Arts and Culture

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The Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre launched its 2019 main-stage offerings with a rousing production of Newsies, an old-fashioned, crowd-pleasing musical.

A Few Gardening Tips For Your Busy July

Jul 15, 2019
National Parks Service

While the leafy greens are succumbing to the heat, your beans, corn, melons, peppers, tomatoes and other warm season vegetables are really enjoying this time of year.  

Midsommar movie

Up and coming director Ari Aster did a somewhat satisfactory job with his first full-length film, Hereditary, from 2018. So his second film Midsommar had promise to be a more succinct and less jumbled horror film about grief, family skeletons, and desperate measures. But instead of getting a delicious compact slice of cake, Midsommar turned out to be a 3-day-old, half-eaten Twinkie plucked out of the garbage and served on a scrap of cardboard. 

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When performing one of the greatest works in the whole canon of American musical theater, the quality bar is naturally set sky-high. The Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s ongoing production of the classic West Side Story easily vaults that bar and continues into the heavens.

Taylor Fang of Logan recently received the title of National Student Poet and will serve as a regional literary ambassador for the United States. National student poets are named through a program with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Only five students are selected from a pool of more than 20,000 applicants nationwide. 

What Are Your 'Kitchen Essentials?'

Jul 5, 2019

Jenn - So Lael, recently you shared with us your top 10 essential items for the kitchen.

Lael – I did

Jenn – It was a great list.  I got to thinking, we have some sophisticated listeners on Utah Public Radio, and maybe they have a lot of those items.  So what about a list, maybe just a top 5, of some essential tools that you may not have in your kitchen.  Well let’s jump in and see.

Yesterday movie

After an unexplained blackout sweeps the entire planet for 12 seconds, a belabored singer/songwriter in England (an awkward but relaxed Himesh Patel, Eastenders, 2007-2016) slowly discovers he's the only person alive who remembers The Beatles. 

Andrew McAllister - USU Caine College of the Arts

In a surprisingly gutsy move, the Lyric Repertory Company has played the high-voltage drama card again in its 2019 season. The Lyric’s trademark is feel-good comedies and small-cast musicals, after all. But the company’s artistic directors Richie Call and Jason Spelbring have assembled a group of performers who represent a high-water mark of talent this year. So why not go for broke?

Katherine Taylor

Imagine you’re a nervous student, a freshman in college, on your way to take your first big exam. As you walk across campus, your heart is racing, you’re trying to remember your notes. As you round the corner and head toward the testing center, you see what looks like a giant stack of french fries - bright yellow and ten feet tall. For a second, your mind is not on the exam. You might laugh or feel a bit lighter for just a moment.

Andrew McAllister / Caine College of the Arts

If you haven’t been living on Mars for the past two decades, then you know that Mama Mia! is a juke box musical featuring the eclectic music of the Swedish pop group ABBA.

Downy Doxy-Marshall

Utah artist Downy Doxey is displaying her paintings in an exhibit called Water at the St. George Museum of Art. Last week she was featured in the museum’s Art Convo Series and her exhibit will be on display until next month. 

Late Night movie

You know that feeling you get when you take your first bite of a delicious slice of pizza or your first gulp of an invigorating cocktail and you think, "I'm going to remember this"? That's how I felt after watching this film. 

Nothing Satisfies Like A Good Spring Clean

Jun 20, 2019
Karolina Grabowska / Pixabay

Every year or so at my house, it rains plastic containers. I reach up to the top shelf to stack those last few plastic containers and lids, but there is just no more room, and they come pattering down to the tile floor. That’s always the signal, as reliable as spring crocuses, that it’s time for the annual kitchen cleanse.

moerschy / Pixabay

Spring in Utah -- the grill covers are torn off with the first sunny day, then go on again for those late storms that seem to surprise us every year. By summer, we finally feel confident enough to shed the covers for good and get down to some serious outdoor eating.

Humans, Snakes, And Snake Bites

Jun 20, 2019
M. Maggs / Pixabay

Most human fears regarding snakes seem to stem from the fear of being bitten by a venomous snake.  Because most snakes in Utah are non-venomous, most human snake encounters are generally not dangerous, however if you encounter a venomous snake and are bitten, the consequences could be serious. 

'Electric Pressure Cookers Are Not For Canning'

Jun 20, 2019
Homemaker / Pixabay

Electric pressure cookers such as the Instant Pot have become popular home kitchen appliances.  They do almost everything, except canning.  

Your June Garden

Jun 20, 2019
pixel1 / Pixabay

It looks like April showers and May showers and maybe even June showers are over, and we’re back to a more normal weather pattern. 

Lyric Repertory Company

Any good theater production can make you laugh or cry. But only a truly great show has the power to frighten you. The scary thing about the Lyric Repertory Company’s ongoing production of A Raisin in the Sun is the realization that this drama is as relevant in our supposedly post-racial 21st Century as it was when Lorraine Hansberry penned the script 60 years ago. The topics may have changed when we discuss race and family relations nowadays, but the issues have not.

Joseph Alleman

Local art studio Jump the Moon is hosting a series of monthly professional demonstration nights to help raise money for their unique nonprofit organization that aims to make art more accessible to those with mental and physical challenges. These monthly events will allow participants to learn new art skills from professional artists.

Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix is a prequel in the series of X-Men superhero films that started in 2000 with the first movie titled X-Men. With this being the 10th film in the series, it's a strong reminder that not all chapters are good ones and not all entries in a saga are winners (much like my sex life). 

Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre

The Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s fireworks will begin right after the 4th of July this year. That’s appropriate because festival impresario Michael Ballam has surprises in store for all of us in the weeks ahead.

A Few Tips For All You Canners Out There

Jun 13, 2019
Alina Kuptsova / Pixabay

It’s almost canning season, and you just want to make sure that when you are doing food preservation you are doing it safely.  There are a number of different ways people can preserve food.  With freezing, be careful not to overload the freezer.  

Diagnosed: Art For Everybody So Let's Jump Right In

Jun 11, 2019
Jump The Moon

A Logan art studio says, "Art is for everyone", and invites people of all abilities to jump in.  Mary Heers and Kirsten Swanson bring you the story as part of the UPR original series Diagnosed.

Six Precautions For Your Tender New Fruit Trees

Jun 7, 2019
Etienne GONTIER / Pixabay

Every year Utah farmers and gardeners’ plant new fruit trees.  Some were planted as bare root trees and others were planted from pots.  The following are six precautions to take with your tender new fruit trees. 

Rocketman movie

I'm happy to say this film is more than a concert from the past or a frivolous musical review. British director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, 2015) nicely blends reality and fantasy in this story of Elton John's formative years.