Zoo, Arts & Parks Blog
Culinary Art in the Mountains
Alta Community Enrichment, ACE, hosts year round art classes in the
mountains of Alta, Utah, these classes include the culinary arts. An Alta resident and ACE aficionado, Julie
Willis, opens her home to teach many of these classes which have included,
Introduction to Soup Making and Introduction to Biscotti Making. We are thrilled to share her instructions on
how to make her amazing homemade biscotti.
Biscotti Making with Julie Willis
On a snow-chilled night what better
thing to do then warm up with some fresh-made biscotti!
Julie Willis- Biscotti Baker
Extraordinaire provided a wonderful recipe for some of the most delicious
Biscotti Cookies we have ever had.
Here is a step-by-step recipe for you to try at home! Be sure to tag
#ACEBiscotti and @alta_community_enrichment on social media to share your
What You Will Need:
- 1/4 lbs Butter ( 1 stick)
- 3/4 Cup of Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 4 Tsp Kirsch (Cherry Liqueur)
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups + 2 Tsp Flour
- 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Almonds - Chopped
- 3/4 Finely Chopped Chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 325 Degrees
- As you combine the wet and dry
ingredients, be quick but do not hurry.
- Mix but do not beat.
- Handle quickly so the heat from your
hands does not melt the butter.
- Form three small loaves and bake for
approximately 30 minutes.
- Loaves should be a very light brown
on the bottom when they come out.
- Place on a cooling rack and reset
the oven to 300 Degrees.
- Cut the loaves into equal sizes,
then bake again for 10 minutes, flip and bake again for 8-10 minutes.
Longer time = crispy biscotti |
Shorter time = softer biscotti
Please join ACE at any of our year
round events soon!
ACE’s mission is to
create opportunities in the Little Cottonwood community for individual and
group participation in arts, cultural events and education. ACE began in 1995
when community members recognized the need for professional coordination of
successful grassroots community events. Since inception ACE has served as the
Alta Arts Council by offering quality, diverse events and programs for free or
very little cost to its attendees and strengthens our community by bringing
people who live work and play in Alta together to share the arts, cultural
events, and education.
ACE currently offers 65+ year round diverse programs
with the majority of events inspired by input from local artists and families.
From small events, such as craft-making classes to larger events, such as the
multi-day Snowflake Festival, ACE caters to the needs of our community. ACE
strives to offer new events and old favorites to bring our community together.
Sara is the Executive Director of ACE.
Shifting and Slipping: Plan-B Theatre's NOT ONE DROP
moved around a fair amount as a child. I was born in Scotland, lived in a few
different places in England, Scotland again, England again, the east coast of
the States, and now here in Salt Lake City. I’m a citizen of the United
Kingdom, but now feel more American. Moving around so much as a child, it was
hard for me to keep an identity straight. I felt more like I was a mix and
melded into the places and people I was around, to the point that I would
adopt the accent of whoever I was talking to. Something I still do, because I’m
cool like that.
Credit: Rick Pollock
I was a member of the
LDS faith, believed in god, went on a mission – the whole shebang – and now I’m
not sure what I believe. And my point in saying all of that? If there is one
thing that I kind of know, that I maybe believe in, it is that people change,
places change, ideas and spaces alter, and it all weaves together like a spider
and boundaries that are liquid, elusive, and adoptive, are some of the foremost
issues I play with in my play NOT ONE DROP. I also mess with the beliefs of the
characters, and by way of the characters, the audience. I do this through the
way language is used, the words themselves, the construction of those words,
wordplay and its ultimate demise, as language proves, again and again, to fail.
Credit: Rick Pollock
I wrote NOT ONE DROP as my submission to Plan-B via The David Ross Fetzer
Foundation for Emerging Artists. I wanted to incorporate the ideas of
displacement I’ve felt through my life, into a piece that may perhaps question
something different. The nature of the relationship of the characters is
constantly shifting and slipping – are they sisters, friends, lovers, enemies?
