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Will Utah Rep Stay or Go?

· Company told only family friendly plays welcome at the Sorenson Unity Center. Mayor's office walks that back, sort of. ·

Utah Rep’s purpose, says artistic director Johnny Hebda, is to tackle challenging works of theater that aren’t often performed in Utah where audiences tend to favor performances that range from Rodgers and Hammerstein to not much further south than Stephen Sondheim.

Remembering the Racist Legacy of Utah’s Concentration Camp

Donald Trump wasn’t the first U.S. president to excuse a shameful act of racism. Besides Andrew Jackson (Native-American genocide) and Washington and Jefferson’s slave ownership, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an order sending hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans to concentration camps throughout the West after the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Topaz prisoners build…

Jabari Parker Speaks Against Charlottesville Racism

Gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos stood on the 1968 Summer Olympic podium, fists raised high in the air for Black Power. NFL players Colin Kaepernick took a knee, Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett took a seat. NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Derrick Rose warmed up in T-shirts emblazoned with…

Hatch and Love Run Afoul of the First Amendment.

After cravenly refusing to answer to their constituents in public town halls, the Utah congressional delegation has taken to censoring any troublesome opinions or questions from social media. No wonder so many Utahns, particularly in Salt Lake County, are frustrated at being disenfranchised  and now, it appears, erased. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah sent letters…

Did Eccles Theater Step an ‘Angry Inch’ Into Violating State Law?

In the spirit of the so-called Deadpool rule, the Eccles Theater is not letting patrons take alcoholic beverages into the theater during the run of the Book of Mormon Musical because, according to Broadway at the Eccles spokeswoman Mitzi Van Arsdell: “Utah State Liquor Laws have clear guidelines about alcohol consumption during events with mature themes. We…

Outdoor Retailers: Trading Weird for Weed

Stay cute and cool. Have a great summer, SLC! Despite being best place ever to sit on the floor to eat food, after this weekend the Salt Palace will no longer be the home of the 30,000-money-spewing-humans-strong Outdoor Retailer Convention. Ostensibly, the break up is about a stupid debate between our short-sighted legislators who are…

DUI or “Driving While Old”?

Updated Yesterday, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) announced a full-page advertisement in the Salt Lake Tribune. This ad, along with one run earlier this year (above), “Utah: Come for Vacation, Leave on Probation,” oppose Utah’s move to lower the blood-alcohol level from .08 to .05. The ads also really annoy Utah’s tourist and visitors’ bureaus. ABI’s…