premieres innovative and timeless ‘Rite of Spring’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57817744-223/ballet-rite-fonte-spring.html.csp If good dance is a moving experience that transports us to places we’ve never been before, then great dance is an ambush: wholly in body, hovering inches above our seat, creating a popsicle-cold brain freeze. Choreographer and Ballet West artist in residence Nicolo Fonte transfixed the Capitol Theater audience on opening night of his world premiere of “The Rite of Spring” — not because Fonte’s interpretation of Stravinsky’s 1913 score is shocking but because it is so brilliantly subtle. The so... If good dance is a moving experience that transports us to places we’ve never been before, then great dance is an ambush: wholly in body, hovering inches above our seat, creating a popsicle-cold brain freeze. Choreographer and Ballet West artist in residence Nicolo Fonte transfixed the Capitol Theater audience on opening night of his world premiere of “The Rite of Spring” — not because Fonte’s interpretation of Stravinsky’s 1913 score is shocking but because it is so brilliantly subtle. The so... 57817744@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:37:22 MDT Matisse’s colorful cutouts go on show in London http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57817309-223/matisse-works-artist-cutouts.html.csp London • A huge new Henri Matisse show in London is many things — bold, colorful, exuberant. It’s also a great advertisement for the creativity of old age. The 130 works displayed at Tate Modern were created largely in the last decade of the French artist’s long life, when Matisse — in a wheelchair, recovering from cancer and unable to paint as he once had — used scissors and paper to create a series of big, bold and ambitious cutouts. The work of a man in his late 70s and 80s, they burst with v... London • A huge new Henri Matisse show in London is many things — bold, colorful, exuberant. It’s also a great advertisement for the creativity of old age. The 130 works displayed at Tate Modern were created largely in the last decade of the French artist’s long life, when Matisse — in a wheelchair, recovering from cancer and unable to paint as he once had — used scissors and paper to create a series of big, bold and ambitious cutouts. The work of a man in his late 70s and 80s, they burst with v... 57817309@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:08:57 MDT Colum McCann publishes short story http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57734329-223/mccann-says-gone-parent.html.csp New York • Colum McCann, the prize-winning novelist, has rediscovered his fondness for short stories. Best known for “Let the Great World Spin,” McCann has just released the story “Gone” through the online publisher and subscription service Byliner. It’s his first short story in a decade, he explained during a recent telephone interview, and he enjoyed the experience so much he wants to publish a book of stories. The author said he started “Gone” after completing the novel “Transatlantic,” which... New York • Colum McCann, the prize-winning novelist, has rediscovered his fondness for short stories. Best known for “Let the Great World Spin,” McCann has just released the story “Gone” through the online publisher and subscription service Byliner. It’s his first short story in a decade, he explained during a recent telephone interview, and he enjoyed the experience so much he wants to publish a book of stories. The author said he started “Gone” after completing the novel “Transatlantic,” which... 57734329@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:56:02 MDT Theater review: ‘4000 Miles’ captures the rhythms of family life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57807501-223/leo-4000-vera-lake.html.csp Midway through Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles,” Leo tells his grandmother, Vera, about the freak accident when his friend Mika was killed. She sits patiently but doesn’t react as he talks. Then she tells him she only heard part of the story because she didn’t have her hearing aid on. The scene epitomizes the distance separating grandmother and grandson in Herzog’s sweet and subtle play, making its regional premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company. They care about each other, but they can’t completely or ... Midway through Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles,” Leo tells his grandmother, Vera, about the freak accident when his friend Mika was killed. She sits patiently but doesn’t react as he talks. Then she tells him she only heard part of the story because she didn’t have her hearing aid on. The scene epitomizes the distance separating grandmother and grandson in Herzog’s sweet and subtle play, making its regional premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company. They care about each other, but they can’t completely or ... 57807501@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:02:47 MDT