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Last Updated Dec 5, 2016 02:50PM

One of the pleasures of the holiday season is finding new Christmas stories to cherish. Worthy titles this year include “Stowaway in a Sleigh” by C. Roger Mader about a cat that climbs into Santa’s bag and goes on a …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Actors Teresa Sanderson and Jay Perry have fun in the studio of KUER’s RadioWest in anticipation of Plan-B Theatre Companyís upcoming 11th radio hour, ’Yuletide.’ The one-hour broadcast will be performed live on the radio on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Salt Lake theater company finds new voices in holiday stories
    Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett says two Christmas stories were burned into his brain as a child: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” and Hans Christian...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 02:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    The cast of the Broadway touring show ’Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.’’ Dreaming of an iconic ‘White Christmas’ in Salt Lake City with a holiday tour
    The musical adaptation of Irvin Berlin’s “White Christmas” is a gift that keeps on giving, says Lorna Luft. Luft, of course, is the daughter of Judy G...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 08:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Musicians from The Lower Lights perform in the band’s 2015 concert at Kingsbury Hall. Justin Hackworth  |  Courtesy Lower Lights: Hitting all the right notes for a Utah Christmas tradition
    If attending a Lower Lights concert feels like being in the room with a bunch of friends, who happen to be musicians, hanging out together onstage, yo...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 09:16 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    A self-portrait of artist Jesse Feveryear, who creates ’glitch art’ from digital images. Utah Arts Alliance finds the art in connections with annual gala
    Volunteering for Utah Arts Alliance’s Connect program has helped artist Logan Madsen earn two exhibits of his work. But it’s just as significant that ...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 04:32 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Maxwell Remington plays Oliver in Pioneer Theatre Company’s upcoming holiday production of  ’Oliver.’ Salt Lake’s Pioneer Theatre Company revives classic ‘Oliver!’
    “Please, sir, I want some more” might be the most iconic line in “Oliver!,” that other iconic Charles Dickens stage adaptation. Most theatergoers of a...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Dancers preform during Ballet West’s final dress rehearsal of ’The Nutcracker,’ at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Looking back and forward as Ballet West continues its grand ‘Nutcracker’ tradition
    Ballet West principal dancer Christopher Ruud is feeling sentimental knowing Utah audiences will be seeing the familiar “Nutcracker” set and costumes ...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 05:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Micki Martinez spreads her wings as Butterfly in ’Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly,’  Salt Lake Acting Company’s offering  as part of its annual children’s production. Through a bug’s eyes: Salt Lake Acting Company’s kids’ play tells story of transformation
    Salt Lake Acting Company’s annual children’s musical, “Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly,” features a cast of creepy crawly characters who make a st...
    Updated Nov 28 2016 09:41 am   |     |   Share
  • Review: Author looks for somewhere to belong in ‘Family Happiness’
    Maddie Dawson writes a charming story about family in her new novel, “The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness.” Readers are transported back and fort...
    Updated Nov 28 2016 09:42 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Roots of Knowledge, artist Tom Holdman describes one of the many details in a single panel as the entirety was unveiled Friday Nov. 18 at the Fulton Library at Utah Valley University.  This one-of-a-kind 200-foot-long stain-glass mural artwork chronicles humanity’s pursuit of knowledge since the dawn of recorded time throughout 80 panes of glass. Photos: Utah Valley University celebrates Roots of Knowledge
    In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Utah Valley University on Friday unveiled The Roots of Knowledge, a 200-foot-long stained-glass mural created ...
    Updated Nov 21 2016 09:11 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)    To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Utah Valley University has commissioned Holdman Studios, in Lehi to create a major stained glass art installation called the Roots of Knowledge. Many of the panels have tiny paintings with more recent pop culture imagery, like Edward Scissorhands, pictured here, right center. At Utah Valley University, it's one artful piece of stained glass at a time (with video)
    All great art starts with a seed. It’s what you do with the seed, stained-glass artist Tom Holdman contends, that matters. “You say, ‘Is this a good s...
