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12 Minutes Max

12 Minutes Max is a monthly experimental performance series featuring short works by local artists in many disciplines.

One Sunday a month, we present three original pieces in a varied mix, chosen from music, dance, film, theater, performance art, writing, and the like — each 12 minutes or less. The whole event is short and sweet, taking about an hour.

Following each event, we serve coffee and cookies in an informal gathering, a chance for conversation with the artists.

In March, 12 Minutes Max will join forces with the Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds Film Festival for kids. 12MM will be a free event as always, and will shift its focus this time to present pieces intended for children and adults. Please join us on Sunday March 15 at 2pm in the Main Library Auditorium.

Vie Rabb and Jason Rabb will perform a set of tiny pieces of music from their project called Child Rabbit. Vie is a 7 year old violinist, composer, and Charlie Chaplin enthusiast.  Jason is a “much much older” composer and percussionist who also plays guitar in the chamber/garage duo it foot, it ears.  These pieces are a “pops” and daughter collaboration using violin and prepared guitar. 

Film director and screenwriter Kohl Glass will screen his film Gruff. He had the idea for Gruff years ago as a film student at BYU, having just read Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and a number of fairy tales at the same time. “It dawned on me how the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff could be told as a story of waiting, specifically waiting out of fear of something that may or may not actually be there.” Kohl’s sensibilities range from fairy tales to darker psychological films like his shorts The Promethean and Der Ostwind (Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival), to slightly comedic action fantasies, like his first feature Orc Wars (a.k.a Dragonfyre). His second feature, You May Now Kill the Bride, premiered in 2016. The Generations Project episode Natalie, which Kohl wrote, won an Emmy.

Christian McKay Heidicker will read from his Newbery Honor-winning book Scary Stories for Young Foxes. A Salt Lake City writer, he “draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship.”  Christian is also the author of Thieves of Weirdwood, Cure for the Common Universe, and Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower. Here is his intro to the book:

The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood.

No fox kit is safe.

Seven little foxes in the Twisted Antler Wood,

Listening to stories much later than they should.

The first flees the teacher with dark, gooey eyes.

The second from six sisters whose tongues tell lies.

The third escapes a woman who peels foxes’ skins.

The fourth slinks away from the Golgathursh’s grin.

The fifth wets the ground when he smells Mr. Scratch.

The sixth turns tail when the Paw finds its match . . .

The seventh little fox in the wood all alone.

Facing down a ghost beneath branches of bone.

One little fox stays the whole night through.

But can she make it to the end?

Better yet, can you? 

Choreographer Ashley Anderson will present her work The Windy Gap, originally workshopped at Hollins University and presented at various venues locally and nationally. It makes use of a mysterious set of slides Ashley found at a yard sale in Virginia. For the first time, the work will be presented as an interactive version, performed by Emily Snow, who is part of the local dance collaborative group Durian Durian. Ashley Anderson was a recipient of the 2014 Mayor’s Artist Award in the Performing Arts. Her choreography has been presented locally and nationally at many venues. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College, and has taught at several national institutions. She directs loveDANCEmore community dance events, shared in Utah’s visual art magazine, 15 BYTES, where she serves as the dance editor. 


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

AGE GROUP:   Teens   All Ages   Adults  

EVENT TYPE:   Performances & Presentations   Music   Arts & Creativity  


Main Library

Mon, Aug 03 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Aug 04 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Aug 05 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Aug 06 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Aug 07 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Aug 08 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Aug 09 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the library

NOTE: The Main Library's Rooftop Terrace is closed through 2020 for repairs and renovations.

Salt Lake City's Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses more than 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers. It reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The structure embraces a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium.

A multi-level reading area along the Glass Lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. Spiraling fireplaces on four floors resemble a column of flame from the vantage of 200 East and 400 South. The Urban Room between the Library and the Crescent Wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views.

Upcoming events

Mon, Aug 03, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wed, Aug 05, 10:00am - 10:30am

Wed, Aug 05, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Thu, Aug 06, 10:00am - 10:30am

Thu, Aug 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Fri, Aug 07, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Wed, Aug 12, 10:00am - 10:30am

Thu, Aug 13, 10:00am - 10:30am

Fri, Aug 14, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Sat, Aug 15, 9:00am - 6:00pm

Sun, Aug 16, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Mon, Aug 17, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wed, Aug 19, 10:00am - 10:30am

Wed, Aug 19, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Thu, Aug 20, 10:00am - 10:30am

Fri, Aug 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Sat, Aug 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Wed, Aug 26, 10:00am - 10:30am

Thu, Aug 27, 10:00am - 10:30am

Fri, Aug 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Wed, Sep 02, 10:00am - 10:30am

Wed, Sep 02, 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Conference Room E