EVENT: SEU JORGE PERFORMS THE LIFE AQUATIC – A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE @ BROADWAY AT THE ECCLES (SLC: SEPT 7)
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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED BRAZILIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER/ACTOR
THE LIFE AQUATIC – A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE
ECCLES THEATER – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7
Tickets on sale Friday, June 9 at 10am
Though Seu Jorge is one of Brazil’s most celebrated singers and actors, he is perhaps best known here in the U.S. for his role in Wes Anderson’s 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, in which Jorge reinterpreted a number of David Bowie’s biggest hits. The songs, performed in Portuguese and featuring Jorge solo on acoustic guitar, became something entirely unique. So much so that Bowie himself was moved to say, “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.” Jorge will perform these songs, and those he recorded for the 2005 album The Life Aquatic – Studio Sessions featuring Seu Jorge, in his critically acclaimed live show The Life Aquatic – A Tribute to David Bowie, which will tour North American in June and September.Read more
UTAH HUMANITIES NEWSLETTER
Join Us for a Book Festival Event Featuring One of Our Programs:Our Venture Course in the Humanities Gains Visibility in a New Book
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Wednesday, Oct 26, 7:30 PM at Westminster College, Gore Business AuditoriumUtah Humanities and Westminster College are pleased to present an evening with some of the founders of Utah Humanities' own Venture Course and authors of a new book about how the course has changed, and continues to change, lives through the humanities. Panelists will include Jean Cheney, L. Jackson Newell, Jeff Metcalf, Hikmet Loe, and Bridget Newell.
"It was a life-changing experience" is heard a lot these days, but a free college course has actually been that for hundreds of Utahns living on low incomes. Drawing from their years teaching in the Venture Course, the writers of Hope, Heart, and the Humanities will share what their experience has shown them about economic inequalities, the power of the humanities, and the hunger to learn.
Hope, Heart, and the Humanities tells how Venture, a free, interdisciplinary college humanities course inspired by the national Clemente Course, has helped open doors for hundreds of students who, for various reasons, faced barriers to attending college. This course has given them the knowledge, confidence, and power to rechart their lives.
Readers will go inside Venture classrooms to see what occurs when adults enter serious discussions of literature, critical writing, art history, American history, and philosophy. Also apparent are the difficulties nontraditional students often encounter and the hard choices they and their teachers make. But what readers may remember most are the stories and voices of people whose views of the world have broadened and whose directions in life have changed.
Authors and Panelists:Jean Cheney is associate director of Utah Humanities. L. Jackson Newell served as dean of Liberal Education at the University of Utah and president of Deep Springs College. Hikmet Sidney Loe teaches art history at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Jeff Metcalf is an award-winning teacher and writer in the English Department at the University of Utah. Bridget M. Newell is professor of philosophy and associate vice-president for diversity at Bucknell University.
This event is made possible with support from Westminster College and Utah Humanities.Remember to visit our Book Festival Calendar for a Full Listing of Events!
Join us next Friday:
Drew Conrad: The Desert is a Good Place to Die
curated by Mitra Khorasheh
Exhibition dates: October 21 -January 13, 2017
Exhibition opening reception: Friday, October 21, 6pm–9pm.
CUAC hours: T–F 11–6pm, Sat 12–4pm.
Drew Conrad: The Desert is a Good Place to Die, curated by Mitra Khorasheh
In 1970, John Baldessari decided to destroy every painting he had created from 1953 to 1966 through the act of cremation. The resulting ashes were baked into cookies. Almost fifty years later, Drew Conrad decided to follow suit and destroy every piece of artwork he had created from 2010 to the present. His sculptures were not ushered off with great fanfare and burning flames, but rather disassembled and disposed of in a landfill. Reusable items were pilfered for future projects. No cookies were baked.
As an artist, there is an imperative to preserve and archive everything. This became a challenge for Conrad, known for his large-scale architectural assemblages that confess decay, temporality and ruin. “The discarding of my previous body of work was supposed to be a liberating experience, even as my hand was being forced by an impending tide of gentrification”. This willing destruction was to lighten the strain of a backlog of sizable sculptures. Instead, it created a pain and anxiety through the loss, a much heavier creative constraint than the burden of an actual object. “My sculptures that once questioned our understanding of mortality and the fragility of memory are now nothing more than exactly that; a fading recollection. No longer is there a physical body of work that defines my personal being, all that is left are the remaining piles of fragments dismembered from larger dreams. The studio is empty”.
