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Supernature! Photo + Video

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Feast your eyeballs these initial photos and video from Supernature! with Jason Kendig and gang at Switch. This party has been in the works since mid-June and we couldn't have been happier or been able to make it happen without the help and support of many. Thank you to everyone who poured blood, sweat, and tears into making Supernature! a reality, and to all who came. Jason Kendig, Orographic and Matthew Fit all brought serious damage to the dancefloor. Tag your photos with #supernatureslc and we hope to see you next time! Photos by David Arellano courtesy of DAAR Creative (full gallery)

World Renowned Muralists Adorn The Gateway

Art, Salt Lake CityJesse WalkerComment

Examples of what you might see at the Gateway from the muralists.

THE GATEWAY EMBRACES LOCAL ART SCENE WITH WALL MURALS AND MORE FROM INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED ARTISTS

The Gateway — Murals from 2Alas and Dourone connect Salt Lake City to Paris, Havana, and Madrid as The Gateway builds Utah’s largest outdoor art gallery.

It’s one of the biggest public art initiatives in Utah history. And as international art collectives 2Alas and Dourone put their finishing touches on their massive murals—one adorning the walls of the Clark Planetarium, and the other one looming above the Planetarium TRAX station on 400 West—The Gateway has begun building Utah’s largest outdoor art gallery and redefining its role in downtown Salt Lake City.

“We’re dedicating various areas of the property to mixed-medium art installations—digital, traditional, video, and vinyl,” says Bergendi Hatch, Creative Director at Vestar. “As we continue to move away from a traditional ‘mall’ concept and into a place where people can experience something new, we’re excited to bring in artists like 2Alas and Dourone to help redefine our space and our part of Salt Lake City.”

...“It’s amazing to see the color and texture these pieces add to our landscape,” says Hatch. “We’re honored to have these artists share our vision. It’s exciting to have people come and share in the experience, and embrace the flourishing art scene in Salt Lake City. A project of this scale isn’t something Salt Lake has really had before and I look forward to seeing how the conversation continues.”

These pieces are part of several art initiatives at The Gateway, which will be ongoing through Spring of 2018. With more large-scale installations from David Flores, Brendan Monroe, INSA, and Felipe Pantone, the curation will celebrate the history of the region, the exciting future ahead, and the connectivity of the downtown Salt Lake City community.

PechaKucha Night, Vol. 21

Salt Lake CityJesse WalkerComment

AIGA Salt Lake City and PechaKucha Night – SLC have joined forces with another inspiring night full of presenters. As one of the events for Salt Lake Design Week, we have a great group of presenters showcasing a range of disciplines within the design community. It’s sure to be another fantastic PechaKucha night! Come to meet, mingle, and party with people from all the design fields and beyond.

Speakers include:

“SPARKLEPARK” World’s First Family Dance Park® Premiers in Salt Lake City

Art, Fashion, Salt Lake CityJesse WalkerComment

From Sparklepark PR | Salt Lake City, UT — The world’s first interactive dance party sparkles with live performances by local youth artists and debuts in an all-new space at historic Trolley Square-- October 20th, 2017. SPARKLEPARK will have you up and moving in our massive digital dance arena with laser shows, circus aerialists, gourmet concessions and world-class live performances filled with dazzling sets and costumes.

The family-oriented environment of the SPARKLEPARK is a great place for children and teens to have fun with their families and make new friends. Each session is three hours in length and is filled with live shows, dancing, and fabulous photo ops.

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SPARKLEPARK Live Dance and Aerial Performances:

The best professional youth dance acts perform with innovative lighting effects and projections for a truly sensory experience. SPARKLEPARK’s live storyline includes a stirring troupe of jeweled acrobats, robots, breakdancers, unicorns, and magicians. Prepare to sing, dance, and cheer along as these young local artists bring the SPARKLEPARK to life! Check out the SPARKLEPARK Midway...

