Salt Lake Magazine HomeContestDan Nailen's Lounge ActDealsGetawayGlen Warchol's CrawlerIn The HiveIn The MagazineKid FriendlyMary's RecipeOn the TableOutdoorsPC LifeShop TalkUncategorizedSat, 22 Nov 2014 16:01:41 +0000Mestizo&#39;s Open Mic<p>Every Wednesday night, a motley array of artists get together in the cozy back room of <a href="">Mestizo’s Coffeehouse</a> to do everything from jamming, to reading spoken word poetry, to magic tricks.</p> <p>And of the musicians, some go on to record their debut albums.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/dsc04909.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>On the night of Nov. 19, the walls were lined with scenic photography of the Midwest. (The space doubles as an art gallery and sometimes holds community events.) Host Kurt Cochran was busy snapping pictures of the performers in between helping them set up their gear—a nice break between mixing and producing the music of local artists at <a href="">Onion Street Studio</a>.</p> <p>“It’s about helping artists take that next step,” says Cochran, a musician himself. “Running [the open mic] gives me the opportunity to meet artists who could possibly come to the studio and record.”</p> <p>Case in point: two guys from acoustic jam band <a href="">Spycoad</a> were there, a Didgeridoo in tow. Their first album was recorded at Onion Street and released a week ago. It was quite the treat to see their innovative meshing of the new and the old, and even more refreshing to hear how the Aboriginal instrument’s traditional sound was turned on its head, adding a dark and pulsating backdrop to the band’s folk sound.</p> <p><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/spycoad5.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Spycoad</em></p> <p>Lead singer and guitarist Michael Porfilio lists the Grateful Dead and Phish as among their biggest influences. “We’re ‘in-the-moment’ musicians; we don’t prepare ahead of time,” he says, adding that as such, the emotion with which they play at any given occasion lends itself to the raw authenticity of each set.</p> <p>“We’ve been playing at Mestizo’s for four to five years. For us, this is home. This venue is very open-minded about what you can do—it’s mostly music and poetry, but I’ve seen people do comedy and even magic tricks.” Also on their catalog of unexpected instruments are rainsticks, the Djembe, and Tibetan Singing Bowls. He and percussionist/backup singer Jason Lee Coles soloed and teamed up to give spectators a veritable fusion of music and cultures.</p> <p>Hector Ahumada, a regular, read his signature poetry on nature, the effects of social media on today’s youth, and exercising compassion with one another. In a professor form, he referred to a manila folder of notes to discuss the three forms of karma as told to him by a yogi. A particularly funny line: “What a primitive thing; to go out to eat! Why not go out to write poetry?”</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/hector2-2.jpg" width="460"><br><em>Hector Ahumada</em></p> <p>The stageless and relatively sparse room is an unconventional place for an open mic. Summed up, there are futons, comfy couches, and coffee tables (People bring their own instruments). But sit in, and you might be surprised at how these elements create pristine acoustics and accentuate meaning in each performance. Traditional open mic curators: take note; aspiring musicians: drop by.</p>Salt Lake magazineSat, 22 Nov 2014 16:01:41 +0000 The HiveGetaway: Hidden Garden in the Heart of SLC<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/gilgal1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As the hectic holiday season approaches, we all look for some peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of crowds, shopping, and traffic. The perfect spot for contemplation and serenity combined, spiced with curiosity and speculation is <a href="">Gilgal Garden,</a> a hidden gem, moments from busy 400 South and the TRAX line. </p> <p>On a recent crisp afternoon I headed there for a break in routine and spent a happy hour perusing and pondering the eclectic concentration of unusual, odd, puzzling and pleasing statues. An ideal break from the ordinary, add this to your holiday list of things you want to do, not have to do.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/gilgal2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Thomas Child, the creator of this fantasy, literally wanted to put into stone his religious beliefs. He went to great lengths to share his ideas saying, “If you want to be brought down to earth in your thinking and studying, try to make your thoughts express themselves with your hands.”