Arts and Culture

11:45 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Theatre Campaigns To Save Its Graffiti

The Dirty Rat is one of three pieces by Banksy in Park City.

His works of stencil and spray paint have sold for tens of thousands of dollars in auctions. His true identity is cloaked in a veil of secrecy and he incites a media circus wherever his work appears. Most of his works are in large cities across Europe and North America.

David Wall, professor of visual studies at Utah State University spoke with UPR about the appeal of the mysterious street artist known as “Banksy.”

“We love things that are kind of dangerous because so little of our own lives are ever lived like that. That’s what James Dean’s great appeal was, that’s what Elvis’ great appeal was,” Wall said.

In 2010, residents of Park City woke up to find that the town of 7,500 people was now home to not one, but three Banksy works. The film about Banksy, “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the same time the paintings appeared, And one of the Banksy pieces ended up on a side door of the Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre. Theatre manager Randy Barton awoke to the news that the artist had left his mark.

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9:11 am
Fri September 26, 2014

One Sculptor's Answer To WWI Wounds: Plaster, Copper And Paint

Plaster casts taken from soldiers' mutilated faces (top row), new sculpted faces (bottom row), and final masks (on the table) sit in the studio of Anna Coleman Ladd in 1918.
American Red Cross Anna Coleman Ladd papers/Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution

Sometimes art can change how people see the world. But Anna Coleman Ladd made art that changed how the world saw people.

It was World War I, and soldiers were coming home from the battlefield with devastating injuries. Those who survived were often left with disfigured faces.

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3:07 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Painting Music: Enchanted Modernities

From the book Thought Forms, this painting depicts what it would look like to see the music of a Wagner Opera if a performance were occurring inside this manor-home.

Is it possible to see music? Or hear a painting? The art exhibition “Enchanted Modernities: Mysticism, Landscape and the American West” answers these questions and more by exploring the impact of Theosophy, a society founded in New York in the late 19th century, on visual artists, writers, and composers in the American West. Join us at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art as the three exhibition curators give us personalized tour.

Alexander Scriabin, a Russian pianist and composer who was deeply influenced by Theosophy, visualized a grand magnum opus which he titled “Mysterium.” This week-long, multimedia performance would take place in the Himalayas incorporating music, scent, dance, and light. This great and final concert would ultimately bring about the end the world. Luckily for the fate of the rest of us, this work remained unfinished.

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5:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Ugandan Choir Visits Logan, Brings Songs Of Hope

The Ugandan choir will perform at Mt. Logan Middle School Friday at 7 p.m.

A traveling Ugandan children’s choir will perform in Logan Friday evening.

This concert will be filled with bright costumes, smiles, and songs delivering messages of hope and joy. As these children travel and perform far from home, they are not only helping kids back in Uganda, but are brightening the lives of those who they meet along the way.

This is the second year Robert and Barbara Guy have hosted the kids.

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4:06 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Utah Hosts "Grammys"-type Music Awards Thursday

Utah's first-ever music awards will be held Thursday.

On Thursday, Utah will host their own version of the Grammys. The “Utah Music Awards” or “UMA’s” will be a glamorous evening of awards and performances, giving Utahns their chance to get the “Hollywood Treatment” in the Beehive State.

If you were asked what the bands Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, The Used, Royal Bliss, Panic and the Disco and The Killers all have in common, what would you say? It’s a little known fact that all of these bands actually got their start in Utah.

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Nerd Culture
6:38 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

What’s In A Name? Comic Con 2014

  It was a crowded mass of pop culture hysteria at Salt Lake Comic Con this weekend. However, due to pending legal action from San Diego about the Salt Lake event’s use of “Comic Con” in their name, it begs the question: What does Comic Con mean to fans? Should a name change be considered?

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Nerd Culture
11:02 am
Mon September 8, 2014

UPR Reporter Takes Day Trip To Salt Lake Comic Con

UPR’s Melissa Allison surprised her sons last week with a day trip to Comic Con in Salt Lake City. The day proved to be more than any of them had anticipated but, by the end of the day, no one was complaining. 

"If you’d have told me 18 months ago I’d be taking my two boys, Sam - 20 and Jack - 17, to Comic Con and reporting our experience for Utah Public Radio, I would have laughed it off and said it was impossible," Allison said. "My family was going through a crisis that didn’t seem to end and I was in survival mode. But, here we are and this is our adventure."

Listen to the complete interviews below:

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Nerd Culture
6:35 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Comic Con Blasts Off In Salt Lake, Poised To Break Records

The Salt Lake Comic Con opened Thursday, and runs through the weekend.

Salt Lake Comic Con kicked off Thursday, and the allure of pop culture, science fiction and comics is expected to break attendance records.

Last year’s event was the first in Salt Lake history and surpassed expectations. About 72,000 people attended the Con in 2013, setting a new record in attendance for a convention in Utah. The 72,000 people also set new highs in attendance for a first-year comic con event.

Excitement over the convention has expanded vastly since last year, as evidenced by the more than 120,000 tickets which have already been sold for this year’s Con.

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Arts and Culture
6:31 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Orphan Outreach Organization Performs in Southern Utah

The 2012 Choir. The choir in 2014 is coming to a Utah town, sharing music and culture.
The Pioneer

The Matsiko World Orphan Choir is coming to Shepard of the Hills United Methodist Church in St. George. The choir is made up of 17 children from as far away as India, Peru and Liberia.

The choir is part of the International Children’s Network, an organization which seeks to pair sponsors with orphaned or at-risk children.

Don Windham co-founded the International Children’s Network with his wife in 1997. 

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Run My Roadtrip
4:20 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Orphan Cars: A View From Kenosha

Bruce Clarkson's 1967 Ambassador at the reunion.
Brian Champagne Utah Public Radio

If you drive a Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, or Plymouth, your car is an orphan… the company that built it is no longer in business. You can expect it to get tougher to get parts as time goes by. But that’s nothing compared to the people you’re about to meet. UPR’s Brian Champagne traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin to bring you their story.

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