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April Arts Desk Favorites

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April 22, 2020

  Palak Jayswal They say old habits die hard. But I say there's a sense of comfort found in nostalgia. It's the same one I associate with the "Harry Potter" book and film series. As a child, I was one of those kids who didn't go anywhere without a book. More often than not, it was one of the "H...

Improvising Through a Pandemic — UMOCA’s Online Education

After closing its doors  because of the COVID-19 pandemic, UMOCA's new initiative aims to get kids creative while social distancing. (Courtesy Utah Museum of Contemporary Art)

By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

April 16, 2020

  During these anxious times through the pandemic and self-quarantine — with the situation worsening before it will begin to improve — many people are worried. Worried about the rising death toll, our struggling healthcare system, people who still gather and refuse to take this pandemic seriously...

March Arts Desk Favorites

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By Palak Jayswal, Christopher Payne, Kate Button, Oakley Burt, Hannah Keating, Cade Anderson, Parker Dunn, and Paige Lee

April 15, 2020

  Palak Jayswal Being stuck inside is not bad when you have good music to listen to. Niall Horan's sophomore album,  "Heartbreak Weather," may have dropped at a horrible time — but it's kept me sane. A step away from his solo debut album "Flicker" the 14-track album is a pop dream. More than...

Banff Film Festival Celebrates Sports, Nature and More

Banff Film Festival Celebrates Sports, Nature and More

By Chris Payne

February 25, 2020

  Welcome to Banff A world-class skier glides and flips across the rooftops of a ski lodge. An old-school rock climber explores the rapidly growing sport of speed climbing in anticipation of climbing's debut in the 2020 Olympics. Two gay women challenge the status quo in a conservative Colorado...

January Arts Desk Favorites

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By Palak Jayswal, Hannah Keating, Parker Dunn, Abigail Bowé, Oakley Burt, Arielle Gulley, Cade Anderson, Kate Button, and Christopher Payne

February 18, 2020

  Palak Jayswal The new year equates to trying new things, right? For me, the first new thing happens to be one of my favorites from this past month. "The Miniature Wife and Other Stories" by Manuel Gonzales is a book I was assigned to read in my creative writing workshop. As someone who sticks to ...

‘Bad Hair’ Reimagines a Past Era of Cinema at Sundance 2020

Yaani King Mondschein, Elle Lorraine, and Lena Waithe appears in Bad Hair by Justin Simien, an official selection of the Midnight program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)

By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

January 26, 2020

  Warning: Contains minor spoilers for "Bad Hair" 1989, Los Angeles, a young black woman compromises her image in order to get ahead in the entertainment industry. So begins "Bad Hair," a 2020 Sundance Film Festival feature film from the incredible mind of Justin Simien. By the end, this hig...

Payne’s Favorite Films of 2019

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By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

December 23, 2019

  We approach the end of a decade after an eventful and frankly depressing year. Yet amid the conflicts, disasters and scandals that marked the year, we've seen the arts flourishing and developing in new, exciting ways. The film industry, for one, has produced incredible new movies that have ...

Dine or Dash: Pretty Bird

Pretty Bird restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City on Nov. 25, 2019 (Photo by Camille Rousculp | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

December 9, 2019

  A white counter divides the small restaurant into the kitchen and the dining area — each roughly the same size. 20 seats ring the room while twice as many customers filter through over the course of the next half hour. Funky jazz fills the air as we order and Billie Eilish plays as we ...

The Frenetic Energy of EARTHGANG Comes to the Valley

Rap duo EARTHGANG performs at The Complex in downtown Salt Lake City on Nov. 19, 2019 (Photo by Camille Rousculp | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

November 22, 2019

The Complex was hardly two-thirds full when EARTHGANG took the stage, but with the energy shared between the rap duo and the crowd, you’d think the room was twice over capacity. The Atlanta based musicians — Olu (Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (Doctur Dot) — came to Salt Lake City on Nov. 19 during the...

October Arts Desk Favorites

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By Palak Jayswal, Christopher Payne, Ray Gill, Kate Button, Weston Wood, Alison Myers, Hannah Keating, Abigail Raasch, Arielle Gulley, and Oakley Burt

November 19, 2019

Palak Jayswal While summer is my seasonal time to read without the nagging feeling that I could be doing 30 other important tasks, fall and winter are my binge-watching seasons. It's far too easy to climb into bed and binge a couple of episodes instead of doing, well, anything else. "Law and Order:...

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