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Thursday, December 23, 2010

"Driven from the State" Exhibit @ Art Access (SLC: Jan 5 - 14)

For Immediate Release

Driven From the State
An Exhibit of Art and Ideas
Salt Lake City, UT - Art Access Gallery is pleased to host Driven From the State: an Exhibit of Art and Ideas, dealing with immigration and displacement. The show will hang from January 5 through January 14, with an artists' reception on Friday, January 7, 2011 from 6 to 9 PM. Readings by journalists Scott Carrier and Chad Nielsen will begin at 7 PM.

This exhibition was recently added to Art Access' 2011 gallery schedule, in what is usually gallery down-time, because of its relevance to current public issues. The state legislature is expected to discuss an Arizona-style immigration law during the upcoming legislative session.

Organized by Nielsen, Jimmy Lucero and Alexander Ramos, Driven From the State: An Exhibit of Art and Ideas features the following artists: Juan Carlos Andrade, Ruby Chacón, Brittney Flores, Jimmy Lucero, Lee Madrid, Chad Nielsen, Carlos Perez, Veronica Perez and Alexander Ramos.

Carrier, author of Running After Antelope and a longtime contributor to NPR, will present a radio piece he recorded with Charles Bowden, elder statesmen among writers covering the US-Mexico border. Nielsen, who is writing his first book, has crossed both US borders as a freelance writer for Maxim and ESPN the Magazine.

The artists' statement for "Driven" begins this way: "In 1838, the governor of Missouri ordered that Mormons be exterminated or driven from the state. They fled, first to Illinois, then to Mexico, becoming the first illegal immigrants in the Salt Lake Valley. Now their descendants in the Utah legislature debate a similar law."

According to Nielsen and Lucero, this group of artists and writers intend to share alternate perspectives on immigration, setting the stage for thoughtful dialogue on a disruptive issue.
Art Access Gallery is located at 230 South 500 West, #125 in Salt Lake City. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10AM to 6PM. (Art Access Gallery and the VSA Utah office are closed 12/21/10 - 1/2/11. The office will re-open on Monday, January 3).

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Classes @ Spy Hop

Winter Classes @ Spy Hop: http://www.spyhop.org/enroll-now.html

Monday, December 20, 2010

The National Endowment for the Arts will post the next round of grant application guidelines on Thursday, January 13, 2011.

The National Endowment for the Arts will post the next round of grant application guidelines on Thursday, January 13, 2011.

The NEA has posted three presentations on arts.gov to make organizations aware of the category deadlines, application requirements and review criteria under the new Art Works guidelines.

The first presentation provides an overview of the NEA’s latest strategic plan – Art Works for America: Strategic Plan, FY 2012-2016 – which is the framework for all of the agency’s work, including our grants to arts organizations.

The second presentation walks you through the changes from last year’s guidelines and the third introduces the NEA’s Our Town, which will be a new funding stream that will invest in partnerships among arts, cultural, or design organizations and local governments. This funding will be invested in planning, design, or arts engagement projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core.

We invite you to review these presentations and to share this information with any organizations that may be interested in receiving support from the NEA.

Poet Laureate Katharine Coles to Visit Antarctica Through the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

For immediate release Wendi Hassan, 801.236.7548
8 November 2010 Communications Specialist, Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Claudia Nakano, 801.859.8443
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Community and Culture

Poet Laureate Katharine Coles to Visit Antarctica
Through the National Science Foundation’s
Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles is traveling to Antarctica this winter as part of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. The Utah Division of Arts & Museums will post updates of her experience at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov.

Coles left the United States November 22 to begin the four day journey to Antarctica, where she will observe and write for two weeks. The interplay between geography, science and literature is a longstanding interest for Coles, who has traveled to Havana, Indonesia, and the Amazon River for previous projects and co-directs the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature with mathematician and biologist Fred Adler. Coles plans to include work developed in Antarctica in an upcoming book of poetry and art called Natural Curiosities, a partnership between Coles and visual artist Maureen O’Hara Ure that has already taken the collaborators to Italy and Turkey.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our Poet Laureate,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Division of Arts & Musuems, “and we are excited to follow her journey and see Antarctica through her eyes. Katharine’s generosity in sharing both the raw experience and her finished poetry with Utahns through the Poet Laureate Program will have a far reaching and long lasting impact.”

The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program enables serious writings and works of art that increase public understanding of the Antarctic, both the continent and the surrounding oceans. The program helps individual artists make use of existing, limited resources and gain access to this rugged and remote region.

The Poet Laureate is a governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state. Katharine Coles is currently serving a 5-year term as Poet Laureate. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Utah and is also the founding director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

For more information visit the Division of Arts & Museums website at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or contact Literary Arts Manager Guy Lebeda at glebeda@utah.gov, 801-236-7553.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on these programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

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SUU Artist Selected to Make Utah Ornaments for National Christmas Tree

For immediate release Wendi Hassan, 801.236.7548
2 December 2010 Communications Specialist, Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Claudia Nakano, 801.859.8443
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Community and Culture

Carrie Trenholm Selected to Create State Ornaments
For 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting

CEDAR CITY —Carrie Trenholm of Southern Utah University was selected to create the state tree ornaments for Utah to be featured at this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting event hosted by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. The National Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 5:00 p.m., on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. Trenholm worked with Glen Lyman’s students from Canyon View High School in Cedar City to produce the fused glass ornaments, designed to represent the wildflowers recorded by Utah botanists and created with tiny grains of glass fired at hot temperatures.

Carrie Trenholm taught art to 6-12 graders in Cedar City for 21 years before joining the faculty of the College of Education and the College of Performing and Visual Arts at Southern Utah University as the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair Assistant Professor of Elementary Arts Education where her goal is to promote arts education in the public schools in southern Utah.

“We are delighted to have Carrie Trenholm participating in this year’s National Christmas tree display,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. “This event is a wonderful example of how our national parks connect us as a nation.”

This year, one artist and youth group were selected from each US state, territory and the District of Columbia to design and create 26 ornaments. Twenty-five of the ornaments will be hung from the state or territorial tree as part of the National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse. One of the ornaments will decorate the White House Visitor Center Christmas tree which showcases each state/territory ornament.

“The ornaments Carrie created with the students of Canyon View High School are extraordinary,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. “They will represent well the skill and creativity of Utah artists as well as paying tribute to the natural beauty to be found in Utah.”

As one of our country’s oldest holiday traditions, the National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse. Since 1923, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition of what now has become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. In addition to the National Christmas Tree display, the Ellipse hosts a variety of family-oriented holiday attractions, such as the Santa’s Workshop, nightly holiday performances, a Yule log, nativity scene, and model train display.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on these programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

About the National Park Service
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System and its 393 National Park sites for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

About the National Park Foundation
You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land. www.nationalparks.org.

