Thursday, January 14, 2010

ExUmbrella Records

Nearing the end of 2009 the music community got one last surprise that sparked a bit of hopefulness among bands.

Hell is the DMV

Welcome to your eternal damnation, the Driver's License Division.--- This morning, just before nine, I went to renew my expired driver's license.

Your New, Conan-Free NBC

Conan O'Brien is done at NBC, and all signs point to Satan's Chin Jay Leno returning as the host of The Tonight Show. Next week will be Coco's last, winding up on Friday Jan. 22 before heading into repeats (as planned before the Peacock Clusterfuck) and then the Winter Olympics for most of February.

TSA: Pack a gun for safer airline travel

Before your next flight, if you're worried about your checked baggage being opened, inspected--or stolen from--just pack a gun.--- I learned this today after reading this testimonial%uFFFDpost%uFFFDand%uFFFDconfirming here that it's true.

Thursday Concert Forecast

Glade Sowards is one of the most humble talents in town. A veteran of Salt Lake City's folk/country scene, he has always - for the most part - happily laid low while his friends soaked up the spotlight.

Helping Haitians

Helping Haitians can be as easy as a text, plus other ways to do something.--- The devastation in Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the island nation is gut-wrenching in the same way that the earthquake in Kashmir, Pakistan, in 2005, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, or Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Six Locals: UTA Cutbacks

Six Locals' mission is to survey a random-sampling of downtown's inhabitants on a pertinent topic.

Beehive Tea Room Goes Sundance

Fans of the Beehive Tea Room love it for its overstuffed chairs, low tables, eclectic decor, loose-leaf teas, French-press coffee, beer, scones, sandwiches (the tuna salad is awesome), salads, soups and friendly vibe. --- Well, during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival the Beehive Tea Room will serve as the Sundance Film Festival Cafe in downtown Salt Lake City, sponsored by the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau and conveniently located between two film venues: The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and Broadway Theaters.

Citizen Lobbying Drinking Session!

The 2010 legislative session is bearing down on us, so why not come out and get a little liquid courage to help face another season of legislatin’. The evening will be an informal meet and greet, where speakers will talk about tips on lobbying your representatives and the importance of citizen’s grabbing hold of government by both horns---.

Sundance: 2009 Box Office Scorecard

With Sundance 2010 just about to kick off, it's time to tie a bow around the 2009 festival -- and that means judging it by how last year's festival films did at the box office. IndieWire provided this roundup of how 2009's Sundance competition slate performed in theaters, unintentionally emphasizing the bleak state of things in the art-house marketplace.

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