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NOW-ID Goes Next Level with 'Nowhere' Performance and an Intensive Workshop this Summer

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The NOW-ID Board 2015. Moving picture by David Newkirk.

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 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

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.

Global, Ethical Fashion Focus of AMF 2015

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Art Meets Fashion 2015 Runway Editorial / Photographer: Heidi Gress Photography

Art Meets Fashion 2015 Runway Editorial / Photographer: Heidi Gress Photography

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.

De-mythologizing Manifest Destiny, Adam Bateman's Westward Attraction

Art, Salt Lake City, TravelJesse WalkerComment

Adam Bateman, Executive Director/Curator at CUAC is leaving today for his summer project of WALKING the MORMON TRAIL... 1100 MILES from Nauvoo, Illinois back to Salt Lake City, Utah in modern times. Follow his progress at where he posted the following artist statement:

For my project I intend to walk from a spot just outside Omaha, Nebraska, historically known by my Mormon ancestors as Winter Quarters, to my current home (and ancestral home) of Salt Lake City, retracing the footsteps of my great ancestor Thomas Bateman who did this four times starting at my same age in 1850. This is a walk of over 1100 miles. I begin on April 28.
      My art has been an exploration of the aesthetics of the West. I have looked at how we create architectures (physical and cultural) that affect the aesthetic and rhetorical function of the landscape. This has been explored through looks at regional landscape painting, irrigation, and institutional tourism. I have spoken many times about how recreational landscape tourism is a ritualization of westward expansion and manifest destiny. I think the most systematic example of manifest destiny is that of the Mormon settlement of the west. The following is a description of a project I'm looking for help to fund.

Keeping Things Whole
–Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body's been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

Travel through space can be an end in itself. The act of walking as art is as much the action of the art-making as it is the product. In a literal sense, the act of walking parts the air and makes a negative-sculpture of the space my body occupies over time. There is a huge precedent for walking as an end. In art there are many examples, most notably Richard Long. Most wilderness/landscape-focused tourism involves travel as an end as do contemporary religious pilgrimages of all types.
     My action is an investigation of the rhetorical and sculptural qualities of tourist and recreational travel in the west. It is an exploration of how a sense of place, and more specifically, travel though space is fundamental to experiencing the American West.
     In addition to the robust history (and industry) of recreational travel in the west (think motorcycle tourism/ATVs/hunting/national parks/wilderness backpacking/roadtripping), there is a strong literary tradition that ties landscape travel to American Identity. This tradition ranges from books like Blood Meridian andThe Road by Cormack McCarthy to Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck and On The Road by Kerouac, Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner and Desert Solitaire by Edward Abby and the list could go on and on. It also includes immigration narratives by lots of people from the Navajo to John Winthrop to Brigham Young to the current wave of Latino immigration.
     It is central to my thesis that a reason our literature and recreation so often center around travel in the landscape is because of a ritualization of a romantic relationship we have to founding/pioneering-related travel of the past. When we visit national parks we are ritualizing manifest destiny.
     I also have a personal relationship to that historical travel. I have over 60 ancestors who walked the Mormon Trail from Winter Quarters, NE to Salt Lake City, UT. That trail overlaps significantly with the Oregon Trail of video game lore, the Lewis and Clark blazed trail, and the trail used to populate California during the Gold Rush. Among those ancestors is James Morgan Bateman, my namesake and first in a line of six James Batemans of which I am the last (James Adam Bateman). James Morgan was born outside of Nauvoo and lived in Winter Quarters for a couple years then crossed the plains as a child with his father Thomas and mother Mary Street Bateman.
     An effect of our ritualization of landscape travel is a romanticization of past landscape travel and mythologies are built up from the nostalgia surrounding those heroic feats. Part of my intention with this action is to de-mythologize previous travels—to reduce them to actions instead of mythologies.


Music, NCM Guest Mix Exclusives, Mixes, Salt Lake CityJesse WalkerComment

Having no musical boundaries gives CHASEONE2 all the freedom in the world.