</p> <p>Work on the garden began in 1945 when Child was 57. The garden reflects not only his successful career as a masonry contractor but his fervid religious beliefs. He served his community and his church as an LDS bishop of the Tenth Ward. Using his religious conviction and an oxyacetylene torch, he created an oasis with 12 original sculptural arrangements and more than 70 paving and retaining stones engraved with poems, biblical verses and philosophical musings.</p> <p> <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/gilgal3.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>As you gaze around, each glance invites further inspection and reflection. A Sphinx with the head of Joseph Smith, three stone eagles from a defunct railway station, a lofty reincarnation of Moroni and a self-portrait in brick all combine to create a peaceful, pocket park.</p> <p>Adopted in 2001 by the <a href="">Master Gardener Association</a> as a community project, this unique and quirky treasure is open free of charge, 7 days a week. Located at 749 E. 500 South, this is a gem you might miss if you blink. </p> <p><img alt="" height="653" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/gilgal4.jpg" width="490"></p>Salt Lake magazineSat, 22 Nov 2014 15:38:17 +0000 The HiveWasatch Brew Pub offers up fantastic game-day specials<p>Nothing pairs with NFL game-day like wings, burgers and beers, and <a href="">Wasatch Brew Pub</a> does them right. We're smack in the midle of football season, the perfect time to rally with your friends while you watch your team score on the big screen.</p> <p><img alt="" height="269" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/wasatch-brewers-beers-575x344.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>WBP caters to all you football fans with its Sunday Fundays, Mini Guy Mondays and Throw-back Thursdays.</p> <p>Sundays feature the $5 Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar and the $5 Build Your Own Nacho and Taco Bar. On Mondays, sink your teeth into $5 burger and pork sliders with chips, and grab 10 finger-lickin' Wasatch wings on Thursdays for, you guessed it, $5. Plus, wear your team's jersey and enter to win some awesome swag at halftime.</p> <p><img alt="" height="194" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/wings.jpg" width="260">     </p> <p><a href="">Wasatch Brew Pub</a> is located at 250 Main, Park City</p>Salt Lake magazineSat, 22 Nov 2014 15:15:14 +0000 the TableFall Feasting at Log Haven<p>Fall will soon come to an end, and dining at <a href="" target="_blank">Log Haven</a> during the holidays is not something you’ll want to miss. Enjoy a meal on their new fall menu like Tuna Tartare as you gaze out from this romantic log mansion.</p> <p><img alt="" height="325" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/loghaven1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Founder Margo Provost, Chef Dave Jones, General Manager Ian Campbell, and Banquet Manager Faith Scheffler have been working together for 20 years to provide guests with award-winning cuisine. </p> <p class="p1">Other dishes on the fall menu include Cider Brined Duroc Pork Chop and the featured entree, Shiro Miso Koosharem Trout served in Japanese mushroom consommé with crisp carrots and seaweed butter. </p>Salt Lake magazineSat, 22 Nov 2014 15:05:28 +0000 the TableThe SLC Winter Blockparty Recap<p>On Nov. 15, I attended the SLC Winter Block Party and Movie Night hosted by <a href="">Publik Coffee Roasters</a>, an exciting event that offered a sneak peek into what's new in the snowboarding industry.</p> <p><em>The Little Things</em>—a snowboard and environmental activism documentary—had its Utah premier at the event and was received enthusiastically by the audience. It's also receiving critical acclaim and is up for a <a href="">Coldsmoke</a> People's Choice Award.</p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/crowd.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>An enthsiastic audience waits to screen<a href=""> The Litttle Things.