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Run My Roadtrip
4:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Run My Roadtrip: History And Custard

Ted Drewes Custard in St. Louis, along Route 66.
Brian Champagne Utah Public Radio

Summer is the time of family reunions, vacations, and roadtrips. Brian Champagne is traveling across the country with your tips and suggestions on where to stop and how to deal with family and kids. From custard to historic sites, Brian reports.


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Arts and Culture
12:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

SUU And Utah Shakespeare Festival Announce New Center For The Arts

Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival have announced that Big D Construction has been selected as the general contractor to head construction of the new Beverley Taylor Sorensen Center for the Arts.

Festival Co-Artistic Director David Ivers expressed enthusiasm at this latest milestone in the project.

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Arts and Culture
5:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. George Airshow Features The Quirky And Patriotic

Getting ready: Blue Angels number 3 in a hanger in St George getting ready for the airshow.
Credit Carl Berger / Utah Public Radio

The Thunder Over Utah Airshow will be in St. George this weekend. The event will feature historical reenactments, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and some more quirky displays.

Between 20 and 25,000 residents and tourists are expected to attend the show this year. Show Director Kevin Walsh says he expects the event to be good for local businesses.

Walsh says he basically grew up at air shows. Both he and his father have each been in the business for more than 20 years. At the show Friday, he said he was excited to have the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform at the event.

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Run My Roadtrip
1:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Run My Roadtrip: On The Road Interview

Brian and his family at a Route 66 motel. He's on the road to Kenosha, and he's on-air with Kerry Bringhurst.
Credit Brian Champagne / Utah Public Radio

You're listening to Utah Public Radio, I'm Kerry Bringhurst. We continue our conversation with Brian Champagne, a professor of journalism at Utah State University, and a contributor to UPR. Run My Roadtrip, a series of reports we've been hearing from Brian, and we're with him.

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Run My Roadtrip
6:03 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Run My Roadtrip: Crossing The Great Western States

"The view for most of the road thus far," says guest reporter Brian Champagne. He crossed Wyoming and Nebraska over the weekend.
Credit Brian Champagne

Summer is the time of family reunions, vacations, and roadtrips. We asked you for your travel tips to help UPR guest reporter Brian Champagne run a roadtrip from Kenosha, Wisconsin and back. Brian sent us this report, after crossing Wyoming and Nebraska.
Like many family roadtrips, Brian’s isn’t going quite as smoothly as expected. He reports:
 

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Arts and Culture
6:31 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Bar Fights And Gunfire, "Nerds" Defy Stereotypes

Very often as humans, we try to categorize the things we experience and the people we meet. We often dismiss what we do not understand. In a lot of ways, it makes it easier for us to get through life. Unfortunately, this is also how stereotypes are formed. This story is about a group who don't fit their stereotype.

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Arts and Culture
5:02 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Rainbow Gathering In Heber City Ends Better Than Expected

A rainbow gathering occured over the weekend near Heber City. Ryan Cunningham reports.
Credit Wikipedia

Over the holiday weekend—and in the days leading up to it—you may have heard us report on something called the Rainbow Gathering. The event, which took place over the weekend, is a meeting of the self-proclaimed Rainbow Family, a group formed in the early 1970s at the height of hippy culture. The group has met annually since 1972 at its national gathering, and this year, about 8,000 Rainbow Family members convened just a few miles east of Heber City, Utah.

Ever since the location of this year’s Rainbow Gathering was publicized, there were concerns about a clash of cultures arising between the free-spirited attendees and the small-town residents of Heber. But did that conflict really pan out?

It’s the Fourth of July, and I’m having lunch at a busy burger joint in Heber City, Utah, called Dairy Keen—not to be confused with a different burger joint with a very similar name. As you could probably guess, business is booming today, and an unofficial survey of customers reveals that most people are from out of town. But no one here looks like they’re heading to the Rainbow Gathering today. I asked Dairy Keen manager Kim Houtz if she had actually come into contact with the Rainbow Family.

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Arts and Culture
10:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Layton Teen Sings His Way To Broadway Stage

There’s no business like show business, and after a week performing on stage in New York City, a Layton student plans on turning musical theater into a career.

Performing on a Broadway stage is the dream for many theater students, but recent graduate of Northridge High School, Matthew Richards, has already had that experience.

After winning Best Actor in Utah’s regional competition, Richards participated in the National High School Musical Theater Awards, or Jimmy Awards, in New York City this past week. He won third place, $2,500 and the chance to sing a solo on a Broadway stage.

"I was just really honored to be chosen as a finalist. It was so cool to just stand there and be all alone on stage and just sing my heart out," he said.

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Arts and Culture
11:33 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Funding Arts Organizations Through The Ages: Utah Division Of Arts And Museums

A Utah patron visits the Springville Museum of Art.
Credit Impulsive Eye Photography

What do the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and the Utah Arts Festival all have in common? It may not be what you would initially think. The answer? The Utah Division of Arts and Museums helped to found each of these organizations. 

It’s no secret that the arts in all their forms are flourishing in Utah. In fact, Utah is home to the oldest arts council in the nation.

Laurie Baefsky is the Grants Manager of Utah Arts and Museums.

“If you look at how arts and museums are particularly valued by the citizens of Utah… we have some staggering statistics. For six years running we were voted ‘Top 25 Arts Destination’ by American Style magazine. We also have the highest per capita piano ownership in the nation, right here in Utah,” said Baefsky.


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Arts and Culture
4:48 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

"Flippin' Sweet!" Napoleon Dynamite Turns 10

Napoleon Dynamite was shot in Idaho during the summer of 2003. It premiered in theaters the following June.
Credit Fox Searchlight

Ten years ago this week the film "Napoleon Dynamite" hit the silver screen and became an almost instant success. Social media is abuzz with talk of the 10-year anniversary. UPR's Matt Jensen went back to Preston, Idaho where the film was shot to see where it all happened.

It’s the last day of classes at Preston High School where much of "Napoleon Dynamite" was shot during the summer of 2003. The independent film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the following January and made its debut in theaters later that summer.

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