Salt Lake Magazine extraordinary wine to taste at Pago2014-04-23T17:31:05+00:00Mary Brown Malouf/blog/author/mary/<p><a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Pago</a> and <a href="/admin/blog/blogpost/add/">Finca</a> owner Scott Evans' first culinary love is wine, and since Scott is a truly hospitable person, his first instinct is to share. Pago's 2014 Summer Sommelier Series is just that—Scott introducing his friends the wine and winemaker to his friends the Salt Lake foodies. </p> <p><img alt="" height="441" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/scott-evans-pago.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Tomorrow, winemaker Gaia Bucciarelli<strong> will serve her wines from </strong>Santa Giustina at a special pairing dinner.</p> <p>Here are the details: </p> <p>Details: April 24th 2014</p> <div>Time: 6pm </div> <div>Price: $35 food, $30 wine + tax, + 20% gratuity</div> <div>RSVP: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div> <div> </div> <p>And here's the story, from Pago sommelier Evan Lewandowski:</p> <p>Many of us have had the absolute pleasure to experience first hand, with boots on the ground, a taste of what Italy has to offer.  Most cannot help but fall in love, and in many instances it is our palates that have played cupid.  The history, culture, and traditions are seamlessly, naturally intertwined with food an wine.  Each region, sub-region, town or even village often lay claim to unique methods, singular blood-lines of swine, grape varieties, and styles.  Mind-boggling at times, you'll find patterns of dress, shapes of bread and even dialects to change from one alpine valley to the other.  </p> <p> Faced with a country so awash in lavishly complex and seemingly infinite options, we as travelers never seem to find enough time in our itineraries...often trekking to the meccas of Italy, the tried and true 'big three' of Rome, Florence and Venice.  However, outside these big three, the savvy ones find another universe of eye-opening, lesser-known and understated stars.</p> <p> One must not venture far from Florence in the direction due north to find Tuscany's neighbor, Emilia-Romagna.  Historically well-known for its agricultural wealth, this region has long laid claim as having the highest standard of living in Italy.  Its absolutely no surprise this region has also given us such cultural richness.  Perhaps you've heard of Giorgio Armani?  Luciano Pavarrotti and Giuseppi Verdi?  The empires of Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini have been duking it out here for over half a century.  </p> <p> Who then could be surprised that Emilia-Romagna is also home to some of Italy's most distinctive and individualistic wines.  The wine traditions here, more than almost anywhere I've come across, represent  an overwhelming lust for life.  Characteristically bright and fresh, almost across the board, Emilia-Romagna's wines are often “wines of thirst” or “vins de soifs” as the French would call it.  Gulpable and ridiculously versatile, the wines more often than not possess a pleasant effervescence.  Whether they're paired with a langoustine risotto, cured meats, the perfect pizza, or simply shaved Parmeggiano over lemon-dressed arugula, the wines almost always taste like “more.”</p> <p> Azienda Agricola Santa Giustina is one of the region's most idyllic estates, crafting a range of wines from pristinely farmed vines that very poignantly express the aforementioned “lust for life.”  I don't find it coincidental that the owner/winemaker's name is Gaia, in that she bottles some of the liveliest wines around from the regional grapes Ortrugo, Croatina, Barbera and Malvasia.  After the first few truly warm days of spring, I can't think of a better kickoff to the 2014 Sommelier Series Dinners than to spend the evening with Gaia and her wines on our freshly reopened patio at 9<sup>th</sup> and 9<sup>th</sup>.  While the evening away under the Pago patio lights among friends with perfectly paired dishes from Phelix, Drew and Stephen.   Watch the sun play on the foothills to the east, and let yourself be charmed by the effervescent Gaia Bucciarelli and her downright vivace wines.</p>Dan Nailen&#39;s Lounge Act: Broadway in Salt Lake City&#39;s magical new production2014-04-23T12:00:00+00:00Dan Nailen/blog/author/dan/<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/warhorse.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You've probably heard the old adage about actors avoiding working with children or animals, lest they be overshadowed by cuteness or dragged down in their unpredictability. But what about puppets? And further, what about puppets of animals?</p> <p>Sure, the human element of the Broadway in Salt Lake City production of <em>War Horse</em> is plenty impressive. There is some fine acting, gorgeous singing, and intricate stage choreography among a huge cast to move the action-packed story along. But there is no denying the fact that the amazing puppets, and the lead "horse" Joey, dominate the proceedings and absorb the audiences's attention throughout.</p> <p>That is not a bad thing. The Broadway hit, based on Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel and later adapted into a feature film by Steven Spielberg, is a riveting tale, with a winning story that is only enhanced by the visual feast on stage.