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Brian Passey built a journalism career on writing about the arts and the outdoors in St. George, Cedar City, Springdale and beyond. 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.

Theater review: The Tavern

The concept behind “The Tavern” is intriguing. It’s a dark and stormy night at a frontier tavern when a mysterious and enigmatic stranger appears under suspicious circumstances. And this particular tavern just happens to be located right here in Southern Utah. Thus begins the final major production of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 season and a world premiere for this…

Finding The Vortex

After writing about outdoor explorations in Southern Utah for more than a decade I figured I had at least heard about all the iconic local trails, even if I hadn’t hiked them myself. Then a few years ago someone mentioned The Vortex. I was unfamiliar with the name, the hike and its central feature: a massive sandstone bowl with surprisingly…

This is Brian Passey

Brian Passey is an award-winning journalist, most recently for The Spectrum & Daily News in St. George, Utah. For 13 years, he wrote about the culture and scenery of Southern Utah until community journalism fell victim to a bloody corporate execution. He contributed regularly to St. George Magazine and was USA Today’s Utah correspondent from 2005-2015. While working for The…