Arts and Culture

Cosplayers at Salt Lake Comic Con 2013.
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.

Shoshone language, shoshone video game
CORA BURCHETTE

Wednesday was National Navajo Code Talker Day. It’s a day commemorating the role of Navajo code talkers who used their native language to transmit secret information during World War II.
Today, many American Indian languages are dying out. To help remedy this problem, some Shoshone students are using a new kind of code—video game programming code—to help save their language and promote their culture.


Desert Wake with first place ribbon.
Cody Chamberlain desertwake.tumblr.com

Though many artists take inspiration from Utah’s unique landscapes; one Utah artist, Cody Chamberlain, hopes that his work will encourage viewers to think more about their role in the environment.

Chamberlain describes the deserts of the west as a harsh, yet gentle land that is the foundation of his work. Last week, he and other artists from around the state showed their work at 39th Annual Statewide art competition at the Eccles Community Art Center in Ogden.


Cache County Fair kicks off Thursday

Aug 8, 2013
CacheCounty.org

It’s time for carnivals, clowns and cotton candy in Logan where the 134th Cache County Fair gets underway Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Organizers say they’re expecting big crowds through the three-day event. Everything from fine art to blue ribbon dairy cows will be on display. Fair manager and spokeswoman Jill Zollinger says there’s something for everyone.

Once each year the Utah State University ballroom is transformed into a 1940s' era supper club as the Celebrate America Show Corporation presents the big band event: In the Miller Mood.

“Live it Up” at the Ellen Eccles Theatre! Join thousands of ticket holders who enjoy live theatre entertainment, close to home, at the beautiful Ellen Eccles Theatre. Tickets for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts 2013-2014 performing arts season go on sale Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10 am. Enjoy wide-ranging programs of theatre, dance, music, and productions for the entire family, CVCA continues its commitment as northern Utah’s center for the performing arts, presenting the best national and international arts.

MEL TORRIE

Utah Public Radio will be hosting photographer Mel Torrie and Jazz guitarist Kelin Gibbons Friday, August 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. in our downtown studios.

Every other month, on the second Friday, UPR joins with other local businesses to host the local artists and musicians. This provides an opportunity for the public to interact with our staff, learn about public radio, see and purchase local art, and listen to wonderful music.

Area residents will have a rare opportunity to witness a reading of a revised musical being evaluated for a possible return to the Broadway stage. Even more unique is the fact that the lyricist, Tony Award-winner Sheldon Harnick, and script writer Sherman Yellen will be in attendance along with representatives from the Rodgers and Hammerstein organization.

The Utah Division of Arts and Museums is dishing out $195,000 to museums across Utah, including Hill Aerospace Museum, Clark Planetarium and Thanksgiving Point.

More than 40 museums will receive a different dollar amount, but the vast majority of handouts are for $3,000 to $6,000.


A Cache Valley theater company is putting on an extra "encore" show to help raise funds for a cast member's family, whose home was destroyed in a house fire last weekend.

Lizzy John, a cast member in a recent Logan-based "Anne of Greene Gables" production didn't expect such generosity from her friends in the Cache Theatre Company after her home was destroyed by a house fire.

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Utah Arts & Museums is seeking photographs from the public for our upcoming exhibition, “This Is the Place.” The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2013. The exhibition runs August 16 – September 13, 2013 at the Rio Gallery inside the Rio Grande Depot (300 South Rio Grande Street) in Salt Lake City. There will be a public reception on Friday, August 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. in collaboration with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

The USU Alumni Band will celebrate its 50 anniversary on July 14 at 7 p.m. on the Quad. The band is celebrating Bastille Day, a French holiday.

The national independence day for the European country remembers the storming of the Bastille fortress on July 14, 1789 and the end of the French Revolution.

The performance is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Kent Concert Hall.

A reception will be held in the Twain Tippets Exhibit Hall following the performance.

More than 250 musicians, performers and crew members from renowned stages across the nation have been working for months to perfect their performances for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre’s 21st season.

