14 Utah theatres participating in NowPlayingUtah’s Free Night of Theater during October

Since 2005, the Free Night of Theater program has become an effective way of reaching out to audience members who had never seen a live theatrical performance or were curious about seeing a performance for the first time from a specific theater company. And, this year, Utah, participating for the ninth time, is offering an … Read more

Embracing the Unexpected campaign for Repertory Dance Theatre’s 50th season

At 75, Bill Evans is eternally youthful in his artistic energy and passion. Returning this summer to Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), where he danced and choreographed new works during the early years of RDT’s revolutionary experiment as an ‘artistic democracy’ shortly after it was formed in 1966, he is enjoying the homecoming immensely. “I … Read more

Plan-B’s ‘Ruff!’ set to premiere at Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival

“Big as them and twice as smart.” In Jenifer Nii’s Ruff!, a short play (30 minutes) about two dogs in a shelter which is geared toward children in K-3, Axel and Buddy become friends, sharing experiences that offer plenty of lessons about bullying, identity, self-esteem and confidence, and the challenge of stepping forward without fear. … Read more

Largest, most diverse slate for 12th annual Damn These Heels Salt Lake City International LGBT Film Festival

The 12th annual Damn These Heels Salt Lake City International LGBT Film Festival is larger than ever but this year’s three-day Utah Film Center event is packed with the most impressive, incisive, enlightening slate of 22 films in both documentary and fictional treatments. The festival reaches a milestone this year in terms of validation and … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2015: ‘The Story of a Rain Night,’ ‘Wildlife,’ ’33 giri’ take top Fear No Film honors

Fifteen awards were announced today in the Fear No Film portion of the Utah Arts Festival, including a Grand Jury Prize, Utah Short Film of The Year, Fear No Filmmaker Award, three honorable mentions and the best short film in each of the seven ‘boundaries’ categories around which the film festival was organized as well … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2015: Winners announced for Artist Marketplace, Literary Arts competition, IAMA songwriter

The Utah Arts Festival has announced various awards for the 39th annual event. Nine awards were presented for the artist marketplace. All of the award winners are eligible for invitation to the Utah Arts Festival in 2016. Best of Show and People’s Choice Award winners also will have their booth fees waived. The 40th annual … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2015: Filmmakers Curtis Whitear, Gregory Unrau convey spirit of Fear No Film

Several filmmakers with entries in this year’s Fear No Film at the Utah Arts Festival have been visiting the event. And, their stories and background are as interesting as their films, echoing the mission of fearless filmmaking. Two examples are Curtis Whitear from the Utah Short Film of The Year competition and Gregory Unrau, the … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2015: The story of Jake Buntjer and Mister Pauper in the Artists Marketplace

Mister Pauper is an artistic persona. Growing up, he followed an organized, well-chosen path both of practicality and spirituality which would have likely set his adult life securely, even as influences, desires, imagination and dreams subtly pushed him further toward unfettered creative pursuits. There were hesitations and doubts, waiting to be reconciled at the right … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2015: Rachel Lee Priday, Aurelio, Lil’ Ed Williams lead closing day headliners

The Utah Arts Festival will close out its slate of musical headliners just as it opened – sampling from the broadest spectrum of music, this time 21st century classical, the Garifuba tradition emanating from Honduras, and the solid party band style of Chicago blues and shuffle. Rachel Lee Priday, 5 p.m., Festival Stage Still in … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2015: Sound Mass’ glorious collaboration caps festival’s music slate

In music, rare is the instinct in collaboration between two groups, especially when both sets of musicians live in different cities and do not meet perhaps as often they might like. However, when they do meet, the instincts immediately mesh and the mass of sound created is exhilarating and, yes, glorious. It has been two … Read more