• Issue of
  • Dec 25-31, 2008
  • Vol. 25, No. 32

News

  • Lake Effect | You Pagan, You

    nJust in case you were wondering whose side you were on in the War on Christmas, I offer this simple test: Did you decorate a tree this year? Hang mistletoe? Place a wreath at your door? nThen you’re part of “the problem”—the problem, that is, as defined by hotheads like Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, and creepy, falafel-loving Fox News guy Bill O’Reilly. This pro...
  • The Ocho | Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em

    nEight eventual benefits of the smoking ban going into effect in Utah bars Jan. 1, 2009: n8. More stamina to outrun Mayor Becker’s hybrid police cars. n7. Finally knowing what your favorite dive really smells like. n6. No more women snubbing advances with a cigarette butt to your forehead. n5. Finally knowing what your favorite stripper really looks like. n4. A much healthier environment in ...
  • Hits & Misses | Solar County, Sooty Air & Oil & Gas Leases

    Corroon Goes SolarnWhile Utah legislators ready the Beehive State for nuclear power (and, presumably, make plans to rope off of chunks of Utah for millennia’s worth of nuclear-waste storage), Peter Corroon sees a sunnier future. The Salt Lake County mayor’s just-announced solar plan calls for leasing the tops of county buildings to solar-power companies that would coat the roofs with s...
  • The Way It Is | Erin Foley of the Jagged Edge Retreat salon

    n The Ogden School District has decided to reduce its high school math requirement from four years to three. Some worry the shortened curriculum will be inadequate for preparing students for college. City Weekly asked Erin Foley of the Jagged Edge Retreat salon downtown whether or not she thinks the change is a good idea:nThat’s how it is in Jordan School District, they only require two year...
  • Deep End | Big Parry: Life was a series of stories, and he loved them all.

    Have I told you the story ...” he would begin. n“I’m not sure,” I would say. “But tell me again.” nMy dad (like everyone else, my siblings and I called him Parry) would then launch into the story about E.D. (his father) telling Ann (his mother) he wasn’t leaving the house to her in his will because he didn’t want her marrying some son-of-a-bitch who...
  • 5 Spot | Love psychic Margaret Ruth

    nLove psychic Margaret Ruth can be heard Friday mornings on X96’s Radio From Hell (X96.com). Ruth will teach a tarot class at the University of Utah in February (details at MargaretRuth.com or phone 575-7103).nCan the feeling of “falling in love” be trusted?n“Chemistry” and “attraction” are not always the same as the feeling of “love.” You shou...
  • Staffbox | Seasons Greetings

    Go ahead. Give a season's greetings shout-out to whomever you want.n n nJeremiah Smith: I wanna give a big shout-out to my boys in Redemption and their wives. Thanks for a fantastic year, peeps. Luv ya. n nManda Bull: A big “heeeeey!” to the reunited Ogden & PDX drinking teams. Best friends a girl could ask for. n nBrandon Burt: Happy holidays to the Happy Meejums. “I am not ...
  • Private Eye | Christmas Cards: Holiday wishes to friends and the not-so-friendly.

    Growing up in Bingham Canyon, I heard season’s greetings uttered in many languages besides the Queen’s English that I speak and write with to this very day. In our home, it was Kala Christougena. Our neighbors were Japanese. According to a recent e-mail I received from a great old friend who is an LDS stake president and who served his mission in Japan, I assume they said, Kurisumasu O...
  • Ask a Mexican | Special Year-End Edition

    Dear Mexican: I was driving home on old King Road in San Jose, where a bunch of Mexicans live, and I noticed that almost every house has their Christmas lights still hanging from the rafters and reindeer and Santa Claus decorations weathered by the hot sun on the roofs. It’s the middle of May, ¿qué onda? I took it one step further, ‘cuz I figure I have to have another sou...
  • Free Will Astrology | Dec. 25-31

    nARIES (March 21-April 19) Most people spend their entire lives immersed in three modes of awareness: waking, sleeping, and dreaming. But there are many other modes that have been explored down through the ages by the pioneers of consciousness. Some of them aren’t very interesting to me—like those sought out by people who use cocaine or methamphetamines, for instance—while others...
  • True TV | TV ’08: The greats and the grating of 2008.

    The Best n Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Life on Mars (ABC): The first two have been canceled; the latter will return Jan. 28, 2009, paired with Lost. Life on Mars, about a present-day cop mysteriously transported back to 1973, actually improves on the British original—when was the last time that happened? nGary Unmarried (CBS): Jay Mohr’s sitcom managed to wring genuine laughs fr...
  • Newsquirks | When Guns Are Outlawed

    Curses, Foiled AgainnRobert E. Dendy, 59, dropped off a Christmas wreath at police headquarters in Tonawanda, N.Y., explaining it was a token of appreciation for the officers on duty. Believing that Dendy could not have afforded the wreath, suspicious officers called the supermarket next door to see if one had been stolen. According to the police report, store officials “stated that the wrea...
  • The Straight Dope | True Colors

    I came across a piece of information that said that in the first half of the 20th century, pink was a boy’s color while blue was a girl’s color. But it didn’t say why the colors switched. I figured if anyone knew, it would be you, Cecil. Or at least you’d make up a good story and pretend you knew. —Jay B. nQuiet, churl. I never pretend. I merely put the truth in a dar...

Restaurants & Bars

  • Wine: Weir in Wine Country

    Food and wine go together like … well, like food and wine. Joanne Weir gets this. She’s the food writer, cooking instructor, professional chef and TV host of public television’s Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class. And she’s refreshingly upbeat, unfussy, witty, and not as self-serious as so many chefs. So if you were lucky, you might have found her new book Wine Country Cook...

Music

  • Dec. 25-31 | Live: New Year’s Eve Events

    For this week’s music picks, we venture off the daily best-bets path to bring you several, very different New Year’s Eve events, breaking down the various adventures into easy-to-use categories. Happy partying! nNEW YEAR’S EVE 12.31nMETAL MAYHEMnExercise the demons of 2008 and send off that wacky Bush administration with a swift kick to the pleated pants—a swift double-kick...
  • Creme de la Creme: City Weekly's Top Albums of 2008

    2008—what a year for music! Creators and consumers of music took full advantage of the Internet as a vehicle for DIY distribution and even collaboration, with bands like Mercury Rev and Parts & Labor calling on listeners to contribute to their latest albums via the Web. Perhaps the interactive and immediate nature of the online community helps inform the eclectic range of great albums re...

Culture

  • The Essentials | City Weekly's Entertainment Picks Dec 25-31

    VISUAL ARTnBy Ehren ClarknWhat makes the Brigham Young University Museum of Art the most visited collegiate museum in the country? The secret: consistent, solid and well-curated exhibitions seeking to entertain but primarily to educate students and the public. A new exhibition of works by internationally known artist DAN STEINHILBER maintains these aims. His innovative oeuvre exposes students and ...

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