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It’s always risky to let sidekicks take center stage — remember Mater the tow truck in “Cars 2”? — but in the computer-animated “Penguins of Madagascar,” it works. The penguins emerged from the original “Madagascar” as a crack commando squad, …

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    Poinsettia Fundraiser
    Nov 27th at People With AIDS Coalition of Utah
    People With AIDS Coalition of Utah will offer a po...
    Trees of Diversity
    Nov 27th at Utah Cultural Celebration Center
    The Trees of Diversity exhibit showcases not only...
    Grand America Holiday Events
    Nov 27th at Grand America Hotel
    The Grand America Hotel is decked to the nines and...
    Nov 27th at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
    CenterPoint Legacy Theatre will present "Scrooge,"...
    The First Christmas
    Nov 27th at SCERA Center for the Arts
    SCERA Center for the Arts and Liken will present "...
    Station Park Midnight Freeze Skating
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Jake Lucas as John Darling, Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling, Allison Williams as Peter Pan, John Allyn as Michael Darling in TV preview: ‘Peter Pan’ goes live on NBC
    Fifty-nine years after NBC presented a live version of “Peter Pan,” the network goes back to the future with an all-new production. Allison Williams (...
    Updated Nov 27 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Scott D. Pierce: Just about everybody claims TV sweeps win
    If you want proof that TV stations can spin ratings to make themselves look good, look no further than the headlines on these news releases: From KU...
    Updated Nov 27 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Meghan Trainor arrives at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) Sean P. Means: With sanitized entertainment, only the industry cleans up
    Meghan Trainor has all the right junk in all the right places — except on some of your tamer radio stations. The 20-year-old singer has a big hit wit...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
    Xactware: Transforming Lives Through Technology
    When Xactware’s founder James Loveland passed away nine years ago, his son Jim took charge of the company his dad founded in 1986. Jim was in his ear...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 04:18 pm   |     |   Share

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    Thanksgiving on TV: There’s a parade and football. What, you’re surprised?
    It’s Thanksgiving so — surprise! — there’s a parade and a bunch of football games. Oh, and a couple of shows about dogs. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parad...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 05:34 pm   |     |   Share

    Music-In-Our-Schools: Tickling The Ivories To Inspire Utah’s Kids
    One of the greatest children’s writers of all time, Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Like Hans the Gina Bachaue...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 11:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Ever-popular ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer' turns 50
    Hey, you do recall the most famous reindeer of all, right? Of course you do. Who could forget Rudolph? Particularly because he’s the subject of a clas...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rudolph gets set to lead Santa's sleigh team on Christmas Eve. Courtesy Classic Media How well you do recall the most famous reindeer of all? Take our Rudolph quiz
    In honor of the 50th anniversary of the first airing of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Dec. 6, 1964, on NBC), here is a quiz about the ‘most famous...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 08:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: A few new shows and the Jazz
    There’s not a whole lot new on this night before Thanksgiving, but there are a few things. NBA (6 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder “Sur...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 05:07 pm   |     |   Share

  • This Nov. 3, 2014, photo shows chewy white chocolate pine nut cookies in Concord, N.H. The pine nuts add a wonderful toothsome creaminess that plays so well with the white chocolate chips and orange zest. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Recipe: Even nut haters may like these holiday cookies with pine nuts
    Much as I love a good nut, I almost universally hate nuts in baked goods. Not in brownies. Not in chocolate chip cookies. Certainly not in banana brea...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows chocolate almond crescent cookies in Concord, N.H. The trick with making the healthier cookie is to use real ingredients, but to keep everything in moderation. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Healthy recipe: Keeping the joy in whole-grain holiday baking
    When I was 5, my mom invited a bunch of my kindergarten girlfriends and their moms over for cookies, cocoa and caroling to celebrate the holidays. Tha...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Recipe: An easy way to have freshly baked cookies for the holidays — and any time
    It really is hard to beat freshly baked cookies. Leave aside for a moment the deliciousness of the finished product; the simple act of cooking them ma...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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Witney Carson and Alfonso Ribeiro on Alfonso Ribiero will headline ‘Dancing With the Stars’ tour; Feb. 5 at Maverik Center
    ‘The Carlton’ is coming to the Maverik Center. Alfonso Ribiero, the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star who won the mirror ball Tuesday night on ABC’s “Dan...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 04:09 pm   |     |   Share

  • This image released by Focus Features shows Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in a scene from Movie review: ‘Theory of Everything’ presents a reserved romance
    “The Theory of Everything” tells the story of physicist Stephen Hawking and his marriage to Jane Hawking — and it’s the sort of slightly dry, just-the...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 09:04 am   |     |   Share

Pals Dale (Charlie Day, left), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis, center) and Nick (Jason Bateman) plot revenge — again — in the comedy Movie review: Bad guys dominate in ‘Horrible Bosses 2’
    More isn’t necessarily better in “Horrible Bosses 2,” a hit-and-miss sequel to the raunchy 2011 hit comedy about good guys opting to murder their awfu...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 03:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows, from left, Kowalski, voiced by Chris Miller, Skipper voiced by Tom McGrath, Rico, voiced by Conrad Vernon and Private voiced by Christpher Knights in a scene from, Movie review: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ soar with clever humor
    It’s always risky to let sidekicks take center stage — remember Mater the tow truck in “Cars 2”? — but in the computer-animated “Penguins of Madagasca...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
    This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Skipper, voiced by Tom McGrath in a scene from, Wednesday movie roundup: Black holes, black birds, dark humor
    For your Thanksgiving weekend viewing, you have a choice: A scientist in love, bumbling kidnappers or spy-savvy waterfowl. And — surprise! — the water...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 01:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • Donkey, performed by Daniel Akin, listens to the ogre Shrek, portrayed by Layne Wilden during the Ziegfeld Theatre Company's production of Ogden theater company goes head ogre heels with ‘Shrek’ in Park City
    From “Spamalot” to “The Producers,” Ogden-based Ziegfeld Theatre Company has been enjoying quite a run in Park City. For its next trick, the company i...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 08:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Grand America has a new set of holiday windows on display by Park City-based artist Jonnie Parker Hartman, who planned, designed and handcrafted the Christmas displays. The theme for this year’s window display is Christmas A to Z. There are 15 windows altogether, so some of the displays include more than one letter. Park City-based artist makes holiday scenes at the Grand America
    Park City-based artist Jonnie Parker Hartman has been in the holiday spirit since June. She has been planning, designing and handcrafting Christmas di...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 08:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Photo illustration by Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)  We’re over the rainbow for Jell-O haiku
    As Utah’s official state snack, Jell-O has become a Thanksgiving tradition — getting a revered spot on the holiday table right next to turkey and mash...
    Updated Nov 25 2014 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
    In this image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from The Cricket’s Daily 3: Doing ‘The Carlton’ pays off
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star Alfonso Ribiero and pro dancer Witney Carson (a native of American F...
    Updated Nov 26 2014 03:49 pm   |     |   Share