Fab-Lab Makeup-Effects RoomProfessional makeup artists give you and your sparkle crew the perfect SPARKLEPARK glow. These specially designed make-up effects compliment and react with the environment and look amazing in photos! Every look gives you a little piece of SPARKLEPARK to take home with you.

Selfie Scene Stealers: Special areas throughout the SPARKLEPARK are staged and lit for the ultimate social media post. These interactive photo areas will inspire you to leave your own unique creative mark on the park and beyond. Tell your SPARKLEPARK story!

Gourmet Carnival Treats: The SPARKLEPARK concessions features innovative treat sensations ranging from luxury shaved ice and illuminated cotton candy to freshly popped kettle corn and warm cookies that might just make you cry.

Friday, Oct. 20 SPARKLEPARK Premier is open to all attendees from 7 to 10 pm. Saturday, Oct. 21 SPARKLEPARK is for guests accompanying children from 7 to 10 pm.

Ticket price is $25.00 for all attendees and Includes admission to dance venue, live performances, and marketplace. Family pack discounts are available. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets at www.thesparklepark.com follow us @sparkleparkofficial.

Sparklepark is presented by Trolley Square
602 S. 700 E., Salt Lake City, UT, 84102

An Evening with Mark Hofeling, Production Designer

Art, Design & Architecture, Film & Television, Salt Lake CityJesse WalkerComment

The Salt Lake City Chapter of SEGD and the Utah Film Commission invite you to join us for an evening with Mark Hofeling, Production Designer, at the Tower Theater on Tuesday, October 17th!

Mark will share his experience working as a production and exhibit designer at the Salt Lake Film Society's historic Tower Theater at 9th and 9th. Learn about his process and the unique challenges he confronts in his work for movies, television, and museum exhibits. After the presentation, there will be time for Q&A followed by a reception with Mark in the theater lobby.

Where: Tower Theater, 876 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
When: Tuesday, October 17th
Doors open at 6:30, presentation at 7:00

Sponsored by the Utah Film Commission

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QTalks

Current Affairs, Salt Lake CityJesse WalkerComment

QTalks are 15-minute high-speed, high-impact talks on issues that matter to Utah’s LGBTQ community, on a range of topics.

Watch the Equality Utah QTalks Facebook live-streamed last night from the Salt Lake City Public Library including Jacob Tobia (34:30), a leading voice, and educator on genderqueer and non-binary topics. Listen to the poetry of Tanesha Nicole (40:00). Learn from Mark Hofeling (12:00), a production designer and art director of over 50 movies, as well as AIDS/HIV activist Barnabas Wobiliya (1:01:00), who shares his work and personal story.

NCM GUEST MIX 008: CHOICE

NCM Guest Mix Exclusives, MusicJesse WalkerComment

Anyone will tell you that Nicole "CHOICE" Jaatoul is a force of nature in the burgeoning Salt Lake City underground scene. One day she's dancing in front of every DJ booth in the city, the next, she's behind it, kicking ass like nobody's business. Choice knows her tunes and how to use them thanks in part to those years of watching and learning. She agreed to give NCM her best for installment no. 8 of our guest mix series and we couldn't be happier.

Lizzy Oakley Photography

Lizzy Oakley Photography

TRACKLIST:

1. What’s in Your Head (Ali Nasser) by Archie Hamilton
2. Space Hood by Liou
3. Lindos by Huerta
4. Push Cat (Jorge Savoretti) by Felipe Galleguillos, Andre Butano
5. 4 Floors by Liou
6. Avira Dollars by Markus Kenel
7. Rules of Love (Dj Qu All Ova The Floor Retouch) by Joel Alter, Eric D Clark
8. Hello Cielo (Simon Baker) by Death on The Balcony
9. Epsilon (Nice ’n Trick) by Luky
10. Pineapple by Fabrizio Pugliese
11. Galapagos by Leo Tou
12. Splashes (Cheise) by Mark Sanders
13. SN Model by Livio & Roby, Enzo Siragusa

I first came to know you as the amazing hi-energy dancer girl who was at all the best parties... Tell us how you first got into dance music?
I first got into dance music in the 90's. My favorites were songs like The Bomb by Kenny Dope, Everybody's Free by Deee-Lite, I like to Move It by Reel 2 Real, Short Dick Man by Gillette. Basically anything in MTV's The Grind from 1996-1997.

