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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) Step Afrika! brings high-energy moves, positive messages to Salt Lake stage, beyond http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58469555-223/afrika-step-dance-performance.html.csp Attending the Step Afrika! performance at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday might be the most fun you ever have applying for a $500 college scholarship. Step Afrika! — a Washington, D.C.-based dance company that began 20 years ago as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa — takes its positive messaging about education and healthy lifestyles with them wherever and whenever they perform. The scholarship information, along with the company’s philosophy about teamw... Attending the Step Afrika! performance at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday might be the most fun you ever have applying for a $500 college scholarship. Step Afrika! — a Washington, D.C.-based dance company that began 20 years ago as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa — takes its positive messaging about education and healthy lifestyles with them wherever and whenever they perform. The scholarship information, along with the company’s philosophy about teamw... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58469555@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:53:39 MDT Review: Utah Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Boeing Boeing’ is frantic fun http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58454905-223/boeing-bernard-festival-shakespeare.html.csp Cedar City • Jo Winiarski’s stylish living-room set for “Boeing Boeing,” which just opened at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, reveals all you need to know about the show you’re going to see. With its life-size carved llamas, Plexiglas tables and bizarre tennis-ball chair, it is smart and sophisticated, but it is also slick and all surface — no danger of depth here. And it has an inordinate number of doors, the sure sign of a farce. This production parlays those doors into nonstop comic action. As... Cedar City • Jo Winiarski’s stylish living-room set for “Boeing Boeing,” which just opened at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, reveals all you need to know about the show you’re going to see. With its life-size carved llamas, Plexiglas tables and bizarre tennis-ball chair, it is smart and sophisticated, but it is also slick and all surface — no danger of depth here. And it has an inordinate number of doors, the sure sign of a farce. This production parlays those doors into nonstop comic action. As... 58454905@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:44:03 MDT Readers unite in Salt Lake City for book fest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58458818-223/book-lake-salt-festival.html.csp Above • RJ Walker of Salt Lake City participates in a poetry slam Saturday during the Utah Book Festival at the Salt Lake Main Library. Saturday’s Keynote Day included readings, an art exhibit, publishing panels and a poetry slam. The keynote speaker, Diane Ackerman, was in town to promote her new book, “The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us.” For more information on other Utah Book Festival events, which run through the end of October at various locations statewide, go to www.utahhumanities.org... Above • RJ Walker of Salt Lake City participates in a poetry slam Saturday during the Utah Book Festival at the Salt Lake Main Library. Saturday’s Keynote Day included readings, an art exhibit, publishing panels and a poetry slam. The keynote speaker, Diane Ackerman, was in town to promote her new book, “The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us.” For more information on other Utah Book Festival events, which run through the end of October at various locations statewide, go to www.utahhumanities.org... 58458818@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:40:56 MDT RDT opens ‘Portal’ into the instinctual language of movement http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58454958-223/dance-rdt-movement-portal.html.csp Repertory Dance Theatre opens the 2014-15 season with “Portal,” a title meant to entice audiences to peer in closely at the similarities and differences in methodology and inspiration among the four works on the program. Dance artists Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof were in Salt Lake City a few months ago as guest teachers for RDT’s summer workshop and to choreograph the world premiere of “By the Snake” as part of the “Portal” program. The husband-and-wife team from Israel have been working together for... Repertory Dance Theatre opens the 2014-15 season with “Portal,” a title meant to entice audiences to peer in closely at the similarities and differences in methodology and inspiration among the four works on the program. Dance artists Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof were in Salt Lake City a few months ago as guest teachers for RDT’s summer workshop and to choreograph the world premiere of “By the Snake” as part of the “Portal” program. The husband-and-wife team from Israel have been working together for... 58454958@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:15:53 MDT Review: Utah Shakespeare Festival serves up a suspenseful, entertaining ‘Sherlock