</p> <p>It's a love story of sorts, between Joey and his human caretaker Albert, who raises him from a foal into a spirited steed who ends up on the front lines of World War I. Over the course of <em>War Horse</em>, the audience sees the beginning of their affair, the "breakup" at the hands of Albert's father, and their ultimate reunion, and it all works. As someone who never read the book or saw the movie, I was hooked by the story quickly.</p> <p>The amazing visuals on stage, though, are what makes <em>War Horse</em> a remarkable piece of live theater. The intricate puppets designed by Handspring Puppet Company and controlled by a small troupe of puppeteers on stage are the calling card of the show, for sure. The movements of the horses are incredibly lifelike and fluid, and the presence of the human puppeteers alongside them is never a distraction.</p> <p>But the puppetry is  just part of the excellent production's visual appeal. The animated line drawings on a screen suspended above the stage add incredible detail to the proceedings below in setting the scenes and pushing the story forward. Smaller puppets of birds in the sky and geese on Albert's farm add to the realism--which is all the more impressive given that the stage is relatively bare-bones in terms of props and sets. The horses and the humans carry this tale. And it's a tale well worth seeing.</p> <p><em>War Horse plays at Capitol Theatre through April 27. <a href="">Visit the Broadway in Salt Lake City website</a> for showtimes, tickets and more information. (Photo courtesy Broadway in Salt Lake City)</em></p>Dan Nailen&#39;s Lounge Act: Retro night at The Royal2014-04-23T06:00:00+00:00Dan Nailen/blog/author/dan/<p><strong><img alt="" height="456" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/fasterpussycat.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">FASTER PUSSYCAT, THE ROYAL</a>, Wednesday, April 23, 8 p.m., $12</strong></p> <p>Among the sleazy hair-metal bands of the '80s, Faster Pussycat stood out for a few reasons. They had a prominent spot dedicated to their music and story in the classic rock-doc <em>The Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years</em>. They co-owned a Sunset Strip nightclub called The Cathouse with former MTV VJ Riki Rachtman. And, like so many other bands of their ilk, they enjoyed their greatest commercial success with a power ballad, "House of Pain." They also happen to be one of my personal favorites of the glam-rock bands of the era, blazing a magnificent-if-brief path through the public eye over the course of three albums, a few high-profile tours (like opening for Motley Crue on the Dr. Feelgood tour here in Salt Lake City) and some memorable videos for songs like "Bathroom Wall." Now they're still touring on the fumes of that long-ago success, kicking out the old jams for the old fans. Red Light Saints open the show in SLC.</p> <p><iframe height="315" src="" width="420"></iframe></p>Local Business Spotlight: 3form stops waste with Reform2014-04-22T16:20:39+00:00Jaime Winston/blog/author/jaime/<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/mjphoto.jpg" width="491"><br><em>3form Director of Sustainability, Mike Johnson</em></p> <p class="p1">Along with their amazing and stunning building materials, <a href="">3form</a> has become known as a local leader for going green, but when Director of Sustainability Mike Johnson joined the team, he took things a step further.</p> <p class="p1">“One of the platforms we had was zero waste to landfill, and that initiative was put into place back in 2007,” says Johnson, who started at the company in September 2013. 3form achieved its goal of eliminating landfill waste by increasing recycling and diverting other waste to facilities that incinerate it to make energy. “And the next generational leap forward was becoming a zero waste initiative in general.” </p> <p class="p1"><span>In other words, Johnson wants to put an end to all of 3form's waste. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span>Johnson admits the company has a long way to go before they reach that goal, but their new Reform initiative is a step in the right direction.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>“One of our waste streams was products that were coming out of our manufacturing facilities that didn’t meet first-quality specifications,” Johnson says. “Anytime there’s really any imperfection whatsoever, those can not go out to the customer. We have very strict restrictions on quality control.” While the undamaged portions of rejected materials were being put back into the marketplace through the company’s Reclaim program, anything with a slight scratch or dent was being tossed out. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span>Now, through Reform, the slightly damaged materials are for sale <a href="">online</a>.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>“When we went live on the website, before we said anything to anybody, we had our first two sold within 12 hours,” Johnson says. The materials are hot buys among artists, art teachers and do-it-yourselfers.</span><span> </span></p> <p class="p2"><span><img alt="" height="300" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/reform.png" width="490"><br><em>3form Director of Sustainability Mike Johnson and CEO Talley Goodson looking at the company's waste and thinking up ways to cut it down.