Salt Lake City

Historic Day for Nondiscrimination Bill in Utah

Photo: David Newkirk

We're so proud of our friend Troy Williams for his work leading up to the historic press conference yesterday with Equality Utahthe LDS Church and Legislative leaders in support of statewide nondiscrimination bill SB296. As of today the bill has passed unanimously out of the Business and Labor Senate Committee. That's a huge victory for LGBT Utahns on many levels. But supporters of equality should still let their voices be heard. Take a moment and contact your legislators using this easy automated form. Together we can make nondiscrimination in Utah a reality.

Derek Kitchen for SLC City Council

I was happy to help my friend Derek Kitchen with a simple design for his SLC City Council campaign which he made official today. Here's the message he released this morning:

Join me at Caputo's Market for a press conference to announce my candidacy for Salt Lake City Council - District 4.

Family, friends, and supporters: I'm very excited to announce that I have decided to run for Salt Lake City Council - District 4. (Derek Kitchen for City Council - Like my page for future updates).

I've always had a love of politics and community involvement. Whether it was my run for student body officer during high school, my community advocacy through being a small business owner, or my passion for social justice which led to Kitchen vs Herbert, I've been eager to make our collective voice heard. My run for City Council stems from my passion for our city, our home state, and our diverse community.

I hope you can join me for my press conference next week, and that, once again, I can count on your support in this new journey.

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5000 Doors Branding

Who needs affordable housing? You'd be surprised.


This fall my design studio was hired to create and implement branding for a new citywide public/private housing initiative called 5000 Doors. Today Mayor Ralph Becker held a press conference in support for the program or '5KD' (as we've been calling it internally) in front of Liberty Village, a development in Sugarhouse that contains a percentage of affordable units. 5000 Doors has been a cool project to be a part of. It's something we already believe in and we're happy the design is receiving positive feedback. You can see the branding in action on todays news over at 4UTAHKUTV2FOX13, KSL and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Statement from SLC5000DOORS.COM:

5000 DOORS is an ambitious housing initiative to address Salt Lake City’s lack of housing options affordable to low-wage workers and moderate income families, persons with disabilities and those on fixed incomes. The initiative will promote the development, preservation and support of 5,000 affordable housing units over five years. Learn More >

Hel Hath Frozen Over

INDUSTRY is Hel's first compilation, and an attempt to catalog and document the Utah experimental electronic scene as it stands in the year 2014. Collecting tracks from Hel regulars (OK Ikumi, RS2090, Mooninite), scene veterans (Siak, Cerci), and newcomers (Vistaas, Jordan Swain, MONOL!TH) in various electronic styles; from the electro and techno sounds the scene was formed around to the abstract splinterings of the modern soundscape.

Guys... This holiday weekend of epic adventures has renewed my faith in SLC nightlife and music coming out of this square state. Small surprises around every corner made for an awareness that cool sh!t is happening just under the surface.

Friday began with a wee bit of gallery strolling to CUAC's opening reception (great show by the way) before finding DJ Choice doing it justice over at The Red Door, then off to Zest behind Ann-Michelle (DJ Artemis) to hear Detroit native Make It Fit putting his thumb on the techno scale with Dance Therapy and our trusty Hot Noise—night capped by a birthday party in bear costumes dancing on the patio to hip-hop blasting out of a dudes cell phone.

I was siren called back to the concrete jungle on Saturday for a cocktail at Copper Common (cue soundtrack of The Smiths), a second at Bar X (Morrissey overhead) with stops in between at the Hel Audio 'INDUSTRY' compilation release show at Diabolical Records featuring SIAK (video above), RS2090 and Blade, all undeniably talented producers representing Utah's electronic scene in fresh, exciting ways. Following this, we Uber'd it over to the under new ownership but soon to be demolished Burt's Tiki Lounge, an exotic Keebler elves hotel of ill repute that may very well contain a doorway to hell. A dive bar send off party was in motion with a backdrop of Disco and 80's edits being expertly provided by Marcus V. (featured in our first NCM Guest Mix) to a mixed crowd of young professionals and angry punk girls... which turned a little aggressive leading me and my men to the decide that raving was not beyond the call of duty. Lyft this time dropped us off at Europa One, a private party on the westside where my friend Red Spectral was tearing the roof off in fine style with DJ's Eco, Christian PP, Better Homes & Gardens and others for the seasoned after hours mavens. I must say that there is some very intelligent house and techno coming from the new crop of DJ's and promoters with an ear for Quality!

After some much needed sleep and an internal debate over whether or not to burn my clothing from the night before I rolled into Whiskey Street on Sunday for blunch, (brunch+lunch) where I found Johnny Peppinger playing a lovely vinyl mix of jet set jazz and space age lounge exotica. Something you just don't hear that often, but you should and it's perfect for that time of day.

Red Spectral at Europa One by New World Presents

So looking back on my MLK weekend I couldn't help but find a few reasons to be proud and energized (or frightened) about things that go bump in the night. The independent electronic music scene and community seems unified in a great way. I hope that continues and we start seeing some Utah artists recognized for their innate genius on a larger scale. The time is coming.

Mark Farina visits Salt Lake on Jan 31, 2015

V2 Presents & Live Nite Events
feat. Mark Farina

Purchase pre-sale tickets here:

Modern day record minstrel, Mark Farina, has thrilled crowds globally, entertaining over 1 million fans per year. As one of the most ubiquitous DJs in Dance Music, Farina's known for both his unique style of mixing Jazz, Downtempo and House Music as well as being the creator of Mushroom Jazz: West Coast jazzy, organic productions combined with East Coast Hip-Hop, Urban beats. We can’t wait to get down to his highly refined sounds on January 31st!

155 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT
This event is 21+
Doors open at 9:00pm

Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Good looking documentary screening for free tonight at Rose Wagner as part of KUER's Through The Lens series. Here's a description:

In an isolated, high-plains community, a brilliant mathematics professor disappears from the local college without a trace. Three months later his body is discovered tied to a tree and burned beyond recognition in the remote hills south of campus. Iconoclastic author Poe Ballantine searches for clues related to the case while reflecting on his life of wanderlust. directed by Dave Jannetta Official Selection: Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, DOC NYC, Bend Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Kansas International Film Festival.

Big Cartel Believes in the Artists

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!

Visit online:

Follow @bigcartel for additional open hours and more info.

Wednesday - Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

163 S. Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

NYE Hops & Spirits VIP Experience at UMOCA

Getting ready–steady to ring in the new year with EVE's VIP party at UMOCA. Get your tickets soon and come play with us! Info below...

New this year is a VIP experience (21 & over) party for sophisticated adults who enjoy Epic beer, Jack Rabbit Gin, Vida Tequila, Five Wives Vodka and contemporary art. Expect random projections, performances, private music sets from EVE headliners and beats provided by SLC’s finest, DJ Jesse Walker and DJ Sneeky Long as well as a midnight champagne toast. For the romantic types, there will be marriage as well as annulment stations – you know, in case you change your mind after that midnight kiss! 

Beers brought to you by EPIC Brewing and The Annex. Includes: 4 drink tickets, plus a champagne toast. Also included: A 3-day EVE pass, with upgrades to premium event experiences: The Leonardo Bodies Exhibit (Dec 29, 30, 31) Premium Seating at Utah Jazz Game (Dec 30) Free Ice Skating at Gallivan Center (Dec 29, 30 & 31).

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