execution lovin' media circus watching enthusiasts. Did you get
enough coverage of the whole thing? Or are you waiting for people to
dissect the incident all next week, as if poking the proverbial
corpse with a stick? While you get busy typing out the hate mail towards
my disdain for the massive unnecessary over-coverage of it all, let's take a look at the Model
Citizen Memorial Wall.
--- Speaking of art, the 337 Project opened up its miniature golf course entitled “Contemporary Masters” at the Salt Lake Art Center, made almost entirely from former 337 artists and a few new additions. Before the course officially opened up to the public yesterday, Thursday night they held a special event along with Squatters to celebrate the course. Opening up the course included Peter Corroon, Nick Rimando and Katya Feinstein. My personal favorites to play, Donkey Kong, Pissing In The Wind, Barnaby Banker's Big Bender, Putting To The Center Of The Earth, and Pi Hole. You can check out photos from that night's event over here. And head on over during business hours and play a round!
So hey, lets you and I talk awards. The SPJ’s (Society of Professional Journalists) local Utah chapter held its awards last Friday. If you haven’t read the Salt Blog yet, some top honors went to Stephen Dark and Eric Peterson, we took second in overall publication (right behind the Tribune and over the Deseret News), a number of our people placed in various categories. In fact, believe it or not, I was told that I was a finalist, for what I can only assume were some of my interviews from 2009. It was really nice to hear that I might have gotten one of these little beauties you see below…
…Funny thing. …When I got there I got a nice dinner and shared a table with our own Jerre Wroble, as well as the awesome Elaine Clark from KUER, and Chris Vanocur who I got a laugh out of and managed to make his eyes bug out. (By the way, the Van-Man, huge fan of NPR's "Car Talk". If you wanna get him a gift for Christmas, I recommend a Click & Clack t-shirt. But that’s not important.)%uFFFD%uFFFD…Turns out at the end of the night when all the awards were handed out, I wasn’t a finalist. In fact, me being put on the list was apparently “a mistake.” …Good to know. We discovered the SPJ only added ONE blog in the whole state to the list for the Best Blog category: Glen Warchol’s Salt Lake Crawler. And before you think I’m going to go off on some tirade against Glen, no, I actually read his blog occasionally and kinda like it, along with some of the stuff Sean Means does. (And if I want to feel better about my life, I read whatever the hell that thing is that Vince Horiuchi “writes”.) And truth be told I rarely consider myself a journalist, let alone a professional, so receiving an un-recognition wasn’t much of a personal shock.%uFFFD%uFFFDMy one real gripe over the entire situation… only one blog in the entire category was considered? No second or third place? No mention of anyone from any other publication? But oh well, I still got a trophy of sorts from that night, as seen below. Thank you Jacklyn & John! And thank you to the people at the SPJ's for giving me material.
Moving on, Local First Utah has a big event kicking off on Thursday... Independents Week. The ten day celebration of all things local business and entertainment, encouraging us to shop from all those fine businesses around town who are Utah owned and operated. Not to mention concerts and other events that Local First will be putting on until July 4th. Check out their website for more info and join in the celebration!
Going to film, our old friend Kenny Riches (artist and Kayo Gallery founder) is planning to make a film entitled “Must Come Down” along with our other friend David Futzer (film guru and Tower Open Screen co-founder) as one of the stars. Problem is, they need money to make it happen and are looking to the community to help pitch in. In what's probably one of the biggest fundraising efforts from any artist this year, the duo are looking to you to help them raise at least $10,000. As of this specific post, they're nearly halfway there with 53 backers getting them to $4,200 with a month left to reach their goal. If you'd like to help them out they're only asking for $1 as a minimum donation, and have several incentives for people who decide to pledge more. The two mentioned above put together a lovely video you can find on this website, along with the area to pledge money to the grassroots production, and read more about the film they intend to make. Will you help them out?
As for the blog... coming up the next few week's we'll go back to Gallery Stroll, check in with a film festival, visit with a couple of metalheads, sit down with an illustrator, and cover (as best I can) the Utah Arts Festival. If you're lucky, you can find me doing intros for some of the performing acts. At least I hope all will go that way. As always, we'll see what happens.