</em></span></p> <p class="p1">Reform’s official launch will be held on May 3 at the <a href="">Live Green SLC! Festival</a>, where 3from will show guests how they can use the material to make things like bowls, jewelry, coasters and night lights.</p> <p class="p2"><span>Festival-goers are welcome to learn about 3form's other green initiatives, too, like using recycled content to build products and their goal of complete carbon neutrality, along with asking about some of those stunning materials (see them at <a href="">Landis Salon</a> and <a href="">Finca</a>).</span></p> <p class="p2"><span>In the meantime, you can learn more about 3form's sustainability programs by reading their blog, <a href="">Translucency</a>.</span></p>Dream up an ice cream and win 10 pints2014-04-22T16:20:20+00:00Mary Brown Malouf/blog/author/mary/<p><img alt="" height="354" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/icecreamthiebaud.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>It's a crowdsourcing contest:</p> <p>The Draper Creamery in the new Whole Foods Market South Valley is asking fans to create their own ice cream flavor—bourbon and bacon? beet and basil? coffee and cashew? It's up to you, but Jamoca Almond Fudge already belongs to another brand.</p> <p>TThe winner will receive “celebrity status” – a photo and bio in the creamery, $100 gift card and—best of all, because ice cream in hand is better than picture on wall—10 pints of ice cream.</p> <p>Go here <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for details.</p> <p>Deadline for entry is April 29, so start mixing.</p>Runway to Room: Not-so-heavy metal2014-04-22T14:28:14+00:00Jessica Adams/blog/author/Jessica/<p>Although metal may be known to have natural physical - and even visual - weight, it's current use in the design world seems to be on the lighter, more friendly side of heavy.</p> <p>Gold in an almost flaky, foil form and brass that's made a huge comeback are both becoming cheery staples for any room, including the kitchen.</p> <p><img alt="" height="288" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/not-soheavy-metal.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>World of Gold Canvas Print, <a href="">Z Gallerie</a></p> <p>Martha Stewart Cabinet Pull and Matchbox Catch, <a href="">The Home Depot</a></p> <p>Emory 95" Bench Seat Sofa, <a href="">Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams</a></p> <p>Metallic Chevron Pillow Cover, <a href="">West Elm</a></p> <p>Runway image from <a href="">DVF Spring 2014 collection</a></p> <p><em>This post was originally published on <a href=""></a>.</em></p>VIDEO: Cosplay at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX2014-04-22T12:05:46+00:00Jaime Winston/blog/author/jaime/<p>More than 100,000 comic, sci-fi and fantasy fans (many dressed as their favorite characters) flooded the Salt Palace Convention Center for Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience from April 17--19. Guests of honor included cast members from Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Walking Dead and Firefly.</p> <p><iframe height="270" src="" width="480"></iframe><br><em>Video by Fernando Lara</em></p>Dan Nailen&#39;s Lounge Act: Find religion on Tuesday2014-04-22T06:00:00+00:00Dan Nailen/blog/author/dan/<p><strong><img alt="" height="303" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/chvrches.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">CHVRCHES, THE DEPOT</a>, Tuesday, April 22, 8 p.m., $26</strong></p> <p>Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches (pronounced "churches," but that just doesn't look as cool, right?) has made quite a quick reputation for itself since forming just three years ago. The vocals of Lauren Mayberry are the first thing that drew me in to the band's sound, and she and bandmates Iain Cook and Martin Doherty combine to create an impressive batch of densely produced, hook-filled songs on the band's debut, <em>The Bones of What You Believe</em>. Armed with an arsenal of synthesizers, samplers and more traditional rock instruments, the trio built a strong full-length after their March 2013 EP <em>Recover</em> landed them a spot on the BBC's "Sound of 2013" list as one of the UK's most promising bands.  Now that we've had a few months to absorb the Chvrches debut, we can see the BBC was on to something. And now you can see them headline their own show Tuesday night in SLC. The Range opens the show.</p> <p><iframe height="315" src="" width="480"></iframe></p>Movie Review: Transcendance2014-04-21T22:13:26+00:00John Thomason/blog/author/John/<p>Despite all of its copious CGI and its themes tailored for the 21st century, Wally Pfister’s futurist parable “Transcendence” is in some ways an old-fashioned science-fiction film, reflecting the moral-driven finger-wagging found in the genre’s 1950s prime. It is, for better and worse, unashamedly didactic. But unlike the ‘50s thrillers, whose enemies—inevitably invaders from outer space—stood in for the Red Scare of Communism, the target of this tech-savvy cautionary tale is our own ambition on the cusp of the Singularity. In efforts to create artificial intelligence in his image, man will be man’s downfall.