Salt Lake Magazine Review: &quot;The Age of Adaline&quot;2015-04-25T13:59:00+00:00Richard Bonaduce/blog/author/RichardB/<p><img alt="" height="739" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/fin02_adaline_1sht_1972_25x38.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>You may think you entered the wrong theater when <a href="">“The Age of Adaline”</a> opens with a detached, clinical voice narrating the events on screen with all the sentiment of an old “In Search Of…” episode. This VO continues at points throughout the film, dropping bits of wisdom to explain the disparate scientific aspects of “Adaline,” as though we really needed to know them.</p> <p>The title refers to our lead Adaline (wonderfully played by Blake Lively) and her strange condition. After a freak car accident during a snowstorm, she stopped aging at 29 and has continued on that way for over 100 years, watching her daughter grow ever older (played by three different actresses of appropriate ages), and the world change as she stays exactly the same.</p> <p>Early on, during the McCarthy era, the FBI picks her up after a routine traffic stop puts her unusual age on their radar. Narrowly escaping possibly being some kind of lab rat for the government, Adaline stays on the run, moving every 10 years with a new identity. She even stays on the lamb from her daughter, connecting with her sporadically in order to keep their relationship a secret. Thus, she keeps her associations limited to co-workers, with nary a decent romance over a hundred years … except for that one guy, the only person other than her daughter whom she told her real name. His name was William Jones (Anthony Ingruber), and he has never forgotten her, even though she stood him up one fine day. Jones looks a heckuva lot like a young Harrison Ford, which is good because his older self is played by Ford in his finest performance in some time.</p> <p>As complicated as Adaline's life is, it’s set to get even more so when she meets a young man named Ellis (Michiel Huisman). After a relationship of sorts that begins with an uncomfortable amount of pushiness that degrades into genuine stalking, she agrees to accompany him to meet his parents. Ellis being rich and good-looking probably helps, although Adaline (or Jenny, as Ellis knows her) has her own money, having invested in companies like Xerox back when they were in a basement and reinvesting that money over time under her new identities. Even though she and Ellis talk about everything under the sun, he apparently didn’t get around to mentioning his last name, as that might alert her to the fact that he is the son of the man she fell in love with but left some 40 years ago. Adaline meets his parents and walks right into the weirdest love triangle at the Cineplex.</p> <p>Disengaged narrator aside, “The Age of Adaline” starts off strong, with Lively giving an excellent performance of woman out of time. There is a grace and elegance to her every word and movement that speaks to another era, as does the cinematography and lighting, with every shot seen through the warm glow of a distance memory.</p> <p>Even though science is dropped form time to time via the disembodied voice over, there is an air of magic about the film that is endearing. The score alone may be reason enough to see this film, as it is truly moving.</p> <p>The first two acts had me hooked, despite some silly moments. Unfortunately, the filmmakers give in and go for an ending so typical I thought we’d switched gears and I was watching a Nicolas Sparks adaptation. The VO narration really didn’t help here, as it tried to justify the unlikely way in which the original freak accident that stopped Adaline’s aging somehow repeats itself—to the same woman, no less—but with a completely different result.</p> <p>The tenuous pseudo-scientific/cosmic connections driven home at the film’s end only served to undermine the magical nature of it all, and Adaline’s plight is lifted and wrapped in a generic Hollywood bow so bright it blinds us to the lessons learned by our heroine.</p> <p><em>110 minutes</em></p> <p><em>Rated PG-13 for a suggestive comment</em></p> <p><em>Director: Lee Toland Krieger</em></p> <p><em>Writing Credits : J. Mills Goodloe &amp; Salvador Paskowitz (screenplay), J. Mills Goodloe &amp;</em></p> <p><em>Salvador Paskowitz (story)</em></p> <p><em>Starring: Michiel Huisman, Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker</em></p>Five weeks until Tastemakers!2015-04-24T17:56:00+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/<p>Tastemakers is only five weeks away, and tickets are going fast.</p> <p>This two-day progressive food and wine tasting event brings out the best of Utah dining. Be there, May 28–29, at Gallivan Plaza in Downtown Salt Lake City. And follow the event on social media with <a href=";src=hash">#TastemakersSLC</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/taste2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Ticket Prices:</p> <p><strong>VIP Pass:</strong> $85<br><span><strong>Tasting Pass:</strong> $30<br></span><span><em>Bring your little ones along for the tasty event.</em><br></span><span><strong>Children ages 6–12:</strong> $20<br></span><span><strong>Children ages 5 and under:</strong> Free</span></p> <p>You can purchase tickets <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/taste3.jpg" width="400"></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/taste4.