Last Updated Dec 18, 2014 10:45AM

It’s kind of a sad week for fans of late-night TV. We’re losing Craig Ferguson, maybe. We’re losing one version of Stephen Colbert, apparently forever. And we’re seeing the end of one of TV’s weirdest and most wonderful holiday traditions …

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney performs in concert as part of his Out There tour at Philips Arena in Atlanta. McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and graceful as he was on stage decades ago for Paul McCartney reflects on yesterday, today and tomorrow
    Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish an...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 11:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Sean P. Means: More bad Christmas songs: The readers answer back
    So I’m not the only one who thinks some Christmas songs should be thrown out with last year’s fruitcake. The fine, intelligent and thoughtful readers ...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Kamas Theater closes its doors
    The Kamas Theater, which recently screened “The Polar Express” during the town’s Christmas event last weekend, has gone dark, according to a post on i...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 01:05 am   |     |   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 Bachau...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 09:42 am   |     |   Share

    (Uinta Mountains -  A grayling breaks the service of the water after being caught on a fly by DWR aquatic biologist Matt McKell, on the Hayden Fork river in the Uinta Mountains Monday Jul 20, 2009.  Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune)   7/20/09 

TRCP’s Top 10 Underreported Conservation Stories - No. 1 has a major Utah connection
    Utah’s sportsmen haven’t really weighed in on efforts of some in the Legislature to obtain federal lands. Groups representing sportsmen and women acro...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 11:45 am   |     |   Share

  • In this Sept. 8, 2010 photo released by Comedy Central, host Stephen Colbert appears during the Scott D. Pierce: Big late-night changes here for Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert, Dave Letterman
    It’s kind of a sad week for fans of late-night TV. We’re losing Craig Ferguson, maybe. We’re losing one version of Stephen Colbert, apparently forever...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 10:45 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)   A scene from TV preview: You’ll shoot your eye out!
    “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle!” says Ralphie. “No, you’ll shoot your eye out,” replies his mother. And...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 10:45 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, a member of Sotheby's staff prepares to adjust a painting by Winston Churchill called 'The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell' at the auction house in London, England. It is one lot from a sale of possessions of the late Mary Soames, the last of Winston Churchill’s children, due to take place on Dec. 17. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) Winston Churchill painting sells for record $2.8 million
    London • A painting by Winston Churchill of the fishpond at his rural home has sold for just under 1.8 million pounds ($2.8 million), almost double th...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 01:42 pm   |     |   Share
    In this image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from ‘Birdman’ takes Best Picture from Utah Film Critics Association
    The backstage Broadway comedy-drama “Birdman” has been named the best picture of 2014 by the Utah Film Critics Association. Members of the UFCA on Wed...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 09:08 am   |     |   Share

Elephants Princess Alice and Prince Utah at Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, July 23, 1918. Courtesy  |  Utah State Historical Society
Utah Lit: Linda Sillitoe’s nostalgic last novel blends crime, elephants
    Utah writer Linda Sillitoe’s last novel is a curious thing: part thriller tracking a pedophile, part bittersweet family story, part nostalgic view of ...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 08:48 am   |     |   Share
  • Ann Cannon: Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, where have all your ornaments gone?
    See that tree right there? It’s the one in our back room. Are you asking yourself why that tree appears to be only half-dressed, like it’s wandering...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 07:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tanisha Belnap (R) and Nick Lazzarini perform a contemporary routine to Utahns come home to prove they can dance
    Tanisha Belnap and Marcquet Hill don’t think they can dance, they know they can. The two Utahns, who were finalists on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dan...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:34 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: Geez, who to root for in the ‘Survivor’ finale?
    A winner is declared in the two-hour season finale of “Survivor” (7 and 8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2). Then everybody talks about it in the “Survivor Reunion” (9...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:54 pm   |     |   Share

  • Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star in Sundance Film Festival adds three children’s films and a Robert Redford premiere
    The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has added more movies to its roster, including three for children and a passion project for Sundance Institute founder...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 04:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, from left, 1st AD Jonathan Watson, DP Brandon Trost, Evan Goldberg,  and Seth Rogen on the set of Columbia Pictures' Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ Dec. 25 release
    NEW YORK • Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex cha...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 04:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the film, Cheryl Strayed to try screenplays after ‘Wild’ experience
    When she hiked more than 1,000 miles through California and Oregon wilderness, Cheryl Strayed didn’t expect to end up in Hollywood. The author of “Wil...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 02:36 pm   |     |   Share
    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan welcomes FantasyCon at press conference in Sandy City Hall Wednesday Dec. 17 to announce new convention dates and a new partnership with Sandy City and Jordan Commons .  FantasyCon also announced new convention dates and the dates for FilmQuest Festival. FantasyCon is a 3 day convention that brings to life the fantasy books, movies and artwork that fans love in a fully immersive environment for the entire family.  The convention will be June 2-4, 2016 in Sandy's South Towne Center. FantasyCon planning big show in 2016, at Sandy’s South Towne Expo Center
    FantasyCon is moving to new digs — but you’ll have to wait awhile. The event, which filled the Salt Palace with dragons and other fantasy elements las...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 04:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Blue Cattle Truck Vanilla is shipped from Veracruz, Mexico, and bottled here in Springville. Finished bottles on the line are ready to be boxed and shipped for the busy Christmas gift and baking season. Owner Molly Anderson started importing traditional vanilla from Veracruz 17 years ago,  selling it at boutiques and craft fairs. Today the product is sold across the U.S. and Canada. It has won numerous awards as well as praise from celebrity chef such as Martha Stewart and Bobby Flay. From bean to bottle, versatile vanilla is the flavor of the season
    Vanilla is one of the most popular flavorings in the kitchen — especially during the holidays. Delicate and sweet, it makes desserts, drinks, breads a...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 07:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune

Wood-fired oven at Provisions restaurant. Restaurant review: Necessary Provisions gives diners something to love in East Millcreek
    Merriam-Webster defines provisions as a supply of food and other things that are needed. That definition proves apt for the new Provisions restaurant,...
    Updated Dec 16 2014 07:42 pm   |     |   Share

Trainer Jen Widerstrom and former Utah quarterback Scott Mitchell on “The Biggest Loser.” Trae Patton  |  NBC Scott D. Pierce: Former Utah quarterback Scott Mitchell is glad he’s now a big loser
    Scott Mitchell showed up at University of Utah football practice a few days ago, and people were surprised. Not because he was there. Mitchell quarte...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 09:16 am   |     |   Share
    Blackalicious with Daniel Bambaata Marley, Scenic Byway and Better Taste Bureau performs at Urban Lounge on Dec. 17, 2014. Visit 24tix for information and tickets.  Courtesy of Blackalicious Plans for tonight: Hip-hop or hey howdy
    • Singing-cowboy group Bar J Wranglers performs its Western show at UCCU Center, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets, at $10...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 12:15 pm   |     |   Share