</p> <p><img alt="" height="263" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/transcendence.jpg" width="490"><br>Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall play Will and Evelyn Caster, partners in life and science, whose groundbreaking research focuses on the development of synthetic consciousness. Their piece de resistance is a giant, HAL-like mainframe called PiNN, which exhibits inchoate signs of artificial intelligence. When Will is shot with a polonium-laced bullet outside a tech conference—along with many of his AI-obsessed colleagues the world over, in a multipronged onslaught from a Luddite terrorist organization—he is given a prognosis of one month. For Evelyn, this may mean just enough time to apply a controversial method of consciousness cloning, successfully engineered on a primate, to her husband’s dying body, in effect keeping Will alive in ones and zeros.</p> <p><br>If Evelyn’s attempts failed, “Transcendence” would be a short movie. Her efforts work, and the rest of the film charts the evolution of this cyberspace vision of Will. Still played by a now-disembodied Depp, he’s an accumulation of data with the apparent pretense of consciousness—an omnipresent talking head on a computer screen whose power and scope spreads across the world faster than a Justin Bieber tweet—or than a metastasizing cancer. As this artificial Will increases to godlike, Big Brother dimensions, his ability to affect scientific change also multiplies exponentially, to the point that he’s curing lifelong illnesses in seconds using nanotechnology, from the auspices of an underground laboratory underneath a shuttered desert town. But at what cost?</p> <p><br>As “Transcendence” continues on its elliptical narrative, its heroes and villains become increasingly blurry blips on the frontiers of science, and you may find your allegiances gradually shifting, even to the point of sympathizing with terrorists. Credit the savvy screenplay by first-time writer Jack Paglen for broaching these heady, futuristic concepts and, in the guise of a Hollywood blockbuster, offering up persuasive arguments for both playing god and staying out of the artificial-intelligence game.</p> <p><br>The director Pfister, who has been Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer, shows in his authorial debut that he learned a lot from his mentor; this is a dazzling movie to look at it, with an appropriately creepy performance from Depp and fine work from Hall as its conflicted heroine. Morgan Freeman shows up for work, too, as a predictably saintly elder statesman of scientific research, though in a twist of convention, it’s Paul Bettany, as another of Will and Evelyn’s colleagues, who provides the movie’s gravitas-laden voice-over narration, not Freeman.</p> <p><br>But, to follow up on the HAL 9000 reference earlier, it’s remarkable how many of this film’s themes of technological self-awareness owe to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which seems to grow more relevant every year; “Transcendence” still seems a mile a behind this 46-year-old masterpiece in its scary, trippy imagination. While we can argue forever about the symbolically dense ending of “2001,” “Transcendence” simultaneously leaves us wanting more and less. By its climax, it wants to be taken as eco-conscious agitprop and sweeping romance, both us which conflate the film’s previously laser-focused study on the perils and progress of limitless technology, all for the sake of commercial expedience. “Transcendence” may touch on Kurzweilian subject matter, but it ultimately becomes easy to dismiss it as “just a movie.”</p> <p>In general release.</p>Get a taste of Hell&#39;s Backbone this Sunday at Harmons2014-04-21T19:54:48+00:00Mary Brown Malouf/blog/author/mary/<p>Blake Spalding and Jen Castle, chef-owners of <a href="">Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah</a>, created one of Utah's most amazing destinations when they opened their unlikely restaurant over a decade ago.</p> <p>In the middle of a beautiful nowhere, founded on crazy idealism, brought into being via a mind-boggling work ethic and inspired by "a measure of grace," the Grill has garnered universal praise from writers for major national publications, every one of whom seems to regard the restaurant as their own private discovery.</p> <p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202014/hellsbackbone-grille.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>If you haven't discovered, here's your chance to get a taste. You have to go to Boulder for the full experience, but this Sunday, Blake and Jen will be holding a class, which I suspect will be more like a celebration at Harmons City Creek.</p> <p>Dubbed "An Ice Cream Social" after one of the now-famous annual events in Boulder, the class will be a tasting event with wine pairings and non-alcoholic beverages available. Recipes will come from "<a href="">With A Measure of Grace"</a>, Blake and Jen's first cookbook, worth buying for the gingerbread recipe alone. Here's the menu: Bison Albondigas with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Zuni Skillet Cakes with Smoked Duck Medallion, Oatmeal Molasses Bread with Strawberry Freezer Jam, Candied Chile Pecans.</p> <p>And ice cream.</p> <p>Sign up <a href="">here</a> to save your place, and do it now. See you there.</p> <div class="copy">Sun, April 27, 2014</div> <div class="copy">3:00 PM (3 Hours)</div> <div class="copy">Harmons City Creek</div> <div class="copy">135 East 100 South</div> <div class="copy">Salt Lake City</div>