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North Ogden actress confirms 'the show must go on'

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 10 2014 - 4:44pm

Lori Schoonmaker Rees had just started rehearsals for the Hale Centre Theatre's "Les Miserables" when she discovered the lump her doctors would diagnose as Stage II breast cancer.

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Kick back and let the magic flow

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 10 2014 - 3:28pm

LOGAN -- If you've forgotten what makes magic seem miraculous, just locate the nearest child and inquire."We want to believe anything is possible," said Kevin Spencer, who on Saturday brings his show to Logan's Ellen Eccles Theatre. "We want to believe we can fly. Ask any 5-year-old. So in my show, we float someone on stage."

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Celebrate the season

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 3 2014 - 12:45pm

With spring comes the scent of warm earth, blossoms and sprouting leaves, elevating the spirits and senses of many a winter-weary soul.

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VIDEO: Mentalist – Not Magician

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 3 2014 - 10:28am

You won't see mentalist Andrew Nadon pull a rabbit out of his hat."I love magic, but I really love mentalism," said Nadon, who performs on Saturday at Ogden's Ziegfeld Theater. "Magic can be cheesy, not always but it can be. Magic is more mystical and fluffy. Mentalism is something that really grabs you from the inside and pulls you out of...

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Autism play 'Mockingbird' elicits tears

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 28 2014 - 5:52pm

OGDEN -- Thursday's opening night "Mockingbird" audience was engaged before the first actor walked onto the Eccles Theater stage at Weber State.The emotional stakes were high for the new play about autism, and almost everyone in the audience would remain after the curtain call to question members of a panel, which included playwright Julie Jensen...

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Ellen Eccles Theatre plays host to ‘The Addams Family’

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 27 2014 - 2:35pm

It's all about Wednesday this Saturday in Logan.Wednesday Addams, that is, of comic, television and big screen fame. "The Addams Family" musical tour stops at the Ellen Eccles Theatre on Saturday for two shows.

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VIDEO: Improv actors go 'Off The Wall' at Ziegfeld

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 27 2014 - 11:00am

OGDEN -- Improv comics commanded the stage, working with audience suggestions to create comic tales of a Texas road trip, drunken surgery on a rodent, and a Shakespearean tragedy even the Bard wouldn't buy.In the audience, a chorus of laughter rose and fell. Heads flew backward as if on hinges, because mouths had to open wider to let out bigger...

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Bone up on latest fashion while helping non-profits

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 20 2014 - 3:05pm

OGDEN -- Fans of diverse and original fashion, live music and good causes on Saturday can find it this weekend at the Northern Utah Fashion Expo.The Saturday event, a collaboration between two friends who met at a similar fashion expo elsewhere, promises 24 vendors, three fashion shows, live music and a chance to donate canned goods to the...

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North Ogden actress confirms 'the show must go on'

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 10 2014 - 4:44pm

Lori Schoonmaker Rees had just started rehearsals for the Hale Centre Theatre's "Les Miserables" when she discovered the lump her doctors would diagnose as Stage II breast cancer.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 11 2014 - 12:03pm


Kick back and let the magic flow

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 10 2014 - 3:28pm

LOGAN -- If you've forgotten what makes magic seem miraculous, just locate the nearest child and inquire."We want to believe anything is possible," said Kevin Spencer, who on Saturday brings his show to Logan's Ellen Eccles Theatre. "We want to believe we can fly. Ask any 5-year-old. So in my show, we float someone on stage."

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 10 2014 - 3:28pm


Celebrate the season

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 3 2014 - 12:45pm

With spring comes the scent of warm earth, blossoms and sprouting leaves, elevating the spirits and senses of many a winter-weary soul.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 3 2014 - 12:51pm


VIDEO: Mentalist – Not Magician

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 3 2014 - 10:28am

You won't see mentalist Andrew Nadon pull a rabbit out of his hat."I love magic, but I really love mentalism," said Nadon, who performs on Saturday at Ogden's Ziegfeld Theater. "Magic can be cheesy, not always but it can be. Magic is more mystical and fluffy. Mentalism is something that really grabs you from the inside and pulls you out of...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 3 2014 - 11:26am


Autism play 'Mockingbird' elicits tears

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 28 2014 - 5:52pm

OGDEN -- Thursday's opening night "Mockingbird" audience was engaged before the first actor walked onto the Eccles Theater stage at Weber State.The emotional stakes were high for the new play about autism, and almost everyone in the audience would remain after the curtain call to question members of a panel, which included playwright Julie Jensen...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 29 2014 - 10:09am


