Since 1998, Future Forward Music, Design & Culture in Salt Lake City by Mr. Jesse Walker

Anonymous Places of the 20st Century

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"The New World" revisits anonymous places of the 20th century. The interrelation of rational graphic design and anonymous photorealism reflects the contrast of manmade ideals and the acceptance of life in chaos. "The New World" is shaped by an original set of rules, metrics and processes. This enables the revelation of eclectic utopias that, for better or worse, withhold the definition of a photograph. Visit: Geebird & Bamby. Prints and mounting also available at


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Choreography by Charlotte Boye-Christensen / Dancers: Jo Blake, Yumelia Garcia, Jenn Freeman / Actors: Alexandra Harbold, Robert Scott Smith / Music by Jesper Egelund / Text by Troy Deutsch NOW-ID.COM

NOW-ID has been working with local editor Chris Howard to finish a short film of "FEAST", set to Jesper Egelund's music. Even though it obviously can't beat seeing the work "Live" - it still gives a glimpse into the world that was created out at the Great Saltair last May. See the film here.

We are taking "FEAST" to Kansas in November to the Kansas Dance Festival, where we are collaborating with the dance and music departments at the University of Wichita to build even further on the original piece.

Saturday July 26, Jay Brannan, Kelli Moyle, Jesse Walker @ Urban Lounge

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I'll be commandeering a dance party following the Jay Brannan show this Sat., July 26th at Urban Lounge. More at >>> Tickets here!

Texas-born singer, songwriter, and actor Jay Brannan's angelic voice and folky, acoustic approach may make him appear like a garden-variety contemporary singer/songwriter, but his musical sensibility brings him closer to hard-to-fit-in-a-box female artists like Ani DeFrancoLisa LoebSinéad O'Connor, and Liz Phair, and he sounds like nothing so much as a male version of Joni Mitchell at times. Brannan appeared as Seth in John Cameron Mitchell's 2006 film Shortbus, and his song "Soda Shop" was featured prominently in the film's soundtrack. Brannan released a limited-edition four-song EP called disasterpiece (it has also been listed as Unmastered) featuring "Soda Shop" that same year, amending it with two additional songs for a second 2008 edition of disasterpiece in 2008. Later that year he finally released a full-length effort, Goddamned. In 2012, Brannan returned with Rob Me Blind, featuring the single "Greatest Hits." – Artist Biography by Steve Leggett (All Music)


Ida walks through the valley of monuments

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Stumbled upon this game called Monument Valley in the iTunes store yesterday and was instantly hooked. So beautifully rendered, puzzling and relaxing (especially on an iPad) that it's hard to put down. There are 10 levels and more rumored to be in development. Visit

Wikipedia – In Monument Valley, the player leads the player-character princess Ida through mazes of impossible objects as she journeys to be forgiven for something. The game is presented in isometric view and features puzzles based on optical illusion  resulting from the game's isometric perspective. The player interacts with the environment to find hidden passages as Ida progresses to the map's exit. Each  level has a different central mechanic. Interactions include moving platforms and pillar animals, and creating bridges. Crows, stationary or wandering on the paths, can block Ida's path, requiring the player to find a means to detour around them. The player is indirectly cued through the game by design elements like color. Critics compared the game's visual style to a vibrant M. C. Escher drawing and Echochrome.


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2013 Clif Bar Psicobloc Masters Series Competition (Photo: Beau Kahler)

2013 Clif Bar Psicobloc Masters Series Competition (Photo: Beau Kahler)

Psicobloc (Spanish for “crazy bouldering,” or what is commonly referred to as “deep-water soloing”) is a form of solo climbing over a (deep) body of water and is undoubtedly one of the most unique and purest forms of climbing. Elite climbers like Chris Sharma make regular pilgrimages to exotic locales like Mallorca to push the envelope of technical climbing and experience the special challenge afforded by Psicobloc. 

