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Annual VegFest Hits Salt Lake and Redefines ‘Veganism’

Annual VegFest Hits Salt Lake and Redefines ‘Veganism’

By Alison Myers

September 18, 2019

It’s a bright and blue day at Library Square as a toasting sun warms one of the year’s last summer weekends. The festival has attracted a wide assortment of people from around the state. Looking around, a man passes in what resembles a NASA shirt, except it says "VEGAN" across it. Another woman joins...

Arts Desk August Favorites

Arts Desk August Favorites

September 17, 2019

  Arts is a rather broad, all-encompassing term. Here at the Arts Desk, luckily, we've got a wide range of tastes and appreciation for every facet of art. With this piece, we kick off a monthly project where we share our favorite arts production or item, providing a bit of insight to everyone...

Up Close and Personal: The Pioneer Theatre Company Prepares an Intense and Engaging Season of Plays and Musicals

Up Close and Personal: The Pioneer Theatre Company Prepares an Intense and Engaging Season of Plays and Musicals

By Alison Myers

September 10, 2019

  Live theatre offers an authenticity that we can truly appreciate in the light of polished television and movies. To be sure, the experiences are unique enough to hardly be comparable and the contrasts have already been discussed ad nauseam. It’s worth remembering the incomparableness of professional...

The Fabric of Our Culture: Ethical Shopping

The Fabric of Our Culture: Ethical Shopping

By Alison Myers

August 27, 2019

Back to school clothes shopping is a parenthood obsession. Don’t I already have clothes? Yes, but this is the season’s excuse for consumerism. As a kid, the task seemed useless. Now, it seems reckless. Even past the age of growth-spurts, though, we might want our clothes to reflect the person we’re...

The Department of Fine Arts: The Good, the Good and the Predominately Good

The Department of Fine Arts: The Good, the Good and the Predominately Good

By Alison Myers

August 24, 2019

  New Year’s Day marks a definitive divide between pride for the accomplished and hopes that the next year will reel in even greater satisfaction. Of course, it’s not New Year’s, and that’s the good news. It’s the academic new year which means that goals won’t fade away after two...

Kirby Dorsey Releases Debut Album ‘Kool Kid’

Kirby Dorsey Releases Debut Album ‘Kool Kid’

By Alison Myers

July 23, 2019

  Fun — that’s what it feels like. From the first track, Kirby Dorsey’s “Kool Kid” seems to drag you in with a wink. The intro harkens back to elementary school, opening with a kid declaring “Baby, we are cool. Welcome to downtown Coolsville, population: us.” An adult speaker, patronizingly,...

Alt-Country Band American Aquarium comes to the Metro Music Hall

Alt-Country Band American Aquarium comes to the Metro Music Hall

By Alison Myers

June 19, 2019

  Maturing as an artist comes with a clearer sense of one's place in the world and the audience one reaches. For BJ Barham, the leader of the alternative-country band American Aquarium, this evolution also comes with a hearty album that generates continuous pride. Almost a year later, Barham...

The Changing Face of Science Fiction

The Changing Face of Science Fiction

By Alison Myers

June 13, 2019

  Here’s the scenario — the civil rights movement is blazing across America, kids are being shipped in scads to fight a war that grows increasingly unethical every day and television has never been better. Every week, viewers escape from the dreary paranoia of the late ’60s with “Space:...

Queer Spectra Arts Festival Opens Door to Vital Conversation

Queer Spectra Arts Festival Opens Door to Vital Conversation

By Alison Myers

June 11, 2019

  A panel of artists lines up, standing and sitting, against a white backdrop. The unusual suspects. “You can’t be what you can’t see,” Rhonda Kinard, a member of the Americana folk band Dillbilly, said in answer to one question from her audience. “My intersectional identities matter...

Grand Theatre’s ‘West Side Story’ Feels Tired but True

Grand Theatre’s ‘West Side Story’ Feels Tired but True

By Alison Myers

May 19, 2019

  As iconic as Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is for its star-crossed-lover syndrome, what makes it so iconic is that it's a commentary on prejudice. This commentary has been replicated throughout the ages and the effort resulted in “West Side Story,” which is basically the equivalent...

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