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>For a sneak peek of what's being served, click <a href="/tastemakers-2015-tastings/">here</a>. Be warned, this display may cause your mouth to water.</p> <p>This year <a href="">Uber</a> is a sponsor of Tastemakers and can provide transportation if you're feeling a little woozy after the event. Your first Uber ride will be free if you use our promo code <strong>TastemakersSLC</strong>.</p> <p>Also, for those of you with an interest in luxury cars, <a href="">Audi</a> will have new cars on display at Tastemakers this year.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Kid-friendly: Disney on Ice&#39;s &quot;Frozen&quot; early warning2015-04-24T17:22:00+00:00Jaime Winston/blog/author/jaime/<p><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/anna-elsa.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">If the kids are still singing “Let it Go,” surprise them with tix to see <a href="">Disney on Ice’s Frozen.</a></p> <p class="p2">The Academy Award-winning tale of royal sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain main Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven and Olaf the snowman will play out on ice for nine performances at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, March 2–6. </p> <p class="p2">Kids can expect their favorite songs and scenes from Frozen, and parents can expect incredible figure skating. As with any Disney on Ice show, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald will also be there.</p> <p class="p2">Yes, it’s a year out, but this is expected to sell. Ticket are now on sale and range from $20–$65 (ringside) and can be purchased <a href="">here.</a></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Show schedule:</strong></p> <p class="p2">Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">Friday, March 4, 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">Saturday, March 5, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m.</p> <p class="p1">Sunday, March 6, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="392" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/elsa2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1"><em>Photos courtesy of Feld Entertainment</em></p>Fashion Friday: Flower Power2015-04-24T13:13:00+00:00Abby Doll/blog/author/abbydoll/<p>All things floral have been on heavy rotation in my closet this spring, which is no surprise considering the New York spring 2015 runways were packed with gorgeous flower-inspired pieces. Not only are there tons of gorgeous floral fabrics and prints available in the market right now, but you can find fantastic florals outside of the ready-to-wear realm as well. So today, I am rounding up all of my favorite floral accessories—a perfect and easy way to infuse a little color into your wardrobe for the spring season!</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="" height="331" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/image_2_rebecca_mnkoff_mini_mab.png" width="280"></p> <p>Rebecca Minkoff Floral MAB mini | <a href=""><span>Rebecca Minkoff</span></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="374" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/image_3_dolce_floral_sunnies.png" width="353"></p> <p>Dolce and Gabana Floral Cat-eye Sunglasses | <a href=""><span>Bloomingdales</span></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/image_4_jessica_simpson_anika.png" width="349"></p> <p>Jessica Simpson Anika Wedge | <a href=""><span>Macy's</span></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="253" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/image_5_ted_baker_wallet.png" width="298"></p> <p>Ted Baker London Wallet | <a href=""><span>Bloomingdales</span></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="682" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/image_6_stella_and_dot_scarf.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>Stella &amp; Dot Luxembourg Zebra-Floral Scarf | <a href=""><span>Stella &amp; Dot</span></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="524" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/image_7_kate_spade_iphone_6_case.png" width="391"></p> <p>Kate Spade Spring Bloom iPhone 6 Case | <a href=""><span>Nordstrom</span></a></p> <p><img alt="" height="237" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/image_8_superga_floral_sneaker.png" width="362"></p> <p>Superga Floral ‘Cotu’ Sneaker | <span><a href="">Nordstrom</a></span></p> <p><em>Abby Doll is a Regional Strategy Director for a major retailer and author of the popular fashion and lifestyle blog, All Dolled Up. Find more of her fashion and beauty inspiration by visiting <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>Film Review: How to Dance in Ohio, part of the TiltShift Festival2015-04-23T17:36:00+00:00Jaime Winston/blog/author/jaime/<p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/howtodanceinohio.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With so many docs focusing on doom and gloom, an inspirational film is refreshing. </span></span></span>Sundance favorite How to Dance in Ohio, directed by Alexandra Shiva, is that film. And it’s one every teen should see.