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“Live, Work, and Create” space breaks ground at UofU

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The impressive Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute which broke ground at The University of Utah got some love at ArchDaily this week. A collaboration between EDA ArchitectsYazdani Studio of Cannon Design, and Arup, "Slated as a space to live, work, and create, the building supports the mission to make the Lassonde Institute an international destination for student entrepreneurs, innovators and “makers.” The Studios will open for students in fall of 2016." – Archdaily


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Don't miss the fourth annual Salt Lake Design Week coming up on Oct 13–18. There are lots of cool things to learn and ways to interact with the local design community! From Sldesignweek.org


The purpose of Design Week is to raise the public awareness of the impact that all design—graphic, product, fashion, architecture, advertising, etc.—has in Utah. Design Week brings together a diverse community of design professionals as well as local businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and more. The goal of helping local designers interact, collaborate, educated and inspire each other in order to build a stronger creative community.

Design Week is hosted by the Salt Lake City chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, in partnership with AAF, AIA, ASID, ISDA, IIDA, IxDA, SEGD, Utah Center for Architecture, Utah Film Center and other design groups, museums, businesses and schools.

Visit www.sldesignweek.org for information and event schedule.


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I'm happy to be a part of Fashion Remix 2014 again this Thursday October 16th , 2014 @ The Rail Event Center. It's a cool runway show that mixes unconventional interior/architectural design materials for a good cause. Get tickets here >

From Fashion Remix SLC: One of Salt Lake City’s most anticipated events of the year is hitting the runway on Thursday October 16th, at the Rail Event Center. 20 Interior/Architectural Design Firms and Students will be paired with vendors to create a one of a kind ensemble, then compete for awards in an exciting runway show in front of a packed venue. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to support our local design community. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets here: http://fashionremix2014.brownpapertickets.com/

Learn more about the disease here. Our contribution will support the ongoing search in finding a cure and achieving pathbreaking progress every day. We also support IIDA-Intermountain Chapter & ideal.

The (New) Barber Shop at Zuriick

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The Barber Shop has re-opened in the back of Zuriick's even newer space on 865 East 900 South in SLC over the weekend. Schedule a cut by any of their brilliant barbers, Kit Stiefel, Logan Bradshaw or Trever Hadley. They do great work.


PH: 801-834-7284
Monday - Saturday 9 AM - 9 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM

Farm To Glass Cocktail Contest/Party this Sunday Oct. 5

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I DJ'd this event last year and it was super fun. Something fun to do this coming Sunday. Get your tickets before it sells out here.

From Salt Lake Magazine:  During the month of September 17 mixologists will compete for best original cocktail based on seasonal ingredients from the Downtown Farmers Market and other local farms. All handcrafted cocktails will contain at least 2 ingredients from participating farms.Your job: stop by each bar, drink, and vote. All voting will be online and by phone.

Cocktail Contest Awards Party | Sunday October 5th, 2014

Alamexo | Bar X | Bodega | BTG Wine Bar | Caffé Niche | Copper Common |Copper Onion | Faustina | Finca/Pago  Gibson Lounge-Grand America | Pallet |Rye |Takashi | Taqueria 27 | Tin Angel | Wild Grape Bistro | Zest

The Recipes: http://saltlakemagazine.com/2014-farm-to-glass-cocktail-recipes/

Wilkerson Farm, Asians and Heirlooms, Blue Spring Farm,
Farmer DaveZoe’s Natural Gardens, Tagge’s Famous Fruit,
Chads Produce, Riley’s Farm Fresh, Mololo Gardens, Clifford Farms

6-10pm | Ice House | 430 West 300 N SLC

Buy Tickets Here

Introducing Provisions, an American Craft Kitchen

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Get an eyeful of the new, bright and bushy tailed Provisions Restaurant in East Millcreek which is housed in the former Lugäno space on 3364 S 2300 E. Still in transformation but looking great at the preview dinner we attended this past Tuesday.

I was happy to assist chef/owner Tyler Stokes with the branding, menu and web design of Provisions which took cues from the interior touches designer Rachel Hodson brought to the project ...like, that amazing wallpaper. The punch of modern coral orange is kept at bay by classic, clean white moulding and a slick grey cement floor throughout. Orange continues into the kitchen, cladding the wood-fired oven in a warm inviting glow.

Stokes was associated with two restaurants prior in Sun Valley, Idaho, (Owner of Dashi and Executive Chef of Globus which was featured on Rachel Ray) opened Provisions to highlight "regional, organic and sustainable ingredients... using new and old world technique’s to create exciting flavor profiles, textures and visual enjoyment." What's also inspiring is that he'll be serving house made pasta, wood fire pizzas, seafood, local meats and vegetables from the same kitchen he worked in as a teenager growing up in nearby Park City. An impressive third act from a young and talented chef.