</a></em></p> <p>Another highlight of the evening was the public launch of <a href="">Palace Snowboards</a>, a local women's snowboard company co-founded by Stephanie Nitsch, who explained that although there are many options for snowboards, very few companies build boards exclusively for women. "The number is close to zero. I can think of two," she says. "Sure, most snowboard companies do have a women’s line, but the technologies are often flimsy and suffer from the 'shrink it and pink it' philosophy. For women who rip big lines or charge hard, many women's boards can’t handle aggressive terrain. On the flip side, men’s boards can be too stiff or too wide to maneuver. Palace boards are really designed for the all-mountain or backcountry lady who falls somewhere in the middle—which is a lot of us. There’s a good balance of feminine and masculine aesthetics that I think speaks to many women riders." </p> <p>Palace will be running small for their premier season, which Nitsch says is great because it gives the company "the chance to really interact with women on a more personal level." All of Palace's boards and split-boards are made by hand in SLC. "Not many women can say that they ride a snowboard built by another woman," Nitsch says. </p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/palaceboard).jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>A Palace snowboard and split-board</em></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/closeupboard.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Detail of a Palace board</em></p> <p>In addition to the two exciting premiers, guests had the opportunity to mingle with other snow sport enthusiasts and check out gear and goods from other companies; <a href="">Blue Bear Outside</a> was in attendance with their cozy performance outdoor apparel, and <a href="">Prival USA</a> was displaying their life-saving avalanche tools.</p> <p>Ash from <a href="">Chimera Snowboards</a>—the first dedicated, split-board specific company—was kind enough to explain the company's designs to me, a split-board neophyte. “Split-boards are hands down the best way to climb the backcountry,” he says. “They're light-weight and we design them specifically for backcountry terrain.”</p> <p><img alt="" height="467" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/chimera.jpg" width="700"><em>A Chimera split-board</em></p> <p>A split-board is essentially a snowboard that can be split in half vertically for climbing backcountry routes, then reattached for an awesome ride down. But before you saw your snowboard in half, remember that split-boards involve specialty design, and a DIY job on your board irreversibly compromises its strength and performance. If split-boarding's in your future or you're already an enthusiast, check out Chimera's website <a href="">here.</a></p>Salt Lake magazineSat, 22 Nov 2014 14:37:46 +0000 The HiveOutdoorsFive for the Road<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>On the Table:</strong> <a href="/blog/2014/11/21/born-in-november-get-a-free-dessert-at-zest-kitchen-bar/">Born in November? Get a free dessert at Zest Kitchen &amp; Bar</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/zestbirthday.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">And happy birthday from us at the mag!</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Outdoors:</strong> <a href="/blog/2014/11/21/winters-grand-opening/">Winter’s Grand Opening</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/michaeli-snowshot.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p3">Snow is falling and the lifts are finally running again at Utah’s biggest resorts.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>A&amp;E</strong>: <a href="/blog/2014/11/21/art-a-utah-enlightenment/">A Utah Enlightenment</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/skyler_chubak_chalk_art.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p2">A look at some of the artists leading Utah’s cultural transformation</p> <p class="p1"><strong>On the Table:</strong> <a href="/blog/2014/11/17/enjoy-a-delicious-stress-free-thanksgiving-dinner/">Enjoy a delicious stress-free Thanksgiving dinner</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="339" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/bigturkey.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Get out of the kitchen this Thanksgiving, and let the pros treat you to a gourmet holiday meal.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Giveaway: </strong><a href="/blog/2014/11/04/ladies-and-gentlemen-movember/">Free haircut for Movember</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/movember2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p4">For the entire month of November, you can show us your mustache on <a href="">Instagram</a> for a chance to win a free haircut at Salon MC.</p>Jaime WinstonFri, 21 Nov 2014 17:56:13 +0000 The HiveBorn in November? Get a free dessert at Zest Kitchen &amp; Bar<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/zestbirthday.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Zest Kitchen &amp; Bar</em></p> <p>If you were born in November, like I was, our birthday month just got a little better.