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BYU's theatrical production of "Charlotte's Web' includes aerial silks

The classic story of "Charlotte's Web" will be performed at BYU beginning May 26.

'Rain' is an ode to Beatles music, story

“Rain” is an ode — not just to the Beatles’ music, but to their story as well. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Chris Hicks: You say sidequel, I say sequel, let's call the whole thing off

There are lots of weird words that fall into common usage these days — thank you, Internet! — but some of Hollywood’s are the strangest. Sidequel or midquel, anyone? Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Who pays for free music?

How can an industry survive when the public expects its product to be free? Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Game review: Race to Adventure is simple with limited options

The setting of Race to Adventure feels like a 1920s pulp adventure of world exploration. Players will visit a variety of locations around the world accomplishing a task at each venue and returning... Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Game review: With Grand Austria Hotel, attract customers to become best hotel in Europe

Mayfair Games does it again with Grand Austria Hotel. It is the modern age in Vienna and players represent hotel owners competing to become the best known hotel in the world. Attract customers,... Read more »

April 14, 2016

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What Shakespeare is still teaching us about good and evil 400 years after his death

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Like the Bible, Shakespeare’s works are full of moral dilemmas and religious references that still ring true. Experts say that’s because Shakespeare’s greatest inspiration was... Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Listening though the decades at Red Butte Garden Outdoor Summer Concert Series

The Red Butte Garden Outdoor Summer Concert series announced its 30 concerts for this summer, starting with The Lumineers and also including The Monkees, Willie Nelson & Family, "Weird Al" Yankovic... Read more »

April 13, 2016

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Why do libraries matter? Just ask Beverly Cleary

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Things are looking a little grim for libraries in this increasingly digital world, but the reason we still need them is staring at us from the shelves of the children's section. Read more »

April 13, 2016

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Chet Faker, Big Grams, Grimes to headline 2016 Twilight Concert Series

Summer music lovers can mark their calendars for the Twilight Concert Series, Pioneer Park's annual summer Thursday-evening concerts, featuring artists such as Big Grams and Grimes. Read more »

April 12, 2016

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On the 75th birthday of American icon Bob Dylan, it's time to visit the places that made him

American legend Bob Dylan celebrates his 75th birthday this year. The towns where he grew up, Duluth and Hibbing, Minnesota, are filled with tangible Dylan landmarks. Read more »

April 12, 2016

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Eccles Theater new terrazzo floor designed by local artist

Workers at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater have recently completed work on a new terrazzo floor in its grand lobby, designed by Laura Sharp Wilson. The floor is one of two... Read more »

April 11, 2016

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Book review: Well-researched 'Nazi Titanic' tells little-known story of a World War II ship

"The Nazi Titanic" is about the Cap Arcona, a German Cruise ship said to rival the opulence of the Titanic. The ship ended its existence as a floating concentration camp. It was destroyed by the... Read more »

April 10, 2016

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Book review: 'Trace Evidence' short story collection is an excellent farewell

"Trace Evidence," a collection of four novellas, is a companion to the Virals series co-authored by Kathy and Brendan Reichs. Fans will relish these last four adventures with the Virals pack. Read more »

April 10, 2016

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Book review: 'The Madwoman Upstairs' is a modern gothic tale

Samantha Whipple, the last descendant of the Bronte family, enrolls at Oxford to escape the incessant rumors plaguing her about her famous family. Mystery and self-exploration follow as she tries... Read more »

April 10, 2016

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Book review: 'Runaway' won't be a runaway hit with readers

It’s unlikely people will run to the shelves to read “Runaway,” the latest book from author Peter May, unless they like a dark story about 1960s pop culture. Read more »

April 10, 2016

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Ballet West to stage three-piece program 'The Nijinsky Revolution' April 15-23 at Capitol Theatre