More information and reservations can be found at www.slcprovisions.com.


3364 S 2300 E
Salt Lake City, Utah 84109
T. 801-410-4046

Food Too Beautiful To Eat at Rose Estb.

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rose establishment salad coffee avocado peaches toast

What's awesome about The Rose Establishment, apart from their talent for coffee (now available in nitro form) and tea is their near perfect seasonal menus. Deceptively simple food that's so frikken' good it's occasionally becoming an issue getting a cup of their 'Utah corn soup' or that last sea salted chocolate chunk cookie before lunch has even started. Not to fear though, everything The Rose offers is worthy of your tastebuds. I feel like the avocado toast craze caught on here first (in Utah) and is understandably every hipster/foodie/farmers-market-goers trusty standby. But it's the heirloom carrot salad that has been my go-to this summer. Shown above with the daily special in-house canned peaches and goat cheese toast, all as delicious as it looks. Visit early and often. www.theroseestb.com

235 S 400 W, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Phone: 801.990.6270


Fly Moon Royalty

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I've been looking for a reason to step inside the Shred Shed on Exchange Place and Seattle bred duo Fly Moon Royalty sounds like a really good one! Fly Moon's Adra Boo and Action J will be coming through on Thursday, 25th of September with their eclectic, electro soul show which has hints of Gnarles Barkley, Sharon Jones, Janele Monae, J. Dilla and Stevie Wonder. Interested? Give 'em a listen on Spotify or at flymoonroyalty.com and then show them some SLC love! Tickets availalbe now.

Black Book Magazine Exclusive: Unlikely Twosome Fly Moon Royalty Release “Rx”

Official Bio:
Dichotomy in a partnership is always tricky, but not for Seattle’s Fly Moon Royalty. Bleeding with all the heart and soul of blues and r&b, combined with the contemporary aesthetics of modern day electronica and hip hop, the collaboration of the Seattle-based duo is a perfectly fitting contradiction. 

Comprised of soulful vocalist, Adra Boo and DJ/Producer/Emcee Action J, the two-piece are set to release their forthcoming EP, Unfinished Business, this coming February 18, 2014. Idling comfortably between the party ready glam of The Gossip, with the funk aesthetics of Gnarls Barkley, the EP is a progressive step forward for the band, and follows the release of 2012’s Dimensions EP and their stunning, self- titled debut LP in 2011. 

Their self-titled release cemented Fly Moon Royalty as certified up and comers within the local Seattle music scene, with Seattle Magazine naming the enigmatic duo as one of the city’s Best New Bands, while City Arts voted them as best the city’s Best Local Band in 2012, following an Honorable Mention in the same category a year earlier. With a No. 5 debut on KEXP’s r&b charts, the band have since gone onto support the likes of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Macklemore, Slum Village, Robert Glasper, Nneka and Allen Stone.

While their backgrounds couldn’t be more different, the musical partnership of Fly Moon Royalty came about naturally. Often likened sonically to Janelle Monae, vocalist AdraBoo’s roots are planted firmly in musical theater. “I started to step out and sing in highschool - I got into theater, and whenever there was a musical, I was in! I learned the ins and outs of the stage, and went on to attend a theater training program, and then, through friends in the club scene, I started hosting.” Enter second half of the duo, Action J - a Grand Rapids, MI local and newcomer to Seattle, the all-round MC/DJ/producer threw himself into DJing straight after high school. “Ultimately, I just wanted to make beats. I had no mentors or anyone at all that could teach me, so I bought myself an MPC 2000 and taught myself how to sample. It wasn't until I was taking a music program at the community college that I discovered my love for the piano. Before that moment I didn't even know what Middle C was on a piano.”

Drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as J.Dilla and Bjork, to Stevie Wonder and Betty Davis, the duo quickly caught the attention of DeVon Manier, President of Seattle based indie Hip Hop label Sportn’ Life Music Group. Together, the two entities partnered to re-release the debut album as a joint effort, and currently have an ongoing management relationship with the band. 

Behind the funk heavy basslines of opening track, “Piece of Me,” Adra explains that there’s more to the duo than meets the eye. “It’s the story of wanting to be seen and understood to the core, not just visually on the surface,” a perfect pretense to the following tracks, that flow to the Daft Punk-esque sounds of the electronically driven harmonies of, “DNA,” and the hip hop aesthetics of “Step Hard.” A flagrant not to the duos eccentric influence, Unfinished Business showcase Fly Moon Royalty’s strength in their familiar, yet in no way traditional approach to music.

