• Issue of
  • Nov 13-19, 2008
  • Vol. 25, No. 26

News

  • News | Crunchy Numbers: KRCL sees a spike in listeners, but donations to community radio lag.
  • News | Crunchy Numbers: KRCL sees a spike in listeners, but donations to community radio lag.

    The kids dig KRCL 90.9. That’s if you really stretch the definition of “kids” to radio listeners in their mid-30s. nStill, the average listener age that shows up in recent ratings for KRCL is a substantial drop from the 45-plus audience the community radio station had before a spring shakeup of the station that sent shockwaves through Utah’s progressive community. nResults ...
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  • Lake Effect | Better Than a Boycott
  • Lake Effect | Better Than a Boycott

    nPlans to punish the LDS Church for its hardcore, inhuman support of California’s Proposition 8 through a tourism boycott of Utah are likely to backfire (see Private Eye). Still, that church has to be slapped somehow. Problem is, how do you boycott a church? n nThere’s one very good way, if you’re one of the many individuals who have “fallen away,” as they say: R...
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  • Mullen | The Big Mormon Call Out: If it works in Eagle Mountain, it should work anywhere.
  • Mullen | The Big Mormon Call Out: If it works in Eagle Mountain, it should work anywhere.

    Allen and Jade Sarver-Eskelsen have found a bit of peace in a place you wouldn’t figure for a gay-friendly city in Utah: Eagle Mountain, Utah County. nCensus figures from 2007 reveal that 89.9 percent of Eagle Mountain residents define themselves as “religious.” Of those, 88.1 percent identify as LDS—members of the same church that urged congregations to actively work again...
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  • The Ocho | Archie Drops!
  • The Ocho | Archie Drops!

    n nEight review quotes for David Archuleta, the debut album from Utah’s American Idol runner-up, released this week:n8. “My boss told me to say that it’s fabulous!” (The Salt Lake Tribune) n7. “My bishop told me to say that it’s fabulous!” (Deseret News) n6. “It’s fabulous!” (MormonTimes.com) n5. “Crunk beats, dope lyrics-just...
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  • Hits & Misses | Utah: Less Red, Drilling Canyonlands & Fighting Gangs

    We’re No. 3nOklahoma and Wyoming now rank ahead of Utah in the competition for most red state, following the Nov. 4 election. Both states gave a greater share of votes to McCain than Utah. The Republican presidential candidate won Utah with a paltry 29 percent margin. That compares to the 45.5 victory Utah gave George W. in his last go-round. It takes a magnifying glass to see it, but the U...
  • The Way It Is | Ryan Hahn of Rudy’s Key & Repair
  • The Way It Is | Ryan Hahn of Rudy’s Key & Repair

    nSince California voters passed Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage in their state, local gay-rights advocates are now holding the LDS Church to its claims that it supports other benefits for gay individuals other than marriage, by asking the church to support upcoming legislation for gay equity in housing, health benefits and employment. City Weekly asked Ryan Hahn of Rudy’s Key &...
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  • Deep End | Straight Up: LDS emissary explains the church’s gay marriage stance.
  • Deep End | Straight Up: LDS emissary explains the church’s gay marriage stance.

    In light of all the confusion surrounding the Brethren’s opposition to so-called “gay” marriage, my colleagues on the Council of Twelve have asked me, in my role as Cultural Attaché and Ambassador at Large for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to set the record straight with regard to the aforesaid opposition to marriage between homo-ites of either the male ...
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  • 5 Spot | Jane Page director of Shakespeare’s <em>Much Ado About Nothing</em> at the Babcock Theatre
  • 5 Spot | Jane Page director of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Babcock Theatre

    nDenver-based Jane Page directed Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Babcock Theatre (located below Pioneer Theatre at the U of U, 300 S. 1400 East, KingTix.com), with performances Nov. 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. (Saturday, Nov. 15, matinee at 2 p.m.). nnAs director of last summer’s Taming of the Shrew at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, you set the play in post-World War II Italy. Your...
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  • Staffbox | If you could launch a boycott against another state, which would would it be, and why?

    If you could launch a boycott against another state, which would would it be, and why?nSusan Kruithof: Ohio, for sure. What right does it have to have so damned many urban centers? Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo and Sandusky. And it has two kick-ass amusement parks. Who the F do they think they are? Spread the wealth: Nebraska needs something, anything, for Christ’s sake. nn...
  • 5 Spot | Bonnie K. Baxter, director of the Great Salt Lake Institute
  • 5 Spot | Bonnie K. Baxter, director of the Great Salt Lake Institute

    nBonnie K. Baxter is director of the Great Salt Lake Institute and associate professor of biology at Westminster College. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., she will head up a discussion of Great Salt Lake issues with the Wasatch Front Forum in the Gore auditorium at the Vieve Gore School of Business (1840 S. 1300 East, 832-2682).nnHow can a stinky lake overrun with brine flies be considered a sta...
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  • Private Eye | Good Lord! All Utahns aren’t to blame for Prop 8, Dan Savage.
  • Private Eye | Good Lord! All Utahns aren’t to blame for Prop 8, Dan Savage.