Holmes’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58455727-223/holmes-sherlock-moriarty-festival.html.csp Cedar City • In 1899, Arthur Conan Doyle decided to kill Sherlock Holmes. Keeping the ingenious detective stocked with adventures was consuming all his time. There were many other things he wanted to write about. So he penned “The Final Adventure,” pitting Holmes against his nemesis, the archvillain Professor Moriarty. Holmes, however, refused to go away. The actor William Gillette wrote a play about Holmes’ confrontation with Moriarty that became enormously popular, and Conan Doyle was forced t... Cedar City • In 1899, Arthur Conan Doyle decided to kill Sherlock Holmes. Keeping the ingenious detective stocked with adventures was consuming all his time. There were many other things he wanted to write about. So he penned “The Final Adventure,” pitting Holmes against his nemesis, the archvillain Professor Moriarty. Holmes, however, refused to go away. The actor William Gillette wrote a play about Holmes’ confrontation with Moriarty that became enormously popular, and Conan Doyle was forced t... 58455727@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:42:08 MDT Book review: Brilliant new biography of Tennessee Williams http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58443149-223/williams-lahr-tennessee-stage.html.csp When “The Glass Menagerie” opened on Broadway in March 1945, the actress cast as Southern matriarch Amanda Wingfield got so drunk before the show that a bucket was placed in the wings so she could throw up between scenes. Seated six rows from the stage was the 34-year-old playwright, Tennessee Williams, who was struck by Laurette Taylor’s “supernatural quality onstage.” When the final curtain came down, the cast took 24 curtain calls to thunderous applause, and Williams, wearing a gray flannel ... When “The Glass Menagerie” opened on Broadway in March 1945, the actress cast as Southern matriarch Amanda Wingfield got so drunk before the show that a bucket was placed in the wings so she could throw up between scenes. Seated six rows from the stage was the 34-year-old playwright, Tennessee Williams, who was struck by Laurette Taylor’s “supernatural quality onstage.” When the final curtain came down, the cast took 24 curtain calls to thunderous applause, and Williams, wearing a gray flannel ... 58443149@www.sltrib.com Sat, 27 Sep 2014 01:01:03 MDT Review: Ririe-Woodbury’s ‘Fall Season’ sets new standard for Utah modern dance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58458852-223/dancers-dance-lake-salt.html.csp A tangible buzz filled the air Thursday night at the Jeanné Wagner Theatre, even before the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company dancers rocketed onstage for the “Fall Season” opener. The typically sparse opening-night theater was instead filled by $5 student-night ticket holders and Salt Lake City’s modern-dance elite. Throughout the evening, a crowd that often responds with guarded applause hooted and cheered, finally spontaneously rising in a standing ovation for the three works on the program. Alt... A tangible buzz filled the air Thursday night at the Jeanné Wagner Theatre, even before the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company dancers rocketed onstage for the “Fall Season” opener. The typically sparse opening-night theater was instead filled by $5 student-night ticket holders and Salt Lake City’s modern-dance elite. Throughout the evening, a crowd that often responds with guarded applause hooted and cheered, finally spontaneously rising in a standing ovation for the three works on the program. Alt... 58458852@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:51:02 MDT Utah Lit: Diane Ackerman finds wonder in the technology of climate change http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58450658-223/ackerman-human-book-says.html.csp Humans have already proven we can change the world. After all, we’ve created invasive species everywhere, changing the environment around us both accidentally and on purpose. “We’ve already proven we can change the planet, and we made a mess of it,” says Ackerman, who will speak in Salt Lake City on Saturday as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. “Why don’t we put our heads together and change the planet for the better?” That’s the optimistic spine of the naturalist/poet’s new book, “Th... Humans have already proven we can change the world. After all, we’ve created invasive species everywhere, changing the environment around us both accidentally and on purpose. “We’ve already proven we can change the planet, and we made a mess of it,” says Ackerman, who will speak in Salt Lake City on Saturday as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. “Why don’t we put our heads together and change the planet for the better?” That’s the optimistic spine of the naturalist/poet’s new book, “Th... 58450658@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:52:02 MDT Utah Book Festival promotes reading with downtown Salt Lake City flair http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58429240-223/book-utah-salt-lake.html.csp Two Rivers High School senior Alyssa Johnson considers herself a picky reader who’s easily bored, but she labels “Mockingbird,” the young-adult novel she’s reading in English class, a “really brilliant book.” Johnson, 17, of Ogden, loves how the novel tells the story