– and ultimately it doesn’t matter. What matters is that they are so close that
they slip into each other’s identities. They mirror each other, and then their
identities are, at times, completely mirrored back on themselves.
Sometimes I think it’s
hard to tweeze out our own identities, especially in relation to the people
that we are closest to – to the point that it’s hard to differentiate what
happened to who – especially within familial relationships. I find that in
these relationships, I can sometimes take on the ideas, feelings, and emotions
of that person, and beginnings and endings become unclear, and even
Morag Shepherd’s NOT ONE DROP receives
its world premiere at Plan-B March 23-April 2 at Plan-B Theatre, in partnership
with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. Featuring Colleen
Baum and Latoya Cameron, directed by Jerry Rapier. Details and tickets.
Morag Shepherd makes her Plan-B debut with NOT ONE DROP, receiving
its world premiere March 23-April 2. Originally from Scotland, she is the
resident playwright at Sackerson, where her plays THE WORST THING I’VE EVER
DONE (co-written with Matthew Ivan Bennett and Shawn Francis Saunders), BEFORE
THE BEEP, BURN and POPPY’S IN THE SAND have premiered, the latter playing Great
Salt Lake and San Diego International Fringe Festivals.
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Taylor Mac: Art and Social Justice
January, UtahPresents showcased one of the most talked about theatre
experiences of the year - Taylor Mac’s “A 24 Decade History of Popular Music.” The
performance was part of UtahPresents’ mission to provide a diverse range of
perspectives and voices in our community and world.
Taylor Mac, Photo credit: Kevin Yatarola
Mac, who has created internationally award-winning performance events that both
provoke and embrace his audiences, used his 24-hour concert in New York to
examine American history through the lens of popular music of each decade. The
day-long concert was a critical success, evoking strong responses from
audiences and media alike. Mac was named to the Out 100 2016, calling the performance, “the greatest theatrical
feat ever.” Wesley Morris, critic-at-large for the New York Times hailed the
performance as one “one of the great experiences of my life. I’ve slept on it
and I’m sure.”
Equal parts community organizer, Elizabethan fool, and bedazzled bon vivant,
judy (Mac’s preferred pronoun), brought the decades of 1956-1976 to the stage
at Kingsbury Hall. As the kickoff to MLK
week at the University of Utah, these decades covered the music of the Civil
Rights Movement through Stonewall Riots, and examined the struggle for equality
that dominated the era. Through his vulnerability and compassion, the audience was
moved by Mac’s message of how to be better, do better, work harder, and love
audience member called the experience, "a social experiment and history
lesson through art and music - an enlightenment that all things should be loved
and appreciated by all beings.”
performers are selected for their commitment to community engagement in
addition to their artistic excellence. As part of his residency in Utah, Taylor
Mac and the show’s director, Niegel Smith, participated in a discussion with
University of Utah diversity scholars about using art for social justice, while dissecting the experiences the
students had at the performance. Mac's costume designer,
Machine Dazzle, conducted a costuming
master class for theatre students, exploring his work with Taylor
and the 24-hour concert. The leader of Mac’s performing assistants (the dandy
minions), Timothy White Eagle, also guest lectured for the Department of
Theatre, teaching a class on ritual
performance. Mac and Smith, along with choreographer Bill. T.
Jones, joined KUER’s Doug Fabrizio for the David P. Gardner Lecture, discussing how they
use their art forms for activism,
which was rebroadcast on Radio West.
The dandy minions with Taylor Mac
Performances like Taylor Mac and the corresponding community engagement events
are how UtahPresents brings Salt Lake County residents together to exchange
ideas about important issues and strengthen understanding about the diversity
right here in our community. For more information about our upcoming
performances and community engagement events, visit UtahPresents.org.
Dennis Busch is the development specialist at UtahPresents. When he’s not at
the theatre, he enjoys traveling, entertaining, and playing with his dog.