Shout out to Nick James and all you who came out to AFTERGLOW at JAM yesterday. Boy was it hot... but we had a great time!
SLC based international dance-art-design company NOW-ID is gearing up for some big projects this summer. First of which is our July 17 & 18 performance NOWHERE at Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah.
NOWHERE is an exploration of place. The evening will be composed as a collage of dance, installation, film, and original music composition featuring four dancers, an organ player, and Denmark based musician/composer Jesper Egelund performing on double bass. Local artists as well as artists from around the world will create a space of ritual as they examine the intersection of place and body. Save the dates and visit now-id.com for information and to purchase tickets.
SPACE AS COLLABORATOR, a five-day summer intensive workshop from August 17-21st, also at the University of Utah pairing 10 choreographers, 10 architects/designers and 20 dancers together in interdisciplinary teams who will each day solve a unique design/movement problem and then stage their solutions. This intensive creative experience is directed at curious, innovative professionals and advanced students in the fields of dance and architecture or design. For information or to register visit now-id.com/intensive.
In early fall, we're excited to bring you OVER/UNDERGROUND, the NOW-ID annual gala. Prepare for a new kind of party. NOW-ID is growing, evolving... and we're inviting anyone who's ready for this next-level to attend.
Art Meets Fashion 2015 takes place on May 16th featuring a full collection/runway showcase from AMF runway program recipient Davis Hong, a preview of fine artist Mark Seely exhibition for Fall 2015 and collection by Nigerian designer Kinabuti. Also floral installations, special performances and tasting stations from five local restaurants.
From the AMF Facebook: "This year Art Meets Fashion Runway is about being part of a global landscape, culturally responsible business practices and ethical sourcing. We are proud to be presenting the US premiere of Nigerian collection Kinabuti. All garments are made by the women in the villages and Kinabuti has opened a tailoring school, water front cleanup projects and empowering seminars. We will be selling some garments that will help support their on going efforts as well as presenting a full collection on the runway."
Get your tickets in advance > Seats are limited. Tickets are $45 and include admission, a selection of food and beverages. All proceeds will benefit the new Entrepreneurial Artist Mentor program.
From NASA/ISS: The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the Earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear.
We have photos and video from the 5th Annual 'Bunny Hop' fundraiser at The Garage for you today. Original photos can be downloaded from Flickr if you see some you want to save or post elsewhere. Please just credit the Bunny Hop in some way. More can be seen on Instagram using #bunnyhopslc.
Everyone involved with the Bunny Hop wants to thank those who came out this year to support. Especially the many sponsors, volunteers, DJ's (9 total), performers and staff who made it come together in fine style.
With your help we raised over $3K for the Volunteers of America, Utah – Homeless Youth Resource Center. Twice what we raised last year!
A little about what this VOA chapter does:
YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IS ON THE RISE. Last fiscal year, Volunteers of America, Utah’s Homeless Youth Resource Center served 944 individual homeless youth, 80% of whom are from Utah. The majority of these homeless youth suffered from verbal, physical and sexual trauma by those who are supposed to love and protect them. They often reported having parents and caretakers who were addicted to drugs, involved in criminal activity, incarcerated and/or abusive. Economic stress has also been shown to increase violence and substance use in families, resulting in more youth fleeing their homes. Other youth have been kicked out of their homes, have run away from the hurt and/or find themselves alone without resources. About 75% of youth served report physical and sexual abuse, whereas 25% aged out of the foster care system.
These are our most vulnerable youth, age 15-24, who live on our streets, camp in our foothills and have nowhere to go. So we go to them. We bring them food and clothing. Check on their safety. Gain their trust. So eventually, they’ll come to us. At first, it might just be to shower, or do laundry at our Youth Resource Center. Many will stay in our emergency shelter. And once we build a relationship, we can do more than meet their basic needs. We can help them complete their education. Seek employment. Find housing. And get the mental health and addiction counseling they need. This building will enable us to best serve their needs by providing quality, one-on-one time to help them on the path to self-sufficiency.
The VOA has a proposed new location on 9th S. and 400 W. in Salt Lake they are hoping to build in the coming year. You can read more about their mission and the proposed facility in this small brochure online.
THE CENTER SEEKS TO PROVIDE A SAFE TRUSTING ENVIRONMENT FOR HOMELESS YOUTH AND HELP BEGIN THE PROCESS OF MOVING OUT OF HOMELESSNESS AND ONTO THE PATH OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
A taste of what transpired yesterday... Still trying to comprehend it all. Thank you to everyone who came and for bringing your "A" game—including The Bad Kids. Phenomenal day! Bunny Hop 2015 photos coming this week.