Additional contacts
National Park Service
Bill Line, Toni Braxton
(202) 619-7400

National Park Foundation
Marjorie Hall
(202) 354-6480

Southern Utah University
Jen Burt

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"Tis the Season" Exhibit @ Rio Gallery (Dec 3 - Jan 11, 2011)

For immediate release Wendi Hassan, 801.236.7548
24 November 2010 Communications Specialist, Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Claudia Nakano, 801.859.8443
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Community and Culture

‘Tis the Season Exhibit at the Rio
Winter and Holiday Art from nearly 40 artists

SALT LAKE CITY — ‘Tis the Season, an exhibit featuring the winter and holiday themed work of 37 artists opened at the Rio Gallery December 3. The show will continue Mondays through Thursdays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm through January 11, 2011. The Rio Gallery is located at 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West) in Salt Lake City.

"Curating an exhibit with a theme as personal as the holidays is challenging enough,” says Gallery Stroll Executive Director Kristina Robb who curated ‘Tis the Season,“ but making your way through the depth of talent in Salt Lake is even more challenging.” For help, Kristina turned to Brad Slaugh, Meri DeCaria , Lyndsie Peppinger, Greg Rogler, Tom Adler, and Mikell Stringham . “Brad took the time to explain the smallest details of work by a hundred local artists which led me to many websites and studios and piece by piece Meri introduced me to what would become the backbone of the exhibit. With the help of other gallery owners and directors, a collection of fine work from some very talented people representing my experience of the holidays in Salt Lake City came together."

Artist Brad Slaugh who helped organize the show was also asked to participate as a featured artist. “Organizing a show like this is like inviting a bunch of your favorite people over for a potluck,” says Slaugh. “You're not entirely sure what you will end up with but that the mix will somehow end up being more interesting than anything you could have art directed.”

Artists represented include Amy Adams, Heidi Atkins, James Baker, Paul Vincent Bernard, Lane Bennion, Erin Berrett, Doug Braithwaite, Aaron Bushnell, Carlilse, Joe Carter, Denise Crane, Lee Deffebach, Stephanie Dykes, John Erickson, Lindsay Frei, Brent Godfrey, Nel Ivancich, Patricia Kimball, John McCarthy, Hyunmee Lee, Marwan Nahle, Lori Nelson, John O’Connell, Gerald Purdy, Hadley Rampton, Angie Renfro, Steven Sheffield, Brad Slaugh, Dennis Smith, Tony Smith, Charley Snow, Doug Snow, Michael Souter, Kathryn Stedham, Regina Steinberg, Tracy Strauss, and Maryann Webster.

For more information visit the Division of Arts & Museums website at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or contact Rio Gallery Manager Laura Durham at ldurham@utah.gov, 801-533-3582.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on these programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

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Public Art Opportunity @ USU (Proposals due Feb 10)

For immediate release Wendi Hassan, 801.236.7548
Communications Specialist, Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Claudia Nakano, 801.859.8443
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Community and Culture

Public Art Opportunity at Utah State University
Call for artist qualifications now being accepted

The Utah Public Art Program, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and Utah State University, announces a call for letters of interest and qualifications from artists or artist teams interested in creating art for the new College of Agricultural Science on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

The deadline for receipt of applications or online submissions from interested artists is February 10, 2011 at 5 pm MST. Information and application instructions are available at www.utahpublicart.org. All hard copy application materials should be mailed or delivered to: Jim Glenn, Utah Public Art Program, 300 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101.

The community-based Art Selection Committee envisions artwork that is an important part of the inspiration and stimulus for scientific inquiry and explorative academic work at the College of Agriculture.

The Public Art Program was created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985 with the passage of the Percent-for-Art-Act and is administered by the Utah Arts Council through the Division of Arts & Museums. The statute allows for 1% of construction costs for new or remodeled state facilities to be added to the project for the commissioning or acquisition of art that is site specific to the facility and community. To date, over 200 works have been placed in state facilities statewide. For more information and online applications on this and other projects visit www.utahpublicart.org or contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801-533-3585.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

January at the SLC Film Center

Thursday, January 6 – 7:00 pm @ The City Library 210 E. 400 S.
TITICUT FOLLIES (1967), Directed by Frederick Wiseman
Through powerful storytelling, this compelling portrait of a state prison for the criminally insane influenced a generation of filmmakers, and presents a view of the human condition that transcends time and is still relevant today.

Monday, January 10 – 7:00 pm @ The Tower Theatre 831 E. 900 S.
BEAR CITY, Directed by Doug Langway
In this award-winning romantic comedy viewers are given an insider pass to a burly, tight-knit group of New York City friends who are trying to make it through life’s twisted paths and love’s absurdities without getting lost.

Tuesday, January 11 – 7:00 pm @ The City Library 210 E. 400 S.
Three short films from the 2010 Academy Award Doc Shortlist
BORN SWEET, Directed by Cynthia Wade
A boy comes of age in rural Cambodia while struggling with arsenic poisoning and dreaming of becoming a karaoke star.
KILLING IN THE NAME, Directed by Jed Rothstein
Follows Ashraf Al-Khaled, whose wedding day was marred by an Al-Queda suicide bomber, as he speaks with victims and perpetrators to expose the true cost of terrorism.
Tells the story of the thousands of people who lined the route as Robert F. Kennedy’s body made it way from New York City to Washington – which provides an extraordinary portrait of American in the 1960s.

Tuesday, January 18 – 7:00 pm @ The City Library 210 E. 400 S.
BAG IT, Directed by Suzan Beraza
Is your life too plastic? BAG IT follows an average American guy who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags, which leads him to explore the complexities of our plastic world.

utahfutures.org Celebrates 1 year Anniversary



Contact: Holly Braithwaite, Director of Communications
hbraithwaite@utahsbr.edu 801-321-7110

December 14, 2010

UtahFutures.org celebrates one-year anniversary with 324,000 users

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s free website for education and career planning -- UtahFutures.org – is celebrating its one-year anniversary by soliciting success stories from its 324,000 portfolio holders.

Any Utah resident can set up a portfolio and/or browse UtahFutures.org free of charge. Since its October 2009 launch, some 324,000 portfolios have been organized. Of those, some 280,000 are junior high and high school students. The remaining 44,000 are adult Utahns registered primarily through Workforce Services and Adult Education. The website has received nearly two million hits.

Utah is one of the few states in the nation where all major learning institutions and workforce training agencies use the same education and career-planning tool for their students and clients. This synergy allows for better education and career tracking through online portfolios that students carry from junior high all the way through college and careers.

