All My Work

The Troubling Christ

This is an approximate transcription of a talk I gave in church today (Easter) at the Pioneer 2nd ward in Provo, Utah. Many parts of the gospel of Jesus Christ …

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‘We Are Back! Split and Oscars’

I was a featured guest on this episode of “Film Cult,” where we argued about “Split” and talked Oscar nominations: We are back with a new show! We review what …

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‘Arts briefs: Open Mic Theatre project to play in Provo, BYU Young Company to adapt “Macbeth” for young audiences, Westminster to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Salt Lake’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: The first event from Utah New Works Theatre Project will put dramatic theater in an “open mic” format. Continue

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‘Arts briefs: UCAB Spring Show seeks entries, Payson Community Theater to play “A Night on Broadway,” Provo Pride presents queer poetry open mic, New pop culture exhibit to open at The Leonardo’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: The Utah County Art Board is accepting entries for the Spring Show. Continue

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‘Arts briefs: “Aladdin Jr.” to play in Pleasant Grove, Film and theater events come to BYU, Improv4humans comes to Provo’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: Disney’s latest musical, “Aladdin,” has been adapted for young performers, and will be performed at Pleasant Grove Junior High School, a production …

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‘Arts briefs: New local art exhibit, “Elf the Musical Jr.”, “Shrek the Musical Jr.” on stage’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: A new exhibit featuring the work of Payson watercolor artist Kathryn S. Carbine has opened at the Peteetneet Museum and will run …

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‘Arts briefs: Art exhibit, discussion announced, “King Lear,” “Shrek Jr” on stage’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: An exhibit currently on display at the Springville Museum of Art, “The Classical Tradition: Serenity, Simplicity and Harmony,” will provide a reason …

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‘Arts briefs: “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” celebrates the season, Provo High alum wins “Project Runway,” Erin Summerill to speak in Provo Library, Natural History Museum to host “Noon Year’s Eve”‘

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: Last week, the 15th season of the Lifetime show “Project Runway” came to a close, and Provo High School alum Erin Robertson …

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‘Arts briefs: Erin Summerill to speak in Provo, Directors announced for Utah Shakespeare Fest, Hatch pushes artwork protection bill, Natural History Museum of Utah to host “Noon Year’s Eve”’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: The King’s English bookstore hosts regular events at its shop in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area, but on Dec. 29, …

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‘Arts briefs: ​”Rogue One” screening to benefit local school, Ballet West to renew contract with artistic director Adam Sklute, Hale Centre Theatre announces building naming rights’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: A special screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will play Thursday at 10:30 p.m. at the Megaplex theater at Thanksgiving …

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‘Arts briefs: Korean artist coming to Frameworks, Christmas boutique at Peteetneet, “Family Feud” to hold SLC auditions, Local artist recognized, Rock Canyon Poets to visit Pioneer Books’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: World-renowned Korean artist Yongsung Kim is coming to the United States for his first-ever gallery show of original artwork — and he …

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‘The Skinny: Coming soon to a dimension near you’

In this “Skinny,” I wrote about some bizarre upcoming films: One of my favorite current TV shows is “Rick and Morty,” a sci-fi cartoon that has seriously messed-up humor and …

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‘Arts briefs: Christmas Lamb, Santa’s Art Shop at Springville MOA, local independent film to play, “Table to Table” art benefit to help end food crisis’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: The annual exhibit “Christmas Lamb” will open on Saturday at the Springville Museum of Art. Continue

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‘”Remember Angels” brings Broadway singers to Covey Center for Christmas concert’

I wrote about a Christmas concert happening in Provo: A Christmas concert featuring several well-known Broadway-experienced singers will play at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo as a …

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‘SCERA trots out seasonal romp “The Happy Elf”‘

I wrote a feature on “The Happy Elf” at SCERA: The next show to open at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem has a well-known local director, Robinne …

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‘Michael McLean discusses “The Forgotten Carols” and his own decade of struggle with faith’

I spoke with Michael McLean about his career as an LDS artist and his struggles with faith: Over 25 years now, more than 1 million people have seen Michael McLean’s …

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‘Arts briefs: “Princess Academy,” an original musical, to premiere in South Jordan, Peteetneet Christmas Lighting party to kick of season’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: Kensington Theatre Company will present the world premiere of “Princess Academy,” an original musical based on the Newberry Award-winning novel by Shannon …

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‘”A Christmas Carol” at Hale Center Theater Orem takes Scrooge to new places’

I wrote a feature on “A Christmas Carol” at Hale Center Theater Orem: Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the most archetypal characters in all of English literature in the English, …

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‘From Utah to Disney: Filmmakers discuss growing up in Utah, behind the scenes of “Moana”‘

I wrote a feature on “Moana” and its Utah connections: With universities like Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and the University of Utah, the state of Utah in recent …

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‘”Studio C” stars Jeremy Warner and Mallory Everton visit the “What Say Ye?” podcast’

I produced this podcast episode, along with Court Mann: In the years since its 2012 debut, BYUtv’s “Studio C” has turned its cast members into local celebrities. And among that …

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‘Narrowing the list: how to rank the best Disney films’

I wrote a slideshow ranking Disney animated films: From “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937 to “Moana” opening this Thanksgiving weekend, Walt Disney Animation Studios carries a long …

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‘Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings holiday show to Utah’

I wrote a profile of violinist Jenny Oaks Baker: It’s a show that’s as much a Christmas staple as “The Nutcracker” or “A Christmas Carol”: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring …

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‘New exhibit in Provo showcases art from the city’s homeless’

I wrote about an art exhibit in Provo: A new art exhibit in Provo is interested in bringing visibility to a group that can often go invisible: the city’s homeless …

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‘”Moana” scores another win for Disney with both warmth and wisdom’

I reviewed “Moana”: With “Moana,” Disney has crafted a story that centers on a complex question: How can an individual member of a close community — any close community — …

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‘SCERA’s ‘Night of Broadway’ looks across the pond this year’

I wrote a feature on a musical revue happening in Orem: Some of the most widely known Broadway shows — “Starlight Express,” “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Secret Garden” …

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‘Arts Hot Ticket: Barlow Arts to perform “Nutcracker” in Provo’

I wrote this “Arts Hot Ticket” column: Barlow Arts Conservatory’s “children friendly” rendition of “The Nutcracker” will play at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo from Thursday through Saturday …

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‘Arts briefs: Sundance kicks off author series, Balinese Music and Dance at BYU, new exhibit at the Church History Museum’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: Bud Shaw, MD, will kick off the Sundance Author Series Saturday at the Tree Room Restaurant at the Sundance Mountain Resort. Continue

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Iniquity, humility and Donald Trump

Last week, I made an audio essay about my feelings about the election of Donald Trump. Listen below, or continue scrolling to read read the written version. On Tuesday night, …

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‘Perfect Date: See if your love never faileth’

I wrote this “Perfect Date” column: Spiritual and religious incompatibility is sometimes listed as a factor in the likelihood of divorce — so before you get serious with your date, take …

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‘Arts briefs: “The Nutcracker”​ comes to the Covey, dancEnsemble and ‘Travesties’ show at BYU, Utah Film Commission elects new director’

I wrote this collection of Utah arts briefs: Barlow Arts Conservatory’s “children friendly” rendition of “The Nutcracker” will play at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo from Nov. …

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