Sounds They Like:
J.Dilla, Janele Monae, Bjork, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

PechaKucha Night - Vol 12 - Food

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PechaKucha Night - SLC vol. 12
Sunday, September 28th

Publik Coffee Roasters - 975 S. West Temple
event starts at 4:00pm Presenters @ 5.00pm


  • Viet Pham - Chef and Restaurateur
  • Amy Eldredge - Bartending Consultant
  • Darby Moore Doyle - A Bourbon Gal 
  • Matthew Allred - Epic Brewing  
  • Grace Henley - New Roots Refugee Garden
  • “Hoss” Chad Forrest - Hoss on Hops
  • SuAn Chow - Chow Truck
  • Dylan Sands - Publik Coffee
  • Erik Ostling - Partner, Beehive Distilling
  • Vanessa Chang - Food Nerd - Consultant - Writer
  • Lavanya Mahate - Saffron Valley

PechaKucha Night - SLC together with SLC Bites, Vanessa Chang and Chantelle Bourdeaux, have brought together a group of presenters that cuts a swath through the culinary, food, and drink specialist of Salt Lake City.

This has been an event long in planning and we are excited to have a great line-up of presenters. There will be food trucks in the parking lot, coffee by Publik (of course), pastries, and drinks! Think of it like an intimate block party with PechaKucha presentations to cap it all off!

You must RSVP for this private event and seating is limited to register early!

PechaKucha Night, a global event, is based on the 20x20 presentation format. A group of presenters are all asked to give a presentation of 20 slides that are each shown for 20 seconds. A total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This keeps the energy up and the interest level high.


A Visionary Art Environment

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In a state full of magnificent strangeness, Gilgal Garden is a likely contender for crown jewel. It is a local treasure that we Salt Laker's grew up hearing about or discovering at random. Myself in the early 90's, sneaking in over the fence one night with my x-wife's older brother from the above parking lot which was sandwiched between a Wonder Bread factory and a Chuck-A-Rama buffet. The garden and sculptures, built by a crazed religious stonemason were overgrown and badly in need of repair. It wasn't until a Canadian company tried to buy the property for a condo development that the local arts community, the city fought to preserve it. The Mormon church even threw in a chunk of change. It's now a beautifully manicured Utah state park, full of magnificent strangeness.

From Wikipedia: The Gilgal Sculpture Garden is a small public city park, located at 749 East 500 South in Salt Lake City, UtahUnited States. The park, which is filled with unusual symbolic statuary associated with Mormonism, notably to the Sphinx with Joseph Smith's head, was a labor of love designed and created by LDS businessman Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. (1888-1963) in his spare time. The park contains 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems and literary texts. Gilgal Sculpture Garden is the only designated "visionary art environment" in the state of Utah.

To learn more and to become a 'Friend of Gilgal Garden', visit the official website at  www.gilgalgarden.org.

Control Room Video/Audio

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Throwback Thursday: The Globe Cafe By Moonlight

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Where Cindy Lee asian cafe sits today on Main Street once lived a fairly amazing restaurant called The Globe Cafe. I used to DJ there around the turn of the century before moving to the Red Door. I'm not sure who took the above photo (please tell me if you know...) but it came to light on an old hard drive and is bringing back some great memories. One might argue that bits of our current dining scene's stardust could be traced back to the Globe's big bang of ahead-of-it's-time food by chefs Adam Kreitzel, Joe DiMeo and others. The Globes owners, management and staff were always so fun to be around which made it feel like family. I hope they know what an impact they made. 

Promised Valley Playhouse

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From recent late night wanderings near 132 South State Street. Promised Valley Playhouse (...Orpheum Theatre, Casino Theatre, Wilkes Theatre, Playhouse, Roxy Theatre, Lake Theatre, Lyric Theater). Status: Demolished.

Did you know there's an website dedicated to all Utah theaters, open or closed from the beginning of time? http://utahtheaters.info

Control Room 002

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Info on a great party coming up...


Quality Control  is ready to go LIVE once again from the CONTROL ROOM...with a fresh set of PROPER SLC DJS prepared to bring you the HIGHTEST QUALITY House & Tech.

We'd like to formally invite you to join in on the movement. 
Prepare for a night unlike any other Utah has to offer...

Salt Lake City. Let's Dance. Quality Is In The Details...


Ticket: FREE before 11 PM | $10 Donation after 11 PM 
No Ticket/RSVP: $10 before 11 PM | $20 after 11 PM


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