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

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Get The Balance Right

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I had desired to attend the launch party for Revolv #4, but was double booked that night. So I was slightly shocked, yet happy to pay actual money for the local mag yesterday to make up for it.

Asking for money. What, are they crazy? In actuality, that's a bold move for Revolv to seize this particular tipping point in SLC street culture to not only a.) respect their work, process and product up to now, but to also b.) deem it worthy of purchase, downright demand it.

Something about that transaction made me feel good. And not just because our hometown hero artisté Dan Christofferson was inked forever on it's toothy paper. But because it shows Salt Lake in it's best 'now' light and therefore is worth it. I imagined some enlightened young person picking up Revolv in a Berlin shop and wondering why the fuck they've never considered the scene Utah. I got my copy at the fantastic FICE Gallery & Boutique. You want to go to there.

Inside and Out of Utah, CUAC Juried Show Connects Curators and Artists

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Public reception and award ceremony: 6-9pm Friday, March 21.
Juror's awards to be announced at the opening.
Exhibition runs 3/21-4/12

CUAC offers an annual juried exhibition called Utah Ties for artists who are living in Utah, living outside of Utah, but are from Utah, or who have spent time as students or professionally in Utah. There will be awards totaling $1,000 given to juror’s selections in the show.
The purpose of the show is to help Utah artists gain exposure in Utah and also to the outside art community by being exposed to a juror who operates a commercial gallery outside of Utah.
This year’s Juror is gallerist Adam Gildar of Gildar Gallery in Denver. Gildar Gallery is one of the most progressive contemporary art galleries in Denver. Gildar is also the director of Art Plant, a residency for professional artists with the purpose of connecting curators and artists to the Denver art community.

Out of 550+ works submitted, here are the selections of our juror Adam Gildar for the 2014 Utah Ties Exhibition:

Thomas Aguila  //  Paige Anderson  //  Christine Baczek  //  Daniel Barney  //  Shawn Bitters  //  Pam Bowman  //  Erik Brunvand  //  Sandy Brunvand  //  Ai Childress  //  Maddison Colvin  //  Erik Dalzen  //  Cara Despain  //  Jenna Douglass  //  Daniel Everett  //  Peter Everett  //  Jonathan  //  Frioux  //  Todd Hayes  //  Noah Jackson  //  Holly Jarvis  //  Brooklynn Johnson  //  Kyle Jorgenson  //  Emily Fox King  //  Matt Kruback  //  Shasta Krueger  //  Tatiana Larson  //  Camilia Lund  //  Anna Laurie Mackay  //  Jason Manley  //  Edward Mckenna  //  Sean Moyer  //  Alanna Norman  //  John O’Connell  //  Andrew Perkins  //  Gian Pierotti  //  Alexandra Reintjes  //  Rachel Rigley  //  David Ruhlman  //  Ryan Saunders  //  Casey Jex Smith  //  Alex Stevens  //  Roland Thompson  //  Marcela Torres  //  Brian Tuttle  //  Daniele Vickers  //  Jerrin Wagstaff  //  Morganne Wakefield  //  Justin Watson  //  Claire Wilson  //  Laura Sharp Wilson  //  Lindsey Winkel  //  David Wolske  //  Laura Zundel

More information at

Destruction Junction

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The teardown over at the site of The {NewPerforming Arts Center on 100 S. and Main St. somehow adding to the gloominess today. I would like to take another photo from the crosswalk like then when it's completed in 2016 to cheer everyone up. I'm excited for it despite the buildings that couldn't be saved.


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Last I checked, the most recent Revolv Magazine issue was not fully digitized. Now it appears they've released a nice update in design and functionality. Revolv had certainly e-volved into a local editorial force to be reckoned with. Consistently turning its glamorous light on the gritty surface of SLC.

Diabolical Records

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What a treat to find the scrappy Diabolical Records on Edison Street humming with energy this afternoon. Everyone in our gang found something to buy and the owners Adam Tye and his wife Alana Boscan were incredibly cool. They mostly focus on psych, garage and local music but they carry a bit of everything. Even some rare disco! Stop in and support an actual record store in our growing downtown art district. Everybody wins. 

238 S. Edison St. Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Hours: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Phone: (801) 792-9204

A Muse Bouche

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This past Saturday NOW-ID held a low key fundraiser called A MUSE BOUCHE at the fabulous cityhome Collective headquarters. The party was a high-dollar / small-bites culinary event featuring food by Chef Frank Piessel, a short performance and taste of whats to come in our May show "Feast".
We couldn't have been happier with the sold out night and the gracious support we received from our guests. (See the gallery here, if not shown above.)

To find out how you can support NOW-ID or attend our upcoming shows please visit our website and sign up for our mailing list at

Marriage Elevated comes to Utah

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Troy Williams interviewed my hubby and me on KRCL last weekend along with other newlywed gay couples, also LGBT activist Dustin Lance Black and Restore Our Humanity founder Mark Lawrence. Stream an edit of the highlights at (we're about 16 min in after Dustin). Troy also recapped the whole affair in writing on his website while coining the phrase "Marriage Elevated". #marriageelevated


See a gallery of images just posted on Facebook by Brandon Cruz and David Newkirk.

Paper, Rad, Scissors

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Kind, kind words from the reviewer Kamryn Feigel who attended the straightforward warehouse party Untitled last Friday writing for Slug Magazine. And speaking of local magazines, the new Revolv has been floating around and it's a great read. I love the feel, minimal design and photography throughout. Particularly enjoyed the article about the Violin Making School of America and the features on treasured artists Jann Haworth and Benjamin Wiemeyer. It's the new Salt Lake City in a woodsy Fall nutshell.

*Photo from Revolv distributor C.G. Sparks.

The Great Spiral Jetty Day Trip

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Last Sunday a ragtag group of friends took a long overdue trip to the Spiral Jetty about 2hrs North/West of Salt Lake and it was a magically surreal day. The Jetty is arguably one of the most imporant sculptural works in America. Thanks to our host Adam Bateman, curator and board member at CUAC Gallery we got a nice amount of background on the work by Robert Smithson

Robert Smithson's monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970) is located on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Using black basalt rocks and earth from the site, the artist created a coil 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide that stretches out counter-clockwise into the translucent red water. Spiral Jetty was acquired by Dia Art Foundation as a gift from the Estate of the artist in 1999.

On the way there we stopped by the Golden Spike National Historic Site and on the way back the ATK defense contractor and their strange missile boneyard/playground. The overcast day leant itself nicely to the alien nature of all of this as you can imagine. Well, you'll see below. (Also up at my Flickr).






PechaKucha #10 Kicks off Design Week on October 14th

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It's been a nice pause between PechaKucha nights here in SLC. So I was happy to hear it's the lead into Design Week 2013 on October 14th. Get your tickets before they sell out (they will) and hit some of the amazing events Design Week has lined up for you.

Sl-design-week-runway-jugar-fashion-university-utahThe week culminates in a site-specific fashion show under a freeway overpass in the Granary District including a runway designed by thte Architecture seniors at the U of U featuring the men's fashion line Jugar. And then a cocktail party at Atlas Architects / Nobrow Coffee.

Connect... and participate!

Twitter: @SLDesignWeek