Conrad notes, “A piece of me went missing when six years of creative output was erased form the world, now existing only as a ‘phantom limb’. I have been known to say that the desert is a good place to die. This foreboding thought has existed since the first time I set foot in the arid lands of the Southwest, and traveled across and upward into the Rockies. It is a harsh, rugged, beautiful terrain that beckons me like my own modern day Manifest Destiny, but at times exudes a feeling that death is lingering in the air just beyond the horizon”. It seems fitting that with the demise of Conrad’s previous work, the West would call for his return, metaphorically completing a life cycle from East to West.
Throughout human existence there has been a necessity to build structures to commemorate the dead, to serve as ceremonial shrines, and to act as guiding trail markers. Known by many cultures and names, they are referred to cairns, mazár, tumuli, steles, and ovoos. They are shamanic heaps serving a temple-like purpose; these timeless structures vary in size, delicacy and complexity, from balanced stacks of stones to elaborate wooden sculptures. They are formations of guidance, faith, and reverence, and are still found numerously throughout the backcountry of the Southwest. For his exhibition entitled The Desert Is A Good Place To Die, Conrad will create in situ, an installation that mimics these structures, and more specifically references the visual aesthetic of the Mongolian ovoo and the Uyghur mazár. The sculpture will be constructed from salvaged elements of his previous work; piles of 2 x4s, cinder blocks, sandbags, chandeliers, tattered pennants and dirt that will act as his memorial heap. Conrad embraces gentrification as ritual, a strategy for negotiating and commemorating the trauma associated with loss. The Desert Is A Good Place To Die is a symbolic ceremonial alter to Conrad’s creative past, a burial mound to his missing self, and a direction marker toward a potential path forward. It is time to bury the dead.
Mortality defines the human condition. The experience of loss points us to our precarious nature, and to our vulnerability and dependency—a fundamental tie to others around us. Departing from psychoanalytic models of mourning that treat grief as a private, interior process, Conrad conceptualizes his grief as affect to delineate a communal mode of mourning that requires no prior attachment. Mourning consciously over his recent loss, Conrad’s artistic creation is both a visceral commemoration, catharsis, and transformation. Rich in dialogue with past and memory, the work is a relic to an amassed creative output, inviting viewers to join a collective act of veneration.
Drew Conrad was born in 1979 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He received his BFA from the University of Georgia (2001) and his MFA from Parsons School of Design (2005). He has had solo exhibitions at Kustera Projects, Brooklyn (2016), Fitzroy Gallery, New York (2012) and at Get This Gallery, Atlanta (2013, 2009, 2005). He has additionally participated in numerous group exhibitions which include University Galleries of Illinois State University, The Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Pioneer Works, and SPRING/BREAK. He has been the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship (2012), a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship (2014) and a Clocktower Residency at Pioneer Works (2014). Conrad’s art has been featured in such publications as Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Bad At Sports, Artsy, Time Out NY, and The Creators Project. Drew Conrad lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Mitra Khorasheh is a Persian/Canadian curator based in New York. As an independent curator, she has curated exhibitions at galleries, institutions, art fairs, non-for profits, as well as large-scale public art exhibitions in the United States and internationally. Her most recent endeavor was the establishment of the artist run exhibition space, artist residency and nomadic curatorial project DEP ART (Formerly known as the Department of Signs and Symbols), where she is co-founder and director. Her curatorial work has mainly focused on site-specific and performative practices, with an emphasis on the body in performance, painting and other time based media.
Visual Journaling Workshop Thrusday, October 20 at 6:30pm
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Visual Memory "Journal" Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Glendale Branch Library, 1375 S Concord (1240 W)
Ever wondered what it would look like if your journal and a scrapbook had a baby? It would look like a visual journal! Visual Journals capture your thoughts, ideas, memories, recipes and more in a creative, non-traditional way. If you can use glue, you can create a visual journal. "Journals" could look like books, but can also look like: small tins, round containers, glass jars, and old bottles. Collect your thoughts and combine them with small trinkets, ticket stubs, magazine clippings, pine cones, bottle caps and other meaningful items--there are no limits to what you could do
Join us for this FREE workshop--all materials included--but if you have personal items you'd like to include (your own journal, gift boxes, trinkets, etc.) feel free to bring them. This workshop is fun and easy--no prior art skills required!