</p> <p><a href="">Zest Kitchen &amp; Bar</a> wants to buy us a piece of birthday cake. Just show them the above image (and your ID for proof), and you'll be the proud owner of a free slice of salted caramel chocolate hazelnut torte. Or chocolate beet cake with avocado mousse. Or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting...</p> <p>Go for the cake, but stay for Zest's unique <a href="">menu</a> offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items, plus inventive cocktails and a cool space that doesn't close at 9 p.m. for once. You must be at least 21 to get in.</p> <p>Also coming up in November is Thanksgiving, and Zest wants to help out with that meal, too. Check out their <a href="">holiday menu</a> for a list of healthy sides you can purchase for your Turkey Day spread and pass off as your own proficient cooking.</p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:45:02 +0000 The HiveWinter&#39;s Grand Opening<p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/michaeli-snowshot.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Image by MichaEli via <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr</a> </em></p> <p>Last spring you convinced yourself you were excited for warmer weather. For morning bike rides, weekend hikes and midweek climbs. It was the most nefarious of lies because it was partly true. You could feel winter waning, so you traded slush and rock gouges for dirt and sunshine. It was a decent trade and you came out ahead, but your heart always longed for winter’s cool embrace. That’s why you attended countless ski and snowboard movie premiers, why you listlessly circuited ski swaps for no apparent reason, and why you bought a $1,000 season pass that formerly cost you $99.</p> <p>It’s also why today is more exciting than Christmas—you’ll wash away the lie of summer with every turn this weekend. Because this weekend nearly every major resort within a stones throw of Salt Lake will finally open. That means it’s time to dust off your rock planks and shred the muddy buddy mix.</p> <p>The snow won’t be great (<em>SPOILER:</em> it’ll be bad), but your legs couldn’t cope if it was. Just appreciate the fact that you’re back on the slopes as you wobble down manmade trails pockmarked with brush and stone. You’ll grow alongside the snow totals, and soon you’ll bathe in powder up to your chest.</p> <p><span style="">When that time comes, look back fondly on today, the day our hearts told us the 2015 ski season would be the best ever.</span></p> <p>Let’s hope we’re right.</p> <p>For resort information visit <a href=""></a></p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:23:44 +0000 The HiveOutdoorsUtah Arts Festival and Art Access&#39; Holiday Art Show<p>'Tis the season for holiday shopping! And we can't think of a better way to start than the <a href="">Utah Arts Festival Gallery</a> and<a href=""> Art Access</a>' 2014 Holiday Show. Over 70 artists and artisans will be in attendance, so there is sure to be something for everyone.</p> <p>As part of the monthly <a href="">Salt Lake Gallery Stroll</a>, artists will hold receptions at both galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 21 and Dec. 6. The Holiday Show will be held at Artspace City Center located at 230 S. 500 West, SLC.</p> <p>Utah Arts Festival Gallery will set up in suite 120 of Artspace City Center and feature unique gift ideas ranging from handcrafted jewelry to books, clothing and handbags. Hours for the Arts Festival's portion of the Holiday show are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special hours coinciding with the Downtown Winter Market on Nov. 22 and Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p><img alt="" height="183" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/holidaytoys.jpg" width="275"></p> <p>Art Access, in suite 125, will feature 40 local artists with a variety of offerings including paintings, mixed media pieces, photography, holiday ornaments and more. Art Access hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. They'll have special holiday hours on Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p>The Holiday Show will close Dec. 16.</p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:07:32 +0000 The HiveArt: A Utah Enlightenment<p><span>An exciting surge of art and creative expression has begun in Utah, reflecting a state in cultural transformation. The state's artists are also commenting on the power and fragility of our land and the surge of technology.</span></p> <p>Utah's best creative minds are demonstrating how art can stimulate social and cultural awareness and even change. It is the formative phase of a Utah Enlightenment and is garnering attention nationwide.