Gavin's Underground

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mac Arthur

A chat with one of SLC's rising stand-up comedians.
Looking back over the past couple years worth of highlighting local comedians, it's become clear that there is way too much talent in this city to be ignored. We've gone from being a blip on the radar to a screaming UFO in the middle of this mountainous desert, all within a short period of time, mostly from the work of local comedians busting their ass every week on stage.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hanson Music Works & Goods

Crafting old cigar boxes into musical instruments.
For those looking for a slightly different instrument that will catch the eye and provide a different tone than you’re used to, a local crafter may have just what you need. Hanson Music Works & Goods creates guitars from scratch using repurposed wood and old cigar boxes, giving whoever wields it a unique aesthetic in both the music they play and their presence on stage.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Salt Lake Comic Con 2015: The Wins & the Whines

Recapping the third Salt Lake Comic Con
Rather than rush to meet a deadline like many in my field, I held back and decided to let the weekend of Salt Lake Comic Con digest. After three straight days at the Salt Palace, I had a chance to experience some cool moments and some woes.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Crowdsourced Comedy

Hearing the unimprovised story behind the latest improv group.
Over the course of the past year, we've seen 50 West slowly turn itself into a chill location that's brought in intimate performances and given comedy shows a new home in the downtown area. One of the latest additions in the comedy field to make their residence there is Crowdsourced Comedy, an improv group who don't just ask for single words or phrases; they ask you for a story, or mounds of information, and improv their way around the major groundwork laid before them.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Randi Ray

A look into the art of a new SLC painter
If you weren't following my Twitter feed this past weekend, you might have missed that I was at a gaming marathon fundraiser. Because of that event, I didn't have a chance to cover Gallery Stroll this month (first time missing the event since I started).

Monday, September 21, 2015

Comedians In Cars Eating Vegemite

Terrible food choices make for good local video series
Whenever someone creates anything funny, there’s always a chance for parody. While there have been a couple different takes on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, none seem as absurd and funny as the Utah spin on it: Comedians In Cars Eating Vegemite.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

In The Loop: 9/19/15. #GamingForACause

A brief look at events from September 20 to October 3
Hello to all you button-mashing, energy drink-slurping, neck-adjusting, sound-blazing, jump-scaring, fund-raising, doing-something-fun-for-a-good-cause enthusiasts! If you haven't been following my social media over the past few days, as I write this I'm currently taking part in the Entertainment Is Dead 24-hour gaming marathon.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


A chat with the show's founders before this evening's performance.
The evening of Sept. 16 saw the launch of Brine, a brand new performance created through the Repertory Dance Theatre "LINK Series" that features an all-original showcase from local dancers. Symmer Andrews, Ashley Creek, Sarah Donohue and Sara Pickett have combined their talents to bring a series of works highlighting the talents of themselves and several highly-skilled performers from around the valley across multiple disciplines for an evening of unique works. Today, we chat with three of the four dancers behind the evening to talk about the show, which you can still catch tonight (Sept. 17) at the Rose Wagner.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Entertainment Is Dead Podcast

Local entertainment podcast will be gaming for a cause.
This weekend, we'll have an epic gaming experience that will all benefit a good cause. The local gaming and culture podcast Entertainment Is Dead will be hosting Gaming For A Cause, a 24-hour live streaming gaming session featuring the show's hosts and a plethora of local talent, who will be dropping by starting at 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Black Rabbit Arts

Awesome cards and letterpress works from Katrina Flores
One of the new names starting to make headway in both the art of typography and the crafting circles is Black Rabbit Arts, which boasts a fine selection of cards and other designed material for your personal needs. Today we chat with artist Kartina Flores about starting up the new business and her work behind the art.

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