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Sean P. Means

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A variety of Todd Perkins’ guitars at his Utah Arts Festival booth (#12), June 22, 2017.  Perkins creates unique guitar art from up-cycled materials to create one of a kind, themed custom art.   The Utah Arts Festival is the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event in Utah, running through June 25, 2017 at the City and County Building grounds in downtown Salt Lake City. Visual artists evoke sounds at the Utah Arts Festival
    Sounds are everywhere at the Utah Arts Festival: bands playing music, poets reciting their works, fresh-cut French fries sizzling in oil and more. Eve...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 10:11 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Arlen (Suki Waterhouse, left) and Miami Man (Jason Momoa) prepare for a fight, in a scene from the dystopian horror-thriller ’The Bad Batch.’ Courtesy Neon Films Dystopian horror-thriller ‘The Bad Batch’ looks cool, but plays rough
    As sophomore slumps go, filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour’s horror-thriller “The Bad Batch” is at least an interesting one — a gloss on the junkyard dystopi...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by the Sundance Institute shows Salma Hayek in a scene from ’Beatriz at Dinner,’ a film by Miguel Arteta. The film was an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. (Sundance Institute/Lacey Terrell via AP) Movie review: ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ is small potatoes
    Someday, I’d love to see a solid stage play starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow, matching wits and verbally jousting at the tops of their respective...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • An unhappily married couple (Adam Pally, left, and Zoe Lister-Jones, right) try to save their marriage by turning their fights into songs and forming a rock band (with Fred Armisen as drummer), in ’Band Aid,’ a comedy written and directed by Lister-Jones. It screened in the U.S. Dramatic competition of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Institute Movie review: Comedy and pain in marriage in ‘Band Aid’
    Marital strife sounds better set to music in “Band Aid,” a relationship comedy that’s best when it’s being serious. Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones, who also w...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Sundance Selects/IFC Films   Author and urban theorist Jane Jacobs, shown here leading a protest in the early 1960s, is the subject of the documentary ’Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.’ Movie review: ‘Citizen Jane’ details fight for a city’s soul
    A plucky intellectual takes on New York’s most powerful builder in “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” an engrossing documentary that details a histo...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:43 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this April 24, 2017 file photo, filmmaker Ron Howard arrives at the premiere of ’Genius’, in Los Angeles. Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, June 22, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) The Cricket’s Daily 3: Ron Howard to tackle ‘Solo’ project
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • Ron Howard will take over the directing reins of the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie, after the original...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 09:18 am   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from ’Wonder Woman,’ in theaters on June 2. The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Sean P. Means: Halfway through 2017, some reminders of Oscar-worthy work
    Nobody talks about the Oscars in June. In Hollywood’s calendar, summer is the time for mindless blockbusters (hello there, “Transformers”), while the...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Grimlock in a scene from, ’Transformers: The Last Knight.’ (Paramount Pictures/Bay Films via AP) The fifth ‘Transformers’ movie is an assault on the senses
    After the fourth “Transformers” movie, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” came out in 2014, director Michael Bay opined that “they should make it mand...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE- In this Jan. 27, 2013, file photo, Daniel Day-Lewis arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Day-Lewis’s representative, Leslee Dart, said in a statement Tuesday, June 20, 2017, that the 60-year-old performer “will no longer be working as an actor.” She added that Day-Lewis is “immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) The Cricket’s Daily 3: A world without Daniel Day-Lewis acting
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • Daniel Day-Lewis, three-time Best Actor Oscar winner and possibly the greatest actor of his generat...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 09:06 am   |     |   Share
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    Jason Mraz, backed up by all-girl band Raining Jane, performed in concert at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, Sseptember 9, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by Dan Harr/Invision/AP) Plans for tonight: Jason Mraz, sold out
    • Horror-punk act Doyle performs at Liquid Joe’s, 1249 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City. Opening: Davey Suicide. Show starts at 7. Tickets are $18, at Sm...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 02:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Beyonce poses in the press room with the awards for best music video for ’Formation’ and best urban contemporary album for ’Lemonade’ at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) The Cricket’s Daily 3: Beyoncé and Jay Z have twins
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • The most famous twins since Castor and Pollux have been born, to Beyoncé and Jay Z. So says Beyoncé...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 08:12 am   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Joe Elliott sings for Def Leppard as they play USANA Amphitheatre, Monday, June 23, 2014 Plans for tonight: Nick Cave at Kingsbury
    • ‘80s light-metal band Def Leppard will headline at Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City. Opening: Poison, Tesla. Show starts at 6...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 08:12 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Patrons walk around at the Utah Arts Festival Friday June 24, 2016. It would be hard to run out of things to do at this year's Utah Arts Festival
    Attending the Utah Arts Festival can cause the feeling of FOMO: fear of missing out. There’s always a chance that while you’re doing something cool, s...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Arts Festival will feature two longtime musical acts this year, the comedy harmonic trio the Saliva Sisters and the ska band Insatiable. Utah Arts Festival: For Saliva Sisters and Insatiable, the music never stops
    Few musical acts in Utah can match the Saliva Sisters or Insatiable for longevity, or for the smiles their performances plaster on their audiences’ fa...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures   Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are surrounded by sharks while in a shark cage, in the thriller ’47 Meters Down.’ Shark thriller ‘47 Meters Down’ is toothless
    Great white sharks aren’t mindless eating machines but, according to scientists over the past few years, actually quite intelligent — presumably smart...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Sony Pictures Classics  Diane Lane stars in ’Paris Can Wait,’ a romantic comedy about a Hollywood producer’s wife taking a road trip from Cannes to Paris. Movie review: ‘Paris Can Wait’ is a slow-moving travelogue
    What could be more pleasant than driving from Cannes through Provence to Lyon and beyond with Diane Lane? That’s apparently what Eleanor Coppola, maki...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Janus Films   Janis Joplin performs at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, a moment captured in D.A. Pennebakbr’s documentary ’Monterey Pop.’ Movie review: Music legends still shine in ‘Monterey Pop’