Choreographer Helen Pickett describes her journey to create a new version of Vaslav Nijinsky's "Jeux" that nods to him but still feels intrinsic for her. Her "Games" is one of three pieces in... Read more »

April 9, 2016

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Hale Centre Theatre to tap imaginations with pre-'Pan' story 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

A prequel to the beloved story "Peter Pan," the Tony Award-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher" opens at Hale Centre Theatre on April 13 and runs through May 18. Read more »

April 9, 2016

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'Hamilton' asks us to evaluate the principle of 'colorblind' casting

The principle of “colorblind” casting posits that people should ignore ethnicity and focus solely on talent when casting actors in productions. In theory, this is a very good idea. In... Read more »

April 9, 2016

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With revamped 'Black Panther,' Marvel ups its diversity game

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Marvel comics tapped Ta-Nehisi Coates to write its new look at its first and most famous black superhero. Read more »

April 9, 2016

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Chris Hicks: New 'Odd Couple' and sci-fi epic 'The Expanse' are on home video

A new sitcom of “The Odd Couple” brings Oscar and Felix into the 21st century, and a new epic sci-fi series features Mormons in space. Both are on home video this week. Read more »

April 8, 2016

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16-year-old St. George girl designs free gaming app

Kelsea Barker, a 16-year-old high school student from St. George, spent her summer vacation creating Hue!, a free gaming app. Barker, a self-taught coder, hopes to create more apps in the future.... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘The Force Awakens’ is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Last year’s biggest box-office hit, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Game review: Forsaken Lore, Strange Remnants expand the world of Eldritch Horror

A darkness is coming that will envelop the world. Only a set of international heroes can stop it. Eldritch Horror offers two exciting new small-box expansions that introduce new monsters, items,... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Suspenseful sci-fi drama 'Midnight Special' is just a tad too ambiguous for its own good

“Midnight Special” is good enough to make you cheer for it, but it stumbles when it comes time to take the winning shot. It features strong performances, a suspenseful tone, and just... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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'American Idol' crowns 15th and final winner as TV show ends (+photos)

Trent Harmon is the 15th and final "American Idol" winner. Read more »

April 7, 2016

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Chris Hicks: How does superman shave? And other ‘Batman v Superman’ musings

Comic books. Can’t live with ’em, can’t go to modern movies without ’em. Here are some musings prompted by “Batman v Superman.” Read more »

April 7, 2016

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What’s next for the DC Cinematic Universe?

A one-stop guide to everything fans can expect in the next few years as DC builds on the success of “Batman v. Superman.” Read more »

April 7, 2016

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Five for Families: Courage and friendship in far-off lands

In these tales of far off and magical lands, characters learn about courage, friendship and how to take charge of their life. Read more »

April 7, 2016

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Snow White’s sister is getting her own movie

Snow White's heretofore unknown sister gets her own movie in this in-development project from Disney, described as a companion piece to Walt Disney's original 1937 princess movie. Read more »

April 7, 2016

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More than a horse show: Cavalia's 'Odysseo' features unique collaboration of animal life, technology, performing arts

Cavalia's "Odysseo" is a unique show that will be performed at The Shops at South Town in Sandy from April 20 to May 8. The show describes the journey of man and horse, combining a variety of... Read more »

April 7, 2016

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Game review: Captain's Wager is a clever card game aiming for a pirate's treasure

The goal of the card game Captain's Wager is to collect the most gold by going on adventures using a crew of crafty pirates. Each player's pirate crew goes on the same adventure, but only the most... Read more »

April 7, 2016

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What was the best movie released the year you were born?

