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?
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."
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.
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.
When the Salt Lake Arts Council called for submissions for their temporary public art project in January, Cache Valley artist Michael Bingham heeded their call. His proposal was one of 12 selected to make their street sculpture visions a reality.
Standing in the midst of this metal shop, there’s an overwhelming sense of power and of energy, and even danger. Perhaps it is from the massive machinery that fills the room, each with their own capabilities to cut, mold, and bend steel with ease.
This is the studio in which Cache Valley artist Michael Bingham works every day. We chatted together next to a giant, nine-foot-tall skeleton of an astronaut made out of steel rods and rebar. When thinking about what he could make that would align with the public art project’s theme, “Flying Objects,” he said an astronaut is immediately what came to mind.
“Probably a combination of things. Childhood dreams of wanting to be an astronaut [laughs]. Maybe like every other little boy," Bingham said.
Can you imagine a more picturesque setting to have an open air concert than Utah’s National Parks? That’s just what the Utah Symphony has set out to do for their free concert series this week.
This week the Utah Symphony will embark on their “Mighty 5 Tour,” a tour which will hit Utah’s five iconic National Parks: Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Zion.
Set against the stunning natural backdrop of “Red Rock Country,” they have programmed music that complements as well as contemplates this breathtaking scenery. Two movements of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” will be on the program, perhaps emphasizing the almost “other-worldly” nature of this scenery for those who have never experienced it before.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is scheduled to showcase two exhibits of Hindu art in upcoming months.
The first show is a traveling exhibition “Moksha: Photography by Fazal Sheikh,” which showcases black-and-white photographs that tell the story of outcast widows taking refuge in a holy Indian city, Vrindavan.
Thursday wraps up the Ninth Annual Governor’s Native American Summit, which took place on the campus of Utah Valley University. The Summit was created under former Gov. Jon Huntsman in an effort to improve state government relations with Utah’s Native American tribal leaders. Governor Gary Herbert, who was Lieutenant Governor at the inaugural Summit, spoke to attendees on Wednesday morning, and he took care of some long-awaited business in the process.
Have you ever considered what an amazing act of faith it is, for a conductor, to signal an upbeat and come down and expect sound to happen? We now introduce a fearless Karen Keltner, resident conductor of the San Diego Opera, who has helped to make the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre a success now for eighteen seasons.
A native Hoosier from South Bend, Indiana, Karen Keltner says that she was bitten by the collaborative music-making bug early on in life. She began to take piano lessons at age six and the deal was, she had to practice an hour a day.