1. “Hold Me” Beerlover
2. “Hold it now, Hit it (Acapella)” The Beastie Boys
3. “ILYAF” Anna Of The North
4. “Only Years” Edwick John
5. “On My Mind (Acapella)” Soul IV Real
6. “Funbox Party” Copycat
7. “Can't There Be Love (Pilooski Remix)” Dee Edwards
8. “Gangsta (Cut Chemist Remix)” Tune-Yards
9. “Buggin’ (Pickster’s Trick Rubin Remix)” Justin Martin
10. “MTI (TWRK Remix)” Koreless
11. “Estrelar” Marcos Valle
12. “Laid In Full (Rakim Suite) (Qdup & Sons of Satin Re-Twerk)” Eric B & Rakim
13. “Noir” S Strong & Boogie Belgique
14. “Rich Kind Of Poverty (TREW Edit)” Sam &
15. “Soul Clap (Altered Tapes Rework)” Showbiz & AG
16. “People Everyday (Altered Tapes Rework) Arrested Development
17. “Love & Happy” Copycat
18. “The Mother We Share (Moonboots Remix)” Chvrches
19. “Burn (Leo Kalyan Remix)” Ellie Goulding
20. “Groovin’ (Nobley Nobe Edit)” The Young Rascals
21. “My Lady/The Crusaders” Daigo
22. “Raise It Up (Doc Adam Remix)” Slum Village
23. “The Rain” Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
24. “Stoop Rap (Doc Adam & Nick Bike Break)” Double Trouble
25. “Today (Bladerunners Edit)” Tom Scott & The California Dreamers
26. “ Enjoy The Ride” The Social Lovers

Where are you from, have you always lived in Utah?
I was born in Tampa Bay, Florida, then moved to Sacramento, California, then moved to Phoenix, Arizona. I moved to Salt Lake in 2000 and have moved around a bit (New York, California, New Zealand), but I always find my way back to Utah.

How and when did you become interested in music, was there a specific event or time in your life that made you want to start DJing?
I think my Dad had a lot to do with that. He introduced me to jazz and soul music at an early age. He had a killer 8-track collection we would always listen to in the car. So when I was 16 I basically stole his entire record collection and that's when I started buying records also. My friend had just bought turntables and a mixer so that's what we did everyday. When I was 17 I had finally saved up enough money to buy my own turntables and mixer, and a few months after that I bought my first sampler, an Akai S-20. Around this time is when I was introduced to Z-Trip and Radar, Pickster, Tricky-T, Dj Entrification, and Dj Element( who was a fellow high school classmate). I always loved hip hop, but I was mainly fascinated  on what was going on behind the scenes, the producer, the dj, the records they were sampling to make these songs.

Which bands or artists inspired you when you were younger?
Stevie Wonder, War, Dj Shadow, Cut Chemist, Mark Farina, Jurassic 5, Freestyle Fellowship, Fugazi, KRS One, Richard "Groove" Holmes, The Beastie Boys, Dj Premier, Z-Trip are a few that come to mind.

How did you come up with your DJ name?
This is kind of a funny story actually. So in the early-mid 2000's there were two local deejays going under the name Chaseone, myself and Chase Jensen, aka Street Jesus. It started to get confusing on flyers and the weekly newspapers after a while so I just added a 2 to my name and shortly after Chase Jensen became Street Jesus. Haha.

What do you like (or don’t like) about living in Salt Lake?
There's only one thing I don't like about Salt Lake and that's our terrible air quality in the winter months. I love the people here, the small, but incredibly talented groups of artists and musicians. Salt Lake is a true gem. It often gets overlooked by people, but for the ones that know, it's one of the best kept secrets of the west.

How would you describe the scene to an outsider?
A tight-knitted group of incredibly talented individuals, artists, bands, musicians who all pretty much know each other.

