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The latest in the saga of Katniss Everdeen, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” is an engaging and action-packed half of a four-hour movie. It shares some structural similarities with other penultimate franchise films — such as “Harry Potter and …

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    Jazz Vespers
    Nov 23rd at First Unitarian Church
    Enjoy Jazz Vespers with Rev. Tom Goldsmith every S...
    The Threepenny Opera
    Nov 23rd at Babcock Theatre
    The University of Utah Department of Theatre will...
    Shrek the Musical
    Nov 23rd at Egyptian Theatre
    Ziegfeld Theatre Company will present "Shrek, the...
    Flight of Fancy
    Nov 23rd at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
    Aerial Arts of Utah will present "Flight of Fancy:...
    The Skeleton Twins
    Nov 23rd at The Prospector
    The comedy-drama "The Skeleton Twins," starring Bi...
    Derek Banks Concert
    Nov 24th at Orem Public Library
    The Orem Library will feature a piano concert by p...
    A Night with Chrissie Hynde With The Rails
    Nov 24th at
    Chrissie Hynde will perform Nov. 24, 2014. Hynde w...

  • FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Bill Cosby controversy: A decade in the making
    The sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Templ...
    Updated Nov 22 2014 12:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Holiday arts preview: Scrooge and other Utah classics onstage
    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ A beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of five ac...
    Updated Nov 22 2014 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken Wed. Nov. 12, 2014  successful deer hunters check in their deer at the check station in Hillsboro, N.H. Fish and Wildlife officials suspect that interest from local food connoisseurs is helping to level off a drop in the number of hunting license holders nationally, which has been on a steady decline over the last 30 years.(AP Photo/Jim Cole) Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across US
    Montpelier, Vt. • A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand ...
    Updated Nov 22 2014 10:57 am   |     |   Share
    The Magic Of Theatre For the Children Of Utah, And It’s Absolutely Free!
    “There is a magic that happens when you’re seeing great, live, local theatre,” Jenifer Nii said. “There’s this thing that happens deep inside your che...
    Updated Nov 18 2014 02:33 pm   |     |   Share

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    FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2014 file photo, comedian Jay Leno performs during the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Leno canceled a scheduled appearance at a large firearms trade show on the Las Vegas  Strip, after learning that a group representing victims of gun violence was gathering petition signatures urging him not to attend. A publicist for the former NBC Tonight Show host and the chairwoman of a gun control advocacy formed after a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting, said Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, that Leno didn’t understand the show is hosted by a lobbying group for gun owners and manufacturers.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) This weekend on TV: Jay Leno follows in Mark Twain’s footsteps?
    Jay Leno is finally getting some of the respect he never really got all those years he was hosting “The Tonight Show.” He’s being honored with “The Ma...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 02:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)   Stefan Karl as The Grinch and Seth Bazacas as Young Max. Review: Broadway Across America’s ‘Grinch’ is great Utah family fun
    Parents, if you’re looking to take your kids to see live theater, you could hardly do better than “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musi...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 04:23 pm   |     |   Share
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Violinist Fumiaki Miura, will perform with the Utah Symphony Nov. 21-22. Concert review: Rising star Fumiaki Miura shines with the Utah Symphony
    Utah Symphony music director Thierry Fischer believes Fumiaki Miura is going places, and the young violinist’s performance with the orchestra on Frida...
    Updated Nov 22 2014 10:31 am   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided by Arctic Poppy shows the box set for Review: McCartney tribute album is well-produced karaoke
    If the point of “The Art of McCartney” is to showcase the timelessness of Paul McCartney’s songwriting gifts, wouldn’t it have made sense to give the ...
    Updated Nov 22 2014 11:04 am   |     |   Share
    New film tells anglers "If we let this slide we fail"
    Todd Tanner is a quiet man with deep thoughts. That was my first impression of a guy who would come to be a great friend and role model. I remember cl...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 03:26 pm   |     |   Share