Founding key partners of UtahFutures.org include the Utah State Office of Education, Utah System of Higher Education, Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, Department of Workforce Services, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation and Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs. The Utah State Library has since joined the partnership.

Students enrolled in UtahFutures.org begin making their education and career plans in 7th grade as part of their Student Education and Occupational Plan, which is required of all students. They build this electronic planner and portfolio through high school. Some colleges have also started using UtahFutures.org. The vision is for students to continue building their education and career plan/portfolio at Utah colleges and universities and the rest of their lives. At the Utah Department of Workforce Services, clients use Utahfutures.org to plan their education and career paths.

Now that Utahfutures.org has been operating for a year, the 324,000 portfolio holders are encouraged to submit individual success stories, which the site will share for kudos and inspiration. Suggestions for improvement and expansion are also encouraged.

The UtahFutures.org philosophy is that the best way to predict a positive future is to plan for it. Participants can:
· take career interest surveys

· learn about education and training programs all over the country

· figure out how much they need to earn to support their lifestyles

· find scholarships

· write resumes

· take free practice tests for college admissions

· learn all about financial aid and how to apply

· identify the past path for achieving career and education goals

Utah’s nearly 700 junior high and high school counselors and workforce training counselors can provide students customized education and career planning on UtahFutures.org. For example, they can direct students to more than a dozen assessment tools to identify career options, based on their interests and aptitudes.

Coming soon are business links to connect students with potential employers and internships. Businesses will also be able to identify school volunteer opportunities custom fit to them.

Additional information:

The following public education and Workforce Services counselors are available for interviews:

· Lynn Meek, Counselor, Lehi Junior High School
(801) 768-7010

· Kris Hart, Counselor, Mountain Crest High School
(435) 245-6093

· Dawn Stevenson, Counselor Coordinator, Utah State Office of Education

(801) 538-7851, Dawn.Stevenson@schools.utah.gov

· Shane Young, Workshop Trainer/Program Specialist, Workforce Services

(801) 370-6298, shaneyoung@utah.gov

· Vicki Fenton, Workforce Investment Act Youth Employment Counselor, Brigham City

(435) 734-4012, vfenton@utah.gov

About The Utah System of Higher Education: USHE includes all of Utah’s eight public colleges and universities: The University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Southern Utah University, Snow College, Dixie State College, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College. For more information on the Utah System of Higher Education, visit our website at http://www.higheredutah.org .

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WSU student's play to be read at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII (Feb 11)

WSU Playwright a Winner
Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: “Reality Fallacy” by Chris Shenefelt, at
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
When: February 11
Where: KCACTF Region VIII in Los Angeles

“Reality Fallacy,” by WSU theater major Chris Shenefelt of Ogden, was selected by readers in Region 2 as one of three regional finalists to be given a concert reading by WSU students at the KCACTF Region VIII Festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on Friday, February 11th. Before the festival begins, one-act play respondents will read and select two national semi-finalists from the three regional finalists to be forwarded to the national office for consideration for invitation to the national festival in April. The readings at festival should be considered a showcase of the scripts.

Chris’ play can be considered a “quarter-finalist” for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play. Two plays will be named “semi-finalists for the award at the conclusion of the Los Angeles Festival. The play will be considered, along with the one-act plays invited to the seven other Regional Festivals and those named semi-finalists by the Regions, for invitation to the National Festival at the Kennedy Center. If this is the case, the play will be one of four plays considered a finalist for the John Cauble Award. Those finalists will not be announced until early March, so Chris’ invitation to Los Angeles with his play should be considered a honor and a great opportunity to showcase his writing and, hopefully, take steps forward as a playwright. Region 8 may recognize one of the plays with some kind of regional award. If this is the case, that will be also be announced on the final day of the Festival in Los Angeles.

The John Cauble Award For Short Play
The Short Play Award is named in honor of Dr. John Cauble, Professor Emeritus of UCLA, who provided guidance and support for the establishment of the Michael Kanin Award Program. His continued participation in the recognition of student playwrights through the former “Playwriting Awards Development Committee” is a cornerstone within the Michael Kanin Awards Program. This program seeks to bring recognition to the area of student-written short plays and to encourage young writers to develop the short play form in preparation for the playwriting profession.

The John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play recognizes one or more outstanding scripts each year for presentation at the national festival at the Kennedy Center. The playwright who is the recipient of the John Cauble Award will receive: $1000 provided by the Kennedy Center.; Professional Development Fellowship; The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival will provide the award recipient with an all-expenses paid professional development opportunity; Dramatists Guild Award. The Dramatists Guild Award provides the playwright with Active membership in the Guild. It will also honor the author with the awarding of a certificate presented at its offices in New York City. In the past, the award recipient has been cited at a Guild reception to honor all the playwrights of the previous year.

For more information: Char Nelson, regional chair of the National Playwriting Program, BC4M@aol.com.
Chris Shenefelt: cmshenefelt@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New NEA Strategic Plan for 2012-16 Has Substantive Changes to Mission, Goals, and Grant Programs

The National Endowment for the Arts has recently released their Strategic Plan for 2012-2016 titled, “Art Works for America”. There are substantive changes to the NEA mission, goals, and grant programs which will likely affect many organizations. It is online here: http://nea.gov/about/Budget/NEAStrategicPlan2012-2016.pdf

WSU's Production "Under Construction" Selected for Region VIII American College Theatre Festival Competition (Fundraising performances on Jan 14 - 15)

Under Construction: Still Building
Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: Under Construction: fund raising performances for
American College Theatre Festival Competition
When: January 14 and 15, 7:30 pm • January 15, 2:00 pm
Where: Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $10 for all seats; no comp tickets available for these performances
Dee Events Center Tickets: 1-800-WSU-TIKS or weberstatetickets.com

Weber State University Department of Performing Arts’s fall semester production of “Under Construction,” directed by Tracy Callahan, has been selected for Region VIII American College Theatre Festival competition. Four performances of the play will be presented to raise fund necessary to take the production to the Los Angeles Theatre Center, February 8-12. Those performance will be in the Eccles Theater at 7:30 pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 13-15 and a 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday, January 15. Seating is limited in the Eccles theatre so it is advised to purchase tickets in advance. The November performances were sold out almost every night and we expect the same audience response for these performances.

“Under Construction” is playwright Charles Mee’s third in a series of four plays inspired by American artists. While Norman Rockwell and installation artist Jason Rhoades do not appear as characters in “Under Construction,” their influences on the play are omnipresent. The play form and style reflects Rockwell’s idealist view of America contrasted with Rhoades’ chaotic, absurdist view. “Under Construction” presents the idea that American society is in a constant process of changing, inventing and restructuring itself.

