Arts and Culture

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. 

Cedar City, Utah’s Groovefest American Music Festival is celebrating its 11th annual music and art festival in the community’s beautiful historic downtown district beginning on Monday, June 24th and running through Sunday, June 30th for 2013.

Report: Arts employ thousands in Utah

May 31, 2013
Cache Valley Center for the Arts

A new report by a national arts organization says the creative industries in Utah employ nearly 30,000 people and account for roughly 5 percent of all businesses in the state. UPR’s Matt Jensen has more.

LOGAN — Utah State University’s Old Lyric Repertory Company opens the 2013 season with Dan Goggin’s musical comedy “Nunsense” at the Caine Lyric Theatre.

“‘Nunsense’ is the biggest hit of the company and for the anniversary season we wanted to revive an all-time audience favorite,” said Dennis Hassan, artistic director of the OLRC and associate professor in the Caine College of the Arts at USU.

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This Friday, two Utah State University English professors will be hosting a birthday party for writer Willa Cather. Ms. Cather will be unable to attend her 139th birthday party here in Logan, but her spirit will certainly be present.

UPR’s Ryan Cunningham talked to professors Evelyn Funda and Steve Shively about the birthday party and their affinity for Cather’s prose.

Celebrate Willa Cather's 139th birthday on Friday, December 7th, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Logan (85 E 100 N). Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.

April Ashland

The sand mandala, a traditional Buddhist art form, is not a craft for the undedicated. Using unique metal tools to dispense sand over a flat surface, hours of focus and, oftentimes, physical discomfort are required. And when it's all said and done, the entire thing is dismantled, and all that's left is the memory.

Ryan Cunningham

It might not sound like it, but this is a university classroom at work. Obviously, this isn’t the kind of class with droning lectures and drooling students. This is, in fact, the USU Chamber Singers, and instead of studying for the next big exam, they’re preparing for the next big performance—this time with professional singer Alex Boyé.

USU Director of Choral Activities Dr. Cory Evans, says his singers are looking forward to the performance on Friday night.



So we've heard the film clips. A bigger question is who is really producing that film. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.

CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: The movie was shot in Los Angeles County sometime last August, under the name "Desert Warriors." It's full of choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: And this shall be the first Muslim animal. His name is Yafour. No, Yafour does not like the women.