In a dramatic world of tragedy, doomed lovers, greed, and death on the operatic stage, "The Barber of Seville" stands out with humor and light-heartedness. Rossini masterfully orchestrated one of the best-loved operas of all time, premiering in Rome almost 200 years ago. It is now produced (and is the final opera of the season) for your pleasure at Capitol Theatre through Sunday, May 19.
With a charming story where "a clever hairdresser is the best matchmaker", Figaro—the barber of Seville—plots to create joyful union between two lovers, with comedy amid the chaos. Laughter will abound. Check out this video for Utah Opera's "Before the curtain rises".
We've launched a series of "chats" on twitter. Every Tuesday at 2 (see how easy to remember) we'll host a different topic pertinent to downtown. The first one is downtown icons and landmarks, specifically historic buildings, the skyline and things that create a sense of place. Here is a recap of the 5 questions, as well as some of the top replies.
Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/downtownslc and join us next time!
While physical brick and mortar developments are important to urban centers, it is the signature events and festivals that define what it means to be a great city. They showcase a city’s physical and cultural identity, creating a sense of ownership, pride and emotional connection for residents and visitors alike. Just think about it. Austin has South by Southwest, Milwaukee has Summerfest, and Tennessee has Bonnaroo. SLC has the Twilight Concert Series, which at $5 a show is a bargain compared to Bonaroo’s $250 plus price tag. Think I’m overstating just how impressive the Twilight Concert Series is by comparing it to these national festivals? Think again. Year in and year out the Twilight Concert Series lineup speaks for itself. The 2013 headliners include Belle and Sebastian, The Flaming Lips, The National, Grizzly Bear, Erykah Badu, Kid Cudi, and Empire of the Sun.
Twilight Concerts are a cross-section of the residents who make up our community: families, young professionals, tweens, scenesters and fixie riding hipsters. You name it. Producing an event that appeals to everyone is no easy feat and is a testament to Salt Lake Arts Council Program Director and Twilight Concert Series mastermind Casey Jarman. Jarman’s vision and conscious programming selections ensure a diverse spectrum of musical tastes. With genres covering blues, rock, hip-hop, indie, folk, electronic and more, Jarman and the Salt Lake Arts Council are dedicated to bringing our community an event that is all inclusive while still offering world-class music.
UMOCA's contributions to contemporary art in Salt Lake City are garnering attention from around the globe—exhibitions are world-class and a treasure for the city and its visitors. The merry month of May presents three not-to-be-missed blockbusters including Andy Warhol and fascinating cultural icons from the Beehive State. Senior Curator Aaron Moulton it at the helm (supported by a talented, dedicated team), building collaboration between local artists, the community, emerging creators, and internationally acclaimed art stars.
Contemporary art can be described as "what's happening now". It is a method to communicate current affairs in politics, society, environment, etc. via sculpture, video, painting, etc. or a combination of all/mixed media. Contemporary art may at times be challenging to grasp, but it tells the story of today and is important for positive progress. Moulton leads art talks once a month to educate and support appreciation and understanding of contemporary art and what is displayed at UMOCA (free and open to the public).
Ah, the joy of laughter...one of the most healthy and obviously happy expressions in life. It's truly the best medicine (whether ailing or not), so get thee to the doctor this weekend, David Sedaris that is. Capitol Theatre will host the best-selling author on Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
The smart and savvy Sedaris is a master storyteller—in voice, style, theme—and he's on the road promoting his latest musings. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" is Sedaris' most recent collection of essays (and eighth book to date). Listen to an audio clip here: http://davidsedarisbooks.com/owls.html
Saturday, May 4th is a triple whammy kind of day downtown, with three amazing outdoor events happening simultaneously: Open Streets SLC, Live Green Festival & Tour de Brewtah.
Open Streets SLC
Salt Lake's first Open Streets event takes place along a mile and a half route, mostly centered on 300 South. Participants can explore the route from Rio Grande to the Main Library by walking, biking, jogging, and other fun family-friendly activities. In addition to access to the many local shops and business along the route, you will also find new uses for street space for dancing, yoga, exercise and more.
