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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) 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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57832007@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:42:01 MDT Utah actor finds the galloping power of ‘War Horse’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57818183-223/horse-war-200-ramirez.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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:33:01 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 Bunnies galore in new crop of Easter books for children http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57769968-223/bunny-easter-book-cat.html.csp With the advent of April come rain showers, longer days, hyacinth and tulips, baseball games, chocolate Easter eggs, marshmallow Peeps, baby chickens and children’s books about bunnies. Lots and lots of books about bunnies. Listed below are a few titles featuring rabbits … and a few rabbit wannabes. “Operation Bunny” • This is the first in the wickedly clever new Wings & Co. series for ages 7-11 by Sally Gardner. In this story, we’re introduced to Emily Vole, who (with the help of her neighbor... With the advent of April come rain showers, longer days, hyacinth and tulips, baseball games, chocolate Easter eggs, marshmallow Peeps, baby chickens and children’s books about bunnies. Lots and lots of books about bunnies. Listed below are a few titles featuring rabbits … and a few rabbit wannabes. “Operation Bunny” • This is the first in the wickedly clever new Wings & Co. series for ages 7-11 by Sally Gardner. In this story, we’re introduced to Emily Vole, who (with the help of her neighbor... 57769968@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:01:02 MDT Driven by ambition, new Utah theater company looks for the heart of ‘Hedda Gabler’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57754107-223/hedda-tanner-company-says.html.csp When Hurricane Hedda blew through Broadway with Cate Blanchett at its eye, the 2006 show earned high-profile buzz. But in Salt Lake City, a “Les Misérables” kind of town, it has been more than a decade since audiences have had a chance to see a local production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic “Hedda Gabler.” It’s a much-studied classic, to be sure, but considered immensely difficult to produce. That’s partly thanks to the main character, a potentially admirable woman driven to villainy by her lack of ... When Hurricane Hedda blew through Broadway with Cate Blanchett at its eye, the 2006 show earned high-profile buzz. But in Salt Lake City, a “Les Misérables” kind of town, it has been more than a decade since audiences have had a chance to see a local production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic “Hedda Gabler.” It’s a much-studied classic, to be sure, but considered immensely difficult to produce. That’s partly thanks to the main character, a potentially admirable woman driven to villainy by her lack of ... 57754107@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:44:01 MDT Ballet West’s ‘Rite of Spring’ is a rite of passage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57754594-223/ballet-fonte-rite-spring.html.csp Who is Nicolo Fonte and why did he jet from Antwerp to New York City, landing in Salt Lake City three days ahead of schedule? Fonte is the guy at Ballet West, stepping it up and creating world premieres as the company’s second-only resident choreographer. He’s back in town this week to finish the last 50 seconds of his “Rite of Spring,” a take on Stravinsky’s infamous ballet score that promises to be a daring endeavor. “I want the curtain to go up and you’re either mesmerized by it or you reject... Who is Nicolo Fonte and why did he jet from Antwerp to New York City, landing in Salt Lake City three days ahead of schedule? Fonte is the guy at Ballet West, stepping it up and creating world premieres as the company’s second-only resident choreographer. He’s back in town this week to finish the last 50 seconds of his “Rite of Spring,” a take on Stravinsky’s infamous ballet score that promises to be a daring endeavor. “I want the curtain to go up and you’re either mesmerized by it or you reject... 57754594@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:01:56 MDT Onstage gay kiss ‘repulsive,’ Salt Lake theatergoer complains http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57786323-223/company-deathtrap-pioneer-kiss.html.csp A theater subscriber has written a letter of complaint to Pioneer Theatre Company about not receiving a notice about a kiss between two men in “Deathtrap,” the company’s production of a 1978 murder mystery. The letter writer, who called herself a theater and arts lover, said she was infuriated because she had brought her teenage son to the play. She called the company’s decision to not disclose “repulsive” content to be “irresponsible and negligent,” and referred to the kiss as an “explicit, hom... A theater subscriber has written a letter of complaint to Pioneer Theatre Company about not receiving a notice about a kiss between two men in “Deathtrap,” the company’s production of a 1978 murder mystery. The letter writer, who called herself a theater and arts lover, said she was infuriated because she had brought her teenage son to the play. She called the company’s decision to not disclose “repulsive” content to be “irresponsible and negligent,” and referred to the kiss as an “explicit, hom... 57786323@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:59:00 MDT Pixar’s Ed Catmull sounds off on animating creativity http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57728489-223/catmull-company-pixar-book.html.csp Zero mistakes. That’s the worst possible goal for a creative project. It might be a worthy goal for manufacturing aircraft, perhaps, but it doesn’t work in getting an education or writing a book or making animated movies, says Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Disney animation companies. “As a company, it’s our job to tell new stories that aren’t obvious at all.” Fear of failure leads to risk avoidance, which doesn’t generate originality, says Catmull in his new book, “Creativity, Inc.: Ove... Zero mistakes. That’s the worst possible goal for a creative project. It might be a worthy goal for manufacturing aircraft, perhaps, but it doesn’t work in getting an education or writing a book or making animated movies, says Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Disney animation companies. “As a company, it’s our job to tell new stories that aren’t obvious at all.” Fear of failure leads to risk avoidance, which doesn’t generate originality, says Catmull in his new book, “Creativity, Inc.: Ove... 57728489@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:58:28 MDT Salt Lake Acting Company: ‘4000 Miles’ takes trip across generational divides http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57739547-200/vera-4000-leo-cohen.html.csp Vera, in playwright Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles,” isn’t the type of grandmother who’s likely to nurture anybody by baking cookies. Instead, she’s struggling to remain relevant in her small world. She’s a old-school lefty who finds Leo, her new-school lefty grandson, on her Greenwich Village doorstep in the middle of the night. He’s at the tail-end of a 4,000-mile cross-country bike trip. Before he reaches the clichéd moment of dipping his bike tire in the Atlantic Ocean, Leo finds himself emotional... Vera, in playwright Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles,” isn’t the type of grandmother who’s likely to nurture anybody by baking cookies. Instead, she’s struggling to remain relevant in her small world. She’s a old-school lefty who finds Leo, her new-school lefty grandson, on her Greenwich Village doorstep in the middle of the night. He’s at the tail-end of a 4,000-mile cross-country bike trip. Before he reaches the clichéd moment of dipping his bike tire in the Atlantic Ocean, Leo finds himself emotional... 57739547@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:58:28 MDT Music notes: The concert of the century http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57764810-223/tickets-utah-music-concert.html.csp The University of Utah celebrates A Century of Piano at the U. with a gala retrospective concert. Current and former faculty and students will perform solo and in ensembles in a wide variety of repertoire. Featured performers include Ubeeng Kueq, a senior piano performance student who won the 2009 Utah Music Teachers Association concerto competition and is a former Utah Symphony Salute to Youth soloist; U. graduates Josh Wright, whose 2011 album topped the Bilboard Classical Traditional chart, a... The University of Utah celebrates A Century of Piano at the U. with a gala retrospective concert. Current and former faculty and students will perform solo and in ensembles in a wide variety of repertoire. Featured performers include Ubeeng Kueq, a senior piano performance student who won the 2009 Utah Music Teachers Association concerto competition and is a former Utah Symphony Salute to Youth soloist; U. graduates Josh Wright, whose 2011 album topped the Bilboard Classical Traditional chart, a... 57764810@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:45:10 MDT Repertory Dance Theatre: Finding the rhythm of Utah’s natural wonders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57760396-223/dance-gotheiner-utah-rdt.html.csp When Repertory Dance Theatre artistic director Linda Smith commissioned choreographer Zvi Gotheiner in 1993 to create a dance about the Utah landscape, it was a first in several ways. It began a 20-year artistic relationship in which RDT acquired seven of Gotheiner’s works. And it would be the first and last time in Gotheiner’s 30-year career that he would be asked to choreograph about a geographic place. “How beautiful to actually respond with dance to the imagery and the relationship we have ... When Repertory Dance Theatre artistic director Linda Smith commissioned choreographer Zvi Gotheiner in 1993 to create a dance about the Utah landscape, it was a first in several ways. It began a 20-year artistic relationship in which RDT acquired seven of Gotheiner’s works. And it would be the first and last time in Gotheiner’s 30-year career that he would be asked to choreograph about a geographic place. “How beautiful to actually respond with dance to the imagery and the relationship we have ... 