Now in it's second year the 
Psicobloc Masters Series is split across three days from August 6 – 8, 2014 with Finals rounds being held on August 7th and 8th respectively at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, UT. Last year’s competition drew an estimated crowd of over 5,000 spectators to the event, and over 50,000 viewers watching the live stream and the event re-broadcast. This year’s competition will again feature a men’s and women’s division, and will be in the style of a “duel”, where competitors race head-to-head on identical routes, with the highest or first to the top advancing to the next round. The competition wall, designed by Walltopia, reaches over 50 feet above the pool and overhangs roughly 25 feet. The climbers use no ropes or harnesses, creating a thrilling plunge into the water below if they fall.

Guest DJ's JESSE WALKER & SHAOMA will be providing sonic disruption on the final night of August 8th from 6-12pm.

Tickets are on sale now at:

$25 Bronze Level Seats
$50 Silver Level Seats
$100 Gold Level Seats

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C. G. Sparks, a sensory-rich shopping experience in Salt Lake City’s Warehouse District

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My tangential connection to C.G. Sparks goes back to it's infancy as a catering/production company started by Chrisanne Olsen and Gary Vlasic, who lent their initials "C.G." to the name. Through their travels abroad, specifically to India, the company divined it's true calling sourcing antiques, objets d'art and beautiful custom-made reclaimed furniture.

Now, more than a decade later, C.G. Sparks is still rocking the imported goodness here in Salt Lake and humming exquisitely under the direction of owner Michael Hennessey and his team of "design-obsessed" individuals, including business manager Brandalynn Davis and art director Frederick Vaughn Robison (to mention a few of my friends). Together, they provide an embarrassment of talent which is poured seasonally into their 13,000 square-foot showroom and equally impressive online presence, turning C.G. Sparks into less of a furniture store and more a full-on sensory, travel experience.

C.G. Sparks
454 SOUTH 500 WEST 
tel. 801.519.6900 
M-F 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. 
SAT 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

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Salt Lake One Of 'America's 5 New Foodie Cities' – Wine Enthusiast

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Wine Enthusiast –

You can find uni butter in any backwoods burg these days. However, some unexpected cities are becoming gastro destinations, seizing upon local products and traditions. And where great food lives, great wine service follows, even though these restaurants haven’t made our 100 Best list this year. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as culinary capital? Read on. —Nils Bernstein and Alexis Korman

Rare soul, jazz, rock, funk + hop to get your party swinging

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After falling in love with the vinyl DJ's playing the patio every night at the boutique Hotel San Jose in Austin Texas a few years back I compiled my own playlist of rare soul, jazz, rock, funk and hop based on that vibe. Might be a fun way to get your party swinging this 4th of July weekend.

Find me on Spotify by searching: 

Might check out my 'Starred' selections as well as 'ARTY PARTY' and 'FUTURETRONICS' playlists while you're there. That's where I've been saving the most tracks these days.

Even Stevens, A Sandwich Shop With A Cause

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Even Stevens is the new sandwich shop with a cause, opened by Utahn Steve Down, with an A-Team of community minded people including Karen Olson, Jamie Coates, Jason Dreelin, Trevor Down, and Sara Day. For every sandwich they sell, they donate one (or equivalent supplies to make sammy's) to a local non-profit partner. Kind of a Tom's shoes model for food but on a local level. To start they are currently giving to the Good Samaritan Program, the Rescue Mission, Volunteer's of America Homeless Youth Outreach and the YWCA.

Steve's eye-popping, rustic interior is over the top awesomeness. A massive Trent Call mural by the entrance takes your eye up to a beautiful reclaimed wood ceiling Karen says they scavenged from all over the valley. A 'big ass fan' hovers over a planter festooned poof, surrounded by wood tables with bright yellow chairs. Those bicycle wheel light fixtures by Brett Millet are pretty neat as well. A lot of effort with into this 'not just another sandwich shop'. The sandwiches themselves most definitely deliver the goods. I had the 'Turkey Day' which is an homage to Thanksgiving. Turkey breast, provolone cheese, cucumbers, cranberry jalapeño jelly and slow roasted tomatoes on French artisan bread. Delicious! Usually bread is the looser in sandwichville, but what Even Stevens are using will bring a single perfect tear to your eye. The ruben is another popular item which I look forward to checking off my list. They carry a nice selection of beer and have been playing the World Cup games as well. Could be a great place to catch one over lunch this month. Have you been to Even Stevens yet? What do you think?
200 South 414 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
8:00am - 10:00pm
(801) 727-7234


Utah may not “constitutionally deny a citizen the benefit or protection of the laws of the State based solely upon the sex of the person that citizen chooses to marry.”

