This book celebrates family and community get-togethers and the foodways that characterize the life of thousands of communities and millions of individuals in this country. The sixteen essays validate or broaden individuals' ways of celebrating and offer useful insights into creating community where no community existed before.
As the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a âvictimâ of drunk driving in a program called âEvery 15 Minutes,â Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folkloristâs lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national sponsorship or coordination. Often, the event is complete with a staged accident in the parking lot, a life-flight helicopter, and faux eulogies for the âdeadâ students read in school assemblies. Grounding her research in play theory, frame theory, and theory of folk drama, Miller investigates key aspects of this emergent tradition, paying particular attention to its unplanned elementsâenabled by the performanceâs spontaneous nature and the participantsâ tendency to stray from the intended frame. Miller examines such variations in terms of the program as a whole, analyzing its continued popularity and weighing its success as perceived by participants. Her fieldwork reveals a surprising aspect of Every 15 Minutes that typical studies of ritual do not include: It can be fun. Playing Dead is volume two of the series Ritual, Festival, and Celebration, edited by Jack Santino.
Held annually, the McCall, Idaho, winter carnival has become a modern tradition. A festival and celebration, it is also a source of community income and opportunity for shared community effort; a chance to display the town attractively to outsiders and to define and assert McCall's identity; and consequently, a source of disagreement among citizens over what their community is, how it should be presented, and what the carnival means.
Though rooted in the broad traditions of community festival, annual civic events, often sponsored by chambers of commerce, such as that in McCall, are as much expressions of popular culture and local commerce as of older traditions. Yet they become dynamic, newer community traditions, with artistic, informal, and social meanings and practices that make them forms of folklore as well as commoditized culture. Winter Carnival is the first volume in a new Utah State University Press series titled Ritual, Festival, and Celebration and edited by folklorist Jack Santino.
Surviving and thriving in Park City at America's most important film festival.
Independent film at 7,500 feet! January in Utah - for 10 days, the normally sleepy mountain resort of Park City becomes the focus of the movie world, as 50,000 people descend on the town to sample the year's finest independent films, do a little business, and partake in all that is the Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance - A Festival Virgin's Guide is the essential handbook for filmmakers, film fans, and film industry professionals looking to attend the festival. Demystifying the event and providing practical advice for attending, Sundance - A Festival Virgin's Guide is about helping you make the most from your visit to Park City and America's most important film festival.
Originally created with the assistance of the Sundance Institute.
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The home of some of the United State's most outstanding national parks---Arches, Bryce, and Zion---and ski slopes, Utah delivers outdoor adventures aplenty. The awe-inspiring scenery is a study in diversity---from salt flats to red rock canyons, from the desert to the Rocky Mountains. Bustling Salt Lake City offers a unique cultural oasis.Â
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Public PerformancesÂ offers a deep and wide-ranging exploration of relationships among genres of public performance and of the underlying political motivations they share. Illustrating the connections among three themesâthe political, the carnivalesque, and the ritualesqueâthis volume provides rich and comprehensive insight into public performance as an assertion of political power.
Contributors consider how public genres of performance express not only celebration but also dissent, grief, and remembrance; examine the permeability of the boundaries between genres; and analyze the approval or regulation of such events by municipalities and other institutions. Where the particular use of public space is not sanctioned or where that use meets with hostility from institutions or represents a critique of them, performers are effectively reclaiming public space to make public statements on their own termsâan act of popular sovereignty.
Through these concepts,Â Public PerformancesÂ distinguishes the sometimes overlapping dimensions of public symbolic display. Carnival, and thus the carnivalesque, is understood to possess tacit social permission for unconventional or even deviant performance, on the grounds that normal social order will resume when the performance concludes. Ritual, and the ritualesque, leverages a deeper symbolic sensibility, one believedâor at least intendedâby the participants to effect transformative, longer-term change.
Falling in love can feel a lot like tumbling down a mountain
C.J. Lancasterâs job as a tabloid journalist takes her to the Sundance Film Festival to interview an actress. She tries to charm her way past the movie starâs youngest brother-in-law, Sam, and somehow ends up on an âundateâ with him. If C.J. were ready to date, the fun-loving veteran would be her first choice, but since sheâs still healing from her ex-husbandâs affair, she knows it will be safer if she scares her new âfriendboyâ away.
Sam Lake is intriguedâheâs never had to pursue a woman, and he canât get C.J. out of his mind. Whether itâs how she likes to eat ice cream in winter or the way she gets his nieces and nephews to gang up on him in a snowball fight, he feels more at home with her than his oversized family. But when his own issues arise, he realizes C.J. might be right about avoiding a relationship with him.
Can the two of them overcome the emotional mountains in their lives to be together, or will they remain a ânoncoupleâ forever?