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  • Comedy Church



    This hilarious and unique live show hosted by comedy veteran Greg Kyte brings the best local comedians and combines their stand-up comedy with fun and insightful interviews. The themed shows cover sex, drugs, marriage, divorce, faith and doubt. And it's on a Sunday, so it's like going to church but at night and in a comedy club.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/comedy-churc
  • Karaoke Sundays at Dave & Buster’s

    Join us every Sunday from 7:30pm - 11:30pm for an All Ages Karaoke Night.

    Join us every Sunday from 7:30pm - 11:30pm for an All Ages Karaoke Night. Cover Charge is $5 per person, pay at the door Nacho Bar will be available. Full Dining and Bar Menu available. Must be 21+ to consume alcoholic beverages. Sunday Funday just took on a whole new meaning. Bring your friends and...come out and play!!!

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/karaoke-sund
  • The Vibrators

    • Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 08:00 PM
    • Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT


    With: Jail City Rockers, Power Beer, DJ Nix Beat, DJ Retrograde  

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/the-vibrator
  • The Yawpers



    The Yawpers are the sheep in wolf’s clothing. Through their first three albums, the group divined a signature style—what Pitchfork described as “an expansive vision of rock ‘n’ roll, one that cherrypicks from various folk traditions: punk, rockabilly, blues, whatever they might have on hand or find in the trash.” The sound is a front-heavy, groovy, fire & brimstone punk-blues overlying a dynamic and metaphysical roots rock. On their fourth album Human Question, the Denver trio zooms out to a more vast and accessible stylistic and spiritual universe. The 38-minute thrill ride generates growth and cathartic self-reflection for audience and performer alike. If there was justice in this world, the Yawpers would be the savior that rock-n-roll didn’t know it was waiting for. Following their critically acclaimed and meticulously plotted concept album Boy in a Well (set in World War I France, concerning a mother who abandoned her unwanted newborn), the Yawpers created Human Question with a contrasting immediacy. The album was written, rehearsed, and recorded over a two-month period with Reliable Recordings’ Alex Hall (Cactus Blossoms, JD McPherson) at Chicago’s renowned Electrical Audio. The band tracked live in one room, feeding off the collective energy and adding few overdubs. Through the new approach, ten songs connect with an organically linked attitude and style. On Human Question, lead singer and guitarist Nate Cook writes his way out of trauma, rather than wallowing in it, as was his self-destructive formula in the past. “I wanted to take a crack at using these songs as therapy, really,” Cook said. “I think I’ve always been inclined to write more towards the dregs of my psyche, and explore my depressions and trauma, rather than describe a way out.” The self-reflection engages the band’s trademark dangerous, emotionally fraught choogle, and the listener is constantly kept on edge, not knowing when to brace for a bombastic impact or lean back and enjoy the ride. The band skillfully balances that Jekyll and Hyde formula. In “Child of Mercy” guitarist Jesse Parmet revs the engines with a disintegrating blues guitar framework, backed by a breakneck beat by new drummer Alex Koshak. Eventually, the tune whips into a cyclone of distortion and Cook’s sustained falsetto, as he howls, “Won’t you please wake me up when the night is over.” For such a raw and kinetic sound, the Yawpers are never stuck in one gear for long. They deftly navigate shifting dynamics and moods, and if you squint your ears, the Sun Studios’ Million Dollar Quartet, transmogrifies into the ghosts of Gun Club, Jon Spencer, and Bo Diddley. “Dancing on my Knees” is the direction that Dan Auerbach could’ve taken Black Keys: raw yet poppy, outsider while mainstream, danceable while thought-provoking (lyrics include “It wasn’t what I asked for / But it’s exactly what I need / You’ve said there’s growth in agony / And we finally agree”). There are moments of blunt Stooges raw power (“Earn Your Heaven”), shaker rhythms behind ‘70s psychedelic rock (“Human Question”), and the salacious boogie of Zeppelin (“Forgiveness Through Pain”). Through it all, Human Question is impossible to confuse with anything else—it’s distinctly the Yawpers. “Man As Ghost”, “Can’t Wait,” and “Where the Winters End” reveal a softer and contemplative side, blending touches of modern Americana and folk music. In these moments of sonic respite, Cook and company display their range through acoustic guitar strums, relaxed and aired-out tempos, and big yet dialed-in vocal runs. But, no song exhibits the band’s extended capabilities like “Carry Me,” a Gospel-soul burner that builds from hushed to impassioned, with the lead singer begging for salvation in full open-throated fervor by song’s end. Human Question isn’t meant for the meek or casual listener. It will make you dance, mosh, sing along, and dig deep into your soul. Some people lament that rock-n-roll is dead. They just haven’t heard the Yawpers yet.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/the-yawpers/
  • 27th Annual Moab Music Festival

    Join us for the Moab Music Festival's 27th season of "music in concert with the landscape," August 26-September 12, 2019, featuring world-class performances of chamber, jazz, Latin and traditional music.