“Pioneers of the Oregon and California Trails” features activities for both children and adults. July 13 at 1 p.m., the American West Heritage Center will join the museum for a lecture highlighting the everyday experiences of settlers as they traveled across the West.

Throughout the day, children can play pioneer games, create their own yarn dolls, replicas of covered wagons and log cabins.

Arrival from Sweden dazzles Freedom Fire

Jul 3, 2013
Matt Jensen

Crowds couldn't get enough of the music of ABBA at Wednesday night's Freedom Fire event inside USU's Romeny Stadium in Logan.

LOGAN - Visitors to Utah State University's Museum of Anthropology are invited to explore the differences between modern humans and Neanderthals in activities June 29 as part of the museum's "Saturdays at the Museum" series.

 

An illustration lecture begins at 1 p.m.  Relating to the day's theme, the lecture explains the newest scientific evidence for humans and Neanderthals living together.

 

Exhibition "Love Hours" opens in Alice Gallery

Jun 20, 2013

 Utah Arts and Museums announces the opening of the exhibition “Love Hours” in the Alice Gallery, located inside the Glendinning Mansion. The show runs from June 21 to July 26 and gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An opening reception will be held June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Gallery Stroll. The Glendinning Mansion is located at 617 East South Temple in Salt Lake City.  

DesignArts '13 opens in Salt Lake City

Jun 20, 2013

Utah Arts and Museums presents the exhibition DesignArts Utah 2013, opening June 21 and running through August 2 at the Rio Gallery, 300 South Rio Grande 455 West in Salt Lake City. A reception for the designers, guests and public will be held on June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rio Gallery and will coincide with Salt Lake Gallery Association’s monthly “Gallery Stroll.”

With thousands of colorful, toothpick-size fabrics, Noriko Endo of Tokyo, Japan has captured the rapture of nature in art quilts that are on display in the Brigham City Museum of Art and History's 2013 International Quilt Invitational Exhibition.

Works by Endo, the featured art quilter, and Helen Butler, the featured traditional quilter, will hang in the museum July 2 through August 24.

Endo said nature's vast magnificence has gripped her imagination since childhood when she walked in the woods with her father, but her mother also influenced her art.

Sunset on the Square is a free Friday movie night held on the second and fourth Fridays May to August in the St. George Town Square. The movies are all family oriented, and begin at dusk, though other activities such as food, games, booths, prizes and dancing begin at 5 p.m. Each night, there is a charity who will receive proceeds from on-site vendors.

Cache County School District (CCSD) and Cache Valley Transit District (CVTD) have partnered to bring together our 2nd annual Art in Transit: “Bringing Communities Together” Project.

This project was created to bring art made by children into public places and showcase student artwork inside and outside CVTD’s buses throughout Cache Valley. 

This week's “Saturdays at the Museum” activity at Utah State University explores the scientific theories surrounding the question of how human beings came to the new world. Activities take place at USU’s Museum of Anthropology Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An illustrated lecture is presented at 1 p.m. that showcases the archeological research on the subject. Museum docents will be on hand to give specialized tours of the museum’s “Peopling of the New World” exhibit throughout the day.

The Cache Valley Center for the Arts is partnering with Summerfest for the June Gallery Walk on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 6–9 p.m. This free walk will feature 23 selected artists participating in the Summerfest Arts Faire June 13-15 on the Logan Tabernacle grounds located at 50 N Main Street.

Summerfest call for entries

Jun 9, 2013
Summerfest Arts Faire

Summerfest is gearing up for its 30th Anniversary Arts Faire held June 13 to 15, on the Tabernacle Grounds, 50 N. Main St., in Logan. The 2013 juried festival is a free event that features more than 140 fine artists, fine craft artists, live music, food, children’s activities and a variety of annual contests.

  This Saturday June 6 at at 1 pm Utah State University's Museum of Anthropology will have a presentation on, the world on a string: puppetry traditions from around the globe.  The presentation will be given by Susan Neibert, director of the World of Puppetry Museum in Brigham City. She will bring examples of puppets from all over the world. Activities like a puppet making workshop will be happening throughout the day during regular museum hours and entry is free. 

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