Saturday’s Voyeur 2012 @ Salt Lake Acting Company 07.27

Saturday’s Voyeur 2012 @ Salt Lake Acting Company 07.27
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This is my fourth or fifth year in a row checking out the Salt Lake Acting Company’s yearly satire on Utah living and politics, and after sitting through another Jell-O shot filled night, I was not disappointed. This year, they took a slightly different approach than previous years when they have focused almost entirely on headlines from the year. We found ourselves following the narrative of Nephi Jensen, a lowly LDS accounts auditor, as he comes to grips with his relationship wants, his work needs and his religious must-do’s. Nephi is joined by other LDS office building employees, members of Quorum of the 12 and even Mr. Mitt Romney himself. … read more

Dance Dance Evolution: Mudson’s DIY Choreography

Dance Dance Evolution: Mudson’s DIY Choreography

In a world where the dance company model is dying and dancing in academia becomes increasingly cutthroat, Ashley Anderson’s Mudson stands as a beacon for local choreographers to show their own work. Anderson says, “I think it is one of few starting points. I don’t think there are a lot of options for people to present their work.” Mudson strictly features works in progress from independent choreographers in the basement of the Masonic Temple, and will begin its third season on Sept. 17. … read more

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Presents Four @ The Rose Wagner 09.20

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Presents Four @ The Rose Wagner 09.20
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The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company has opened its 2012/2013 season on a bittersweet note with Four.  This show marks the official countdown to the exit of artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen.  This scheduled departure gives the company and Salt Lake City an opportunity to reflect on and appreciate the tremendous creativity and personal commitment Boye-Christensen has brought to local dance over the last decade, while she is still with us in her capacity as director.  Still, it’s hard not to hear a ticking clock set the cadence for the various pieces that comprise this show.  The challenge this production offers, then, is that of maintaining a cool attitude regarding the passage of time. … read more

Deep Love @ The Rose Wagner 10.30

Deep Love @ The Rose Wagner 10.30
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With the recommendation to wear funeral attire, I felt it appropriate to give some holiday cheer a go, and decided to attend this rock opera based around a cemetery theme. Before the entertainment began, producers Ryan Hayes and Garrett Sherwood started with a brief disclaimer for the audience, informing us to react to the performance as you would a rock concert. Since most of us probably did not know what to expect from the show, this proved to be efficient in getting the crowd to appropriately respond with cheers, whoops and whistles throughout the evening. … read more

Arrivals/Departures @ the Rio Gallery 01.18

Arrivals/Departures @ the Rio Gallery 01.18
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Friday, Jan. 18, the Rio Grande hosted the opening of loveDANCEmore’s Arrivals/Departures before an audience who was free to migrate from piece to piece at their leisure, whether it be videos of dancers that play on hanging screens or live dance works that the dancers repeated over and over from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. … read more

Lightning Strikes in Salt Lake: An Interview with Joey Arias

Lightning Strikes in Salt Lake: An Interview with Joey Arias
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New York City cabaret/performance art/drag icon Joey Arias is performing in town with fellow East Village art scene veteran Kristian Hoffman as part of a West Coast tour called “Lightning Strikes.” I spoke with Joey about trending performance art, Z chromosomes and alien pop stars.  … read more

Coleman Barks with David Darling performing the poetry of Rumi

Coleman Barks with David Darling performing the poetry of Rumi
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When I first read Rumi, the universe as I knew it exploded. Suddenly, I started realizing that the connections I share with others are bound by spontaneity, and I was opened to new levels of love. Reading Rumi is a transformative experience, and it’s something that I owe to Coleman Barks, a scholar who is well known for his translations of the Sufi poet. Although Coleman Barks doesn’t actually speak or read Farsi, what he’s done for the accessibility of this Sufi mystic—by re-translating the translations from AJ Arberry and Reynold A Nicholson—is something worthwhile to note. … read more

Paul Vigil: Utah’s Second Magic Prophet

Paul Vigil: Utah’s Second Magic Prophet
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Paul Vigil’s weekly parlor performances are up close, casual and feature tinges of the supernatural, or as Vigil says, “It will make you go home and wonder what the hell just happened.” … read more

Evil Dead: The Musical: Director Chance Newman Talks Blood and Ballads

Evil Dead: The Musical: Director Chance Newman Talks Blood and...
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This spring, Last Chance Productions will be bringing Evil Dead: The Musical to the Grand Theatre. Director/producer Chance Newman was groovy enough to sit down with SLUG to discuss the unique challenges that come with crafting a musical that features seven different kinds of blood.  … read more

Sample Tracks @ Sugar Space 04.05

Sample Tracks @ Sugar Space 04.05
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Sugar Space is tucked away on 616 Wilmington Ave. in Sugarhouse, which provides for a sense of stealing away to a small mountain town, and lends her performances an intimate tone. Leah Nelson Del Porto and Cortney McGuire of fivefour kicked off the showcase with their piece, “my space is sometimes yours.” An older piece in their repertoire, “my space is sometimes yours” is honed and polished. The program previewed that the piece was devoid of musical accompaniment, which turned out to be an excellent choice, as the under-the-breath mutterings between Nelson and McGuire proved to be not only entertaining, but underpinned the conceptual content of the piece, which was negotiating space with another person and the shifting boundaries. … read more