    The 27th Moab Music Festival season will present over 20 programs at various indoor and outdoor venues around Grand County, including: ten public concerts, five benefit concerts, one free family concert, five music assembly programs, and two multi-day musical raft trips. Performances will feature renowned and diverse artists like father-daughter duo Sergio and Clarice Assad, big band Kim Hawkey & Elvanelle, the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet, an ode to American jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, and a closing-night semi-staged production of L'histoire du Soldat. As always, classically trained musicians like Cynthia Phelps, LP How, Harumi Rhodes, Kristin Lee, Peter Dugan and Charles Yang will bring significant talent to the Festival’s signature chamber ensemble performances. Tickets on sale April 1, 2019.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/27th-moab-mu
  • Finch Lane Gallery Exhibition

    Art exhibition from August 9 to September 20, 2019 at Finch Lane Gallery

    August 9 through September 20 Opening Reception and Gallery Stroll: Friday, August 16, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The artists will each give a brief gallery talk about their works beginning at at 6:30 p.m. September Gallery Stroll: Friday, September 20, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Amy Bennion I, your glass Using the lens of visual language, Amy Bennion investigates trauma’s core, naming and placing it in search for the sublime kinship between all people. With this body of work, Bennion is exploring how trauma can connect a person to the multifarious archetypes that live within the Self. In these portraits of her siblings, Bennion investigates the connection that they have to the collective unconscious through a close look at how universal myths play out within each of their individual psyches through their shared similar traumas related to mental illness, divorce, and fear of death from physical illness. For each portrait, her siblings collaborated generously with her – through long walks, emails, and the sharing of notes and sketches – in order to discover a deeply specific trait or experience that they each share. By using this discrete group, people who parallel the artist’s genetics and experience, Bennion delves into how all people are connected. Like a fractal, this micro branch of connections echoes the larger branch of human connections. Bennion’s purpose is not to transform the chaos of these lives into something palatable, but to see the chaos clearly, giving it a kind of order. Amy Bennion is an artist and educator living and working in Provo, Utah. She has taught painting and drawing as an adjunct instructor for the last ten years-at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, and the Early College Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bennion has been a part of the Museum Education team of the Art Institute of Chicago and in the Education and Engagement Department at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. She earned a BFA from Brigham Young University, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Utah.   Elizabeth Matthews Untold Aftermath Moving through and healing from domestic violence is a process that transforms over time. In her artistic practice, Elizabeth Matthews addresses both her personal experience as a survivor of domestic violence and the societal responses surrounding this topic. This newest body of work uses empty chairs to address the culture of isolation and silence resulting from violence in the home. In Untold Aftermath, Matthews explores concepts that frequently occur in cases of domestic violence: scapegoating, silencing, gaslighting, coercion, and financial abuse. Modeled after Matthews’ personal dining room chairs – objects often associated around a table where families share food and conversation – these chairs now find themselves in both familiar and foreign settings experiencing chaos, a state of isolation, or the exercise of power dynamics. The issues are personal, familial, and societal. As Matthews reminds us in the exhibition title Untold Aftermath, the stories of domestic violence rarely end with the signing of divorce papers. Those stories are continuously unfolding and, she states, demand a response. Elizabeth Matthews is a native of Salt Lake City and earned a BFA from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in painting and drawing, and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Utah State University. Matthews’ paintings recently received awards at the 7th Annual Holladay Fine Art Show and at the 95th Annual Spring Salon in Springville, UT. She continues to exhibit work across Utah and currently maintains a studio at the Baldwin Radio Factory in East Millcreek.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/finch-lane-g
  • Untold Aftermath