    One of the landmark musical events of the “Summer of Love” happened on the weekend of June 16-18, 1967 — 50 years ago, to the day — and it’s a good th...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:17 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)    Nu-metal band Korn will play Usana Amphitheatre on Friday, June 16, 2017. Plans for the weekend: Korn, Ryan Adams, Dispatch and more
    • Pop-metal band Korn performs tonight at Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City. Opening: Stone Sour, Yelawolf, Islander. Show start...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 08:30 am   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this April 8, 2016 file photo, Megyn Kelly attends the 2016 Variety’s Power of Women: New York in New York.  An anti-gun violence organization founded by parents of children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School has dumped  Kelly as host of an event in Washington this week because of her planned interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Kelly said Tuesday, June 13, 2017,  that she understands and respects the decision but is disappointed she won’t be there. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) The Cricket’s Daily 3: The plot thickens for Megyn Kelly
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • In the “lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas” department, this item: Conspiracy monger Alex Jones...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 08:05 am   |     |   Share
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  • This image released by Disney shows Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, foreground, in a scene from ’Cars 3.’ (Disney-Pixar via AP) Movie review: ‘Cars 3’ sputters to the finish line
    The racing vehicles in “Cars 3” only have to deal with left turns and straightaways, but there’s one important curve the movie must face: the one on w...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:35 pm   |     |   Share
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  • ADDS THE NAMES OF THE CHARACTERS PORTRAYED ON STAGE - In this May 21, 2017 photo provided by The Public Theater, Tina Benko, left, portrays Melania Trump in the role of Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia, and Gregg Henry, center left, portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Julius Caesar during a dress rehearsal of The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, in New York. Rounding out the cast on stage is Teagle F. Bougere as Casca, and Elizabeth Marvel, right, as Marc Anthony. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP) Sean P. Means: Cry ‘Trump!’ and let slip the dogs of phony outrage
    Moments after they have plunged their knives into Rome’s leader in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” the lean-and-hungry Cassius asks his co-conspirator ...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 06:02 pm   |     |   Share
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    Joe Owenby  |  Courtesy   Americana singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey and his Utah-based business partner will open the new Wildfire SmokeHaus, a barbecue restaurant inside the Zermatt Resort in Midway. The opening will be in conjunction with the annual Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering on Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Plans for tonight: Black Lips at Metro
    • Pop-rock band Marina City performs at The Loading Dock, 445 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City. Opening: At My Mercy, Tot, Uvluv. Show starts at 6:30. Tick...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 11:54 am   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Gene Simmons performs with KISS, as they play a sold out show at the USANA Amphitheatre, Monday, June 23, 2014 The Cricket’s Daily 3: Trademarking ‘devil horns’?
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • Kiss frontman Gene Simmons wants to trademark his “devil horns” hand gesture, though the ghost of R...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 08:21 am   |     |   Share
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    Plans for tonight: Badflower in bloom
    • R&B guitarist Nick Waterhouse performs at The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City. Opening: SadGirl, Joshy Soul. Show starts at 7. Tickets...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 02:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Visitors pass The Egyptian Theatre on Main Street in Park City prior to the beginning of the Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. What was Sundance 2017 worth to Utah's economy? $151.5 million, firm says
    More people attended the 2017 Sundance Film Festival than were estimated to have gone the year before — though how many more is up for discussion. A n...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 08:11 am   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this June 1, 2017 file photo, author Stephen King speaks at Book Expo America in New York. King says his frequent criticism of President Donald Trump has gotten him blocked by America’s head of state on Twitter. The author of “Firestarter” and “It” tweeted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, that Trump has blocked him on the social media website.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) The Cricket’s Daily 3: Stephen King spooks The Donald
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • Add Donald Trump to the list of people scared by Stephen King: The Orange One has blocked the horro...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 09:09 am   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this April 8, 2016 file photo, Megyn Kelly attends the 2016 Variety’s Power of Women: New York in New York.  An anti-gun violence organization founded by parents of children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School has dumped  Kelly as host of an event in Washington this week because of her planned interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Kelly said Tuesday, June 13, 2017,  that she understands and respects the decision but is disappointed she won’t be there. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) The Cricket’s Daily 3: First advertiser bails on Megyn Kelly
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • JP Morgan Chase is pulling its ads from NBC News programs, over Megyn Kelly’s upcoming interview wi...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 08:48 am   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)    Collective Soul, which was one of the biggest alternative rock bands of the 1990s, just released its ninth studio album ’See What You Started By Continuing.’ They will be playing at The Complex on Oct. 31. Plans for tonight: Collective Soul rises again
    • Post-hardcore punk band Wolf & Bear performs at The Loading Dock, 445 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City. Opening: Guilty Scapegoat, Noise Ordinance, Arron...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 11:36 am   |     |   Share
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    Folk-rock icon Ani DiFranco to play Eccles Theater, Nov. 4
    One of the most independent recording artists working today — Ani DiFranco — is coming to Utah. DiFranco, the outspoken folk/rock musician and activis...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 10:54 am   |     |   Share
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    Bette Midler accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for ’Hello, Dolly!’ at the 71st annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) The Cricket’s Daily 3: Broadway’s big night
    Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture: • The teen-driven musical “Dear Evan Hansen” took six Tony awards, including Best Musical — while Bet...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 08:54 am   |     |   Share
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