12 Minutes Max: a Monthly Showcase of Short Works by Local Artists

Main Library

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12 Minutes Max is a monthly showcase of short works and works-in-progress by local artists in many disciplines. One Sunday a month, we feature three new pieces in in a varied mix, chosen from music, dance, film, writing, theater, performance art and the like—each 12 minutes or less. The whole event is short and sweet, taking under an hour.

After each month's performances, coffee and cookies are served—a time for conversation and feedback.


Fiction writer Benjamin Michael Solomon will be reading a piece called "Danger Parenting"! “What is Danger Parenting, really? Sounds scary right? Sounds a little kooky and weird?...” Benjamin’s fiction has appeared in One Story, Diagram, and the Southeast Review. He is a writing instructor at Salt Lake Community College and often facilitates creative writing workshops at the SLCC Community Writing Center in Salt Lake City.

We have also invited Travis Low, Torben Bernhard and Marissa Bernhard (the filmmaking team from OHO Media) to screen the short film Scavenger. “Living off the grid in a northeast Thailand slum, Wichan Chaona collects recyclables from public trash bins to earn money for his family of seven. Shot from his motorcycle side cart, Scavenger poetically weaves Wichan's daily routine with his observations about life and work.” Scavenger was an official selection at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Free Form Film Festival, Mountainfilm in Telluride, and Mountainfilm on Tour.

Margot Glassett Murdoch took a rain-check for our October event, and will be here for November. Margot is a composer, extended vocalist, and music pedagogue. She will be performing Omnivoice, a piece for soprano and electronics that explores vocal techniques from different eras and parts of the world. Margot holds bachelor and master of music degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Utah. Her dissertation included an analysis of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza III and a cataloguing of extended vocal techniques. Currently, Margot is a performer at the Avant GaRawge in Provo, serves on the board of Salty Cricket Composer’s Collective in Salt Lake City, and teaches theory and vocal ensemble at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts.

This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200