    Moving through and healing from domestic violence is a process that transforms over time. In her artistic practice, Elizabeth Matthews addresses both her personal experience as a survivor of domestic violence and the societal responses surrounding this topic. This newest body of work uses empty chairs to address the culture of isolation and silence resulting from violence in the home. In Untold Aftermath, Matthews explores concepts that frequently occur in cases of domestic violence: scapegoating, silencing, gaslighting, coercion, and financial abuse. Modeled after Matthews’ personal dining room chairs – objects often associated around a table where families share food and conversation – these chairs now find themselves in both familiar and foreign settings experiencing chaos, a state of isolation, or the exercise of power dynamics. The issues are personal, familial, and societal. As Matthews reminds us in the exhibition title Untold Aftermath, the stories of domestic violence rarely end with the signing of divorce papers. Those stories are continuously unfolding and, she states, demand a response.   The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, August 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The artists will each give a brief talk about their works beginning at 6:30 p.m. during the reception.   Elizabeth Matthews is a native of Salt Lake City and earned a BFA from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in painting and drawing, and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Utah State University. Matthews’ paintings recently received awards at the 7th Annual Holladay Fine Art Show and at the 95th Annual Spring Salon in Springville, UT. She continues to exhibit work across Utah and currently maintains a studio at the Baldwin Radio Factory in East Millcreek.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/untold-after
  • I, your glass



    Using the lens of visual language, Amy Bennion investigates trauma’s core, naming and placing it in search for the sublime kinship between all people. With this body of work, Bennion is exploring how trauma can connect a person to the multifarious archetypes that live within the Self. In these portraits of her siblings, Bennion investigates the connection that they have to the collective unconscious through a close look at how universal myths play out within each of their individual psyches through their shared similar traumas related to mental illness, divorce, and fear of death from physical illness. For each portrait, her siblings collaborated generously with her – through long walks, emails, and the sharing of notes and sketches – in order to discover a deeply specific trait or experience that they each share. By using this discrete group, people who parallel the artist’s genetics and experience, Bennion delves into how all people are connected. Like a fractal, this micro branch of connections echoes the larger branch of human connections. Bennion’s purpose is not to transform the chaos of these lives into something palatable, but to see the chaos clearly, giving it a kind of order.   The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, August 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The artists will each give a brief talk about their works beginning at 6:30 p.m. during the reception.     Amy Bennion is an artist and educator living and working in Provo, Utah. She has taught painting and drawing as an adjunct instructor for the last ten years—at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, and the Early College Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bennion has been a part of the Museum Education team of the Art Institute of Chicago and in the Education and Engagement Department at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. She earned a BFA from Brigham Young University, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Utah.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/i-your-glass
  • Time + Materials - Exhibition and Artist Reception

    • Monday, August 26, 2019 at 08:00 AM – August 30, 2019
    • Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT
    "Time + Materials" work by Jacqui Larsen, Heidi Moller Somsen, and Richard Gate at Rio Gallery.

    Time + Materials opens June 21 and runs through August 30, with an artist reception June 21 from 6-9 p.m. during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The exhibition is presented by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums at the Rio Gallery, located at the historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 S Rio Grande, which is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the one hand, Time + Materials sounds like the banal calculation of a greedy plumber hoping to charge a hapless customer twice what she can afford. On the other, it conveys the Sisyphean task of the artist: how to trap what is ineffable in the physical world? In Heidi Moller Somsen’s sculptures the texture of materials—the responsiveness of the clay, the resiliency of rubber inner tubes, the translucency of resin—act as catalysts in the attempt to make peace with time—to slow it down, be still, and preserve the moment. Richard Gate’s large-scale monotypes draw imagery from natural, scientific, and metaphysical worlds, bringing dragonflies, lilies, and DNA helixes into the same conversation – asking the where and why of who we are. The discarded ephemera of daily life—scraps of clothing, postcards, family photos, even thought fragments—recombine in Jacqui Larsen’s tessellated collages and paintings, nudging buried memories to the surface in flashes of recognition resembling hope.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/time-materia
  • Dixie State University Sears Art Museum Presents:

    Claudia Hecht is a Mexican painter and sculptor who has achieved international recognition for her artwork, with exhibitions in Mexico, Central America, Europe and the U.S.

    Dixie State University is proud to present an exhibition featuring the work of Claudia Hecht, an internationally renown artist who specializes in sculpture and painting. You are invited to come enjoy her work and experience a brilliant taste of Mexico's artistic and cultural values. There will be an artist reception on the opening night.

    Claudia Heckt: Sculptor, Painter...Unforgettable



    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/dixie-state-