    Updated Nov 17 2016 11:35 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   ’One Big Union’ actors Tracie Merrill, as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and Roger Dunbar, as Joe Hill, pose for a portrait outside of Ken Sanders Books in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. ’One Big Union,’  a play about the trial and execution of Joe Hill, is written by Utah playwright Debora Threedy and is being staged by Plan-B Theatre Nov. 10-20. Review: Song and story of Joe Hill seamlessly coalesce in Plan-B’s ‘One Big Union’
    Elizabeth Gurley Flynn describes them as “songs to fan the flames of discontent. The songs have power in them to weld people into one,” she tells Joe ...
    Updated Nov 15 2016 09:16 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Ballet West runs through their final dress rehearsal for the Season Opener, Madame Butterfly at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Ballet West Orchestra, nearly 50 dancers, and opulent sets and costumes were all on display for the show scheduled to run Nov. 4-13. Review: Tradition made new again in Ballet West’s ‘Madame Butterfly’
    “Madame Butterfly” is an ensemble ballet with six main characters and a cast of 50, but the success of the story is solely dependent on the timing, mu...
    Updated Nov 10 2016 06:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   ’One Big Union’ actors Tracie Merrill, as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and Roger Dunbar, as Joe Hill, pose for a portrait outside of Ken Sanders Books in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. ’One Big Union,’  a play about the trial and execution of Joe Hill, is written by Utah playwright Debora Threedy and is being staged by Plan-B Theatre Nov. 10-20. Salt Lake theater finds the music in the overlooked history of labor leader Joe Hill
    Consider it dramatic magic: The longer playwright Debora Threedy watches Roger Dunbar rehearse the role of Joe Hill, the more she thinks the actor res...
    Updated Nov 11 2016 03:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    ìSix Dots: a Story of Young Louis Braille,î by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov, is told from the first person point of view and takes readers through Louis Brailleís experiences ó from losing his sight at the age of six to attending a school in Paris to inventing a more efficient way for blind people to read the pages of a book. Books: From the Supreme Court to ‘Star Trek,’ there’s a wide world of new biographies for children
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    Updated Nov 04 2016 06:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Actor Gail Johnsen. Utah mother, son find common ground in the crazy Addams family
    When Gail Hutchings contemplated getting married, she confessed to her husband-to-be, Gary Johnsen, that she didn’t really know how to cook. He made t...
    Updated Nov 03 2016 05:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Funeral planned for Utah author and Mormon speaker Brenton Yorgason
    On Oct. 22, Margaret Yorgason bought 100 luminaries and 100 lights for the family’s 39 grandchildren to mark the national day raising awareness for hu...
    Updated Nov 04 2016 08:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Actor Teresa Sanderson as lawyer Myra Bradwell and Tamara Johnson Howell as Mary Todd Lincoln in Pygmalion Productions’ ’Mary and Myra,’ which runs through Nov. 12. Great performances spark Utah production of the complicated mental life of Mary Todd Lincoln
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    Updated Nov 03 2016 05:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE- In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, actor, director LeVar Burton smiles as he takes his seat in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington. More than three decades after the Reading Rainbow program began to encourage reading among children, the show’s longtime host, LeVar Burton, is now focusing his efforts to promote literacy in the digital realm. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) Take a look: A ‘Reading Rainbow’ for the digital age
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    Updated Nov 04 2016 06:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • T.C. Boyle’s ‘The Terranauts’ places humanity under glass
    Eight scientists living under glass for two years in a self-sustaining, closed ecosystem constructed in the Arizona desert. Sound familiar? T.C. Boyle...
    Updated Nov 16 2016 06:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • Book review: ‘IQ’ delivers moving, yet action-packed plot
    Sherlock Holmes — and all his incarnations — never go out of style. It’s not just the updates that keep the Great Detective in our minds, but the myri...
    Updated Nov 16 2016 06:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Shakespeare Festival executive director R. Scott Phillips says a few words about the new Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre during its dedication, Cedar City, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Utah Shakespeare Festival director receives prestigious national recognition
    R. Scott Phillips, executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, has received national recognition from the Institute of Outdoor Drama. Phillip...
    Updated Nov 07 2016 08:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Election year fatigue? Blame it in part on the race of 1840
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    Updated Oct 29 2016 02:34 pm   |     |   Share
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    The line between painting and performance gets blurred significantly in the newest gallery exhibit by Salt Lake City artist Jimmi Toro. Toro’s new sho...
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