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Nominate an Outstanding Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professional
We are partnering with Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) to highlight outstanding emerging arts professionals in Salt Lake. If you know an outstanding emerging arts professional, help them on their journey and take a moment to nominate them for an award. And thanks!
Artist Trevor Paglen, best-known for long-distance photographs of secret government sites and his contributions to the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour, will present his work at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) Thursday, October 27, at 7 pm.
Often described as experimental geography, Paglen’s work calls attention to concealed and often alarming aspects of our present time—work that is especially relevant in the West, home to many secret spaces. The event is sponsored by XMission, with additional support from Utah Humanities, and is part of the UMFA’s ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment series and the Utah Humanities Book Festival. It will be held in the Museum's Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium.
Sunday, October 30th
at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (156N 100W Moab, UT)
UTAH TEENS RELEASE FOUR NEW FILMS, BOTH DOCUMENTARY AND FICTION, ON TOPICS RANGING FROM UTAH’S AIR QUALITY TO ROAD TRIP REVELATIONS
Salt Lake City, UT (October 11, 2016) — Ten teen filmmakers have been working for the past year writing, shooting and editing documentaries and narrative fiction films as part of Spy Hop’s PitchNic film program. Since 2001, the PitchNic class has been uniting talented and passionate young filmmakers from across the Salt Lake valley with real production resources. PitchNic gives advanced students, ages 17 – 19, access to the funds, technical equipment and professional mentorship needed to create high-quality films.
This year is no exception and we are very excited to invite the public to the world premiere of these two documentaries and two narrative films: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Rose Wagner Performance Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Two of the films this year explore the curative powers of art, while the others look at Utah’s air quality and a young woman’s quest for identity. “I was impressed with the students’ ability to approach their topics authentically and maturely,” said Shannalee Otanez, the PitchNic documentary mentor.
PitchNic fiction mentor, Josh Samson, agrees. “This year's PitchNic Fiction class worked incredibly well together. They took their individual roles seriously and came together to support each other in every way, both on and off set and were possibly the closest group I've seen in my years teaching the program.”
The films will be followed by short Q & A sessions, where the public can speak to and hear from the filmmakers.
Logan Rosson & Maddy Willardsen
CO2 will investigate air quality in Utah and how the state is suffering. This film will show the current health impact and future projections for the state. CO2 will show how Utah’s government is neglecting this serious issue and is allowing it to get worse. Calling on the audience, this film will encourage audiences to take action about the air they breathe.
Dancing With Thorns—Documentary
Mary Nejatifar & Peque Curiel
Dancing with Thorns follows the lives of three Utahns diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Bravely, the three fight the disease of troubled movement with movement itself, in the form of modern dance. Learning about the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s Disease will allow us to explore alternative therapy as well as how individuals with the disease move about their lives without allowing the disease to define them.
Noah Griffith, Daniel Duran & Brighton Ziegler
Evelyn, a young adult struggling with severe ADHD, finds a way to cope with her disability by using art as an outlet. Though she is very private about her artistic side she embraces her talents through the help of her friend and her mother. Through her journey she finds that there is no problem you cannot solve without adding a little color.
Katie Beacom, Stefan Pham & Daniel Duran
Weeks before leaving for her LDS mission, Maddie diverts from the path she had planned and embarks on an emotional road trip with an old flame and his conflicted friend. Along the way, Maddie confronts her now contrasting opinions, questions her beliefs and reshapes her outlook on love, faith and life.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
7:30 – 9:30 PM, doors at 7 PM
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Tickets are $10 and available at www.arttix.org or call 801-355-ARTS
More information: www.spyhop.org
About Spy Hop
Since 1999, Spy Hop has offered classes in the digital media arts to Utah’s young people in our downtown Salt Lake City studio, as well as across the state of Utah. Our mission is to mentor young people in the digital media arts to help them find their voice, tell their stories, and be empowered to affect positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world.
PitchNic is Spy Hop’s advanced film class. Since PitchNic’s beginning in 2001, more than 150 teens have produced over 50 films that have screened at festivals around the world, including the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.
