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Take a Chance on PTC’s “Mamma Mia!”

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

May 7, 2018

Here we go again. If you are pining for a bygone era of bell-bottoms, disco balls and terrible haircuts, you may want to experience Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of “Mamma Mia!” This final addition to the 2017-2018 season is a comedic tale of a young bride-to-be’s misadventures, set to...

Summer Music Guide: Affordable In-State Concerts

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 28, 2018

For many University of Utah students, music festivals and outdoor concerts can be as fundamental to summer as ice cream, swimming and sunburns. While many festivals across the world attract hundreds of thousands of spectators, many don't realize Utah offers a surprising number of chances to get your...

Binge Bytes: “Heavyweight”

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 25, 2018

“Heavyweight” may be the funniest show ever about humanity’s deepest regrets. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein, a wildly funny writer and radio producer who has contributed to “This American Life” and his own show “WireTap,” this program examines the moment where it all went wrong. In each...

Up to the Task: Emily Anderson Named Executive Editor

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 20, 2018

  The past 12 months have been a particularly eventful and often troubling era for the University of Utah community. In April 2017, Mary Beckerle was dismissed as CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, provoking criticism from staff members and Jon Huntsman, Sr. In September 2017, in response to the controversy, University of ...

An Analysis of the Top Ten Songs in America

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 17, 2018

With streaming services and digital platforms taking over traditional radio play and records sales are measures of popularity, what it means to have a “hit song” is radically changing. Using the top ten songs from the April 14 Billboard Hot 100, I check in on what pop music is up to right now —...

Kacey Musgraves Is a One Woman Country Music Revolution

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 8, 2018

When Kacey Musgraves released her major-label debut “Same Trailer, Different Park” in 2013, she immediately established herself as a renegade and a revivalist, capable of pushing country music in a new direction while simultaneously recapturing its essential soul. This, of course, is a lot to ask...

U of U Students to Perform “Our Country’s Good”

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 4, 2018

For most people, the image of a convict living in prison and the image of a sensitive actor baring his soul onstage could not be more different. It seems as if these are two worlds that would never collide, but in the play “Our Country’s Good” — written by Timberlake Wertenbaker based on the...

PTC Stumbles with “Twelfth Night”

2017-2018 line-up for Pioneer Theater Company

By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 2, 2018

Adapting well-known plays can be a hard proposition, and the challenges seem to increase with every subsequent production. Without any radical new direction, a production can feel like a pointless re-hash, but if too much is changed, the play’s most important qualities are lost. The clash between reinvention...

To Binge or Not to Binge Episode 13: “Top of the Lake”

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

March 15, 2018

From "Law & Order" to "CSI" and "Criminal Minds," the police procedural has long been a staple of network television. This genre is known for its comforting formulas — for the most part, even the most complex and heinous crimes are tied up in 45 minutes, and the next episode hits the reset button...

“Up (The Man in the Flying Chair)” is Smart and Engaging

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By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

March 14, 2018

Loosely based on a true story, Bridget Carpenter’s “Up (The Man in the Flying Chair)” examines the aftermath of an event that on its face feels like a mere tabloid curiosity. In the 1970s, Walter Griffin (Dominic Zappala) watched with awe as Philippe Petit set up a wire between the Twin Towers...

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