Arts and Culture

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  A culinary chronicle about our distinctive approach to food, cooking and eating in the West.

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Artists come from all over the United States to share their work with festivalgoers in the City of Logan’s annual Summerfest Arts Faire. UPR's Katie Peikes shares the story of one Summerfest vendor who is a high school teacher with a passion for wood art.

Punk Musician Inspires Women

Jun 14, 2016
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

In April Utah Public Radio reporters spent two days training with national Peabody Award-winning producers The Kitchen Sisters. The workshop has resulted in a series of storytelling projects, including this one from arts and entertainment reporter, Mikey Kettinger, who spoke with musician Kathy Foster. Foster is a female bass player for the Thermals. The American indie band, based in Portland performed this past spring in Salt Lake City.

Utah Theatre To Open After a Decade Of Restoration

Jun 3, 2016
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When Michael Ballam, the founding general director of the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, came home from sabbatical in Italy 10 years ago, he saw the Utah Theatre at 18 W. Center St. - closed at the time - and knew instantly he wanted to reopen it. 

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Byran Snyder was a young American foreign service officer who takes us back to Genoa, Italy 1940. It was the day after Mussolini declared war on England.

Little Bloomsbury, a Logan-based non-profit organization, recently threw an art festival to celebrate its tenth year of promoting peacemaking.  Dr. Brenda Sun, the organization’s founder, believes the best defense against abuse is to create validating experiences. 

Photography Film From Sundance Makes HBO Debut

Apr 15, 2016
Photo: Edward Mapplethorpe

Former North Carolina politician Jesse Helms is a polarizing historical figure. Some see him as a idol, others see him as a joke. Many on the right, like GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, idolize Jesse Helms. Most on the left, such, as Rachel Maddow, remember Helms for his racially insensitive actions and antics.

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Tom Williams spoke with Braelyn, a brave little girl battling leukemia, who is featured in a book of photography and stories called “True Heroes.” We also speak with Braelyn’s mother Kristen about becoming a “cancer mom.”


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A museum in Northern Utah is hosting a symposium for its current exhibition on ‘kitsch’, which is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts”.  


54 Strong: Women, Music and Civil Rights

Mar 29, 2016
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On the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, our group of 54 Strong followed a light all the way to Marion, Alabama to learn more about the roles and power of women in the music of the Civil Rights Movement. In that small southern town, we had the privilege of meeting up with Billie Jean Young -- famed actor, writer and McCarther Fellow who enlightened our group on why music was so central to the success of the Civil Rights Movement.


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  On UPR's Folks Over, we've got live guests Reckless Uprising Unplugged, plus music from Panthermilk, Robert Linton, 3 Hat Trio, Red Rock Rondo, Hoodoo and Todd Wilkinson.

Photo: Mikey Kettinger

It’s becoming common for universities around the United States to invest in architectural aesthetics as a recruitment tool for attracting students. The latest example in Utah involves an addition to the skyline of USU.


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The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City is embracing Americans' election-year-intensified interest in socio-political issues with several new visual art exhibitions dealing with ideology, immigration and sexuality.  


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Walden, A Game is a new experimental video game based on the book by American philosopher Henry David Thoreau. It made its Utah introduction at this year’s New Frontier in conjunction with the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, which features virtual reality, video art installations, and immersive video and film creations. Tracy Fullerton, the game’s designer, says it serves as a vehicle for education and entertainment, and aims to appeal to gamers of all ages.  

 


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Cellist Stefan Koch discovered the mostly overlooked music of Austrian composer Richard Stöhr nearly 100 years after it was composed.  Mr. Koch believes the music is largely unknown due to Stöhr’s Jewish background, and his history of being forced out of Nazi-controlled Austria in the late 1930s.


Move Over Superman - Cupid Is Saving Hearts In Logan

Feb 12, 2016

Move over Clark Kent, Cody Apedaile has his own alter ego and he’s currently saving hearts in Logan.


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Donny and Marie Osmond put a twist on their trademark jingle as their wax figures for Madam Tussaud’s studio were revealed Tuesday for the first time at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.


Artist Sculpts Figures Relatable To Many

Feb 4, 2016
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

Jonathan Christensen is a sculptor based in Logan, Utah.  His recent exhibition at Utah State University’s Projects Gallery included portraits made of clay and found objects. The artworks illustrate Jonathan’s personal growth as a born-and-raised Utahn who has experienced a range of life-changing events. One being his parents’ toxic marriage, another being his decision to disconnect from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as an adolescent boy, in favor of immersing himself in the counter-culture of punk rock.

 


Utah Museum Explores Art, Kitsch and Culture

Jan 29, 2016
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word ‘kitsch’ as “Pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts.” Logan’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art has devoted a new exhibition to Kitsch and the evolution of its perception in the context of contemporary art.


Utah Museum Highlights Modern Uses of Ancient Mummies

Jan 17, 2016
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Mummies of the World is on view at The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City, with recently discovered mummies from Hungary, as well as mummies from Ancient Egypt and South America. 


"Fursonas" documentary

“Fursonas” is a documentary premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City on Jan. 22. It’s a first time effort for director Dominic Rodriguez that focuses on the world of furries, people who like to dress up like animals.


Photo: Mikey Kettinger

Every four years, in conjunction with the presidential election, Americans become slightly more interested in politics. Polls, candidates, issues and parties become subjects of countless jokes and a lot of attention, and for some Salt Lake City museums, politics will be central themes for exhibitions.


Civil Rights Era Highlighted at BYU Museum Of Art

Dec 22, 2015
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Two exhibitions at the BYU Museum of Art show perspectives on a critical component of American history:  racial integration. One of the exhibitions is by widely beloved illustrative painter Norman Rockwell, and the other is by photographer Herman Leonard.


Utah Musicians Raise Money With Crowdfunding

Dec 14, 2015
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

Internet crowd-funding has become a very common means of fundraising for emerging artists in Utah.  Websites like Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com allow anyone to create a website for any project, where they can embed a video about their ideas, and why they deserve your money.

Each project must set a fundraising goal with a deadline.  Typically, creators will provide incentives for donations, with more enticing gifts being attached to higher donations.  Some artists offer outlandish rewards for generous donors, like special performances or signed records.

Photo: Mikey Kettinger

The Republic of Zaqistan celebrated its tenth year of independence this November with a bar party at Twilite Lounge in Salt Lake City.  Festivities included $1 “Champagne of Beers”, and pop-up immigration and passport booths, where all in attendance were welcomed to apply for Zaqistani citizenship.

Zaqistani citizen Rick Aaron attended the event for work, where he reported live on television.

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