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

UVM grad Ernie Duncan shares his passion for basketball with local kids | Sports

SWANTON — The Missisquoi Valley Union High School gymnasium was filled with bouncing basketballs during the week of July 11, as area children received first-rate instruction from Ernie Duncan Hoops. Duncan, a four-year starter for the University of Vermont Catamounts, was 10th in career points (1,489), first in career three-point percentage (.419) and second in … 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

Reading is fundamental to Books in Motion by KDA | Arts & Theater

Kern Dance Alliance combines two great hobbies – reading and dancing – for its Books in Motion program, which returns to local libraries on Thursday. In partnership with the Kern County Library and the Kern Literacy Council, the program introduces early readers to a dance-like rendition of a beloved children’s book performed by a local … 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

‘Gatsby’ dance work arrives at Harwelden Mansion | Arts & Theater

As a choreographer and director, Janet Roston believes her purpose is to create and share stories. And for the debut of her Oklahoma company, Mixed eMotion Theatrix, she tackles what some consider America’s greatest story – the one told in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, “The Great Gatsby.” ‘Gatsby Redux’ is a site-specific dance piece … 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