Utah Arts Festival preview: What to see and do
Over two blocks and four days, the Utah Arts Festival packs a world of experiences.One can watch dancers climb the walls, interact with street performers, look at and buy art objects, see short films, help create community artworks, eat a variety of food, listen to musical acts from all over, and let the kids make their own crafts.
Check the related stories box on your left for profiles of some of the art and performances you can catch there.
Here are a few other happenings at the Utah Arts Festival:
Music headliners • The range of acts includes Utah homeboys Royal Bliss, New Orleans band The Iguanas, world music from African Showboyz, Mexican-influenced band Y La Bamba, "junkyard" musician Shovelman, The Sensations Soul Band, blues rocker Kenny Neal, bluegrass band The Steeldrivers, "The Voice" contestant Ryan Innes, collaborative experiment Sound Mass, and singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.
Local music • A wealth of Utah bands will be performing, including King Niko, Holy Water Buffalo, Big Blue Ox and Orquestra Latino.
Street theater • BBoy Federation will be performing street dance moves around the grounds, and the Salt Lake City drum group Kenshin Taiko will play Japanese-style percussion at The Round (by the Library).
Fine Art Exhibition • The All-State Utah High School Art Exhibition will bring its touring show, featuring works from 16 up-and-coming artists, to the prime space of the 4th floor gallery of the City Library.
Art Yard • Children can get hands-on with arts and crafts projects, and the instrument petting zoo (sponsored by Summerhays Music Center) lets kids try out band and orchestra instruments. There's also a stage for kid performers to show their talents.
Film • The Fear No Film Festival includes some 40 short films, from filmmakers both homegrown and far-flung. The shorts programs at the City Library auditorium will have some adult content, but there's a kids' program playing at the Art Yard.
Literary arts • Comic-book authors Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan ("Boilerplate") return to teach interactive workshops. Also, the Big Mouth Stage will feature performance poets and a Team Slam performance. And the "Mailbox Diaries" display will allow festivalgoers to add their own entries on the subjects of grief and love.
The Leonardo • Salt Lake City's art-and-tech museum is open to festivalgoers, with exhibits on the second-floor galleries and workshops in the Art Lab. (Admission to the new exhibit, "101 Inventions That Changed the World," is $5 in addition to the festival admission.)
Urban Arts • Take part in a community art project by painting a piece of a 20-foot puzzle mural, or help local graffiti artists on the "interactive graffiti wall." Spy Hop will be running its Found Sound Studio, mixing noises from around the grounds into music, and creating "an undercover animation project."
Where • Library Square, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City.
When • Thursday through Saturday, June 20-23.
Hours • Noon to 11 p.m. each day.
Admission • $12 a day for adults; free for kids 12 and under; $6 for seniors 65 and older; $35 for a 4-day pass.
Discounts • $10 opening-day special Thursday only; $6 lunchtime special, Thursday and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; and a "y'all come back" pass, good for 2-for-1 admission on a return visit, available upon exit.