57760396@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:55:57 MDT ‘Show Your Work’ author Austin Kleon wants you to ‘sell out’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57764858-223/kleon-book-says-austin.html.csp Writer/artist Austin Kleon’s book title,” Show Your Work,” is as straightforward as his ideas about publishing. The book’s 10 chapter titles are directive: “Think process, not product.” “Share something small every day.” “Tell good stories.” “Don’t turn into human spam.” And perhaps most provocative: “Sell out.” “Selling out is not something that has been portrayed in a positive light,” Kleon says in a phone interview from his Austin, Texas, home. In the indie rock world, he says, selling out i... Writer/artist Austin Kleon’s book title,” Show Your Work,” is as straightforward as his ideas about publishing. The book’s 10 chapter titles are directive: “Think process, not product.” “Share something small every day.” “Tell good stories.” “Don’t turn into human spam.” And perhaps most provocative: “Sell out.” “Selling out is not something that has been portrayed in a positive light,” Kleon says in a phone interview from his Austin, Texas, home. In the indie rock world, he says, selling out i... 57764858@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:55:57 MDT Banksy work in Park City restored after vandalism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57763781-223/banksy-park-paint-uhl.html.csp Park City • It was in broad daylight on Saturday when Deborah Uhl stepped toward the Banksy angel image on the Cunningham Building garage just off Main Street gripping a can of white spray paint. A touch of here, another touch there. It took only a few seconds or so each time she carefully added a bit of the white paint to the piece depicting a kneeling angel boy. Uhl, a painting conservator from Telluride, Colo., was summoned to Park City in January by the owner of the Cunningham building to a... Park City • It was in broad daylight on Saturday when Deborah Uhl stepped toward the Banksy angel image on the Cunningham Building garage just off Main Street gripping a can of white spray paint. A touch of here, another touch there. It took only a few seconds or so each time she carefully added a bit of the white paint to the piece depicting a kneeling angel boy. Uhl, a painting conservator from Telluride, Colo., was summoned to Park City in January by the owner of the Cunningham building to a... 57763781@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:33:03 MDT Head under the sea with Ballet West’s ‘Little Mermaid’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57740277-223/ballet-heuvel-west-mermaid.html.csp What do industrial reticulated foam, car roof upholstery and ballet chiffon have in common? They can all be found in Ballet West’s costume shop to create an undersea world of characters for the upcoming family show — a dance interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Ballet West debuted its Family Series two seasons ago with “Mermaid,” and last year premiered “Aladdin.” The series is designed for younger audiences, with earlier start times, a run time of 1 hour and 20 min... What do industrial reticulated foam, car roof upholstery and ballet chiffon have in common? They can all be found in Ballet West’s costume shop to create an undersea world of characters for the upcoming family show — a dance interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Ballet West debuted its Family Series two seasons ago with “Mermaid,” and last year premiered “Aladdin.” The series is designed for younger audiences, with earlier start times, a run time of 1 hour and 20 min... 57740277@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:17:39 MDT And the Blue Man’s beat goes on with SLC shows http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57738722-223/blue-characters-group-nolan.html.csp Jesse Nolan got his first drum set when he was 2, thanks to a music- and theater-loving aunt. At 12, the young drummer saw his first Blue Man Group show in New York City. “My mind was boggled,” Nolan recalls. “I thought the Blue Men characters were cool, but I thought: ‘Wow. A whole show of drummers.’” Nolan went on to earn degrees in music education and jazz at Indiana University, and to split time between performing in touring Broadway shows and teaching music in public schools. “My love affai... Jesse Nolan got his first drum set when he was 2, thanks to a music- and theater-loving aunt. At 12, the young drummer saw his first Blue Man Group show in New York City. “My mind was boggled,” Nolan recalls. “I thought the Blue Men characters were cool, but I thought: ‘Wow. A whole show of drummers.’” Nolan went on to earn degrees in music education and jazz at Indiana University, and to split time between performing in touring Broadway shows and teaching music in public schools. “My love affai... 57738722@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:13:15 MDT