What bands or artists did you worship in your formative teenage years?
As a teenager, I was obsessed with Pink Floyd, Bjork, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, and Radiohead. I was all over the place. Still am. 

When was the ah-ha moment that made you want to learn to DJ?
At 17 I evolved into an underground hip-hop head as a street promoter, which led me to the underground culture of DJing. I was always intrigued by the DJ, but it wasn't until I met an all-vinyl DJ crew called the Funk Pirates when I was like "Oh, I can do that, and I want to, and I'm going to". Later I ended up working at Guitar Center and I made a friend who was a drum n bass DJ/producer. He taught me how to mix on a couple of old Diesel Boy records, which led me to slowly collecting records and eventually become a DJ.

Who and what does CHOICE mean to you? Where did that come from?
I never really had an alias as a DJ. In 2010 I was asked to play a gig at W-Lounge by Mama Beatz. At the time I needed a name for the flier and used my last name as a last minute thing, but shortly after decided to change it to Choice. I pulled the word from a quote in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. There's a scene where Ferris talks about driving Cameron's Dad's Ferrari and says "I love driving it, it is so choice. If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up". 

How would you describe your taste in records, your style of mixing? 
I enjoy collecting records that are vinyl only release, preferably minimal, deep house, and microhouse. I like to ride out the mix as long as possible without fucking it up, however cleaning up mix messes can be fun and I consider to be a huge part of the character of a mix. 

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not doing music?
Eat. Sleep. Music. Repeat.

Did you grow up in Utah? If not, how did you end up here?
I grew up in Detroit, MI, but I spent the majority of my adolescence traveling between Detroit and LA. Culturally, I've always been a little bit of mid-west and west coast. In my early 20's I lived in Mammoth Lakes, CA and worked as a lift operator. When the season ended a co-worker recommended I move to Salt Lake City—said I'd love the snow and the people and the music scene. A month later I moved here. 

What are the best things about living in Salt Lake City versus other places you’ve lived or visited?
The fact that the mountains are so close and accessible to the city, but what I value most here are the relationships I have with the people of our scene. SLC underground is a really open-minded, eclectic, bonded community.

You’ve attended and been performing at a few festivals these past few years, most recently in Detroit during Movement (...repping NCM among others… thank you!). Tell us about the party you did there and how you got involved?
Thank YOU! Last year I was invited to Detroit to play the Girls Gone Vinyl 10 year anniversary at Mix Bricktown. This year I was asked to return and invited Artemis to join for a little b2b. Thanks to the ladies at Auxetic I was introduced to a lot of people and exposed to sounds that were new to me. 

Do you have a favorite club, dance floor or festival memory from over the years?
Most recent was dancing to John Tejada at TV Lounge in Detroit. Locally my favorite floor memories are at The Fallout (now Switch). One of my older festival memories is when Club 75 (Busy P, Justice, Cassius, and DJ Mehdi) played in the Sahara tent at Coachella 2010. That shit was unforgettable, Rest In Peace DJ Mehdi!

What goals do you have for your future, musically or otherwise?
I have two goals for that I want to be accomplished by 2019. My first goal is to produce a 2 track EP. My second goal is to travel and play NYC, LA, Barcelona, and Berlin.

How would you describe the mix you made for NCM? The process?
Oh boy...well at first I wanted to put out a really fun house and disco mix, but after a massively inspiring month in LA, I decided I wanted to take my sound in a different direction. I was really inspired by the sexy, minimal vibes of the music I heard there and wanted to make a mix that people could really feel.