Arts & Entertainment


Celebrating strawberry season

The 23rd annual Strawberry Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday to Pine and neighboring Strawberry — and it promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

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At The Movies-After Earth

We have all been familiarized with the idea of an “earth ending” apocalypse. But what happens after?

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Put some Music in your life

Summers in Rim Country are sensational. There are all kinds of reasons — among them are the free concerts in the gorgeous Green Valley Park every Saturday through July.

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Enjoy Rim gardens and music

If you’ve thought about creating your own flower or vegetable garden, but have been hesitant, this weekend’s Garden Walk may provide just the impetus you need to start you hoe, hoe, hoeing.

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At The Movies-Epic

Film falls short of name

“Epic,” in spite of the $100 million spent on it, isn’t epic. It is colorful, full of characters that are, to a limited extent, engaging and it is big.

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Getaway around Rim Country

As a vocalist, you may have the dream to perform before a great big band, perhaps Count Basie.

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Doo-wop in the park Saturday

If it’s June and it’s Payson, it’s time for the Payson Parks and Recreation Department’s summer concert season to fly into high gear. Let the show begin!

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At The Movies-The Great Gatsby

This version of The Great Gatsby is the rarest of all movie birds, a heartbreaking human drama that has achieved a mass audience.

Payson Summer Concert Series

The concerts are held in the beautiful, open-air setting of Green Valley Park’s amphitheater area. While the performance are held in the band shell, the audience can sit on blankets on the ground or bring a lawn chair.

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Studio tour showcases local artists

A deeper and richer understanding of a piece of art blooms when the admirer meets the artist — and better yet — sees where they work. This past weekend, Rim Country locals and out-of-town visitors had the unique chance to see artists’ work in their studios during the Payson Art League’s annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour.

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At The Movies - Quartet

An absolutely fine film; see it when you can

Four Saw Blades! See it! That may be my shortest movie review ever. This film is absolutely fine. “Quartet” is billed as a comedy, and thanks largely to Billy Connolly as Wilf, a cheerful, lecherous opera singer, it does have moments of laugh out loud humor.

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Performers will strut their stuff

The Side Street Strutters — Disneyland feature performers for more than two decades and national big band sensation — bring their new production of “Shiny Stockings, featuring Meloney Collins” to the Payson High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., Monday, May 6. Tickets cost $35 for adults, with children and students free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

Country music has lost a fine voice

Most music fans undoubtedly recognize that the above lyrics are from country artist George Jones’ chart-topping hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” composed by Country Hall of Fame songwriters Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman.

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’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour

Rim Country artists invite the world into their lives

Once a year a select group of artists invite the world into their lives. These artists are the juried members of the annual Payson Art League ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour, presented this year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 3, 4 and 5.

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Satisfying science fiction

Oblivion does two things well enough to make a very enjoyable alien invasion movie. It has truly beautiful special effects, not the blazing ray guns and exploding space ships that we might want, but lovely landscapes of a stricken earth – it was filmed in stricken Iceland – and a really cool pod craft, which is sort of a future equivalent of an attack helicopter.