Arts and Culture

Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City, Utah.
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The Sundance Film Festival is proving to be the epicenter of a number of hot-button topics this year.The annual gathering of aspiring filmmakers, entertainment industry leaders, press and movie lovers kicks off Thursday in Park City, Utah, in the era of Me Too, and for the first time in decades without Harvey Weinstein.

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Last month, Lincoln Elementary School art teacher Mateo Rueda was fired after students in his class saw nude paintings in a set of printed cards as part of a lesson on color theory. 

In 2017, Julie Crabtree was Summerfest’s Best in Show, but she was still surprised to be chosen as this year’s featured artist.

Imperial Glee Club

The Imperial Glee Club has been performing for 102 years. The Cache Valley-based group performs show tunes, religious songs, patriotic pieces and of course Christmas classics. But according to some, audiences for this type of music are going away.

Chambers for Mormon Baptisms for the dead, UPR reports Mormons using these baptisms for Holocaust Victims
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A researcher who has spent two decades monitoring the church's massive genealogical database says Mormons are posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims as well as grandparents of public figures despite church rules intended to restrict the ceremonies to a member's ancestors.

The discoveries made by Helen Radkey likely will bring new scrutiny to a deeply misunderstood practice.

Local Facebook Group Starts 'Giving Train' Holiday Trend

Dec 17, 2017

On Saturday, a Cache Valley woman named Monica Rockwell Jensen posted a giveaway of two orange hammocks to the Facebook group “Logan Classifieds.” She captioned it with the words “giving train.” This post has led to hundreds of other giveaways. 

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Southwest of Logan at an LDS Church building in Mendon, families and community members gather to enjoy nativity scenes as part of an interfaith nativity festival.

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Various prints hang on the white walls. Clay mugs and colorful sculptures sit on pillars resting against the sparkling wooden floor of the Tippetts and Eccles Gallery during an art showcase called Paper and Clay.

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Facilitated by an International Initiatives Grant through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, a nine-person research team from Utah State University traveled to Morocco to find their academic objectives spark realizations of global proportions. 

Alyssa Robinson

Every year the art museum at Utah State University holds a music and art concert series for the public. This year the series is focusing on community and what it means in relation to history, spaces and art.

'Writing Through Grief' Workshops Available To The Public

Nov 17, 2017
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  To help people work through grief, a series of workshops are being held in Salt Lake City by Art Access, an organization that sponsors and supports art programs that build community. They believe creativity can increase as people age and started a creative aging project last year.

Utah Film Center

A film festival for children in Salt Lake City provides families an opportunity to experience media from around the world. Patrick Hubley is the director of programing for the Utah Film Center and organizes the center’s Tumbleweeds Film Festival.

Cache Valley Artist Creates Art Access Center

Nov 10, 2017
Alyssa Robinson

Access to resources that enable individuals with disabilities to create art are hard to find. One Utah high school teacher is opening a studio to help fill that need.

Changes To The Utah Shakespeare Festival Focal Point

Nov 9, 2017
Alyssa Robinson

 

The new Englestad Theatre looks very similar to the Adams Theatre, except a lot bigger. Both theaters were designed to look like the famous Globe Theatre in London, the stage where a lot of William Shakespeare’s plays were performed.

Song Writing To Create Social Consciousness

Nov 7, 2017
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  For the past 15 years, music fans have gathered in southeastern Utah for the Moab Folk Festival.This year the festival includes a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter who will perform and teach audience members how to write socially conscious music.

In celebrating a time of year that features the topic of death, a Utah State University employee is exhibiting works that honors the dead and death rituals.

 

Dylan Burns, a digital scholarship librarian and creator of the exhibit, says the project aims to spread a message that death should be honored, instead of feared.

Dinosaur Zoo Comes To Cache Valley

Oct 30, 2017

Imagine having the chance to see a dinosaur in real life. A triceratops, let’s say. Six feet tall and 14 feet long with scaly skin and huge, blinking brown eyes looking right at you. Exactly as it would have looked millions of years ago, except that it’s a 100-pound puppet, and there’s a man inside.

Magician Seeks To Share Wonder And Set Halloween Mood

Oct 27, 2017
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Author and magician Ben Robinson traveled to northern Utah during a time of year that is centered around spells, deception and the wonders of magic.

Ibrahm Kendi: How To Be an Anti-Racist

Oct 23, 2017
http://www.american.edu/ucm/news/20170911-Kendi-interview.cfm

An award-winning historian and best-selling author recently visited Utah State University to teach students how to be an Anti-Racist. The historian argues that racism comes from racist policies as opposed to emotions.

Equality Utah

  Last year a lawsuit was filed to remove a 16-year-old law, nicknamed ‘No Promo Homo’ law, which prohibits teaching homosexuality in sex-ed classes in K-12 schools. The LGBT-rights group Equality Utah, recently settled the lawsuit after Utah repealed a law restricting talk about homosexuality in classrooms.

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On a normal day in downtown Logan, the sound of bustling cars fills the streets, but soon, it will be filled with the sound of live music and entertainment playing at local businesses and at three of Logan’s historic theatres.

 

A Festival For Celebrating Homesteading Heritage

Oct 5, 2017
https://www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/john-jarvie-historic-ranch

The Utah Bureau of Land Management is known for supporting local art and land. On the 14th, the organization will be hosting a unique festival that features one of the first homesteads in Utah. The celebration of heritage is not only known for sharing historical crafting skills but also stories of history.

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The wooden pews in the sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Logan fill with people on Sunday for the evening prayer service.

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On Wednesday, the Utah State University Center for Women and Gender joined the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art to promote art and social justice while kicking off the Year of the Arts.

The Past And Future Of Opera In Utah

Sep 29, 2017
USU Libraries

In 2014, the San Francisco Opera faced possible closure, as a result of the 2009 recession. Other opera companies have struggled to maintain what is considered to be one of the most expensive art forms.

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