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Laura Sharp Wilson, "Thread, Strand, Rope and Yarn"

What • Commissioned to create the 5,000-square-foot terrazzo floor in the lobby.

Design • Abstract representation of historic Salt Lake Valley pathways as well as weavings by the area's American Indian settlers and later Utah pioneers. She drew upon a dusky color palette inspired by early-morning hikes and the colors seen on Antelope Island. "I was thinking of sage and wheat and tan or khaki colors, as well as the purple flowers that bloom here," says the Utah-based artist, in contrast to the architect-selected pearl luminescent background.

Inspiration • "I was trying to come up with something that reflected Utah and worked within the color scheme and the lightness (and geometric design) of the building."

Paul Housberg, "Ribbons of Time"

What • Commissioned to create 100 bent glass panels, each 4 by 8 feet, for the balconies in the six-story open lobby.

Design • Features more than 40 colors of glass in the red, yellow, blue and purple ranges, "natural colors that I associate with Utah, the desert and mountains and sunsets," says the Rhode Island-based glass artist. "There's a sequence of colors, and a certain element of randomness, to create elements of discovery. The deepest colors — the blues and purples — fall where the balconies belly out. The reds at the northern end provide a target or jewel that you might see in the distance. When you look up, that's where the most intense reds and oranges are."

Inspiration • The title refers to both geological strata and the idea that music, dance and theater are all time-based arts, the artist says. "I don't think of it as a stand-alone work of art with a capital 'A.' It's more what happens when you bring an artist into the collaborative design process."

Traci O'Very Covey, "Imagine"

What • Hand-drawn mural digitalized into vinyl and affixed to the loading dock door.

Size • 14 feet tall by 42 ½ feet long

Design • Colorful, stylized images of a performer in the spotlight, with day and nighttime representations of food and audience members.

Inspiration • "The bold and lively imagery in the mural portrays a theatrical and festive place in a unique design composition that offers the viewer a sense of discovery," Covey says in a design statement. "The visual elements in the art are evocative of theater, restaurants, a festive atmosphere and gathering place of diverse people, which all come together in a colorful, appealing and engaging design composition." —

Eccles gala opening

Premiere Performance • Rita Moreno will emcee the event, with performers including Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony-nominated Megan Hilty (of TV's "Smash") and performers from Ballet West, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Utah Opera Chorus and the University of Utah theater department.

When • Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $50-$200, available at the box office, at or by calling 801-355-2787; ticket holders will be invited to a post-show celebration on Regent Street. Dress is black tie (encouraged, not required).

Saturday open house

Free performances throughout the Eccles Theater complex are set Saturday, Oct. 22:

10-11:45 a.m. • Chitrakaavya Dance, Chrome Street Quartet, Columbia Jones, Eastern Arts, Finding Kate, Jim Fish, Myriad Dance Company, New Zealand American Society, Rusty Shovels, Unity Gospel Choir, Utah Children's Theatre, Utah Repertory Theater, Utah Symphony and Wing & Claw

Noon-1:45 p.m. • Anabil Chaudhuri, Aspen Winds, Ben Brinton, Canyons, Chrome Street Quartet, Dallyn Vail Bayles, Khemera Dance, Lark & Spur, Niño Reyes/Harry James, Ophir Creek, Plan-B Theatre Company, Salt Lake Vocal Artists, Tablado Dance Company, The Runaway Blues/Honey, Utah Opera, Vocal Point, Wasatch Music Coaching Funk Band

2-5 p.m. • Alyssa Pyper, Ballet Folklorica, Bboy Federation, Children's Dance Theater, Gabino Flores, Hectic Hobo, Jim Guss Trio, Los Spanglos, Rebecca Aneloski, Riverton High School, Rumba Libre, Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, Samba Fogo, Svengali Jazz Quartet, Talia Keys, Tom Call Sextet, Vocal Point, Utah Ko'Triskalariak, VCRS, Vocal Point and Who's Louis? Theatre Company —

First up at the Eccles

Broadway at the Eccles season

Nov. 15-20 • Beautiful — The Carole King Musical


Dec. 15-17 • Kurt Bestor Christmas

Tickets • Season tickets for the inaugural Broadway season at the Eccles Theater range from $200-$450, with the average price of a single ticket at $52; available at, 801-355-5502 or at the box office located at 610 E. South Temple, Suite 20, Salt Lake City.

Live at the Eccles series month No. 1

Nov. 2 • The Head and the Heart

Nov. 4 • Goo Goo Dolls

Nov. 7 • Amos Lee

Nov. 11 • Jay Leno

Nov. 12 • Morrissey

Nov. 13 • Postmodern Jukebox

Nov. 17 • Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman (Capitol Theatre)

Nov. 22 • Chris Isaak

Tickets • $27.50-$125;