The play itself is under construction. The playwright provides a script of various scenes of American life but invites the director/cast to add their own material. He also indicates that some of his own scenes can be deleted. Consequently, every production of this play gets “re-constructed” by the company presenting the play.
Director Callahan states, “When people ask me what Under Construction is “about” I tend to at first give a fairly bewildered look then do my best to form the words to describe a piece of theatre that is anything but formulaic. It is full of song, (blues and barbershop quartets) dance (disco, tap and tango), and monologues from such iconic characters as Bukowski, Cage and Burroughs.“

Rockwell (1894-1978) is famous as the artist of American early- to mid-20th century nostalgia: the family around the table at Thanksgiving; the young girl in pigtails contemplating herself in the mirror; and hundreds of other “illustrations” of America without flaws.

Rhoades(1965-2006) became famous for filling up exhibition space with “stuff;” assemblages of artifacts, chairs, cardboard, and other discards of contemporary society all crammed together; or hanging hundreds of neon lights, signs and electrical cords from aluminum tube scaffolding. He confronted taboos and pushed the boundaries of the acceptable.

Scenic Designer Jaime Frank, WSU theatre major, has the challenge of creating a space that allows for traditional scenes, while capturing the “installation experience” of Rhoades art and providing enough room for the actors.

Costume Designer Sean Bishop, also a WSU theatre major, is also challenged to provide costumes for an ensemble with actors playing many roles.

For more information about this production, contact Tracy Callahan, 801 626 7886 or tcallahan@weber.edu. For more information about Jason Rhoades: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Rhoades

Best of Fest (Free screenings of 2011 award-winning films) @ Sundance (SLC & Park City: Jan 31)

Best of Fest
Sundance Institute will be presenting complimentary screenings of the 2011 award-winning films the day after the festival close, January 31. Ticket pickups are on January 15th and 16th at the Salt Lake and Park City Main Box Offices. Limit of two tickets per person per screening. Visit sundance.org/festival for details.

Townie Tuesday (Free Screening for Summit Co. Residents) @ Sundance (Park City: Jan 25)

Townie Tuesday
The Sundance Film Festival announces Townie Tuesday, a free screening for Summit County residents, on January 25th. Ticket Pickup is at the Park City Main Box Office on January 24th between 6 and 8 p.m. You must be 18 years old and present a legal Utah ID with a Summit County zip code. Visit sundance.org/tickets for details.

"Before the Flood" @ Babcock Performing Readers (SLC: Jan 13, 2011)

Babcock Performing Readers


Before the Flood
by A. A. Milne

Impromptu Play Reading
Hosted by Gordon Jones

Come and be a star as you are selected from the audience to read, A.A.
Milne’s take on what happens after Yahweh speaks to Noah and before the rain
falls. Don’t look for children’s toys here. Most know Milne as creator of
Winnie the Pooh, but he was a first class playwright the first half of the
20th century. “Flood” is a great introduction to this neglected playwright’s
whimsical treatment of serious subjects. In addition, a reading of Milne’s
explanation of “the secret in the poet’s heart” at the end of Shaw’s
“Candida.” It may surprise you.

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

A. Ray Olpin University Union Little Theatre
200 S Central Campus Drive

Free Admission
Free Parking after 6:00 p.m. in the visitor “A” lots.
Free Refreshments

Partially funded by
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks
Salt Lake City Arts Council

Richard C Russell

Blue Planet Live! @ Utah Symphony (SLC: Dec 30)

Contact: Kevin Bentz, (801) 869-9006

December 14, 2010

The Utah Symphony Presents The BBC/ discovery production of The blue planet live!

The performances will feature the Utah Symphony with video from the BBC/Discovery series: The Blue Planet

SALT LAKE CITY – A unique show; a theatrical presentation of the most remarkable film sequences from the celebrated BBC/Discovery television series The Blue Planet. These sequences have been specially edited and are shown on giant screens, with the full Utah Symphony orchestra performing the music from the series, written by George Fenton. There are different emotional moments to appeal to a broad family audience, some funny, some spooky, and much of it highly emotional.

The evening will be narrated by Senator Orrin Hatch who will introduce the audience to the footage, giving them the amazing statistics and facts about what they are seeing as well as a behind the scenes account of what it was like to do the filming. There has never been such an elaborate or theatrical presentation of Natural History.

Whilst being entertaining it is eventually about a message. By witnessing the wonders of the oceans we can better understand how to protect them. It is a message that reaches adults and children alike. The response in London was so positive that The Blue Planet Live! is now on a world tour.

Abravanel Hall | Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:00 pm


The Blue Planet Live!

David Cho, Conductor
Senator Orrin Hatch, Narrator

FENTON Our Planet Is a Blue Planet
FENTON Dolphins
FENTON/KERSHAW Grey Whale/Deep Ocean
FENTON The Sardine Run
FENTON The Coast
FENTON Feeding Frenzy
FENTON Life in the Flow
FENTON Emperors
FENTON Killer Whales

Program Credits
Created by George Fenton
Orchestrations: Geoffrey Alexander
Technical Director: Chris Szuberla
Sound Supervisor: Scott Bauer

Tickets for the evening’s performances start at $30 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel Hall box office, or by visiting www.usuo.org. Subscribers and those desiring group or student discounts should call (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Ticket prices will increase $5 day of performance. $15 student tickets may be available on the day of show if seats are available.

Press photos available at http://www.utahsymphony.org/media.php. (Username: usuoimages, password: media).

About George Fenton

George Fenton began writing music for the theatre in 1974 and has worked extensively for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre and Riverside Studios. Scores include Good, Mother Courage, Racing Demon, and most recently, Othello (Stratford 1999).

Since 1983, he has devoted much of his time to feature films and now divides his work between London and Hollywood. Film credits include: 84 Charing Cross Road, White Mischief, The Dressmaker, High Spirits, A Handful of Dust, The Company of Wolves, Memphis Belle, White Palace, The Long Walk Home, Final Analysis, Accidental Hero, Groundhog Day, Shadowlands, Ladybird Ladybird, Mixed Nuts, The Madness of King George, Land and Freedom, Heaven's Prisoners, Mary Reilly, The Crucible, Carla's Song, In Love and War, My Name is Joe, Ever After, Living Out Loud, You've Got Mail. Most recent scores include Anna and the King, Sweet Sixteen and Sweet Home Alabama and to be released later this year, Christopher Hampton's Imagining Argentina.