Justin Godina aka JGODINA was recently the winner of City Weekly's BEST OF UTAH MUSIC award for Best DJ and a long-time veteran of the Bunny Hop. We're excited to have him back and putting a big exclamation point on the end of his birthday week which includes opening for QUANTIC this Thursday at Urban Lounge. You can also hear him and his wax addicted friends at Bar X on Monday nights, or his bread and butter weekend residency at Maxwell's on Main Street. Read Godina's interview with City Weekly to get familiar with possibly the hardest working (and talented) DJ's in the city.
I met Jen several years ago when she was knee deep in leather handbags running her 9th and 9th store Purse Dreams. She won me over with her smile and winning attitude on more than one occasion. Jen is impossibly awesome, that's all there is to it. So when I'd heard she was going to open a sex shop on Broadway I was excited for her and the pleasure deficient people of the Wasatch front. We chatted about Jen's approach to the shop when I popped in to her lovely space earlier this week and she told me the following:
"I opened up The Dahlia Room when I saw that there was a need for a progressive sex shop that catered to adults. Navigating the extensive world of sex toys can be intimidating. I wanted to create a clean and non cluttered space offering a well curated selection of high quality items for people to enjoy. Our focus at The Dahlia Room is education and conversation about all kinds of sex. We know you can purchase most of these items online, so the advantage in shopping with us is the knowledge that we can provide to help you expand your sexual boundaries. From beginner to expert, we have something for everyone and want to make you feel comfortable shopping for your new toy."
Stop in and get to know Jen while perusing the upscale store. One can never have enough toys in the bedroom and she'll give you knowledge you need to wield them expertly.
The Dahlia Room
247 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
My lazy Sunday drive prompted an inaugural visit to Tracy Aviary this past weekend. Hard to believe, but I've never been after so... so many years here in SLC. It was a great day for it as well with Liberty park not yet fully enveloped in it's seasonal din of screaming children and drum circles. Birds are dinosaurs with wings but they're pretty cool to see up close. The flamingos are this gorgeous creamsicle color and the peacock was all kinds of friendly. The redeveloped visitor's center and park grounds by AJC Architects adds geometric and experiential layers making the Aviary a lovely diversion right in the heart of downtown.
Discovered this vein of Dallas modern architecture from Modernhepcat, an account I follow on Instagram. The book Dallas Modern authored by The Dallas Architecture Forum can be purchased at Visual Profile Books, Inc.
Description: Dallas Modern is a beautifully photographed, handsomely designed and superbly reproduced hardcover book featuring 20 private homes in “Big D” that represent the talents of internationally renowned architects and revered Texas regionalist architects alike. Defying stereotypical attitudes about modern design, the homes reveal private spaces, ranging from intimate, small-scaled dwellings to sprawling, grand opera-sized estates that illuminate the style, comfort and charm often accompanied by spectacular natural settings. What unites them is a profound respect for the families they shelter and a deep commitment to the art of homebuilding.
This happened at a groundbreaking party for a friends new home construction. Love these wild women. No taming them!
Jared Gold has a new website archiving his photos, flyers and always entertaining words surrounding his career up to now. Many of the flyer scans come from my Idaho Rave Flyers gallery posted some years ago, of which I'm happy to share. Such a wild and wacky time for all who experienced it. Visit www.goldjared.com.
From Jared's Facebook:
As a work of gratitude to all the people that have assisted and supported me during my creative endeavors, I have assembled a complete archive of everything we ever did together. After a full year of data mining and memory excavating, this is now a permanent home for all our daring times and fascinating making. Black Chandelier, House Jugular, Jared Gold Collection, Nightclubs, Parties, and Runway events. When it comes down to you and the darkness…you know who must win.
Photo of me on NYE sent by my friend John Peppinger. Happy New Year to you, my dear readers. May your 2015 be full of success, love and real happiness.
Big Cartel has curated HANDMADE products, locally and nationally from their online sellers for a pop-up brick-and-mortar space on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City.
The shop is a temporary extension of their online gift guide which changes slightly by day for the month of December leading up to Christmas. 100% of the proceeds go to the artists so if you’re in Salt Lake during the holidays, stop in and enjoy!
Tall alien men making a Jesse sandwich last Friday night.