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Apple pie, photographed in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Class lets you bake your Thanksgiving pies at the Salt Lake Culinary Center
    Don’t dirty the kitchen making pies for Thanksgiving. Do all the mixing, rolling and baking on Wednesday, Nov. 26 during “Pie Day” at The Salt Lake C...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 11:24 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  Tribune file photo)  
A group of about 600 runners dressed as Santa Claus gather in The Gateway mall for the annual 5K Santa Run on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. This year's run is Saturday at The Gateway. Weekend Express: Santa Run, Eat Like a Pilgrim, Light Up the Night
    Plan your weekend with picks from our entertainment reporters, critics and bloggers. For more event listings, visit www.sltrib.com/entertainment. Spor...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 11:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Utah author Terry Tempest Williams at home in Castle Valley. (Courtesy photo)   by Debra Anderson).
Victorian-era insights on nature live on as Utah writers launch new call to wildness
    When Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams found an old book by Victorian writer Richard Jefferies in a Maine bookstore, the Utah writers didn’t ...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 09:30 am   |     |   Share
Get ready for a night of metalcore when The Ghost Inside and Every Time I Die bring their tour with guests Architects, Hundredth and Backtrack to In The Venue in Salt Lake City, Nov. 21, 2014. Visit Smithstix.com for tickets. Courtesy The Ghost Inside Plans for the weekend: Every kind of music
    • Metalcore bands The Ghost Inside and Every Time I Die co-headline tonight at In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City. Opening: Architects, Hun...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 12:30 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Artist Kaya Monson, 8, looks at 'The Winter Carousel,' which she helped design along with members of the Salt Lake Community College Fashion Institute/Visual Merchandising, during the third annual holiday candy windows at Macyís at City Creek Center Thursday November 20, 2014. Six local artists were chosen to design window displays that will be made entirely out of candy. The displays will be up through Christmas. Photos: City Creek Center kicks off holiday season with candy windows at Macy’s and more
    Artist Kaya Monson, 8, peers through a Macy’s window Thursday at “The Winter Carousel,” above, which she and members of the Salt Lake Community Colleg...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 09:14 am   |     |   Share
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The Book of Mormon first edition, 1830, on display at the LDS Church History Library on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Jewish writer travels across the world for ‘The Lost Book of Mormon’
    While studying American literature at Harvard, Avi Steinberg added The Book of Mormon to the list of American literary classics he had studied for his...
    Updated Nov 17 2014 08:31 am   |     |   Share
  • Concert preview: Flying Lotus moves deeper into the unknown with new album
    The fifth album by Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus, who performs Friday at The Complex in Salt Lake City, moves even further away from his early ins...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 03:45 pm   |     |   Share
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Jazz head coach Quin Snyder watches the first half of a game against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Jazz coach ‘looks like an ‘80s movie villain,’ says USA Today
    Quin Snyder: Utah Jazz coach or evil replicant from the future? You make the call! That’s the question raised by Nate Scott on USA Today’s For the Win...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 11:24 am   |     |   Share

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The annual Trees of Diversity exhibit at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City also features gingerbread houses, wreaths, nativities and other holiday scenes. The exhibit runs Nov. 20 through Jan. 3. Photos: Utah Cultural Celebration Center opening annual Trees of Diversity holiday exhibit
    The Utah Cultural Celebration Center marks the opening Thursday of its annual Trees of Diversity galleria exhibition with an ever-growing array of dec...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 04:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this undated image released by Disney Theatrical Productions, the cast performs a number from the touring musical ABC to celebrate Disney on Broadway in TV special
    New York • Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its ...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, Katha Pollitt, author of Katha Pollitt’s new book takes on abortion debate
    Katha Pollitt, the columnist for “The Nation,” the feminist essayist, poet and critic, has been frustrating some on the left and angering some on the ...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 05:17 pm   |     |   Share
    In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from Friday movie roundup: Katniss takes aim
    Katniss Everdeen owns the weekend. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” is the only new movie opening this weekend, as Hollywood studios thought any...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 11:06 am   |     |   Share