UV To Do: February 2020

Love is in the air… and so is a collection of fantastic events around Utah County. Make sure to consult this list before you plan your next February outing. Events Midway Ice Castles When: Jan. 1- TBD Where: Homestead Crater Cost: $10-$22 Site: icecastles.com/utah Cirque Mechanics: “42 FT” When: Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Where: […]

UV To Do: December 2019

The Christmas season is a time of year, but it’s also a state of mind. Get into the Christmas spirit this December with these Utah Valley to-dos!  Events Breakfast with Santa When: Dec. 7–21 from 9 a.m. Where: Thanksgiving Point’s Show Barn Cost: $30–$35 for adults and $25–$30 for children Site: thanksgivingpoint.org Quiet Santa When: […]

UV To Do: July 2019

July means the month to celebrate both America and Utah. Light the fireworks (legally, of course) and let’s get this party started. Here are some ways to enjoy the height of summer in Utah Valley. Events Provo Farmers Market When: Every Saturday in July  Where: Provo Center Street Cost: FREE Site: provofarmersmarket.com Freedom Festival Balloon […]

UV To Do: Calendar Of Events For April 2019

As the snow begins to melt and the tulips begin to bloom, Utah Valley welcomes spring with numerous exciting events. Here are some you won’t want to miss. Events Utah Film Festival When: April 5-6 Where: Covey Center for the Arts Cost: Varies Site: www.theutahfilmawards.com   Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt When: April 12 from […]

Face the Music: Interview with Alex Boye

Alex Boye is the face of music in Utah. He’s the face of African members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For eight years, he was the face of the Tabernacle Choir. Just this year, he became the face of anti-suicide. And for this Utah Valley Magazine article, he’s the face of […]

UV To Do: Utah Valley calendar of events for July 2017

Summer is halfway over in Utah Valley, but things are just heating up. Make the most of the rest of your summer by marking these Utah Valley events in your calendar. Events Freedom Festival When: July 1–4 Where: Various locations in Provo and Orem Cost: Varies per event Site: freedomfestival.org American Fork Steel Days When: July 6-15 Where: Various locations in American Fork Cost: Varies […]

Local musician gives food to homeless in R&B Christmas charity video

Last December, James Curran, known as Jamesthemormon, wrote a rap about serving those in need — “It’s your turn, you can pass the test, or you can just chill like a pacifist” — and filmed a music video as he he gave pizza to homeless men and women in Utah. “I didn’t have the relationships I do […]

3 online helps for new ward organists

Imagine this: You can play the piano and you are comfortable accompanying groups in quorum or auxiliary meetings, but you’ve never learned to play the organ. The ward organist will be out of town next week and has asked you to fill in during sacrament meeting. What do you do? Answer: Use your resources at LDS.org. The Church […]

6 ways to help kids develop a musical ear

It’s time to face the music: exposure to classical music is good for kids and teens. Numerous studies show a correlation between music education and brain development; math and spatial reasoning; reading and verbal skills; academic achievement; and even social and emotional development. For instance, a performance report from the 2012 SATs shows students who […]

5 hymns added to (+5 hymns omitted from) the 1985 hymnal

Thirty years ago, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a newly revised version of its official hymnal. The release celebrated another milestone — it was 150 years after the publication of the Church’s first book of hymns in 1835. The Church’s collection of hymns had undergone several revisions before 1985; however, few revisions have been […]

Provo Christmas album packages multiple goals into one successful product

Christmas is a season of giving, and this year, Provo City is sharing the gift of its vibrant music scene and charity with the world. What started as a handful of music videos to promote local musicians and the Christmas spirit blossomed into an effort to raise $30,000 for the United Way of Utah County’s […]

Music at BYU athletics strive for popular, upbeat, and most of all, clean

BYU athletics are rocking out in style. Given the higher standards at BYU, the music selection for athletic events can get a little sparse. But the songs played throughout games at the Marriott Center and LaVell Edwards Stadium are still pumping up fans with upbeat music that is trendy, catchy and clean. The first thing […]

Shaun Barrowes: Piano man

“Hammer hands” became Shaun Barrowes’ nickname because he doesn’t just tickle the ivories — he dominates them. He started playing the piano and performing at 3. He wrote his first song at 15. Now, at 33, he’s made a career out of those passions — but his life’s lyrics are more about hard work than […]

Alex Boye Africanizes ‘Let it Go’ from Disney’s ‘Frozen’

Alex Boye took advantage of the popular Disney film, “Frozen,” and the local ice castle in Midway to create an Africanized tribal cover of the Oscar-nominated ballad, “Let it Go.” Boye learned about the widespread love people, especially children, have for the song when his wife Julie showed him the song after he returned from […]

Meet the music man behind Young Ambassadors

    There is nothing Randy Boothe loves more than sharing music with others — whether it’s one of his four grandkids or a BYU Young Ambassador. He’s been leading the world-renowned performing group for more than 30 years and was a performer in the first Young Ambassadors tour. Randy is involved in virtually every […]

Magnify and simplify: Resources to help with 10 church callings

As the new year begins, many Church members are seeking to do better, to be better, to be more, to do more. Church members are asked to magnify their callings, after all. But Elder M. Russell Ballard clarified that teaching. “The instruction to magnify our callings is not a command to embellish and complicate them,” he said. “To innovate does […]

Jolly Jewish jingles for Christmas

Turn on the radio or walk through any shopping center during the month of December, and you’ll certainly hear some of these tunes: “Silver Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Santa Baby” and “White Christmas.” But what do all these jolly jingles have in common? Here’s a clue: They were penned by writers who don’t actually celebrate Christmas. […]

Mindy Gledhill and Hilary Weeks release new albums

Two popular area musicians released new albums last week, and they’re both worth listening to. Mindy Gledhill‘s “Pocketful of Poetry” and Hilary Weeks‘ “Say Love” will freshen up your playlists and make you fall in love with the artists all over again. Mindy Gledhill’s “Pocketful of Poetry” “Pocketful of Poetry” is Gledhill’s fifth album and, […]

About Town

Compiled by Alyssa Sharp Art Ongoing American Dreams: Selected Works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection of American Art, BYU Museum of Art, Museum Hours, Free, Visit: moa.byu.edu Ongoing Mirror Mirror: Contemporary Portraits and the Fugitive Self, BYU Museum of Art, Museum Hours, Free, Visit: moa.byu.edu Ongoing Types and Shadows: Imitations of Divinity, BYU Museum of […]