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Finding Beauty in the Mundane

For many artists, one of the most unexpected aspects of this last, strange year was the space it provided to create. Such was the case for Joshua Graham, whose thought-provoking installation Walking In Place—borne from a yearlong walking practice—is on display now through May 22 at UMOCA. This year marks UMOCA’s 90th birthday and, as […]

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Rock On: Where to See Live Music in THE BLOCKS Right Now

Oh, live music, how we’ve missed thee. For many, catching a soloist, band or DJ performance in the intimate setting of a bar or nightclub allows a connection to both performers and the energy of others that just can’t be replicated on Zoom. Thankfully, as more and more Utahns get vaccinated, bars and clubs throughout […]

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Q&A with Utah Jazz Music Man, DJ Joune

Music and basketball are notions that, at first glance, seem about as disparate as night and day. But if you’ve ever sat in downtown Salt Lake’s Vivint Smart Home Arena to watch the Utah Jazz play, then you know how much music enhances the experience. (In fact, the NBA is one of the few national […]

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Happenings in THE BLOCKS to Help You Shake Off Winter

Spring is in the air and all Utahns age 16 and up are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. In other words, it’s time to celebrate. And while the return to “normal” over the next several months will be best described as gradual, the combination of warming temps and the waning pandemic is indeed heralding a […]

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Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett on his new play ART & CLASS

In my new play, Art & Class, teacher Lucía Mendoza-Horne fights for her job and reputation after she’s accused of showing “pornography” to her sixth-grade art students by a white conservative parent. In a whirlwind of negotiation, her friend—and principal—shares how he understands what it means to be treated like an outsider:  …you may not […]

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An Artistic Tribute to Love 

There is perhaps no symbol that represents love more succinctly or simply than a heart. Which is one of the reasons why Emily Nicolosi chose this universal silhouette for koro loko, her jubilant sculpture installation, on display now in THE BLOCKS at the Gallivan Center.      In the meantime, you can check out koro loko, Nicolosi’s […]

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HOME RUN: Creativity borne from seclusion

It’s easy to focus on all the ways the pandemic has taken things away from us: getting together with friends and family, travel, going to the movies, and on and on. For many artists, however, living this truncated life has presented a rare opportunity. “The pandemic has proven to be a moment of great creativity […]

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A Music-infused Cure for What Ails

According to Merriam-Webster, antidote is defined as, “a remedy to counteract the effects of poison.” And so it’s fitting, considering how the pandemic has temporarily “poisoned” opportunities for live performances, that Norbert Bueno chose to name his latest side project Social Antidote. “I had this vision, but I really didn’t know where to take it,” […]

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