CityViews 8/2/12: “8” Premieres in Utah/”Walking Salt Lake City”

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California’s voter-approved ban on same sex marriage could be on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Just this week, gay marriage foes petitioned the high court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that upheld Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision to strike down Proposition 8. And it’s that landmark decision that’s the subject of the play we’re discussing today.

This Saturday and Sunday, Plan-B Theatre Company is bringing the play “8,” written by Oscar Winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black to Salt Lake City, dramatizing the court proceedings that led to Proposition 8 being struck down. It will feature a post-show discussion with Black and Congressman Barney Frank.

Guests:

  • Jerry Rapier, Producing Director for Plan-B Theatre Company
  • Matt Bennett, Actor
  • Brandie Balken, Equality Utah Executive Director

This weekend’s performances of “8” are sold out, but the Los Angeles performance that took place in March is available here on YouTube:

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Whether you live in Salt Lake City or are just visiting, it can be easy to simply drive right by some of its historic gems without paying them a second thought. But if you’re looking to explore the rich history of the “Crossroads of the West,” a new book will help you do just that. “Walking Salt Lake City” is a billed as a guide to Salt Lake City’s past and its vibrant present.

Guest:

  • Lynn Arave, co-author
  • Ray Boren, co-author
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