</p> <p><span>The film focuses on teens and young adults who have high-functioning autism, learning to overcome social anxieties as they prep for a spring formal, sponsored by psychologist Emilio Amigo’s family counseling center in Columbus, Ohio. </span><span>Along with greetings and basic conversation skills, Amigo and his staff help the group through more complex topics: asking someone on a date, date etiquette, dancing and even the kiss.</span></p> <p><span>Dance lessons and role-playing aside, the film gives us a peek at the lives and personalities of group members. </span>Meredith loves researching facts about everything, from human biology to geography. Caroline dreams of traveling to Japan and is taking classes at the local community college. Jessica works at a bakery, where she struggles with coworker interactions, and she’s a lover of anime because “cartoons never judge you like people do.” </p> <p>The message about generalization is clear. As Amigo says “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”</p> <p><span>My favorite scene is with Jessica and Caroline trying on dresses for the spring formal. The film brings the audience into their lives throughout, putting their daily struggles on display, making this moment of joy—finding the perfect dress—a victory both on and off screen. </span><span>But the happy moments don't end there. The climax of the film isn’t the spring formal itself—its the coronation at the formal. Save your tissues for that crowning moment.</span></p> <p><span>Overall, it's a film about friendship, hard work and resilience. Go see it.</span></p> <p>How to Dance in Ohio is playing for FREE at the Salt Lake Library on Saturday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. After the film, take your teen for coffee or hot chocolate at <a href="">Salt Lake Roasting Co.</a> and discuss. The film is part of the inaugural <a href="">TiltShift Festival</a> for teens, brought to you by the Utah Film Center in partnership with Spy Hop and SHIFT. Find more info on the films <a href="/blog/2015/04/22/teens-get-tilted/">here.</a></p>Cast your vote for Park City&#39;s People&#39;s Choice2015-04-23T12:59:00+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/<p><img alt="" height="130" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/park_city_votes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><a href="/blog/category/pc-life/"><em>Park City Life</em></a> wants you to cast your vote for Park City's People's Choice—the Top 22 in town, including everything from best bar to best brunch. Voting began April 15, 2015 and will end May 15, 2015. Category winners will appear in the July/August Best of the Beehive issue of <em>Salt Lake</em> magazine.</p> <p>Click on this link to vote: <a href="/bestofparkcity/"></a>.</p> <p>Your completed ballot enters you in the drawing for two tickets to the 2015 Park City Life Best Of Awards. Winner will be contacted May 18, 2015.</p>African Dance, Drum and Song Conference hosted by Merveilles2015-04-23T12:44:00+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/<p><a href="">Wofa Afro Fusion Dance</a> is a new local company bringing more variety to the growing and vibrant Utah dance community. Their mission: sharing African dance, drum and song with the American public and educating people on the African influence on modern art.</p> <p><img alt="" height="732" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/afrodance1.jpg" width="490"><br><br></p> <p>The company will host a three-day conference, May 8–10, at the Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah campus. <span>The <a href="">event</a> will feature seven artists from Guinea, the Congo and Mali, who will share traditional African dance and drum rhythms through lively hands-on workshops.</span></p> <p><a href="">Guest artists</a>:</p> <ul> <li><span>Fara Tolno</span></li> <li><span>Marietou Camara</span></li> <li><span>Ismael Bangoura</span></li> <li><span>Soriba Fofana</span></li> <li><span>Djeneba Sako</span></li> <li><span>Mabiba Baegne</span></li> <li><span>Stacy Petersen</span></li> <li><span>Justin Bass</span></li> </ul> <p><span><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/afrodance2.jpg" width="490"><br></span></p> <p><span><img alt="" height="328" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/afrodance4.jpg" width="490"><br><br></span></p> <p><span>Artistic Director of Wofa Afro Fusion Dance company, Rosie Bancher-Adocock says “African dance and drum empowers you to find strength and freedom in yourself.” She hopes this company and the upcoming conference can create "a new legacy for the Afro dance and music scene in Utah."</span></p> <p>The conference will kick-off with a group yoga session and each day will end with fire side chats, where shared discussion can help enhance the cultural experience. The event will culminate with a Dounounba party—a celebration and performance for participants to demonstrate what they've learned throughout the conference weekend.</p> <p>For more info on the event and the Wofa Afro Fusion Dance company, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Merveilles</em></p>Giveaway: Enter to win a gift for Mom on her special day2015-04-23T12:08:00+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/<p>Moms do so much every day for the well-being of their children.