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Wondering what to do in St. George, Cedar City or Springdale, Utah? Brian Passey built a journalism career on writing about the outdoors, arts and entertainment of Southern Utah. Now BrianPassey.com is here to offer that same unique voice through theater reviews, trail guides, concert information and much more. This site is also designed to serve as a gallery for Brian's own scenic photography. Many of the landscape images are available for purchase.

Prestigious Art Exhibit’s First Time in Utah

This is a big deal. While non-painters may not be familiar with the Oil Painters of America, this 3,600-member group is one of the leading art organizations in the nation and it’s bringing its Western Regional Exhibition to Utah for the first time. And Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St. George is the host gallery. In fact, Illume’s arrival…

Autumn in Zion

Aside from those rare stormy days when wispy clouds slink through Zion Canyon, my favorite time to visit Zion National Park is during the autumn as the cottonwoods along the Virgin River become bright yellow in the cooling temperatures. On Saturday I was scheduled to spend the morning in Grafton, where I would be shooting family photos for a former…

Theater Review: ‘She Loves Me’ at Brigham’s Playhouse

There’s a certain charm to Brigham’s Playhouse. Part of it is the Washington City theater’s atmosphere, from the quaintly picturesque exterior to the intimate stage and audience area. Part of it is the focus on desserts and how the cast of each production helps sell the treats before the show and during intermission. Then there are the productions themselves, many…

Halloween Weekend Events

It’s Halloween Weekend and traditionally it’s one of the most entertainment-packed weekends of the year here in Southern Utah. If I hadn’t already seen the dress rehearsal for St. George Dance Company’s three pieces they are performing tonight with the Southwest Symphony for the annual “Halloween Spooktacular,” that would be my Friday night event. Every year the symphony combines spooky…

Concert Review: Arcade Fire at Mandalay Bay Events Center

I’ve been to a lot of concerts through the years. In my best estimation, I’ve attended nearly 100 concerts by nationally touring artists and at least 15 festivals. I’ve seen legends and newcomers, hit-makers and relative unknowns. Yet my favorite concert experience came on Sunday night as finally saw Arcade Fire perform live. For many years, Arcade Fire has been…

Theater Review: Kayenta Arts Foundation’s ‘[title of show]’

Before I get to my review of the Kayenta Arts Foundation’s production of “[title of show]” I hope you’ll allow me a few paragraphs (or 12) to editorialize on the subject of art and obscenity. If you don’t want to read my diatribe, scroll on down to “Finally, the review!” I’ve tried to write my previous theater reviews on this…

Theater Review: ‘Noises Off’ at St. George Musical Theater

Timing and blocking are important to almost any play but with Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” they are absolutely essential. Thankfully, director Trent Cox handles both with an expert touch in St. George Musical Theater’s current production of the play. In the program’s director’s notes, Cox calls “Noises Off” both a “monster” and a “living jigsaw puzzle.” He’s right on both…

The Way We Worked: The Smithsonian is Here

If you haven’t been to one of the Washington County Works lectures you should feel a bit sheepish. I know I do. Even though I’m unemployed, I’ve managed to remain pretty busy. I’ve been working on this blog, of course, but filling out job applications is time-consuming and emotionally draining. I’ve also traveled briefly, put on my first photography exhibit,…

Theater Review: ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ at The Stage Door

Yes, “Jekyll & Hyde” is an excellent choice for the Halloween season. If you’re going to put on a musical during the month of October it might as well be a monstrous musical about mayhem and murder — a dark and disastrous tale of dual identity. The Stage Door’s production of the show will continue through Oct. 21 at the…