His film scores have been nominated for five Oscars: Ghandi, Dangerous Liaisons, Cry Freedom (Best Song and Best Score) and The Fisher King and three Golden Globes: Cry Freedom, and Anna and The King (Best Song and Best Score).

He has received BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards and nominations for work on television plays and features, such as Going Gently, Walter, Bergerac, Shoestring, The Jewel in the Crown, The History Man, The Monocled Mutineer, The Trials of Life, Life in the Freezer, Beyond the Clouds and Shanghai Vice. TV work also includes scores for several plays by Alan Bennett, such as An Englishman Abroad, Me, I’m Afraid of Virginia Woolf and 102 Boulevard Haussmann, Talking Heads Series 1 & 2 and Telling Tales. Last year he won both BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards and an Emmy for ‘Best Original Television Music’, for his score to the BBC’s Natural History series, The Blue Planet.

Besides writing music to picture he as composed Five Parts of the Dance for Graham Ashton, Birthday, a children’s opera and, in collaboration with Alan Bennett, Hymn, commissioned by Harrogate International Festival to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Medici String Quartet.

He lectures at Liverpool University, the Royal College of Music and at Nottingham University where he holds a Special Professorship.


Kevin Bentz
Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Click it to Keep It: Art Works for Kids


Monday, December 13, 2010

Glitter People by Derek Dyer Exhibit @ Sorenson Unity Center (SLC: Dec 3 - February 4, 2011)

December, 11 2010

Sorenson Unity Center Gallery Announces an Exhibit of Fine Art:
Glitter People - By Artist Derek Dyer

Show Runs: December 3 – February 4, 2010.

Opening Reception: Friday, December 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
The artist will be on hand to meet with the public and discuss the work.
Music will be provided by DJ Portia Early.
Dance performances from SLC Ballet with two Glitter People inspired pieces performed at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm in the gallery.
Reception is free to the public and refreshments will be provided.

Location: Sorenson Unity Center Gallery 1383 South 900 West, Salt Lake City, Utah
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Statement from the Artist: In my work I strive to create beautiful, meaningful images and objects that inspire imagination and conversation while making an emotional connection with the viewer. The Glitter People are a series of work produced between 2005 and 2010. In this series I paint the models in body paints and glitter and photograph them. The concept behind this series is to visually represent that we all have a light or sparkle inside of us. Some call it a soul or life force. As every individual is different so the Glitter People are different with varying colors and textures representing the unique beauty and energy that lies inside everyone.

The Sorenson Unity Center
1383 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1603
(801) 535-6533

Derek E Dyer
Executive Director, Utah Arts Alliance
2191 South 300 West # 1
SLC UT 84115
Phone 801.651.3937
Fax: 801.487.1359

Faces Exhibit @ Utah Museum of Fine Art (SLC: now - Feb 13, 2011)

--Shelbey Peterson, UMFA Public Relations and Marketing Associate,
Shelbey.Peterson@umfa.utah.edu, 801.585.1306, cell 801-580-7848
--Jill Dawsey, UMFA Acting Chief Curator/Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art,
jill.dawsey@umfa.utah.edu, 801.585.3475

Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art
On view through February 13, 2011

Salt Lake City, UT- The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) presents Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, now on view through February 13, 2011 in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at the University of Utah. This dynamic installation brings together classic works of Pop art and more recent Pop-inflected works, with a focus on portraiture and the human face.

Located in a gallery on the UMFA’s first floor, the installation comprises some thirty-eight works by artists who participated in or were influenced by the Pop art movement. In the 1950s and 1960s, Pop art introduced new subject matter to the artistic sphere, elevating imagery from the common culture and everyday life—including pictures of Hollywood icons and ordinary people alike— to the level of art.

Faces features work by artists Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Robert Arneson, Larry Rivers, and Chris Johanson. The exhibition opens with never-before-exhibited Polaroid portraits by Andy Warhol, one of the most influential and provocative artists of the twentieth century. The UMFA received these works in 2008 as a gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Portraits of the rich and famous—ranging from celebrity icons to unnamed socialites and party-goers—the Polaroids demonstrate Warhol’s consistent artistic process, his interest in mass-produced media, and fascination with glamour and fame.

Portraiture takes a variety of forms throughout the Faces exhibition. A series of fourteen screen prints by artist Alex Katz depicts young people in the late 1970s, each image rendered with a sharp, direct focus. Robert Arneson, on the other hand, takes a sardonic approach to rendering his own likeness in Head Bath, a crayon on paper drawing that depicts the artist swimming in his own brain—and Untitled Trophy (Bust of Bob), an earthenware sculpture that takes the form of a diminutive, self-deprecating “trophy.”

Faces concludes with a contemporary sculpture by artist Chris Johanson titled This is You (2002). A member of the group of artists dubbed the “Mission School,” who emerged in San Francisco in the 1990s , Johanson works in a flat, intentionally naïve style reminiscent of children’s drawings. Drawing inspiration from street culture, environmentalism, and graffiti art, This is You utilizes discarded materials, putting pieces of found wood and metal to new use.

Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art reflects the UMFA’s aim to present high-quality exhibitions that feature key works from the permanent collection. The exhibition will remain on view through February 13, 2011. More information is available at umfa.utah.edu.


The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building on the University of Utah campus at 410 Campus Center Drive. The UMFA’s mission is to engage visitors in discovering meaningful connections with the artistic expressions of the world’s cultures. Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors and youth ages 6-18, children 5 and under free, UMFA Members free. Free admission is offered on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month thanks to the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Weekends, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. For more information call (801) 581-7332 or visit umfa.utah.edu.

December Events @ St. George Art Museum

www.sgartmuseum.org, museum@sgcity.org
47 East 200 North, St. George, Utah 84770
Phone: 435.627.4525
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5
3rd Thursdays 10-9pm with Art Conversations at 7pm
Nominal Admission fees.
For Information Contact: Deborah Reeder

New Exhibits:

October 30, 2010 – January 8, 2011

Main Gallery & Mezzanine Galleries
Beyond the Literal: Lynn Berryhill, Noel Logan, Pearl Meadows, Anne Weiler-Brown

Legacy Gallery
Land Beyond Literal: Royden Card


On December 16th Art Conversation at 7pm features Art Historian, Deborah Reeder, Curator of the St. George Art Museum on the early history of abstract and non-representational art. She will be joined by Royden Card who will discuss his exhibit, Land Beyond Literal.

The Legacy Gallery features, Land Beyond Literal, with paintings by Royden Card of Virgin, UT. His best known work consists of recognizable landscape forms remade and recreated into a new abstracted land of vibrant color. Though Card is less well known for his fine series of woodcuts of Zion National Park, in addition to a sequence of paintings that explore architectural doorways with raking angles in rich colors, they are both impressive series of paintings. The Museum is open until 9pm on that evening.


