Break the silence | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

When Kerry Spencer Pray came out as gay, married Mormon into her thirties, she sought out testimonies from others who had been through what she was going through. And what she found was… nothing. “When I was looking for other stories,” Pray says, “there were no essays, no blogs, nothing. I only knew one lesbian … Read more

Every breath you take | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

You could fill a book with a list of arts and cultural events that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Art Gallery of Utah exhibit focused on Air was just one of them. But according to outgoing UMFA curator Whitney Tassie, the events of 2020 have allowed an expansion of the idea … Read more

Character study | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

Olivia Custodio had never written a play like the one the Salt Lake Acting Company usually put on during the summers. In the end, that wasn’t a problem, as the Salt Lake Acting Company was ready for something unlike what it had usually presented the summers. Last year, SLAC presented SLACabareta musical production that deviates … Read more

And the Rockets’ red burst | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

The Good Thing About 4th of July Fall not a sunday is that you don’t have to worry about independence day celebrations literally falling on any day but Independence day. For 2022, events span the four opening days of the month. If you’re looking to find a place near you to honor the occasion, and … Read more

New normal | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

It’s been three years since the Utah Arts Festival held its traditional four days in late June. It might sound like a simple process of getting back to normal, except that Utah Festival of the Arts executive director Aimée Dunsmore isn’t quite sure what that word “normal” means anymore in terms of organization of the … Read more

Identity Matters | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

When I ask playwright Melissa Leilani Larson if it’s a good or bad thing to ask questions about racial identity when it comes to her play Mestiza or Mixed, she acknowledges that the question itself is about the complex relationship she has with her own racial identity. And the play is a way of struggling … Read more

Where to be proud | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

Elsewhere in this special issue, you’ll find a full list of “official” Pride weekend-related events. But those aren’t the only places (or ways) to celebrate Pride Month, whether in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah. Here’s just a jumping-off point for Pride-adjacent activities full of music, celebration, history, and fun, starting this week and … Read more

Art stop | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

Jorge Rojas: Material Witness @ Granary ArtsEphraim-based Granary Arts (86 N. Main St.) features a mid-career exhibition of Utah artist Jorge Rojas in Hardware witness, spanning nearly 20 years. Until recently director of learning and engagement at the Art Museum of Utah, Rojas also spent several years in New York, including in the mid-1990s and … Read more

Cornucopias | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

The American jackalope can appear almost anywhere: as a stuffed mount on a wall, on postcards, even in the name of a Salt Lake City bar. Like rabbits of all kinds, these horned rodents seem to have an almost infinite capacity to multiply, despite the fact that they don’t actually exist. Or, again, maybe they … Read more

Touch the hand of God | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

See Global Entertainment/Bridgeman Images “The Creation of Adam” in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: the exhibition It is often true that an artistic experience is also a spiritual experience. However, not all exhibits allow you to touch the hand of God. … Read more