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U Celebrates MLK with Week of Events

The following is a news release from the University of Utah.

Marc Lamont Hill gives keynote address

Jan. 7, 2013 – The University of Utah presents its 30th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan 16-23.

The theme for this year’s event is “Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America.” A conversation with Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, and a keynote address by award-winning journalist, activist and author Marc Lamont Hill headline the week’s activities.

MLK Week activities at the University of Utah include:

A Conversation with Sybrina Fulton: Mother of Trayvon Martin

Jan. 16, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Olpin Student Union Building, Ballroom, 200 Central Campus Dr.

Numerous festivals and events make for busy SLC weekend

SALT LAKE CITY — Downtown Salt Lake City was bustling with activity Saturday. There were a number of festivals as well as football games, the State Fair and Comic Con.

The city estimated 250,000 people attended at least one of the events this weekend. FOX 13′s Ashton Goodell tried to make it to them all.

Downtown Farmers Market accepting vendor applications for 2013

SALT LAKE CITY -- The 21st annual Downtown Farmers Market and Art & Craft Market are currently seeking applications from vendors for the upcoming season. Applications will be accepted from February 5 - April 8, 2013 for farmers, art and craft vendors, non-profits and musicians.

The 2013 Downtown Farmers Market will be open June 8 - October 19, in Historic Pioneer Park, offering a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans. The Harvest Market will be open Tuesday evenings August 6 - October 22 for growers only. Reserved space fees are $225 for the full season on Saturdays and $100 for Tuesdays.

Utah Symphony Chorus seeking basses

The Utah Symphony Chorus is now seeking basses for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season. Upcoming repertoire for the chorus includes music from “Do You Hear the People Sing: From Les Mis to Miss Saigon” March 1 and 2, and Shoenberg’s “Friede auf Erden” April 12-13.

Youth Music Festival to be held January 22-23

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Chamber Artists, in partnership with Art Works for Kids, the R. Harold Burton Foundation, Target & the Salt Lake City Arts Council, present their fourth annual YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL at Libby Gardner Concert Hall on January 22nd and 23rd 2013.

As part of Utah Chamber Artists education program, over 1800 elementary school students from Canyons, Granite & Jordan school districts will participate in concerts performed by Artistic Director Barlow Bradford, Utah Chamber Artists Orchestra, and the Madeleine Choir School.

Writer Liz Murray to deliver U's commencement address

University of Utah President David W. Pershing and the Board of Trustees announced that Elizabeth “Liz” Murray—a writer and inspirational speaker whose life story “From Homeless to Harvard” has touched millions—will deliver the university’s general commencement address on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Murray grew up in the Bronx in the 1980s and 90s, a daughter of cocaine-addicted parents, in a home where there were always plenty of drugs, but never enough money or food. By age 15, Murray’s mother had died of HIV, her father left and she was homeless. She lived on the streets, riding the subway all night and eating from dumpsters. But with incredible determination against seemingly impossible odds, Murray finished high school in New York City in just two years, received a scholarship from the New York Times and graduated from Harvard University in June 2009.

Local artist Venessa Gromek to be featured at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce a new exhibition in the Locals Only Gallery, The Sublime is Light and Easy-to-Assemble by Venessa Gromek. The Locals Only Gallery is one manifestation of UMOCA’s commitment to the local art community, ensuring that Utah artists always have a presence at the museum.

Drawing on notions of the sublime in both nature and design, Gromek’s “Tents” series addresses the intersection of the outdoor industry with the aesthetics of modern sculpture. Gromek reorients the purpose of a portable shelter by complicating its basic function, as these forms are neither enterable nor protective. Rather these porous and impenetrable structures elicit ideas revolving around abstraction, experimentation, and materiality, providing an innovative way to conceptualize how the great outdoors can influence contemporary art practice.