About the Students
Katie Beacom goes to Park City High School; Peque Curiel is enrolled at Salt Lake Community College; Daniel Duran attends Cottonwood High School; Noah Griffith is a senior at Innovations High in Salt Lake City; Mary Nejatifar goes to Salt Lake Community College; Stephan Pham is with the US Navy; Logan Rosson is a freshman at the University of Utah; Maddy Willardsen goes to East High School; Brighton Ziegler is attending Salt Lake Community College.
Chamber Orchestra Ogden
finds a new Venue at
Peery’s Egyptian Theater
contacts: Dr. Michael Palumbo, COO
Michael Fenton, PET
Chamber Orchestra Ogden will open the first concert of the 2016-2017 season at 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 22, hosted by their new sponsor and venue, Peery’s Egyptian Theater. The concert will open with a performance of Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture, Opus 84.” Joining us for this overture will be the Ogden Youth Orchestra, part of the Weber State University String Project.
Following the Beethoven we will switch gears and perform a short and exciting piece by Humperdinck titled “Witches Ride.” This is taken from Humperdinck’s well-known opera “Hansel and Gretel.” We will follow this up with “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. The combination of these two make a perfect prelude for Halloween.
Our featured soloist will be cellist Viktor Uzur, professor of cello at Weber State University, and internationally known concert artist. Viktor will perform Dvorák’s virtuosic Cello Concerto in b minor, Opus 104. Dvoák wrote the concerto while he was in New York serving as the Director of the National Conservatory. He began the concerto on 8 November 1894 and completed on 9 February 1895. Viktor Uzur has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and artist in residence in many countries in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.
His performances, interviews and compositions have been broadcast on television and radio stations in the former Yugoslavia, Russia, and United States. Uzur is regularly featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” with the Richter Uzur Duo. His most recent recordings include “Solo Cello”, “String Theory”, “Viktor Uzur in Recital” and “Entertainers”. Uzur is the cello professor at Weber State University where he is also founder and director of the Bonneville Chamber Music Festival.
“…unbelievable pyrotechnics that bring to mind the virtuosity of David Oistrakh’s recordings...effortlessly à la Rostropovich in his prime...synergistic combination of Casals and du Pré-like fire and Fournier’s elegance.” (Fanfare Magazine)
This concert will be our first in our new performing venue, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd in Ogden. The 1924 theater was built in an era of sumptuous movie palaces, and has been returned to its original elegance. Peery’s Egyptian Theater boasts state-of-the-art technology, including the restored atmospheric lighting, which resembles a setting desert sun evolving into a sparkling night cosmos.
Michael Palumbo, the orchestra’s music director, and the members of the orchestra are very excited to be able to perform in such a magnificent setting, and they look forward to seeing the many friends who have faithfully supported previous years’ concerts, as well as many new friends.
As always, active military, veterans, and their families, are admitted without charge, as are music students of public school age.
Well behaved children 8 years and over are welcome to attend.
Chamber Orchestra Ogden is a501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
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Saturday, October 15
FREE & Open to the public
MARMALADE LIBRARY280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City
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After performing to a packed house at the Sorenson Unity Center this past April, we are pleased to welcome back TABLADO DANCE to perform at the Marmalade Branch Library. Join us for an afternoon of flamenco music and dance that the whole family will enjoy!
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ABOUT TABLADO DANCE
Founded in 2001, Tablado Dance Company is a performance ensemble dedicated to sharing its passion for the dance, music and culture of Spain and is known for maintaining the ethnic richness of flamenco.
The company combines the vigor and passion of a traditional Flamenco with the vitality of the modern style through unique arrangements made by this authentic ‘cuadro flamenco’. Tablado’s concerts blend traditional aesthetics with compatible contemporary innovations creating experiences that connect to your heart.
For more information about Tablado Dance Company visit:www.tabladodance.com
Saturday, November 5
3-5 PM | FREE
Visual Art Institute
We're partnering up with our friends at Visual Art Institute for another IMPULSE happening that encourages everyone to be a part of the art! Led by Visual Art Institute faculty, participants will create visual collaborations to live music performances by Mundi Ambassadors and other local musicians. A short reception will follow.
This event is FREE & open to all ages. However, space is limited and registration required. Sign up today to reserve your spot!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS
George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
Larry H. Miller Charities
Legacy Music Alliance
My Music Staff
Sorenson Legacy Foundation
Sorenson Unity Center
University of Utah Piano Outreach Program
Visual Art Institute
Heart & Soul
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