Hair makes its way to Kingsbury Hall

Let your freak flag fly
Throwback Hair brings the sunshine to Utah

It’s hard to believe that the rock musical Hair is still blowing minds after 45 years. Wasn’t the Age of Aquarius supposed to mellow us out? From our cynical 21st century vantage point, Hair seems as quaint as Babes on Broadway. A band of young Americans are sowing peace and love in a turbulent time, their naivete captured in song, including (Age of) Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In and the astonishingly saccharine Good Morning, Starshine. After four decades, the seemingly simple message of love and liberation remains controversial; Kingsbury Hall still felt it necessary to warn audiences of a dimly lit nude scene and that “some lyrics contain language that is sexual in nature.” Jan. 19 and 20. Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Cir., University of Utah, 801-581-7100, kingsburyhall.utah.edu

Ahead of the curve
New Frontier explores the bloody cutting edge of digital art

Not only is New Frontier one of the more interesting and forward-leaning events at the Sundance Film Festival, it’s one of the few that runs long after the rest of the circus leaves town. At two venues—Park City and SLC—New Frontier showcases media installations and multimedia performances, along with panel discussions. In past years, viewers interacted with grizzly bears, walked through a digital mural of the history of film and joined fans around the world in creating an ever-morphing tribute to Johnny Cash. During the festival, New Frontier’s exhibits can be viewed at The Yard, 1251 Kearns Blvd., Park City and at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple, SLC. After the festival the show will continue at UMOCA through spring. sundance.org

Original Wise Guy
Da Vinci: The Genius at The Leo 

People sometimes have difficulty understanding The Leonardo museum. Is it an art gallery? A children’s museum? A science exhibit? It might help to know more about the museum’s namesake, Leonardo da Vinci, who caused in his Renaissance pals similar confusion. Leo was an inventor (that helicopter thing), an artist (the Mona Lisa), a civil engineer, geologist, astronomer, anatomist—the list goes on. The Leo museum is honoring Leo the man with activities and more than 200 exhibits of the Renaissance giant’s groundbreaking forays into military engineering, anatomy, physics, flight and mechanics. Included is a geek-fest of life-size models of da Vinci’s machines and a multimedia exploration of the girl with the smile. Genius ends Jan. 27. The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, SLC, theleonardo.org.

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