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NOW-ID's 'EXODUS' makes waves in Utah, landing in Denmark for Copenhagen Opera Festival

Art, Design & Architecture, Salt Lake City, MusicJesse WalkerComment

Guest contributor Amie Tullius is a fiction writer, freelance art writer, and essayist who's work has been featured in GOOD Magazine, VIA, Torrey House Press, 15 Bytes, and Catalyst Magazine. Amie, a gem of a human and member of the infamous NOW-ID dance/design gang previews the world premier of EXODUS showing July 26-29 in Salt Lake.

In a seemingly unremarkable storefront on State Street in late July, 15 local and international performers — dancers, musicians, and two opera singers — will guide a small audience through an alley to a retail storefront for NOW-ID’s summer production: EXODUS.

EXODUS is the Utah-based international dance/design company’s most current amalgamation of genre and geography, and will be performed for just four nights in Salt Lake before touring overseas to Denmark, where it will be headlining at the Copenhagen Opera Festival. EXODUS will focus on the human necessity to move. For the Salt Lake production, the space becomes a sort of character in itself, with audience remaining slightly disoriented as they physically move through the the environment, interacting with the performers and bumping up against the cultural and language barriers of a score featuring references to Danish folk songs that are only partially translated into English.  

While the storefront location may seem banal, the performers themselves are anything but. NOW-ID’s mission is to present forward thinking, innovative and encompassing work for both artists and audience, work that grows from specific sites and in collaboration with local, national, and international partners from a range of creative fields. EXODUS makes good on that promise, with opera singers and musicians who regularly create amazing work on the international stage. Participating artists include award-winning theater director, Rolf Heim, Danish mezzo-soprano Nana Bugge Rasmussen, Bass-Baritone Jakob Bloch Jespersen, as well as Ballet West principal ballerina, Katherine Lawrence, among others. The production features an original contemporary score, script, poetry, all within an unorthodox and activated setting.

EXODUS will explore the implications mass movement, a coming together both in spite of, and because of diversity – regarding what we may learn in collective experience, about collective identity. The production will also celebrate the unique historical and cultural connections between Denmark and Utah (apart from California, Utah received the largest number of immigrants from Denmark, with many making the journey in the mid 1800s for economic and religious freedoms).


Join NOW-ID for a private dinner and party with the artists on the last night of EXODUS, July 29th at Arte Haus Collectif from 8:45–11 PM (Location: 352 E. 900 S., SLC, UT). Tickets may be purchased in conjunction with any performance or a la carte.

EXODUS is coming July 26, 27, 28 & 29th
Location: 629 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, 84111

Menu curated by Gary Vlasic with da'Foco Food Truck.
Drinks provided by Dented Brick Distillery.

Smiths The Queen Is Dead Turns 30

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The Smiths' classic, often called the 'greatest indie album of all time' was released on the 16th June 1986, and was immediately declared a masterpiece, so don your NHS specs, break into the palace with a sponge and a rusty hammer and let your hearing aid start to melt as we celebrate 30 years of mopey greatness. (Twitter)


Albedo / NIgredo

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Artists Gary Vlasic and Colour Maisch combine their creative artistry in the exhibition Albedo ǀ Nigredo opening at the Finch Lane Gallery on Friday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m., with an opening reception held that evening until 9:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Albedo ǀ Nigredo (Whitening ǀ Darkening) is an art installation that plays with the transformation of found objects—old, discarded, broken, charred and forgotten artifacts, and the memories they hold. Vlasic and Maisch are expressing their personal ideas about these objects and processes through the exploration of blackness and the lightness that can be found in the primal matter. They are keenly aware of the thin line between beauty and repulsion, light and dark and the fact that these elements are often one and the same.

The installation utilizes large scale sculptures (or shrines) that are set within a sound score of the daily hum and vibrations of the modern world. Materials used within the installation range from brass plated metals, steel, wood, rubber, stacked foam layers, and neon lighting.

