Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: Artists Marketplace represents tremendous passion, ingenuity in countless forms, art media

This year’s Utah Arts Festival’s Artist Marketplace provides a great overview of how 21st century artists have come into their own careers. While many whose creative passion was evident from their childhood years fortified it with formal training and university art programs, others capitalized on their intensely personal motivations by teaching and training themselves, unfazed by … Read more

Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: A grand preview to show why this is not your grandparents’ art festival

When the gates open on June 26 to Utah’s largest arts and cultural gathering in its central downtown location, festival visitors will see as many new faces as familiar ones in every single venue and event. There are familiar and new faces everywhere. For example, the artist marketplace will have 163 artists including 56 from … Read more

Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: Karen Horne’s ‘Night and Day’ exhibition is colorful love letter to Salt Lake City’s street life

The great French impressionist Claude Monet experimented extensively not only with light and shadow in his work but also with combinations and contrasts in color. In the Haystack Series, he painted the same scene repeatedly at different times of the day, almost in a scientific trial-and-error approach to observe how light and shadows fell upon and transformed … Read more

Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: Australia’s Strange Fruit raises artistic experience to new heights on festival plaza

Twice each evening during the Utah Arts Festival with a soundtrack that includes musical excerpts from Mozart to swing, four performers will act out a universally approachable timeless story of a boy and girl in romance, expressing love, loss, jealousy and joy. However, the quartet of performers will be dancing, flirting and adding comic gestures while atop … Read more

Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: IAMA’s acoustic music events make grand entrance in festival collaboration

For this year’s Utah Arts Festival, The Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) is bringing a large contingent of folk, bluegrass, Irish, Celtic and acoustic musicians along with a nationally juried songwriting competition and a two-day songwriter’s academy open to musicians from beginning to advanced. Many of the events will culminate on IAMA Day, scheduled for … Read more

Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: EnjiGo’s makerspace for art, technology as equal partners

Not just a re-engineered concept of a traditional do-it-yourself culture of arts and craft, the ‘maker’ movement has catapulted to new ways of seeing how art equals technology, even in lifting mundane consumer products to aesthetically mesmerizing possibilities. Thanks to members of Salt Lake City’s EnjiGo Makerspace Foundation, this year’s Utah Arts Festival’s patrons will … Read more

Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: The Leonardo venue’s ‘R&D’ art lab highlights workshops, CollaborART

After a rousing success last year at its first turn as a Utah Arts Festival venue, The Leonardo museum returns with a new series of workshops at the Art Lab; free, public interactive in which participants can build simple musculoskeletal systems and observe digital painting and sculpting in animation, and five pairs of artists – … Read more

The Pushers By SB Dance

The Pushers by SB Dance

By 8:15 pm on Friday night of Pride Festival Weekend, the Rose Wagner Black Box Theater was transformed from a performance space into a tableaux of actors, fans, and benefactors. The crowd surged in for the opening night of The Pushers, an original performance by SB Dance. The audience knew few details in advance about … Read more

Best Bars in Salt Lake City

Cocktails at Bar X in Salt Lake City.

For the most upto date info on the SLC bar scene, see our sister site Gastronomic SLC and their list of the best SLC bars for 2018. The Salt Lake City bar scene is finally overflowing with places to drink.  Several new bars just joined the scene while old favorites continue to be great standbys.  … Read more

Sarah Sample Kicks Off Singing With the Birds

Sarah Sample and Edie Carey

For urban dwellers the thought of birds can sometimes conjure unpleasant associations with pigeons and seagulls using cars and humans as public restrooms or other feathered friends sounding early morning wake-up calls long before sunrise. But these misguided city folk have got it all wrong. Birds aren’t intruding on our environment—quite the opposite! One visit … Read more