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18TH ARTS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF WEDNESDAY

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The Utah Arts Festival kicks off its 18th year Wednesday at the Triad Center with enough music, art and food to satisfy every taste.

Be it ballet, Japanese calligraphy or even the chance to build a dinosaur, organizers of the Arts Festival have planned events and hands-on activities that could possibly make even the most unartistic attendee feel a surge of creativity.Here's Wednesday's schedule, which begins at noon and winds down at midnight.

The Artists Marketplace, an avenue of booths, is open all hours, as are food vendors and the Art and Public Places display in the Delta Center.

Opening ceremonies are at 8:45 p.m. in the Amphitheater Stage, followed by a premiere performance of Ricklen Nobis' "Wishbone," by the Utah Symphony.

- Park Stage: Six bands will perform. Utah Brass at noon; Dean Kaelin and Band at 1:30 p.m.; Aldiviva Quartet at 3 p.m.; Bluegrass Expression at 4:30 p.m.; Mark Cheney Band at 6 p.m. and KlezBros at 7:30 p.m.

- Plaza Stage: Unpaid Professors at 8 p.m. and David Sanborn and Group at 10 p.m.

- Exhibition 1994: "Real Art" is on display at the Union Pacific Depot from noon to 6 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.

- Children's Art Yard: noon to 9 p.m. Take your children there and give them the chance to express themselves without the worry of getting paint on your kitchen table. A giant dinosaur is the intended project.

- Art demonstrations: Carole Doubek, sculptured fabric creatures, 1 p.m.; Paul Hilliard, welded steel sculpture, 3 p.m.; and Susan Hilliard, large papier-mache sculpture, 5 p.m. Hilliard's project, a papier-mache tyrannosaurus rex, is a special grown-ups' version of the Children's Art Yard.

Calligraphy will also be featured, with Arabic with Pamela Ciak at noon, Hebrew with Harris Lenowitz at 4 p.m. and Japanese with Masami Hayashi at 6 p.m.

- Speakers: Bim Oliver, a downtown revitalization worker, 1 p.m.; Larry Cesspooch, Ute filmmaker, 4 p.m.; and Ricklen Nobis, commissioned composer, 5:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors (62 and older), $1 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under age 2. There is a lunchtime special price of $1, good from noon to 3 p.m. A family pass admitting two adults and up to four children is $11. The festival continues through Sunday.