Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture
12:58 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Logan Restaurant Holds Mural-Painting Contest

Angie's Restaurant wants community help in painting a Cache Valley-themed mural on the north wall of their building.
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As cars pass by Angie’s Restaurant in Logan, passengers may notice the north side of the building facing 700 North is a little blank and dull.

The restaurant’s management is hoping make the building more appealing by painting it, and they’re holding a contest to have local artists paint a mural on the north wall.

The theme for the contest is people, places and times of Cache Valley. The goal is to paint iconic Logan landmarks on the blank wall.

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Arts and Culture
6:34 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Utah Symphony And Opera Present Concert For Families With Special Needs Children Thursday

The Utah Symphony and Utah Opera will present their yearly concert for members of the community who are often limited when it comes to enjoying cultural opportunities this week.

It was during a board meeting 14 years ago that the CEO of the Utah Symphony and Orchestra was asked by a father to help find a way to include families and their special needs children so they could have access to music and performances without worrying about being disruptive.

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"He had a son with Autism and he said one of the things that our family needs is a cultural event we can attend together," said Paula Fowler, the director of education and community outreach for the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera.

Fowler said the father was concerned the public thought families with special needs children couldn't control their children.

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Arts and Culture
5:55 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

BransonFest Coming To Mesquite In February

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BransonFest Out West is coming to Mesquite, Nev. The  event runs Feb. 3-5 at the Casablanca Resort and Casino.

BransonFest features live music and entertainment from Branson, Mo., Las Vegas and elsewhere, according to the event’s website. This is BransonFest’s fifth year in Mesquite.

Sue Arko, owner of Free Spirit Vacations and Events and the event producer for BransonFest, said she was approached by the city of Mesquite to draw some mid-week business to the town.

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Culture
3:36 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Gun Shows Not Just For Gun Enthusiasts: It's About Commerce

Every few months, the public swarms to the Rocky Mountain Gun Show. Ryan Cunningham asserts there is room for everyone there.
Credit RYAN CUNNINGHAM / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Every few months, the Rocky Mountain Gun Show comes to Sandy’s South Towne Expo Center. In fact, you may have noticed advertisements for the show this January.  If you’re unfamiliar with what happens at a gun show, it’s mostly self-explanatory: it’s an exhibition of guns, ammunition, and other related paraphernalia.

Gun shows have become an increasingly popular way to buy and sell firearms. But they are also controversial, with gun control proponents arguing that loose regulations on sales can make it too easy for guns to end up in the wrong hands.

But as it turns out, guns shows aren’t just about guns. At the epicenter of such a hotly debated swath of our culture, could there be something for everyone?

Listen to Ryan walk through the gun show

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Music
7:40 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Uintah Basin Concert Showcases Local Musical Talent Friday

Credit UINTAH BASIN / UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

The Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus will present a concert Friday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Vernal Middle School Auditorium.  Conducted by Utah State University Music Department Head, Dr. James M. Bankhead, the UBOC was organized in November.

One hundred and sixty residents from Roosevelt and Vernal will perform holiday selections including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, John Rutter’s Candelight Carol and Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, and arrangements from Mack Wilberg.

Creating an orchestra and chorus was the idea of USU’s Uintah Basin Dean Boyd Edwards and other musicians who wanted to bring music to the basin.  An increasing number of families are moving to Eastern Utah to fill positions that have opened because of the oil and gas industry surge. 

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Arts and Culture
8:13 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Boy Scouts, LDS Church Mark 100-year Partnership

Cast members perform during A Century of Honor performance at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.
Credit LDS.org

In 1913 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first organization in the nation to establish boy scout troops. Tuesday night Utah’s largest religious denomination held a celebration honoring the partnership between the LDS Church and a service program that has touched the lives of millions of boys.

The LDS Church marked the centennial with a stage spectacular where members of the Boys Scouts of America repelled from the rafters of the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Rope courses and fire outlook stations were constructed to accommodate the cast.

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Moab Events
4:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Chuckin’ the Season’s Most Popular Squash

Preparations are underway for a traditional festival in Grand County.  Moab’s 8th Annual Pumpkin’ Chuckin’ Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26, will feature the traditional community faire of food, music, and games. Unlike other family friendly events, this one will also include the tossing, smashing, and flinging of a popular seasonal squash - the pumpkin.

“We are going to have a ton of kid’s activities," said Delite Primus, Executive Director of Moab’s Youth Garden Project. "There is so much out here for kids to do."

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Utah State University Events
3:53 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kids and Costumes Welcome at Family Pops Concert

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra performs at an event at the Kent Concert Hall in Logan.
Credit Weston Lee Allen

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra in Logan will present a first-of-its-kind show this weekend that producers say will entertain patrons young and old. Matt Jensen reports.

American Festival Chorus and Orchestra Music Director Craig Jessop discusses the upcoming Family Pops Concert on Oct. 26.

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Arts and Culture
5:26 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Kayenta Arts Festival celebrated 14th year this week

Jeff Ham's piece from the quick draw competition at the Kayenta Arts Festival, 2012.
Credit artinkayenta.org, Artist: Jeff Ham

The Kayenta Arts Festival took place this week with diverse artists gathering to present their work. 

UPR reporter Chris Holmes spoke with Gayle Bray, spokesperson for the Kayenta Arts Foundation, as she discussed how the 14 years of the festival have created many opportunities for the independent artists of southern Utah.


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Arts and Culture
6:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Inaugural comic con exceeds all expectations

Cosplayers at Salt Lake Comic Con 2013.
Credit Salt Lake Comic Con 2013

Salt Lake City’s inaugural comic con outpaced even its creator’s expectations this weekend. The convention, which included panels featuring William Shatner, Stan Lee and Adam West, vendors and lots of costumes, sold 50,000 tickets for the 3 day event.

The huge turnout made the Salt Lake convention the largest inaugural comic con recorded and shows the convention may well be on its way to reaching San Diego status.

Event director Dan Farr said the convention used social media to compound ticket sales.

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