Art

2016 Summer Reading

Jun 8, 2016
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Summer’s finally here. Time to settle in and read a good book. If you’re not sure what to read, our guests on Wednesday’s show likely have at least one suggestion that’ll pique your interest. Local booksellers Catherine Weller, Ken Sanders, and Betsy Burton have a combined century of experience in the business, so they know how to pair a reader with the right book. They’ll join Doug to talk about their top picks of the season for readers of all tastes and ages.

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Rolling Stone has called Ogden-based singer-songwriter Sammy Brue an “Americana prodigy.” He started playing music at 10 years old when he got a guitar for Christmas. He cut his teeth on tunes by Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, and in two months he was writing his own songs. Well, Sammy’s 15 now. He’s put out an EP record, gained acclaim at music festivals across the country, and signed a record deal with a Nashville label. He’ll join us Thursday to play some music and talk about his budding career.

Local Music: Starmy

Apr 13, 2016

  The band Starmy is a rare thing in the Salt Lake City music scene: a band that lasts. They’ve been around for 14 years, suffered the toll of drugs and alcohol, and endured the pressures of adult life. Despite all that, they’ve managed to put out five full-length records of avant-garde indie rock. Guitarist and vocalist Mike Sartain says Starmy's latest album might its last. He and his band will join us Wednesday to play some music and to talk about the challenges of the ever-changing music industry.

Climbing with Tigers

Mar 24, 2016

  Thursday, we’re talking about the role of art in the lives of critically ill children. Our jumping off point is the Red Fred Project. Local artist Dallas Graham partners with kids to bring a story they tell to life as a book. Utahn Nathan Glad was his first co-author, and CLIMBING WITH TIGERS is now a play at Salt Lake Acting Company. Doug is joined by Graham, actor Robert Scott Smith, and art therapist Tracy Councill to talk about how the creative process empowers children and teaches us all.

Selma '65

Mar 8, 2016

  Tuesday, we’re profiling a one-woman play from Pygmalion Theatre Company. It’s about two people whose lives collided after the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. Viola Liuzzo was a 39-year-old mother who stood with civil rights activists. Tommy Rowe was an FBI informant who was with Klan members when they overtook Liuzzo’s car and shot her. Playwright Catherine Filloux and actor Tracie Merrill join us to talk about Selma ’65 and the people Filloux calls “two lost souls of the South.”

Don Quixote

Mar 4, 2016
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Today, Don Quixote is regarded as one of the most important novels ever written. But when it debuted 400 years ago, Miguel Cervantes’ book was deemed unworthy of serious artistic consideration. Ilan Stavans, a professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, has a profound affection for the tale of don Quixote de la Mancha, and he says the wandering knight’s adventure through life mirrors our own. Stavans joins us Friday to explore how Don Quixote rose to global success and gave rise to modernity. [Rebroadcast]

Back in 1979, local filmmaker Trent Harris documented a strange series of events. It started when he met “Groovin’ Gary,” who led him to a talent show in Beaver, which inspired him to make three films. The Beaver Trilogy became a cult classic, and questions have surrounded it since its release. Just who was “Groovin’ Gary,” and what happened to him after the talent show? In a new film, director Brad Besser investigates the mystery behind The Beaver Trilogy. He joins us Thursday to talk about it.

The Road Not Taken

Feb 5, 2016

 

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .” Those are the first words to Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken." One hundred years after their publication, Frost’s immortal lines remain unbelievably popular. The poem seems straightforward enough: it's about boldly living outside conformity, right? Wrong, says poetry columnist David Orr. He says nearly everyone hopelessly misreads Frost's poem. Orr joins us Friday as we explore the meaning of "The Road Not Taken" and the history behind it. [Rebroadcast]

Filmmaker Robert Greene thought for years about a documentary on Christine Chubbuck, a Florida news reporter who committed suicide on live television in 1974. What he didn’t want to do though was make a straight-forward movie about a depressed woman. So Greene proposed an unorthodox approach to actress Kate Lyn Sheil. The film crew would follow Sheil as she prepared to take on the tragic role of Christine. Tuesday, Greene joins Doug to talk about performance, authenticity, and storytelling.

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Witch weighing, African swallows, a bloodthirsty bunny, God himself… We’re talking of course about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Sure, the movie is epically silly, but behind the humor lay countless cultural and historical references. According to BYU film studies professor Darl Larsen, in crafting their 1975 cult-classic film the Pythons drew from Arthurian legend, the Medieval period, and the hard times of 1970s Great Britain. Larsen joins us Friday for something completely different. (Rebroadcast)

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