What equipment do you use for DJing (or producing) including for this mix?
For deejaying I normally play off of two Technics 1200's MKII's or two Numark TTX's, a Pioneer DJM-400 or a Rane TTM 54. For producing I've had my share of machines over the years including an Akai S-20 sampler, an Ensoniq ASR-X Pro, an MPC 1000, an MPC 500, but as of lately I enjoy using the Roland SP-404 sampler. I really enjoy analog machines if you couldn't tell. For this mix I used two Numark TTX turntables, a Pioneer DJM-400 mixer, Serato Scratchlive program, a Tascam DP-02 digital 8-track recorder.

What goals do you have for yourself when it comes to music and in life?
I have one basic motive in life and music and that is the tendency to self-actualize, to fulfill one's potential and achieve the highest level of "human-beingness" I can. Basically, I try to put my best food forward in everything I do in life.

What kinds of activities do you like to do when you’re not playing out?
I enjoy record shopping, skateboarding, reading, homework,painting, watching James Bond movies.

How would you describe your style of selecting and mixing?
I tend to be all over the place at times. I honestly have a hard time staying within the lines or genres. To me deejaying has no lines or boundaries, that's the reason I love it so much you know, you can just take it anywhere you want. I tend to play a lot of loops in my mixes also. That's where the production aspect comes into my mixing.

What is a favorite gig (or two) you've played during your DJ career?
I always have a blast playing in Phoenix with Dj Entrification, But honestly, anytime I get to play alongside my friends Godina, Sneeky Long, Finale, Flare, Matty, and you of course, will always be my favorite.

Anything else you want to share about the mix you made for NCM?
I pieced the songs together in a Psychology class last Thursday afternoon and when I got home I setup and hit record. This is a live one-take mix recorded at my house in the Avenues. It has a little bit of everything on it. After listening to it I realized it has a good spring time vibe to it. Hope you enjoy it.

Ready or Not... Here is comes!

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High Five! Bunny Hop 5th Annual Rewind

Events, Photography, Salt Lake CityJesse WalkerComment

Click to play video collection.

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.


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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.

The Dahlia Room, A Grown Up Sex Shop For Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, Photography, FashionJesse WalkerComment
Owner Jen Fei inside her tasteful Broadway shop.

Owner Jen Fei inside her tasteful Broadway shop.

Assorted instruments of pleasure and pain.

Assorted instruments of pleasure and pain.

Celebrate sexuality, freedom, diversity and connection.
— Jennifer Fei

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
(801) 953-0088

Bad Kids Special Appearance at Bunny Hop 2015

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Knowing that our 5th Anniversary Bunny Hop had to be extra-extra special we enlisted the extraordinary-supercalifragilistique talents of THE BAD KIDS. A performance art troupe that takes traditional notions of gender stereotypes, drag culture, club kids and puts them upside down in a punk blender. Having recently installed themselves at UMFA as a performance art piece, they'll be bringing their 'looks', attitude and a little something extra to the party with help from Bad Kid DJ Artemis. Here's a bio from the four members we're lucky to have involved. (Shown clockwise from upper left above):

Having abandoned all social constructs in favor of a good time, The Bearded Femme takes to the stage with a long beard and a tight bra...when she isn't burning it. Gird your loins, weep and gnash your teeth at her garish beauty! all shall love her and despair!

Mona Diet is most known for hosting Metro Bar's Saturday Night Shows featuring the highest caliber local and International Drag Artists. With training in classical theatre, modern dance, and vocal stylings. This versatile delusionist is sure to be the right personality to host your next birthday, anniversary, bar/bat mitzvah, divorce, reception, dinner party, bachelor/ette extravaganza, quiciañera, solar eclipse, retirement, in-court settlement, weight loss accomplishment, or latest test result!!!

Lamia is a true serpentine desert queen. She'll charm you, entice you, and dance for you all night long. Let her seductive dance moves, twirls, and alien twig insect body take you into an experience that is truly out of this world.

Blossom hails from the mountains of Midway-to-Heaven Utah where she spends her days frolicking through the woods and meadows twirling in her fringe and lace and singing along to Stevie Nicks. She loves to entertain and most of all loves to boogie with her pals on the endless dancefloor of life.