from the point-of-view of fifth-grader Caitlin, a gifted artist who has Asperger’s syndrome. “She really wanted people to know what it’s like,” Johnson says of the writer. “I think it goes into details of things that a lot of wri... Two Rivers High School senior Alyssa Johnson considers herself a picky reader who’s easily bored, but she labels “Mockingbird,” the young-adult novel she’s reading in English class, a “really brilliant book.” Johnson, 17, of Ogden, loves how the novel tells the story from the point-of-view of fifth-grader Caitlin, a gifted artist who has Asperger’s syndrome. “She really wanted people to know what it’s like,” Johnson says of the writer. “I think it goes into details of things that a lot of wri... 58429240@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:48:42 MDT Park City memorial for Victoria Mallory on Sunday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58450679-223/mallory-broadway-park-theatre.html.csp A memorial for former Park City-based actor Victoria Mallory will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, at noon at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Organizers say they plan to give the former Broadway star a standing ovation for a life well lived. The actor, 65, died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 30. Mallory made her Broadway debut as Maria in a 1968 revival of “West Side Story.” In 1973, she starred as Anne Egerman in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” and later married her co-star, M... A memorial for former Park City-based actor Victoria Mallory will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, at noon at the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Organizers say they plan to give the former Broadway star a standing ovation for a life well lived. The actor, 65, died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 30. Mallory made her Broadway debut as Maria in a 1968 revival of “West Side Story.” In 1973, she starred as Anne Egerman in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” and later married her co-star, M... 58450679@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:53:36 MDT Greek theater counts on the drama of a rain space http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58450747-223/lake-salt-butte-rain.html.csp Outdoor performances of “Hecuba” are scheduled for Red Butte Garden’s amphitheater this weekend; the show will be moved to Westminster College if rain interferes. Euripides’ rarely produced dark tragedy features University of Utah theater professor Sandra Shotwell in the title role. When • 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City In case of rain • Jewett Center for the Performing Arts’ Dumke Student Theatre, 1250 E. 1700 South, Salt Lake City; ... Outdoor performances of “Hecuba” are scheduled for Red Butte Garden’s amphitheater this weekend; the show will be moved to Westminster College if rain interferes. Euripides’ rarely produced dark tragedy features University of Utah theater professor Sandra Shotwell in the title role. When • 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City In case of rain • Jewett Center for the Performing Arts’ Dumke Student Theatre, 1250 E. 1700 South, Salt Lake City; ... 58450747@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:30:03 MDT Utah theater swings into fall with curtain-raising shows http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58416272-223/says-utah-sept-hecuba.html.csp As the fall theater season gears up, three very different shows play on Salt Lake City stages this week. At Red Butte Garden, there are outdoor performances of Euripides’ “Hecuba,” a rarely performed tragedy featuring University of Utah acting professor Sandra Shotwell as the powerhouse title character. The Sting & Honey Company opens Peter Shaffer’s “The Private Ear,” a one-act play about falling in love with an idea. And at the Capitol Theatre, the Broadway Across America — Utah series kicks ... As the fall theater season gears up, three very different shows play on Salt Lake City stages this week. At Red Butte Garden, there are outdoor performances of Euripides’ “Hecuba,” a rarely performed tragedy featuring University of Utah acting professor Sandra Shotwell as the powerhouse title character. The Sting & Honey Company opens Peter Shaffer’s “The Private Ear,” a one-act play about falling in love with an idea. And at the Capitol Theatre, the Broadway Across America — Utah series kicks ... 58416272@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:51:05 MDT Dance preview: Change is in the air with Ririe-Woodbury’s ‘Fall Season’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58429186-223/dance-company-bokaer-fall.html.csp The first thing to notice about the opening of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s fall season is its title: “Fall Season.” The straightforward description breaks with local convention of naming dance performances per a theme, and instead parallels professional companies in larger cities that simply announce the season. Using the same less-is-more reasoning, R-W has also decided to drop its December show. “It’s just quality over quantity,” artistic director Daniel Charon explained. “We will ha... The first thing to notice about the opening of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s fall season is its title: “Fall Season.” The straightforward description