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5 Arts & Culture Picks for October

It's a month filled with portraits, pianos, hands-on creativity, and high-flying performers.

By Michaela Wagner September 25, 2018

The art exhibit Body and Soul, on display from September 28 to November 4 at the Kimball Art Center, explores the lasting power of portraits.

Body and Soul Exhibit

Sept. 28 - Nov. 4

Since ancient times, people have been creating portraits. But with the advent of social media and selfies, they have never been more ubiquitous. Featuring 24 Utah-based artists, the new exhibit Body and Soul at the Kimball Art Center delves into the classical genre with a diverse selection of contemporary painting, photography, text-based installations, and beyond to explore the power of portraits. Attendees of the opening night (Sept. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.) will have a chance to talk to some of the featured artists and participate in an interactive portrait session. Tune in for special events held in conjunction with the exhibit, including a four-session portrait drawing class with Nathanael Read (Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18; 6:30-8:30 p.m.), a guided tour on Oct. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at ARToberFest, and an interactive gallery tour and discussion on Oct. 26 from 6-7 p.m.

Garry Trudeau

Oct. 13, 7:30-10 p.m. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist, astute social observer, and creator of "Doonesbury," Garry Trudeau takes the stages at the Eccles Center to discuss his views on the current political landscape and his latest book #SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump and YUGE. Trudeau's presentation will also include visuals from close to five decades of his award-winning editorial cartooning. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased here

Family-friendly activities like leaf art and pumpkin painting at the Kimball Art Center's annual ARToberfest. 

ARTober Fest

Oct. 13, 1-5 p.m. 

With the colorful leaves flying and pumpkins ripe for carving, fall is a great time for the whole family to get creative. Join the Kimball Art Center for ARToberfest and an afternoon of free and low-cost art activities inspired by the season. Try your hand at leaf art with printmaking and collage, check out ceramic demos, paint a pumpkin, stencil your trick-or-treat bags, or make your own copper pet tag. Light refreshments and libations will be available for purchase. Activities vary in price from free to $10. 

Piano Virtuoso Stephen Beus at the Beethoven Festival 

Oct. 20, 7 p.m.

Award-winning piano virtuoso Stephen Beus takes the stage in a special concert as part of the 36th Beethoven Festival at the Park City Community Church (4501 Highway 224). A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Beus made his symphonic debut at age 9 and has collected a long list of accolades, including first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon) and he was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis). The mesmerizing pianist will be joined by violist Leslie Harlow and clarinetist Russell Harlow. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online in advance or at the door.

The New Chinese Acrobats

Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Ancient art, highly-skilled acrobatics, and innovative staging come together when The New Chinese Acrobats take the stage at the Eccles Center. Created in association with the world-famous Cirque Éloize company and featuring top performers from across China, the show mixes the best of modern techniques with age-old folk art, and the style of today's generation of acrobats. Tickets range from $20-60 and can be purchased via the Park City Institute website

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Visual Art

Body and Soul Exhibition Community Opening

Free Kimball Art Center

Join us as we celebrate Kimball Art Center's newest exhibition "Body and Soul," featuring more than 20 local artists. In today’s social media-driven landsca...

Visual Art


Kimball Art Center

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Classical Music

Beethoven Festival: Award-Winning Pianist Stephen Beus in Concert

$25 Park City Community Church

Enjoy an evening of virtuoso piano performance with pianist Stephen Beus. “Mesmerizing… explosive… intelligent… he belongs on the world stage” (Salt Lake Tri...


The New Chinese Acrobats

$30 George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts

Created in association with the world-famous Cirque Eloize, The New Chinese Acrobats is an award-winning troupe, featuring the best of China's ancient folk a...