Open Streets is an international concept, popular in many other US cities and countries. Organizers have found these events to be a new way for residents to interact with each other and experience their community in a different way. Another goal is to encourage new people to try walking and bicycling in a comfortable and fun environment.
The route will be car-free from 10 AM – 2:30 PM. BikeSLC.com has a great page on the event.
Everything comes down to execution. How do we execute even one, or two or three new ideas in our community? We hope our leaders, residents, and property owners get excited about these ideas and help with the process of idealizing and implementing.
Downtown is continuing to rise and this great timing, since our Downtown Master Plan is currently being crafted. Simply writing things in a plan is not always enough, as many of the cities in this video (below) had some impactful ideas in their master plans (such as greenspace or public space) but did nothing to implement them. In some cases, cities had conflicting ordinances which didn't allow ideas we have explored, such as sidewalk dining or public sitting areas, which may or may not be right for Salt Lake, given our weather.
SLC was able to launch a Bike Share program in April and Open Streets is coming to our community in May – what should be the next priority? Would painting intersections work here or could we create plazas to make our blocks feel smaller? What about converting on street parking into green space? Or a plaza and park with swings? Have you ever heard of a parklet ?
Please watch the video below to see what other communities are doing to make their cities more walkable, friendly and connective. It's our downtown, we all must work together to shape it. If you are interested in getting involved, please join us at the Downtown Masterplan public workshop coming up on May 9th. For more information, go to downtownplanslc.com
The love and tragedy in West Side Story has been a favorite of audiences around the globe since its debut in 1957. The hope for acceptance and problems that arise from contrasting cultures remain ever so true over 50 years later. Tony, Maria and their "gangs" will share their stories at Capitol Theatre April 16-21, 2013 as part of the Broadway Across America-Utah season.
West Side Story develops strong characters from both sides of the tracks—some to admire and others to question. The plot can be likened to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and the more recent Broadway hit "In the Heights", and to many other untold stories from Indiana to India.
It is a musical for people who don't like musicals. Songs like "Tonight", "I Feel Pretty", and "Somewhere" paired with electric dancing equals a timeless sensation. A classic was created thanks to the genius from Leonard Bernstein who composed the music to Stephen Sondheim who dreamed up the lyrics (in his Broadway debut no less) to Arthur Laurents who penned the book.
On Monday April 8th, one hundred green bikes sprouted up, seemingly overnight, at 10 downtown stations. Don't fear you were the only one to miss a clearance sale at the SLC Bicycle Co – instead; these new bikes are hitting the street as part of a new bike sharing system.
The concept of sharing bikes is different than a rental and the GREENbikeSLC.orgGREENbikeSLC.org website does a stellar job of explaining how the program works, the low associated costs and where to find stations. The best analogy I have heard to explain bike share is to think of it as mass transit on two wheels.
Creatives and the creative-curious unite! The Leonardo offers multiple ways to ignite the artist and scientist within—on soggy and sunny days, year-round. Looking for something to do while enduring April showers? Enter Lab@Leo with this month's artist-in-residence, Justin Nelson-Carruth.
Lab@Leo invites local artists/inventors/creators to play with their artwork in the Leonardo's open studio space. Guests of all ages are invited to paint, sketch, make, and learn with them...or just watch the magic happen.
"What is a city but the people?" Shakespeare asked.
When people think of cities they often think of skylines, towering buildings or famous monuments. But at their most basic level cities are complex systems organized to bring people together for commerce, culture and entertainment. At their heart, cities are about human interaction.
City Creek Center has been open for a year now. It has not solved every urban issue or ensured the success of every downtown venture. But it has dramatically improved our city's core in meaningful and observable ways. It has also affected downtown in ways that are not as obvious.
Jazz SLC is a jewel for music lovers. Since 1994 the GAM Foundation has presented the likes of Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Stacey Kent, Pancho Sanchez, Herbie Hancock and many other dazzlers. Pretty fancy feathers in the cap for Salt Lake City.
The 2012-13 season has been a rhythmic sensation, check the line-up here. Fortunately it's not over yet...