breaks with local convention of naming dance performances per a theme, and instead parallels professional companies in larger cities that simply announce the season. Using the same less-is-more reasoning, R-W has also decided to drop its December show. “It’s just quality over quantity,” artistic director Daniel Charon explained. “We will ha... 58429186@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:51:05 MDT Review: Salt Lake Acting Company serves Hollywood dish, delivered cold http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58441973-223/mengers-hollywood-lake-salt.html.csp “I love gossip, don’t you?” purrs Hollywood über-agent Sue Mengers behind her bubble-eyed glasses while perpetually rearranging the pillows on her living-room couch. “Gossip is like mother’s milk to me.” Gossip from 1970s Hollywood is what’s being served up by actor Camille G. Van Wagoner as John Logan’s one-woman stage show, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers,” opens Salt Lake Acting Company’s new season. But dish served cold is a very tough sell, and Logan’s script loves Mengers so m... “I love gossip, don’t you?” purrs Hollywood über-agent Sue Mengers behind her bubble-eyed glasses while perpetually rearranging the pillows on her living-room couch. “Gossip is like mother’s milk to me.” Gossip from 1970s Hollywood is what’s being served up by actor Camille G. Van Wagoner as John Logan’s one-woman stage show, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers,” opens Salt Lake Acting Company’s new season. But dish served cold is a very tough sell, and Logan’s script loves Mengers so m... 58441973@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:51:05 MDT Rare Warhol paintings could bring $130M at NYC auction http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58445972-223/warhol-elvis-auction-sold.html.csp New York • Elvis Presley. Marlon Brando. Andy Warhol. The A-list trifecta of music, film and art is going on the auction block at Christie’s in November. “Triple Elvis (Ferus Type)” and “Four Marlons” rate among Warhol’s most famous portraits. The monumental paintings, each nearly 7 feet high, have never appeared at auction before and could bring a combined total of $130 million when they go up for bid on Nov. 12. Christie’s said they are being sold separately, and estimates for each were not ye... New York • Elvis Presley. Marlon Brando. Andy Warhol. The A-list trifecta of music, film and art is going on the auction block at Christie’s in November. “Triple Elvis (Ferus Type)” and “Four Marlons” rate among Warhol’s most famous portraits. The monumental paintings, each nearly 7 feet high, have never appeared at auction before and could bring a combined total of $130 million when they go up for bid on Nov. 12. Christie’s said they are being sold separately, and estimates for each were not ye... 58445972@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:08:15 MDT Utah Lit for September: ‘The Human Age’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58430170-223/book-lake-salt-ackerman.html.csp For September, the Tribune’s Utah Lit online book club will focus on Diane Ackerman’s “The Human Age.” The poet and naturalist focuses on the paradoxical effects of humans on the Earth, and along with the damage, she reports on the reasons for hope. In the book, Ackerman labels humans as “nomads with restless minds” and “powerful agents of planetary change.” Her research-based meditations span the world, from considerations of space to sprawling cities to the hope of climate farming or the buil... For September, the Tribune’s Utah Lit online book club will focus on Diane Ackerman’s “The Human Age.” The poet and naturalist focuses on the paradoxical effects of humans on the Earth, and along with the damage, she reports on the reasons for hope. In the book, Ackerman labels humans as “nomads with restless minds” and “powerful agents of planetary change.” Her research-based meditations span the world, from considerations of space to sprawling cities to the hope of climate farming or the buil... 58430170@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:30:01 MDT Book reviews: Women in politics: Gillibrand and Davis memoirs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58430050-223/gillibrand-davis-clinton-working.html.csp Two prominent women in politics, New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who shot to fame in pink sneakers with an abortion-rights filibuster, are out this month with memoirs. “Forgetting to Be Afraid” chronicles Davis’ hardscrabble journey from teen mom in a trailer park to Harvard Law School. Gillibrand’s “Off the Sidelines” is a “Lean In”-style exhortation about women in a man’s world. Both books made head... Two prominent women in politics, New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who shot to fame in pink sneakers with an abortion-rights filibuster, are out this month with memoirs. “Forgetting to Be Afraid” chronicles Davis’ hardscrabble journey from teen mom in a trailer park to Harvard Law School. Gillibrand’s “Off the Sidelines” is a “Lean In”-style exhortation about women in a man’s world. Both books made head... 58430050@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:38:15 MDT 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... 58416062@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:56 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