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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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on the subject of P.G. ANON by Julie Jensen

P.G. ANON is about three women, all pregnant.  One is too old, one too young, and one is not up to the task of raising a child.  It’s the time between suspecting pregnancy and any decisions about what’s next.  Women are alone at those times, living in two heads, one firmly planted in the present, […]

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How the State of Utah is Helping Art Thrive  

No doubt, resilient is an apt descriptor for the United States’ oldest state-funded arts council—the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (which was founded in 1899, just three years after Utah became a state). But it’s also true that 2020 presented what were likely some of the most difficult challenges ever faced by this 122-year-old […]

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A Safe Sayonara to 2020

We get it. After celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa under the veil of the coronavirus, you may be tempted to ignore New Year’s Eve altogether. But we submit that the end of this crazy, stressful and sometimes terrifying year is worth marking. This is why THE BLOCKS, The Downtown Alliance and The Gateway have teamed […]

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Eight Last Minute Gift Ideas from THE BLOCKS

Here comes the question we’re all dreading at this time of the year: is your holiday shopping done yet? Yeah, we’re not done either. This year, instead of surfing online and then crossing your fingers those gifts will arrive by December 24, why not head downtown and get them something they really want? Following are […]

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