See the best movie of every year since 1916. Read more »

April 6, 2016

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Former U.S. poet laureate to speak at UVU April 12

Natasha Trethewey, an American writer who served as the U.S. poet laureate from 2012-14, will speak at Utah Valley University’s Presidential Lecture Series at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Read more »

April 6, 2016

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Amid shuttered Blockbusters, Bountiful's Top Hat Video still going strong

In a world where most video rental stores are abandoned and look like sets from an episode of "The Walking Dead," one store in Utah is still going strong. Read more »

April 5, 2016

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'Random Acts' premiere, autism-awareness programming to air April 4

BYUtv will air the premiere of "Random Acts" and KBYU Eleven will host a night of programming to raise autism awareness on Monday, April 4. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells share love for writing and role-playing games at FanX

Utah author Brandon Sanderson was featured in a spotlight and multiple panels at Salt Lake Comic Con's recent FanXperience 2016. Sanderson discussed the importance of character development in... Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Book review: ‘Booked’ proves poetry can be cool, highly entertaining

Soccer-loving Nick has his sights on a cute girl in class. But when his parents separate and bullies make life hard, he relies on good friends and a few books. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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More to museums: Museum directors, curator say museums offer community meaningful opportunities

UMFA's Annie Burbidge Ream, UMOCA's Kristian Anderson and NHMU's Sarah George discuss how museums are evolving, and the innovative powers of art and education. Burbidge Ream was recently named the... Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Book review: 'Shattered Hearts' is a raw, emotional and informative read

Utah author Stacy Lynn Carroll opens a discussion on pornography addiction and how it affects marriages with her fictional tale of shattered-but-healing hearts. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Desert Star cast kills with one-liners in murder mystery

The cast in Desert Star Playhouse's "Murder on the FrontRunner Express: A Clue-less Pyramid Scheme" kills with one-liners and goofy plot devices. The show plays through June 4. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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In ‘Cowgirls,’ six women work for harmony

"Cowgirls," Pioneer Theatre Company's latest musical, brings six women together to save a failing honky-tonk. It runs through April 9. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Chima returns to the Seven Realms with next-generation spinoff

With author Cinda Williams Chima giving her latest series the tagline of “Dragons, pirates and wizards behaving badly: Welcome to the Shattered Realms," readers can bet that the four-book... Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Book review: 'H is for Hawk' takes readers through author's process of grieving, hawk training

Helen Macdonald's book braids three stories: recovering from her father's death, training a goshawk, and a history of falconry. With its lovely language and insights into an ancient hobby, and... Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Chris Hicks: Vintage films with Eleanor Parker, Gong Li, Chuck Barris released this week

A pair of golden oldies starring Eleanor Parker, a Chinese film with Gong Li and Zhang Yimou, and Chuck Barris’ “Gong Show Movie” all make their home video debuts this week. Read more »

April 3, 2016

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Heavy-handedness and excessive exposition ruin 'God's Not Dead 2'

The reconciliation of believers and nonbelievers is a noble goal, but it’s difficult to see how a film like this will help the process. Read more »

April 2, 2016

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Chris Hicks: A beloved vintage Western TV series is on DVD for the first time

“Death Valley Days,” a beloved vintage Western series, makes its DVD debut this week, some 60-plus years after its initial television run. Read more »

April 1, 2016

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'Batman v Superman' could have been worse

I walked into “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with full confidence that it was going to be dismal from beginning to end. So imagine how surprised I was when I discovered it... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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Will Apple's FBI tussle take a bite out of the brand?

The revelation that the FBI was able to break into a secured iPhone without Apple's help won't take a bite out of Apple's brand reputation, but consumers will be looking for security improvements... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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North Carolina, still on my mind: 3 must-see attractions near Charlotte

Instead of Hawaii or Puerto Rico, last year's family vacation was spent in Charlotte, North Carolina, where we visited the scenic Chimney Rock, the historic Biltmore Estate and the exhilarating... Read more »

April 1, 2016

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Chris Hicks: A CGI-enhanced chariot race cannot improve on 1959's 'Ben-Hur'

An upcoming remake of “Ben-Hur” appears to have enhanced the chariot race sequence with CGI, which is not unexpected. But will it look any better than the 1959 film? Read more »

March 31, 2016

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