Utah Opera’s The Abduction from the Seraglio

Andrew Stenson as Belmonte and Celena Shafer as Konstanze during rehearsal for the Abduction from the Seraglio.

Utah Opera’s final performance for the 2013-2014 season is The Abduction from the Seraglio, a comic opera by Mozart full of cheery scenery and cheeky laughs.  While the production is lighthearted, the music contains some of the most difficult arias in opera.  The Abduction opened to a full house on Saturday night at Capitol Theater … Read more

‘And The Banned Played On’ a perfect coda to Plan-B Theatre’s memorable season

One of Plan-B Theatre’s most distinctive strengths is to produce work that compacts so many compelling layers of insights, meanings, and epiphanies into narratives that quickly move within a frame often lasting no more than 70 or 80 minutes. With its latest edition of ‘And The Banned Played On,’ which played to a packed Jeanne … Read more

Pago Summer Sommelier Series: Santa Giustina

pago crudites

I’m fortunate enough to eat at more wine dinners than makes healthy sense. Yes, that was your cue to whip up a tune on your world’s smallest violin (idea: someone should actually kickstart those). In contrast, you may notice I write very little about these dinners. Firstly, there’s the sheer ephemeral nature of the events, … Read more

For Plan-B Theatre, ‘The Season of Eric’ is high point of artistic satisfaction for performers, audiences alike

NOTE: This is the first of three installments about Plan-B Theatre’s season. The second installment will highlight the upcoming ‘And The Banned Played On’ event which will be held May 3 at The Rose Wagner Center for Performing Arts. ‘So: the Season of Eric. And I’m Eric; apparently sufficiently known (or at least notorious) to … Read more

‘Wild Rides and Wildflowers’ is worthy new entry in literary canon of Utah Enlightenment

Wild Rides and Wildflowers

By just mentioning death camas (a plant known very well especially by Western sheep ranchers) in their new book ‘Wild Rides and Wildflowers,’ two Utah Valley University scholars lead readers to several epiphanies, as they recount four years of press columns they wrote about riding the Great Western Trail on Mount Timpanogos. The plant becomes … Read more

Naked Fish Japanese Bistro Review

chef sunny prepares amuse bouche at naked fish

Naked Fish is set to change in late 2016, read more on our sister site Gastronomic Salt Lake City. I’m very fond of telling people that Salt Lake City is the next Portland. If you know me in person, I’ve probably bored you with this notion to the point you’ve now actually moved there to … Read more

Utah Opera Presents Turandot

Utah Opera Turandot rehearsal

Love, passion and death are guarantees in opera and Turandot is no exception.  It’s the tale of a cold-hearted princess who requires suitors to answer a series of riddles in order to win her hand in marriage–but a wrong answer results in death.  The opera is extravagant on several levels, with a massive cast, an … Read more

Martine Cafe and Judd’s Hill

Keen watchers of our what’s on guide will no doubt have spotted three stellar wine dinners last week – each raising a glass to 25 years of Judd’s Hill Winery. Courtesy of Martine Cafe and local wine brokers Libation, I got to join in on their celebrations. If the back story of Judd’s Hill Winery … Read more

Utah ‘Transmormon’ film by OHO Media, VideoWest garners Artistic Vision Award at Big Sky Film Fest

Eri Hayward, today

‘The most striking thing about the crowd is their ordinariness: just a bunch of earnest suburban moms and dads, accompanied by young children still so androgynous-looking that the trans kids are indistinguishable from their non-trans siblings.’ — Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Rolling Stone Magazine, Nov. 7, 2013 Eri Hayward, the young Utah woman at the heart … Read more