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Cole Spencer is a typical four-year-old: He’s busy, he talks nonstop and he’s this year’s poster child for the annual Festival of Trees.
The pictures of the food featured in Jesseca Hallows’ new cookbook “Cast Iron Kitchen: 50 Fresh, New Recipes” are gorgeous and the recipes are simple, destined to become family favorites. The only obvious problem? How to choose which one first?
In “Mysteries of Cove: Embers of Destruction,” the question isn’t so much how the young heroes will save the day but why are the grown-ups apparently willing and even happy to be serving the enemy dragons?
Creches made of nails, of glass, pressed tin, pop cans and even bullet casings draw visitors from near and far to the Kirtland Visitors Center each December.
John Miller, known as the longtime director of the award-winning American Fork High School Marching Band, is teaming up with fellow musician Roger Liston to form a unique pop/rock/jazz band they expect will have fans dancing in the aisles.
Nathan Pacheco is pleased with the upward direction of his singing career, given a boost when he was invited to be one of the vocalists in Yanni’s “Voices” album. He has a new album, a 17-stop tour and plans for a TV special this next year.
Emily and Kelly aren’t safe in their homes. Their husbands are cruel and domineering and they threaten not just their wives but their children. When a dedicated social worker tries to get them free, she finds women who are afraid to break free.
Victoria “Vika” Tugolukova, a Russian-born skater who grew up in Salt Lake City, will portray the Disney princess Ariel in the newest Disney On Ice “Dream Big!” show coming to the Vivint Arena Nov. 16-19.
A “sky-breaking” rather than a groundbreaking took place at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi on Water Tower Plaza on Monday, as the Butterfly Biosphere project officially took off.
Sian Ann Bessey has woven a sweet tale of romance, intrigue and action in “To Win a Lady’s Heart.” The story of Lady Joanna of Moreland as she comes of age, falls in love and helps rescue her father, her kingdom and herself is a charming read.
“Code Name Scorpion” by Donna Gustainis Fuller has a bit of everything tossed into a relatively short book. It has romance, danger, disaster and even a couple of miraculous escapes. And, oh yeah, the scorpion is mentioned toward the end.
Good news for Donny and Marie fans: the duo’s classy, energetic and entertaining show at the Flamingo in Las Vegas has new numbers, new costumes and new video but retains the fun and clean humor for which the Osmonds are known.
In 13 segments, former bishop and author Jeffrey Erickson encapsulates a variety of critical areas of advice that can help inspire and motivate positive action on the part of missionaries in “A Weekly Letter to Your Missionary.”
It’s a little outdated and in some instances pretty campy, but the 10-year-old film made in 2007 by Alan Seawright and Jonathan Decker is still a hoot. When Provo is threatened by eco-terrorists, fans of the TV show “24" must save the city.
“Waffle Street” just doesn’t sell well despite the effort of a couple of quality actors and the fact that it’s based on a true story. The film screened at the LDS Film Festival 2017.
Soccer mom Shelby Nichols’ mind reading keeps getting her into trouble as she tries to help out a friend, the local police and the mob boss who is pulling her further and deeper into the family business.
A new theatrical organization that combines what was previously the Highland and Cedar Hills arts councils will debut two productions in June: Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “OZ.”
The director/producer of “626 Evolution” calls his movie “weird,” but the movie keeps the audience watching. John Lyde’s new film was screened at the 16th LDS Film Festival 2017.
Founded 40 years ago, Bear Lake’s Pickleville Playhouse enjoys sellout successes with stage shows that include Broadway hits and the infamous, mustachioed, Spanglish-speaking Juanito Bandito.
The Harper family in Orem is running away with success on foot. They have a thriving store lined with trophies and awards for marathons and competitions. They run together and bond spiritually and physically as a result.
“The Will Rogers Follies, A Life In Revue” on the Pioneer Theatre stage is a satisfying look at a performer who “never met a man he didn’t like.”
The newest in the Shelby Nichols adventure series features the housewife detective who can read minds and is employed by her Uncle Joey to solve crimes. The problem is, Uncle Joey is a mob boss. Shelby has survived a year. Will she get through this?
Gulwali Passarlay’s story in “The Lightless Sky,” written with Nadene Ghouriis is one of thousands of modern-day refugees trying desperately to find a way to survive after leaving their native land.
The proposed budget cuts to the arts and humanities would have a profound effect on Utah’s theater, dance and orchestra companies, according to those who were hoping for grant approvals.
Doctor Who comes to America from the United Kingdom where he’s popular for his out-of-this-world visits to mankind with his handy sonic screwdriver. This collection of short stories are easy to read, mysterious and different from the usual fare.
The annual LDS Film Festival is an opportunity for local filmmakers to show off their latest projects as well as an opportunity for film fans to see what’s new. Now in its 16th year, the festival offers feature films, shorts and family productions.
The phrase “stroll down memory lane” takes on new meaning after one jumps into Bim Oliver’s story of how Brigham Street evolved from a district of wealthy homes to what he calls Utah’s most architecturally diverse, significant and interesting road.
“Women in Jeopardy,” currently playing on the Pioneer Theatre Company stage, is clever, outrageous and very funny as three divorcees try to sort out a mystery.
Chase Ramsey and David Smith, locally known for their involvement in theater as actors and directors, have collaborated on a new musical version of “Alice in Wonderland” for young audiences. The show opens Feb. 6 at the SCERA Center for the Arts.
The “Daughter of Ishmael” is a fictional story story based loosely on the scriptural story where the daughters of Ishmael marry the sons of Lehi and leave Jerusalem for the Promised Land.