</p> <p>This Mother's Day, we're letting Mom know how much she's appreciated with a giveaway from <a href="">Macy's</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/fragrances.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><br>One lucky winner will receive two <a href=";edge=hybrid&amp;cm_mmc=Google_Beauty_Branded-_-Polo+Ralph+Lauren+09_E_Polo+Ralph+Lauren+Fragrance-_-62211769095_Exact-_-Ralph+Lauren+fragrances_mkwid_s100000000000234421549%7Cdc_62211769095%7C-%7C100000000000234421549&amp;cm_guid=1-_-100000000000234421549-_-62211769095">Ralph Lauren</a> fragrances, Romance and Midnight Romance, as well as <a href=",default,pd.html">Lancôme</a> Bi-Facil double-action eye makeup remover to give Mom this holiday.</p> <p><strong>Giveaway:</strong> To enter, leave a comment below telling us why your mom deserves an extra something this year. Whether it be her sense of humor, her effective way of tough love or her undying patience amidst your flaws, we want to know what makes your mother special. The winner will be announced Thursday, April 30. Be sure to leave your email in the designated field or in the comment itself so we can contact you if you win.</p> <p><a href="">Macy's</a> has another way you can participate in Mother's Day love. Use the hashtag <strong>#MacysLovesMoms </strong>now through Sunday, May 10. Macy's wants you to share your best mom throw-back pictures and favorite mom memories on any social media site. For every post shared with #MacysLovesMoms, Macy's will donate $3 to mom-approved charities like <a href="">Reading is Fundamental</a>, <a href="">National Park Foundation</a>, <a href="">Make-A-Wish</a> and <a href="">American Heart Association</a>.</p>Five for the Road2015-04-23T11:07:00+00:00Jaime Winston/blog/author/jaime/<p class="p1">As you prep for the weekend, here are <a href="/blog/tag/five-for-the-road/">five things</a> to eat, see and do.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Giveaway:</strong> <a href="/bestofparkcity/">Park City Life’s Best of Life at Altitude</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="130" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/park_city_votes.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Vote for your favorite Park City businesses for a chance to win tickets to our awards ceremony.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>A&amp;E: </strong><a href="/blog/2015/04/22/rdt-launches-50th-anniversary-celebration-1/">RDT Launches 50th Anniversary Celebration</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="337" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/bachto.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p3">Repertory Dance Theatre celebrates its golden anniversary with Reunion.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>In the Hive</strong>: <a href="/blog/2015/04/21/clearlink-unveils-new-lounge-for-radios-chart-toppers/">Clearlink unveils new lounge for radio’s chart toppers</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/dsc07243.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Inside Clearlink’s intimate concert space</p> <p class="p2"><strong>On the Table:</strong> <a href="/blog/2015/04/23/flemings-iconic-filet-and-lobster-pairing-extended/">Fleming’s Filet and Lobster pairing extended</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="276" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/filetlobster-lp-large.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is extending its Filet and Lobster pairing menu through April 30.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>A&amp;E: </strong><a href="/blog/2015/04/22/teens-get-tilted/">Teen Film Festival</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/April%202015/spyhop.png" width="335"></p> <p class="p1">The first TiltShift Festival for teen media arts</p>Mary&#39;s Recipe: Classic Strawberry Shortcake2015-04-23T10:38:00+00:00Mary Brown Malouf/blog/author/mary/<p class="p1">Easy-to-make shortcake plays one of a plate’s best supporting roles.</p> <p><img alt="" height="471" src="/site_media/uploads/March2014/strawberryshortcake.jpg" width="491"></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Easy-as-Pie Strawberry Shortcake Recipe</strong></p> <p class="p2">2 cups flour<br><span>4 tsp. baking powder<br></span><span>3/4 tsp. salt<br></span><span>1 Tbsp. sugar<br></span><span>2 Tbsp. butter, cut in chunks<br></span><span>2 Tbsp. shortening, chilled<br></span><span>3/4 cup half and half</span></p> <p class="p4"><strong>Place</strong><strong> </strong>flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a food processor. Pulse a few seconds until mixed. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture looks like cornmeal. </p> <p class="p4"><strong>Dump</strong> it in a mixing bowl and stir in the cream until a ball forms. Pat dough out 1/2” thick and cut with large biscuit cutter, or drop by large spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet, and then pat into shape. </p> <p class="p4"><strong>Bake</strong> about 15 minutes or until golden brown. </p> <p><strong>Slice </strong><span>strawberries and sprinkle with sugar. Let sit several hours. Add a touch of balsamic vinegar to enrich the flavor of early-season berries, spoon between shortbread layers and then on top. Finish </span><span>with whipped cream. </span></p>