On December 10th from 6 to 9pm join the throngs of art lovers to enjoy the downtown St. George art scene. The St. George Art Museum is free that evening and is where the tour begins. It is the perfect way to spend a holiday evening in beautiful decorated historic downtown St. George.


Ancient Egypt for elementary school children returns to the St. George Art Museum on December 18th & February 12th, 2011 for $10 per student. From 9:30 to noon grades 1-3; from 1:30 to 4 grades 4-6. Space is very limited.


Don’t miss visiting the St. George Art Museum with your Twilight button as part of the New Year’s Eve festivities in downtown St. George.

Auditons for "Circle Mirror Transformation" at Salt Lake Acting Company (SLC: Dec 13)

Salt Lake Acting Company News Release




WHEN: Monday, December 13, 2010 12:00 – 4:00 PM

CHARACTERS: All parts are available. Cast of two men, three women

MARTY, age 55, female
JAMES, age 60, male
SCHULTZ, age 48, male
THERESA, age 35, female
LAUREN, age 16, female

WHAT: Sides from the script available at SLAC. Ten minute slots.

WHERE: The Salt Lake Acting Company
168 West 500 North, SLC, UT 84103
(801) 363-7522

AUDITION: Audition sides available at SLAC’s box office. Equity and non-Equity. SLAC is an equal opportunity employer.

SCHEDULE: Rehearsals begin Monday, March 14, 2011

Runs: April 14 – May 8, 2011

DIRECTOR: Adrianne Moore

IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Adapted by Jody Davidson, with Dustin Bolt and Michael Gardner

December 2010

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Ticket prices are $25/adults, $5/children. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

For tickets call 801- 363-7522, visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org,
or in person at 168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.

SLAC was founded in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.

Cynthia Fleming
Executive Producer
Salt Lake Acting Company

Monday, December 6, 2010

Kid Fiddlers @ RDT's Ring Around Rose Series (SLC: Dec 18)

Kid Fiddlers December 18, 2010 Black Box Theatre
From classic to contemporary country hits this kid band will have you clapping and stomping along with the beat! www.kidfiddlers.com/

Tickets are $5 through ArtTix 801-355-Arts | www.ArtTix.org

Kid Fiddlers is the Jackson Family Band from Las Vegas, Nevada. “Mom” and 5 children (ages 9 to 20) have performed across the United States and Europe. They perform at county and state fairs and festivals throughout the country during the summer, but during the school year, they like to share their love of music with students of all ages!

During this high energy, interactive show, Kid Fiddlers encourage EVERY child to play a musical instrument, which has been proven to help in their brain development. Children who play instruments often:

Learn quicker
Retain information longer
Score higher on tests
Develop greater discipline
The audience will be spellbound by the very talented Kid Fiddlers as they show the mastery of over a Dozen Instruments, Impeccable Vocal Harmonies, Fantastic Clogging and Charming Humor!

Ring Around The Rose is a series of performances for children and families that explore the magical world of the arts, including dance, theatre, music, and storytelling.

Ring Around The Rose subscribers save 30% on tickets, get free ticket exchanges, can purchase additional tickets at the subscriber price, and never have to worry about sold out shows- you already have your tickets in hand. Ring season tickets are only $4 per show, a minimum of 6 performances must be purchased to qualify for season discount.

All shows begin at 11am at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W Broadway, SLC. Ring Around The Rose is supported in part by: Utah Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Salt Lake City Arts Council, and the Salt Lake County Zoo Arts and Parks Program. Interested in your company becoming a partial sponsor for Ring Around the Rose? If so please call the RDT office at 801-534-1000.

Charette @ Repertory Dance Theatre (SLC: Feb 12)

Charette 2011 | Experience the process, the party, and the performance
February 12, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Purchase tickets through artTix |Tickets: $35 | 801-355-Arts (2787)| www.arttix.org

Special Discounts:$23 Group Discount of 10 tickets or more

charette (sha-ret) french an intense period of design activity

What happens at Charette?
- Party behind the scenes while five choreographers design award-winning dances in record time
- Ignite the FUN back into fund-raising
- Enjoy surprise celebrity appearances
- Mingle with former RDT dancers from our rich 45 year history
- Learn everything you wanted to know about modern dance, but where afraid to ask

Charette is RDT's signature event and annual fund-raiser. By supporting Charette, you support RDT's educational programs, outreach activity, and community-building performances.

RDT's Charette is...
5 Fearless choreographers
9 RDT dancers
30 Community dancers
5 Esteemed judges
500 Audience members eating, drinking, and bribing with funny money

To become involved with Charette by being a sponsor, volunteer, or contributor please contact Susan Sandack 801-534-1000 | susan@rdtutah.org | PO Box 510427 SLC UT 84151

For more info please visit www.rdtutah.org

Bravo Broadway @ Utah Symphony (SLC: Feb 18 - 19)

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera adds Stephanie J Block to Bravo Broadway: Wicked divas!

WHO: Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

WHAT: Addition of Broadway sensation Stephanie J Block to Bravo Broadway Wicked Divas!

WHEN: Friday February 18, 2011 & Saturday February 19, 2011 at 8 PM

WHERE: Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City. For tickets visit www.usuo.org

WHY: This very special program is sure to sell-out. Principle Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen will lead a star-studded cast in this evening filled with all your favorites from Wicked! Maestro Steichen has taken Utah by storm with his dedication to providing the very best in entertainment and talent for Utah audiences by bringing Broadway stars to the sing with the Utah Symphony. This will be a very special engagement, one for all Broadway enthusiasts to attend.

BIO: Stephanie has established herself as one of Broadway's most relevant and versatile leading ladies. She recently starred in 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL as Judy Bernly earning her a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Leading up to 9 TO 5, Stephanie found herself busy onstage as well as in the recording studio, starring as Elphaba in the Broadway Company of WICKED and recording her debut solo album, THIS PLACE I KNOW. Other Broadway credits include originating the roles of Grace O’Malley in THE PIRATE QUEEN and Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ (opposite Hugh Jackman). She also starred in the First Nat'l Touring Company of WICKED as Elphaba for which she won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress and the Carbonell Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Some of her regional credits include FUNNY GIRL , CRAZY FOR YOU (L.A. Ovation Award Nominee), OLIVER (Critics Award-Best Actress), James Joyce's THE DEAD, TRIUMPH OF LOVE , THE GRASS HARP, SOUTH PACIFIC, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES and the World Premiere of WICKED.

