Art

Painter Douglas Snow

Sep 1, 2011
V. Douglas Snow, Cockscomb Near Teasdale, 1985, courtesy the Springville Museum of Art collection, 1989.069

Most of us know the paintings of the artist Douglas Snow through his public installations - at the airport and the lobby of the Pioneer Theatre. His pieces are often shocking when you first come upon them and they prompt a strong reaction. That reaction must have delighted Snow, who never created his works to simply blend in. Doug Snow died in 2009 and a retrospective of his work has just opened in Salt Lake City. Friday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with him about his connection to place. (Rebroadcast)

Utah's Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is this weekend, and Thursday, Doug is joined by featured performer Kevin Kling. Kling is a humorist, perhaps best known for his commentaries on NPR. His stories are autobiographical - funny, but deeply personal. Kling shares everything from holidays in Minnesota and performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia to living with a birth defect and surviving a near fatal motor cycle accident. He joins Doug to talk about the power in story to overcome tragedy.

New Music of 2011

Aug 17, 2011
<i>Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/guidosportaal/4036379423/">Guido S</a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

What new music has grabbed your attention this summer? Wednesday, Doug is joined by Bob Boilen, host of NPR's All Songs Considered. Boilen's bringing along his favorite music (so far) of 2011. There are a few names you've heard and a few that might be new to you. There's alternative music, indie rock and some R&B influence. Of course, there's at least a song or two that's just really hard to put into a category.

Thursday, we're talking about Judy Garland and one performance 50 years ago. We're joined by journalist James Kaplan, whose account of Garland's 1961 Carnegie Hall concert appeared in Vanity Fair. Kaplan says it was part morbid curiosity that packed the house that night. Garland's health and career had been destroyed by alcohol and pills and doctors told her she would never work again. But given the stage and the spotlight, Judy Garland solidified her place in entertainment legend.  (Rebroadcast)

7/22/11: Richard III

Jul 22, 2011
Photo by Karl Hugh / Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2011

Friday, we're broadcasting from Cedar City, where Utah Shakespeare Festival is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. We'll talk to Artistic Directors Brian Vaughn and David Ivers about their vision for the Festival. We'll also explore Shakespeare's complicated character Richard III and ask how he measures against the history's assessment of the last Plantagenet king.

Photo by Karl Hugh. / Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2011

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (kuer) - Thursday on RadioWest, we're live from the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. The festival is of course known for performing the works of the bard, but they also stage contemporary plays. This year, the season includes Tennessee Williams' 1944 classic The Glass Menagerie. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Williams' birth, and we're taking the opportunity to talk about his life, his plays and his enduring characters.

<i>Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/anitakhart/3677724838/">Anita Hart</a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

Tuesday, we're talking about Bach's Cello Suites and the incredible story of how musician Pablo Casals discovered the almost-unknown compositions in a second-hand store. Our guest is the journalist Eric Siblin, a one-time pop music critic who was "struck by musical lightening" when he first heard the Suites in concert. Siblin set out to write a history of The Suites and soon discovered three centuries of politics, intrigue and passion.

Radio Hour Episode 6

Oct 31, 2010

KUER celebrates its 50th anniversary and Plan-B Theatre Company celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Radio Hour Marathon. Episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4 re-broadcast with commentary from director Cheryl Ann Cluff.

In 1862, Lewis Carroll created a tale to delight a little girl. That girl of course was named Alice, and 3 years later the story was published as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Since then, the journey down the rabbit hole has become a favorite - reproduced in silent films, Walt Disney animation, television, comics and even video games. Now, for our fifth and final Halloween drama, Plan B Theatre Company and RadioWest bring you Radio Hour - Alice, a dark reimagining of Carroll's enduring tale.

Plan B Theatre Company and RadioWest present our fourth annual Halloween Radio Hour. Join us live at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for Mary Shelley's horror classic Frankenstein - adapted for radio by the playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett. It's a story of hubris - and of the monsters we create when we abandon compassion and accountability.

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