    It didn’t result in blows like the recent Jerusalem brawl between Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks, but another event this month reminded me that religion is a strange master. At an awards breakfast last week, this paper was honored with an achievement award in the “lifestyle” category from the Downtown Alliance. Judging by the response to the City Weekly award-acceptance video,...
  • The Straight Dope | Basket Cases
  • The Straight Dope | Basket Cases

    Having grown up on Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry and similar cartoons, I can’t tell you how many I’ve watched involving a baby left on a doorstep. Did people really do this back when these cartoons were made? Was there a rash of baby abandonment somewhere back in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s that cartoonists decided to satirize? n—Sarah from WY n n nExcuse me, Sara...
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  • True TV | Download This: Ta-da! TV’s top torrents.
  • True TV | Download This: Ta-da! TV’s top torrents.

    The following are the current Top 8 TV series most downloaded (pirated, whatever) from BitTorrent sites, as reported by TorrentFreak.com. Only two are ranked in the Nielsen Top 10 for oh-so-passé “live” television viewing, which is topped off with CSI (and all of its procedural clones) and Dancing With the Stars (really?). Therefore, it must be concluded that downloaders are sma...
  • Ask a Mexican | Aztec Prophecy & Mexicans: The New Blacks
  • Ask a Mexican | Aztec Prophecy & Mexicans: The New Blacks

    Dear Mexican: In a column some time ago, you mentioned the Aztec prophecy claiming that “their descendants would reclaim ancestral lands in the southwest U.S., and guess what.” I’d appreciate it if you shed a little light on this statement. This is the mythical state of Aztlán you’re referring to, right? What are its “borders”? How many Mexicans, Mexican-...
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  • Freewill Astrology | Nov. 13-19
  • Freewill Astrology | Nov. 13-19

    nARIES (March 21-April 19)n“You can’t know fire unless you play with it,” says Mark Finney, a math whiz who develops computer models for fighting forest fires. I offer that as a motto for you in the coming week, Aries. I’m not saying you should purposely ignite a conflagration for the sake of impulsive experimentation. I’m not saying you should kick smoldering embers ...
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  • Newsquirks | Eight-Time Loser

    Curses, Foiled AgainnAfter receiving a call from the manager of the Sunset Inn Motel in San Antonio, Texas, police found 15 newspaper vending machines inside a guest room. “All the newspapers are gone,” Officer Raul Gonzaba said. “All the change is gone.” The thief was gone, too, but Gonzaba foresaw a quick arrest because the suspect had reserved the room using his real nam...

Restaurants & Bars

  • Grapevine: Out of Africa

    For centuries in Ethiopia, people have drunk tej, a honey wine that is one of the world’s oldest fermented beverages. It was traditionally prepared by women, and makes no use of grapes, just pure honey. I’ve only tasted tej once—and maybe I just got hold of the wrong vintage, but let’s just say I won’t be planning any wine excursions to Ethiopia anytime soon. nOn the ...

Music

  • Hot In Here?: Karrin Allyson shines at the Sheraton.
  • Hot In Here?: Karrin Allyson shines at the Sheraton.

    As the chilly rains of late fall soaked into downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 10, jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson did just about everything in her sultry power to counter the cold with the sunny warmth of Brazil in the 187th performance of the GAM Foundation’s Jazz at the Sheraton concert series.nThe two-time Grammy Award-nominated artist’s latest album, Imagina: Songs of Brazil (C...
  • Music | CD Revue: The Cure, The Legendary Pink Dots

     Jurassic ParknAndromeda StrainnCongonR.I.P. Michael Crichton n nnThe Cure 4:13 Dream nnThe Legendary Pink Dots Plutonium Blonde nnDespite Robert Smith’s physical deterioration into a flabby poster child for “goth-gone-wrong,” there’s no denying that The Cure has aged gracefully. Since 2000’s beautifully-subtle Bloodflowers, the band as released solid materi...

Culture

  • The Essentials | <em>City Weekly's</em> Entertainment Picks November 13-19
  • The Essentials | City Weekly's Entertainment Picks November 13-19

    nTHEATERnBy Scott RenshawnInspired stage farce can be among the most gaspingly hilarious of live theater experiences; insufferable stage farce turns the presumed hilarity of all the madcap, double-entendre-laden dashing about into something almost smug. Michael Frayn’s NOISES OFF brilliantly accomplished the first—and skewered the latter—by making a stage farce about the producti...

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