AÃ¯sha Lehmann and Meggan Waltman @ Modern West Fine Art
It’s always exciting to see visual artists emerge from our own state, and this month Modern West Fine Art (412 p. 700 West) is finding the work of two of their artists-in-residence – AÃ¯sha Lehmann and Meggan Waltman – with solo shows .
Born and raised in Provo, Lehmann is currently studying in the Studio Arts BFA program at Brigham Young University, studying minor subjects in Sociology and Africana Studies. These diverse interests are portrayed in pieces that explore Lehmann’s own multi-ethnic and biracial identity as her work addresses issues of race, ethnicity, identity, and gender. Often exploring uncomfortable questions of American history, her prints present detailed studies that range from both the depth of her research and the integrity of her artistic process (see “Would You Swim In An Integrated Pool?”).
Lehmann’s more representational works find an interesting counterpoint in the abstractions of Salt Lake City artist Waltman, a self-taught artist who was inspired by Helen Frankenthaler and Frank Stella. Waltman’s creative interest is in color and color theory, as evidenced by her decision to create her own oil paints in search of specific hues. The resulting oil-on-canvas works show that the artist demonstrated control over saturation and derivative in both hard lines and curved curves.
The exhibitions by Lehmann and Waltman run in conjunction with the group exhibition in the Main Gallery variant– with works by Al Denyer, Paul Reynolds and Jorge Rojas – until August 7th modernwestfineart.com for additional information, including gallery opening times. (Scott Renshaw)
Parsons Dance @ Eccles Center
At the age of 9, a lively Kansas City citizen named David Parsons was enrolled in a summer dance academy affiliated with local event host Missouri Dance Theater by his mother. It was through this organization that Parsons met Paul Taylor Dance Company member Christopher Gillis and received encouragement as a 17-year-old early high school graduate to move to New York City and try his hand at professional dance.
You could say the decision paid off as Parsons made his way through the ranks to eventually become a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company himself and switch to high profile work like a guest artist at the New York City Ballet, where he choreographed the Dance elements for the Millennium Inauguration Activities in Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2000. However, he previously started Parsons Dance in 1985 in partnership with Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, and the company has performed in more than 400 cities all over the world. Parsons Dance visits Park City‘s Eccles Center (1750 Kearns Blvd.) to showcase its repertoire of more than 75 Parsons-created works, as well as other original choreography assignments. The company prides itself on its commitment to inclusion and diversity both in its business and in its programs, including sensory workshops and performances that address the needs of people with autism.
Performing on Saturday, July 3rd at 7:30 pm, Parsons Dance features a program that is said to include Parsons’ signature 1982 work Captured. Tickets start at $ 39, available at parkcityinstitute.org or by phone at 435-655-3114. (SR)
George Lopez @ Wiseguys Gateway
At an age where many people are starting to think about retirement age, it is possible that George Lopez is busier than ever. The veteran entertainer turned 60 this year and celebrated the occasion by launching George Lopez tacos in several states (though not yet Utah). In addition, a family sitcom concept with Lopez and his daughter Mayan received a pilot engagement from NBC and his, Once upon a time in Aztlan The dramatic series from Amazon Prime is on the agenda for 2022. And that’s on top of his ubiquitous presence in TikTok videos and his OMG HELLO Podcast available at georgelopez.com
But it was comedy that defined Lopez’s career, and after 30 years there have been successes like his too George Lopez TV series and Lopez tonight Talk show, he still stands on live stages to show that he hasn’t forgotten his showbiz roots or his cultural roots. In his latest stand-up comedy special, Netflix 2020 We’ll do it for half, Lopez shares with a San Francisco audience his perspective on a country that Chicano and Latin Americans still disrespect, and the peculiarities of growing up in a Latino family. And he has a lot of fun doing the most white-human things he can imagine in our contemporary culture, like gender reveal parties and taking photos of your food.
Lopez is coming on March 2-3. July for four appearances at The Gateway Wiseguys (194 p. 400 West) in Utah. Tickets are $ 45, available at wiseguyscomedy.com; Visit the website for more event information. (SR)
Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater
If you want to talk about what it means to give back to your community, you won’t find many better examples than Michael Ballam (pictured). The opera tenor has performed with some of the greatest singers and ensembles in the world, but his legacy will likely give his hometown Logan its own annual showcase of great theatrical shows for singing. After a hiatus in 2020, the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater returns to the downtown Logan house it has served for nearly 30 years with a month of great productions.
The season kicks off on Wednesday, July 7th, with the first of its four main stage productions, Stephen Temperleys souvenir. It tells the humorous, stranger true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York celebrity who thought herself a great opera singer even though it was more than a bit difficult to stay on the field, as from the point of view of her boyfriend and girlfriend Piano accompanist CosmÃ© McMoon. The premiere of 33 variations, examines the studies of the musicologist Katherine Brandt on Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations” by the playwright MoisÃ©s Kaufman, the award-winning creator of The Laramie Project. July 9th brings The Fantasticks, the longest running show in musical theater history. July 10th begins the poignant story of a 60-year marriage in I do! I do! Find out more about each show by arriving early for “info” before the show.