Arts & Culture

Review: Lydia Loveless w/ Jason Hawk Harris

Lydia Loveless is touring in support of her album, Nothing’s Gonna Stand In My Way Again. And on January 31st at The State Room, nothing did. She and her band hit us...

SLC Punk! 25 years later (ish)

As a document of Salt Lake’s mid-’80s punk-rock underground, this darkly funny film is not accurate enough for the scene’s survivors and a face-slap to the conservative Reagan-era types who had no...

Preview: Wildflowers and Heartbreakers– The Songs of Tom Petty

The all-star lineup that brought us an amazing tribute to Neil Young’s Harvest last year are back at it for a 30th Anniversary celebration of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers. Singers and musicians from...

Preview: Cosmic Hootenanny

It's time to say goodbye to dry January and get ready to party with a purpose at the Commonwealth Room on Thursday, February 8, 2024. Trash Moon Collective presents: Cosmic Hootenanny, a...

OCA’s Artist Factory Program Highlights the Importance of Youth Arts Education

As we’ve witnessed public education funding come under fire over the past decade, some of the first programs to be cut are arts—despite proven studies that show how impactful arts education is...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: The American Society of Magical Negroes

In fiction, there is a character trope often called the “Magical Negro,” in which a black character serves only purpose in the story—to show up and help a white person get the...

Review: The Backyard Revival presents O Sister Where Art Thou?

Another Salt Lake City concert at The State Room on Saturday night, local folk duo Backyard Revival paid tribute to the Coen Brothers film, O Brother Where Art Thou and its award-winning...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: In the Summers

In the Summers, winner of the Sundance 2024 U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize, tells the story of siblings Eva and Violeta as they visit their father at his home in Las...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Dìdi

Dìdi, which won the Sundance 2024 U.S. Dramatic Competition Audience Award, tells the story of Chris Wang, a 13-year-old Taiwanese American boy trying to fit in while dealing with peer pressure, his...

Sundance 2024 Review: Amrou Al-Kadhi’s Layla

“I wanted to create a narrative that celebrated queer life, particularly queer Arab life, with unapologetic joy and tenacity.”  These are the words director Amrou Al-Kadhi used to describe their debut feature film,...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Sujo (Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize)

Building on their excellent, award-winning feature Sin señales particulares (Identifying Features), from 2020, Mexican filmmakers Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero return to Sundance this year with Sujo, the tale of a young...

Sundance Film Festival 2024: Frida Takes Documentary to New Heights

In college, one of my required readings was an illustrated volume by Lauren Redniss, which detailed the biographical details and discoveries of Marie and Pierre Curie. The book was a fascinating portrait...

Sundance 2024: Kneecap Celebrates Native Irish Language, the Culture and the Women Who Preserve It

Irish-Language hip hop trio Kneecap took Sundance by storm in their debut, self-titled film, and reveled in celebrating their heritage.  Director Rich Peppiatt was inspired to tell the story of riotous hip-hop trio...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: Ghostlight

A performance in celebration of performance itself, Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson’s Ghostlight explores the power of theater as a tool for therapy, connection and self-discovery.  "Ghostlight centers on Dan (Keith Kupferer), a...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: It’s What’s Inside

What interested me most in the first 20 minutes of Greg Jardin’s noisome bro-mean girl-sci-fi-freakout It’s What’s Inside, was the rather ingenious and layered moment in which the film’s nominal heroine, Shelby,...

Sundance 2024 Film Review: I Saw The TV Glow

About 30 seconds before I Saw the TV Glow ended, I thought “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if they just ended the movie here?” And then they did. My partner leaned over to...
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