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Sneeky Long shot in full DJ mode at The Rest.

Sneeky Long shot in full DJ mode at The Rest.

James Ramirez aka DJ Sneeky Long is returning for his second year at the Bunny Hop. We asked him to tell us a little about how he got started playing, where's he's playing these days, what kinds of music he collects and what he'll be bringing to the Hop. Here's what he told us:

"I've been heavily into music since I was in elementary school.  I've been collecting records since I was about 20.  DJing for the public for about the last 12 yrs.  I started out listening to and collecting Hip Hop records, which moved me into soul, funk and jazz which moved me into everything else.  Now my collection runs the gamut from hip hop to reggae to soul & funk to latin to post punk to psychedelic rock to electro and everything in-between.  I have a regular residency at Beer Bar every Thursday night where I play a little bit of everything groovy and I occasionally play records on Monday nights at Bar X with Justin Godina for his all vinyl soul night.  I also play every 3rd Friday of the month at The Rest (which is in the basement of Bodega).  A monthly set at Whiskey Street for their Sunday Brunch is also in the works.

So for the bunny hop, I'll probably do something in the vein of what I did last year.  Just some nice upbeat soulful groovy sounds to match the daytime party vibe.  I've been very deep into collecting Tropicalia records of late (and all things Brazilian) so be expecting to hear some of that stuff...  also some AOR type vibes i.e. Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Bros. will also most likely be in order. That stuff goes hand in hand with drinking in the sun.

Tracy Aviary

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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.

Jesse Walker's 5th Annual 'Bunny Hop' at The Garage

Music, Salt Lake City, EventsJesse WalkerComment



On Sunday, April 5th, The Garage on Beck Street will host Jesse Walker’s 5th Annual ‘Bunny Hop,’ with a breakfast buffet, charity raffle and DJ’s playing vinyl records from brunch to sunset. To celebrate the 5th anniversary, there will be twice the fun and games, including prize baskets, gift certificates for upcoming SLC based festivals, an all-day egg hunt, a performance by The Bad Kids and a surprise visit from TWO Easter Bunnies!

The day-long ‘hop’, which attracts a hip, alternative crowd ranging in age and identity, will again benefit the Volunteers of America, Utah - Homeless Youth Resource Center. This now yearly tradition of community interaction and goodwill helps attendees release a healthy dose of spring fever.

Date is Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Location: The Garage, 1199 Beck St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Event Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Donation: $10.00 per person
(Each admission includes a lollipop with charity raffle / Many egg-hunt items contain special prizes) Charity raffles & donations go to: Volunteers of America, Utah - Homeless Youth Resource Center.

DJs/Performance/Raffle Schedule:

> RAFFLE #1,  2PM
> RAFFLE #2,  4:30PM

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Food & Drink Information:

Fear not Bunny Hoppers! We want everything to be perfect so to help with the demand for food this year the Garage is offering a $7 fixed price buffet for brunch which will switch over to a $10 lunch/dinner buffet at 3pm. This should help people get food as fast as possible while freeing up service and the bars for drink orders. The menu of classic Garage grub is as follows…

11AM Brunch Buffet ($7)
Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Pancakes, Fresh Fruit and Funky Fried Chicken… oh yeah!!!!

3PM Lunch/Dinner Buffet ($10)
Classic Burger, Veggie Burger, Kale Salad, Tater Tots, Taco Bar w/ Chicken/Beef or Veggies + all the condiments. *items subject to change—but it's unlikely.

About the Egg Hunt and Raffle Prizes:
Hundreds of eggs which can be found throughout the day are stuffed with candy and prizes from area sponsors, festivals and retail participants including The Garage and Stoneground restaurants. Additional lollipop/raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each. The proceeds from those donations go to the Volunteers of America, Utah - Homeless Youth Resource Center. Chosen because of their commitment to serving homeless street youth through their outreach programs, drop-in center and young men’s and women’s transition homes.

Historic Day for Nondiscrimination Bill in Utah

Salt Lake City, Current AffairsJesse WalkerComment
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.