Ms. Block has sung with numerous symphony orchestras throughout United States. Her solo concert has been critically acclaimed in both NYC and in London. Stephanie's voice can be heard on the original cast recordings of THE BOY FROM OZ, THE PIRATE QUEEN and 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL (Grammy Nomination) and, of course her solo album, THIS PLACE I KNOW. She is a proud member of The Musical Theatre Guild and has been a member of Actors' Equity since 1995. "To my family, loved ones and my God - Thanks and Praise!"

Kevin Bentz
Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

WSU Alumni Singers Concert (Ogden: Dec 13)

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Who: Weber State University Alumni Association
What: WSU Alumni Singers Concert
When: Monday, 13 December 2010, 7:00 pm
Where: Holy Family Catholic Church at 1100East 5550 South in Ogden
Tickets: Donations of food and money

Weber State University Alumni Association presents the WSU Alumni Singers, directed by Evelyn Harris, in concert, Monday, December 13, 7:00 pm, at the Holy Family Catholic Church at 1100East 5550 South in Ogden. This is a free performance but donations of food and money will be gratefully accepted to assist local Sub for Santa families in need.

A special feature of the concert this year is the addition of the Mount Ogden Brass Quintet. They will play pre-concert Christmas Carols from 6:30 to 7:00 P.M. as the audience is being seated. The brass players are Rod Rippon, trumpet; David Cox, trumpet; Bill Griffith, trombone; Steven Carter, horn; and Paul Hathcock, tuba. Then they will join the choir in a “Trilogy for Christmas.” Brett Patterson, the organist for the Holy Family Catholic Church, will be at the organ on this piece.

The concert will be ideal family entertainment including “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, “Fum, Fum, Fum”, “Up on the Housetop”. “Baby, Is Cold Outside”, and “Pat-a-pan”. There will be a song by the men and one by the ladies of the choir. The concert also features special numbers by members of the choir.

Evelyn said she is grateful to be doing what she does. “I work with a terrific group of people that love to sing and the music we are doing is such a pleasure to perform. This is a beautiful concert but it is all for the benefit of other people. It is a thrill to be able to help people at Christmas and share the joy!”

Weber State Singers was an active performing group at Weber State University, with Evelyn Harris directing the group for seventeen years. When she retired they also retired the group, which was then without a director. The members had a strong desire to keep the Singers alive and did so through the auspices of the WSU Alumni Office. The current group is comprised of former WSU Singers as well as Evelyn Harris’ vocal students. For more information about the WSU Alumni Singers, contact Evelyn Harris, 801-392-3773 or evieh7@comcast.net

WSU Honor Band with Wind Ensemble Concert (Ogden: Dec 11)

Most Honorable Band presents Concert

Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: WSU Honor Band Concert with the WSU Wind Ensemble
When: Saturday, 11 December 2010, 4:00 pm
Where: Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: No tickets are required for this Free performance

Weber State University Department of the Performing Arts presents the WSU Honor Band Concert, Saturday, December 11 at 4:00 pm in the Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free and open to the public, with children over the age of eight welcome.

The concert will begin with a special appearance by the WSU Wind Ensemble, followed by the Honor Band. This year’s Honor Band will perform a variety of works for high school band and will end with Alfred Reed’s spectacular “Russian Christmas Music.”

This will be the 20th anniversary of this event which brings high school students from throughout Utah for two days. Some years as many as 100 students descend on campus for this two day festival. Students will arrive on Friday, December 10, for auditions and will begin rehearsals that evening. Rehearsal will continue on Saturday, December 11, beginning at 8AM and continuing until 3PM. The band members will have a one hour break at noon that Saturday when they will enjoy pizza together in Shepherd Union to the accompaniment of the WSU Flute Choir and Brass Quintet playing music for the season.

This annual program offers young musicians an opportunity to develop their talents, to have a good time with musicians from other schools and to make contacts with Weber State University faculty and students. The bonus is the concert that gives parents and other audience members an opportunity to see the musical stars and educators of the future.

For more information about the Band program or the concert, contact Dr. Thomas Root, 626-6443 or troot@weber.edu.

NEA Announces New Media Arts Director

For Immediate Release Contact: Sally Gifford,
December 2, 2010 NEA Public Affairs | 202-682-5606


Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Endowment for the Art announces the new Media Arts Director Alyce Myatt. Myatt will lead the NEA’s Media Arts Office, both as a leading voice for the media arts field and as manager of NEA grantmaking in film, video, audio, web-based, and other electronic media. She begins her tenure on January 3, 2011.

For the entire press release, visit http://www.arts.gov/news/news10/Alyce-Myatt-appointment.html

Sally Gifford | Public Affairs Specialist | National Endowment for the Arts
giffords@arts.gov | 202-682-5606
URL - www.arts.gov
Twitter - http://twitter.com/NEAarts
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/NEAarts

ZooLights @ Hogle Zoo (SLC: Dec 3 - 31)

For more information contact:
Lindsey Sine
435-602-9702 lsine@hoglezoo.org

ZooLights! Brings Winter Wonderland to Hogle Zoo

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 30) - The winter wonderland magic has arrived at Utah's Hogle Zoo just in time for the opening of ZooLights!, Utah's largest animated light display, on Friday, Dec. 3.

New to ZooLights! this holiday season will be two of Santa's reindeer: Comet and Vixen! At 5:15, these two will lead a nightly Reindeer Parade through the entry plaza to be near Santa and his Station! Comet and Vixen will be a part of ZooLights! nightly until Dec. 24 when they head off for their around-the-world trip with Santa.

Speaking of Mr. Claus, he, too, will be a nightly guest at ZooLights! as he takes Christmas lists from little boys and girls who come to visit him in Santa's Station. This is FREE with paid admission and you can take all the photos you like!

But, if you're looking for some more time to make a good impression on Kris Kringle himself, look no further than our Breakfast with Santa events being held on select days throughout the month. Breakfast with Santa will be held Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19. Book your tickets online at hoglezoo.org.

After some fun with Santa and his reindeer, guests can take in the over 250 animated holiday and creature-themed light displays throughout Zoo grounds. Over one million lights comprise the displays throughout ZooLights! including a newly added 60-foot light tunnel located just outside of the Great Ape house! Guests can walk through the brilliantly shining archway as they make their way to the Oasis Plaza and on to Asian Highlands, home to the Zoo's big cats!

The popular "$3 Thursdays" admission discount program returns this year! Pick up a $3 admission voucher at any Little Caesars pizza and receive admission to ZooLights for only $3! (up to 6 admitted with one voucher) any Thursday in December.

Guests looking for an especially exciting time during ZooLights! should be sure to visit on Fridays and Saturdays when the entertainment includes an ice carver who will be cutting up large-scale sculptures for the entertainment of many!

