The Challenge of Satire on Stage

December 7, 2017

Politics are not new to the world of theatre. Playwrights have been needling and instigating controversial discussion for centuries. One of the first anti-war comedies was written in 411 B.C. Aristophanes’s Lysistrata, which centers around a female-led-sex-strike, was actually banned in the United States in 1873 as obscene. And the clash between theater and the powers that be has continued ever since. So it’s no surprise a recent production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. New York’s Public Theatre‘s assassinated resembled President Donald Trump and lost the support of major sponsors, including Delta Airlines.

Salt Lake Acting Company annually produces Saturday’s Voyeur—a cabaret show poking fun at local and national politics, as well as the so-called “dominant” Mormon culture. What is the art’s responsibility to launch controversial discussions? Where do you draw the line between satire and bullying?


The Tiny Miracles of Utah

December 7, 2017

Pregnancy is a time of joy, anticipation and lots of planning. But what happens when things don’t go according to plan? Each year 10 to 15 percent of babies born in the U.S are admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit.  Most are premature or have a medical condition that requires special care. In our 2017 November/December issue we sat down with three families who’s birth experience did not go to plan. But what they get instead, they say, are tiny miracles. Joining us today is the Joy family.


Drawing the Line between Good and Bad Art

December 4, 2017

The definition of art has been an ongoing discussion that spans centuries, and it seems will continue moving forward. The best answer most people come up with is, “art is in the eye of the beholder.” But that becomes even more complicated when the topic evolves into whether a specific piece of art is good or bad. It is one thing if an individual chooses to go see a play, concert or museum, but where does public art fit into a community like Salt Lake City? Who is doing the curating, who is doing the creating and who gets to do the criticizing? On this week’s episode, Joy Haynes and Steven Labrum of 3Irons, a two person creativity support group discuss the ins and outs of creating and experiencing art and what it means to Utah’s art community. cleardot.gif


American Nouveau

November 28, 2017

Andrew Cliburn, general manager at Current Fish & Oyster, introduces the Beaujolais Nouveau alternative—natural American wine. Learn about these wines at by listening to the podcast and taste the wines tomorrow, Wednesday, November 19 at 6 p.m. at Current Fish & Oyster.


Talking Turkey (and other treats) with local butcher Philip Grubisa

November 16, 2017

Philip Grubisa—chef and owner of artisan butcher shop Beltex Meats, tells Mary Malouf all about buying and roasting the holiday turkey—or whatever meat you're cooking for your holiday feast. Tips on buying, brining and cooking. 


Managing Holiday Stress

November 9, 2017

The holidays bring images of family, food and friends to mind, but what about the stressors that always accompany those traditions? Most of us have some memory of our moms or grandmas frantically cleaning the house for company or expressing anxiety about cooking for dozens of people. Especially in Utah, where there are so many large families, how do we manage the holiday stress? Jen Reuben, owner of Salt Lake Power Yoga, joins us to discuss the experience of holiday stress and to give listeners some tips and tricks to avoid mental fatigue. Take some time for yourself this holiday season and remember to breathe.


A meal to raise the dead.

November 1, 2017

Despite Halloween’s long, creepy shadow over our culture, its twin, the Day of the Dead, turns the tradition of fear and fright on it’s head.

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life, love and good food to which the dead are encouraged to join.

Dining Editor Mary Brown Malouf talked to Matt Lake, owner of Salt Lake’s Alamexo restaurants, about this macabre party to lure a family’s beloved dead to the table for a night of memories.

But most of all, Mary and Matt talked food: especially a simple traditional sandwich—mollete—that is guaranteed to bring La Catrina, death’s grande dame, to your table. Think: house-made Mexican bread filled with spicy black beans, Oaxaca cheese, chorizo and pico de gallo.


Ghost Tours Unearth Haunted Utah

October 26, 2017

You already learned about Utah’s sordid and wild past, but that kind of rough and tumble history is bound to leave some scars. We tend to associated hauntings with the East Coast and the South—they’re seemingly older and much more steeped in superstition than the young West. However, just because we’re younger doesn’t mean we’re any less prone to paranormal activity—or, at least, that’s what Kristen Clay believes. Salt Lake Speaks invited Clay, founder and director of Story Tours, to discuss some of the Wasatch’s spookiest stories and legends, and to tell you how you could possibly encounter your very first ghost.


A Navajo Quilter’s Art and a Bernina Sewing Celeb

October 19, 2017

Navajo artist Susan Hudson is a member of the Towering House Clan of the Navajo Nation and an award-winning quilter. Most of us think of native American art forms as pottery and weaving. Hudson’s chosen medium, quiltmaking, is an art form spread by Christian missionaries and taught in the Indian schools where the goal was to assimilate Indians into white culture. The federal government began sending American Indians to off-reservation boarding schools in the 1870s, when the United States was still at war with Indians. Hudson has turned an art form of the oppressor into a commentary on being oppressed. 

As a fellow seamstress, I had to ask Hudson what kind of sewing machine she used. Of course, a Bernina, she told me.

For anyone who sews, this is a Big Deal. Bernina is the premier manufacturer of precision, sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, ne plus ultra of sewing machines since 1893. Because of Utah’s strong pioneer heritage, quilting and home sewing is alive and well here and Dave’s Bernina (locations in Salt Lake and St. George) is the number one dealer in the country.

On this week's podcast, Hudson discuss her quilt art, how she came to it and the meaning behind her work.


Haunted Houses: The Art of Scaring in the 21st Century

October 13, 2017

Any time of year, be it day—or especially night, Utahns can venture through ghost towns, creep through haunted houses or explore the paranormal. But during the peak month of October, you’ll experience the $3 million local All Hallow’s Eve industry that rivals Utah’s ever-lucrative wedding industry. Commercial haunted houses may have their roots in Madam Tussauds, Chamber of Horrors, and, yes, even Disney’s Haunted Mansion, but the art of evoking screams has come a long way from stationary wax decapitated French men and ghosts floating in mirrors. Salt Lake Speaks sat down with Nightmare on 13th‘s Casting and Art Director Jimmy Dilley and Marketing Director Travis Hahn to find out what goes into creating a cutting-edge Haunted House and why it’s getting harder to scare the pants off people.