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Back in Business: Performing Arts’ Triumphant Return to Downtown Salt Lake

By Melissa Fields After two years of cancellations, postponements and other COVID-19 shenanigans, the 2022-23 performing arts season in THE BLOCKS is, at long last, back to its colorful, talent-packed and thought-provoking normal. Though, in truth, ‘normal’ doesn’t do this season’s events schedule justice. As you’ll see below, downtown Salt Lake’s performing arts organizations have […]

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MY BROTHER WAS A VAMPIRE: a horror comedy

MY BROTHER WAS A VAMPIRE by Morag Shepherd opens Plan-B Theatre’s 32nd Subscription Series This piece also appears in the current issue of QSaltLake Magazine In Morag Shepherd’s latest play, siblings Skye and Callum love each other, hate each other, and need each other. Oh, and they can fly. MY BROTHER WAS A VAMPIRE is […]

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Ballet for Aliens: A Play About Ballet for Kids by Kids

I remain committed to the idea that theatre for youth should be written by (or at least with) youth. Young writers can articulate their experiences truthfully, honestly, and in a framework that speaks to other people their own age. There is no worry about condescending or belittling young experiences. I am not saying there is […]

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I’m Still A Beginner But You Know What Else I Am Now?

A Playwright. By MaryBeth Jarvis Clark   It was deeply satisfying to give myself permission to be an absolute beginner as an “older” person and to let my inexperience show without shame. Week by week, my writing got stronger. Gradually the characters emerged as a twenty-something man who was opting out of the rat race, […]

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PIE AND BEER DAY + LOCALLY MADE LOCALLY PLAYED

Annual Pie and Beer Day will be celebrated with Locally Made Locally Played Festival at The Gateway After a two-year hiatus, Pie and Beer Day comes to The Gateway combined with the new Locally Made Locally Played Music Festival. Presented by The Blocks and Bad Brad Wheeler, the official sudsy celebration for alt-Utah and all […]

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A Tale of Two Buskers

Conversations with Salt Lake City Street Performers Andy “Ammonite Andy” Connolly and Paul Boruff It’s no secret that it takes both talent and grit to step out onto a stage to sing, play an instrument, dance or act. We submit, however, that busking—a la street performing—requires even more chutzpah. Curious about what it takes to […]

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Mestiza, or Mixed

Based on a True Story – ish by Melissa Leilani Larson This article also appears in the June 2022 issue of QSaltLake magazine. I’ve come to realize audiences enjoy finding out that the play they’ve just seen is based on a true story. I don’t think I can count the number of times people have […]

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The Living Traditions Festival returns to Washington and Library Square

“We Are All Living Traditions.” Help preserve and continue the folk and ethnic traditions of our diverse community. The Living Traditions Festival supports the diverse artistic traditions and perspectives through the presentation of both historical and contemporary customs, facilitating thoughtful conversations about the unique qualities of various cultures, and the similarities of the human experience, […]

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Kilby Court Block Party

How to Grow a Music Festival   So, Sartain and Saunders do indeed have plenty to take pride in with regard to KBP3, which seems on a trajectory for consideration similar to acclaimed music fests like South by Southwest, Pitchfork or even the aforementioned Coachella. Sartain admits that luck played a role in landing the […]

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