Hello to all you plastic-sombrero-wearing, Corona-sipping, pinata-swinging, poor-Spanish-translating, do-you-even-know-what-the-Battle-of-Puebla-is enthusiasts! --- Much like on St. Patrick's Day two months ago, most of you are all getting drunk on a foreign-inspired holiday you know nothing about. Here's a quick quiz: Do you really know what Cinco de Mayo is without using Wikipedia, or for that matter, a translator? Try looking it up before you celebrate it with tequila and orange slosh. Before we dive into news and events, here's a look at the latest addition to the 337 Memorial Wall.
So ... something that's been filling my inbox for the past week has been people asking my thoughts on the announcement that Now In Salt Lake is being folded, mainly because I was one of the few writers who didn't say anything either way on the day it happened. So for those of you dying to hear more, here are my brief thoughts. I actually know Daisy Blake and, to some degree, Autumn Thatcher, and they sure as hell don't deserve to lose their jobs. If anything, when word came down about Now, the Tribune heads should have promoted both of them into full-time staff positions and expanded the entertainment section. But they didn't, and that sucks. But I'm pretty confident that both Autumn and Daisy will find their footing and snag another gig. They're talented and I respect the hell out of them both, even if at times we were more at odds than in agreement. That's my commentary, and that's where I'm going to leave it. If you wanted more proverbial blood, enjoy being disappointed.
Speaking of things closing, word came down earlier this week that GoGo 37 in St. George would be shutting down. The venue had already been going through battles with the city over ordinances and codes that kept cops continually coming to its front door, not to mention the Footloose-esque “No Dancing” policy being hammered down upon them by city officials. So it looks like rather than continue to deal with a city system that's designed to work against it, the venue will close up shop with a final show on June 8. I'd rather see the place stay open, especially since it's one of the few organizations to receive mentions and awards from the Arty's, CWMAs and Best Of Utah awards, but it's not my call. But that doesn't mean I can't make a call to all of you reading this to head down there and make this last month of shows the biggest it's ever had! Below is the calendar for the rest of May -- go to GoGo 37 and pack the place beyond capacity! Make a trip of it: Head down, rent a room, watch a show, buy art off of the walls and come back home the next day with memories of the one good venue in St. George in over a decade!
Moving on to events, tomorrow over at the Main Library, the next installment of Craft Sabbath takes over the main promenade. For those of you looking for a Mother's Day gift who just aren't sure what to pick up for mommy dearest, head on over between 12-5 p.m. and check out the over 20 artists on hand and pick out something handmade that she'll enjoy for at least a year. Be sure to say hello to the City Weekly booth folk, they love handing out stuff!
Going over to Wednesday, we have a slightly different kind of movie night to talk about, as Brewvies becomes home to Kung Fu Theater! We're not sure yet how frequent this will be (perhaps weekly, but looking more like monthly at the moment), but Brewvies will start showcasing classic kung fu flicks for you to check out, absolutely free! And the first film on the docket: the Bruce Lee classic Fist Of Fury! Go check it out with a beer at your side.
On Thursday, Spy Hop Productions will hold its annual benefit event, Connect. It's your chance to check out the latest in film, music, radio and design from the Spy Hop students, along with food and drinks from Tuscany, Trio, Em's, Tin Angel and Red Rock Brewing, plus a silent auction and raffle, to boot. Go support the entertaining youth in our town; buy your tickets today.
Next Saturday, we'll see three very different events, the first being the Unite SLC Festival at Liberty Park. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the festival will feature tons of music, guest speakers and drag performances, along with several vendors and info booths, all to “celebrate life, diversity and acceptance.” For me to try to run down this list is ridiculous, just check out the flyer below. Most importantly, it is all-ages and completely free!
Meanwhile, over at Club Infinity, the BBoy Federation finals come to pass. The top four crews go head to head in a winner-take-all matchup that will earn the final crew a cash prize and a qualifying spot in the JFL. The event will also feature a 2-on-2 competition that's currently signing people up as we speak! Head on over to the Facebook listing for more details on how to be a part of the event and earn your shot to compete.
Rounding out next Saturday will be Plan-B Theatre's SLAM at the Rose Wagner. One of the biggest nights featuring local theater talent, the Plan-B crew will take 23 hours to create five new plays from scratch and show them to you on the 24th hour. The night will feature new short plays by Matthew Ivan Bennett, Elaine Jarvik, Julie Jensen, Jenifer Nii, Eric Samuelsen. Directed by John Graham, Alexandra Harbold, Kyle Lewis and Kay Shean, Christy Summerhays, and featuring actors Kirt Bateman, Carleton Bluford, Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, April Fossen, Mark Fossen, Colleen Lewis, Stephanie Howell, Deena Marie Manzanares, Tracie Merrill, Lauren Noll, Latoya Rhodes, Topher Rasmussen, Jason Tatom, Kalyn West and Claire Wilson. The night comes complete with a cash bar and food from Cali's Natural Foods. Go check it out!
The following week is pretty dull in the middle beyond concerts, but it picks back up on Friday, May 18, with the Living Traditions Festival. For three days straight, Washington Square becomes home to traditional folk and ethnic arts in an effort to promote diversity in our community. While the performing showcases are cool to check out, it really is the Food Market that most visitors go for. You have dozens of selections made by local food crafters, catering to the heartiest meat eaters to the most selective of vegans. But this is just my viewpoint. Go find one of your own by checking out the festival, starting at 5 p.m. and going until Sunday at 7 p.m.
Finally, on Saturday May 19, The People's Market will start making its return in a big way with the annual Seed Swap. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Market will take over the Sorenson Unity Gardens on 9th West to help people get their gardens growing over the summer. Basically, you snag all the seeds you've been holding on to over the winter (or some cash to buy), and swap your seeds for something you'd like to start growing yourself. Part of the idea is that later you might be inclined to bring them to the People's Market over the summer and trade your produce with others, but you can do whatever you'd like with your newfound seeds. Drop by and see what you can get.
As for the blog: Over the next couple of weeks, we'll chat comedy out in the valley, hip up a local promotion company, talk about an upcoming award ceremony, look at an underground venue with a new location, chat with a local tattoo shop and preview some swimwear before the summer kicks off. At least that's the plan -- who the hell knows anymore? We rearranged some things last week so, as always, we'll see what happens.
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