Gary Vlasic is a fine artist and experiential designer who, for more than 20 years, has merged fine art, performance art, and design. He is the founder of the V. Project. Colour Maisch is a visual artist whose work is also on view in The Painted Veil exhibition at the Rio Gallery. She was also been the artist in residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

Opening Reception, Friday, June 17, 6-9 p.m.
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, June 17 and July 15 6-9 p.m.

54 Finch Lane
(1340 East 100 South)
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Feel The Heat

Salt Lake City, MusicJesse WalkerComment

I had a lovely time playing at Utah Pride again this year. Even during the hottest part of the day, people were generous with their support and we got the party started properly. Thanks to my special dancers and to all of you for coming out (literally), every one of you! 

The live recording is up at Follow us while you're at it. XO

Dinner is Served

Salt Lake City, Food & DrinkJesse WalkerComment

Make your day-to-day easier with healthy, prepared meals (for two or more) from Urban Pioneer Foods located in Salt Lake City. Much better than the usual overpriced fare at the supermarket. 

Description: "Our handcrafted, made from scratch meals are available to you through Catering, Personal Chef Service or Retail store and our focus is always on preparing delicious, fresh and whole foods consciously and as often as possible in conjunction with our community. By cultivating relationships with local farmers, fellow food purveyors and our customers we aim to provide farm to table meals that can be savored in our urban lives. We strive to stay connected to our Utah roots through the art of food preservation, giving us the ability to cook with local fruits and vegetables year round."

389 W 1700 S
Wed & Thursday (currently)
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Art Meets Fashion

Jesse WalkerComment

An extravagant evening of runway fashion amidst a luxurious backdrop happens this Saturday, May 21st at the historic McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City.

Runway Collections from Colombian Designer David Alfonso for ERIKO, Global designer collections from FARASHA and a AMF Local Designer Showcase.

Fashion Displays from Designers Nattalie Wynn, Dianne De Vil, Fillippo Rippa, Bullets and Bees.

With event and floral design by In The Event, Orchid Dynasty, Soil & Stem, desserts from Passion Flour, flower inspired cocktails from Ogdens Own and Red Rock Brewery. Plus live performances from 11 Hauz, Nora Abu-Dan and DJ Mike V.

WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (MDT) - Add to Calendar
WHERE: McCune Mansion - 200 Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 - View Map


Harvey Milk Blvd. Dedication feat. Tyler Glenn

Current Affairs, Music, Salt Lake CityJesse WalkerComment

From Equality Utah:

“It's not my victory, it's yours and yours and yours.” – Harvey Milk

When Harvey won his historic election in 1977 he knew the implications. If a minority could be elected to public office it meant that the system can work for anyone. It would give hope to thousands of LGBTQ youth facing an uncertain future. Harvey would be thrilled to see the achievements of the LGBTQ community in just 40 years and he would be shocked to see what we are doing in Utah.

This Saturday May 14th we are thrilled to be celebrating Harvey’s contribution to our movement with the honorary renaming of 900 S to “Harvey Milk Blvd.”  You are cordially invited to take part in our Harvey Milk Celebration and block party from 11am – 3pm this Saturday May 14th. Equality Utah, the Salt Lake City Council, and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office will officiate the dedication ceremony around 11:30 am, followed by a musical performance from Tyler Glenn.

oin us on 9th and 9th with deejays, street vendors, food trucks, performance artists and more!

The Salt Lake Film Society and Equality Utah will be hosting three screenings of the Academy Award winning film Milk this Friday May 13th at 11pm, Saturday May 14th 11pm and Sunday May 15th at noon. If you haven’t had a chance to see this film, or you have a friend who has not, please treat yourself to seeing Milk again on the big screen.

The work is not yet done. Although we celebrate Harvey’s legacy this Saturday, we must also be mindful that there is a vicious backlash rippling across the country. We hope that seeing Harvey’s name on a prominent Salt Lake City street will send a message of hope and resolve to our entire community. We are here for the long haul. We will never return to the closet. We are here, like Harvey, to change the world for the better.

Your Friend,

Troy Williams
Executive Director