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Wonderful news today with a decision (finally) from the 10th Circuit Court in Denver striking down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban! I heard the breaking news on KRCL this morning while I was brushing my teeth and nearly spit out my toothpaste. Now following more closely with Fox 13's Ben Winslow. Here's the gist of todays decision:

Fox 13 News | SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has overturned Utah’s Amendment 3, which defined marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

In a ruling just handed down, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Utah may not “constitutionally deny a citizen the benefit or protection of the laws of the State based solely upon the sex of the person that citizen chooses to marry.”

The court also decided to stay their mandate pending an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. In other words, same-sex marriages in Utah will not begin right away.  The Supreme Court will first decide whether or not to hear the case.  If they decide not to, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling will stand.

There's going to be a huge rally for equality tonight at City Creek Park to celebrate with all the organizations who've made this possible, hosted by Utah Unites for Marriage:

WHO: You, your family and friends!
WHERE: City Creek Park 110 N State St Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
WHEN: 7 PM on the day the 10th Circuit rules

Salt Lake City: Insider's Guide, OUT Traveler

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Evan Lewandowski, sommelier at Pago restaurant, Adam Sklute, artistic director of Ballet West and myself gave OUT Traveler our tips on navigating Salt Lake City for their recent Insider's Guide by Nate Zubal. Nate also touches on SLC nightlife, where to stay, eat and what to do practically year-round. Here's an excerpt:

Salt Lake City: Insider's Guide

5.11.2014  |  BY NATE ZUBAL

We asked some of the numerous LGBT professionals and business owners of Salt Lake City for the inside scoop on their city. 

Jesse Walker, DJ at Zest Bar:

What is gay nightlife like in Salt Lake?
There’s a bit of something for everyone. While we have your more traditional gay bars like Jam, Try-Angles, Sun Trapp, Metro and the Paper Moon, you’ll find that all of our hip(ster) spots are basically overly tolerant of gay/straight/etc. people, from our many diverse brewpubs (Squatters, for instance) right down to the edge-of-town rockabilly road house, The Garage. Basically, if you drink coffee or alcohol, there’s a good chance you’re standing in a room full of liberal-minded folks looking for other liberal minded people. Some of my regular haunts are Zest (vegan kitchen/dance club), Urban Lounge (college/indie music with a stellar lineup weekly), Bar X (craft cocktails by extremely talented bartenders, part-owned by Modern Family’s Ty Burrell). Amazing restaurants and coffee shops, of which there are many, pick up the slack with a fantastic food revolution happening here over the past five years.

What is one misconception about Salt Lake City that you'd like to disprove?
We are not all Mormons, or Republicans. Not all of us ski. Salt Lake proper is truly progressive in its history and culture. Mostly stemming from the often ridiculous fight for our right to party, or marry for instance, vs. the Utah Legislature.

What is one thing out-of-towners should know about your city?
While things may seem ordinary on the surface, there’s more to see and experience once you find the rhythm of the city and its inhabitants. We absolutely love visitors and because of our location between the East/West coasts are accustomed to opening up and being good hosts. Part of what makes living here truly worthwhile is the genuine sense of community and authenticity you find in people. The cost of living doesn’t hurt either. There’s an unabashed hunger for what’s next. Occasionally you have to invent it, but that’s the pioneer spirit. It’s also why thousands of people show up for our Pride weekend, our Twilight Summer Concert series, Downtown Farmers Markets, our world-renowned ballet, dance and opera companies, and annual film festivals.

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