Series: This Is Utah
No Biz Like Show Biz
There’s no business like show business in Utah. The film, theater, and music industries are thriving here in the Beehive state, from the home-grown dancers of the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble to the local music acts who fill the halls of nearby venues to the film producers that choose Utah as the set for their next big production.
Utah is a destination for cinephiles — and when Hollywood calls, film location scouts like Mimi Davis Taylor are there to help. Since the early 1990s, Mimi has helped producers big and small find their dream locations right here in Utah, and has worked on films such as Dumb and Dumber, Con Air, and the Everwood and Yellowstone series, among others. Mimi has a knack for finding the perfect location for a producer’s next big shoot, and after meeting her you’ll be able to point out these hidden cinematic gems too.
Since 1956, the International Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University has brought traditional folk dances from cultures around the world to life on stage, delighting audiences from Provo to France, Belgium, and beyond. With Artistic Director Jeanette Geslison at the helm, the International Folk Dance Ensemble and its student performers use dance as an interactive way to celebrate heritage and learn more about different cultures around the world.
Known locally as the “the King of Swing,” saxophone player Joe McQueen took the bus from Oklahoma to Ogden’s 25th Street back in 1945 and instantly connected with the local jazz scene. What was initially meant to be a two-week stint turned into a lifelong commitment for Joe and his wife Thelma, who have called Utah home for the past 74 years. Joe celebrates his 100th birthday in 2019, and continues to bring his signature sound to willing audiences at clubs, weddings, and community events in Ogden and Salt Lake City.
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