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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Theater Review: Something Rotten at the Eccles

It was during the mid-first-act number “The Black Death”—a jaunty little song and dance from Something Rotten! celebrating the sunnier side of the bubonic plague—that I remembered I was supposed to be taking notes for this review. Was I having fun watching theater? It didn’t hurt...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

How to enjoy a glass of wine at the Eccles Theater

When the ECCLES THEATER opened its doors last year, we celebrated the civilized addition of alcohol service at the new venue. But when it comes to showtime, Utah can’t quite get it right. Play our game and see if you can land a glass of...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Theater Review: An American in Paris at the Eccles

Subtlety in these days is difficult. Subtle doesn’t shove plot points down your throat or play the hits. It doesn’t make lewd jokes. Subtle does not rock, neither does it roll. There are no puppets in starring roles and no one flies on wires or...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Summer Nights

THOUSANDS OF KIDS have come of age on the midway at Lagoon, Utah’s biggest and best amusement park. Writer Jeremy Pugh looks back at his own history with the park and the history of the park itself. Along the way we’ll examine the rides, how...
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Originally published in Continuum magazine

Still Riding the Waves: Doug Fabrizio Celebrates 30 Years on the Air

Up on the eastern edge of the University of Utah campus, it is 5 a.m., and the Eccles Broadcast Center is subdued and dark. The soothing British voices of the BBC World Newsare quietly wrapping up, and NPR’s Morning Edition is about to launch into its jaunty theme...
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Originally published in Desert Companion magazine

Crashing Sundance

Every January, Park City and Salt Lake City host the Sundance Film Festival. Started as the US/Utah Film Festival in 1978, it’s since grown into a must-go for anyone who is anyone (and anyone who wants to be anyone) in the indie film biz. During...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Up Close and Personal: Fans Here Get a Front Row Seat

SLC’s MUSIC SCENE has flourished in the last decade because of a few promoters who put quality before quantity. As a result, bands love to play here and fans get a front row seat, every show. Thirty-eight years ago, Robert Plant’s howling vocals reached an...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

The Book of Mormon Comes Home

The musical arrives in Salt Lake City, and no, we don’t want to talk about it. THE CURTAIN opens on a spare stage, a set of doors. A lone LDS missionary rings a doorbell and sings, “Hello, my name is Elder Price, and I would like...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Utah Can Dance

THE REST OF THE WORLD is discovering Utah’s talented pool of dancers and choreographers. What took them so long? It started, in a way, with Footloose, the 1984 movie about teens in a town where dance was forbidden. The film put Utah on Hollywood’s radar...