ZooLights! visitors will be able to stay warm in the winter weather with heaters stationed throughout the grounds, as well as many warm holiday treats, including hot chocolate and deep fried s'mores!

ZooLights is made possible in part due to the generous sponsorship of Coca-Cola, Meadow Gold Dairies, Red Robin and Little Caesar restaurants, the Utah Educational Savings Plan, Bremenn Research Labs, American Express, KUTV Television, Oldies 94.1, 97.1 ZHT and the official radio station of ZooLIghts, Today's 106.5.

ZooLights will be open on New Year's Eve, when we'll celebrate in style with a New Year's family countdown. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the countdown taking place at 9 p.m. to ring in 2011. There will be party favors and noisemakers for the first 100 people in the Main Plaza.

The 2010 ZooLights! season has something for everyone! Be sure you don't miss your chance to visit Dec. 3 - 31. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 - 9 p.m, except Christmas Day.

For more information about ZooLights, including additional discount offers, tips to stay warm, and the full ZooLights calendar of events, please visit hoglezoo.org

Utah's Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.

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Handel's 'Gospel' Messiah @ Grand Theatre (SLC: Dec 10 - 13)

November 30, 2010

Richard Scott
The Grand Theatre
Phone: 801-957-3263
Fax: 801-957-3113

Handel's Messiah, A 9th Annual Community Celebration
A Modern Twist on Handel's Classic Holiday Oratorio

Salt Lake City, UT - This modern twist on one of classical music's most cherished and well-known compositions is returning to Salt Lake City for only three days this holiday season. While other versions are typically done as a standard sing along, this production of Handel's Messiah at The Grand Theatre features Grand Voices, a choir of over 80 voices, with special guest soloists and narrators. Guest soloists include Ginger Bess, Kelly Griffiths, Bruce Williams, Dee-Dee Darby Duffin, Anise Drisdom, Carey Drisdom, and Detorea Oliver.

"We are excited to bring back this celebration and reinvention of Handel's beloved Messiah for the 9th year. Handel's baroque style has been completely reinterpreted and transformed into a lively R&B, gospel, and jazz infused concert experience that will delight and surprise all ages," says Richard Scott, Executive Artistic Director of The Grand Theatre. "Audience members will be treated to the familiar solos and chorus numbers with narration interspersed throughout the evening. The original intent of this beautiful oratorio still stands while this new adaptation creates an invigorating variation on Handel's masterful themes."

B Murphy, Deron Hutchinson, and Detorea Oliver direct the Grand Voices along with a full jazz band. Members from choirs across Utah have come together to create Grand Voices. These choirs include St. John the Baptist, Gurtar Group, Golden Voices, St. Stephen’s, New Zion Baptist Choir, Calvary Choir, Hilltop Gospel, Utah Gospel Workshop, Unity Baptist Choir, and the Christian Life Center Praise Team.

The Grand Theatre is located at 1575 S. State Street on Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus. Tickets start at $10 and are available online at www.the-grand.org or by calling the box office at 801-957-3322.

Performances dates: December 10, 11 & 13, 2010
Times: Evening performances 7:30pm
Location: The Grand Theatre, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Tickets: Prices range from $8.00 to $24.00 with discounts for groups, seniors, and students available.
Reservations: 801-957-3322 or online at http://www.the-grand.org/
Wheelchair accessible

Photos attached: Ginger Bess with Choir
Photos by: Steve Fidel

USF Children Actor Auditions (CC: Dec 18)

November 29, 2010

Audition Notice

Utah Shakespeare Festival Seeks Child Actors

CEDAR CITY, Utah—The Utah Shakespeare Festival is looking for talented young actors for the 50th anniversary season. Auditions will be held on Dec. 18 at the Southern Utah University Auditorium Theatre (300 W. Center Street, Cedar City, Utah). Mandatory registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Auditions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude after all registered children have been seen.

The Festival seeks approximately twelve young actors, both male and female, who can portray characters ages 8-14. The chosen actors will be featured in “The Music Man” as Winthrop, Amaryllis, and Gracie as well as in the chorus. Actors may also appear as fairies in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or as young boys in “Richard III.”

All participants must bring a headshot and resume to the audition, and prepare the sides found at www.bard.org under the “Child Actor Auditions” link. An accompanist will be provided. For more information visit www.bard.org or call 435-586-7880.

The chosen actors must be available for rehearsals and performances from May 11 through Sept. 4.

Tickets are on sale now for the Festival’s 50th anniversary season, which will run from June 23 to Oct. 29, 2011. The eight-play season includes Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “The Winter’s Tale.” The season will also include Meredith Willson’s great American musical “The Music Man,” Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off!” and the mystery thriller “Dial M for Murder” by Frederick Knott. For more information and tickets visit www.bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.

Media Contact: Amanda Caraway, media and public relations director, 435-586-1969,

Alexandra Fisher (left) as Young Biddy and LJ Benet as Young Pip in Great Expectations, 2010. (Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Karl Hugh.)

WSU Chamber Choir (Ogden: Dec 9)

Chamber Choir Tradition

Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: WSU Chamber Choir
When: Thursday, 9 December 2010, 7:30 pm
Where: Holy Family Catholic Church, 1100 E 5550 S, in Ogden
Tickets: No tickets are required for this free performance

Weber State University Department of the Performing Arts presents the annual WSU Chamber Choir Christmas Concert Thursday, December 9, 7:30 pm, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1100 E 5550 S, in Ogden. This is a free concert. Children over the age of eight are invited to attend.

Directed by Dr. Mark Henderson, the program will feature traditional carols and original christmas works, sung by the choir and members singing in small groups and as soloists. In “A Little Christmas Music” the choir performs a quodlibet* arrangement made up of traditional Christmas texts set to the melodies of Mozart from “A Little Night Music” and other works.

The concert has been an annual event since the origination of the Chamber Choir in 1990. The church itself was designed with performance of music in mind. It provides one of the most satifying settings, acoustically and visually, anywhere in Utah.

For more information contact Mark Henderson at 801-626-6448 or mhenderson@weber.edu.

* Quodlibet (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia): A quodlibet is a piece of music combining several different melodies, usually popular tunes, in counterpoint and often a light-hearted, humorous manner. The term is Latin, meaning “whatever” or literally, “what pleases.” There are three main types of quodlibet:
A catalogue quodlibet consists of a free setting of catalogue poetry (usually humorous lists of loosely related items).
In a successive quodlibet, one voice has short musical quotations and textual quotations while the other voices provide homophonic accompaniment.
In a simultaneous quodlibet, two or more pre-existing melodies are combined.[1] The simultaneous quodlibet may be considered a historical antecedent to the modern-day musical mashup.5 References