</p> <p>The pace of activity is accelerating. In literature, Braden Hepner’s widely acclaimed debut novel, <em><a href="">Pale Harvest</a></em> (Torrey House Press) is set in the heart of Utah where a family dairy farm’s future is as vulnerable as ever. He renders poetically the main character’s austere realism about the prospects of continuing as a farmer and the sincere roots of his Mormon faith.</p> <p>Meanwhile, a group based in Utah and Oregon are about to publish in book form the complete issues of a zine created by the late Blake Donner. <a href="">The Fifth Goal</a> documented freight-train graffiti—the chalk drawings and texts created by hobos and train-hoppers in Utah.</p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/blake_donner,_'the_fifth_goal,__(1980-2005).jpg" width="447"><br><em>Blake Donner</em></p> <p>This fall, the SLC-based Otis Nebula Press released <a href="">Make Me</a>, a book-length anthology of poems by Vassar College professor Jean Kane, selected as the winner of the publisher’s inaugural poetry prize. <a href="">Plan-B Theatre’s</a> The Lab acts as an R&amp;D incubator of sorts for new plays by Utah playwrights (six women and four men). Six of the company’s seven new plays this season were part of The Lab.</p> <p>For several Utah filmmakers, acceptance has become a dominant theme. More than 1.4 million views have been tallied for Torben Bernhard’s award-winning <a href="">‘Transmormon,’</a> a story about unconditional, affirmative love in the family and spiritual acceptance within the Mormon faith for a Utah woman just days before she leaves for her sexual reassignment surgery. Two new <a href="">PitchNic short films</a> by Spy Hop Production’s students dealt with acceptance in different ways. The short documentary ‘Return with Honor’ focuses on the stigma surrounding young Mormon missionaries who return early because of mental health issues including social and personal anxiety. The second is ‘Cream Puff,’ a consistently funny life-affirming story about a gay high school senior who, for the second time in his life, confronts the coming out process but this time at his new school in Utah.</p> <p>Likewise, many independent Utah musicians see value in every type of musical approach, idiom, technique and genre. <a href="">Troy Lennerd,</a> an independent composer who also is a classical and jazz guitarist, instructor and music engraver, most recently was commissioned to write new works for string quartet and a solo instrument of his choice, courtesy of a private patron from the East Coast who has chosen to remain anonymous.</p> <p>Essentially a laptop orchestra with an occasional acoustic instrument, the <a href="">Salt Lake Electric Ensemble</a> will collaborate with the <a href="">Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company</a> in a new dance work for the spring. This will include the group’s performance of Terry Riley’s pioneering minimalist work ‘In C,’ considered by critics as not only the most definitive interpretation since the work’s premiere in 1964 but also among the most imaginative explorations of the musical potential of experimental ambient, rock, and electronic music.</p> <p>Visual artists demonstrate vivid, independent identities in their work. <a href="">Sergiusz Wiaderny,</a> inspired by Utah natural wonders such as rock formations and trickling emerald water pools in Zion National Park, creates the most unusual abstract art. He applies specifically calibrated amounts of color paint on flat, wet surfaces and then relies on natural physical properties to work their magic, moving the paints around for a few seconds, all while snapping hundreds of images to capture the ideal exposure time.</p> <p><a href="">Skyler Chubak,</a> who has studied with some of the world’s best known calligraphy artists, also has created memorable calligraphy pieces—even as they are intended to be temporary works—with white chalk.</p> <p><img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/skyler_chubak_chalk_art.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Artwork by <a href="">Skyler Chubak</a></em></p> <p>Meanwhile self-taught pop-culture artist <a href="">Robin Banks</a> tempers the whimsical aspects of his camp, kitsch, comics art with well-articulated messages and themes challenging the prevailing perceptions about so-called traditional gender roles, contemporary issues about identity and privacy, and Utah’s sociocultural influences deriving from Mormonism.</p> <p>Art can transform people even when they do not have to march on the streets or organize a political rally. One lesson from the budding Utah Enlightenment is that artists are giving their audiences new experiences to appreciate the state’s beauty and the pioneer’s spirit.</p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 21 Nov 2014 09:23:13 +0000 The Hive