Ellen Eccles Theatre plays host to ‘The Addams Family’

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 27 2014 - 2:35pm

It's all about Wednesday this Saturday in Logan.Wednesday Addams, that is, of comic, television and big screen fame. "The Addams Family" musical tour stops at the Ellen Eccles Theatre on Saturday for two shows.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 27 2014 - 6:21pm


VIDEO: Improv actors go 'Off The Wall' at Ziegfeld

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 27 2014 - 11:00am

OGDEN -- Improv comics commanded the stage, working with audience suggestions to create comic tales of a Texas road trip, drunken surgery on a rodent, and a Shakespearean tragedy even the Bard wouldn't buy.In the audience, a chorus of laughter rose and fell. Heads flew backward as if on hinges, because mouths had to open wider to let out bigger...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 27 2014 - 3:56pm


Bone up on latest fashion while helping non-profits

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 20 2014 - 3:05pm

OGDEN -- Fans of diverse and original fashion, live music and good causes on Saturday can find it this weekend at the Northern Utah Fashion Expo.The Saturday event, a collaboration between two friends who met at a similar fashion expo elsewhere, promises 24 vendors, three fashion shows, live music and a chance to donate canned goods to the...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 20 2014 - 4:25pm

VIDEO: Mentalist – Not Magician

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 3 2014 - 10:28am

You won't see mentalist Andrew Nadon pull a rabbit out of his hat."I love magic, but I really love mentalism," said Nadon, who performs on Saturday at Ogden's Ziegfeld Theater. "Magic can be cheesy, not always but it can be. Magic is more mystical and fluffy. Mentalism is something that really grabs you from the inside and pulls you out of...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 3 2014 - 11:26am


VIDEO: Improv actors go 'Off The Wall' at Ziegfeld

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 27 2014 - 11:00am

OGDEN -- Improv comics commanded the stage, working with audience suggestions to create comic tales of a Texas road trip, drunken surgery on a rodent, and a Shakespearean tragedy even the Bard wouldn't buy.In the audience, a chorus of laughter rose and fell. Heads flew backward as if on hinges, because mouths had to open wider to let out bigger...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 27 2014 - 3:56pm


VIDEO: Jazz at the Station underlines Ogden art scene

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 13 2014 - 5:25pm

OGDEN -- Young parents trailed in, carrying babies and leading toddlers. Older jazz fans arrived early, to visit with friends and to make sure they got the best seats for this month's Jazz at the Station.Before the music started at 7 p.m. Wednesday, nearly every seat set up at Ogden's historic Union Station was filled. 

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VIDEO: Weber Choir Festival a display of 'fear and bravery' for young singers

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 27 2014 - 11:00am

OGDEN -- More than 450 junior high school singers gathered Tuesday night at Weber State to showcase their skills and blend their voices.The event was the District Junior High School Choir Festival, sponsored by the Weber School District, the Weber School Foundation and the WSU Department of Performing Arts.

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VIDEO: 'Breaking Bad' bad guy Esposito engages WSU crowd

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 19 2014 - 8:20am

OGDEN -- Giancarlo Esposito went "off script" Tuesday at a talk before Weber State University students, setting aside his prepared notes to share what was in his heart."I am in a business that is up and down and all around, and I do what I do because I have a deep and abiding love for it," said Esposito, an actor best known for roles in "Breaking...

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VIDEO: Terminally ill Fremont cheerleader an inspiration for teammates

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Rachel Trotter
Feb 17 2014 - 1:55pm

PLAIN CITY -- Some high school cheer coaches might spotlight their most gifted, elite team members when the regional championship was at stake.But for Fremont High cheer coach Jill Schofield, spirit tops all else. And the cheerleader with the strongest team spirit may just be Kennedy Hansen, who is blind, has lost most of her verbal ability,...

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VIDEO: Jazz legend Joe McQueen spices Black History Month concert in Ogden

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 7 2014 - 6:57am

OGDEN -- Ogden-Weber Tech College celebrated Black History Month with a concert by local legend Joe McQueen, Ogden's longtime claim to jazz fame."I've been here so doggone long," said McQueen, who turns 95 in May. "I came in 1945 and planned to stay two weeks. Well, It's been a long two weeks."

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VIDEO: Actor brings alive Harlem Renaissance for Ogden students

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 4 2014 - 4:15pm

OGDEN -- After six weeks studying the artists Harlem Renaissance, students at Two Rivers High School got a sample of the (almost) real thing.Langston Hughes, poet and writer, showed up in the person of actor Bob Devin Jones, who did a one-man show that depicted Hughes talking about his life and his works. 

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GALLERY: Gay Couples Rush to Marry in Weber County

Gage Church, left, and Tim Sharp kiss at the Hampton Inn in Ogden after becoming the first gay couple to be legal married in Weber County on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Over 60 couples were married in hallways and side rooms of the hotel as they tried to beat a possible stay on the ruling to allow gay same-sex marriage in Utah. (BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Benjamin Zack
Dec 23 2013 - 1:45pm

Over sixty couples got married at the Hampton Inn in downtown Ogden as they raced a possible stay against same-sex marriage on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Contact photographer Benjamin Zack at 801-625-4291, bzack@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_BenjaminZack

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VIDEO: Mentalist – Not Magician

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 3 2014 - 10:28am

You won't see mentalist Andrew Nadon pull a rabbit out of his hat."I love magic, but I really love mentalism," said Nadon, who performs on Saturday at Ogden's Ziegfeld Theater. "Magic can be cheesy, not always but it can be. Magic is more mystical and fluffy. Mentalism is something that really grabs you from the inside and pulls you out of...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 3 2014 - 11:26am


VIDEO: Improv actors go 'Off The Wall' at Ziegfeld

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 27 2014 - 11:00am

OGDEN -- Improv comics commanded the stage, working with audience suggestions to create comic tales of a Texas road trip, drunken surgery on a rodent, and a Shakespearean tragedy even the Bard wouldn't buy.In the audience, a chorus of laughter rose and fell. Heads flew backward as if on hinges, because mouths had to open wider to let out bigger...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 27 2014 - 3:56pm


VIDEO: Jazz at the Station underlines Ogden art scene

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 13 2014 - 5:25pm

OGDEN -- Young parents trailed in, carrying babies and leading toddlers. Older jazz fans arrived early, to visit with friends and to make sure they got the best seats for this month's Jazz at the Station.Before the music started at 7 p.m. Wednesday, nearly every seat set up at Ogden's historic Union Station was filled. 

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 14 2014 - 5:12pm


VIDEO: Weber Choir Festival a display of 'fear and bravery' for young singers

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 27 2014 - 11:00am

OGDEN -- More than 450 junior high school singers gathered Tuesday night at Weber State to showcase their skills and blend their voices.The event was the District Junior High School Choir Festival, sponsored by the Weber School District, the Weber School Foundation and the WSU Department of Performing Arts.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Feb 27 2014 - 11:00am


VIDEO: 'Breaking Bad' bad guy Esposito engages WSU crowd

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 19 2014 - 8:20am

OGDEN -- Giancarlo Esposito went "off script" Tuesday at a talk before Weber State University students, setting aside his prepared notes to share what was in his heart."I am in a business that is up and down and all around, and I do what I do because I have a deep and abiding love for it," said Esposito, an actor best known for roles in "Breaking...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Feb 19 2014 - 11:29am


VIDEO: Terminally ill Fremont cheerleader an inspiration for teammates

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Rachel Trotter
Feb 17 2014 - 1:55pm

PLAIN CITY -- Some high school cheer coaches might spotlight their most gifted, elite team members when the regional championship was at stake.But for Fremont High cheer coach Jill Schofield, spirit tops all else. And the cheerleader with the strongest team spirit may just be Kennedy Hansen, who is blind, has lost most of her verbal ability,...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Feb 17 2014 - 1:55pm


VIDEO: Jazz legend Joe McQueen spices Black History Month concert in Ogden

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 7 2014 - 6:57am

OGDEN -- Ogden-Weber Tech College celebrated Black History Month with a concert by local legend Joe McQueen, Ogden's longtime claim to jazz fame."I've been here so doggone long," said McQueen, who turns 95 in May. "I came in 1945 and planned to stay two weeks. Well, It's been a long two weeks."

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Feb 7 2014 - 6:57am


VIDEO: Actor brings alive Harlem Renaissance for Ogden students

Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 4 2014 - 4:15pm

OGDEN -- After six weeks studying the artists Harlem Renaissance, students at Two Rivers High School got a sample of the (almost) real thing.Langston Hughes, poet and writer, showed up in the person of actor Bob Devin Jones, who did a one-man show that depicted Hughes talking about his life and his works. 

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Feb 4 2014 - 4:43pm


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